May 31, 2010

A New Ride

BF retired his ten-year-old car and got himself a new one. I got a new set of wheels today also. I may have told you that other than my needlework habit, my greatest weakness may be a good vacuum cleaner. I have a stable of them, each of them for a specific task on a specific floor, and each of them sleaker and more beautiful than the last. I may have to name each of my vacuums; this one I'll call Catharine McNeal after the sampler of roughly the same color, since I've been looking at aqua/turquoise/minty green quite a bit. This machine is lighter than the other cannister vacs I have and is ideal for upholstery/blinds/baseboards/stairs as well as the floors. With 6 cats and 3 buns, we are experts in vacuuming here.

Since we slept so long by napping during the weekend, last night we didn't go to bed until 4 a.m., so there was plenty of time for me to start a new project. You should have seen me at 2:00 in the morning, rummaging through my stash. This is Ann Wallace 1817 by the Scarlet Letter.

I did a trial run on some yellowy/gold fabric that was just ok. When I was at the LNS I spotted some 40 ct Newcastle in Flax because the floss colors looked great against it. I also like that it's about half the cost of Lakeside. I mentioned that the house color IRL is brown, not gray, but I changed it to gray. That meant I had to change the accents from brown (outlines) and pale green (window fill-in) to navy blue and pale aqua.

Ann Wallace says: "When I was a girl in 1817, we beat our carpets with carpet whips. We didn't vacuum. And I loathe aqua."
Says Catharine McNeal, sniffing: "You never beat a rug in your life. You lived in a big fancy house with servants to beat the rugs!" Note to Tanya--Catharine McNeal is stitched on 40 count Picture This Plus Legacy. Those colors do pop against the brown blotchy fabric.



Pink: "Elvis, Mom thinks the samplers are talking to her!"


Until later!

21 comments:

Faye said...

Ann Wallace is stunning~~ And, I have the visual of you stash diving at 2am for your stuff...hahaha....Good one~~ Faye

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love your new aqua vacuum cleaning machine. Who wouldn't love to vacuum with such a pretty thing.
Great start on Ann Wallace.
Hmmm...your samplers are talking to one another???
Maybe a vacation is in order.

Margaret said...

I have the same vacuum! Mine is red though. Vroom vroom! :D

I love Ann Wallace! I added her to my long list of SL wants.

Anna van Schurman said...

Ann Wallace is gorgeous!

Cari-in-VA said...

Oh Glenna - you are such an enabler! This new sampler of yours is stunning!

Love your new vacuum, too.

Enjoy your week.

Cari said...

Glenna...you're so funny!! Love the aqua ride...simply fabulous!! And Ann Wallace....what can I say except...BEAUTIFUL!! Once again..love the bunnies!!

The Bunns said...

Hey Elvis and Pink ... somebody has gone 'round one too many bends there. Good luck guys.

Rabbits' Guy said...

A. Where is the car picture????

B. I know that sweeper model ... it also makes coffee and plays a mean hand of bridge.

c. Decent Vacuum Sweepers are one of those interesting tools that had an unintended consequence - wall to wall carpets. Those were never much considered before the vacuum sweeper was invented

Marjo said...

Stitching is beautiful. Love the vacuum. Hi to the bunnies.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Ann Wallace is gorgeous ~ you've got a great start!

Alice said...

6 cats? Lucky. I love the fact that your samplers talk to each other... bicker even. Cute vacuum.

Giovanna said...

What a great choice! I think I love everything of Ann Wallace, colours and all.

Jane said...

Pleased to hear that someone else considers their vacuum to be their best buddy as well (why don't men feel the same?)
As always beautiful, beautiful stitching - look forward to seeing more progress soon xxx

MyLifesAStitch said...

Oh man! A Meile??? I am jeaaaa-looooous! YGG!

Can't wait to see more of your new start.

Have a great week!
Robin

mainely stitching said...

OMG, Glenna, your stitching projects are just WAY too gorgeous. No wonder they talk to you!

Loraine said...

Cool new vacuum! Love the color.
The sampler is great too.

Kellie said...

Nice set of wheels! I love the aqua. :)
Ann Wallace is beautiful!!! Don't you love late night/early morning stitching? So peaceful! :)

Stitch By Stitch said...

I love your new vacuum! Great color! And Ann Wallace is beautiful. I haven't seen that one before.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Where's the car picture????

Brigitte said...

Oh, a great new project. You seem to be very creatve at 2 am? LOL. You could rather see me doing this at 6 am, lol.

Katrina said...

Quite the conversation Catharine and Ann are having, LOL. Love the new start.

Glad I am not the only vacuum freak ;-).