Monday, January 22, 2018

Motley Monday: Birthday

As a child I loved birthday and presents. Did you? "Unfortunately my birthday is once a year" a Russian children's song is. 
Getting aged I value every year that a life or God gives me. I think that wisdom, patience and experience comes  with ages (a bit of philosophy :-). 
I love this day when the phone rings since morning, my friends are saying me their congratulations.  My loved ones are attentive to me and my wishes. Today, at the evening we have a small family party.

My congratulations to all friends whose birthday is in January!


How do you prefer to spend your birthday? to have a noisy party or to stay alone? 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Green Windowsill

It's mid-January, some plants continue blooming on windowsills. Those that bloomed in December have already faded and rest. Here are new ones.

Impatiens is covered with bright red flowers, pelargonium zonale opened its purple flowers.

Roses took a rest, here is the orchid Dendrobium, it blossoms the second winter, isn't it beautiful?


Poinsettias white and red are still in bloom with their colorful leaves. All these plants decorate my windowsills in January. Day by day the light time becomes longer, the sun more often appears and soon plants will feel the approach of spring. 
What about your indoor and outdoor plants now?

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A New Year and My Cross-Stiching 'Wild Flowers'

A Happy New Year! I hope you've had a joyful Christmas and celebrated the New year 2018. So did I. The Orthodox Christmas is on January 7 and then the "old new year" is on January 13 (I've written here what is it?). As you can see we have many holidays in January :-) 
Here is the vintage postcard 'Съ Рождествомъ Христовымъ' (A Merry Christmas), 1900th.

I've finished my new cross-stitching, that makes me happy, I dislike when the work remains unfinished for a long time. I bought the 'Wild flowers and berries' pattern last fall. I liked that it combined bead embroideries, colored ribbons and cross-stitching. When I read the pattern instructions it turned out that you first need to embroider with beads and ribbons and then to work with threads. I photographed the process to see the beginning when I made raspberries and stamens with beads, petals and leaves with ribbons, then to show how the pattern changed.

Here is my new cross-stitching 'Wild flowers and berries':

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What do you prefer doing in winter time? If you have made ribbon and bead embroidery what is your experience?