Friday, June 12, 2009

Adam and Eve Finish

Adam and Eve
The City Stitcher
40ct. Vintage Meadowrue
DMC threads

Well, woo hoo! Adam and Eve is finished! And I'm doing a happy dance because I just never thought I'd get it done. I don't know why, but it seemed like I was stitching this forever, although I really wasn't! Maybe it was the 40 count fabric and the fact that I keep jumping back to Shores. Excuse the pictures though - I just can't get a good close-up shot to save my soul. Perhaps time for a new camera. This one is getting up there in years. But......wait.......OMG! I don't believe it!!!! I'm admiring my handiwork and just noticed that it's not finished! (insert head smack) Seems like I forgot two round thingys next to the word 'disgraced'. Oh good grief! I'm so embarrassed. But obviously not that embarrassed because I'm just going to keep going with this post and worry about those thingys later. HA! But I just don't believe it!

I was so happy last night when I did the last satin stitch at the bottom, that in my exuberance, I took that stinker off the scroll rods so fast and declared another project finished. Well, we'll just count this as a finish, won't we? I'll put the round thingys in later and that will be that! The Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7 is tonight - GO WINGS! And I'll get some stitching time in then. Not going back to the Shores until next week. I pulled out SB's Queen Bee - should be a quick stitch. Block 5 on Shores seems so stitch intensive, that I need a little play time!

In reading blogs this week (when I could get time for them - and if I missed yours, I'm trying to catch up so bear with me), I was saddened to learn that Jean Hilton passed away. Jean was the designer of some of the most beautiful needlepoint patterns I've ever seen. I have quite a few of her books (not surprising with my stash collection), and I actually did one of her designs called Gleneagle:

I marvel to this day that I ever finished this. It took me nine months of exclusive stitching and I was working full time and had a year old son. I wish that it wasn't behind glass because it really is a beautiful design and some of the blocks warrant a close up shot. She used wonderful stitches and was famous for her use of the Jessica Stitch and I believe she invented one called the Mistake Stitch. So detailed are her designs that in the upper left corner, the middle section is a raised God's Eye, giving that block a 3-Dimensional look. I love all her work so much and am really saddened by the news of her passing.

I have managed to make a couple road trips in the past couple of weeks. I really didn't buy much of anything except an antique looking rooster for my sister's place in Long Island. But I did come across this prim mannequin that will look great in my craft room (still under construction). It's not often you find sewing related things in a prim store:

I also read on Tracy's blog (Passion of the Day), that she has set up two blogs. One for Shepherd's Bush fans, Shepherd's Bush Village, for people to post their SB finishes and another one for the Plantation Sampler, so you may want to check them out.

I have finally decided to do a SAL with Tracy and some others on the Plantation Sampler. I've had this in my stash for 22 years, and last year my Sampler Guild made it one of their projects. I didn't join them at the time because I really stink at SALS. Big Time!!! But then I saw that this blog had been set up and that Margaret has been working on this and I love how hers looks, I figured it was time to bite the bullet. This is going to be a pretty loose SAL, so I think that I can do it. I wouldn't want anyone to put money on my finish of it anytime soon, but I'm going to give it a try.

This week has been busy so there isn't much else going on. Kids got out of school this week, but both are going to summer classes through the end of July - my daughter to a Summer Theater program, and my son wants to knock out two classes so he won't have to take them in the fall - gym (don't we all love gym - LOL), and Economics.

But I do have to tell you about a find my DH came across. My DH is addicted to Sam's Club and Costco. If there was some kind of help group for this addiction he would be a prime candidate (but then again, I have my stash addiction, so we'll just let him have his). I used to love going in there and strolling through the aisles, picking up the latest books, etc. But now DH has this addiction and I don't seem to go but once or twice a year. The kids no longer ask where Dad is on a Saturday morning. My son just says, "Dad must be playing the Hunter/Gatherer role again". LOL It's the truth. He's got it bad. Well, this weekend he came across a real find. At least I think it is. We've been trying to furnish this house since we moved into it 4 years ago. Our family room was just about finished last year (previous post) but we still need a few pieces. DH and my taste are totally different, but he came home and said that he thought he found a table he thought I would like. Well, this is what he found:

He took me back over to the store, I took one look at it and said "SOLD SAYS ME"! The people standing around must have thought I had lost it. I couldn't believe it. Just what I was looking for and without the high cost of a regular furniture store. Our room is gold, black, and red so this fits right in. The top four drawers open individually, and the rest are two doors that open with shelves inside. It's a little less bright red then the picture and distressed. I was besides myself because DH just isn't into that sort of thing, but I had been making noises about filling out the corner. Perhaps he was worried that I would find something expensive, so finding something at Sam's would save himself some moola. I'm sure he'll regret it when the bill comes in that he even showed it to me. He's going to regret it more when I put those decorative touches on it and above it! LOL

Well, that's it for me but I thought I'd post a flower pick (everyone's doing it, so I will too). It's about time for flowers here in Michigan. The way the weather has been I doubt we're actually going to get summer, but I don't mind if it's cooler.

Hope that everyone has a great weekend and gets some stitching time. Again, I really love all the comments and emails that people send. And if I missed your blog this week, I'm getting there. I love reading what everyone is up to and stitching!


BeckySC said...

It turned out just wonderful, Deb :) Congratulations :)

Glenna said...

Well, I think it's just great, with or without the two round thingys--LOL! And I loved the chattiness of the whole post--so much cool stuff, especially the red cabinet/dresser! (Steal it as a stash cabinet, says I...) Happy weekend.

Siobhan said...

Wow, Deb, YGG!! That A&E wall is going to be done in no time! It looks fabulous--with or without the round thingies! ;) Love your needlepoint piece, too.

ROFLOL about your husband's addiction. My Dh was the same with Marshalls & TJ Maxx. Getting something at a discount is like a drug to him. I LOVE that table!! Wow, what a find. I can't wait to see how you decorate it & above it! ;)

Natasha said...

Eve looks wonderful...ROTFL at your DH's addiction. My DH cant walk into wal-Mart without buying something hes like a kid in the candy store LOL

Plantation Sampler is such a lovely design. I will need to look for this chart. I would love to stitch it I have seen many WIP's of it.

Take Care and have a great wekekend!

Tanya said...

Woohoo on your A&E. A finish is a finish. That is a find on your red cabinet, red is my favorite color.
Your flower picture is really pretty. Sorry to hear about the designer passing.

Michelle said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish!! And that new piece of furniture is to die for - I need one!!!

Mel said...

Congrats on your finish! :)

Jan said...

Egads, Debbie, I am so envious of that finish, it is glorious beyond words! I am not a huge fan of A&E
s I like them, they just have to be extra special and this one is! I can't wait to start mine...ahmmm...when will I get the chance to? I sure hope soon, cuz it is awesome!!!

I love that table DH found, oh my that is so neat, be sure and post a pic when you get it the way you want it and all decorated!

Your needlepoint piece is gorgeous too!

Have a great weekend!!

staci said...

Adam and Eve is Gorgeous! Congrats on such a wonderful finish!!

Karen said...

Your Adam & Eve sampler is exquisitely done! I want to make the quilt pattern that has Adam & Eve on it.

Debs said...

Your finish is gorgeous and so deserves a Happy Dance. It looks great. Love the cabinet your hubby found--perfect for games and such? Can't wait to see your decorative touches.
Happy Weekend

Andrea said...

Well don't feel like the lone stranger when it comes to feeling like an idot because you left something off the sampler....I not only posted my finish of mine, but FRAMED it too....just posted about it today....didn't even realize I'd left something off until making the blog post!!!
So see, you're in good company! I didn't notice anything missing from yours, it's gorgeous just like it is. (I really must track down that chart). But at least you can still fix it without too much hassle (if you want). My mistake will cost me $$$ to redo!
Well, the cabinet thingy your DH found. Too funny about the Costco/Sams addiction. I really love Costco myself :-)

Missy Ann said...

Congrats on the ohsoclose finish of A&E. I love this chart, that A&E is what I based my A&E on ATS on.

Great chest, I have a multi-drawer chest in my dining room and it is the most Useful Thing Ever.

karenv said...

I love your finish and would never have noticed the omissions if you hadn't pointed them out ;) The little red cabinet looks fabulous - great find by your DH!

Dona said...

Deb, you're A&E is beautiful! I'm so glad you stitched it. Seeing it makes me want to add it to my to do list.

I love your new furniture! Perfect choice.

Nancy said...

This is so funny, because I did the exact same thing with my Chatelaine. I was showing people at work the pictures I had taken and I found missing stitches!!! Good thing we take photos of our stuff now! My DH has the same Sam's addiction, although he always returns with another TV! Your cabinet will look great with your "touch" added to it.

Patti said...

Oh Deb it is just gorgeous. I hate to admit this but I am a Costco freak too. It is just around the corner from me (here in the wilds of Hertfordshire in the U.K.) and I go there all the time and I LOVE IT not as much as your finish but I do love going there. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Anonymous said...

First of all, your A & E "finish" looks wonderful!

Secondly, I wanted to share that my brother is a huge wings fan, he has tons of memorabilia.

Thanks for mentioning the blogs I'm hosting.

I love that cabinet; it would be great for floss,no?

Stitch Wizard said...

Hi Debbie: Your blog is just so pretty and your stitching is gorgeous! I think we must like a lot of the same things! I just love Adam and Eve. I am finally getting back to blogging more since the huge toothache. I will be sure to visit here again!! Beautiful work!! Debby

Jennifer said...

Adam and Eve look really good!
Oh, I can't imagine a 40 count piece this big!!! It's very pretty.
My husband's addiction is any hardware store.


Melissa said...

Fab-u-lous! That's what I thought when I saw A & E. I like the cabinet too. I've been thinking in my head of an old piece with lots of tiny drawers - hard to find something like that here.

Lovely irises!

PS Thanks for the link to the Plantation Sampler blog. I bought this after seeing Tanya's so hope to start it this fall!

Kathy said...

Your Adam and Eve is just wonderful. Between you and Siobhan, they are beginning to tempt me.
I love, love your red table!

Loraine said...

Woo Hoo! I'd say your hubby made a great find indeed! I would love that in my upstairs. (Red is everywhere in my house. I'm addicted to it!) Can't wait to see the decorations!

Love your A&E finish. You stitched it really fast! It would look great by new red table.

Hope your summer is going well. Mine is zooming past waaayyy tooo fast!

Making any shores progress? I started, but moved on to finish my summer snapperland, which I finished today. It's back to shores tomorrow. I don't think this will be a 2 day block, uggg. I don't want to work on it the rest of the month! Thank goodness you are doing this with me, or I know I would never finish it!

Have a great day. Thanks for posting.

Alice said...

Just gorgeous -->> your Adam and Eve Sampler!!
I also got the Plantation Sampler but have no idea when I will be brave enough to start it. I will admire you stitching it in the meantime. : ) Love that sassy red chest of drawers. What a find!
Glad to hear you are well and motivated.

Brigitte said...

Ohhhh, it's wonderful! I love your finish, it's a great piece.
And I love your new chest of drawers. What a find.

dianemi said...

Oh my goodness Deb. Adam and Eve... stunning! As for the round thingys, I never would have known. Geez Gleneagle is beautiful. Jean Hilton was in a class all her own. As for the Plantation Sampler. Gorgeous! That should be a fun stitch.

Too funny about DH (although I'm loving what he bought). My DH loves Costco too (gotta be a man thing) but I lose him as soon as we get inside and he sees all those TVs, iPods, cameras, laptops, etc. lol

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I LOVE your sampler - Really, really LOVE it! I think it turned out so great and I can't wait to see this one framed and hanging! I couldn't even tell you were missing a thingy or two......

What a great cabinet - I love it. Kudos to Dan for recognizing the perfect piece - addictions do pay off, don't they?

See you tomorrow with loads of treats in hand!

mainely stitching said...

WOW what a great finish! :D

Margaret said...

Beautiful finish, Deb! I love that cabinet your DH found -- funny that he's so addicted to Sam's Club! I wish my DH were -- then he could shop for me. lol! Sorry to hear about Jean Hilton as well.

Nicole said...

Congrats on a wonderful finish Deb!!! It's beautiful! I may have to SAL with you - I really want to start PS and I can never resist a SAL!! :)

Katrina said...

Gorgeous Deb! Congrats on the finish.

Love your new furniture find too.

Chrissie said...

Congratulations on your nearly finished Adam and Eve :)) So much better to have found the little missing bits before you had it framed though!!! Love the red cabinet. Is it going to be for storing your stitching stash?


Kim said...

Loving that red cabinet! And Wooohooo!!! on the A&E finish! It looks great!!!!

Kellie said...

Hi Deb, Congrats on Adam and Eve. It is beautiful!!!!! And I love the needlepoint as well. That cabinet is fantastic! I would love for my husband to come home with something like that. :) Have a good rest of the weekend.

Berit said...

Ah, priceclubs! My boyfriend loves them too! Wouldn't it be GREAT if they sold xstitch supplies? Well, maybe not...

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie -
I love the cupboard : good find by that husband of yours ! And furniture - apart from the basic pieces - should be bought upon impulse. Love at first sight required !
I have a Brightneedle project which has beeen lying aounr in a "finished-unifinished" state for over 4 years... There must be about 12 stitches missing which I had overseen and spotted only once I had carefully ironed the piece and was about to frame it !
Have a nice week,

Doris said...

congratulations for your finish!, for me is a legal finish ;D .

i love the new fourniture.

The Scarlett House said...

I saw that cabinet at our Sam's club last week. LOVE it! I wish I had room or a need for it. Lucky you. BTW, my hubby is a Costco-Sam's Club groupie, too. After, I'm done in the book isle, I get bored.

Sally said...

Wow what a fantastic finish! Congratulations!

Kajsa said...

That is beautiful! Congratulations on your finish!

That is a great cabinet your DH found too.

Joy said...

Congratulations on finishing A & E, Deb! It is fabulous!!! And I love that red chest. Very nice find. Looking forward to seeing your progress on Plantation.