Monday, September 24, 2007

Acorns and Oak


This little stitchery pattern is from Country Stitches called Acorns and Oak. I did the stitching last year and then set it aside. Since I was in the mood for autumn I brought this one out to finish on the weekend. I added the border with a few half square triangles...randomly placed. These patterns don't come with instructions on finishing other than make a pillow or wall hanging, so I did my own thing. The finished size is 12"x12". The plant in the picture I found at Safeway on the weekend. The name on the tag was "Pincushion", how could I resist...teehee The plant has little tiny orange berries, and is native to Central America and New Zealand. It should keep it's berries for several months. Anyone else recognize this plant?

Do you ever wonder how our grown up children survive? My youngest daughter came home for a visit on Friday. She was working the summer on the Sunshine Coast of BC as a camp counselor for kids. It's a short ferry ride to the Sunshine Coast. When camp was over she decided this area was just the life style she loved, artsy and laid-back, so decided to get a job in the local town and stay there. So we had a short visit on Friday and since she didn't want to drive her car over (too expensive for her) she came by bus. Her sister was nice enough to offer her a ride back to the ferry (considering she didn't leave enough time for the bus ride anyway). The next morning I got THE call "Mom I forgot my car keys and cell phone at home, can you send them by courier?". You'd think these 2 very important items would be what you'd grab first when walking out the door. I don't know how they manage on their own.....kids.....I can only hope shes not always this forgetful and not to mention the lack of planning for the trip back.

19 comments:

Linda said...

Love the stitchery Wendy, can't help with the plant though, even though I was born and brought up in New Zealand. It doesn't look at all familiar. Kids, makes ya laugh doesn't it? You wonder how they ever manage on their own.

Alisa said...

That's why it's so much fun being a kid! Life is so la, la, la. Okay, I still remember doing stuff like that!

Love your stitchery Wendy, and how you finished it off with the borders.

Floss said...

nice stitchery, so full like.

Darlene said...

That's a beautiful piece of stitchery and I love the way you finished it. The random half square triangles are perfect.

I've seen that pincushion plant in a picture but I'm not familiar with it.

Oh, to be young again! :-)

Sweet P said...

What an adorable stitchery, perfect for fall.

Sometimes young adults are forgetful and don't always plan. Most of the time they get the hang of life at some point in their lives.

Bren said...

I love that stitchery!! Your fabrics are perfect. I need to check out the link...I have never seen the plant before.

Alice I. said...

Wendy, another fine piece of stitchery! There you go again....you keeping trying to send the stitching bug to me and I don't really know how to stitch. I love the pumpkins! What kind of stitch did you use to make your stitched piece? The HSTs were a perfect choice..placing them randomly around the border was a great idea! Love it!

Pam said...

Very cute little stitchery!

Your story about your daughter made me chuckle. I think every time Andrew comes to visit he leaves his phone here -- and car key stories - boy could I tell you a few - one set of his car keys is still somewhere on Bowen Island!!

Dawn said...

Love your stitchery, but I got a really good laugh at your story! Yup, sounds like my kids who think they are grown up and responsible!

Knot Garden said...

I love the stitchery, and the random triangle border goes with it perfectly. I like things with an acorn theme.

mar said...

Cute stitchery and the border is perfect! I've purchased those plants for my quilty friends. I should get one for myself!

Carolyn a Ohioquilter said...

Love the stitchery, just beautiful. you do great work, love to visit here

Carole said...

You know, sometimes I wonder how I survived! lol I just love that pumpkin stitchery! What do you use as a background? Did you tea dye it? Yep, I would have bought that plant too! Ya know, I have some of that pumpkin fabric in my stash. That's it! I'm going to decorate my home for fall by draping all of my pumpkin fabric! lol Keep well!

swooze said...

Oh the kid thing. I keep asking everyone when they will grow out of this or that. What do our own parents think about US?!?!? Do they still see us this way now that we are "grown up"? Hmmm.

gwen said...

It would really have been a shame to leave the stitchery alone. The borders look very good with it.
Sorry can´t help you with the plant, we don´t have anything like that in Europe, not outside I mean!
Take care.

Nan said...

Your stitchery is beautiful, and so is the plant! I have not seen it before - it certainly goes perfectly with your little quilt.

You made me laugh with the story about your daughter! I do wonder how my son survives from day to day, even though he is married with children. He still acts like a goofy kid everytime I see him - that's why we love them, though, isn't it?

kcamou said...

Love the little quilt and I have no idea about the plant, but it looks cute!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Love the pincushion plant, the stitchery is wonderful! Somehow, don't ask me how... they (kiddos) become independent, self-sufficient and responsible. We just gotta have faith.

Libby said...

I have seen the little pincushions plants at my grocery, too. Maybe I'll just have to pick one up next time.
Your stitchery piece came out just perfect. It's funny how sometimes we end up doing our own thing, but still like for the pattern to give us a little hint or idea *s*