Home is Where My Heart Blooms
I was surprised that the framing turned out so well. Joanne's did this one and the fabric was hopelessly stretched out of shape even though I worked on scroll rods. The framer was a little dubious of the outcome, but he did a great job. I did it on the called for fabric (whatever that was - too lazy to look it up - LOL) and he was concerned because not only was it out of shape, but was stained and crumpled. I assured him that was how the fabric was suppose to be. He raised an eyebrow like I was telling lies. I think he thought that I'd driven over it with my car and spilled tea on it. In fact, he asked if I had spilled something on it. But he worked his magic and it's perfect.
Sampler of Stitches
I was a little bit on the fence with the framing on this one - I'm not into these types of frames, but IRL is really looks good. I really enjoyed stitching this piece even though there were some errors on the charts. I think that in a couple of places I changed out some colors and stitches. I know that there was one metallic red that was only used in one small place. Well, dang, when you buy a whole spool of a thread, you want to get some use out of it, so I replaced a couple things here and there so that I could feel like I got my monies worth out of that thread.
I did make a little bit of progress this week on Ann. Are you getting bored with her?? I certainly am. Although I have to say that I have my days - some days I can't stand looking at her - and some days I'm in love with her. I think that if I could get some good stitching time in, I would feel the love so much more. When you only get about 20 stitches done in one night, it gets a little frustrating because of the size of this thing.
Not a whole heck of a lot of progress at all. I'm working on the lettering over to the right now, to catch up to the middle section so that I don't have to do all the lettering at one time. Although, to tell the truth, I could just about do that lettering in my sleep (now there's a thought! LOL Wish that were possible). I hope that it goes quickly, as I'd like to get the woman in so the man doesn't look so alone (although he does have a dog and squirrel to talk to).
Last weekend, Terri and I went to a Bead Show before our monthly Sampler Guild Meeting. It was a trial trying to find a restaurant after the show even with the help of her Garmin. I think her Garmin sent us to two closed restaurants! It was fine though - I like to call those types of adventures "Scenic Tours" and just go with them. It was funny! I think that Garmin needs to update its system a little though. The bead show was fun. I'm not a beader in the least, but it's so interesting to see what there is to offer. Of course, you know me, I can't walk out of anywhere without buying something.
I found these three wooden beads that I thought would look great at the end of scissor fobs - a frog, a mermaid and a snake (the mermaid can't sit up straight on her belly - perhaps the tatas get in the way!). Now all I have to do is learn how to make those fobs. I've been assured that it's not hard at all.
Then I found this fob and scissors. The price was $15.00 and I was sure that it was only for the fob, but it wasn't!! I thought it was a pretty good deal. Especially because......
......the scissors actually fit into the end of the fob to keep the points safe! I like them and it saves me from having to make one and I got a pair of scissors out of it. Speaking of which, Jolene asked if my porcelain artichoke frog is full yet. Well, almost Jolene (waving at ya). I have to find three more pairs of scissors and it's filled. I don't think that I'll have a hard time the way I've been going. I'll take a picture soon.
The weather has been quite crisp up here in Michigan. Unseasonably so. I should take some pictures of the country roads around here because the colors are breathtaking! Anyway, reading what blogs I could this week around all the computer problems, I stumbled across people working on knitting projects (yes, Mel, you've managed to pull me over to the wool side! LOL) So, I started hunting around in my stash for some knitting. I found this wonderful Noro yarn. Last year, I was going to make a sweater out of it, but when I got done with the back, even though I was on gauge, it was too small. Well, I decided that I'd make a Entrelac scarf instead:
That's the back of the too small sweater on the right, but don't you just love how that works up? This is going to be my travel project. I find it easier to knit than to stitch in a car and will be perfect for working on while waiting for DD at dance and at her basketball games. I have a hard time just sitting with nothing in my hands to work on.
I did manage some more thrift shopping this week, but I'll save that for another time. It's amazing the stores you can find when you're trying to find a vacuum repair store! LOL
Well, that's all for now. I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Again, thanks so much for your comments. I love and appreciate every single one. Make a lot of X's.