Statue of Liberty visit with Daddy and Jeff, June 1969.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Quaker style freebie from "Pieceworks" magazine website. Stitched with WDW "Bethlehem"
Barbara Ana Designs "Let It Snow" with the cording I've chosen to finish it with.
WIP "Tombstone Angel"
Freebie little bird from a French website. I finished him a while ago, but just got around to mounting him on the basket and adding trim.
Another Barbara Ana Design (I love her stuff!) nearing completion.
And for those of you who I pestered via e-mail in search of Blackbird Designs of a patriotic theme.....if I had just searched through my stash of magazines, I would have known I already had the perfect design right in front of my nose. "Summer Jubilee"/Just Cross-Stitch-August 2003.
I didn't have any of the Gentle Arts Sampler Threads called for in the chart but I found similar colors in my Valdani stash. Usually I use the DMC conversion to match up the colors, but there was no DMC conversion on this chart. So I had to go on-line and find the threads at an OLNS and print out the GAST color chart. Then the matching-up began. I've chosen a very easy-to-stitch 14 count denim Aida as the fabric. I've done quite a few little projects on linen lately and my eyeballs are spinning.
Ahh, now that feels better. An update, some photos and I feel a bit closer to the present-day me.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Filling the days with stitching, gardening and preparing for my parent's annual visit. They arrive on Thursday afternoon. Trying desperately to make the house presentable, or at least not the giant litter box/laundry basket that it usually is. Also stocking up on some of their favorite foods. I love to cook and my father is one of the biggest fans of my food.
I am trying to set some "Summer Goals". Now, there are two words that really should not be placed next to each other! I do want to be productive though. My schedule changes at the gym when we go back on 8 June. Later in the evenings, but with Fridays off. So I have designated Friday as "Sewing Machine Day". Had the garage-sale Singer out for a while last week. Worked on some 18" doll clothes. The poor 16" fashion lovelies will have to wait a bit longer for their new wardrobe. In the stitchy "done pile" is French Sampler by Denis Chabault. Finally after three years and several airline trips this beauty is finished. I'm really pleased with the results. Thank you, Barbara Ana for loaning me the chart. My other "done" is the revamp of the vintage Howdie Doodie puppet for Joe's friend. He was very satisfied with my work. I have a little pair of cowboy boots on order from the doll supply place to complete his total look.
The vegetable garden is coming along well. There is even the chance of sharing a bit of my own 2 acre field. Yes, the local farmer has decided to put corn in there this year. Somehow he forgets to ask us and just plows away. Oh well, it is just wasted land and at least I will have corn stalks for my Autumn display. He has graciously allowed me a 10 foot by 80 foot strip to put in pumpkins. The numbers just don't do it justice. The area is HUGE...... enough space for me to plant several varieties without them intermingling and becoming some odd hybrid of pumpkin. My two favorite are "One-Too-Many" and "Jarrahdale". I'll try to dig up some photos of these two. One is at Johnny's Selected Seeds and the other at J.W. Jung Seed Company. The only thing that isn't growing very well are my transplanted Hens and Chicks. I wonder why?
Rather belated Happy Birthday wishes to Barbara. Thanks Barbara for your good advice, treasured friendship and joyous spirit.
Looking forward to the rest of this week and the peace and quiet of my Spring Break. Hope you can kick your shoes off and enjoy some of the same.