June 19, 2011

Smelling the Roses

Greetings! I just got back from a hot sticky walk. Sundays are a bad time to walk in suburbia; everyone is getting ready for the work week, and the smell of dryer sheets is in the air. Sheesh! It is an incentive to walk farther up the road where you can smell more natural things: honeysuckle; mud in the puddles left by last night's thunderstorm; and a nice, ripe deer carcass being picked apart by turkey buzzards. All the same, the walk is over, and now I can stitch!

I did more eyelets on Dorothy this week, but nothing much to look at there. I also worked on Liz Easdon, finishing the foliage on the big tree (there is another tree just like it to the right of the house), and starting the bricks and windows on the house. Love the green in the bricks!


I've always wanted to stitch this Mary Beale piece, and I picked it up for a reasonable price from an Etsy shop called the Pampered Stitcher. Thanks to Maude and Mozart, who recommended it!


So of course I started it. I'm stitching it on 40 count Lakeside buttercream using the called-for DMC colors. There are about 30 colors of thread in this smallish design! I am not planning to finish it as a wreath. I will finish it as a framed picture and either leave the center circle blank or fill it in with a monogram.


I also started Jane Tindall yesterday. I'm stitching it on 40 count Lakeside tundra, also using DMC. You may have seen my photo of Teresa's finished Jane on the In Stitches Shop blog. I took a look, took some photos, and immediately went to kit it up. I had owned the chart since it came out, but until I saw it IRL, hadn't felt compelled to stitch it.


Pink: I'm just sitting in my hay box, all by myself, because someone is stitching and has no time for me....

Happy week ahead!

25 comments:

Margaret said...

Loooove your Liz Easdon! Love the Sampler Wreath -- I want to stitch that too! I always love what you're stitching!!!!

Susan in So Cal said...

I enjoy reading your blog on Sundays. I, too, have started the Sampler Wreath. I paid way too much for it on ebay, but I had to have it! (I'm sure you understand). Unfortunately, it has been sidelined, but seeing yours reminds me to get it back out. You do such beautiful work and I always love your choice of projects.

Valerie said...

You are making great progress, Glenna! Love the sampler wreath...look forward to your progress and I like your finishing idea too!

Also, I am like you, Jane Tindall has not spoken to me until lately. For some reason I keep looking at her and I have a feeling that soon, she will be in my stash! I look forward to keeping up with your progress!

Nancy said...

Lovely WIP! I love your new start too! Hope your week goes well!

Catherine said...

You are always working on the most beautiful pieces!! Can't wait to see the MB wreath started!

Deb said...

Love your Lizzy Easdon! You always find the best samplers. Just love your progress. Love the Sampler Wreath too -another one that I keep forgetting. I love coming to your blog for all the inspiration!!!

Cari said...

Beautiful work Glenna...just beautiful. Enjoy your week and hugs to the bunnies!

marly said...

Liz is going to be fabulous. I'm anxious to watch your progress on her. Beale's Sampler Wreath is one that I gave up on finding long ago. Now you've got me in the hunt again!

Laurie in Iowa said...

As always, you're working I projects I'd love to stitch too. Congrats on scoring the Sampler Wreath chart.

Laura said...

The Sampler Wreath is SO COOL!!!!! I have never seen anything like that...glad I could make a small contribution to you getting it. So exciting!!!!! Will love to follow its progress.

Glad you got a walk in...I really need to start doing that before stitching......hmmmm....

Annemarie said...

Wow, so many pretty samplers!

I think you're much better off stitching than walking in your area...

Giovanna said...

Great new starts, and Liz looks absolutely smashing!

Alice said...

I like the look of that sampler wreath! What great fabric and love the green of the letters. I think it will look wonderful not finished as a wreath... when I first saw it I thought of those little pillows people who have had surgery sometimes sit on; now isn't that off-putting?

The Fab Furs said...

It's a wonder Pink doesn't act out to get attention by pulling threads, chewing the pattern books, or carrying off the finished products to parts unknown.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Gather the troops Pink! Revolt or something!


" ... and the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert ... "

Brigitte said...

Seeing a finished piece in real life is the best motivation for stitching it oneself, isn't it? That's why I'm always eager to start something new when coming back from a meeting with my stitching friends, lol.
Great new starts, Glenna, and great WIPs!

Pointed Stitcher said...

Wow, your stitching looks wonderful!!

Michelle said...

Love how Liz is coming along. The Sampler Wreath will be so pretty framed. Didn't Edgar stitch that one not too long ago? Yay for starting Jane too - she's so pretty on that fabric!

mainely stitching said...

You always pick the COOLEST designs!!

woolwoman said...

that sampler wreath is so cool - I just started Dorothy so I loved seeing your progress. Lots of great stuff started - enjoyed seeing all the WIP's and the bunnies too! Melody

Karen M said...

The stitching is beautiful, but put it down already, and give that poor, neglected bun some pats. And treats. Lots of treats.....

Denise said...

Glenna,
I was quite surprised when I opened your blog and saw the Sampler Wreath by Mary Beale - that is what I am stitching right now! I did want to mention to you that on my chart (dated 1987!), the middle house has some errors.
The bottom row of windows do not line up. I had to look at the picture on the cover to get it right. Also, on the chart, there are 2 windows on the foundation of the house. On the cover there are 4, 2 on each side. I thought the color of the house looked gold in the photo but the required DMC was more of a brownish-beige. I changed the house to look like the cover.
It's quite possible that your chart is correct and you won't have any problem with it all.
By the way, I am not making a wreath either. Mine in going to lie flat (cut into a circle) on top of an antique round table with
glass on top)....
Sorry this is so long!
Best wishes!

Katrina said...

Love Liz Easdon, every time I look at your blog I want to stitch what you are stitching, LOL.

That sampler wreath is gorgeous too.

Chris said...

I love Liz! The tree looks great. I hope that you have made more progress this week.
Enjoy the weekend.

Siobhan said...

You are so bad!! I am still laughing about the deer carcass. Love that sampler wreath--I wish Mary Beale would put out designs more frequently.