December 27, 2009

Samplers and Soup

I can't believe how peaceful it is without the hustle bustle of Christmas. I spent most of today stitching and making soup from the bones and scraps of the Christmas roast. I took a three-hour nap also. Overall, a good day! Coming down the home stretch on Rose Marie--if all goes well, I should finish sometime this week. Not the best photo since while I was napping the sun went down. As much as I needed the rest, it's a little disconcerting to fall asleep in the bright sunlight and wake up in the dark.

And a re-start. I've tried stitching this ("Keep Me" by Moira Blackburn) a couple of times but didn't like my former choices of fabric which were too yellow or rosy and didn't show the floss colors well. I'm getting over the need to stitch everything in silk, and I'm using the recommended floss: mostly WDW and some DMC. I'm doing the "proper" method with the variegated floss-one stitch at a time rather than laying down the row in one direction and then crossing back the entire row. It really does show the variation in color better. There are some funky colors in this, but I think they work in a way that solid silk wouldn't. I'm doing it two over two on 32 count. Normally I like 40 count, but I had this fabric in my stash (no idea what it is), and I like how the WDW looks on the white fabric.

Here's what I have so far. Note for border-phobes: there are two--almost three--borders in this, one within another!

Elvis, enjoying a Sunday nap until I woke him. I was grouchy as a bear when I woke up (the phone was ringing--nothing makes me crankier than to be awakened by a ringng phone)--hopefully poor Elvis isn't feeling the same way.

Happy week ahead!

17 comments:

Margaret said...

Oooh, I love your rose piece -- so pretty! And the Keep Me Sampler is one of my favorites! I want to stitch it someday too! Yours looks gorgeous so far! Glad you got to relax after the Christmas rush. Did you get your furniture delivered? I hope so! Enjoy the week! Hope Elvis does too! (I know what you mean abou being woken up by ringing phones. My son did that to me one night recently. Grrrrr!

FrecklesandDeb said...

Beautiful, beautiful -- both stitching pieces and Elvis!

We agree, waking up to a ringing phone is quite upsetting.

Happy Holidays!
Freckles and Deb

Rabbits' Guy said...

That's a pretty rose .... and - that is what we call "The Look" you are getting from Elvis. Not good. Not good at all....

staci said...

Sounds like the perfect day...homemade soup and stitching! Love the project you've picked :)

Melissa said...

Elvis looks like he's pretending not to be noticed. Nope, not me!

The colours in your rose piece is blooming pretty! And I like your new start!

Jackie said...

I get cranky when I'm woken up by the phone too. It's always a rude awakening. Elvis looks a little put out too but I'm sure his sunny disposition will return soon!

Lee said...

Keep Me is going to be an amazing sampler! I love those Moira Blackburns.

Ahhh. Naps!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful sampler! I'm not sure I have seen this one before, but hopefully I can find it for my stash, because now I want to stitch it!!

Alice said...

That is a really nice sampler, and you have made a good start on that! It sounds like you had a great day. I love naps too, but always wake up groggy and cranky.

Cari said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! I love your little rose piece -it is just beautiful!

Moira Blackburn has such pretty pieces and this is no exception. Your fabric choice is wonderful. Aren't borders so fun :-)

Did your new furniture arrive? You'll have to snap some pics for us.

Will you take additional classes this spring? I have until Jan 18 - whoohoo!

Enjoy your week.

Siobhan said...

Lovely stitching, Glenna! I really like that Keep Me sampler. My LNS had a model of it but I've resisted only because the chart was never in stock. Great start--I'll enjoy watching your progress.

Katrina said...

Love the rose piece and the new start is gorgeous.

I hate waking up to the phone too.

Daffycat said...

The rose is so bright and cheery! I love your new start and can't wait to see more!

Brigitte said...

The after-Christmas days are always peaceful in ouir house, too.
Your new project looks gorgeous. I love Moira Blackburn and have lately pulled out one of my WIPs by her, Three Things. It's a great fun stitch, too.

Loraine said...

Love your samplers! Good for you taking a nap, and enjoying the day after Christmas.

Stitch By Stitch said...

I love the Keep Me Sampler! I haven't seen that one before. I will make sure to watch your progress.

Michelle said...

The rose is so pretty. And I love the re-start of the Moira piece. I can't believe how much snow you have! Stay warm and Happy New Year!