Saturday, February 28, 2009

Isabella framed and a little luck...

Happy Saturday! I finally found a frame for Isabella. It's very simple, but it's a wonderful chestnut color, and it compliments the piece, I think.
I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from Carol at Em-Li's. She found Two Fine Ewes for me, along with Adam & Eve, also by The City Stitcher. I was jazzed and then the next day she told me that she also located The Learned Wife by Kingsland. All three of these charts have been next to impossible to find, at least for me! I guess persistence paid off this time. Thanks for all of your suggestions. I did, by the way, contact The City Stitcher directly, and they never responded.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Plantation Sampler Update

The animals are all corralled. I need to finish the tedious filling in so they'll all have grass to eat. I changed the green color, and I like it much better in NPI 245. I try to work on that area when I'm watching something on TV. Not much concentration is needed. I also started the brick work on the house. Aren't the trees unusual? I like'em. By the way, yes, Glenna that is a blue sheep. I'm not sure I get it either.

These sets are going to be on my Etsy later.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stash Enhancement

I mentioned a post or so ago that I went on an online shopping spree. I think it's good for ones constitution to do a little retail therapy now and then. It sure is fun to hear the mailman ring the doorbell when you're expecting some good stuff. Above is what I ordered. If you click on the picture, you can see them better. Sorry, the lighting wasn't too good this morning. The temptation is always there to start something new right away, but I'm a one at a time stitcher, so I'm plugging along on the Plantation Sampler for now. I think I enjoy the kitting up process as much as the actual stitching. I love going through my fibers and fabric to see what I need. It's an obsession to have it all at hand. It's getting harder and harder to locate some of the older oop charts. I have looked high and low for "Two Fine Ewes" by The City Stitcher. I found it on EBay, but lost out on it by 50 cents because I wasn't paying attention. Frustrating! If anyone has it and is willing to sell, please let me know. Em-li's has it on their site. but they don't have it anymore.

Two Fine Ewes

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A week's worth

I'm going to apologize in advance for this post. With the exception of a few more stitches and a couple of new painting designs, it pretty much mirrors my last post. I'm sorry, folks...such is my life. While it doesn't look like a lot of progress on The Plantation Sampler, I'm going as fast as I can. I will say that I am totally taken with the 45ct. linen now. It takes some getting used to, but I love the look. It's a bit like over one in how dense it is. I ended up switching many of the colors, not just the gross green at the bottom. We'll see if I made a mistake or not down the road.
My granddaughter, Olivia had a sleep over at our house on Saturday. We had a great time. We made a red velvet cake and a new blanket for her. It was one of those fleece jobbies that you cut strips all the way around and then tie it together. It was supposed to be impossible to mess up, but somehow I ended up with more strips on one side than another, lol. It might look a little weird...but she loves it.
Here's what I painted recently. I'm never doing another scene like the one with the lighthouse again. It took me all morning to do. What do I know about lighthouses? I live in the desert.
Speaking of which, it is all of 64 degrees right now. That might sound wonderful to you...but I think it's cold. In fact, I'm cooking a pot of chili. I love it when I can throw everything in a one pot and call it dinner. Less cleanup and more time to stitch tonight. Yeehaw!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday this and that...

Unfortunately, I've little stitching progress to show. I'm not ready to admit that the 45ct. is kicking my behind, however, it's more difficult than I expected. It's like stitching over one. You just can't go very fast. One little bit seems like it takes hours to do. I hate the green than is called for in the bottom half. I started outlining with it , but it has to go. It looks nothing like the chart picture. What is up with that? The last three designs that I've done have been the same way. Geesh! Anyway, here she be. I love those little sheepies.

We have had cold, rain, and snow in AZ for the last few days. It has reeked total havoc on my sinus's. Nothing like waking up with a migraine. While I was feeling sorry for myself yesterday because I felt crummy, I decided to do my part in stimulating the economy. Can you say stash enhancement? It's all Nicole's fault. She sent me a link to an album chock full of fabulous samplers. That was all it took. I jumped on The Scarlet Letter and Em-Li's and found about 10 or 11 that I can't live without. I still find that I like a lot of the old stuff the best, especially the prices. You gotta love a six dollar chart. I'll do a post when they all get here so you can see what I got. Today, I finally felt like painting. These are going up on Etsy tonight.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Happy Wednesday! So, here's my dilemma. The response to my needle case sets has exceeded my wildest dreams. What's the problem, you say? Well, let me tell you. I DON'T HAVE TIME TO STITCH! For me, that's like not taking the time to breath, or eat, or sleep. Don't get me wrong, I love to paint AND I'm happy to be selling things. I really shouldn't complain because stitching doesn't pay me anything and has cost me bundles over the years. With that all being said, I have managed a wee start on a new sampler. I had to dig really deep in my stash to find this one. It's an oldie from 1987 called The Plantation Sampler. Yes, I know...more pastels. I think there's enough dark green in it to keep me sane though. I'm stitching it on the coolest piece of 45 count vintage Maratime White by Lakeside Linen. It has a decent amount of blotchiness for that aged look that I crave. It is my first time stitching on 45ct. If you never hear from me again, you'll know I went blind and can't blog anymore.

The wee start of the willow tree

Here's what I painted today. It was a custom request and if she likes it, it is sold.

This set is going on Etsy. Maybe. I kinda like this one, and I keep entertaining thoughts about keeping it for myself, but I won't. It's in the 80's here today, the perfect day to sit on the patio and stitch. I hear my needle calling me now....

Monday, February 2, 2009

The lovely Isabella

I finished Isabella up last night while watching the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. I was so nervous the whole game, it's a wonder that I didn't need to rip anything out. I'm bummed that we lost, but considering that it was a close game, AND the fact that we even got this far is amazing. I did leave out the called for queen stitches in one of the motifs. I made an attempt,
but on 40 ct., there was no way. The light color thread didn't help either. I think I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favorite samplers. It's weird, because I am so not a pastel person. It is stitched on Light Examplar from Lakeside linen with NPI.

These three needle case sets are going up in my Etsy tonight, if anyone is interested. Now, I'm off to dig through my stash . I have no idea what I want to start next. I guess I'll just see what calls out to me.