It has been brought to my attention that there is a mistake on Sarah's chart. Somehow the bird in the middle of the two purple faced people lost his tail and part of the wing. Also, the vase has some missing symbols, which happen to be the same color. The graph below shows the way it is supposed to be charted. I am so sorry for the confusion and inconvenience. If you have any questions, please email me.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
for a little decorating around the house. I'm going to apologize in advance for showing similar photos from year to year, but I pretty much stick with the same thing. Plus, I know that some of you might be new visitors, so maybe you will enjoy them. The rest of you...just bear with me, okay?
Our home is small, so I try to keep it fairly simple. My attempt at creating a colonial feel here in the desert. Sprigs of greenery tucked here and there.
I found this driftwood Santa in Iowa. He looks like he has a really bad back ache. I have a thing for skinny Santa's. No roly poly guys need apply.
More greenery amongst some red ware.
These gentlemen are definite repeats. I know I show my collection of Eldreth Pottery Santas every year, but I only get to display them for such a short time. Hey, there's a chubby Santa in the front row...how did he get in there?
One of my favorite Christmas stitches, Blessings be Thine from Blackbird Designs. I'm almost tempted to leave it out all year. You know that weakness I have for canning jars. I can't take credit for putting this together. Another Iowa find, and it was in my arms in a split second.
These primitive stars are just the thing for my kitchen counter.
What few snowmen I have seem to end up in the guest bath.This is a new display for me. Several of you inspired me to fill a dough bowl with some smalls. It's a start. The sweet little oval box with the silhouette was a gift from a dear friend who knows me well.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May your holiday be filled with comfort and joy.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I'm pleased to present my new release, the Hannah Tingey 1823 reproduction sampler. For the model, I used 45ct. vintage Butter Cream from Lakeside Linen and Needle Point, Inc. silk. A conversion to DMC is provided with the chart. The verse and Hannah's name and date are stitched over one.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
These three are ready for turkey. There's no convincing them that they aren't direct descendants from the original pilgrims either. We all want to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Stitching bags! Who isn't thankful for the great variety of bags out there? When I started stitching back in the stone age, I think I must have carried my projects in Ziplocs. I couldn't have imagined that one day I'd have so many fun ones to choose from. The red and lime green mesh ones were found at Barnes and Noble, and while not actually marketed for stitching, they sure come in handy. I love the ones made out of the very cool sampler-like fabric. At a recent trip to the Attic, the teal colored one in the back was spotted. There were many different ones to choose from, all unique. Several of us were looking at them at the same time, and it was an absolute frenzy. It was really funny trying to get the one you fancied the most without being too pushy. There might have been an elbow or two thrown though. My friend, Natalia makes awesome stitching wallets. She has a great eye for selecting fabrics, and the construction is top notch, too.
This little tote came home from South Carolina with me. It's perfect for carrying my stitching out to the patio. I bought it from CJ's Creations, who was one of the vendors at the PALS retreat. They can be embroidered, and come in several colors. One of the neat things about this tote is that it collapses flat.
The model for Hannah Tingey 1823 is finished. I'm finalizing the chart, and she will be available the first week of December. I hope you like her.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
This was my first glimpse of the beach. It was exactly as I remembered it from all those years ago. Now, I've been to many beaches since that first trip to Myrtle Beach, but this place is special. It must be the memories associated with it, but I felt like I had come back to a place that I've held in my heart for a long time. I had a very hard time concentrating on stitching with this view outside.
Shortly after arriving, Paulette and I headed down to the beach to check out the
surfers, um...I mean surf.
Hurry Paulette...you let him get away. Oh, I forgot. You have a zoom lens!
Two of my favorite people. My long time friend, Patti on the left, travelled with me. (She's the short one who needed the step stool to climb into that high four poster in Charleston). I can't thank you enough for all the help, and for the fun, Patti. On the right is today's birthday girl, Nicole. Happy birthday, my friend! I had so much fun with you, and I appreciate you helping us navigate. I especially want to thank you for insisting that I needed that red bag :)
Here is the fabulous, Faye. She is one of the nicest gals on the planet. I can't wait to see more of your Sarah Elizabeth. Thank you again for the scissor fob. Just looking at it makes me smile.
Michele is stitching my Jingle all the way on red! Make sure you send me a photo of it finished. It was so fun to meet you.
And then there was this group...the Carolina Connection! Michele and I snuck in there, too. I am not exaggerating, when I say that you are the nicest, funniest, friendliest, and most special bunch that I have ever met. I had a blast being an honorary Carolina girl. I can still hear Lynn laughing in my head , and I start in all over again. Have you started your Williamsburg ort can yet, Sandra? Remember, we promised! Linda, I now have a southern drawl thanks to you. I can't wait to meet up with you all again. Have fun in Tennessee.
I want to thank Amy for inviting me. It was my absolute pleasure to be a part of this fun event. I met some truly wonderful ladies, and I so appreciate the enthusiam and response to my designs. Thank you all very much. I hope you find that Candy Corn!
Ahhh, I could have stayed like this forever...
Monday, October 31, 2011
We have a tale of two witches. Can you guess which witch is the bad witch? Actually, they are both good witches! They are only giving me the evil eye because I made them sit still and pose.
Now this one...is the devil. There's no doubt about it.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I'm back home from a wonderful trip to South Carolina. I visited there over thirty-seven years ago, and I've had "Carolina in My Mind" ever since. The first stop was Charleston, an incredibly beautiful and historic city. We spent two days exploring almost entirely on foot, with the exception of a carriage ride tour. When we were worn out, we escaped back to our room at The Meeting Street Inn. It is a fabulous inn. The rooms are furnished with amazing antiques. Yes, those beds are high. What you can't see is the step stool in between them. It came in very handy for my short companion. It was such an awesome place to stay. I really hated to check out.
This was a cemetery that we walked through. It was a peaceful and lovely place.
The architecture captivated my attention the most. I could live in any of the houses, and be perfectly happy. I loved the shuttered windows, wide southern porches, gas lights, intricate iron work, and well...everything. The gardens were beyond stunning. Many were very English looking in their layout. Wouldn't you love to be sitting in one of those rockers stitching away?
A highlight of the trip was a visit to The Charleston Museum. I am very grateful to my friend, Carol for suggesting that we make an appointment to view some of the many samplers housed there. I knew that the Ann Wragg Sampler below was there, but I didn't know that samplers aren't always on display. The curator was very gracious and let us view several. Seeing Ann up close was a thrill. It is a small sampler, but the stitching is perfectly done.
My other favorite was the Mary Bella Hopkins Sampler. A large sampler with beautiful stitching in really nice colors. Oh, how I wish someone would reproduce it. I would be first in line to buy the chart.
In my next post, I'll tell you about the trip up the coast to Myrtle Beach.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I haven't painted in a very long time, but I did this week. Out of all the sets I've done, I never kept one for myself. I thought it was about time to do just that. I love colonial stencilling, and I love silhouettes, so I was inspired to combine the two. My dear friend Patti, brought me the sweet little bag back from Paris. It's the perfect little accessory case. Every time I look at it, I'll be reminded of my little boy back home who's really going to miss his mama for a few days.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Here's my latest design, Jingle all the way. It's a pin keep, but I like to use them in potpourri filled bowls. I love the linen, it's called Swamp, and it's from PTP Colorscapes. Not your traditional Christmas color, but it was fun to use. My model is stitched with Belle Soie Mahogany and Icing on 36ct. If you'd rather use cotton over-dyes, Cayenne and Toasted Marshmallow from Crescent Colours are good conversions. I thought the bell was a nice touch, but it is charted with a snowflake if you'd prefer it that way. The bell was found at Hobby Lobby. The trim is jumbo Rick Rack from Wrights in the color Bark.
Thanks again to the amazing Vonna for taking my visions and making them work.
I'm still working on the model for Hannah Tingey, but I'm itching to get back to stitching for fun. I'm thinking ahead to what projects to take for the trip to Myrtle Beach for the Pals 2011 Stitchin' At The Beach retreat which is coming up soon. I'm beyond excited to see some old friends, and make some new ones. I'm a surf and sand girl, so I can't wait to get to the beach. We're spending a couple of days in Charleston before heading up the coast. I've never been to that city, and I just know I'm going to love it.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Happy Fall! We are still waiting for those cooler temps, but they can't be far away now. To be honest, I've hardly paid any attention to the weather. My needle has kept me busy. I've spent more time with Hannah, below and Emma Mills, above. The antique Emma is a sweet little sampler in my collection, and the chart will be released next week. The original sampler was stitched on fabric that looks like dirty linen. I tried to reproduce it with similar linen, but I was never happy with the result. I then tried Meadow Rue, and that didn't work either. I finally settled on vintage Lentil, and I used a variety of cotton overdyes. It needed a bit of brightening up. One has to wonder what prompted little Emma to stitch her admonishment about the evils of money.
Hannah's red house is going up brick by brick. I love stitching bricks for some odd reason. I couldn't wait to get to the deer, and it was a fun motif to do. I forgot to mention that I'm using 45ct. Buttercream and NPI for her. Her release will probably be late in October. In addition to Emma, I will be releasing a new design called "Jingle all the way" very soon. The talented Vonna has worked her finishing magic once again. It's a Death By Candy Corn meets Christmas idea , and it's somewhat primitive.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Aren't those big eyed stags wonderful?
It seems that most of the antique samplers that I come across come from England. I thought about that as I was waiting for her to make the trip across the ocean. I can only surmise that our young American girls were much too busy with day to day chores and basic survival in the early 18th and 19th centuries.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We were on hand to wish brother-in -law, Mike a happy 50th. He was golfing at the time, and came home to a surprise party. That is yours truly in the middle. I'm the only one not holding up a "50" napkin. Another sister-in-law had just given me something from Tastefully Simple, and that is what I am displaying.