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Friday, 12 February 2010

Go Canada Go!

As the Winter Olympics prepares for its grand opening ceremonies, I have to do my little patriotic bit and wave the flag and say "Go Canada Go!". 

The excitement of having the Olympics in our home town has been building. It is nice to see. The kids especially seem very excited as the Olympic torch is relayed from community to community.  We, like a lot of the locals, have our flag out in front of our house. Some cars have little flags sticking out their windows. I always smile when I see that. 

I hope it will be go smoothly, with fun and good competition all around.
 
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Now, onto some stitchy updates. Here are the two remaining items I had framed recently. 


 Sarah Salter
by Sheepish Designs

I was lucky to have bought this frame on sale before and was able to re-use it for Sarah Salter. In its previous life, it housed a 'greeting card' art print, hence the reason for the sale!

 

My Betrothed Sampler
by Birds of a Feather

I love this frame. It's so unusual. It reminds me of uneven cobblestones, which somehow goes with the design of this piece.  I have hung it up with Tulip for my Love from last year. 
 

And that's all my framing for awhile! Thank you for all your compliments about my new sampler wall. (Oh shucks, blushing and all!) Can I share with you a couple of tips how I got to start mine?
  1. Keep similar frames together - e.g. all brown, all gold. I got this tip from one of the decorating shows. 
  2. Try to pick one piece that's a focal point, then build a collection around it. 
I have to thank my DH for actually helping to design the first sampler wall.  I had all my pieces out and had trouble putting a 'collection' together and he came along and started moving pieces around, and actually came up with the final design! Thanks honey!
(By no means am I saying this is THE way to do it, but it was how I did mine.)

Thank you for your visits and especially that I had 39 comments in one post - I think that's the most for me (not counting giveaway posts). I always enjoy reading your comments even if it's to say 'hey, I hear ya!'

Have a lovely weekend. Happy Valentine's Day! Happy Chinese New Year too on Sunday! It'll be the Year of the Tiger!  ...and of course, "Go Canada Go!"

43 comments:

BeckySC said...

My friend...you stitch the MOST gorgeous samplers :) LOVE them :)
Have a great weekend :)
((hugs))

Irene said...

Your samplers are lovely.

Lesleyanne said...

Both pieces look beautiful.

Cari said...

I love, love Sarah and her frame is just lovely. My Betrothed turned out beautifully as well. Isn't it great to have your pieces framed and hanging on the wall!

Hooray to your DH for helping you create a sampler wall.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend full of stitching! My husband showed up at my office unexpectedly today with a vase full of roses - it was a delightful surprise. Now if I can just wade thru the rest of my hw quickly and have some 'fun time'.

Let the games begin...

Siobhan said...

Great frames for both of your samplers, Melissa! Woo! Really nice choices.

How neat to hear how everybody is excited about the Games being there. I bet it is exciting. I am quite eager to watch them, myself. I hope they show a good bit of BC. Fingers crossed. ;)

KarenV said...

Gorgeous framing Melissa! I especially like the frame for My Betrothed Sampler. I'm looking forward to watching the Olympics, hope all goes well! Have a great weekend!

Deb said...

Really great frames for your pieces. Both them compliment the pieces so well. I bet it's really exciting watching everything that's going on there! It's a chance in a lifetime to experience all the festivities!

Glenna said...

Love the last two framed pieces (am stitching Sarah Salter myself) and think My Betrothed looks perfect with Tulip. I'm going to keep the color thing in mind as I get more together to have my own sampler wall (my problem is the tall ceilings mean I have a lot of wall space, and I don't have that many done yet, so I need to finish more or they'll look like fly specks). Go, Canada, Go! Olympics being held in my very favorite Canadian city (which I would move to in a minute if I could legally work there)--I'll be looking on and thinking about giant oysters with berry pie...(which we ate there--yummy).

Pike said...

I'm so waiting for the Olympics - won't wake up at four am though to see the opening ceremonies... Keep an eye on our great skiers and ski jumpers and hockey players and...

Patti said...

Like Becky said :- you do stitch THE most gorgeous samplers and the frames you chose for them are just totally perfect.

Enjoy the Winter Olympics they should be good.
Love
Patti xxx

Rowyn said...

Your pieces look beautiful framed.

I am looking forward to watching coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Catherine said...

Great frames and beautiful pieces!

We plan on settling down after dinner to watch the opening ceremonies!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Beautiful, Melissa! You picked perfect frames - they each enhance the piece they framed, beautifully!

I don't blame you for being excited about the Olympics and doesn't flags being flown around a neighborhood just fill you with pride?! I am cheering on the US of course, but I am also cheering on my Canadian neighbors and wishing them huge success as they host this wonderful event.

I'll be watching tonight as the opening ceremonies commence!

valerie said...

Lovely pieces Melissa! I can imagine the excitement running through Vancouver right now! I'm excited to see the ice and speed skating.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Barbi said...

First off....Go Canada Go! I'm waving my little flag here in Calgary too. And I have my stitching all set for tonight! LOL
I love the last two framed samplers! I am TOTALLY going to have a sampler wall by the end of this year!

Margaret said...

I love your framed samplers! It's so nice that your DH helped you arrange your samplers.

It must be so exciting to have the Olympics in your town! It will be fun to watch!

Happy Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day!

Nicole said...

Beautiful framing finishes Melissa!! You inspire me!! :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love both your framed samplers Melissa... you have excellent taste in frames and samplers to stitch.
I'm all excited about the Winter Olympics too... it's the only time I watch sports on the tv. I spent a week in Vancouver, about 10 years ago, attending a work related conference. It is a beautiful city. I'm looking forward to seeing all the 'special' stories they'll have about Vancouver during the Olympic coverage.

Karen said...

Love the Sheepish Designs Sarah Salter...kind of stuck on that designer for now. All of your framed pieces are nice and thanks for the tip on the sampler wall. I want one now!

Nancy said...

Sarah Salter and My Betrothed look beautiful framed! Very pretty frames too.

Aren't the Olympics exciting? It must be even more so having them in your hometown!

Have a nice weekend, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Blu said...

They're both beautiful!

Lorilee said...

I am soo excited for the games too!! How amazing for it to be so close to home for you! I grew up in Calgary and was there for the 88 games. I don't remember too much but I know it was great! I love your sampler wall with those gorgeous frames! I have seen a few people doing this recently and I think maybe I might need to do one too!! When my wish list gets a little shorter...

Kellie said...

Hi Melissa,
So exciting to have Olympics so close to you. I am watching the opening ceremonies as I type this. :)

Love both of the framed pieces. Very very pretty! And thanks for the tips on making a sampler wall. I would like to have one (or three) in my house someday.

Have a great weekend!

mainely stitching said...

Thank you for the helpful tips, but when I get my stuff together, I still expect you to show up and make sure I do it right. :)

MyLifesAStitch said...

Love the frames on both pieces! I've eyed My Betrothed several times, but seeing your finished piece make me think I may just need to actually put it on my to stitch list! Great job!!!

Danielle said...

Lucky you to be in Vancouver--are you going to any of the events? I'm not much into sports but I do love watching the Olympics! I love your sampler wall and came so close to starting the BOAF My Betrothed Sampler--instead I pulled out The Sampler Farm. Lovely work. Have a great weekend! Danielle (The Peacock's Feather)

WoolenSails said...

I would never trust my husband to arrange things, lol.
I love those samplers. I actually did a fraktur with a man on a horse and woman. Tonight I made a little cat and it came out pretty good.

Debbie

Lois said...

More framing finishes to share and as always they are gorgeous! You do know that I come to your blog and basically drool at your sampler finishes (my poor keyboard!!). And your DH is definitely a keeper because I love how you've set up your sampler walls.

Jane said...

These look wonderful and it must be so pleasing to see them on your wall?

I watched the Opening Ceremony on TV today - fantastic!!! Looking forward to seeing the action throughout the different sporting events.

Carol said...

Your samplers are so, so lovely, Melissa...Almost as lovely as seeing your beautiful city on the Olympics last evening! I really must add it to my "must visit some day" list :)

Melody said...

Beautiful work! I do appreciate your comment about hanging similar frame colors/styles together. It is always a challenge, especially when I sometimes frame things with frames purchased at goodwill and tag sales...

Brigitte said...

I can't get enough looking at all your wonderfully framed samplers on your sampler wall.

wyanne said...

The new framed samplers are lovely. It must be wonderful to have the Olympics in your city! Thanks for posting my link, and Free to Be painting. It caught me by surprise and made my day. You are the best!

Kay said...

Your samplers are fantastic!

Annemarie said...

Ah, so that's why my sampler wall looks such a mess... Well, it's my mess and I love it. It goes with the rest of the house :o)

Your framed pieces are so, SO gorgeous, lady! You have such great taste.

Are you stitching away yet?

Berit said...

Such pretty frame ups! I'm in love~ :D

Suzanne said...

These pieces looks great! Thanks for the tips on creating a sampler wall, I will have to give it a go once my walls are ready.

I was looking forward to seeing some of Canada and watching the Winter Olympics, but the coverage is really bad. They spend more time on the commercials than on anything else. It's such a shame.

The Scarlett House said...

Melissa, you should be proud, Vancouver has really shone with the Olympics. Your city is really beautiful, and the opening ceremony was fantastic.
Love your framed pieces. I think you made excellent choices on the frames.

Melissa said...

Love your My Betrothed I just pulled that out to stitch sometime in the near future.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful, beautiful wall!!! You've done many LOVELY pieces. I can't wait to see what will be next to go on your wall. :)

Tammy said...

Your samplers are so lovely Melissa! I'm excited when the Olympics are on-I loved the opening ceremony, it was so good. Thanks for always stopping by my blog-love to see your name there!

Dona said...

Melissa, your framing turned out perfectly and your sampler wall is really coming along nicely. I especially love the frame on My Bethrothed. I need to work on MB. I miscounted and my horse's head ran into the tree... Yours is lovely!

Teri said...

Wow! Both framed finishes look great, but I especially like Sarah Salter. Nice job!