January 02, 2011

3. Winter at Beacon House

Today I started "Winter at Beacon House," by Praiseworthy Stitches, partly because Rabbits' Guy requested a sampler with a lighthouse, ship and rabbits. This sampler has all of those and more, including little fish with eyes, a sampler alphabet, deer, dogs (to my sister: the one on the sled looks like yours), a beautiful bay, and various sizes of snowflakes, all smyrna crosses over 2, 4 or 6. I am using the exact shade of LL called for by the design. It's rainy and gray here today, so it was hard to capture the color, but Winter Sky linen is a lavender-blue shade. I am not using the recommended fibers at all, though. I'm using silks from my stash, including a lot of overdyeds--Silk n Colors from the Thread Gatherer. It pleases me that I had both the fabric (although mine is 40 count, not the 32 count called for by the design) and fibers in my stash that I could use, so I only had to lay out $5.99 for the magazine. Where I'm missing a color, I just sub NPI or AVAS from my stash. I had originally planned to use NPI and AVAS solely, but I decided that parts of the design, especially the beach, the bay and the house, really needed the variegated floss.


Here's the photo of the project in Just Cross Stitch Magazine, which a lot of us ran out to buy this month:


We have no new Happy Meals pets to show since yesterday's expedition, a Happy Meal for each of us for lunch, yielded another giraffe and a second tiger. I was going to dicker with them about getting something different, but as my closest McDonalds is off the interstate and it was full of tourists complaining about mustard on their sandwiches, I gave them a break. We had a good, heavy home-made breakfast this morning, so we'll have Happy Meals for dinner tonight--BF is almost as intrigued with the hunt as I am. I'm going to try a different McDonalds also.

Peaches is glancing at a well-chewed Cooking Light Magazine here; she recommends slimming down by eating the cooking magazine or cookbook instead of making a meal.


See you tomorrow!

26 comments:

Cari said...

Oh yes I did run right out to buy that magazine so I'd have Winter at Beacon House. I love samplers with animals on them....heck I love animals too!! Happy Stitching !! hmmmm....just thinkin'.... maybe I should nibble on the 'light cooking' magazine.... :)

bunnygirl said...

Peaches has an interesting take on dieting, but that's a rabbit for you.

Happy New Year!

Kellie said...

Love Winter at Beacon House. I sub to the magazine, but I had already heard the buzz about this issue before it arrived in my mailbox. This sampler is on my list as well. It is so colorful and interesting.

Hope your Happy Meal hunt yields the elusive white rabbit soon. :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh that's a nice design Glenna. I don't get that magazine so this is the first time seeing the design.
I think your buns buns have the right idea about slimming.
I thought McDonalds changed the animal they included in the Happy Meal on a weekly basis... maybe that's why you got duplicates???

gracie said...

I love that picture! I love the bunnies too. My son had a dwarf Chinchilla rabbit...Mrs Brisby was her name....very cuddly.

Nancy said...

I love this one! I may have to run and order this issue online!

Happy New Year bunnies!

Kim said...

I'm going to have to stop at B&N tomorrow and see if they have this issue. I really like this one! Can't wait to watch your progress!

Margaret said...

I love this piece! I'm so glad you started it. It's so pretty! Bummer about the happy meal animals being repeats. I hate that!

Nicole said...

Beautiful start Glenna!! I just love this design. The colors you chose are looking great so far. Can't wait to see more! :)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I like the cross stitch! And jack and I enjoyed the picture of the Bunny Ones!

Melody said...

I love that design you have started. I should have run out to purchase it as well....
It will be fun to see your progress on it.

Good luck on your hunt for McDonalds toys.

Catherine said...

Wonderful start!

Jan said...

Gosh, Glenna, that is going to be so pretty, and I'll bet it is a fun stitch!! Sorry about the Happy Meals...maybe it will work itself out soon.

Karen said...

I just picked this one up this weekend...absolutely love it. Guess it will have to be in my next 15 challenge!

Love your projects and can't wait to see more.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Well my gosh, THANKS! I remember that piece now from back in December. Good luck with it.

How exactly do you explain ordering the kids' Happy Meal???

Peaches is Cooking Light. Elvis and Pink are off to McDonalds!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Love your stitching and that Winter Sky linen, I think I have some of that in my stash somewhere slotted for a specific project.

The Fab Furs said...

What a cheering snowy sampler. Peaches thinks that if the people eat magazines there will be more time to prepare bun vegetables.

Virpi said...

Looks pretty. You have stitched a lot!

Harmien said...

That's so pretty!!

Alice said...

Love the new sampler! Peaches just wants some more fiber in her diet... rather that than stitching supplies or magazines.

Melissa said...

Beautiful colours! I look forward to seeing your daily starts!

I have the Gingham Dog too on the previous post and thought the colours looked too bright for me on the chart, so I will look forward to seeing your progress and how the colours really are!

Happy Stitching, Glenna.

Michelle said...

I'm so glad you started this one! It's beautiful and so perfect for you!! Good luck with the McDonald's hunting.

mainely stitching said...

I sprang for this issue, too. I also liked the sweet sampler by ... Paulette? ... that put me in mind of some Brightneedle designs from many years ago.

Melissa said...

This is on my to stitch list too! I think I'm enjoying your Happy Meal Hunt as much as your stitching!

BTW--I am so in love with Christina Cathcart. Those colors are fabulous!

Happy New Year!

Lizzy said...

Oh another must stitch as soon as possible... I am totally in love with "Winter at Beacon House", Glenna... Yours is gorgeous and I love the fabric and the silks you are using... I'm loving your choices for the CJC!
Blessings always in stitches...

Marie H. said...

J'aime beaucoup ce modèle et votre blog est SUPERBE!
I love this one and your blog is wonderful!