January 11, 2011

12. Dorothy's Garden

Today's project is a WIP from way back: "Dorothy's Garden," by A Stitcher's Hands. I'm stitching it on a 32 count mystery fabric--I'll have to go back and look at what it is, because it feels rich and creamy [edited to add that it's 34 count Legacy linen in cafe au lait]--using the recommended AVAS. I have enoyed working on it, but I got bored because it's almost completely symmetrical, so I set it aside once I'd completed (nearly) one side. I'd actually forgotten it completely until Michelle mentioned that I had worked on a project called Dorothy's Garden, and I claimed no knowledge of it whatsoever. Sad! My apologies for the creases--it's been folded in its project bag for quite a while, and I don't iron unless really necessary.


This is slated to be a 2011 finish; it's really nice to work on, and all those roses are just beautiful close-up.


A photo of last night's salad: I got the recipe from the huge collection of Cooking Light recipes published in book form. The salad is composed of torn greens (I used Boston and romaine lettuces) and the top portion is a mixture of apples (granny smith and pink lady), an ounce of blue cheese crumbled, 2 pieces of bacon crumbled, and a dressing of lemon juice (I used myer lemons, which are a bit sweeter), honey and a tiny bit of olive oil. The lemon juice keeps the apples from discoloring, and the honey makes the dressing adhere and keeps it from being too tart. We're going to try lots of adventurous salads--I'm guilty generally of stocking a head or bag of lettuce, cucumber, tomato and carrots and putting together the same tossed salad time after time. Who wants to eat or make that over and over. So I resolved to find new things to make, which required a visit to our local Wegmans store, which has great produce. It's where I also bought the dandelion greens for the bunnies. The dandelion greens are huge--I can only imagine how large the flowers are--and I haven't seen them in a store until yesterday when I shopped in the produce section (although I've seen them on other bunny blogs), picking among the more exotic stuff. Coming up in the salad department will be a Thai steak salad and a grapefruit-avocado-seafood salad.


I need to get out and exercise. Pink is providing me with a convenient excuse not to go out by chewing my laces. For whatever reason, he chews the end caps off all my laces. He doesn't swallow the caps--just drops them on the floor. I keep my really good running/walking shoes locked away from his little teeth.


Happy snow day to those of you who got the storm (it seems to be largely missing us), and see you tomorrow!

36 comments:

Spinning Beauty said...

The colors in Dorothy's Garden are beautiful..that's nice fabric too that you're stitching it on! The salad looks good too..I should eat more salad but I hate cutting everything up :)

Chris said...

Another beautiful sampler. You are going to have so many beauties finished! I am loving your daily post. Each sampler seems prettier than the last.
That salad looks great!

Nicole said...

I love it Glenna!! Another great one! :)

Siobhan said...

I remember that sampler! It's so pretty.

The salad--oh my gosh. Sounds divine!! I'm going to have to bug you for the exact recipe.

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love Dorothy's Garden and your half way there so you HAVE to finish it. Your salad looks yummy.

Laurie in Iowa said...

That salad looks very yummy. I'm liking Dorothy's Garden too.

Nancy said...

Wow, this is beautiful!

Karen M said...

That is a really beautiful piece. I like Pink's work of "deconstruction" also. Ginny used to bite my husband's shoelaces in half. He finally stopped leaving them under the table in her spot.

Robin said...

What a positively delicious looking salad! Salad dressing sounds yummy as well!

Today's WIP is stunning!

Julie M said...

That's a beautiful piece! Don't know how you forgot about it!

valerie said...

Beautiful sampler! I love the colors. Yummy looking salad.

Catherine said...

A post full of yummies - yummy stitches, yummy salad and..........yummy laces?

Dona said...

Dorothy's Garden is very pretty! The salad looks delicious and the other salads you described sound great!

robindefender said...

That is a gorgeous sampler!

Melissa said...

Wow, now I remember seeing Dorothy's Garden in the past.. She is beautiful! I am so enjoying seeing all your projects!

Alice said...

Well, all our after school stuff got cancelled, but we haven't seen any snow yet...maybe a flurry or two. It can stay away as far as I'm concerned!

I like the sound of Thai steak salad.

Dorothy's Garden is looking so pretty, how nice to be able to finish it off. I wonder if not stitching it for a long time will make it seem less boring to be stitching symetrically?

Margaret said...

This one is on my todo list too! I think every single one of your projects is a want for me! You have great taste in samplers for sure! You need to finish this one -- you're so close!

bunnygirl said...

My first bunny used to do the same thing to my running shoes! Go, Pink!

Cadbury says mixing cheese with lettuce and apples is an outrage.

Katherine said...

Pink just doesn't want you to go out! Funny! Dorothy's looks like a LOT of work, but very, very pretty. I like your folk art - really LOVE it - but want to see you too. Want to know more about the identity theft thing too.

Anna van Schurman said...

Gorgeous. Isn't it funny how we can completely forget what we're working on? (Or not.)

Love to Stitch said...

Dorothys Garden is gorgeous! I have always liked this one, will have to check the stash :) The salad looks delicious. Looks like alot of flavor and texture!

Jan said...

I really like Dorothy's Garden. Wow, just beautiful.

woolwoman said...

I love this sampler and have never seen it before. Legacy linen is yummy - I used to use it a lot pre-LL - good luck meeting your goal
Melody

Cari said...

Another spectacular selection Glenna....I really, really, really love this one!! The salad looks pretty yummy too!! Warm Hugs

Michelle said...

Yours is soooo pretty! Now I probably am going to have to dig mine out and work on it some more. The roses are so delicate and beautiful on this piece - it's what attracted me to it in the first place!

Karen said...

I'm going to have to replace my keyboard if I keep drooling on it over all your gorgeous samplers! I love Dorothy's Garden; I almost bought the chart a few years ago and for some reason didn't and have been kicking myself since.

Your salad looks yummy! I'm looking forward to hearing about the grapefruit-avocado-seafood combination -- that sounds delish!

Jan said...

Don't know which is more beautiful, that gorgeous Dorothy's Garden or that luscious looking salad! I am hungry, so will go with the salad, if there is any left!

Rabbits' Guy said...

He'll find them .....


(Hold the cheese - otherwise yummm. Steak salald? I'm definitely interested.))

Deborah said...

I love Dorothy's Garden. I am also very jealous that you have a Wegmans.

Carol said...

What a beauty you're creating, Glenna! I've never seen this piece before--so glad you decided to finish it :)

Giovanna said...

Oh my, why do I keep seeing stunning projects on your blog? How can you keep up with all of them? You have my deepest admiration!

Tanya said...

Wow - those colors are gorgeous, they pop through the screen. Nice on a grey day like this one has been although the sun did come out and melt some.

Tanya

Michele said...

Dorothy's Garden is Beautiful! So glad you found it! What is the sampler on your blog header?

mainely stitching said...

Isn't Legacy Linen the BEST?! I used it for a wedding gift and oh my goodness, it's fabulous. This is a stunning design, too!

Kate said...

You sure have a lot of projects to share... and that is the reason why probably your rabbits are doing something to catch your attention. But I admire you for always including them in your blogs I always like the format or your post. I hope one time you show me how your rabbit hutch look like.

marylin said...

Bonjour,
je suis en train de broder ce même modèle !!! une petite merveille le vôtre est merveilleux !
amitiés de France