Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recent finishes and current WIP.
First up I have 2 bathtup scenes that I titled RELAX and LEISURE. 
They are from Crossed Eyed Cricket Bed & Bath I & II.
These are birthday presents for my sister. She loves the clawfooted tubs!

 And to celebrate the fourth of July I am stitching July Cottage by Country Cottage Needleworks. Every year I stitch something red, white, and blue for the 4th of July and this is what I have chosen for this year. Something small since I stitched the huge flag last year and it took 7 months for that one. This one will be done in just a few short days.
 And to celebrate my birthday on July 2nd, here is a cupcake for all to share!
Boy how time flies!
I can't believe it's been almost 6 months since I last updated my blog, but then again, I can. I have a virus in my computer that doesn't allow me to access my blog most of the time. I can't updated it. I also can't get on google or yahoo to search anything. Money has been tight and therefore the computer has taken a back seat when it comes to how the money gets spent. At the beginning of June my family moved into an apartment and so this month has been especially slow in the finance department. We are on borrowed pennies to make it til the end of the month. Nervous about getting utility bills for our first month especially since the temps have been in the 100's and we are enjoying the AC albeit very cautiously.
Now that I have been able to get back on my blog, I will try to get some pictures posted. Next week is my birthday and I have stitched a cupcake to share with everyone. It's my 50th birthday and I don't want to celebrate quietly.
I have also started stitching the Indian from the previous post, for the 2nd time. It took me a while to find another piece of fabric close to the original solo piece from Silkweaver. The bad thing is that this one has shrunk during the dying process so it'll be slightly smaller. I'm aggrivated working on tiny stitches but am pushing thru that bit. I definitely need to use readers for this one. It's still a great piece to stitch.
Until later!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The fight over the Indian

When I began stitching this Indian and had only a portion of the face and some hair completed, my step-daughter asked if it was for anybody and I told her no. She asked how big would it be, I told her. Then she asked if she could have it. Wow, coming from her, that was a big compliment and of course I told her yes! She likes "white" for her home decor, just a few decorative touches on the walls, so this really was a shocker to hear her ask for it, she's never asked for any of my stitching items before although she has always admired my work.

As soon as I finished it, I posted a picture on facebook and my cousin immediately commented on it and soon got around to asking about having it. His house is a southwest decor and he loves indians so I expected him to like it, but he fell in love with it so much and really wanted it badly, so I told him that I would stitch one for him but I wouldn't start it for several months. He was really happy and I pictured him doing a happy dance as if he just won an ebay auction at the last second!

Then, I sent a picture of it to my sister so she could show the picture to my mom, who doesn't have a computer. My sister said it was beautiful and when will she get it! Ohhh myyy! No, I'm not stitching one for her, it's not part of her home's decor and besides, I have a large project in mind for her, a Victorian Lady called Perfect Poise from the Cross Stitch Collection British magazine, issue 202. It's more her style and I haven't given her anything in a few years, so the next project is for her.

Well, my husband and I showed my step-daughter the finished Indian and she loved it. Then my husband told her about the other people who wanted it and she said they could have it, but we informed her that no, it's for her and I'll stitch another for my cousin. Then she got excited again and did a little jig about it. Makes me feel so good! Here's the completed picture:
It is stitched on 32 ct. Belfast, hand-dyed by Silkweaver linen called Cinnamon Roll. The lighter splotches you see in the picture are actually on the fabric and looks like it is a painted on suede. I waited years to find the right fabric for this piece and I whole heartedly love how well they go together!

Since it's my husband's daughter, he wants a hand in it and will make a frame for it. We've been looking for some wood and so far haven't found what we have in mind. By looking, I mean out in the woods, down by the creeks and streams. Not wood from Home Depot or Lowe's. We may have spotted some wood but we have to ask permission to get on the property. Will post a picture of it framed when that happens. Now on to a few fast projects before that Victorian Lady starts to come to life.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Alright, let's get busy

Here is my first start and finish for the new year. It's Lizzie*Kate's Winter Fob and I stitched the year at the bottom instead of the wreath and swirly wind.
I like the colors she used, not normally something I would put together so I'm glad I didn't change them, other than the placement in the houses.
My big project is the portrait of an American Indian. I was truly hoping to have finished it in 2011 but the last few weeks of the year brought an out of town funeral and upon return, a cold. Trying to get back in the groove, but still have the cold.
The fabric is an oops piece from Silkweaver Fabrics, it's 32 ct. Belfast dyed Cinnamon Roll. The picture isn't acurate because the color is more rust like the face. It's turning out beautifully, I now have the shoulders complete and need the rest of the bust, then up to the top to add the feather. This is a design that I have never stitched before, meaning an Indian. I always thought him captivating, the chart is dated 1989 so I've been waiting for the right fabric and now I've found it. My step daughter has asked if she could have it so it already has a home to go to.
My New Year's Resolution? to figure out how to make my blog look more fun. One day, I keep saying that about my blog. Maybe, one day in 2012. Who knows? Until next time, keep those needles flying!