February IHSW Report

Hi gang!!! How were your hermitting weekends? I know some of you have a long weekend and are probably still stitching your hearts out. YEAH!!!! I'm so looking forward to checking out your pics. :D

CLICK HERE for the hermitters and to check out their blogs.

On my end, I wasn't a good little Hermitter on Saturday. Hubby and I went out to brunch, then stopped in at HomeGoods. Two hours of browsing, gawking, and some purchases later, we went grocery shopping. More browsing and shopping, but that meant we didn't have to step one foot outside the house on Sunday. :D

Friday night, though, saw the completion of the purple phoenix. Isn't he too cute for words?...




... and by Sunday afternoon, I was done with the corner mums at the top of the design...



... which meant I started a new pixie!! The plan is to get her finished before Part 12 of Chinese Garden comes out next month. Any guesses on what she is? ;)



I'll be spending this week catching up on ALL of your blogs... I've fallen waaaay behind again.

ETA: Like Blu, I really hate Blogger's new captha codes. They're near impossible to read, and more than once I've contemplated not leaving a comment cos they're such a pain. I can imagine lots of you feel the same way, so I've done away with it on my blog.

Comments

Heli said…
This is a gorgeous project, and I love reading your blog posts about it and admiring the progress pics... Great work with the phoenix and the flowers!
Blu said…
You know, every time you post a picture of CGM I'm surprised how much more there is. It seems like a very fast growing piece.

Is that Sweet Pea? I can't think of any of the pixies with that purple, except for Orchid which you already did...

(Also, the new captha codes are a pain! This is my third try to guess what they are)
Dawn said…
Pretty project!!
I was able to stitch a bit this morning and I lost my steam. I had to stop-- I should be able to finish the page I wanted today--tomorrow! :)
katica said…
Great progress! I love the purple phoenix!

My first guess on your pixie was either Poppy or Sweetpea...

I'm one of the ones with a long weekend today so I'm still stitching till I post later on tonight! :O)
anastich said…
Love CG!! I'm guessing Sweetpea, the color and shapes look right
Pauline said…
The phoenix is great!
Linda said…
Great progress and gorgeous stitching.

Linda
Katie said…
Beautiful! Good luck with your new piece.
Yvon (jioya) said…
The purple phoenix is looking great, you did quite a lot this weekend.

Is your new pixie a tulip??? enjoy your bloghopping!!!

Hugs Yvon.
Melissa said…
Great job on your phoenix!!

I am guessing you started Sweet Pea :) Either way, I can't wait to see more of the pixie!!
Diane (di) said…
Ooooo, I love purple phoenix and those mums. The eyelets are to die for (and those blue flowers around the phoenix are gorgeous, Joyce. Everything so beautifully stitched). :)

Great minds and all that, cause I got rid of my captha codes, too. It was driving me crazy. (Come on Blogger, you can do better than that... just sayin') ;)
StitchyWoman said…
Your CGM is just fantastic! Beautiful phoenix.

You've definitely got some Sweet Pea going on there. ;-)
cucki said…
wowwww it is looking so lovely..
and your good luck with your new start..
hugs xxx
Andie said…
Looking gorgeous Joyce!

Yes those codes are annoying! Have to go fix it on my blog too!!
jillyヅ said…
Though I doubt I will ever have the patience to finish something like this, it is such inspiration to watch you work on it. It is so beautiful.

blessings, jilly
demeter83 said…
It looks absolutely gorgeous, congrats on your lovely stitching!
Ana said…
Hi Joysze! :)

I really love your project. :) It's gorgeous. Your purple phoeniz looks great. Well done! :)

Good luck with your new piece.

Kisses

Christina
Barbi said…
I'm still stitching too, long weekend here! I love the extra day! Your piece is absolutely STUNNING! I could stare at the different shots all day.
Ruth said…
Your Phoenix is looking great and I love the look of your new pixie, looking forward to seeing more. I'd say you had a great IHSW.
On a side note I don't have the captcha's on my blog and I find the filters are catching any spam, I do find the tiresome on others blogs but don't put people through that commenting on mine.
All of this stitching is so cool (I love the phoenix), and good luck starting the new pixie! Also, I need to get rid of the captcha codes, too- I've been commenting like crazy this afternoon and have had to reload so many of them! About half of them have been totally indecipherable.
Lesleyanne said…
Great progress. Your phoenix is gorgeous. Great new start - can't wait to see more. Those codes are definitely annoying.
Kate said…
So beautiful!!! Well done Joyce! Does this mean a HD very soon? Congrats on a new start!! :)
valerie said…
Wow, your pheonix and mums looks fantastic! It's been amaxing to see the progress of Chinese Mandala! I thought it was Orchid too but remembered you did that one already so I guess Sweet Pea too! =)
Sarah said…
Sounds like we all had a bit of a interupted weekend IHSW wise!! Everyone I've read so far has said the same. Great progress though, your phenoix is gorgeous (just like the others).

Yay for doing away with word verification!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maggee said…
I tried moderating my comments even, but they also had to put in that stoopid double-captcha, so I removed comments from my blog. I will just watch what comes! I will post a picture of my hermiting shortly! Hugs!
Anne said…
Joyce!!! Your purple/orange phoenix is to die for I say!!!!!! Titus loves it too!! Hmm, not sure which pixie it is but I'm sure she will be precious!! My precious....

Blogger is dumb adding those two word verification thingys to confuse us!!

I like how you and your hubby hermitted Sunday like us!!!

HMBW!!!
Ma Teakettle said…
Ahhh I missed it! I am so sad, Joysze :( I did stitch the weekend away while Little Brother slept off his surgery, but I just plum forgot that it was IHSW weekend...boohoooo.
I will be there next month to be sure!
OK, moving on...Your Pheonix is gorgeous! I just am in love with the whole WIP, not to mention the colors of the flosses...amazing :)
Hugs
Ma
Ewa said…
Beautiful as always, Joyce! I like the purple phoenix, but I think I like the orange and green one better just because it's more defined. Either way, wonderful! I'm super behind on blogs, too, so don't you worry :)
Casa Pearl said…
What great progress you made this weekend! That dragon is really wonderful.
Dana said…
My second hermit weekend wasn't very eventful or productive...but good to see that yours was!! Nice progress....off to look at blogs..
Michele said…
Stunning! That is a an understated word when trying to describe the feelings while looking at your Chinese garden.

I too have contemplated taking the word verification off my blog for it's turned "crappy" trying to read it and follow the lettering. It's bad enough I have glasses cause I'm a blind bat...hopefully others will follow.
Bonnie Brown said…
I had a very productive weekend.
My post is up :)
bbrown426.blogspot.com
Karen said…
Joyce, I love this Chatelaine piece. It's absolutely beautiful!
tiffstitch said…
Beautiful phoenix, and nice work on the mums so you could start a pixie! I don't have a clue which one you've started, I'll just be happy watching it grow. :)
Heather said…
I couldn't join this month :/, ended up working all weekend and next month I may have my baby by that weekend so wont' be joining then either!
Kim said…
So pretty! I just love watching this come together.
geeky Heather said…
The phoenixes are just stunning, and good job on finishing the mums! =D I'm guessing maybe Poppy for the pixie? I don't know which ones you've stitched....
Minnie said…
The phoenix is fantastic, the whole Chinese Gargen is beautiful.
Reaper said…
That purple phoenix is very striking! Lovely job :-)
Veronica said…
Wow! The purple phoenix is stunning! You're almost done with it. Can't wait for the big finish.

I'm 100% certain that you've started Sweet Pea. I have this pixie on my to-stitch list as well. So what fabric are you stitching her on?

Same here... Google's new word verification annoys me. I've taken it out of my blog as well.

Hugs,
Veronica.
Joyce your stitching is always sooooo awesome - can't wait to see what pixie you are working on. I'm always so grateful that you share your beautiful stitching with us!
Kaisievic said…
Love the peacock!

hugs, Kaye xoxox
ArabicaMix said…
Phoenix is ​​very similar to Fire-bird from Russian fairy tales and I like him even more. This bird is a real decoration для design. Although, in this case, the whole garden - solid colors and fairy stitches.
Mouse said…
oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :) love that phoenix and well done on the mums too :)

I hermitted too blog post up :0

and a new pixie "tuts" where's my hummie hahahahah and it looks rather like a tulip colour ???? or a scarlet rose ....
love mouse xxxxxxx
Mireille said…
I love your work, your Phenix is so beautiful.

Hugs,
Mireille
Susan said…
Beautiful! That phoenix is amazing and the mums are just beautiful. No idea which pixie but I will be watching your progress. What fabric are you using? Home Goods?! Love that store, but it can be dangerous. I double checked and I had verification on my blog, I took that off as fast as I could.
Carla said…
Chinese Garden is looking fantastic!!
No idea of what pixie you just started, but I look forward to seeing more of her :)
Deb said…
Your Chinese Garden is turning out beautifully!! Can't wait to see it all finished.
TammyK said…
Phoenix looks great!
Hazel said…
I had a good weekend of stitching. I did go away but I didn't stitch while I was away but on the other days I did. x
Heidi said…
Purple Phoenix perfection!! Great job Joyce!! Your finish is going to be fantastic! Nice pixie start too! ;)
Julie said…
Just looks better and better.
The Maiden said…
My Guess would be sweet pea, I stitched her in 2010 and it looks familiar. If it is, she will go quick! Your Chatelaine is stunning, There must be an end in sight, so exciting!
Vickie said…
Love those phoenixes! CGM is looking great, and thanks for a lovely hermitting weekend. :) I'm going with a guess of Sweet Pea, by the way.
Tama said…
A lovely phoenix! and congrats on getting the mums done, too!
Isadarena said…
I am totally speachless, Joyce, your Phoenix is looking just awesome!!
What a great treasure you are stitching !! it is fabulous!!
Have a very lovely day ,
Isa
Ann said…
Hi Joysze,
I can't believe how beautifull this mandala is (and now it's almost over)!
B.t.w. did you see that EuropeanXS posted the kit for the Serengeti Mandala on their website?
I've ordered :-)!
♥ Nia said…
Amazing!!! :) I really-relly love those corners! Fabulous project sweetie :)

Uhuuu new Pixie!! :D
It's Sweet Pea, right?? :D
Jenny said…
Wow, what a beauty! I love purple and I love myths and I love birds - trifecta! LOL
Mangogirl said…
stunning stitching :D thank you for getting rid of the codes. They are such a pain to get through and take as long as it does to comment to work out the code.
Topcho said…
The phoenix is exactly too cute for words! And I won't b making guesses, but I can't wait to see more of the pixie
Sally said…
Oh wow CG is looking amazing! So pretty.

I enjoyed my first hermitters weekend and will definitely be joining in again next month :)
Kate said…
Beautiful stitching. I'm loving watching your progress.
Valentina said…
As always, Chinese Garden Mandala is wonderful! Can't wait to see more of the new pixie!
The phoenix looks amazing =)
I love thos colors =)

I'm alway at war with blogger an wordverification codes... All the time it tells me, that the code is wrong even if i am COMPLETELY sure that I am right... =(
Heidi said…
Beautiful stitching! This piece is a work of art instead of simply stithcing...

I so enjoyed my first hermit weekend and am glad I joined in.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

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