Monday, November 30, 2009

A little of this and a little of that...

Harriet Burry has been exiled. I had to put her aside, or else risk going crazy. The windows are all satin stitched, which I've decided against doing. When I started in on doing crosses, I realized that the spacing wasn't equal for the panes. Long story short, we needed to part company for awhile. I went back to the A&E, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel at last.

I'm still taking my time with the over one verse.
I just love red! All samplers should have some.
Blyler House finally made it's way in to a frame this week. I've started a new sampler wall in my craft room. I tried to take a picture, but the lighting was awful. I'll try another day.

Black Friday found me decorating the house for Christmas. I love making the simplest things look festive. The tree in my bedroom will eventually have more tiny samplers. For now, there's just a few, but it's a start. I stitched these a couple of years ago and never got around to the finishing. I don't like that part, at all.
As if I don't have enough to do, I joined my first SAL with these gals. I have wanted to stitch the Prairie Schooler alphabet as one piece for years. Vonna started this project going, and I'm really excited to be participating. Mine will be over one on 30ct. linen.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New Christmas set...and more of Harriet

Here's my set for Christmas. Email me if you're interested.
I'm about to give up on photographing Miss Burry. The one above was taken inside under my Daylight. I had to hang it up with clothespins on poster board to get it all in. The bottom two were taken outside and the fabric looks all washed out. As you can see, I'm working on the big yellow brick house. It has fourteen windows and a door that are all done in satin stitch. I'll be there while. Finally, a color change of blue with the door. How much green can a person stand? This has to be the worst charted reproduction EVER. There are tons of mistakes on the graph. Originally, I thought it was the way the antique was stitched, but after constant comparison, it's the chart. It's horrible, but I still love every minute I spend on her.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More Harriet and something new

It's Thursday, the day I usually get around to updating my blog. Harriet is coming along. Have I mentioned before what a big girl she is? I laid her under my Daylight to take the picture today. It was one of those very rare days in AZ. when we had no sunshine. Actually, the colors are pretty accurate for once. You would think that I would be sick to death of NPI 348, as that is the main color. I absolutely love this sampler to pieces. I'm at the point where I can move on to the big brick house, and I'm not afraid, Melissa! I might be a little afraid of the time it will take me. It's a really BIG house.
When I wasn't working on Harriet, I found time to do these. Any serious stitcher can relate to at least a couple of them.
I'm sorry that I forgot to add the link to the source of my lovely sampler plate. I got so many emails about it. I hope you all placed your order. Here it is again, just in case.
By the way, my husband never did notice it. He finally read about it on the blog. I think I can safely sneak new stuff into the house, if I don't blog about it.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's all about samplers

Harriet Burry is addictive. She's hard to put down. I am so surprised that I'm not bored with this sampler know, the big border, few color changes, lots of repetition. My photos pale in comparison with the real deal. She will be a beauty.

The A&E is only slightly more than half a sampler. I managed to add a couple more birds and a bit more of the border. I still plan to give the chart away, if I ever finish the piece, that is.

I ordered this red ware plate a couple of weeks ago. I copied the idea from my good friend, Siobhan, who has one. I felt a little guilty about borrowing her idea until she told me that she borrowed the idea from another good friend of ours, Carol. I happen to know that another good friend, ummm, Margaret has ordered one. The cycle never ends. It just came yesterday, and I love it. The funny thing is that my husband hasn't even noticed it yet. He is sick to death of the word sampler. It's everywhere in our house and on my car, lol. He finally said "what if I want to drive your car and they think I stitch samplers?" Remember my license plate? Oh, well....
I went through some more stash, and I've put together another list of stuff to offer for sale. One of the ones that I'm parting with is A Most Noble Pursuit which was a collaboration from several fabulous designers. It was a limited edition. I know I probably won't be stitching it, too many others calling my name louder. If you are interested in my list, EMAIL me. Please don't leave me a comment to be included. The list will go out on Saturday. Same as before, I'll accept PayPal as payment.
Lastly, I've been "encouraged" by Vickie to do a Christmas needlework set. I have an idea for one, so look for that in the near future. I'll be taking orders if anyone is interested.