Sunday, April 24, 2016

Semi-vacation

As some of you know, I work as a math teaching assistant in a local school district. This week we have our Spring break (usually near Easter, but this year for Passover as the two holidays were so far apart). What that means is that I don't have to get up early for 6 weekdays, but I still have two evenings of teaching my university class and one afternoon/evening of tutoring as those students go to a private school that had its break at Easter. So I am on semi-vacation. I hope to finish all my prep for my university class and have some time to craft and maybe even read. Ahhhh!

I took some pictures of the tulips at the university where I teach. Each year they have a Dutch Festival where the tulips around campus are one of the attractions. Here are some examples.

 I love all the different shapes that you can see below.
These are all just on the short walk from the parking lot to my office.
Each one has a name label.
These yellow tulips reminded me of roses.
I also have some of my own tulips blooming. I absolutely love purple flowers.

Each of these have come from Easter planters that I subsequently plant in my garden.
 The pink ones below will hopefully look better next year. I know they were in last year's Easter bucket. They are quite short.
I have made some progress on the pup.
 I am finding the printed pattern difficult to follow some evenings. I think it is more the pattern and less my eyes as the symbols are very similar, fairly light and all are covered with the hammock lines that must be stitched at the end. Even during the day I have to take a break from looking at the pattern.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. I think I might work on Baker Beach a little bit. I really want to get that 4th page finished. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to. 

Thanks for stopping by!




12 comments:

Kate said...

Loved the pix of the beautiful tulips!
Your x-stitch will be beautiful when you've finished. I can totally relate to how difficult some of the charts are to follow with the light, similar symbols ... seems to me the charts used to be easier to read/see.

Quilter Kathy said...

Beautiful tulip photos!
ENjoy your stitching on your semi-holiday!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

When I was still cross stitching, I sometimes would color the pattern to make it easier to see. Just doing two of the colors and leaving the rest to the pattern symbols did help. Your pup is going to be cute.

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh! The tulips are gorgeous. Your puppy dog is coming along nicely.

The Cozy Quilter said...

Beautiful tulips! My tulips are not out yet but the daffodils are puttin on a good show. Your dog picture is coming along. Sounds like a busy vacation time to me....

Needled Mom said...

Those tulips are really gorgeous. I wish we could grow them here, but we don't get the needed chill hours.

Those little symbols do all begin to look alike sometimes.

karen said...

have fun sleeping in! it's sounds quite decadent. You are quite busy with all the knowledge you're dishing out.

mamasmercantile said...

Enjoy your semi-vacation. Beautiful tulips in such a stunning range of colours.

Sheryl S. said...

This looks a lovely design although hard on the eyes. Pretty flowers.

butterfly said...


What a lovely post of flowers, and lovely new stitching start.

Bilko Parker said...

Lovely tulips, and your cross stitch is looking really good. My eyesight isn't very good, I would need a magnifying glass and lots of light to be able to do that. Thank you for sharing, Guida

Annie said...

Stunning tulips! I prefer coloured charts (spoiled from all those cross stitching magazines) and find some black and white charts very difficult to read. Hope you can conquer it slowly though, since the subject is gorgeous:)