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Saturday, August 07, 2010

Hi!

Thanks for all the encouraging words about my painting.  No takers just yet.  Haven't a clue why though.   Not enough pics?  Need some props to spur creativity and whet an appetite?  I do know that I was anxious to post the pic with the hope that someone would snatch it up..didn't happen.

I have a witch and another ghost, a cat and a pumpkin 90% complete. I hope to post them by Monday.  Then I am on to Christmas painting, snowmen, santas, sleds and ornaments.  This painting gig is cutting into my stitching though.  I am having serious needle withdrawl especially because I have all that cool new stash just begging to be started.

Jan asked about Bea.  I stitched Bea on 32ct Antique Ivory with AVAS 4612, one strand of silk over 2 threads.  It's what Needleprint recommended.  I wanted a reproduction sampler so I stitched it as it was recommended.  Didn't change a thing.  Oh, I toyed with the idea of personalizing it but in the end, my purist heart won out.  I usually don't mess around with repros but I've been known to tweak other patterns here and there to make them my own.  I am getting better about that too and trusting my judgement.  After all, what's 5 years of fine arts with a BFA in graphics design going to buy me?  If nothing else, the confidence to trust my judgement on changing it up a bit.

I started Prairie Schooler's, Sweeping Cobwebs, on 35 ct Lambswool linen but I don't like the way the 3371 is covering the linen even though it's a higher count.  I think I'm going to start it over on something else and finish this piece as a big pin pillow.  This weekend is a finishing weekend.  I've got a number of things waiting to be put together and I must finish off my BBD exchange piece and pop it in the mail on Monday. 

So, I hope you have a wonderful day today, I have a bit of laundry to do and some housework to catch up on.  Then I hope to get creative.

Thanks for stopping by.  Love when you show up and leave comments.  They make me smile!

5 comments:

Jan said...

Put it on Etsy, Joanie....once it is joined by others, it will get snatched up. Plus it is a bit early for Halloween to be on people's minds, but never fear it will happen in a few short weeks!

Thanks for the info on Bea...I am doing mine the same, only chose an overdyed fiber in a color that I deemed most similar to the recommendation. Fabric is a color that I just love, so that part was easy! Depends on what it is, whether I go with the exact things, but most often if it is a repro, I stick with what is charted.

Can't wait to see your finishes, will check back on Monday! Have a good one!

Natalia said...

I think your paintings will sell, Joanie. You are very good at it !!

Barbeeque4 said...

Thanks for stopping by the Blog!! BP is just beautiful - and looks great framed. When I finished mine a couple of years ago I couldn't wait to have her framed.

Natalia said...

Hi Joanie, this is an answer to your question on my blog about frame stores on line. There are two websites that I use the most: www.frankenframes.com and www.framesbymail.com. Sometimes I also use www.framing4yourself.com I hope this helps.

Carol said...

Hi Joanie! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments... I'm always happy to "meet" fellow cross-stitchers and visit their blogs in return :)

Interesting that you were originally from the Pittsburgh area. I live in northern Allegheny County (near Soergel's Farm Market if you know where that is!). And guess where I'm originally from? Upstate NY!! A tiny town south of Buffalo...

Glad to have found your blog--looks like we share the same taste in designers :)