Sunday, January 27, 2008
This is our 6th year of publishing Loose Feather patterns. To celebrate, we thought we would offer a bonus, a free pattern, at the end of this year. You deserve it! If you have stitched all of the Loose Feather patterns since the beginning that’s 29 samplers. It’s enough to make you want to give your fingers a rest....maybe in Hawaii. But no, we are not offering a trip, only a mystery.
Here’s the mystery: From each of the patterns printed this year we will choose motifs which, when combined, will make a new sampler. Which ones will be chosen? How will the sampler go together? The mystery will be solved in the final Loose Feather pattern which will be printed in November of 2008. You will need all 6 patterns to make the bonus sampler. A stitching diagram will be provided to show placement of the motifs. "
I took this information directly from Blackbird Designs website for those of you who haven't already seen it. Lots of us love the BBDs and I can't resist this whole mystery sampler idea.
Theresa of Shakespeare's Peddlar cross stitch online shop is running an automatic program for the charts.
I for one, am there! Deb
I don't know why this pic came out a little fuzzy...but here's my progress this week on Leslie's piece in our Neighborhood RR. It's coming along! Since it's on the lighter fabric, and not the black as the original recommends (June Morning chart), I'm going to choose a different color for the background of the door and window frames this week. Have to see what strikes me...
And, finally, my scavanger hunt for papers and pretties to make my paper dress for "Queens and Harpies: Altered Paper Dresses with Panache" RR. I chose Marie Antoinette, naturally, and will make her up this week.
Go see Jessica! She chose Madame Pompadour! LOL I love it that we are so different! http://everythingexpectant.blogspot.com/ Our blogsite to see what we're all up to can be found at http://queensandharpies.blogspot.com/ Again, if you'd like to join us, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This has been too long an entry, but I'm having a HOPE-FILLED January, as planned. I'm reading "War and Peace" and have mixed feelings about it, but so enjoy reading and commenting with my group online. Tolstoy was such a chauvanist!! That's hard for me... I think women are of the highest order of humankind, and it's a pity that Tolstoy missed that insight. Thus, it's difficult for me not to see his intelligence and "genius" as flawed.
My thoughts this week were about the brevity of life, and how precious our relationships are. I watched the old movie (you know what an old movie hound I am!), called "Trip to Bountiful." What a movie to sink into your heart. In a nutshell, it's about an elderly woman who lives with her only son and daughter-in-law. She is miserable living there, treated worse than a servant - her DIL resents her - her son feels in the middle - and she just "want(s) to go home to Bountiful," which represents life and freedom to her. She runs away to go "home." The trip and what she finds along the way are so poignant and meaningful. Very thought-provoking movie with all the symbolism you can imagine.
Have a wonderful week full of precious, memory-making times with those you love.
This week, I especially appreciate the friendships of: Giulia, Heather, Nicole, Harmien, Elaine, and my precious Jessica! Thank you for your kind words and deeds this week! Hugs and love, Deb/Mutti
Friday, January 18, 2008
I decided it would be a good day's outing for Elaine (right front) if I took her and our best other friend, Darlene (right front), to a presentation luncheon by Joe Ruggerio at the International Design Center here in our area. Joe was there in person introducing his new line of fabrics for Sunbrella...no fade, no stain, no...whatever....it was bound to be a fun day with a free lunch!!! No matter what!
We started out by my introducing the girls to Joe. I introduced myself to him by saying, "I'm the owner of the teeniest-tinest design shop in all of Naples! And, these are my friends and clients...etc....." To which Joe replies, "Oh, no, you aren't the tinest shop!! (Him:Laugh, laugh!) I'm sure I heard someone talking about you at dinner last night! This is a small town, and I know I've heard of you!" Yeah, right, Joe....you must say that to all the girls.... Elaine and Darlene escape stage right... Smart cookies that they are, they go after the better choice; drinks. I stay to placate Joe, as I'm now the only one talking to him.
Deb escapes after a few minutes of sharing "things that are inspiring design today," towit, I mention our "Queens & Harpies: Altered Paper Dresses w/Panache" to Joe for inspiration. :9 He looks at me with great glee and interest until the former editor of Better Homes and Gardens walks up asking, "What? Which Studio?" A very timely entrance as I have just mentioned "Somerset Studio" as the place to get inspired....(ROFL)...to Joe. And, she completely throws cold water on my game, and Joe catches on...and so, I have to move on.... :)
Me laughing too big at the farce of it all and adding 10 lbs. to my picture, with the kindly and encouraging Joe! Remember him on HGTV and Oprah?
We had a scrumptious luncheon of cream puffs drizzled with chocolate, strawberries dipped in chocolate, brownies; oh yes, and salad, chicken roll ups and other fancy things. Then, we walked all over the design center running our hands over the latest silk fabrics (with and without embroideries), new tassels and trims, furniture, and artwork, and pretty little things found in every corner...including small, beautifully packaged little chocolates at Kravet Fabrics.
At Pierre Dieux, Darlene picked out a gorgeous country french chandelier for her dining room in brushed/antiqued pewter...roosters, wheat and pierced shades.
Alas, the time was over when my back started giving me fits, so we went home happily with hand-outs, chocolates, and fun memories!
Wish you were there. If my camera had had more discs, I would have taken more pictures. I'm going back with Jessica this week, and will do that.
BTW, good news!!! Jess has a new blog of her own. http://everythingexpectant.blogspot.com/ Please go see her!
Hugs, Deb aka The Reluctant Interior Designer
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Did I ever show you this? It was a piece that my friend, Deb (Cat Tails) and I did some years ago. It was such fun with all the threads and different stitches. I'd forgotten all about it down here in FL, but found it cleaning out my husband's bedside armoire drawers...one of my storage places. The finisher had fun, didn't she!!?
Here are a couple of the completed blocks above. Sweet and shabby! Don't look too closely...there may be steak stains! :o
I'm keeping up in the Neighborhood! Here's the start of my block in Leslie Saunder's for our RR. Isn't her piece darling as is? Anyway, I chose "June Morning" and the house there. This is the first time I've been brave enough to be the center block, but I thought I would just take the plunge....
Hope it's going to be okay...:f
Good evening to all you stitching Queens, you Wonderful Women of silks and sparkling threads, you Princesses of silver and golden scissors!
Monday, January 14, 2008
So far we know this:
1) We will have a blog site
2) We need to come up with an official name.... any suggestions?
3) Our dresses will be theme-based, and our first theme is: Marie Antoinette - This may be in a series called Favorite Queens and Harpies or something...:)
4) We will do the RR rotation every 2 months throughout 2008 to start
5) Once we establish members this month, we will have to close the group
Come join us. It's going to be fun!! And, we're going to make them textured and stitched, too! I intend to put fabrics, stitches, beads and silk ribbons on mine.
Note to those of you who've asked: I can't remember which link it was that I took to get the Henry VIII wife test. Do you know, Harmien??? Help, anyone who does know or remember! I think it's fun for all of us to have our Henry-wife identities!! Please do comment here once you find out.
Love and hugs to all you dear, and faithful friends in our stitching circle around the world, Deb
New quote of my week: "The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night." Isabel Allende
(sighing here) I think I would have liked being her. :] He may have called her the "Flanders Mare," but I say she was the "Foxy Filly!"
Wonder who each of you are??
Friday, January 11, 2008
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
If you're interested in joining Monique and me in the fun, just check out these couple of places: Patty's blog--Magpie's Nest or Theme Thursday
Patty and I are already emailing and she's great! Note her comment on my last blog entry.... If you visit her, please tell her I sent you.
So, here is a close up of my first panel. This is a birthday gift piece for my DH, Anthony, whom most of you know is Sicilian. It's a tongue-in-cheek..."soft porn" piece or what would have been considered one in the year 1900. This image of the woman is a "Cigarette Girl." Evidently, men used to get these little cards in their cigarette packs in those days..collectible little things...hmmmm. And, we didn't think great grandaddy had any vices!??
I thought DH would get a kick out of this piece, because he is so difficult to find presents for, and he would never be expecting something like this one!! I'm off to find a frame today before he gets home. And, I'm giving it to him tonight with a bottle of Dom P. champagne! :) (And no gauzy outfit on....)
More later!! Hugs, Deb