Friday, April 3, 2009

Friday and Not Much to Talk About

Well, it's Friday and there's not too much to report. It's raining and nasty and they're predicting some snow on Monday! I'm still waiting for Spring. Thank goodness I'm not holding my breathe! Rain is fine - the flowers come up and all, but it's also just warm enough around here that when I opened the garage door this morning to run some errands I was met with a multitude of huge earthworms! UGH. Needless to say, there were some squashed worms out there! Couldn't avoid running over them! As my kids would say, "EUWWWW, Worm Guts".

Anyway, you will notice the Noah's Ark piece above. I came across this in a stack of things that I have done and never framed. In the bottom corner it says Sunset Designs (are they still around?) and the date is 1978! Yes, I hang my head sadly. I think that back then I didn't frame things like I do today, I would shove them in whatever frame I could find and do it myself (read mounting them on that sticky board stuff and popping in a frame). So this was just hanging around - never framed. But I've decided that I'm going to frame this (no sticky board, I promise) - it's almost vintage, don't you think? I would love eventually to do a Noah wall too, so I guess this will be the first piece. Oh, I take that back. I do have another one.

It's Noah's Ark by The City Stitcher. I stitched this up when I discovered I was pregnant with my son (although I didn't know I was having a son - I like surprises). It hung in my son's room for quite awhile until he told me he was too old for that sort of thing, removed it from his wall and hung up some kind of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poster! It now resides in my craft room. So, I guess I have a small start on the sampler wall.

Stitching was sketchy this week even though I was going to be greedy again, but didn't quite make it. The wonky A&E is almost finished, but I'll post when done. I made a little bit of progress on the City Stitcher A&E, but pretty much just the tree - no leaves, so I'll wait to post that too until later.
I did get a little restless though and started another sampler (explains why nothing else is done) - The Elizabeth Townsend Sampler from the JCS Chester County Collection book. I definitely must suffer from Stitcher's ADD! LOL
(Excuse the flash in the picture - there's glass on the front and it's too wet to take it outside). It's the big one - with the blues. I am a sucker for the color blue. This is all I've gotten done though:
I would have gotten further, but I have been toying around with plys of thread, etc. This was stitched on a 25ct over two originally. UGH! I can't do that. I found a nice piece of 36 Lentil in my stash and started, but I used two threads. Mainly because the whole bottom of this piece (the mounds at the bottom of the picture) are satin stitched and you have to do that with at least two threads, so I wanted the piece to have a consistency to it. Well, I've finally decided on one strand for the top (the motif where my thread is coming out is one thread) and two stands for the satin stitch and I think that will be fine. So I had to spend time frogging out everything I had done and starting over, so you can't stitch when you're frogging!

That's about it. I'm looking forward to the weekend (plopping my butt down for the NCAA playoffs - I don't watch - I stitch, but if everyone else is sitting so am I) and seeing what DH cooks up for us in the way of food. Yeah, I'm still a little miffed about the TV, especially as this week another appliance went nuts. The self cleaning portion on one of my ovens went kapooie! DH said you'll have to get some oven cleaner and clean it out. I told him that when he was at Costco he could pick some up and get some rubber gloves that fit his hands! LOL

Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment. I really get tickled by what everyone has to say! And have a really great weekend (and stitch a lot)!


Pam said...

I didn't get a whole lot of stitching done this week, either. Hopefully next week will be better. Have a good weekend

dianemi said...

Euwww indeed. Earthworms... yuck. Love the Noah's Ark piece, it's so cute. Bet it'll be fun to frame too. I really like that Elizabeth sampler Deb. Once you get going, I bet your needle will fly on this one. Stitch like crazy this week-end my dear! I'm certainly gonna try to! ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

What a lovely sampler! I'm not generally much into blues myself, but I do like blue and brown together and that is a pretty design. I shall enjoy seeing your progress.

Anonymous said...

That's a lovely sampler that you've started - very pretty colours!

Patti said...

I haven't gotten a whole lot done either - just been so tired it just isn't true and my MS has been playing up big time. Did I give it permission? NO I DID NOT so it can just go away again. Hope you have a great weekend. Love Patti xxx

Katherine Aucoin said...

You do so gorgeous work. You must have some serious patience. i admired you creativeness.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog!

Brigitte said...

Your two Ark pieces are very nice.
I love your new start on the Elizabeth Townsend sampler. It will be gorgeous.

Loraine said...

Love the idea of a Noah's ark wall! So fun! I really like the saying. It's a great reminder that we should all be prepared for a disaster. I have my sewing closet filled with projects so I can be prepared for a pandemic, when we can't leave our houses for weeks at a time! Bored, I will not be.

Appliances are such a pain. Sorry you can't get new ones right away!
Funny about the gloves. I think that's only fitting....just sayin'.

My brother lives in Flint. I asked how far from Rochester Hills he was, and he said, "Not to far. It's a nice area."
No plans to visit him at the moment, but I'll think of you if we go there!
Lovely new sampler you are starting. I guess I can have a reprieve from Shores, until I see you stitching away on it again. I think you are my main motivation for getting it done! Really I am not a competitive person, at all, but I don't like being left out! LOL.

Jan said...

Oh my goodness, Deb! I had the same spectacle awaiting my eyes, this afternoon, when I opened my garage door! Way too much rain, brings those slimy buggers out, doesn't it? LOL I just adore that second Noah's Ark, I have it in my stash, wanting to stitch it someday. Envious that yours is already done!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What fun Noah pieces! I'd love to see you know who in those gloves cleaning the oven. Maybe he can give Rob a lesson! Have a good weekend - GO STATE!!!!

Margaret said...

Nice Noahs! I love that City Stitcher one! And the new start -- oh now did you have to show me yet another sampler that I like? I'm going to have to do some research on that one. :D Sorry about your oven. Sound like the big screen tv needs to be doing some cooking. :D

Gwen said...

Hello Deb I'm in the collection mode instead of stitching mode right now. Love the Noah's Ark piece. The Elizabeth piece looks interesting, looking forward to following your progress. Have a fun weekend

The Scarlett House said...

Hey Deb, I've stitched that City Stitcher Noah. Love the new one, too. Can't wait to see more.

MyLifesAStitch said...

Ugh. Worms... have you ever noticed that slightly fishy/decaying smell outside after it rains a lot? Yeh, I just realized it's the smell of the dead worms decaying... Ewwww!!! Gross!!! Your new start is nice, can't wait to see A&E! Hope you're getting lots of stitchy time!

Sally said...

Your new start looks lovely Deb. Can't wait to se more of it.

Yuck earthworms!!

Garden Girl said...

Love that Noah, Deb! And aren't those Chester County Samplers wonderful? I love this one and can't wait to see more!

dany said...

Hummm !
J'aime beaucoup cet ouvrage !
Je t'embrasse et te souhaite une belle journée