April 12, 2009

Tulipomania

I've embarked on several restarts lately; this is the latest one. It is by The Scarlet Letter, and is called "The Product of my Needle Sampler." I particularly like the top row of tulips, the fact that it's completely filled in with black (not stitched on black fabric) and that the animals are stitched in French knots. I started it a while back, but on a color and type of fabric that I didn't enjoy. I also couldn't find enough of the dark gold thread (it's AVAS), so I wanted to switch numbers, which brought me to a different shade of the dark gold. It was an easy restart, and now I'm humming along. Here's the picture:

and a photo of how far I got in one evening:

Here's another tulip I'd like to stitch. It's a Carriage House Samplings design called "One Tulip." I figured it would be a fairly quick stitch, but it's not quick to kit up, as it calls for Kreinik silks, something I'll have to travel to buy, or go online for or substitute out. I like the colors, although the jury's out on those dragonfly things. Too many bugs! Still, I love the tulip, which is one of my favorite flowers.

Here's Luke and Laura Lobster. (My generation had Luke and Laura instead of Twilight.)
Luke: "My dear, you're blushing."
Laura: "I'm feeling a bit shy and out of my element."
Luke: "You just need to come out of your shell."
I used L&L in an Easter dinner recipe: Macaroni and cheese with lobster. It called for several different steps, including sauteeing the empty shells with empty shrimp shells and various ingredients including brandy, straining out the solids, then making a roux and adding the broth and cream and fontina cheese and cut-up shrimp and lobster and adding the whole thing to pasta shells (what else?). It was over-the-top rich. And fishy. Ugh--so terribly, terribly fishy. We also had a Honey-Baked ham. Thank goodness for HB--I have a boatload of homework, and at least the ham "turned out" well without a ton of effort. We did have to go get it. Do you have an HBH store? Don't you just love that little flourish when they fold back the foil to show it to you? It's the same feeling I have when the waiter pours a splash of wine in the glass for you to taste. Who says "No! Unacceptable! Take it back!"?

Edited to add: by the way, go to this link to see the winners of the Washington Post's Peeps contest. Each year for the last three years, there has been a contest for the best diorama using Peeps. It's called "Peeps Show."
Here's Pink, checking out this guy who claims to be the Easter Bunny.
Pink: "Ah-ha, no doots! IMPOSTER!"

Happy Easter from Luke, Laura, Pink, Elvis, Peaches and me!

15 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh Glenna, you're a girl after my own heart. I looooove tulips! lol! I've never seen that SL piece -- I may have to get it -- or at least go look at it online! :D I have the other design -- I think. I'd better go check! Panic time!

Enjoy the rest of your Easter!

Daffycat said...

ROFLOL I loved the Peep Show! Thanks for the link!

Happy Easter!

Melissa said...

Both Tulip pieces look great. The SL piece will be stunning I'm sure!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

L and L, their destinies entwined forever, so romantic. The peeps were very, funny .......Love the new banner with all the PInks. In answer to your question, yes, there are quite a few things things I can write off, and every year I think I will keep better track....sigh....

bunnygirl said...

Happy Easter to you and the bunnies! I love your new banner and the tulip stitchings.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Ha - enjoyed the Easter post ... our dinner did not work quite right either .. not good for the Bunny Ladys mood! Quick thinking there by Pink!

We are the heart of tulip country and the annual tulip festival is all of April .. almost none blooming yet .. too cold.

Brigitte said...

Oh, tulips, I love them. This is a gorgeous sampler you restarted. And the CHS tulip is so beautiful as well.

mainely stitching said...

I used to watch Luke and Laura with my Dad after school - he was ill in bed for a year and it was some nice bonding time. ;)

Lobster, IMHO, should only be eaten boiled. No butter. No fro-fra. Just lobster. Yum.

Siobhan said...

Your tulip stitchy pieces are going to be wonderful! LOL at the imposter Easter bunny. ;)

Deb said...

The tulip pieces are great. I especially love the Scarlett Letter one. Can't wait to see more of your progress!

The Scarlett House said...

Ahh Glenna, I remember Luke and Laura. Love your new start. Tulips always remind me of spring.

Kellie said...

The tulip designs are gorgeous, but the one with french knots would have me pulling my hair out. I can't make a decent french knot to save my life. :)

Kit said...

Product Of My Needle Sampler is an imposing project, I look forward to the progress shots. I like the floral theme, the perfect way to usher in the Spring!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Your tulips are beauties. And, is it proper to confuse your bunnies? They could have a crisis of idenity from this!! LOL Everything you stitch is awesome, Glenna. Hugs, Deb

Tammy said...

Love the tulip--and LOL at the rest!