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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Saturday - Pictures and Everything!

HI everyone!
First of all, I want to wish everyone a blessed Easter! How wonderful is our God!
Alleluia! HE IS RISEN!!!

I have pictures! See patience IS a virtue!
I finished Blackbird Designs, Summer Basket, a few weeks ago.  I stretched it and now I am saving pennies to frame it.  I'll probably go to Michaels and with my trusty coupon, I'll  let them mount it.

I stitched my Mom's initials (NK) in the sampler because the sampler just reminded me of her.

The entire sampler:

The alphabet:
I stitched it with the recommended GAST on Weeks Dye Works linen.  The jury is still out about the linen.  I found that it was very soft and very stretchy.  Maybe it was my cut. 

Here's a close up of City Stitcher's, Lucy Minton and the whole sampler.  I'm getting closer to finishing Lucy, only the algerian-eye alphabet band and the button hole flowers to go!

Lucy's stitched on 32ct Flax linen with the recommended DMC.

Lately, I've been drawn to primitive patterns and Schoolgirl samplers. These samplers were the type of stitching that drew me to cross stitch initially. I've dabbled in many styles of samplers but I seem to return to this style.  And another return to my roots is that I am enjoying being a "One at a Time" stitcher.  I've vaguely felt uneasy stitching on more than one project.  I couldn't put my finger on why though.  Then I realized that I get anxious because I have so many Wips (like 30) so I made a decision to concentrate on one of those (Summer Basket) and then if I wanted, I could start a smaller project (Lucy).  So far, it's working and I'm enjoying my stitching so much more!  My current project is Lucy and when she's done, I'll return to Hand To Work's, This is the Day.  I can't work on it for a long time, I get bored with the solid stitching.

I've been debating on what I am going to stitch next.  I am not in the mood for another hugh project.  I want to stitch another sampler.  I've been bad with ordering patterns, I ordered a slew of Goode Huswife and kitted up the samplers in BBD's new book.  Then I go blog hopping and see the cute little pillows and tags and pinkeeps and I want to stitch a gazillion of them cause they are so sweet scattered about.  But before I chose a brandy-new project, I'll rummage through the Basket of Incomplete Projects.

I was messing around with the camera (the kids got me a new one for Christmas).  I'm not familiar with it but I have to say I love it.  It's 12 megapixels and I'm finding that the quality is quite good for a little point and shoot!

Obligatory cute kitty pics:  :-)



So in closing,  I wish all of you a blessed and joyous Easter!  I hope that you will be spending it with family and friends.  The DH and I are by ourselves (we'd better get used to it) and I'm planning on a nice dinner with pinapple upside down cake for desert.

Happy Easter!!!!  Happy Spring!


Jan said...

Gosh that is a pretty finish, Joanie! Love your Lucy Minton too, it won't be long until that one is complete! Looks like you are mastering the new camera quite well!

Blessed is the name of the Lord!!

I hope you have a most wonderful joyfilled Easter!

Deb said...

That a great finish Joanie. And I love Lucy Minton too! That one should be finished soon. I know what you mean about the WIPs. I don't have that many, but quite a few. I like sticking to two projects now.

Have a blessed Easter!

Aussie Stitcher said...

Congratulations on finishing Summer Basket, it looks wonderful. Cute kitty pictures also, thanks for sharing.

Tanya said...

Love those kitty pics!!!


Karoline said...

Happy Easter Joanie

Summer Basket is looking gorgeous, congratulations and great progress on Lucy.

Brigitte said...

Summer Basket is looking so great. And so is Lucy Minton. And it's nearly done. I can relate to what you say about seeing so many cute smalls on the blogs. But aren't they wonderful to stitch in between the large projects?

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the lovely Summer Basket! And your sampler WIP is gorgeous too.

Terri M said...

Summer Basket is beautiful!