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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's picture time!

Hi everyone!

The camera finally cooperated with an infusion of battery. So, I took advantage of the camera's cooperation and finally got pictures of Sandra's beautiful bag that she made me. What a wonderful friend I've made *Down Under*. I just love it and I've gotten a ton of complements on it from my coworkers.

Look at the wonderful toile fabric that she used and the gorgeous lace she used to trim it. So pretty and so feminine.

And this is another of my patriotic finishes, Liberty House from Ewe & Eye & Friends which is destined to become a pinkeep...eventually. I stitched it on 32ct Lambswool linen (I ADORE Lambswool, the color is so warm and most threads just look fabulous whnen stitched on it) with the recommended DMC floss.

Actually, I DID finish an older Lizzie*Kate design into a cube. That piece was buried in my finished pile and it begged to see the light of day. I did change up the design a little, I stitched a ton of little stars that were supposed to be umm-mm fireworks. I did miss the mark but that's ok. I like making cubes, I know a lot of stitchers use a foam block to make the cube but I use 8 sheets of foam core board taped together. That way, I avoid trying to cut the cube down to size and using the foam core ensures that the sides are straight.

And this is the Stacy Nash pinkeep that Sandra sent to me along with the toile purse. It's got a place of honor in the tray that's holding my other smalls. I love Stacy Nash and I've eyed this pattern for a long time.

Don't you love all of these lovelies?

I have stitched a little bit on Where My Heart Blooms and a bit on Beatrix Potter but not enough progress was made to warrant a progress pictures. It's slow going in Chez Oven this last few days, it's been in the 90's and humid so stitching is the last thing I want to do until the evening cools a little bit. That means that I pick up my needle late and only last to put a length or 2 of floss into my piece.

Oh, I do have a question for you. I am contemplating painting some holiday items (Autumn, Winter and Christmas) and I was wondering if I could use you as a sounding board. If I get enough positive responses, I will put them up for sale on Etsy. So what do you think, would you purchase painted things or is decorative painting gone the way of the dinosaur?

Well, I should help David scrap the's only fair. But I really, really want another slice of watermelon and check up on all you!

Stay cool and thank you AGAIN for coming by.


Karoline said...

They're all lovely Joanie, congratulations

samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, your photo's look lovely. This is the first chance I have had to go blogging as my Dad has been staying up here for a few days.
I will have to see if I can get the computer genius to copy the photo's for me.
Have a lovely weekend - Sandra.

Casa Pearl said...

Girlie girl that bag is gorgeous as is the Stacy Nash piece. I love her designs as well. Your EE&F piece is adorable. I need to stitch more patriotic stuff. And I definitely think you should paint some stuff - I especially think Fall and Halloween things!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Gorgeous gifts, and you finishes look great.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful things Joanie. By the way, I just purchased a cute painted sign on Etsy this past weekend! I'm going to put it up in my stitching room. So I don't think painting is out of style. :)

staci said...

Those are wonderful gifts you've rec'd from Sandra...I especially love that Stacy Nash pinkeep. And I think I'm going to have to find that E&EF pattern now, love your finish!!!