Thursday, May 28, 2009

Slow start on Block 8

Almost another week has gone by, and I haven't really got any stitching done. Shame on me!!!! What is going on?? Lots of things I guess, and I have a good start on block 8, but that is it. Also, the linen color has been figured out, and it is Lt. Examplar from Lakeside (36ct). I hope to get back into the swing of things later next week. But, it is always nice to keep in touch, even though I like to post more often, better late then never! Either way, I am excited to stitch this piece :).

Friday, May 22, 2009

Block 7

It has been a few days, and I know this is a fairly easy block..... I have been so busy this week and having so much fun, I havent had much time for stitching. By the time I get back home, I can hardly keep my eyes open and want to crawl into the bed so fast!!!! Block 7 is officially finished. Yeah!! I have started block 8, but not enough to show & make a big deal over. Maybe in another few days. I promise Kim, I will try to post more regular, LOL!! I did start a new project I just got, Sampler Cove Sirin Jaidee. I will stitch a bit more on it and then show you. I am very excited about it though, of course a new conversion into Belle Soie!!!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Block 7 start

When I got all settled in last night, I could hardly stand just sitting there....So guess what? Start on block 7. Not to shabby right? Most of the left side is done, just a bit more grass on the bottom, and a few of my favorite blackbirds on the tree limbs. The right side has a saying & the letters generally go pretty quick. I have a busy day today, so I am not sure what I will get done on this block tonight, I will show you tomorrow! Have a great day!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

I am now Halfway!

As you can see, I found some time yesterday to get block 4 done. This one being a very special block, and I am excited to see it stitched! I don't like back stitching, ( I think this is another good reason why I like the primitive look cross stitch patterns) but with the minimal amount that I have to stitch in this piece, I am all together thrilled with the life that it brings! Look at the curtain tie-backs, and the dogs tongues!! It is amazing the 3-d effect right? I am officially halfway on VoHRH. YEAH! I have already pulled the colors for block 7, and I am ready to go. I wonder if I will go in order.... I am very excited for block 12.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Block 4

For those of you just tuning in, This is the start of 'The Village of Hawk Run Hollow' by Carriage House Samplings, block 4. I am stitching it on 36ct lakeside linen (not sure of the exact color) with NPI, 2 strands over 2. I love the look of the 2 strands on 36ct, very full. I love silk! The colors in the picture (as you all know) dont do this piece justice, or any piece for that matter. I pull the colors for each square as I am going off my ring and I am always anxious to see what colors are going to be used where and for what! It doesnt take much to excite me.... :)

We have a wedding to go to this weekend, and I am trying to see what I can do about scheduling time in today for some stitching. At least I already know what I am going to wear, that is a HUGE help!!

I just love reading your comments and appreciate them so much. So funny too, LOL!! Thank you!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Block 6

What do you think of my floating horses?! I really like stitching fireplaces, I love the depth & the texture the colors give the design. Alot of color changing, which slows the stitching down, even though I have 8 needles stuffed into the arm of the couch!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Village of Hawk Run Hollow

I started block 6 last night, and this is how far I got. I am excited to work on this piece again, it has been forever. I want to get this one done before I start Shores, just so I can keep them 'seperate' in my brain :). I am trying to figure out what color linen I am using, I do know that it is 36ct lakeside, but that is it. I am sure I can get some help on the color in a few days. I better get back to stitching!!!!

Flowers & Fireworks

Flying into San Diego this weekend was uneventful and on time, which was a very nice treat. As always, I get a shuttle service to drive me to the airport, and this time to my surprise, I was picked up in a black limo. Can you believe it? I felt like Pretty Woman!!!!! So off I went in style! My Husband picked me up and gave me these gorgeous Tiger Lilies, the smell is so unbelievable and still, today they smell fabulous and there is a bud opening up as I am writing this! After flying, I am always starving, so we had a nice romantic sushi dinner. I LOVE sushi!!!

Sunday morning we drove to L.A. and wandered a bit. At night, we caught the fireworks at Disneyland. I love the loud ones! We were able to get a few good pics, I love the combo of the fireworks and the palm trees!!!! Not much stitching this weekend, but I did have a great time.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

This is Eleanor

Eleanor Jaegler from Willow Hill Samplings is officially stitched. I finished her last night, and I wanted to get it posted this morning so all could see her! I have to say stitching on the 48ct was a bit overwhelming at first (what did I get myself into?), but with my light I had no trouble. I might even consider another project on this count! Next I would like to try 45ct, and it is only a matter of time before I do.

I feel like working on my Village of Hawk Run Hollow next, I have 4 squares done, and I am itching to get it done already!!!! I like working on that piece because each square feels like I am starting a new project-- and we all know what that is like!! I am curious how many of you dont know what that is like!!!!! When I was working on the Black Forest piece, I was excited to work with the NPI again, I am always changing things and to work with what the pattern calls for is nice once in a while. I am happy with these colors. So let us see what the next week brings us!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Progress on my homework!

It has been quite some time since Eleanor Jaegler has seen the light of day (you can see the older post from April 8), and my homework needs to be done by the end of next week. I dug deep for her, and wanted to remind you what she looked like before I started working on her last night. I am stitching her on 48ct Light Examplar Linen from Lakeside, using 'Colorwash' Handpainted Japanese Silk; 1 strand over 2. I have never used this silk before, and so far no complaints!

I have added my scissors in the picture to give you an idea of her size. She is really quite lovely! I also wanted to tell you that my first Guild meeting on Tuesday night was a hit! I had such a great time, met so many wonderful people and saw a ton of gorgeous pieces during show and tell; also alot of beautiful WIP's. Hello to everyone that I met and thank you for such a warm welcome!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Another day, another stitch!

While stitching the 2nd half of this piece, I was thinking of different initials I could use instead of the charted ones. It was not that hard, although which 7 would I want to use? I came up with 6, and used the year as the 7th. I know it is much more personal, and I should do it more often, but I usually think about changing them when I am good and done...who wants to rip out? Thank you again Brandy for this great piece of linen!!

How many colors do you think that this new piece by Eileen J. Bennett has in it? Looking at the picture, to me there are maybe 4 different DMC colors. There are in fact 12. 12!!! Amazing, the slight variations, so I chose to stick with the suggested colors given on the pattern. They are all really beautiful when I layed them out. I chose 40ct Liberty Gathering Grey linen from R&R. I love the smell of the linen, call me crazy!

Tonight I was invited to my first ever Guild meeting. How fun is this going to be?!!! I can only imagine what I am going to witness. A wonderful group of people, all there for the love of needlework!

Monday, May 4, 2009

This, is what is next!

Happy Monday everyone! How was everyone's weekend? Hope some stitching was involved :). I had a great one, lots of activity and some stitching! Last night after finishing the Black Forest early on, the question was, as it always is... What is next? My friend Brandy gave me this luscious piece of linen on Saturday, and we both decided to stitch a design from CHS- Quaker House Samplers. We changed the colors to WDW thread (Charcoal, Pewter & Whiskey), just to give it a bit of variation. Here is my start!

(PS, a few of you have been asking about this linen, it is an old piece of Birds of the Feather Sparrow, in 28ct. My friend Brandy found it deep in the stash!)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Black Forest

I just cant believe it is May 3rd already, it was just May 1st, where is this time going? It has been a busy last few days and I havent had much time to really stitch, so I decided today before anything else, I wanted to finish and post the Black Forest. I must say, that Black linen is going to be used in my future for sure! I have had no trouble seeing or stitching on it, and very pleased with the way it looks. Now, I will definately stitch the new Sampler Cove piece Sirin Jaidee, no problem. I kept the colors the same as the pattern called for, and really, really like them. Now if I could just figure out if I did just stitch reindeer!?