January 01, 2011

2. The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

Project # 2 of the 15-day Crazy January Challenge is "The Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat" by Carriage House Samplings. It's not the large project I imagined starting today, because I'm still gathering the parts and pieces. That's okay, though; I've sprinkled smaller projects through the Challenge so that I'm not completely overwhelmed.

I'm stitching it in the charted NPI colors on a small piece of Lakeside from my stash in 40 count maritime white, I think. It's a fun stitch, and the colors are more true to this photo than the photo of the CHS cover art. [Edited to add: I have made a mistake in the border, but I am not a perfectionist when a mistake can be concealed or worked around. Because I don't think it detracts, I'm leaving it as is. If you look at the cover art and my "model," you'll see what I mean. Fortunately, such things don't drive me nuts. I'll call it customization.]

My updated Crazy 15 list:

1. Christinia Cathcart, The Samplar Workes, 32 count mystery fabric, AVAS silks
2. The Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat, Carriage House Samplings, 40 ct LL, NPI silks


I got this Happy Meal animal yesterday. You can indeed get apple slices instead of fries--they're called apple dippers, and they're delicious--crisp and cold, served with a little container of caramel sauce.

Here are some of my stitching buddies, cheering me on (well, snoring me on, maybe). You can see some of my stitching bags spread out on the sofa.

Off to do some cleaning and a little more stitching. Happy evening and see you tomorrow with Project #3!

24 comments:

Nancy said...

What a fun project with beautiful colors! You know I don't think I've ever seen this one stitched before. Looking forward to seeing all 15 of your challenge projects. Happy 2011!

The Fab Furs said...

Your stitching buddies are sending you positive vibes in their sleep. Would you prefer them to be wide awake and "helping"? Cute sampler!

Cari said...

What a great start for the 2011 Challenge !! And I love your stitching buddies. I have three myself. Hugs

gracie said...

Good start. I started my #1 this morning and will work a bit more on it. I have to decide which to start for tommorow #2.I think your cheering section is waiting for ....well, who knows.

Lennu said...

Oh it's a beautiful start for the challenge, a lovely design!!

I LOVE your cats, they look so cute :) Happy stitching!

valerie said...

I've never seen this design! It looks like fun and the colors are wonderful. Enjoy it and Happy New Year. Love the tiger toy too...hope you get a bunny soon!

Nancy in WI said...

I love your "customization" word. I used to go nuts when I was off and would take everything out, even when it was half done. My sister thought I was very weird to put it nicely but somewhere in the aging process I have changed and now if I can fudge it, I will. Love seeing what each new day brings on your list.

Nicole said...

I love this design and you have made a great start!! Looking forward to tomorrow's start! :)

Alice said...

I love that rhyme! I have a book with the cutest illustrations. What a nice design. You have lovely stitching buddies too, what's a project without a little cat hair sewn in there?

Margaret said...

Oh, the colors are so nice on that one!! This is so much fun seeing your 15. Fun fun fun! Good choices so far! Hope you're enjoying 2011 so far!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh fun... you'll be making the first 15 days of January interesting. Great start on the CHS design. Love your attitude about stitching mistakes. I heartily agree.

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love the piece and mistakes always make the piece more unique!!

Katrina said...

Another fun project!!! I just love CHS designs.

Karen said...

Oh gosh, I love this chart! How have I missed it? I'll really enjoy watching your progress on this one.

Love your stitching buddies! My two are usually hanging around when I stitch as well.

Catherine said...

Love the colors in this design!!

What adorable stitching buddies!

Kellie said...

Love the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat! This is in my "to do" pile. Watching you stitch it may move it closer to the top of that pile. :)

Rabbits' Guy said...

Couch looks like ours most of the time. Crap all over one section and a dumb cat in the middle of the other. I wind up pinched in a corner with no room for my feet.

Hope you got a boat or a lighthouse or a rabbit somewhere in that fine 15.

Happy New Year! (Really!)

Berit said...

Gee; I hope all the CJ Challenge people post daily like this! If so, I'm in for some eye candy!!!

As a rabbit-lover, I'm sure you know that this is the year of the rabbit. Check out this food-cum-mommy blogger's post on her Nengajo 2011!

Niina said...

Love the colours! This will look stunning :)

Harmien said...

That's beautiful, you've already stitched a lot! Love the furry crew!!

Bonnie said...

I toad-a-ly love your choice for Day 2. The colors are beautiful.

I am going to have to check out the Happy Meals lol.

My stitching buddies are waiting for me on the couch.

Littlebit said...

Beautiful project. That Maritime White is one of my favorite linens!

Michelle said...

I love this design. And I love your "customizations". I spend more time ripping stuff out than putting stuff in. Maybe I should rethink that.

mainely stitching said...

Your McDonald's kick #*% compared to the ones around here!

This CHS is in my stash, and I even sprang for the NPI silks. So why haven't I stitched it???