Thursday, February 18, 2010

A weeks worth of Sarah

I'm still chugging along on Miss Woodham. Poor Ann Rayner is still waiting her turn with my needle. I know you've heard me say this over and over, but I hate borders. Simple ones are okay, but these involved ones, no. I'm still not in love with the Belle Soie, but I have taken your suggestions to shorten the length and it is better. I took the top photo in the sun and the one below in the shade. The one above looks more accurate in color. My friend, Margaret is probably finishing her Sarah Woodham any day now with that fast needle of hers. We always laugh at how we start in opposite corners. Since we seem to often be stitching the same thing, we can meet in the middle. I was asked if I always start in the bottom right. Yes, always. Starting in the upper left seems very awkward to me, but it seems to be what most others prefer. I'd love to be a fly on the wall this weekend at the Nashville Market. I'm sure there will be much to tempt us. I'm looking forward to seeing the new book from the Blackbird gals. Talk about eye candy! Have you seen this freebie from them? It's as cute as can be, and I want to stitch it teeny tiny.

I found time this week to plant lots of petunias. I'd show a picture, but I'd hate to be accused of rubbing it in. Our weather has been wonderful lately, but the new blooms on the trees are making me sneeze nonstop. While I'm busy working in the yard and garden, look who's lounging on the patio. Scarlett will now sit by Henry but she won't look at him. Still a little standoffish that one is. Henry loves Ruby because she'll play and chase after him like a puppy herself.

Say Cheese!
Thanks for stopping by and as always, I appreciate your kind words and comments. One more thing, I took a break from painting my needle case accessories because we've had several visitors over the past two months, and life has been hectic. I hope to have some news items to show very soon.

25 comments:

Vonna said...

Sarah is gorgeous...and you are doing wonderful stitching on her. Margaret is definitely a whizzer with the needle isn't she?
Your puppies are so cute, that last picture looks like your hanging a ribeye over the top of them :)

Cari-in-VA said...

Scarlett, Ruby, & Henry, the three of them are just too cute together. I love my cat, but I miss the companionship of a dog.

Sarah is just lovely. Between you and Margaret, I can almost see the whole thing and I love it.

Can't wait to see your new painted pieces, will you be painting an A&E?

Enjoy your sunshine and petunias while we suffer in snow (sigh) lol.

Margaret said...

Oh I love your Sarah! She's a fun stitch, isn't she? I don't know why you don't like borders -- this one is great! No tricks, just repeats, no problem! lol! Sometimes I prefer to go for the border before the insides. :D I love the pics of the pups -- they're all so cute! I'm glad Scarlett is slowly warming up to Henry Blue. I hope that trend continues!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love the snaps of your canine trio... aren't pups the best!
Your Sarah is beautiful. Please post some snaps of your garden... I can live vicariously through your snaps.

Kellie said...

Sarah is absolutely beautiful!! I love it. I understand what you mean about borders. They discourage me at times. But the end result is always so worth it. :)

The dogs are so cute! It is funny that Scarlett will sit by Henry, but not look at him. :)

Enjoy your warm weather. I am hoping it heads this way soon!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Your Sarah is just gorgeous, Tanya! That border looks like it would give me fits, too but it sure is pretty!

Your poochies are just the cutest things.

I'd love to see some pics of your flowers - oh sure, we'd be jealous but that's okay. We'd be happy for you to have that kind of weather.

April Mechelle said...

Miss Woodham is coming along Great !! and the 3 babies are cute as can be!!!

Sherry said...

I am just drooling over you and Margaret working on Sarah! Love, love, love it! I would love to start on it also but that border is holding me back. I can't wait for the new BBD book either!

Your fur babies are so cute! Lucky you getting to play around in the dirt with flowers!

Nancy in WI said...

I love your Miss Woodham. I always start at the top and middle. I love that picture of Scarlett and Henry!
Nancy in WI

Theresa said...

Love your Sarah!!!! The colors are so beautiful~~~~~~
Your puppies are just adorable~~~~What a cute little bunch!!!

staci said...

Sarah is just lovely...I think that would be a month's worth of stitching for me :)

Deb said...

Oh goodness - for someone who doesn't like to stitch borders, you certainly pick out the samplers with what seem to be the most involved ones. It's looking wonderful! Love the pictures of your cuties too! And show all the pictures you want - yes, I'm jealous, but I also like seeing the pictures and realizing that spring starts in just about a month!!

Katrina said...

Sarah is so pretty! Love her. And the puppies are sweeties.

Hope things settle down soon ;-). Looking forward to seeing your new painted sets.

Melissa said...

Awww, I love to hear stories about how the 'triplets' are doing. It's like a little soap opera. Too cute!

Your Sarah is looking lovely. It's funny how we all like to start in a certain 'position'. This time I started stitching something from the bottom (instead of top left) and it was ok but it took some getting used to!

Good luck with the borders!

ps The cherry trees are starting to bloom here. It's cra-zy!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Sarah is simply beautiful!! I am amazed how quickly so many of you ladies stitch and still produce such stunning results! Something for me to shoot for, lol!

Your babies are soooo stinking cute!! I just love it when you share pics of them. :)

Catherine said...

Oh the pups are adorable!!

Sarah is simply beautiful!

I am anxiously awaiting the melting of our snow and hoping to see spring soon!

FayeRaye said...

Wonderful progress!!! I love this sampler and am probably going to look at getting it once I see your completion!~ And, your "babies" are the cutest!!!

woolwoman said...

Love Sarah! it's fabulous

i have a boston question - I keep seeing a commercial on TV that looks like a liver colored or red and white boston - is there such a thing? Your B&W beauties are just adorable. Love hearing about them
Mel

Jeanne said...

Loving your Sarah - I have avoided starting mine trying to focus on some other WIPs. I am with you 100% on the Belle Soie - I'm using it for Quakers & Quilts and yes it shreds a lot and is thin in some spots and thick in others. BS is okay but for the price I would rather buy Silk & Colors varigated threads - so much nicer to stitch with.

Siobhan said...

The pups are just too cute! Scarlett cracks me up with her disdain for her little brother.

Sarah's coming along so nicely! You wouldn't think you have visitors there to distract you--but maybe it's because you're taking refuge in needle and thread. ;)

Brigitte said...

I always enjoy seeing your progress on this lovely piece. And whenever I go to see such lovely samplers on the blogs I feel urged to start something new, and the urge is always so urgent, lol. And sometimes I just do it.

Susan said...

Your progress is great. I love it. No pics from Margaret to see where she is at on Sarah.
Love the dog pics. They're cute!
Happy Stitching!

Suzanne said...

Great job you have done on Sarah. Funny, I also like to start in the bottom right corner or otherwise the centre. Depends on my mood, lol!

Your puppies are very cute!

Valerie said...

Your Sarah is coming right along. She will be beautiful when you finish. I know what you mean about borders...I just started stitching a sampler whose entire border is in queen stitches! But I guess it is those darn borders that them so beautiful! Happy Stitching!

Michelle said...

Sarah looks gorgeous! She is really coming along. We will have to make Margaret stitch with one hand behind her back to slow her down a bit. Love the photos of the pups - Henry is a charmer!