Saturday, April 5, 2008

the first sunny spring day here

There may have been other days, but today felt like the first to me. In the parks, gardens were alive with the golden colors of daffodils and mini daffodils. Trees sprouted tiny blossoms that herald the coming of green. The sun is out, causing New Yorkers to don their most stylish sunglasses. But more than that is this feeling that the cold gray winter is almost, almost over.

I finished this girl in time to mail out:

As usual, choosing colors for even this small project was torturous for me - I'm thinking I should really take a color theory class - would that help?

After a few years of living in New York I begin to notice certain patterns - slowly I pick out forms of architecture I love:
a building I like

This type of building in particular is beautiful to me - it conjures up images of storybooks I read as a child, and inspires me to pick up a paintbrush...

That's about it for today - but keep your eye on Feeling Stitchy - I'll be posting an intro to our newest contributors tomorrow. Also, I've been remiss in not announcing that I'm super-honored to be a judge in the 2nd Annual Softie Awards - my category is "Embroidered to Death". Be sure to read the details and add your entries to the Flickr group! :)


kerri said...

Your embroidery is so sweet. I agonize over colour choices as well. Probably why every time I go to the store I have to pick up yet another range of colours hehe.

Spring has finally sprung here too! Nothing is really growing yet but there is sun and what I think might be called warmth, it's been so long I have forgotten.

Average Jane Crafter said...

The puppy is adorable!

When I get stuck on color choices, I like to check out web sites like this one. They give me lots of inspiration and help me better visualize colors together. :)

Stephanie said...

That IS awesome!

Melissa said...

Hi-I recently found your blog and your embroidery is just beautiful. I'm mainly a cross stitcher and have only done a little bit of embroidery here and there. Now because of your blog I dream about embroidery and all the cool things I can stitch.

Kristin said...

I absolutely love your needlework. So sweet. :)

I have some big news over at my blog as well, so if you have a moment, pop on over and take a peek. HUGS!


april said...

You really seem like my type of gal. I recently created an entire jewelry line inspired by The Dargeeling Limited. I am also an avid needle and thread freak.
Great Blog!

claudia said...

ay chihuahua!
she's sooo cute!

i love old building myself, i've seen some very old and interesting ones in ny, boston and my sweet chicago :)

Meg said...

I love that embroidery piece! I used the pattern for a chihuahua pillow for a friend, such a great s.s. pattern. I have a hard time choosing colors as well, but I think your choices were perfect!

Heather said...

the bldg. makes me think of a damp evening in France...which is a good thing. I like old architecture too!

Pip from Meet Me at Mikes said...

Oh my gosh! That is absolutely gorgeous, Flor! I think the colours you choose are lovely.. by the way! Sometimes I think there is SO much choice when it comes to floss.. perhaps none of us ever feel like we've made the right choice.. because there are always 20 more shades we could have used.. and we wonder what THEY might have looked like! But your stitching is wonderful!

Chris Salley said...

My Craft Pad came in the mail today. It's SO cool. Thanks!!!!!

smartypants said...

I know this post is a week old, but we are having our first spring day here in Oregon and I just wanted to say that I feel the same as you. My whole life seems to be lifted by the sun and birds and blooms!!!!
I think I will have to do some springy stitching this weekend.