Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It's shameful that I'm still stitching on this, isn't it?! The metallics mixing has slowed me up, I think. I'm trying to mix it up more, now, to speed up the progress. Have only stitched a bit on this to start catching up. It's difficult to see...just try to look closely.
I've been clearing out old CD's today...all day! It was amazing how many I have collected that I'd never really listened to. There's another swap online just like the paperback swap...it's a CD swap...check it out. So far I haven't found anything, but I didn't really have time to look today.
Have any of you been watching American Idol? I have to tell you I can't stand Adam. I can't even hear him singing! He just makes me cringe. Sorry to any fans he may have amongst us. I think he's creepy. Ugh!! I'm a fan of Chris and Danny. I think Danny will probably be left standing with Adam. What do you think? The little red-haired girl certainly has a great voice!!!
Other favorite tv programs:
How many of you saw "Gray Gardens?" OMGosh, it was brilliant. I just loved it. I could watch it again and again. Drew Barrymore was amazing, I think she really became the character. It was so much like the documentary, it was almost creepy! Jeanne Trippletorn played a good Jackie Kennedy...complete with a slight NY accent. I thought Jessica was the least real in the cast.
Must go....I've bored you to pieces!!!! Please leave me some answers and/or comments. It's always so much fun to hear from you, dear friends. I check my blog every day to see who's visited me!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here's the only other book I've found interesting... The Graveyard Book. It's young adult fiction, but all ages are raving about it. It's about a baby whose parents are murdered and who runs away to the local graveyard where the ghosts there help raise him as he lives amongst the tombstones... It's supposed to be a very good tale, sweet and an excellent, unusual read. I may try this one on my Kindle~"Stella"
Thanks so much for your comments, dear friends. I check every day to see who's visited me. And, I try to get to most of you in every week! Love to see what's up with you and what you're stitching.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
He loves his red car. Got his first little boy (10 mos. old) haircut this week.
Bye for now! BTW, thanks everyone for leaving such awesome comments last time. I felt like we really had a stitching visit. Thank you. It's a big part of my life to have stitching friends like each of you. You mean so much to me. Hope your Easter was a good time with good friends and family.
Love and hugs, Deb
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Above is my own selection of threads...my expression of the sampler. I've pulled from GAST, Belle Soie, Gloriana, Weeks and Silk 'n Colors. Couldn't resist the sheen of silks. I decided to make the background of the top alphabet a light blue instead of the cream color. I'm going to leave the lower, numbered section without a background filler, I think.
After working hours on my Beatrix Potter Sampler today I hardly seemed to get anywhere! I don't know why...just one of those days when the chart wouldn't coordinate with my eyes and hand, I guess.
I was watching a beautiful 1800's timeframe movie called "Valmont," that takes place in France, so my eyes weren't particularly focused on my stitching. The silk dresses and furnishings in that movie are just scrumtious. It starred Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly and others...run out and get it if it's not on your tv!!
My plan is to start finishing some of my WIPs this Spring and Summer. I have some that are so nearly finished. Kathy A. has kindly allowed me to join with her and others in a Mirabilia SAL group so I can get some inspiration and encouragement to finish Jessica's "Mermaid of the Pearls," which I promised her 2 yrs. ago!!
I'm just dying to start some oldie classics like: The Plantation Sampler, and Moira Blackburn's Time and Seasons.... These are ones I've been promising to stitch for several years but haven't even put needle to linen, though they are already kitted up.
Do you have pieces kitted up that you haven't stitched yet? What are they?
If you start one or two of them, I will, too!! Somebody start a group for us, pleeeease!!! We have to get going before time leaves us blind as bats (a quote from my 93 yr. old Aunt Manthie!). :) *"Manthie was a pet name for Amantha.
Happy weekend! Deb
Friday, April 3, 2009
I know that lots of us are stitching this "Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler" at the same time and in our SAL. It's just amazing how beautiful it can be in different colors and variegations. It's really an absolute joy to stitch.
As an update: there's very little news about my son's dog, Hollie, except that they can't really tell what's wrong with her. The vets believe it is dire and fatal. They believe it's neurological...and are treating with steroids. We aren't sure what to expect.
Jessica and Kellan and I went shopping for his mommy's new clothes today, and he was a perfect gentleman. He flirted with the ladies at Ann Taylor's. And, he laughed at Grammie when she sang and danced to rock music for him! Then, we went to Johnnie Rockets for lunch and he ate half of Grammie's grilled cheese sandwich and a few sips of a vanilla milkshake before going to sleep in his car seat as we headed for our favorite needlework shop, The Golden Needle, in Port Charlotte.
I was on a hunt for fabrics, but only left with one piece of 40 ct. Vintage hand dyed linen. It looks tea stained, actually. I also picked up a couple of Belle Soie...the shop was out of the Crescent Colors I went there for. But, never fear, because Nicole (Nicole's Needlework) will be here to visit this week, and she and I always get together and go to Golden Needle before lunch!!! Maybe they'll have gotten their CC's shipment in. :)
Tonight I visited many of you, my friends and enjoyed your blogs and stitching. You are all so accomplished and brilliant. Quite amazing to find that ones friends aren't just talented and creative, but are smart and beautiful inside and out. I'm so proud of all of you and I really treasure our friendships!!
Gotta go to bed....I see I've pulled another all-nighter. DH will be away at a treasure hunting trip in Dayton Beach tomorrow, so I can sleep in.... :]
Anne S. please email me your home address so I can mail your Victoria Sampler chart to you!!
Have a wonderful weekend all! Hugs, Deb
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I will trade a chart with anyone who is willing to trade with me....even on a temporary basis. Or, I'm willing to purchase your copy of the book if you are finished with it.
Really, I'd love a copy of this chart. Will somebody out there help me out, please???
I think it's only fittin' (as Miss Scarlett would say) that a Lavender Rose person should stitch "Lo the Rose..."
Please don't make me beg....anymore.... :[
Here's Hadley...I'm sweetly prejudice, but she's got those Angelina Jolie lips and she's beautiful! Difficult to see from this picture. She's very proud of her pink crocs... Kellan is so funny! If he knows Jessica is about to take a picture he stops smiling or laughing and gets this expectant look on his face...every single time. We laugh so much! So here he is with that, "When's it going to flash," look!
After getting much of my stash out of my living room and into my little needlecraft/sitting room, by way of organization, I've found so many projects that I've meant to stitch but haven't gotten to. I've also found many that I have no intention of stitching.
I have several little Victoria Sampler charts for learning new stitching techniques. I'm wondering if any of you would like them. They have lessons including hardanger and darning stitches, etc. If any of you are interested, please leave a comment for me so I can sort them out. Thank you! These would be for new stitchers or those who want to learn or perfect a new skill. The finished pieces would make into fobs or pincushions or small boxtops. Please say a prayer for my son, Jason and his golden retriever, Hollie, who has just been diagnosed with the last stages of cancer and is failing very rapidly day by day. Hollie has been the family pet even before they had Hadley. The situation happened so quickly...last Saturday she just went down for no apparent reason, and was diagnosed. Jason and his wife have been shocked and really hurt and sad. I think losing a dear pet is one of the most painful things one can go through.
On a happy note, Kellan is now starting to pull himself up on things and Jessica is going to have her hands full! He says lots of words, the newest of which is "wal" which we assume means, "walk!" LOL Very scary because he crawls faster than either Jess or myself can catch him...going straight for the dogs bowls!! :]
I'm starting on a new series of books, I think. I've never been attracted to them before, but I started reading a Laurell K. Hamilton last night and thought the writing was good, better than I'd thought it would be! The book is "Bloody Bones" (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 5), and it's much less sex and blood than I thought.... I'm forging ahead with it. Any of you fans or readers of Laurell K. ???