Friday, February 26, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
(UPDATE: ACCKKK! All my past posts have been centered -- what happened???)
To justify this post, I am adding an update picture of my Fleur de Lis. Since this is a "souvenir" project for to 2010 Super Bowl, I changed the colors to make it more "saintly". I like the designers color choices and plan to stitch it again (at a later date) in the recommended colors.
I am leaning toward a pillow-type finish because I am nervous to use glue in the recommended finishing. Would love to hear opinions on using glue in finishing.
I like the design without the beads and I am practicing my French knots before trying them on my final piece, I will leave them blank-faced if I cannot "perfect" my knots (besides, if I do hang it on the tree I would not want the knots to be pulled out).
I cannot wait to start on Pear Tree. It is my favorite of the first three designs and I have been (enviously) watching other stitcher's finishes for weeks. Thanks for sharing all your inspiring "adaptations".
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today, instead of watching the parades on a foot stool, I have spent the entire day in bed (without even one piece of king cake), watching Jane Austen DVDs and doing some stitching.
- Pride & Prejudice (1995 with Colin Firth - might as well start with the best)
- Sense & Sensibility (2009 - the recent Masterpiece Theatre version)
- Persuasion (mid 90s with Amanda Root & Ciaran Hinds)
- Persuasion (1971 BBC with Ann Firbank as Ann Elliot)
- Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson version) -- if I stay up that long
- Scrambled eggs (I still cannot duplicate the fluffiness of her eggs),
- Cauliflower soup (chicken broth, cauliflower, garlic & noodles -- great for congestion) and
- Grilled chicken with mashed potatoes.
Monday, February 15, 2010
over 2-threads on 28-count Cafe Mocha Country French Linen
using Crescent Colors Cupid
I enjoyed stitching this piece on Valentine's Day while watching the first season of All Creatures Great and Small on DVD (courtesy of our wonderful local library). It is a really great series, cannot wait to stitch to the other 6 seasons.
To finish "Be Mine", I plan to brew a pot of strong black tea tomorrow to soak my finishing fabric (and make a pitcher of iced tea -- yes, Southerners do drink iced tea in the winter).
Mardi Gras is tomorrow and we will celebrate with a final piece of king cake before the beginning of the Lenten season. Since I have come down with a full-blown cold today, I don't plan to attend the parades tomorrow. DS is hoping I change my mind, but while the weather is bright and sunny it is still cold (by NOLA standards - highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s) breezy and damp -- not a good combination when you have a cold.
I will be preparing for Independence Day 2010 by stitching Heart in Hand's "Sweet Land of Liberty". Thanks Ranae for sharing your original chart with me.
I did not mean to "skip" over Easter, but I do not have any specific Easter project yet. I am looking for an Easter lamb chart (or maybe LHN's Love One Another or Mosey & Me's Ewe-phoric freebie). Any other suggestions?
Achoooooo! Time to make some hot tea with honey and go to bed.
Thanks for stopping by, please come back again!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
(with an even more wonderful handmade card) from my DS.
(DH and I gave him two books about weather.)
(with a very funny store-bought card).
(DS and I gave him two books about sports.)
We will be leaving soon to lunch with my family and I am planning on stitching The Sampler Girl's freebie "Be Mine" while the boys play.
having a wonderful day.
BTW, we received very little snow on Friday and none of it stuck. So disappointing for DS (especially since they were given the day off from school AGAIN and he sees all that snow in the North on the Weather Channel). So last week was a 3-day school week and we have the next week off for Mardi Gras. Nothing like a 10-day holiday in February.
Hoping to take DS to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) to see a special Disney exhibit shown at NOMA (thanks to the Princess and the Frog debut). This is supposed to be the only US stop for this exhibit.
I will be posting my TUSAL and stitching progress later today or in the morning.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
No stitching progress to report this week. I have been volunteering at school and helping DS with some projects that were due this week.
Going to bed now (I am wiped out).
Monday, February 8, 2010
New Orleans never does things by half,
so we had another Mardi Gras parade yesterday.
The start time was moved up to get everyone home
in time for the pre-game.
Ever hear "(When the) Saints Go Marching In" on the bagpipes?
The bands were really rockin'.
A little Super Bowl prediction? (Crush the Colts)
A joke from my DS -
Thought I would share a little of our Super Bowl preparations with you.
I have such a talented Mom!
You have to have a little something sweet
(since we got a sweet victory, the cakes were a bonus).
I think the Who Dat's were under-represented in this cake stadium
-- I am sure it was more than 50%.
Sorry for the washed out picture, but it does show the helmet detail.
It does not get any better than this.
It could not have happened to a nicer guy!
And it is a great boost for New Orleans & the entire Gulf Coast!
This should be a Mardi Gras to remember, so make your way to
DREW Orleans, LoBREESiana and celebrate with us!
I tried to do some stitching during the game, but the game was too good (did get a little done). I will do a stitching progress post later.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
This was one of the first patterns I purchased, Wedding Ring Bouquet by Paula Vaughan. It cost only $2. I think that I stopped stitching this one because I found . . .
Summers Remembered, also by Paula Vaughan. This was my first time stitching on linen. Something about this piece still "speaks" to me. I might begin stitching it again . . . someday.
I loved this design from the cover of the 1992 Cross Stitch Christmas from BH&G. Designer Sally Shimizu adapted it from an illustration by Judith Ann Griffith.
This is what the finished piece would look like. I think I might like to finish this, too . . . someday. But I will change the hair color to brown (I would not have dreamt of making color changes when I originally started).
It usually bothers me for things to be unfinished, but I will not let these UFOs sap my enthusiasum for my current projects (listed at the top of the blog).
I liked the pear design and the various shades of green and yellow (they look better in person).
I apparently miscounted and my Pear is left of center (isn't that a song lyric?), so I will be keeping this somewhat imperfect effort for myself instead of giving it as the gift I had intended. I already have a pear painting in my kitchen, two items make a theme right?