Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes

Greetings on a gloomy, overcast day from AZ.  I love these days.  We feel like we're experiencing fall weather like the rest of the country, but it will be 77 degrees this afternoon, so maybe not so much. 
First of, I'd like to show you a new design called, Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes.  I stitched the model on 40ct, vintage Pearled Barley from Lakeside.  I need to stress that my fabric was very grey, it does not have as much pink as the norm.  I have the luxury of being able to see linen in person, but I realize that not everyone does, and dye lots are often not the same.  I would suggest that if you can't find similar Pearled Barley, a natural linen would work great.  Threads needed are all from The Gentle Art:  Dried Thyme, Forest Glade, Country Redwood, Wood smoke, Tin Bucket, Chalk, Picnic Basket, Wood Trail, Deep Forest, and Espresso Bean. 

Please let this proud grandma brag a little about granddaughter, Quinn.  Over the weekend, she became the AZ state champion on bars for Level 2, Child D Group.  She also took 2nd place on beam and vault, and 4th on floor.  In the All-Around, she took 2nd place.  The team is the Level 2 state champions.  Way to go, girls!

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 1, 2013

One to show, one in the works, and six adorables

 Here is the one to show.  Ann Topley 1802 is heading to shops.  The antique was stitched on a coarse natural linen, but I thought it would be fun to do something different, so I went with 36ct. Double Dyed Black Forest from Lakeside.  I kept the thread colors true to the original, but opted to use sampler threads from The Gentle Art.  I love, love, love how the colors stand out.  The stitch count is 122 X 181,  and the GAST's needed are:  Claret, Old Brick, Terra Cotta, Pebble, Soot, Old Red Paint, Sarsaparilla, Chamomile, Pomegranate, Mustard Seed, Old Hickory, Roasted Marshmallow, and Picnic Basket.  It is all over two with the exception of the word sin, which is over one.  An eyelet stitch over four is used for a row of letters and the checkered band below that.

 I'm trying to get the model done for my next release, but life keeps getting in the way.  It will be done this month at some point, and will be called Sleigh Rides and Snowflakes. 

The grand kids were all decked out and ready for treats last night.  Above are Kai, Olivia, and Remy.

Here are Rowan, Quinn, and Sawyer hiding behind the mask.  I hope they save some chocolate for Grandma.

Friday, October 4, 2013


 Hello everyone!  It's hard to believe that we are into October already.  The weather is slowly turning cooler with a nip in the morning air, and sunny beautiful days.  We have uncovered the patio furniture, spruced up the yard, and started planning what to plant in the way of flowers.  I hope to enjoy many hours stitching outside.  Like my title says, I have snippets to show.  I have many things in progress.  Most of my focus has centered around charting lately.  Mary Ann Ibbotson is about 1/2 way done.  I appreciate the emails of encouragement and enthusiasm for her.  I especially get a kick out of a certain couple of gals who make me laugh with their tag teaming me.  I had to step away from her for a bit.  I was getting frustrated, so I tackled three others.  One has TWO red houses, and is really spectacularly pretty. We got away for a long weekend last week in the RV, and maybe it was the mountain air or smell of pines, because I got a lot done.  In between that, I get a little more accomplished on things like this:

Ellennor Whitehouse is from the latest SANQ.  The antique belongs to Vickie of Needle Work Press, and is on display at the Attic.  I'm using the 50 something count in Meadow Rue and Tudor Silks.  It's a bit of a challenge, but I love the look and size.  My eyes do get tired, but I will feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish it.  The motifs I love doing, it's the lettering that gets to me, but I feel that way with any count.  The Tudor Silks are wonderful.

This is Charlotte Clayton.  Oh, how I love this sampler!  Mine is on 45ct. Buttercream.  The folk artiness of it just screams "stitch me!".  I don't have much free time to stitch for myself these days, so I'm slowly working my way through those must stitch samplers on my list.

Lastly, here is my start on an upcoming release.  I can here the hissing about the black linen from here, but I am using 36ct.  As I was charting her, and choosing colors, I kept thinking how the colors would "pop' on a darker color.  It is such a primitive sampler with fun motifs.  The antique is dated 1802, and I would guess that Ann was a very young girl when she stitched it.  She chose bright colors and quirky motifs, but the simple verse, Love God And Hate Sin is profound nonetheless.

Until next time...

Friday, September 13, 2013

It must be Friday the 13th,

because you're hearing from me again so soon.  Here is my second release for this month.  Her name is Mary Ann Louisa Boston.  Yes, there has been a lot of Mary Ann's lately, and still another Mary Ann is about to get charted.  It must have been a very popular name back then.  I don't usually buy antique samplers like this, but I couldn't resist the little motifs at the bottom, especially the tiny dogs.  They are about 1/4 an inch stitched on the 40ct. Legacy linen from Picture This Plus that I used.  It is charted for Needlepoint Silks and a conversion to DMC is provided.  There is a fair amount of over one on it, sorry.  Please don't hate me!  It's Mary Ann Louisa's fault.

The beautiful frame is from Valley House Primitives.  Thank you, Janet!
My friend, Sandy has already stitched Button Eyed Cat, and finished it in such a clever way.  I love the blanket stitch around the "31".  Thanks for the great idea, and for allowing me to share it.  I think you just gave me an idea for Christmas!
Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, September 9, 2013

If fall won't come to me...

I am always very, very anxious to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall.  Obviously, our heat gets old after several months of 100 plus degrees, but I just love all things about this season.  I can't wait to uncover the patio wicker and enjoy my morning coffee outside.  I like putting out a few decorations, and spent some time today doing just that.  So, even though the calendar and weather tell me that fall is still around the corner, I'm jumping the gun.  Here's a few photos:

I bought this wall cabinet years ago in MN, and it's one of my favorite places to dress up for the holidays.
If you've visited my blog in the past, much of this will be old news.  I pretty much stick with the same old stuff that I like.  I get a kick out of all the glittery pumpkins in odd colors, they are fun to look at in the stores, but not for me.  Each year I find myself simplifying, which means more natural things like gourds and bittersweet. 
A simple little display like this is more my style.
 I have been experimenting a little with moving some samplers around.  I know someone will be curious about the large one in the center.  It is an antique.  Ellen Strick was her name, and she stitched her sampler in 1849 when she was 9.  It will be reproduced at some point.
Last year I finally got around to finishing Halloween Queen from Notforgotten Farm.  I just love her!  This year, I found the black and white checked pumpkin at Home Goods.  I'd like to make some velvet ones just like it.  Maybe next year...
This is a new design that will be ready to ship later in the week.  It's called Button Eyed Cat.  I used 40ct. Cedar Plank from Lakeside, and Tomato, Raven, Oatmeal, and Gold Leaf sampler threads from The Gentle Art.  The orange border is rice stitched over four, but can be done in cross.  I wanted buttons for the eyes, but they are also charted to look like buttons if you'd rather stitch them.  For the fob, I used black rick rack, and sewed a button on the back for a simple finish. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

There and back...

 Hello, I would have posted these photos from The Attic's Summer School Soiree much sooner, but we immediately left for a trip to the Midwest right after.  If you're interested in seeing photos from the trip, you can find them on my other blog, Road Trip With Ruby.  We had a wonderful time at the soiree, and if you weren't there, you should have been.  I got very little sleep and felt like a walking zombie afterwards, but the time spent with everyone enjoying what we love was well worth it.  Who wants to sleep when you can be inspired by all of this:
 We all brought things to show and share.  Some were antiques waiting to be reproduced.  Some were new releases and projects in the works.  So much to ooh and ahh over.

 These lovelies above are from Priscilla's Pocket.

 You can see a couple of the soiree projects including Linda's from Samplers Remembered.  The antique sampler is to the right.  I can't wait to get started on mine.  We had fun making the scissor fobs and boxes for the pincushion in class. 

Here's a couple of antiques that will be reproduced.  Linda's reproducing the mostly pink one to the right now.  She's using 50ct. linen!!  The other two are mine and they'll be along eventually.
 I wish I had taken more pictures of everyone, but there was just so much going on.   Hi Robert, I hope you enjoyed your side trip to the Grand Canyon, and I'm so glad you didn't fall in :)

Cindy seems to be listening very closely to what Deb is saying.  Cindy and I were roomies, and we had so much fun.  Thanks, Cindy!

Here's Jean and her "faculty".  We sat together, laughed much, brainstormed a little about next year's event, and enjoyed ourselves a lot! 
 I thought I'd show you one of my finds from antiquing.  I have searched high and low for a real antique spool cabinet that wouldn't break the bank.  Well, I finally found the perfect one.  I spotted it right away and stood with my arm around it until the dealer arrived.  It is in really nice original condition and the back is what I love the most.  It sits next to my stitching chair.

Other than the cabinet, I only bought a few other things.  I did see a few samplers, but nothing came home with me.  I had to have the mouse on the canning jar.  He or she is supposed to be the "keeper of the buttons" according to the tag on it.  I have plenty of buttons that need a keeper!
 I worked on this while away.  The design is from Primitive Hare's Primitive Atmosphere's booklet.  Remember me telling you about the 50ct. linen that I was anxious to try?  That's what I used for the pin cushion.  It measures about 2 3/4 x 2in. and is so cute and tiny.  I tea stained it and added the pinned buttons.  Behind that is my start on the Ellennor Whitehouse Sampler from the current issue of SANQ.  I'm using 50ct. Meadow Rue and Tudor Silks.  The linen isn't as difficult to see as you would think.  I love it!  

Oops, I almost forgot.  One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to Picture This Plus in Kansas.  I love their linen, and it was wonderful to meet Marilyn and get a tour.  My husband had to drag me out of there.  Be back soon with a new release to show you.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A quick post...

to let you know that my second release for this month is now available.  You might remember that this was my project from last year's Sampler Soiree at The Attic.  It's called A Sampler Grows.  Legacy linen (40ct.) from Picture This Plus was used with NPI's: 183, 184, 184A, 208, 224, 242, 245, 321, 694, 976, 986, & 992.  Conversion to DMC is provided with the chart.  The majority of stitching is over two, but the verse is over one, as are several motifs. The checkered lawn is done with the easy peasy rice stitch, but could be done in cross.  The garden trowel is from By Jupiter.  The 3/4 inch Wild Berries rick rack trim is available from Crescent Colours.  The chenille may be available as well.  I actually dyed what is shown for the kits last year.  The scissor cases were my gift to the attendees.  I have three left so.......... I will be doing a giveaway on my Scarlett House Facebook page for this design sometime this week.  Check out my page and watch for it!

Stitch counts are:  pin pillow  119w x 64h
                                    fob         25w x 34h
When I last showed you Mary Ann Farmer, she was without a frame.  She looks much better now.
This is a snippet of a sampler that will be coming soon.  Lovely shades of taupe and teal.  After this finish, I am taking a much needed break, and will stitch something for myself.  I plan to work on Charlotte Clayton while we are on our upcoming vacation.  I also snagged a piece of the new 50+ uneven linen that is now available.  I can't wait to try it.  Everyone who has tried it says that it's not difficult.  I'll let you know...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Busy as a bee...

Where or where does the time go to?  My good intention is to update this blog regularly, and I'm failing miserably.  I could blame it on a number of excuses, like I'm busy designing, reproducing, stitching, and so on.  I could blame it on the heat, and the fact that I seek refuge in the pool frequently.  My hope is that you will be happy to hear from me, irregardless of the time in between posts.
Say hello to Mary Ann Farmer.  I have been secretly calling her the "summer sampler".  The colors remind me of all things in that particular season, and is in fact dated August 27th, 1834.  You all know I am a fan of red, and I thought these colors would bore me to tears.  Quite the opposite happened, it was a very soothing stitch.  My fabric of choice for this one is 40ct. Doubloon from Picture This Plus.  It has the perfect mellow yellow tone.  NPI silks were also used, and the stitch count is 259 x 193.  I hope you like her.  Charts will be ready within the next two weeks.
I have also been getting my kits ready for the Summer School Soiree at The Attic.  The inspiration for my project is a one room school house that I drove past in northern Idaho many years ago.  It was grey stone with dark red paned windows, and I was in love at first sight.  I'm looking forward to the event, and if you are coming...can't wait to see you there.

After that, we will be heading to the Midwest to see family, antique shop, and eat the foods that we miss from there.  I'm excited because we will be taking the motor home for the first time.  I have visions of all the nooks and crannies that I can pack (hide) my shopping finds. 

I'll do my best to be in touch soon...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

She Feeds Them Well

 Happy Mother's Day!  I have a new release to share.  It's called She Feeds Them Well.  I confess to being a bird fanatic, and as I type this, there are two starlings splashing in the bird bath right outside my window.  I never get tired of watching their antics. We have several feeders in the yard, which need constant attention.  I particularly enjoy the little yellow finches, but no bird goes away hungry.  My sister is even more obsessed with attracting them to her yard, so I designed this for her.  I used the new Cedar Plank from Lakeside (which I LOVE!), and Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art.  Colors needed are: Forest Glade, Tarnished Gold, Apricot Blush, Soot, Garden Gate, Harvest Basket, Chamomile, Buttermilk, Pomegranate, Tin Bucket, Weathered Barn, Mustard Seed, Old Hickory, Pumpkin Pie, Picnic Basket, Piney Woods, and Espresso Bean.  Stitch count is 127w x 130h. 
I had to include a duck on the sampler in honor of these two.  They practically live in our front yard.  I suspect they have a nest on the golf course, but show up daily for the cracked corn I throw their way.  It's a real zoo around here at times.  A rabbit lives under the rosemary bush and is often seen beside the ducks, along with a dozen of gambel's quail, and the occasional road runner.
And totally unrelated are the two big jars of buttons.  It was late one night and I was browsing EBay when I came upon the auction for 12lbs of buttons.  There was only 14 minutes until the end of it, and I was curious enough to bid.  I love vintage buttons, but I think I was even more intrigued to see just how many made 12lbs worth.  I found these big Ball replica jars at Hobby Lobby, which perfectly hold most of them.  I have no idea what I will do with them all, but it's safe to guess that a future design will include a few. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Good Company

Good morning!  I thought I'd share an updated photo of Good Company.  Here are the particulars:

40ct vintage Pear from Lakeside Linen
Stitch count: 271w X 131h
Belle Soie Silks:  Mudpie, Attic Tea, Noir, Berry Cobbler, Cobblestone, Limestone, Wheatgrass,
Weathered vine, Sister Scarlet, Icing, Mer Bleu, Moss, Espresso, Enchanted Forest, Tortoise Shell;
Angel Blush, and Puritan Blue.

I actually used Malted Milk in the model, but I just learned that it is no longer available.  Angel Blush will work in it's place.  Conversions to DMC and cotton over dyes included.  Charts will ship this week.

To answer the question about the sampler rug.  I found it online at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Monday, April 8, 2013

A little new and a little old

Hello everyone!  I think I'll show you the new first.  Here's a sampler that you can actually walk on.  I had a birthday last month, so I treated myself to this rug for the craft room.  Ruby likes it, too.  Now to get the slipcovers on the loveseat replaced! 
Here is a new design called Good Company, that I will be releasing in the next week or two.  I still need to get it framed.  The verse came to me on one of my morning walks, and then the idea for the design followed.  In a perfect world, you would find me living in a house overlooking the sea.  This is a sampler that I wanted to stitch for myself, but I hope you like it, too.  I used 40ct. vintage Pear from Lakeside and Belle Soie Silks.  A conversion to DMC and cotton over dyes will be provided.  Stitch count is 271w X 131h.
 This weekend we took the motor home up to one of our lakes, and I brought along some old friends to work on.  How many years have I been working on the Prairie Schooler alphabet?  Two, I think...  I finally finished the Y block, and now I'm inspired to do more.  I'm using DMC on 32ct something, and stitching it over one.  I may be 100 years old before I finish it, but finish it I will!

I have loved Ann Sims forever.  I think she'll be finished before the PS piece. 

Lastly, here's the really old...ME!  This was taken at my birthday get together last month.  My little munchkins took time to pose with Grandma.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Greetings!  I know, I know, I'm long overdue with posting AGAIN, but my needle has kept me very busy.  I was determined to put the first stitches in Rachel on New year's Eve.  It took me three needles and forty nine days to stitch her.  I'm pleased to present Rachel Howells 1856. 

I need to point out that not all of the border flowers are exact.  You will need to pay attention.  I charted her exactly as Rachel stitched her. I used 40ct. Legacy from Picture This Plus and NPI.  Stitch count is 319 x 280.  Thread colors needed are: 292, 301, 313 (2), 316, 325, 502 (2), 622, 746, 761,851, 852, 993, & 991BB. 

Now I'm off to print charts if my printer holds up.  It started spitting and sputtering on the first batch.  Wish me luck.
On a personal note, I attended granddaughter Quinn's gymnastic meet this morning.  Her team took 1st place!  I'm very proud of her.