Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stitching... what's that?

I honestly thought to myself today, when is the last time I stitched... and I didn't know! First time in the last 10-15 years that I've not been able to say yesterday or a couple days ago!
No it's nothing bad... it's just been really, really busy with my new position (okay 4 months old) at the office; and my Etsy shop has been just a hopping. But spring time does tend to be my best selling point of the year and of course it's awesome that the shop is doing so well lately!

So I'd upload some pics but I honestly don't have anything new to share. Sad but true.
Instead I will share with you my latest 'ZOMG I love it!' item that has been released:

It's cross stitching, Ink Circles AND Canadian! What's not to love?!
Previously this beauty was only available through a small shop in Ontario (5 days drive away, a bit too far). Thankfully it has been released to all LNS' and online distributors of Ink Circles!
Whew! Cause I was desperate to get it and concerned I'd never get a copy.
I haven't seen it in person yet but I'm sure it's amazing.

Some of the iconic Canadian imagery includes:
- Pine trees in corners (we have many as we are cold up here and they live through winter)
- Beaver, our national animal. (hey no laughing! lol!)
- Inukshuk. That's the robot looking thing below the beavers. You may recognize it from the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. It's a symbol that is prevalent amongst Native bands in Canada.
- Hockey sticks, between the beavers. I'm assuming I don't have to explain this one.
- The building is our Parliament, in the capital of Canada: Ottawa, Ontario.
- There are little maple leafs. These are very prevalent in Eastern Canada, and why all souvenir candy in Canada seems to be maple (yuck!). Interesting fact: there are almost no maple trees in Western Canada where I live.
- The large odd (lol) looking thing in top center is a famous totem pole made by one of the Native bands in Canada (yes the totem pole actually has wings in real life).

I think that's all the main items. I have to say that I am soooo eternally happy that a Canadian mandala was made. It's a big deal to have something to stitch that is specific to Canada and really pretty!! Tracy is soooo awesome for thinking of her neighbours to the north after creating her Flag Day mandala pattern for the USA.
Did I mention how awesome it is to have a gorgeous Canadian themed piece to stitch?!!! :)

Upcoming: - Hopefully some stitching! (maybe some Alice or Mirabilia mermaid)
- It's the local Comic Con here in Calgary next week so no stitching likely for 4 days. But lots of spending and comic goodies!

Thanks for dropping by and remembering me. I know it's been awhile. I'll try to do better.
Happy Stitching!


Heather said...

I hope you get to stitch soon! This is beautiful but I think it would hurt my eyes to stitch lol. Maybe with a variegated...

Tiki said...

Love Ink Circles. Have fun with that piece. Have fun at Comic Con too, ours is in June, I can't wait.

Justine said...

What a beautiful design. Hope things calm down for you soon and you can start stitching it.

D1-D2 said...

It's a great design.

Von said...

I'm finding it difficult to fit in stitching these days since I'm working now and the garden chores are heavy right now. These things seem to come in waves, so hopefully soon the stitching wave will come again. :)

Tiffstitch said...

You missed the geese and the moose and the Mountie heads :) I have seen this finished at Thread & Eye, and I bought a copy there. I'm stitching mine in Jodryi Ruby Slippers. I love it too!! If a SAL will help you, let me know. :)

Faith... said...

Great to see you posting ;) I hope you get to stitch soon, maybe something new is being called for like...oh I don't know...the Ink Circles piece?

Enjoy Comic Con, ours here doesn't seem to be that big but hopefully it will grow since my son loves it!

Carla - Alaska Wolf Pack said...

OMGosh! I want this for my friend Nancy!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great design. Wouldn't it look awesome all in beads...

Running away now!

Joy said...

I'm behind on blogging as well. I've been reading essays for the STAAR tests which eats up a bunch of my stitching time. I had better step on it or I won't have the piece finished in time for the fair!

Stitchinowl said...

Have fun at Comic Con! I thought Comic Con was only in the U.S. - I didn't realize you also had in Canada.

Vickie said...

I an only manage a few stitches a night...I am so tired! Love the chart!!!

Rachel said...

Glad you have found a design which pulls all of your favourite things together. I hope we get to see it started soon. :)

Brigitte said...

I hope that some stitching has occurred in the meantime. This Canadian piece is so beautiful, and there are so many details referring to your country. Must be a fun stitch.