Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Good, the Bad and the Downright Disappointing!

Let's start with THE GOOD part! Elizabeth Easton is finished! Here she is - the only word I can use to describe her is "Handsome" what with all those colours reminding me of tweeds and Fall.

My favourite part is the top of the design, with the big bird and the flowers. You might wonder "wow, how did she manage to do it that quickly?" Well, that's because I haven't worked all last week, waiting to hear from my client whether there is more work for me. 

Which leads me, obviously, to THE BAD - still no word from them even though they said they would let me know one way or another by end of week (two days ago). Ah well, I'll head into the office tomorrow and see what's up. You know, it's the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome.

Now comes the DOWNRIGHT DISAPPOINTING! And I'm only saying that to be polite. I've been dying to stitch a red project and I have one that I have been slowly kitting up for quite sometime. Last night I was all ready to go, started stitching the border and slowly realized there is something wrong! The size printed (count) on the design is completely wrong and I couldn't fudge it. I have to start all over with a bigger size of linen. 

Oh man, I was mad. Oh Fudge Oh Fudge Oh Fudge (you can insert the right expletive here)!!! It was a "hold your head in your hand and howl" type of frustration. We've all been there at one time or another. I sometimes double check the count on the charts but not always.  Well, that's one lesson learned. The size of my disappointment was in direct proportion to the size of my keeness to get started with this project!

Now I will hunt around for another project to stitch while I figure out what to do about the linen - substitute something from my stash, or order another piece. It's Vintage Pearled Barley too and it was just perfect for the project.

Enough about that. I now will ask for help. I need some Good Cheer
This is an oop chart called Good Cheer, by the Goode Huswife. I would love to stitch this one! If you have it and want to sell or willing to lend, could you email me please? Thank you.

Lastly, I will close on a positive note. I happened to be by a charity shop about a week ago and while I did not find any glass flower frog, I did find this pretty little bowl. 
It's a small bowl to hold coins or something. But what's cool is that I think it's handmade and all those little designs are a bit uneven. It's so sweet and really spoke to me. At $2, you can't go wrong. It's now holding little odds and ends I need while stitching.
Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comments of support! The sun is shining outside today and that can only be a good thing. Have a good week. I hope some sun is coming your way too! Take care!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Shut Up and Stitch!

...says Tweedle Dee to Tweedle Dum.  That's been my little mantra every time those inner stress monsters get too noisy with worries.  Thank you, by the way, for all the lovely comments of support in my last post. They mean a lot to me! 

OK, onto stitchy stuff - Elizabeth Easton, by the Goode Huswife. Here's how the chart looks:

Here is where I left it mid-November last year:
And here is where she is this morning:

Woo-hooo, I've made a lot of progress and the majority of the grunt work is done. By that I mean, the "filling in". As much as it's easy, it can also be mind-numbingly boring. Sometimes it feels like you'll never get there! Such is it also a metaphor for life - sometimes it feels like we'll never get to where we want to go, but if you have a goal in mind (the finished picture of the chart), then keeping going is a bit easier. 

I am really looking forward to doing the vine and the flowers, and of course, that big bird in the middle! But I have to confess, yellows and browns are not my colours! That was also part of what was not a happy stitch for me. I am more a pinks-reds-greens girl! 

So, Nashville Market is almost upon us. What are you craving this year?

For me, I do {heart} Ann Grant by Shakespeare's Peddler, and the new BBD book (of course!) and maybe one or two reproduction samplers from Cardan Antiques and Needleworks. The latter are new to me but I am quite liking the A&E piece!

Oops, almost forgot, this post isn't all about ME!  The winner of the Marlene's Sampler is - 

Nancy from Lovely In Chocolate, who said:

Marlene's Sampler is gorgeous! You really did a beautiful job of stitching your sampler. I would love a chance to win this pattern, so please enter my name.

I'm sorry you're feeling a little sad about your son going to Germany. All of our daughters are close by, and sometimes it is still hard to let go completely. I always try to remember the saying "the best gift you can give to your children is wings". On a positive note this will be such a wonderful experience for him

Thank you kindly, Nancy. Please email me your snail mail address and I'll get this to you next week. I'm sure you will enjoying stitching her as much as I did.

Well, that's it for me this week! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write to me! Have a wonderful week and a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Marlene's Sampler

I thoroughly enjoyed the comments from the last post. Thank you for the advice / opinions about the floss for the alphabet, and also how much you enjoyed the tune playing through your head! (tee hee)

I did frog the almost-invisible alphabets and replaced them with WDW 'Pebble' which I had left over from stitching Lo.  I quite like the effect. Here are a couple of photos of Marlene's sampler. 
I am quite happy with the results!  Note that I did use the almost-invisible floss to stitch in the year, which worked out perfectly for that purpose. 

Now, what next? I just finished stitching this yesterday afternoon. I'd decided to pick up an UFO from last year - Elizabeth Easton. However, I am feeling a bit ambivalent about it. Not feeling the love, you know what I mean? 

Maybe it's just me. I've been out of sorts due to a couple of things. One being my project at work might get canceled which might mean I could be out of work. However, that's not as big a bother as the fact that our son will be moving to Germany! 

Yup! Without invading too much of his privacy (I hope), here's the scoop. He's in third year university and has applied for a co-op term. To those unfamiliar with this term, it means you will go to work and get school credit for the time you work. The companies work with the university to 'qualify' to be the right sort of work for the faculty (eg commerce, science).   In his case, his field is very narrow but there exists a lot of great opportunities for him Germany. He'll be gone for 8 months.

*sigh* Moms - you know how that'd feel, right? I am very happy for him and it's a great opportunity but my heartstrings now have to loosen ...and loosen so I can string it across the miles, across a continent and an ocean.  That's the tough part but as parents, we all have to go through that time when the little birds leave the nest.

All details and paperwork still need to be worked out. We have probably at least a couple of months to get ready. But oh, I'm just so scattered these days. So, if I haven't answered your email, please forgive me. 

Lastly, if you have stuck with me through this post AND you want a chance to receive Marlene's Sampler, please leave a comment on THIS post only. I will choose a winner next Sunday, Feb 13.  Please don't mention this on your blog as I just want this to be an opportunity for those who regularly comes to visit.

I remain...scatteredly yours,
Have a great week!