Monday, July 27, 2009

Peace and Plenty

I took a break from Rebecca Robinson this weekend to work on this. It's one of the designs from the new book, From Hollyhock Farms by Stacy Nash Primitives. I don't usually stitch this type of thing, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I even stitched it in cotton thread and to my complete surprise, it didn't kill me. I'm not sure whether it will go into a frame or find itself made into a small pillow. It has a home in our master bedroom either way. The colors are perfect for it there. I plan to do the other designs, too, but I'm missing Rebecca, so they'll have to wait.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Needle Case Set

This set just went up on my Etsy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stash...subtraction and addition

The Rebecca Winborne Sampler
by McIntosh Samplers

Mary Pets Sampler
by Queenstown Sampler Designs

First off, a huge thanks to those of you who emailed me and participated in my stash reduction sale. Everything is on it's way to you. It was a bit crazy trying to keep up with the emails, and first come~first served order, but overall a great success. I've been asked if I will be doing it again. I think so, but not right away. I was able to make some room for a couple new charts, another Rebecca and a Mary. I love them both, and they might have to go to the top of the list of upcoming projects. I also bought From Hollyhock Farms. I've never stitched a Stacy Nash design before, but I couldn't resist it. There are several wonderful primitive designs in the book. I hope to stitch them all.
Lastly, Rebecca Robinson is coming along. I took the picture under my Daylight this time. It shows the color of the linen much better than my previous photos. I figure that I'm half way done or a little more, and usually at this point, I'm so anxious to be done that I can hardly stand it. I'm not feeling that way yet, of course, I'm not to the boring border either. I still think it's going to be one of my all-time favorites.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The List

Just a quick post to let you know that I am working on the list right now, hopefully I'll send it out later this afternoon. I didn't think it would take me this long, but I couldn't get to it the last couple of days. Thanks for your interest, and I appreciate you taking the time to send me your email addresses. If you have left me a comment on the previous post, could you please also email me. My email is on the sidebar. Thanks, it will be easier to include you with the others.
I just got off the phone with my niece who I have given my old charts to for years. She still has them and will be returning to me. Looks like another list in the future.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stash Reduction

I have too much stash! So, I decided to go through it and weed out some of it. Some charts are brand new, but ones that I know I'll never stitch. Others are gently used. I'm in the process of putting together a list. Email me if you're interested. I'll be accepting PayPal as payment, but I will consider a trade, also.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More of the same

Believe me, I am working on this as much as I have time for. It may not appear to have changed much since the last post. I've finished the gigantic carnations and some of the area around them. The motifs are spaced close together, and there are a lot of them. When it's finished, it will be a full-bodied sampler. If you are even thinking about doing this one, I'd say go for it. I absolutely love it, and I'm sure it's going to be an all-time favorite stitch of mine.
If my repetitive progress report has you bored, check this out. You'll never believe who came by for a visit this weekend. Like I said on my other blog, I'm kind of creeped out because we've heard of attacks on small dogs. Can you imagine how awful that would be?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A big house, a small house, and a giant vase

Here's another week's worth of Rebecca Robinson. The small house was a much faster stitch, than the giant one, of course. The more I accomplish, the more unusual this sampler becomes. So many of the motifs are out of proportion with each other. I think that's what gives it it's charm. The large vase will hold some pretty big carnation looking type flowers. For some reason, the color of the linen doesn't show up accurately. The vintage Buttercream from Lakeside is a yummy soft butter color. The deeper hues of the thread really look nice on it.
I also need to add that I incorrectly said that it was all done in over two cross stitch. The two little birds next to the boy are over one.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Rebecca Robinson and a wall

As promised, here is my progress on Rebecca Robinson. Ohhhh, I'm so in love with this sampler. I know, I know, I'm repeating myself from my last post, but the more I stitch, the more I love it. The quirky little motifs are a little peculiar looking, but quick to do. I'm thinking of changing some of the colors. There's a whole lotta dark green going on and some of the called for colors don't have enough variance. Poor Rebecca probably just used what she had on hand.

My friend, Alice has asked me to show the wall where I hung Sarah Hartley. I've shown this wall in progress before, but I'm constantly rearranging it. We have a TV in the middle, and the next two photos show the samplers on either side. Yes, I know that some are hung low. I'm using all available space, lol. I also know that some look a bit crooked. It's a never ending battle to keep them hanging straight.

Enjoy your holiday weekend! As always, I appreciate your comments. Thanks a million.