Monday, March 29, 2010

My Grandma's Needlepoint

My grandma, Edna Mae, loved needlecrafts and taught me how to crochet and needlepoint. She had a big rubbermaid bin under her bed full of plastic canvas, yarn and floss, etc. Whenever I was visiting and feeling a little bored I would pull that bin out and stitch or crochet. It was so much fun and I believe fueled my love for needlework. When my grandma passed away in 1992 my dad inherited her large needlepoint picture. He then gave it to me. He knew I would appreciate it, and I do. It's very big, so it was hard to get a decent picture of it.



My grandma attached this paper about her needlepoint on the back. It came off, but I saved it.


Her needlepoint was based on a painting called "Grandmother's Bridal Crown" by Adolph Tidemand, which was painted in 1869. My grandma's information that the artist died in 1845 wasn't correct. Unfortunately, she didn't have access to the internet in 1979 when she stitched it to research it like I do now. :)

Here is a picture of my grandma and I on Mother's Day in 1975.

Maybe she was working on her needlepoint during this time? It's so big I'm sure it took her quite awhile to finish!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Get Together and a Finish

About 20 stitchers from SC, NC and even GA met up in Manning, SC for a stitching day hosted by Amy. It was a lot of fun! I forgot my camera, but took some pictures with Amy's camera.



We had so much fun stitching, chatting and eating!

More Food


Faye gave me these pins in exchange for a chart from my sale blog. I love them!! Thanks again Faye!

Pins from Faye

And here is my little finish...

Blackbird Designs Summer Iris Finished!
Blackbird Designs "Summer Iris"
Fabric: 34 ct. Cafe Au Lait Legacy Linen
Threads: Gast and WDW
Started: 3/19/10 - 3/28/10

There were three other finishes by Faye, Karen and Chris yesterday too. You can see them in my flickr album. Well, I'd better get back to laundry! Write soon!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Miserable Week!

I caught a cold and I've been miserable. I'm finally getting over it, thankfully! That spring cleaning I was talking about doing... Yeah, it didn't happen (except for a few charts I sold - thank you to those who bought them)! I go down to Florida April 1st and I was hoping to get a lot done before then. Maybe I still can, if I can find the motivation!

Anyway, I did do a little bit of stitching on Paradise Lost...

Paradise Lost as of 3/18/10

I finished the angel, sun, and crown on the right side of the banner and started on the clouds above the banner.

Paradise Lost

I also decided to start something new..

BBD Summer Iris

It's Summer Iris by Blackbird Designs. I'm stitching it on 34 ct. Legacy Linen (Cafe Au Lait) using the recommended WDW and GAST threads (2 over 2).

Well, I'd better get dinner started! Write soon! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lots For Sale!!

I just posted several charts, kits and some fabric for sale on my trade blog.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


I didn't stitch much yesterday, instead I helped my dh put together a shadow box for his badges and a medal he got while he was working with Cobb County Police Department in Georgia. I think it turned out really nice. I laced some black velvet onto the padded backing that came with the shadow box for him.

Chris's badges from Cobb Co. PD

The picture is not the greatest, but I think you get the idea. It was really hard to photograph!

Well, I'm going to be taking a little blogging break. I have to have some dental work done on Monday and then I plan to do some spring cleaning before we head down to Florida for spring break. There is a lot of clutter that I need to clear out! It's crazy how fast it accumulates! Write when I can!!! :)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Back from Amy's!

I went up to Amy's bright and early this morning. Matthew took to Ray and Amy right away. He had so much fun with Ray. He showed him how to play one of his guitars (Jake was very jealous when I told him this). After a little jam session we went to eat a McCabe's. A very good BBQ restaurant in Manning. We came home and had a little cake (I brought a cake from Publix - they're sooo good). I was so stuffed from McCabe's though, so I couldn't eat very much. I'm wishing I had taken some home now, I have a feeling I'll be thinking of that cake later on tonight! :)

Of course I couldn't leave without the new (re-released) pattern from Samplers Remembered "Mary Allen 1818," and a couple other little goodies from Kelmscott.

Mary Allen and a couple Kelmscot goodies

I fell in love with this pattern after seeing Siobhan's sampler. It's so pretty!!

When I came home there was an email saying that Jake's game was canceled tomorrow because the field conditions were bad. So I could have gone to Amy's tomorrow after all. Oh well, we still had fun today. :)

As promised here is my progress on SoHRH (Shores of Hawk Run Hollow). It's not a lot of progress - I hope to stitch more on it this weekend.

Shores of Hawk Run Hollow as of 3/11/10
40 ct. Summer Khaki (over-dyed with Tan Rit Dye), NPI silks (1 over 2).

And here's my little progress on Paradise Lost. I finished the fill in on the banner.

Paradise Lost as of 3/10/10
40 ct. Vintage Light Examplar, NPI silks (1 over 2).

Well, I just ordered pizza for everyone, although I'm still stuffed from lunch. I'm sure I'll find a way to eat a slice though! Write soon!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Little More Stash

We got our taxes back recently, so I decided to help out the economy some by getting a few more things from Down Sunshine Lane.

Lizzie Kate "Aging Artfully," Blackbird Designs "Summer Iris," Carriage House Samplings "AaHRH," LHN "Needle and Thread Sampler."

40 ct. Lakeside Linen "Sand Dune" and Thread Gatherer "Rusty Amber."

I thought I could resist Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow, but that picture Glenna took at In Stitches kept coming back to me and couldn't resist any longer. I'm not sure when I'll actually get around to stitching it - Maybe in the fall. I did work on Shores of Hawk Run today (I'll post a pic tomorrow). I'm really enjoying it. I thought I would mention that the dyeing of the Summer Khaki with Tan Rit Dye wasn't my idea. It was Tanya's from The Scarlett House. She dyed her fabric for her Harriet Burry Sampler the same way. It makes a great fabric color, so I want to thank Tanya and give her credit for such a great idea!

I also got a few of the new Shepherd's Bush kits (My Land, Lucky and Patriotic Scissor Fob). My favorite is "My Land." I love the fabric and threads. I really fell in love with it after seeing Coni's wip (scroll down). It's so pretty. I think it will make a great companion to my "Finch Song."

Shepherd's Bush My Land
Shepherd's Bush Kit "My Land." Included in the kit are Various Silk threads and 30 ct. Parchment Linen by WDW.

Tomorrow, Matthew (my three year old) and I are going to head up to Amy's for lunch. I had originally planned to go on Saturday, but I found out that my son Jake, who is seven, is having his very first soccer game - ever. I couldn't miss it - he's so excited! I felt bad that I wasn't going to be able to make it to Amy's because 1. It's her birthday and 2. I promised her a cake! I told her I would make it up to her somehow and it worked out that we could meet up tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for my drive up!

Write soon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More Paradise Lost

I finished the banner today (except for the fill in). I also got the giraffe and the little animal (a fox?) finished. I had to frog a few times though. I don't know what's wrong with me lately! It seems I'm frogging all the time!

Paradise Lost as of 3/10/10


Well, my boys just got home from school (half day today) and they're hungry! Write soon!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Paradise Lost Progress

I worked on Paradise Lost on Friday and Saturday. I finally finished the big tree in the middle!!


Paradise Lost as of 3/6/10

Not sure what I'll work on today. I may get back to the Anniversary Houses or maybe work on Paradise Lost some more. I would love to get it finished this month. Write soon!!

Thursday, March 04, 2010


I worked on Sarah Woodham a little bit on Tuesday...

Sarah Woodham
40 ct. Vintage Pearled Barley, Various silks (1 over 2).

And then Wednesday I saw Glenna's pictures of the Carriage House Samplings trunk show at In Stitches. And I decided to start something I've been wanting to start for a long time. Or actually restart because I started it a couple years ago, but then decided not to stitch it. The project is Shores of Hawk Run Hollow. I was Hawk Run Hollowed out for approximately a week and then it was time to stitch another one!

40 ct. Summer Khaki, over-dyed with Tan Rit Dye, NPI silks (1 over 2).

After working on SoHRH a little bit I decided to get Paradise Lost back out. I really want to get it finished up, so I'm going to try to concentrate on it for awhile before getting back to my other bigger samplers.

Paradise Lost as of 3/3/10
40 ct. Vintage Light Examplar, NPI and Gloriana silks (1 over 2).

Thank you all for your kind comments on my Anniversaries of the Heart project. I will be getting back to it also. I would love to finish up the first two houses before 3rd comes out (possibly at the end of the month??). Write soon!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Anniversaries of the Heart Start

Well, I decided to be bad and start the Anniversaries of the Heart project. And I guess I was being punished for being bad because I spent pretty much all day yesterday ripping what I had stitched the day before. I'm finally back on track today and this is how it's looking...

Snow Garden

Snow Garden

I decided to go with 40 ct. Meadow Rue instead of Pearled Barley. It just wasn't dark enough for the January pattern to show up. The Meadow Rue is also very close in color to the recommended linen - R&R Olde Town Blend (I found a piece in my stash and matched it up).

I also got a couple more market items from Down Sunshine Lane today.

Mary's Best Handework and Honeysuckle Manor
With Thy Needle and Thread "Mary's Best Handework" and Blackbird Designs "Honeysuckle Manor"

Here is just one of the many things I love from the Honeysuckle Manor book.

Projects inside Honeysuckle Manor

Well, I'd better get dinner started! Write soon! :)

Edited to add: Total stitch count of all the houses on one piece of fabric... 387 x 261. Each design is 75 x 85 with 3 stitches in between each design. Two bonus charts are going to be released in October.