Saturday, January 2, 2010

A man without a head

Happy New Year to you all! I've had precious little stitching time recently. Partly due to the holidays, and partly because I came down with a nasty bout of the flu on the day after Christmas. Our entire family caught it one right after another. It was a miserable couple of days. The only good thing is that it helped kick start the annual January 1 diet. I'm not a big goal person, but it's always nice to start a new year. After the Christmas stuff gets put away, I always tear into cupboards, closets, and drawers, and reorganize. As much as I love the coziness of my Christmas decorating, it feels so good to throw out or donate unused things, and get my house back to normal.
Above is my progress on The Ann Rayner Sampler ~1839~ from Threads Through Time. This is such a pretty sampler. I'm using Lakeside's Buttercream , as charted but converted to NPI. The man's face is stitched over one, as are the small sheep.
Below is my take on the Prairie Schooler alphabet that I'm stitching along with this group. I'm doing it on 30ct. Legacy Linen over one. It's fun, but I try not to think about the 25 additional blocks. I'm SWP (stitching without pressure) on this one. If it takes me a year to finish, so be it.

Recently, I've had several new visitors leave comments. Thank you very much for taking the time to say hello. I am very, very behind in catching up with my blog reading, but I look forward to visiting you , too.

32 comments:

Love to Stitch said...

Happy New Year!! Wow, to bad you and your family got sick :(. Glad you are feeling better. Great progress-- even if he doesnt have a head- do they use them much?!! LOL.. Cant wait to see more of both!! Your alphabet is going to be fabulous!!!!

Sherry said...

Happy New Year, dear friend! I love your new sampler WIP and the PS alphabet is coming along beautifully. I would love to join in but I have so many others I want to do. Just never enough time.

Feel better soon!

Catherine said...

Ann Rayner is a fantastic piece! I can't wait to see your progress on this one.

Hope everyone is feeling better!

Dianne said...

the sampler is lovely, and your progress on the abc sampler is also splendid. i think that you should change Y...I don't particularly care for that one either...

Deb said...

Happy New Year. Ann is looking so nice. I was really hoping that mine would show up before Jan 1st, but not the case, so she'll hopefully get started sometime this year and I'll just live through your wonderful progress for the time being. Love your progress on the PS alphabets - I'm doing the same thing - no rush, no worry - just work on it as I can.

And I'm so like you with the cleaning out things. That's all I've done the past few days - clean out the shelves in the workroom - the Salvation Army is going to love me!!

Margaret said...

Argh!!!! Ok, I'm just going to have to stitch Ann, that's all there is to it! Those reds!!! Those colors!!! Ack! I'm doomed! So beautiful! Will a fat quarter of buttercream do it? I have a piece that size. I'll have to go look. Your PS Alphabets are looking great too. I'm so glad you start in the other corner so I can see the end of the alphabet. :D Glad you're feeling better!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your PS Alphabets are looking fabulous. Love your start on Ann Rayner... another beautiful TTT sampler.

FayeRaye said...

Ann Raynor is absolutely beautiful! I love samplers.... I am impressed the the ABC progress also...I had wanted to sign up but have committed to a couple exchanges that I want to finish first...I will live happily through the progress you make!! Happy New Year!! Faye

Melissa said...

Oh Yuck. Sorry to hear you and your family fell ill. I hope everyone's feeling better now.

I'm the same way as you. After the holidays I just want to de-clutter and organize stuff!

Your PS Alphabet is looking great. But I love Ann Rayner. The colours are so pretty. I hope one day you will share your NPI conversion and maybe I'll stitch it too!

Take care!

Glenna said...

Happy New Year, Tanya! Those colors pop right out of the computer at me--I love Ann Rayner. And the PS sampler looks great too--I've put mine away temporarily because I don't like my fabric!

I'm sorry you all were il, but as you pointed out about kick-starting the diet, there is a little good in everything (I guess). Happy stitching!

Cari said...

Happy New Year, Tanya! We just returned home after a visit to SC. My brother was married on Jan 1 - it was a beautiful wedding and such fun to spend time with my family. I have spent my evening catching up on all the blogging I missed these past few days. My list of "must have patterns" has doubled in the last hour and Anne Rayner is going to the top. She is just beautiful and I love your fabric choice.

I am so sorry that you all had the flu - what a miserable time for all of you. I am so glad that you are feeling better.

Oh, great progress on the PS ABC - I plan to start mine soon - I figure a block a month will work for me. I am more into my A&E pieces these days. Speaking of A&E, my magazine arrived while we were gone - can't wait to kit this one up and start stitching.

Wishing you and your family a blessed 2010.

Siobhan said...

What beautiful WIPs, Tanya! They are both gorgeous. I'm glad you're getting over the flu bug...not a fun way to end 2009. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2010.

ivoryspring said...

Happy New Year, Tanya -- I absolutely love your sampler. Beautiful colors.

Brigitte said...

Happy New Year!
Both your projects look gorgeous, even if the man doesn't have a head. Yet. Lol.

Robin said...

Sorry to hear that the New Year brought a bout of illness toyour family. hope you all are feeling much better.

Your stitching progress is awesome! Congrats!

Brigitte said...

I forgot ... hoping that you have already recovered from your flu a bit more. And your family as well. Not a good thing around Christmas and the New Year.

samplerlover said...

Oh she is another beautiful sampler like I thought she would be.
I'm sorry to hear that you have been ill. I hope that you are feeling a little bit better. - Sandra.

Kellie said...

Tanya, so sorry to hear that you and your family have been sick. I hope all of you are feeling better now. Great progress on Ann Rayner. That is a beautiful sampler. Your PS alphabet is looking fantastic and you have a great attitude about it (SWP). :)
Hope you have a great week!

Suzanne said...

Happy New Year!

I am sorry to hear that you and your family have all been sick. I hope you are all better now.

Ann is such a lovely sampler and you have made great progress on your PS alphabet.

Stitcher S said...

I too am behind in blog reading, and it was so good to come by here today!

Sorry about the illness, what a drag.

The sampler is lovely, as are all your pieces. I so admire all the stitching you get done.

Take care!

Karoline said...

Happy New Year, glad you managed to recover from the lurgy.

Both Ann and the PS Alphabet are looking gorgeous. Great progress

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear you had the flu bug visit.. no fun indeed! Your stitching projects are so pretty.

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on Ann and your PS Alphabet!! Love them both!! :) I really want to stitch Ann one of these days - I love all the sheepies! :)

Katrina said...

Love your Ann Rayner and PS alphabet is so pretty too :-).

Love new year, new starts too!!!

woolwoman said...

cute photo of Ann and the man with no head - your progress is amazing on this and maybe if you'd not have gotten sick your man would have had his head - glad you are feeling better and hope you have many happy stitches in the new year. Thanks for dropping by my blog - I appreciate your support.
Melody

Irene said...

You continue to amaze me with your wonderful stitching and you are a real inspiration to me to continue to pick up my needle. Can you please tell me if you are stitching the prairie schooler as one and if so what size material and how much. Thank you and happy stitching.

Tammy said...

Stitching without Pressure? That sounds great! Your stitching is lovely!

HollyXSing said...

I love your Ann Raynor Sampler! I have ordered the chart from Wyndham Needleworks and I hope it arrives soon!

I enjoyed reading your blog....I'll be back for more visits.

-Holly from the PS ABC Stitching Bee Blog

Linda said...

Happy New Year...glad to hear you are feeling better, no fun to start the year off with a flu bug.

Your Ann Raynor is just wonderful and I love the PS stitch too...both are so pretty. SWP is great..keeps things enjoyable...hugs, Linda

Michelle said...

Both of your pieces are gorgeous! And I love that you've started at the end of the alphabet! Hope you're all feeling better.

Heidi said...

Happy new year and wishing you an inspiring 2010! I love your sampler and the headless man is a funny sight but I am sure he will not stay that way. I so want to start on my PS alphabet one day. My dream is to stitch them all into a quilt.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Dona said...

SWP is a good thing, Tanya! Your PS work is so nice. I do love your AR sampler, too. More cute sheep!

Hope all of you are feeling better by now.

p.s. I think I know quite a few men without heads ....