Sunday, 28 August 2011

As August draws to a close

Our summer has fitted snugly into the month of August. I think we might have had a few days of rain but not much. It's hard to believe it's almost the end of August but I must confess I am looking forward to Fall! 

Here's my small finish this week - the "Silk Sampler" by Birds of a Feather.
Here is she, quite a handsome piece. 
Gabi, you had asked about what silks I am using. They are all Silk N Colour. They are: Finnegan's Fog, Aqua Clouds, and Burnished Gold.  I had a lot of problems with this silk shredding on me. I've never had it happen quite so often before. I was thankful that this was a small sampler to stitch! 

Now, here is a small piece I had framed. I actually found this frame for $15 and thought it was so funky!  
Framed is "Good Cheer" by The Goode Huswife. I thought it was just perfect for the frame! 
 Daisy: Hey, look at me! Take a picture. Aren't I cute?
Daisy: OK, you can go now. I'm bored with you paparazzi!

Thank you for your lovely comments from the last post. I want to answer a couple of questions/comments:

(1) The design on my blog header is called "A Very Fine Sampler" by Birds of a Feather.  While it's an old design, it's still in print so you can order it from your needlework shop.

(2) The frames I use are ALL wood. I don't use metal frames. Some of the frames have finishes that make them look like they might be metal, but they are not. 

(3) I have a little quirk regarding putting together my sampler walls. I keep the frames in each sampler wall cohesive in colour so I won't mix a brown frame with a silver frame, for example. As you can imagine, sometimes it takes me awhile to put together the pieces that I think will 'fit' together.

OK, that's me for another week. Work is keeping me busy but it's ok. It pays for my framing! (I'll be showing more framing but bit by bit so you'll come by, right?)

Thank you for visiting! Enjoy the rest of August, then hello, September!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

What do we Stitch for?

In my case, one of the biggest satisfaction from stitching, is to be able to compose my work in a "collection" for exhibition, otherwise known as A Sampler Wall! So, in addition to the framed pieces I showed you last week, I'll start off with two new framed pieces. 

The first is the "Soweth" sampler, by Birds of a Feather.

The next is "Live in Harmony" by Homespun Elegance. 

Now, I'll start with the left side of the sampler wall, then the rest is self explanatory.

Here is the finale! Drum roll, please!
Yes, I have been doing the Happy Dance! This is in our TV room, with the TV just to the right of this picture. This means that when I am watching TV I get to enjoy my sampler wall as well! O joy! 

Now it's time to announce the winner from last week's giveaway of the Earth Sampler. The winner is Gillie - congratulations! Can you please send me your mailing info please and I'll get the chart out to you. Thanks to everyone who participated. 

But wait - there's more! (Isn't that what those Infomercials always say, trying to make you buy their stuff?)  I will have more framing to show you next weekend! I seem to be on a roll as I've been finding some sale items and the timing seems perfect to get a few things framed. 

The back-to-work this last week has been rough on the princess-on-vacation. It wasn't anything bad, just very busy. When you go from a leisurely pace to go-go-go, me little brain and not-so-little body just get quite "annoyed". So, having the framed pieces to pick up and completing my sampler wall has been just the thing to put a big smile on my face!

Well, time to go and get caught up with lovely things like Laundry! Thank you for visiting and even if I don't respond to all the comments, rest assured I love reading them! Oh, Gabby, when I have finished the BOAF Silk sampler, I will list the silks I used in my post. 

Have a great week!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Day 10 - Finish Line!

Yahooo! I made it! 10 days of daily postings with something stitchy in each one. I'll probably never be that crazy again!  Well, ok, it was kinda fun, and I thank you to those who visited with me and commented every day - it meant a lot to know someone is out there reading and enjoying the posts! 

OK. Stitchy stuff - well, I pulled a WIP that I'd put aside at the end of 2010. Here it was then:
And here it is now. 
This is "Silk sampler" by Birds of a Feather. I'm glad it's a small design so I should be able to finish it soon.

I'm back to work tomorrow so today has been busy just getting things tidied up again. 
Remember, if you are interested in the giveaway of the Earth Sampler, go to yesterday's post and leave a comment.

Have a great week. I'll be back next Sunday to announce the winner, and also to show the new framing and, hopefully, another new sampler wall! See you later, Alligator!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Day 9 of 10 - Rabbit out of the Hat

Yes, I pulled the rabbit of the hat and have a finish to show! Yeah, I've been stitching and stitching trying to get this one finished up! I'm a nut, I know. I put more pressure on myself than anyone else does I think! 

Here is the very fun-to-stitch Earth Sampler, by Lisa Roswell of the Primitive Needle. This is in remembrance to her and a thank you for all her great designs! Also, a big thanks to Nicole who passed this onto me two years ago!
This was stitched on 32 count Reindeer by Lakeside Linens, 2 over 2. I used the recommended floss and added a few of my own to work with the linen. I also swapped out the design of a hand that's in the lower right hand corner, and put in a carrot and a lady bug - a very good friend  to have in the garden!

Julius usually gets the limelight as he's such a character. To give her her due, here's our shy, sweet Daisy enjoying a mid-afternoon snooze by the open windows! What a good life these cats have!
If you have read to the end of this post, here's something that might interest you. I am going to pass the chart along. If you would like to stitch the Earth Sampler, please leave a comment saying so, along with your email if it's not in your blog profile. I will draw a winner by end of day Aug 20 and post the winner's name on Sunday, Aug 21. 

And tomorrow, the last day of the 10 day challenge! Who knows what I will be up to tomorrow? Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Friday, 12 August 2011

Day 8 of 10 - Cheer up!

I got a phone call from my framer's day - bad news: framing won't be ready till next weekend. Boo-hooo, boo-hoooo, what shall I do? I said I would post something stitchy every day! So close to the completion of the challenge so I dug around and found this - Good Cheer, by the Goode Huswife. I finished earlier this year and found a cute little frame that should fit it. Now I just need to put one into the another!
I'm going to show you a few more touristy pics. This is driving back from Chinatown last Sunday, and driving towards downtown. You can see our rapid transit train, then those spikes to the top left corner - they are part of a new retractable roof that's being built over our sports stadium.
We are driving over the Burrard Street Bridge, heading away from downtown. The shoreline is to our right. 
Here's a postcard shot looking north. The high rises you see are in an area called the West End, with gorgeous beaches. That tiny green blob to the left of the buildings is part of Stanley Park. Then, of course, our mountains!
Here's a shot looking westward, out to Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean!
Have I exhausted you by now with my daily posts? I don't think I could do this every day, even if I wasn't working! Two more to go then I meet my goal! 

Enjoy your Saturday! Thanks again for stopping by!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Day 7 of 10 - Rerun

I finally spent some time in the garden this morning weeding and dead heading the blooms. When I first went into the front garden I thought smugly "yeah, no problem, I will have it all done in 2 hours..." Ha! What was I thinking? I needed another 2 hours. I do this every time - far too optimistic or maybe, hopeful! 

Here are some shots from the garden:

This funny plant is from the campanula family and it's called Octopus or something like that. If you ever see it and want to buy it, beware that it's very vigorous which means it will spread wide and quickly! I ended digging it up and putting it in a pot and it still wants to grow legs out of the bottom of the pot and spread! 
The purple rose is a David Austin's called "The Prince"
This is a David Austin's "Abraham Darby" rose.  It's one of my favourites!
Now for the "Rerun" referred to in the title. You may remember this one. I got this framed last year but it's finally going to go up in the new sampler wall. This is Sarah Salter, by Sheepish Designs.
Ho, hum. I wonder what I'll have to show you tomorrow if the other framed pieces aren't ready for pick up...we will just have to wait and see! 

Garden chores done for now. Posting done. Time to play with thread, needle & linen!

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Day 6 of 10 - Garden of Eden framed

It's 9pm and I almost forgot to post!  

I really enjoyed the comments from yesterday's post where you reminded me that women today still torture ourselves for fashion's sake. Examples included high heels, which are stiletto these days. You can really use those for weapons, can't you? Then there are the control undergarments - modern day corsets I suppose. Then someone mentioned the tweezing and waxing. Ouch!

Oh, I've digressed. Today's post - yes! Garden of Eden, by the Goode Huswife.

I really love this one turned out. The frame was very sweet and simple. 

Well, that's it for another day! Short and sweet post, just the way you like it, right? ;-)

Thanks for visiting again. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Day 5 of 10 - A new finish!

Just to shake things up a bit, no framing to show today but I have a new finish. Do you know how hard it is to stitch with a bandaged thumb? The needle either keeps sticking to my bandage, or it slips entirely out of my grasp. *ppfffft (that was an expression of exasperation!)  However...

This was a really fun stitch and perfect for summer - all those hot happy colours! The colours are a lot brighter IRL. 

The School House Sampler
by Birds of a Feather
used recommended floss on 35 ct WDW Confederate Grey linen

Now I will show you more photos from my visit to the Dr Sun Yat-Sen garden. Here is a scholar's room, complete with those brushes used for writing. Yes, it's a whole art to that calligraphy. 

Here is a display of an embroidered and beaded jacket, and some masks.
Notice those teeny tiny shoes (more like red booties)? Women used to get their feet bound - a form of torture that was regarded as a thing of beauty. Why does it always involve pain though? Think of the European corsets! 
A silk embroidered screen.
These "windows" that provide different "vistas" when you walk through the garden.
We were lucky that it wasn't very busy when we went to visit on Sunday so it felt quite serene. 

Well, I'm halfway through my 10 day challenge and I'm hanging in there! Thanks for coming to visit me every day!

Are you looking forward to seeing what will come out of the Baltimore Needlework Market? I am really excited about the new book from the Barb & Alma (Blackbird Designs) and who knows what other new creations they will have! What have you got on your must-have list? 

Monday, 8 August 2011

Day 4 of 10 - Marlene's framed!

I've had one of those rare but doozy of a headache today so this will be a short post to show you Marlene's Sampler by Romy in Austria.  This is the first time I've used this frame and I love it! 

Goodnight for now!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Day 3 of 10 - Playing Tourist

We decided to play tourist in our own city today. We haven't done that in so long and it turned out to be the perfect day for it.  We went out to Chinatown, where there is the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It is the first full-scale classical garden constructed outside of China.

Here is a snapshot of a photo when the construction first began in 1985. As you can see, it is right in the middle of the city!
 Here you can see the high rise buildings that have sprung up around the garden! (like weeds!)
A 52 member team of experts from Suzhou, China, spent a year constructing the garden.

Note the amazing flooring that was laid outside in the courtyard.

 The garden has buildings but also ponds that flow through the garden. There are frogs amongst the lilies...
 ...and we counted eight koi fishies! We were lucky enough to witness their once a day feeding. Sorry I have no photo here but a woman comes out with a gong which after she rings it, she dips it partly in the water so that the vibration of the gong calls the fish for dinner! It was really neat to see!
There are many of these carved "windows" throughout the garden. Each will point your eye to see something unique. I love this photo. (DH took it.)
This is a good time to stop the tourist photos! We took 168 so we've had to really edit it down. Tomorrow I will show you a few of the interiors and some interesting exhibits. 

Now, the stitchy part. Eh voila, "Be Kind & Be True" by the talented Brenda Gervais. 

Hope you've enjoyed the photos! Now it's time to get on with dinner. Yesterday I had an unfortunate incident with a peeler which cut right into my thumbnail! Ouch. I did a pity party dance afterward which, at least, made my DH laugh! (The pity party part, not the accident.)

Back with more tomorrow! Thank you for visiting with me!