Thursday, October 29, 2009

A hodge podge post

I thought I'd start this post off with the ladies in red. They are doing what they do best...napping. This is "their" chair in my craft room. At least they provide company for me when I'm painting. Even though I have to turn the Ipod up sometimes to drown out Ruby's snoring, it's still nice to have their "support".

Today's high was only in the low 60's...chilly for AZ. Here they are soaking up the sun. It made me laugh to see them sitting there like a couple of old ladies. They have the life, don't they?

Above is a set that I did for one of my favorite customers, Jen. It's on it's way to the UK.

This is my messy work table after an all day painting session. Being a fairly neat and organized person, this made me cringe when I stepped back from it. I had to go grab my camera.
And here is some Harriet progress. I know this picture is just awful. I tried to take it without much sunlight left outside. The gate is really different. It's all done in satin stitches. One of these days, I need to get back to the A&E, but I'm enjoying this one too much right now.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

1827 Harriet Burry Sampler

The A&E is still a half finished sampler, because I got sidetracked by this one, the 1827 Harriet Burry Sampler. It was in the summer 2008 Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly. I fell in love instantly when I saw her. The garden gate is kind of unusual. The original antique was stitched on 50ct. linen, over one and two, with some specialty stitches thrown in. I'm using 40ct. summer khaki that I over dyed to age it a bit. I really liked the original color of Harriet's linen, so this is close. My thread colors appear to be more vibrant, even though I converted the charted DMC to NPI. She must have loved green, as it is the most dominant color. I'm using a brown for the trees. I'm proud of myself for getting so much of the border done already. I usually put it off for last, and then regret it. Since she's a big piece, I'll do a little everyday as I go.
We are having glorious weather here in the Valley. I planted pansies yesterday. I feel for those of you who are getting your winter clothes out. No, not really...we had to suffer all summer to get to these days. All I want to do is sit on my patio, stitch, and listen to the birds. Unfortunately, I'm behind in painting, so it's nose to the grindstone for me.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Half a sampler

Not much to show in the stitching dept. I am half way done, so I guess that's something. Yesterday, I sat in front of the TV, watching football and finished Caleb and Joshua who resemble a couple of Santa's elves. The verse in the upper corner is over one, and every word is a different color, so I'm taking my time with it. I confess to starting a new sampler. It's the 1827 Harriet Burry Sampler from the summer 2008 publication of Sampler & Antique Needlework. I could not resist...she just kept calling me over and over. It's another one with a whopper of a border, but a very pretty one. I'll post a picture soon. And of course, Sarah Woodham is waiting in the wings.
I'd like to say welcome to the blogging world, to my friend, Laurie. She is a fabulous stitcher, a dog lover, and "mom" to two Corgis. Stop by and visit her at Corgi Cottage.

Here's a few more pictures of fall decorations. I picked up the seeded pears on my recent trip. Someone spent a whole lot of time individually gluing those seeds on. I think they are just too cool.
On my last post, Terry asked about the little folk art birds by the bittersweet. I would love to tell you where they came from, but I have no idea. I know that I ordered them online from somewhere...sorry.

Love this witch riding a crow!

Thanks for the comments on my finds and new plate. As always, I love hearing from you.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Back to the real world

We are back from our shopping excursion through seven states. Other than a small disappointment in the Cranberry Festival, we had a great time. Before I show you what I found on the trip, I have to show you this. It's my new license plate, and it was waiting for me. Is it cool, or what? I think it says it all!

These are a few of my bargains. The gingham apron is like the one I made in 7th grade Home Ec. It was my introduction to sewing, and I loved both hand stitching the x's and using a machine. It was a whopping $1.99, as was the small oil can. Now, I can make one of those pin keep birds from With Thy Needle. The vintage photos are my favorite to find. I always wonder about these people. What was their story? I love to use them in collage art, which I've neglected to do for a very long time. The ideas are there. The four women are going to become awesome witches. I'm sooo glad I don't have to dress like that!
My prize find is the crock on the bottom right. I didn't realize that it was such a cool and different color until I placed it with the others.

We stopped at a couple of farmer's markets, and I picked up some gourds. For now, this big boy is sitting in the entryway with the fake pumpkin. When it's dried out completely, I'll make another bird feeder out of it.
No trip back to the Midwest is complete unless I bring home some real bittersweet. I swear, in my next life I'm going to be a bittersweet farmer. This batch cost me $10.00, which I was more than willing to pay. I'd love to have tons of it growing all around me. More than anything else, it says that fall is really here.

To those of you who are patiently waiting for me to fill your orders for needlework sets, I promise I'll get to them this week.