Wednesday, June 23, 2010

This little piggy...

sits in the corner, and is stitched over one. It's a darn good thing I love this sampler like I do because I'm going to be working on it for a long, long time. There's nothing complicated about it, but the border alone is quite involved and time consuming. I'm thinking of taking a tiny break from it to stitch a pin keep.

Sorry to be such a downer on my last post. I'm leaving the news off for the most part, so if an asteroid is heading towards Phoenix, let me know, will ya? It was nice to hear from many of you that I'm not alone in taking comfort in my stitching. Wouldn't the world be a nicer place if we needle workers were in charge?. Although that would mean major decisions would have to be put on hold while we added to our stashes, converted fibers, and fondled our precious linen. That could be a problem.
There is nothing like a little retail therapy to cheer a girl up. So, I took my own advice and went shopping for charms online late one night. Here is what landed in my cart:

The artist palette is vintage, but not the others. I found a great source here. The Mini-Cooper is my dream car, and my hilarious dh says this is as close as I'm getting to one. The sewing machine wheel turns, and the bottom opens up to reveal scissors, needle, and thread. The one on the bottom left is Noah's Ark. The apple in the center is the really special one as it opens up to these two.
Adam and Eve pop up out of the apple. Is that cool or what? Mr. dh doesn't get it, but you do, don't you?
I've spent a good part of today going through some charts to offer for sale. I don't have a list yet, but I'm working on it. Email me if you'd like to see the list at thescarletthouse@gmail.com.

25 comments:

Bertie said...

Love your pink piggy, go on give it some spots LOL. Looks like a lot of work so far and am an admirer Tanya.

Love the charms, the mini is so sweet and we can dream!! how original is that A&E out of an appel!! love the rest too.

Loraine said...

Oh my Tanya! Love that little MINI cooper charm! Where on earth did you find such darling charms? I may have to start a collection, all of the charms are just darling. Yes, we get it girl!
Your little piggie is too cute too. Your sampler is looking wonderful.
Please send the list to me. I don't think there is a sampler in your photo gallery that I don't covet!
Take Care and leave the t.v off. Hiddenheart@kellerits.com

natalie said...

LOVE that apple! So dang fun! Your sampler is just gorgeous. Nice job on the piggy. :) I think I'd take a break, too!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I think the piggy is my favorite part of that sampler! Love your charms - I'm going to have to show my bracelets one day. I love charm bracelets and am so glad you found a good source for charms. Love the apple charm!

Margaret said...

Love the charms! Of course! Ugh! I'm still contemplating starting a bracelet of my own. Your fault! lol! Love the piggie. Over one?! Argh! Are all the animals in the corners over one? Argh!! Maybe I'll wait on this one. :D

Michelle said...

Awesome!!! And funnily enough, I have the Noah's Ark charm too. The little piggy is pretty cute over one.

Deb said...

I think your sampler is coming along great, but I really understand about the border - borders and I don't get along well. Probably picking up something small will be a good thing.

And you know, now I need some charms. I almost got that A&E one from Ebay a while ago, forgot about it, and now need it again - plus the sewing machine, etc.

Katrina said...

Now that's a cute piggy :-). Love the Country Life piece, it's really pretty.

The charms are wonderful, I think I need to see a close up of the A&E charm ;-).

samplerlover said...

Hi Tanya, I also love your pink piggy. Your sampler is looking wonderful and looking forward to seeing more of it.
Love your charms. On one of my trips to England I drove a Mini around England for a month. Wonderful little car. You have a wonderful lot there. Love the apple with A&E. One English charm I always wished I bought was a silver box with glass windows with a pound note all folded up inside it. I'll have to show my 2 charm braclets along with my 2 Pandora braclets one day. - Sandra.

Dona said...

Tanya, your charms are beautiful. Collecting them is so much fun, whether you collect them for yourself or someone else.

Love the sampler! I don't recall ever seeing a pig quite like that on a sampler before.

Catherine said...

Love the piggie!!

Those charms are adorable - the apple is fantastic!

Stephanie (Joie de Bayou) said...

What a cute little piggy. Looking forward to watching your progress.

Love the charms - that apple is special.

Isadarena said...

Your Sampler is turning out gorgeous : I love the colors in it and the little piggy is so cute !!
What a great idea to purchase all these charms to change your mind : all of them are very nice they and the little apple seems so special .
It sounds like you have spent a nice time on this online shop :-))Thanks so much for the link .
Have a very nice day ,
Isabelle

Sherry said...

I just love this sampler so far with the farm animals! I am a charm buff too. I haven't bought any in awhile and looks like you found a good place so I will check it out.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Of course we get it! I followed your link to the Etsy shop and what did I behold... a 'crown' charm. Perfect for my Princess Emma.
Your CL looks fabulous.
Keep to your stitching chair and the happy zone.

woolwoman said...

Gosh and you think that sampler is going to take forever - HA HA I scoff - you've done more since your last post than I would do in a year probably LOL - LOVE IT - it is a neat sampler - your charm collection is so cool - I love the ones that are interactive like the A&E popping out of the apple - how charming ! he he

Mel

Marsha said...

I GET it. I saw a charm bracelet at an antique mall last year and was tempted then but now I must go back and see if it is stll there.

Karoline said...

Love the pig, your sampler is looking gorgeous.

The charms are lovely especially the Mini. We've had a Mini Cooper for several years now, they're great cars.

Sherry said...

I think so far the piggy is by far my favorite. I love the charms. I have to say, Tanya, the sewing machine is my favorite but I do like the apple - way cool how A&E are locked in the fruit!

Alice said...

Being a lover of everything folk artsy, I adore this sampler. The horse and pig is just perfect. I don't think this sampler would have looked like much without that awesome border. I love borders again. Sure, they are time consuming, but they do make samplers. I like your new charms. Love the attention to detail. I will be off to get some retail therapy at a "vide grenier" tomorrow morning. I do hope to find something unusual or to only enjoy getting out a bit.
Alice

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Love the sampler ~ especially the pig! And the frame on the previous post ~ absolutely gorgeous!!!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Nice progress! I can see how it could be a potential stitchy mojo stealer, though! Gotta love the pin keeps for their "breather" qualities!

Welded Bliss??!!?? I actually just ordered from them!! It came in late last week - what did I order you ask?? I loved your Bloody Tower charm so much, I ordered it from them. I also eBaying for charms for my new bracelet and came across them. There's another one I ordered several charms from on eBay - Maldon Jewellery. I was happy with all the stuff I got from them as well.

Have a great week!

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Suzanne said...

Love your sampler, it's coming along nicely. What awesome charms you have found. I especially love the apple one.

Cari-in-VA said...

Love your little pig - he is too cute. Oh and I am green with envy over all your new charms, they are wonderful. And you know that the A&E is my favorite of them all - how cute is that.

I am catching up on blogging - so far behind (sigh)