Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another one bites the dust


Can you hear the pitter patter of me doing the happy dance? Finally...the A&E is done. It's not actually mounted, the frame is just sitting on top. I'll have to save that for another day. I feel like I started this one back in the 90's. I know I've worked on other pieces right along with this one, but it still felt like it would never be finished. The chart pages actually fell out of the magazine from so much handling. I had planned to give the magazine away to the person who wanted it the most, and I still will. Just know that it is not in pristine condition. The first person to email me with an address gets it. Now that it's done, I am very happy with my version. It looks much different than the magazine's reproduction.
Now on to Ann Rayner ~1839~. Isn't she the loveliest? Look at all the red. I'm in sampler heaven with this one.

Here's my start in the corner. The little sheep is over one. I'm using 40ct. Buttercream from Lakeside. You'll be surprised to know that I have almost half of the border done already. Quite a shocker for this border procrastinator. I think this sampler will be more fun than most. It's very colorful, with some quirky color blending, which I won't be doing. Like Sarah Palin, I'm Going Rogue, and will do my own thing.


26 comments:

Margaret said...

So beautiful!!! I love your A&E -- congrats on finishing it! And your Ann Rayner start. Sigh. It's wonderful too... I really have to get around to this one as well.

Georgie said...

I am stunned at what you finish! It is truly gorgeous!!! I also love the new one you have started. I love all the red in this one aswell

Kellie said...

Your A&E is absolutely gorgeous! May I ask which magazine it was featured in? Congratulations on your finish. I love Ann Rayner as well. I agree...fun and colorful. :)

valerie said...

Beautiful finish!I'm sure your are ecstatic! Lovely start on Ann Rayner as well!

Dianne said...

That's a neat one!

Cari said...

Tanya - I am so happy for you! Congratulations on a beautiful finish (love the frame!).

And your new start, oh my! Kim (threadheads) has been working on this one as well - It is another beautiful sampler! I look forward to watching your progress on Ann. Good for you for working on that border!

Merry Christmas

Laurie in Iowa said...

Another gorgeous sampler finish! Congrats Tanya. Ann Rayner is wonderful... love all that red. It will make for cheery stitching during the dreary winter months. Although you'll probably have it finished before long.

Melissa said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finish! This must feel good to get this one finished as you've said you've worked on/off on it for awhile.

And you already know how I feel about the Rayner sisters. You and I were on the same wavelength on both! Love your start. All that red is very cheery and apropos for this time of year!

Theresa said...

Happy Dance~~~~~ Congratulations on you finish!!!!!!!! It is gorgeous~

Catherine said...

Your finish and your start are stunning!

Glenna said...

Well, aren't they both lovely! The A&E turned out beautifully, and I love, love Ann Rayner, who I had thought about stitching this year (probably won't even try, but I'll be looking forward to yours, Ms. Border-Averse!)

Siobhan said...

GULP. Wow. Wow wow wow wow. Tanya, your A&E is incredible. I think the frame is perfect, too--lets the stitching shine, just as it should. Your start on Ann is making me salivate... I might just have to start this one. I saw it finished 'in real life' this summer and it is stunning. Your choice of linen is perfect!

FayeRaye said...

Tanya, this is absolutely beautiful!!! Love the finish! Faye

Melissa said...

Love your A&E. Congrats on the finish! And Ann-- I love those reds. I hope to start her sometime in 2010.

Tracy said...

Congrats on the finish!

Katrina said...

A&E is so pretty!!! Love the frame too.

I think Ann is going to be gorgeous. The colors are so pretty.

Love to Stitch said...

Absolutely stunning finish! You did a beautiful job, and it is worth all the 'years's stitching it :). Ann is going to be gorgeous too-- love Buttercream, and the colors--oh my, simply amazing. I cant wait to see more of this beauty!

Dona said...

Your A&E is gorgeous, Tanya! I love the little couples with the umbrellas. And there is no snake with eyes to stitch...!

I can't wait to see your Ann Rayner finish. It is a really pretty piece. Your little sheep are very sweet.

Have a good weekend!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous - both pieces. I love the A&E - your changes really make this piece sing! And I love your start on Ann...beautiful - that red will be so fun to stitch!

Michelle said...

Oh my! Love your new finishes!! Ann Rayner is stunning ~ I'd be doing the happy stomp!

Brigitte said...

What a gorgeous finish. Congratulations!
Your new sampler will be just as gorgeous. And you are right, all the reds are beaming on the sampler. Very beautiful.

Linda said...

Congratulations on your A&E finish...it is spectacular. I love your Ann piece, it is beautiful too....oh, the little sheep are so sweet...hugs, Linda

samplerlover said...

Hi Tanya,
Wow, your A&E is really stunning. Congrats on owning such a beautiful sampler.
I will look forward to watching your progress on Ann Rayner. Another sampler that I love. I think its the sheep lol. I seem to love samplers with sheep. - May I wish you a Merry Christmas - Sandra.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on finishing your A&E sampler. I love your new sampler start and look forward to seeing yur colour changes.

I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas.

woolwoman said...

Another beautiful finish Tanya

I have always loved Ann Rayner - looks like the perfect sampler for a lover of red. Can't wait to see her progression.

Merry Christmas! Melody

Sherry said...

You have every right to be doing a happy dance! Just stunning! And I can't wait to watch your progress on your new start. Sorry I have been MIA lately but alot has been going on.