Monday, February 28, 2011

May I have more hours in my day, please?

Country Life is now in it's beautiful burled wood frame. I thought it would be a real bugger to stretch and pin, but it wasn't that bad. I came close to running out of pins though. My guess is that I used close to a bazillion. It is so hard to photograph closely so here it is in sections.



We've had some gloomy, cool weather lately. Perfect weather to plop in front of the TV and indulge myself with my new wool obsession. I can stitch all day and night and never get tired of it, but this is a nice change of pace. I tried something new and tea dyed the cream colored mat part. It was just too bright. I even dunked the pennies in for a bit. I love the result. I wasn't sure if the wool would take a tea bath well, but I read that all natural fibers will. I have an idea to try next that will combine both penny mats and my love of samplers.


Here's the resting spot for it.

Like I said in my post title, I wish I could order up a few more hours in the day. I never seem to have enough time to get to all the crafty goodness that I want to. I miss making collage art and cards, and I really need to make more effort to do that again. I've just finished my first cross stitch design. The model will soon be stitched, and I'll share that when I can. Then there's the myriad of samplers waiting in the wings, not to mention a couple more must do's from market.
Something needs to give. I know... I'll give up exercising, laundry, and housework.
Have a wonderful week.

39 comments:

Bertie said...

What a great achievement!! love your sampler.
I think we could all do with some more hours:))
Your mat is fabulous and love the sampler on your wall too:)

Flaglady8 said...

Just love the sampler, will have to add that one to my ever growing list of "want to stitch"! More hours in the day to work on our projects would be nice...wonder if we could justify hired help for all of the housework...!!! :)

Margaret said...

Your CL is beautiful framed -- love that frame! And the penny mat! Now how perfect can it be for setting that wonderful lamp with shade on? Blue heaven!!! Yum! I agree -- I need more hours in the day too. Or maybe we could just make them last as long as they used to when we were 5. :D

Melissa said...

I didn't know you did your own framing. It's just lovely.

Your new obsession seems to be paying off. I love the colours you chose and the rug looks great under the lamp. Perfect!

Can't wait till we get to see your new design!

Not enough hours in the day? Well, just think of it this way. Life is so full of goodies for you that you are not bored but full of creative spirit. And that's a good thing!

Michele said...

Beautiful pictures!

Jan said...

LOL Tanya, I love your 'give-ups'...good luck with that.

I adore your framed finish and your sweet penny rug! Also so looking forward to seeing your first design, I just know I will be enchanted and will have to have it.

Alisa said...

Your Country Life finish is gorgeous! Absolutely love the frame.

Cari said...

Love, love, love the frame for Country Life. Fantastic work!! I love stitching with wool. It's so yummy and soft and I love all the colors. Have fun !!

anniebeez said...

Country life is gorgeous! Where did you get that awesome frame? I love your wool penny matt, it looks great with the lamp. Where did you get that awesome lamp? LOL!

Robin said...

Your sampler looks fabulous and I LOVE that frame. Where did you purchase your frame molding?

Great little penny rug -- love the colors!

valerie said...

Congratulations on your finishes! Country Life looks amazing!

Nicole said...

Beautiful frame Tanya!! I just love it!! It turned out wonderful. I also love your penny rug mat. It's perfect for that spot!! Congrats on two great finishes! :)

Deb said...

That frame is just perfect for Country Life!! I hate to imagine how many pins it took (although I did see the pictures somewhere). I couldn't believe it.

I love your mat too. It looks wonderful on the table with the sampler behind it.

And if you find out how to get more hours in the day, please let me know. There are just too many great things to do and not enough time.

mainely stitching said...

What a perfect frame! And I love where you've set it, too. And your penny rug - wow!! :D

samplerlover said...

Wow, Tanya you are getting really good at your Penny Rugs. This one is really lovely and goes so well in your bedroom.
Country Life looks lovely in her frame.
Yes, life would be so perfect without housework. But I can't see it happening at my end lol. - Sandra.

DonnaSews said...

Beautiful finish. I am impressed how you frame your own samplers. You are very talented and always an inspiration to me. Enjoy!!

gracie said...

The sampler looks wonderful! Be very proud....
Love the penny mat...just bought some wool to make a penny rug...need to figure the inches and circumference...then get to it. I also plan to try a mat...yours is so pretty....I am sending some of my hours to you.....

Katrina said...

OMG, CL is just absolutely gorgeous and the frame is perfect. And I love the wool piece with tea dyeing.

Can't wait to see your new design too :-).

Linen Stitcher said...

I absolutely love that last picture. The combination of the penny rug and lamp against that beautiful sampler is just perfect! Nice!!

Nancy in WI said...

Love, love your penny mat! Then you have to have that wonderful Mott sampler hanging behind it. I had forgotten about that one. Your Country Life turned out super!

Vonna said...

Your penny rug is gorgeous, the perfect mottle for that beautiful aged look!
LOVE country life too...perfect frame, perfect stitching...well its just perfect! Actually, I think every thing is top to bottom:)

Sherry said...

Country Life is just stunning! Your little table topper is adorable too. I can't wait to see what you choose to do next.

Fiona said...

Your frame is perfect for your stitching. Your lamp mat looks great and the colours coordinate really nicely with the shade.

woolwoman said...

Your CL is just gorgeous and the frame is soooo perfect - I can't believe you do your own framing - you are one talented lady - and the penny rug is darling - looks so perfect with the lamp. Beware the wool curse - I see wool rug hooking in your future LOL !

Michelle said...

Your CL is gorgeous all framed! And what a cute penny mat! I love the color that the tea-stain gave to it. Perfect place for it.

Suzanne said...

You chose a beautiful frame for Country Life and did a great job framing it.

I love your penny rug, the tea-staining was a great idea.

Loraine said...

Country life is just beautiful! What a perfect frame for a perfect piece. I love the tea dye on your wool mat. So nice!
I wish for more hours too! Wouldn't that be nice!

Siobhan said...

Ummm, oh my gosh. That last picture makes me want to run around and do a wool mat, stitch that sampler, acquire the lamp with the fabulous shade, and put it someplace in my hallway that everybody can ooh and ahhh over it. FABULOUS!! Country Life is amazing, too. YGG!

Deborah~ said...

Still up to no good, I see!! ;] lol
I miss talking with you. We need to catch up. I've just gotten over pneumonia, so I'm back in the book reviewing game again. Just finished reviewing "Swamplandia," which I think you'd love. Miss you!
Hugs,
Deb/TheBookishDame
LavenderRoseRamblings

Brigitte said...

Country Life is just stunning. It looks fantastic in this frame.
And I second you on the title of this post!

TeresaB said...

Adore your sampler! It looks wonderful. I'll add my request for a few more hours in the day to get more stitching done, but not to do actual work!

Dona said...

I'm looking forward to it to, Tanya. I think it will be a good thing at so many different levels! Thanks for suggesting it.

Karoline said...

Country Life is gorgeous, great framing.

You Penny rug is lovely, congratulations

Jeanne said...

Great job on both Tanya. I hate stretching and pinning my finished pieces so I don't do much of my own framing. Your sampler looks fantastic as always! Congrats on the penny rug finish too, they are fun to do aren't they.

HomeSpunPrims said...

BEAUTIFUL sampler! It looks gorgeous in that frame. I know what you mean about the pins. I use little sequin pins and pick up a box or two whenever I am somewhere that carries them. I'm always afraid I'll run out! lol Your penny mat is wonderful as well. It looks great with the sampler you have on the wall.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Beautiful framing job. Do you have your frames cut special at a frame shop?

Argante said...

what a wonderful design... I have your same problem: i need more hours!!! Nice to meet you

Argante

pj said...

Happy Birthday Tanya!!!!!! HOpe you enjoy your day....love the work you have been doing. Wool work is relaxing too and stunning results. pam in iowa

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