March 18, 2007

Still Wishing for Spring: Sunday Sampler

This week was not one of my better weeks with the needle--too many distractions and events at work and home. Work has been busy enough to necessitate my working through lunch--which is my normal stitching time (and which I resent like heck giving up). And in the evening and during the weekend, we've been putting the finishing touches on our now-empty townhouse, which will officially go on the market Monday or Tuesday. The Realtor, knowing that I enjoy blogging and photography, has tasked me with writing the blurb and taking the photos that go into the MLS. Photographing empty rooms is difficult, it seems (oh, for a nice fish-eye lens), and wading through the standard "gleaming hardwood floors" language is not very inspiring, even if they are gleaming hardwood floors. Maybe the property would get some notice if I wrote "pamper yourself with a shining black-market toilet!" (BF used to be a plumbing rep, and we had lovely toilets with a water-wasting, hearty flush. Now, I'm sorry to say, we have quite pedestrian toilets that do the job with a teaspoon of water or so and a "power assist.")

Well, then--enough about my toilets. On to the needlework! Here's Tulip Welcome--this part of it is stitched with two threads over one. Fussy work--I'm looking forward to the flowers.

And here's a work in progress, nearly complete. It's by The Drawn Thread and is called "The Easter Egg Sampler." It came as a kit (so long ago I don't even remember acquiring it); the fabric is 36 count Antique White Edinburgh linen with silk floss, silk ribbon, beads and a gemstone heart trinket. It was a fun stitch because there were a number of different stitches and I love springy/Eastery samplers with rabbits. All I have left to do is sew on the rest of the beads.

Which brings me to this week's sampler: Little by Little's "Caught in a Garden" which is designed to be stitched with DMC and a few colors of Gentle Arts threads on 40 count Hand-dyed Gold Finch Linen by R&R Reproductions.

Happy week, everyone!

8 comments:

Barbara said...

Caught in the Garden is one of those designs that just begs to come home with me. :)

Good luck with your townhouse. I used to work in real estate and did the advertisements. One does get creative... ;)

Vonna said...

Isn't this Sunday's Sampler spectacular?! I love it!

I bet your over 1 with 2 threads is tedious, fussy work...yikes...good luck on that!

Oh...black market toilets and gleaming hardwood floors! I think I'm interested! LOL! We have to use the "power assist" here at our home :)

Michelle said...

Love your Easter Egg Sampler, what a pretty piece! Caught in the Garden looks fun and colorful too.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I really like the Easter sampler myself too. All your stitching is glorious! Best of luck to you with the townhouse!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Your work is just beautiful! And it shows such patience I am sure - all those perfect tiny stitches! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! =)

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Your work is just beautiful! And it shows such patience I am sure - all those perfect tiny stitches! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! =)

The needle & I said...

Your easter egg is beautiful and Caught In A Garden is going on my list.

Lelia said...

Excellent Easter Egg Sampler! It is beautiful : ) -- Caught in a Garden is totally cute. Luv it.