Monday, November 29, 2010

Meet Sarah Elizabeth

Christmas has come a little early. I had been drooling, obsessing, ogling, and dreaming about this antique sampler since September. She arrived from England last week, and is now front and center and the focus of my craft room wall. To say that I'm one happy girl is putting it mildly. Thank you, Mr. B. She has everything I love about samplers including the big red house, birds, and four dogs. As a friend said, "it's definitely a Tanya sampler." Did I mention it has a big red house, lol? The verse is wonderful, too. I'm always amazed at the ages of these young girls. Sarah was 11 yrs. old when she stitched this in 1842. I will be reproducing her in the near future. I can already picture the linen and fibers in my head. I think I had that done before I even saw her in person. Here she proudly hangs:

I am finishing the model for Maria Tilley any day now. I hope to show pictures soon. When my eyes can't take any more of Maria's 45ct linen, I put a few stitches in Lady's Garden from Carriage House Samplings.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We sure went straight into Christmas, didn't we? I spent yesterday decorating the house. It's exhausting, but I love the results. My next adventure will be making cinnamon ornaments and drying orange slices for a small tree. Stay tuned to see how that turns out...

20 comments:

KsMaryLou said...

Oh WOW! Sarah Elizabeth is beautiful! What a treasure you have acquired. I really like the verse, and can't wait for the chart to be ready. Sarah looks so nice with your other pieces.

Katrina said...

She's absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait for the reproduction :-). Love the arrangement on the wall too.

NeedleWorkPress said...

Sarah is at home righ here in AZ at The Scarlett House. Woo hoo for YOU!

Bertie said...

Beautiful Sampler Tanya, I love the house on it, great find:))

Sampler Lover said...

Oh Tanya what a beauty. I can see why you are so excited. I am another one looking forward to the chart.
You are going really well with the designing of the kind of samplers that you and I love. Keep up the good work. Sandra.

Deb said...

What a score with that sampler!! I just love it. Any sampler with a big house is top notch in my book! I'm definitely on the waiting list for this beauty!

Michelle said...

She is definitely a "Tanya Sampler"!! She's gorgeous and I'm so glad you've hung her front and center in your room. Can't wait to see how your current model is turning out! The CHS piece looks like a good break, and it's pretty too!

Margaret said...

I just can't wait for Sarah Elizabeth -- talk about a beauty! I love that CHS design too, another on my want-to-stitch list! Can't wait for Maria too of course. :D

gracie said...

A beautiful sampler...and it looks very much in place hanging on your wall.

Lelia said...

So beautiful! Fabulous treasure : )

Melissa said...

Oh, Droolsville! She is a beauty and I love all that red! Lucky you but well deserved!

I will be in line for the chart too! I'm so glad you are doing that!

Sherry :o) said...

beautiful and stunning! I am interested too, in your dried oranges...please share what you do and pics when you're done decorating your small tree!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what an absolutely wonderful sampler this is. What a beauty. I'm waiting for the reproduction you have in mind ...

Sherry said...

Oh I love Sarah Elizabeth and can't wait to see what you do with her. I hope you reproduce her so that us Aida stitchers can do her too! I totally love this verse!

Nicole said...

Sarah is just gorgeous Tanya!! I love where you put her! I also love your start on Lady's Garden! :)

Vonna said...

An absolutely beautiful sampler Sarah Elizabeth produced so many years ago! I'm sure you can't stop gazing at her. Big houses, any color are my favorite too :)
I'm anxious to meet Maria...as am I anxious to hear about your orange slices and cinnamon ornaments....I've been thinking of trying my hand too....

Dona said...

She is even more beautiful hanging on your wall. The original stitcher would be so pleased to know her sampler ended up with and is treasured by you! We should all be so lucky.

Can't wait to hear about the dried oranges. I love the smell of oranges.

woolwoman said...

Your sampler Elizabeth is just gorgeous! you are one lucky girl to have found it. Glad to hear it will be your next repro - YIPPEE!
Hope you will show some photos of your wonderful decorating for christmas - your home is so beautiful- enjoy the season - Melody

Siobhan said...

Jiminy crickets! What a post full of loveliness. Sarah is GORGEOUS and definitely you! I love how you have the samplers arranged. Great progress on the CHS piece, too!

Joanie said...

Oh, I LOVE Sarah!! What a beauty! I love her and can't wait until the chart will be ready! Love your sampler wall too.

Your primitive tree is great too! I've used a dehydrator to dry oranges, that worked well for me.