Sunday, 29 July 2012

Last day of Summer Vacation

Hello! I'm so glad so many of you enjoyed Julius' post last week! He was mighty tickled to read the responses! ;-)

Today is, what I consider, the last day of my summer vacation! Tomorrow, back to the "real world" of Working! This past week has flown by quickly. I got a lot of things done on my to-do list but, as you know, that list is ever growing! As much as I know I should take some time just to "chill out" I think sitting still would make me crazy right now!

I did finish stitching Mecklenburg 1775 by "Little by Little".
 Here it is, without the "floral decorations" -
This was a quick stitch. I used all the recommended DMC floss on 35 count Parchment. I did substitute the white flowers for blue and mauve ones after seeing how the white wasn't standing out too much on the linen. 

What's next, you ask? I don't know. I've started bringing out my "smalls" to try my hand at some newer-to-me finishing skills. We shall we what I come up with!

We are back in the sunshine again. Our banana plant in the backyard has been thriving.
Thank you for stopping by. It's been fun these last four months to be able to stitch and blog more on a regular basis! I like this next photo that my husband took. It reminds me to look up and appreciate the expansiveness of the world out there.
Take care! Have a wonderful week and enjoy the start of August! (Now, I can cross 'blog post' off my things-to-do and go to the next thing!) Cheerio!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Guest Blogger: Mr Julius

Hello there! Mom calls me Mr Julius but you can just call me Julius. She's just making fun. 

I'm hiding in this box, you see, because Mom has been bouncing around the last couple of days going "Yippee Yippee Skippeee!!!" all over the house because she says "she's got the job". I don't know what she means. She has lots of jobs, like feeding me and the Daze (aka Daisy), and grooming us, and playing that silly ball game with me. 

Nonetheless she seems very excited and she's been making lists of stuff she has to get done before she "goes back to work". Hmmm, somehow that doesn't sound like that will be good for me and the Daze. 
Anyway, she says she's so busy that I can be her Guest Blogger this week! goes!

A surprise from Scotland
In addition to her excitement over "getting the job", Mom came back from the mailbox the other morning doing the bouncing thing again. Apparently, this package arrived in the post. I sniffed it first to make sure it wasn't treats for me and the Daze. 

Mom says they are from here friend Ann in Scotland. She was so excited when she opened this package as she doesn't own anything from "Sajou" and then there are two Liberty fabrics. I tried and they are not edible so I don't know why she's so excited! Anyway, Ann has a lovely kitty called Poppy. I think she would be a lot of fun to play with. 

Mom and her stitching
Well, Mom was so stressed out waiting to hear about "the job" that she kept starting and stopping on projects. Finally she mumbled about "Oh, just stop thinking too much and stitch this one!" So here is what it looks like this morning. She said it's a design by "Little by Little" called Mecklenburg 1775.

While in her stitching room, I spied this old bunny pincushion that she's pulled out of the cupboard.  Hmmm. I must've been staring at it with my tail twitching because mom said "Don't even THINK about it, Julius!" That always means I can't play with something. *sigh*

Mom loves to garden. That's another job she has around here. I love it when she brings flowers into the house. She found out in the spring that I love to munch on tulips so she stopped bringing them into the house. Then it was rose season and I found I liked roses too! Hmmm. I haven't seen many roses come into the house lately. I've been eyeing this neat striped rose that Mom calls Purple Tiger.

I've seen this flower in the garden. I thought it was called Scabby Knees at first, but then Daisy said "it's Scabiosa, silly!" Oh that Know-it-All!

And now, it's time for my nap. Mom says to say hi and thank you to all you nice people for coming by her blog and all your help with helping her get her job, whatever that means! She said if people like my post, she'll let me do it again. 

Signing off, may you have pleasant dreams.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Elizabeth Savilles 1841 sampler - fini!

Good Saturday morning to you all! It's a beautiful day and I have lots of good things to tell you!

The Job Interview accomplished!
First off, thank you so much for all your positive thoughts, prayers, emails, comments wishing me well on my job interview. It went very well yesterday and I have a verbal commitment for a job. I am holding off on doing the Happy Dancing until I have official word as things have fallen through in the past. 

That may happen next week so I will keep thinking positive on the outcome. Big thank you and cyber hugs to all of you! 

Elizabeth Savilles 1841 Sampler
Here comes something I CAN do a Happy Dance about - Elizabeth Savilles is finished! I'll let the photos speak for themselves! 

 And here she is  (Ta-da!) all dressed up with roses from our garden.
*Sigh* Love. Love.Love! 

The following two photos show Elizabeth compared with the cover of the chart and what my original attempt with the recommended fibers look like. Quite a difference, wouldn't you say?!!! 
I am so glad I decided to try restarting Elizabeth back in June. I started this sampler on June 8 and finished her on July 9. The minute I get confirmation about my job I am taking her pronto to the framer's!  I want to have her hanging on my wall so I can see her every day and remind me of the lessons I have learned this year. I also want to say that I was inspired by many stitchers and their own versions Elizabeth Savilles.

Info on my version of Elizabeth Savilles
Many of you had asked so now you shall receive! 

Linen: 36 count "Celtic" by Stitches and Spice in Australia. 
Now I had purchased a 1/4 yd maybe two years ago and it was around $28 which was comparable to other linens. This spring when I tried to order it at the Needlework Show I found the cost had jumped to $42! Yikes. I shall have to wait on ordering it . But if you look for a light creamy linen with some splotches of pinks and tan/brown I think that would work nicely. 

Floss: Belle Soie silks for the most part - 
Attic Tea (Weeping Willow)
Poison Apple (Bucks County Red)
HDF Qunice 1401 - (Innocence Rose)
Rose of Sharon - Philadelphia Red (I didn't use this too much)
n/a - Quaker Swan (I didn't use white on this piece)
Tortoise Shell - (Prov.Brown)

Other floss used BS Angel Blush, BS Walk the Plank, DD Red Dust, SNC Burnished Gold, BS Mudpie

I did not use a 1:1 conversion and that is because often times the chart says to stitch something in green (for example) that I think should be another colour - like a couple of the birds. I played with using whatever colours I had on hand and what my mood dictated! ;-)

Signing off! 
Well, this has been a long post so I will start wrapping up. I have struggled to find my next project and I have started and frogged 3 projects already! I hope to settle down to something this weekend now that the interview is over! 

Here's handsome Danny wishing you a lovely weekend and the breeze will sail over your wings! 


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Breathless & running

Good Sunday morning to you all! My mind is so preoccupied these days that the best thing to do for this post is to do it by categories. Here goes:

While I have had time off working I had hunted down some inexpensive frames and they've been put to good use! Here are the five lined up on stage for a bow! (clap clap clap)

Margaret Harris by Blackbird Designs
Eveline Cunningham by Blackbird Designs
Pinkhouse Sampler by Little by Little
Silk Sampler by Birds of a Feather
Brown House Sampler by The Middle Row
Revised Sampler Wall 2012
This sampler wall was already in existence but I swapped out one and replaced it with the Brown House sampler. I liked it there better than what I had before. 

Giveaway won
I won a basket giveaway from Marly. The box was filled with extra goodies such as two charts and the lovely box. Thank you Marly! I love them all!

Giveaway won from Marly
Update on Elizabeth
I am close to finishing Elizabeth Savilles so I won't show any photos today. Some of you asked whether I can share a list of the fibers used. Absolutely! I will do that when I finish the sampler.

Update on Job Search
Breathe breathe breathe! OK. So I was so hypered two days before the interview (that took place last Tuesday) that I spent my time reorganizing everything around me! And cleaning. Crazy but very productive with good results. 

What I learned was I need more practice with interviews! It's been a very long time since I've had to do an interview so good lesson learned. I have not heard back and I am not expecting I would get the job but that's ok as well, you know. 

The good news is I have an interview this coming Friday for a job I really, really want to get. So, bubble-makers, keep'em coming! lol. I actually have gotten a stack of library books out to do research and homework for this interview because it will be dealing with  subject matters that are new to me. Hence, my reference for being preoccupied these days!  

Summer is here at last! 
The cats are loving the sunshine!

I don't know that this is a very coherent post but you get the picture of my state of mind! It's very focused on the upcoming interview and not much else! Breathe breathe breathe! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!