Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Who taught you to stitch, and were there any special circumstances or memories surrounding this? I really don't think I had a cross-stitch teacher. I was always interested in history and I love the "Little House On The Prairie books. Maybe I picked it up from there, I'm not sure. I learned to sew from my mother and grandmother. My Italian grandparents (my father's parents) met in a garment factory in New Jersey in the early 1900's when they first came to the U.S. Later they had their own tailors/dressmakers shop. I would make doll clothes of the lovely scraps of silk and satin. We would make the long journey from the suburbs back to "the city" , which was Newark, to visit them on Sundays. By this time both my grandparents had retired and my grandfather had suffered a stroke. Although his talented hands could no longer work well and he had trouble speaking, he would inspect all me sewing work of the week and give me tips on what I needed to alter or improve. My first cross-stitch project was a stamped kit on green linen of the Girl Scout Motto. It still hangs at my parent's house. I laugh over the huge awkward stitches now.
What’s your favorite thing to stitch?(A project, a kind of stitching, etc.) I love primitive designs, like Prairie Schooler. I also like samplers, realistic animals and designs with other languages/alphabets or scenes of foreign countries. I love making my gymnasts designs from scratch, although I haven't done one of those in a while. Right now I am obsessed with all things Quaker.
Why do you stitch?I stitch to relax, but also to be useful. My husband is a carpenter and can see the tangible results of his work. As a gymnastics coach the "results" of my work are rather vague. My success comes through the success of the gymnasts, and not really for me personally. Stitching gives me a chance to see that I’ve actually accomplished something. I love all things creative...music, dance, art and being able to design my own charts of gymnasts gives me a special feeling.
When is your special stitching time? Usually during the day. My husband works during the day and I go to work in the evening. I am alone all day with my beloved pets and I stitch rather then watch TV or get trapped on this computer!
Where is your special stitching place? (An accompanying picture would be great!) First of all, no photo. It is an embarrassing mess over there, and I don't want to share that with the world. I stitch in the livingroom in my favorite chair. The light is not all that good, but on sunny days it is very comfortable there. In the Winter there is no other choice but the livingroom because the wood-stove is there and that is our only source of heat. My second favorite spot is a new place I've found at the gym. There is a large atrium area near the snack bar (now isn't that convenient!!) that has huge skylights. The natural light is wonderful to stitch with. It makes all other spots , even my comfortable chair, seem dull and dark.
On a different note...........Alix is doing well. Completely normal cat behaviour. Now if only I could be more normal. Thanks so much for all the wonderful and caring comments and e-mails I have gotten.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Very often I miss the hustle and bustle of living in metropolitan New York. But there are two things I could never find there and that I treasure about living in rural Ohio.....The Red Wing Blackbird and the Redbud tree. Both are native to the Eastern section of the US, but I seem to only see these two wonders of Nature in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. As I am not gifted enough to photograph them myself I have found these lovely photos on Google Images. Prairie Schooler "Birds and Berries" also has a wonderful rendition of the Redwing Blackbird.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This is a pineapple tower in the Williamsburg house. I made this of polymer clay. Pineapple on top, then apples and lemons with pomegranates and Osage apples on the bottom. This is a traditional colonial-style table display.The dining room of the large Victorian house WIP. The white cat is eyeing the dessert display.
Well, that's all the neck and eyes can tolerate of the computer for today. I hope to be catching up on some of your blogs this weekend.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Pet snap of the day is Elliot in his new favorite napping spot...a pile of flannel fabrics.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
I my whirlwind tour of Wal Mart I got the above mentioned household items, some dog food, cat food, a package of pork chops and, surprise-surprise, floss rings! I was shocked to find them in the office supply isle. Not just the plain silver ones, but the multi-colored ones that I had just bought on eBay. So it proves once again the my greed will get me nowhere. If I had just waited it out and searched a bit closer to home I could have found more rings then I would ever use in a lifetime. I got two packages of silver 1 inch rings at $.97 each and one set of eight (2 each of red, yellow, blue, green) rings for $.99. I paid the $.99 on eBay for the colored set and then $2.56 shipping on top of that. Lesson learned.
Time to settle in to some stitching. The temperature is dropping and I hope my tulips will survive. I feel a sore throat coming on too.