Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thanksgiving House

It's the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I think my current stitching project certainly represents to me the spirits of thankfulness and contentment.

My Quaker House
by Blackbird Designs
from the book With Needle and Thread

Imagine the colours more vibrant than what you see. One of these days I hope to find out how other people get such nice bright photos! The camera probably has a lot to do with it but I'm sure there are other tips. I am using a Canon PowerShot A2000IS. While it's a lot better than my previous camera, it's still a pretty basic model. If you have any photo taking tips and tricks, I would love it if you could share!

I'm really enjoying stitching this design and that's generally true of any of the BBD that I've stitched.

I don't really have much else to say. I'm just keeping heads down these days, running that race to the finish (work to complete in about 2 months). I'll just keep on needling!

Thank you for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. It's always nice to know who's checking in! And for those with blogs, thanks for keeping up with your blog posts as I always enjoying reading them too. Have a great week.

30 comments:

KarenV said...

Love your new project! I stitched this a while back and it's one of my favourites, the colours are so pretty :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Irene said...

Nice design, I haven't seen this one before. Happy Thanksgiving, we're having our dinner tomorrow.

Katrina said...

Very pretty and happy Thanksgiving!

Andrea said...

Oh, I love your finished BBD, that's a favorite of mine :-)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nancy said...

It's beautiful, and the colors are so pretty together!

Nicole said...

Beautiful Melissa!! This is such a pretty design! :)

doris said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Love your Quaker House.

Karoline said...

Lovely new start, it's looking gorgeous

JOLENE said...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love the progress you have made on the BBD. I have yet to stitch that one, but someday I will. Just beautiful!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely WIP. Happy Thanksgiving.

Margaret said...

Looking great! Don't you just love the colors in this one? I stitched this one a while back too. :D Happy Thanksgiving!

The Scarlett House said...

Hey Melissa, love the new project. I'm not an expert at photography either, but I always take my shots for my blog posts outside. Natural light is the best.
Happy thanksgiving to you up north.

valerie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Melissa! Love your new project...the colors are so nice and if does seem like a calming design. I feel how you feel about work now too...things are too crazy. I'm in hunker down/hermit mode.

Cathy B said...

I always have trouble with my photos too - can't seem to get the right lighting! Anyway, your BBD start looks great!

Cathy B said...

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving too!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

This is a beautiful design and just the perfect colors! Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend!

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

This is lovely Melissa, and Happy Thanksgiving to you:)

Sweet Stitchin...

Ranae said...

The BBD is looking wonderful.
Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend

Kellie said...

Hi Melissa,
I love your BBD project. That particular design from that book always catches my eye. So pretty. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have had a wonderful holiday. Do you get time off from work for the holidays I hope? If so, enjoy and gets lots of stitching done. :)
I look forward to seeing your continued progress on this. Have a great week ahead!

Irma said...

Hi Melissa! I have seen this design before and love it! I don't have the book yet but will get it someday just to stitch this cute little design.

As far as photos. Natural light is best. Try putting your piece near a window where the sun is shining in but not directly on your piece. You can also try changing the setting on your camera to overexpose just a tiny bit. A photo editing program is a good thing to have too. You can brighten up your photos and adjust the color.Photoshop Elements is still relatively cheap and an awesome editing program. I highly recommend it.

VALIE said...

It is a lovely design. I intend to stitch it one of these days (when, when, when ?)
Happy Thanksgiving (even if belated)

Cheryl said...

This is pretty! I have that book, must stitch this one day.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Jane said...

Like Irma says - lighting (natural), macro (close up) setting on camera, and photo software are my tips too for good photos. A whiz bang camera helps also, if you're lucky enough to have one. Mine's only a compact and does a reasonable job with these extra tips.

Your current wip's looking fabulous! Nice progress.

I've answered your scissor question on my blog in the 'I'll finish this tonight' post. Thanks for your email also and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Patti said...

I love how your new project came out.

Happy Thanksgiving to your and yours.

Patti xxx

CindyMae said...

That is a really pretty design!!! The colors are wonderful!! Hope that you have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving!!

Cari said...

Hi Melissa! Isn't it a fun little project - I really enjoyed stitching it and even had framed recently (pic on my blog). You're right, the colors look so much better in person.

I always take my pictures in natural light - it makes a big difference.

One of our TA's (teacher's assistants) drove home to enjoy Thanksgiving with her family) I never realized that Canada celebrated their turkey day at a differnt time of year - Happy Thanksgiving!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, I just love it!!

Annemarie said...

Can you picture me bouncing in my chair? I *love* this BBD design you're working on! Gorgeous.
Oh, and if you do get any useful photographing tips, be sure to pass them on to me!

Suzanne said...

This is a lovely project, I just love the colours.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

All I can say is "Thank God, and Holy Smokes!!" What a story and what a save about you and DH on that car trip. Amazing heart picture that may never come around for most people!! And, I simply love your BBD finish and the "blue bird of happiness," which I totally agree with. I've been making my birds blue for the very same reason, Melissa. You're so blessed. Hugs, Deb