A blog trying to focus on all the nice things in life, those moments when everything turns out right. Finding the perfect fabric for that chart you love, the ideal sampler quote, just the right picture in all the 1000s of magazines you own. Meeting people who share your interests and obsessions and totally understand why you NEED that chart when you already have enough to last until you're 104
It's TUSAL time again! For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.
Here is my ORTS jar posing with the current stitching projects:
On the right we have Just Nan's Spring Typography:
stitched on 32 count Dark Reed linen from Willow Fabrics
And on the left we have a new WIP! This is another Nora Corbett design called Little Snowy Gray Cottage which I won in a giveaway an embarrassingly long time ago. All the Kreinik, beads and Aqua Ray threads were included. I started this one for Day 19 of the DUCJC2015 and stitched this much:
Usually I would stitch all the plain thread, then the Kreinik and then the beads. But this is nearly all Kreinik! There is one Waterlilies silk recommended but at over £5 a skein I have substituted a Jodyri thread called Emerald Forest instead.
This took place as usual on Good Friday and was so much fun! Fun for the Picture Posters who put a lot of effort into displaying their letters, fun for the Hoppers who got to visit some new blogs and revisit old friends, and fun for me to laugh when people couldn't work out the phrase even when they had all the letters! It is always satisfying to stump a few people. Mwah haha, evil laughter.
The phrase that all you found (and Googled) was The Ukrainian Pysanka Egg. The beautifully decorated eggs from the Ukraine - "it is an Easter egg decorated using a wax resist (aka batik) method. Its name derives from the Ukrainian verb “pysaty,” meaning “to write.” (“Pysanka” is the singular form; “pysanky” is plural.)" - source Pysanka
As in many of our Easter traditions the eggs represent a blend of the old beliefs and the new Christian beliefs - "The design motifs on pysanky date back to pre-Christian times–many date to early Slavic cultures, while some harken to the days of the Trypillians, my neolithic ancestors, others to paleolithic times. While the symbols have remained through the ages, their interpretation has changed, in an act of religious syncretism. A triangle that once spoke of the three elements, earth, fire and air, now celebrates the Christian Holy Trinity. The cross which depicted the rising sun is now the symbol of the risen Christ. Sun and star symbols once referred to Dazhboh, the sun god, and now refer to the one Christian God. And the fish, which spoke of a plentiful catch and a full stomach, now stands in for Christ, the fisher of men. Even so, under this Christian veneer, there still lurk the berehynia and the serpent, the sun and the moon, the old gods, the old ways, and the old beliefs." - source Pysanka
Evalina told me there are Polish versions of these eggs known as Pisanka - Wikipedia - Pisanka and that her aunt was a very talented decorator of the these eggs. It seems that many Eastern European countries have a version of the craft.
I also found some lovely cross stitch versions in a recent issue of JCS magazine:
Just Cross Stitch - April 2015
If you are interested in learning more about this beautiful art, Wiki is a good starting place as ever and the Pysanka website has some great information too. This page in particular has some lovely photos - Pysanky - Types. If you do decide to stitch one or have a go at making a real one, let me know and you'll get the Star Position for the Treasure Hunt next year!
I decided to give a chart as the prize this year, Picture Posters get one entry into the draw, Blog Hoppers get one entry into the draw, anyone who does both, gets two entries. My son picked out one name and the winner is:
Congratulations to Cathy, a new entrant to my World Of Blog Hops and hopefully a future regular.
Which brings me nicely to the topic of the next Blog Hop. Usually this would be Summer Postcard Hop which takes place throughout the Summer. But this year will be different! I am celebrating a Big Zero Birthday in September and have planned a BIG BLOG HOP for the event. My plan is to attempt to get one Person per year of my life and allocate each person a year. I will give you a Fact About Me from that year and ask you to base your post on that fact. So you might get 1971 - "I am five years old and I start school". Your post could be about you being five, you starting school, you in 1971 (if you were born by then) or some world event which is relevant to you from 1971.
Finally, I will ask you to post a photo of something you have stitched which will appeal to me! I think you all know my tastes in stitching by now and I'm looking forward to some eye candy and probably some stash acquisitions too! Got to have something to spend that Birthday money on. So if you want to be in the Hop, please leave a comment or email me. Because we need so MANY participants for this one, please feel free to share it on your blogs and invite your friends to join in. The more the merrier! We can always share eventful years or skip the dull ones depending on how many people we get.