09 February 2009

A Blissful Day off

I have the whole day off and all I have to do is go to the grocery store. It's supposed to be warm all week. I am half-tempted to go sit out on the deck and stitch, but I think I have a sinus infection brewing. And I have to finish some things so it is probably wise to stay inside. But it was nice to get in my car yesteday and have the roof open. I haven't had that opportunity, really, since November.

Anywho. Since I have been way behind in posting photos, I realized it was time to share those with you. First the finishes:

Like Feathered Wings, by Simply Old-Fashioned. With my conversion to Weeks Whitewash, Galvanized, and Mascara. I sent the designer an email the other week asking if she was still in business, but haven't heard. Her number is there to call, but I don't know if I am brave enough to call . . . a real designer. I am a dork. I like the colors, but I am still hesitant that you can see the white horse. But I suspect, when it is framed, it will pop off the fabric. Framing does wonders for things.

Next we have My Everything by the Sampler Girl, which was a joy to stitch. I placed it on the fabric I bought from the Quilted Cat, and it's just lovely. I am stuffing it with lavendar for a bed sachet, and ordered the lavendar the other Friday from one of my favorite drooley non-stitching websites, If you haven't had a chance to go look at that sight, pour you a tall glass of something cool, get you a plate of something yummy, and go surf. It's like the of small batch and homegrown products. I have been in love with it since reading Barbara Kingsolver's wonderful book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, about her year of eating locally grown food. It showcases local farms (all across the country) and restaurants that ascribe to the localvore movement, and it has a great online mall for buying stuff, and the prices are good. I got a quarter pound of organic lavendar for $12 with shipping. No one here carries that sort of thing. At all. And I did my part to keeping a family farm going. Pretty cool. Anyway, the advert is over. I stitched this with a Dinky Dyes Oops pack skein, which matches perfectly. Really pleased with this. I hope SO likes it too, but I'm hedging my bets and taking him to dinner at a nice restaurant too.

And lastly, my WIP, Sleepy Hollow, by Cricket Collection on PTP Loch. This one has really caught the eye of SO, in a way not many of my pieces do. He wanted to know when I started it, and he really likes it. I am stitching the angel face right now, so I've made a few small changes. The angel's eyes her crown are stitched in glow in the dark floss, along with the words "Sleepy Hollow". I will probably end up doing Ichabod and his horse's eyes in the same, as well as the tombstone on the side panels. It does glow in the dark. I wonder if I could dye it, as I would love to have a glowing moon, but that is probably not going to happen. Maybe if I go over it in blending filament--I think Kreinik makes that . . .


Suzanne said...

Looks good! Take care of yourself so you don't get sick!

riona said...

Thanks for the lead to www.local ... sounds like it is right up my alley. Your finishes are lovely ... though I think your site's winter background is what is interfering with the "visibility" of your white horse. I wonder, did you buy that piece before or after your vacation among the wild ponies? It is certainly very evocative of some of the glorious prose you wrote after that trip. I also have the Sleepy Hollow piece in my stash but since I'll be doing some Teresa Wentzler BAPs this year, I expect I won't be stitching Sleepy Hollow till 2010.

Rachel said...

Kreinik has glow in the dark as well as DMC. Looks wonderful so far!

Meari said...

I hope you enjoyed your day off. Your WIPs look good. I tend to get sinus infections a lot. Do you go to the Dr for yours, or just 'tough it out'?

Pumpkin said...

Wow! Look at all these great projects! Your horses look lovely and I'm sure it's just the picture. I find it washes white out. I'm sure it looks better in person :o)

Where is that Sampler Girl pattern from? I love the saying.

Your Halloween piece is really coming along. One more thing in my drawer waiting to be done :oS

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls