Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gone fishing...

Hello from steamy, hot Arizona. Sitting next to some cool refreshing water while holding a fishing pole sounds really good right now. Since I don't ever go fishing, my progress on Country Life will have to do. Even though I'm thoroughly loving this sampler, it isn't going to be a quick stitch. The row after row of grass seems to take forever. The border is oh so pretty, but also very time consuming.

I took some time out from stitching to make some journals for a couple of friends. The adorable girl on this one is Ami. Check out her muddy paws. I was really inspired when I saw the picture, so that is what her tag says. Her parents are lucky that she lives several states over, because I'd be tempted to steal her. Love that face!


The back of the journal. Doesn't this photo make you smile?

If you've been lucky enough to find Laurie's blog, you'll recognize these two. They are of course, the very photogenic Emma and Owen. Naturally, that is the princess herself wearing the crown.

I love this photo of them on one of their daily walks through the prairie, and thought it would be perfect for the back of the book.

I love to use pictures of dogs in my art. You would think that I would have plenty with my own three. But, as you can tell from this photo, my dogs are a bunch of lazy bums. Trying to get them to pose would definitely cut into their busy schedule.

If you would like a personalized journal featuring your adored pet, drop me an email for more details.
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My non-blogging friend has been reducing her stash, and she has some great things for sale. If you're interested, send me an email, and I'll forward it on to her.

29 comments:

Deb said...

I just love your Country Life! I can see how the grass would get tiresome, but it's really looking good. Love your journals too and would love some info on them. We're going to have a new member of the family arriving next month and I think that would be something great to have. Love the pictures you put on yours and Laurie's - I would have recognized those puppies anywhere.

And would love info on the stash for sale. Definitely don't need anything, but, well, you know......... :o)

Margaret said...

Your Country Life is gorgeous!! Gosh darn it! lol! Love the journals you made for S and L. Fantastic! I also love the pic of the ladies and gentleman being all comfy. Such a life! As for stitching, well, hmmmmm. I'm working on it. Sort of. Keep getting distracted by clams. :D

SilkLover said...

Country Life looks great! As do your journals.

I am in the Napa Valley California and it is hot today. Not as hot as Arizona, where I am thinking of moving to soon. Just have to figure out where in Arizona that will be. I'd say enjoy the hot weather, but sometimes it can get too hot!

Sandy said...

Tanya, Country Life is amazing!! And you're almost halfway there, too. LOVE that cow.

The journals are so precious. Miss Ami thanks you for such a sweet gift, and sends a special "hello" from the MudPie Kitchen.

Your own little bums are adorable. Looks like they just wilted from the heat. If you never use that photo of two little Boston bulls peaking under the fence in some of your art one day, it'll be a crime.

Sampler Lover said...

Hi Tanya, - Country Life is looking really lovely. I also love the cow and the fishing gentleman.

Talking of cows, did you see in the latest S&ANW mag that they are going to do the cow sampler that was photographed on Page 5 of Issue 59. I like that one although I can't see any sheep, but it will do.

Love your journals, they are really lovely and the photos that you chose are just perfect. Lovely photos of Emma and Owen. Love the photo on the back. Ami is also very cute.

I also have a lazy bum who loves to sleep beside the fire at the moment. Her name is Sally and she is a Border Collie. She loves laying around sleeping. She should be out chasing the sheep. That is if I had any lol. - Sandra.

Michele said...

Gone Fishing looks great! I love the doggie art too. Please forward my email to your friend. micheletbruce@gmail.com

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Glenna said...

Tanya, Country Life is coming along really well, even if it's large (I have the graph, so I know exactly how large it is!) The fishing looks refreshing in this heat (upper 90s here and muggy. Ick). I'm going to email you about a journal for my sister of her dog. Gracie (the dog) is dying and my sister won't have her much longer. Fortunately, I have lots of photos. I had been thinking about a scrapbook, and now that I've seen your journal, I think that will be better. Your bums are a hoot.

Faye said...

From muddy feet to the "princess" shot to the oh so perfectly relaxing bed shot, I LOVE them all~!~~ Too cute!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your CL looks fabulous Tanya. We've started stitching at different sides, so it's fun to see what I have to look forward to stitching.
Emma and Owen are pleased as can be that you've featured their journal art on your blog. Emma can never get enough blog coverage... it's the Princess thing ya know.
I agree with Sandy... the Bostons peeking under the fence would make for some fabulous journal art.

Melissa said...

I love your Country Life and the journals too. Such a talented person you are! Since I've been to Laurie's blog I know those corgie faces! And your three are just doing the perfect lazy summer pose! ;-)

Isadarena said...

Your country life is turning out very nice and how I understand how you must like the fresh water if you have a very hot weather at present .
Don't you want to send us a little of your warm weather : we have in Brittany wind and rain now and the temperatures are falled down very quickly :-(
Your little Bums are just lovely :-))
Have a nice day,
Isa from France

Bertie said...

Love the gone fishing Tanya, beautiful.
Your journals are adorable, and can imagine you like to "steal" him.

Have been to Arizona, a lady told me she used up more electricity in summer than winter, all those fan's, had never seen anything like it.

Katrina said...

Love, love, love your Country Life, it's so pretty. And the puppy journals are adorable :-).

Cari said...

Your Country Life is really coming along. I love this piece. I'm trying not to drool on the keyboard!! Your journals are wonderful and way too much fun!! Hugs

Kellie said...

Country Life is looking great! It does look time consuming, but it will be so worth it in the end when it is finished and hanging on your wall. :) Love your journals. Those dogs are precious.

I am interested in your friend's stash list. I will send you an email. :)

Have a good weekend!

Alice said...

Country life might go slow but its definitely worth it. Love your progress so far. Your journal creations are awesome and full of humour. The picture of your three Boston terriers are just priceless. I could change my life for their's easily, especially lately. ; )
Alice

Sherry said...

I just love Country Life! It will be so beautiful when finished and you will be thrilled with it! The journals are wonderful! Makes me want to get another dog NOW but I know DH will say no. He just isn't ready to give himself to another dog yet.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, is this a gorgeous sampler. And you are right, the border looks so beautiful. The stitching might be slow going but it's such a beauty.

Karoline said...

Country Life is looking lovely, great progress.

Both the journals are stunning, congratulations

MyLifesAStitch said...

Country Life is looking great!! Your blog is dangerous, Tanya... every new project you introduce adds a project to my "to stitch" wishlist. Ah, for unlimited time and finances, lol!

Those journals are AWESOME!! I'll email you, b/c I may very well want to get some from you for Christmas gifts. Stay cool!!

Cari-in-VA said...

Your journal art is fabulous - what cute, cute pups.

And your Country Life is just gorgeous - I have a bunch of new SL but no time to stitch (sigh).

Rhubarb, Scarlett, and Blue look quite relaxed.

Enjoy your week.

Loraine said...

I love this sampler! Wow, you are making great progress, and once again, I'm wishing that I was working on a lovely sampler with you!
You are fabulous!
Hope you stay cool.

Michelle said...

Your Country Life looks amazing. It's so fun to see yours worked from the right and Laurie's worked from the left. The art journals are fabulous Ami, Emma and Owen are perfect subjects!

woolwoman said...

that bed full of bostons is SO darling - and your CL is looking quite wonderful. between you and Laurie - i think I am going to have to make a visit to SL and see about this Country Life. Love your journals - so talented ! Mel

Tammy said...

Your stitching is beautiful, and I adore the doggy art/journal things!!

Suzanne said...

I really love Country Life, it's a beautiful sampler. You are making great progress on it.

The journals are adoreable. Too bad I don't have any pets.

Mary said...

You are making great progress on Country Life. It's really gorgeous! The journals are awesome!

Jennifer said...

Very stunning piece!