March 11, 2012

Eve's Garden and WIP 19: Sail Away

Greetings, all! Did you think I'd given up the needle and thread? Nah--just busy, and my schedule hasn't allowed a lot of stitching in the last few weeks, and who wants to see my progress if the total is half a flower? For a while I may be posting less. I'm working as a temp employee in a DC law firm, and the hours are awkward, so there isn't much time, nor is there anyplace in their crowded space to get away for a little stitching at lunch. And I'm commuting on the Metro, so there's no elbow room for stitching there either. Mostly I've been reading on the commute and spending some time at In Stitches. I've bought some new stash from the Nashville stuff, some of which I'll show you over the next few weeks. I was really thrilled with some of the new designs. This one, for instance: "Eve's Garden" by Shepherd's Bush. Love the design and the colors, including the fabric that's part of the kit, which is Picture This Plus. It is moving along quickly--I finished this portion just in a morning of stitching today. I did make a substitution. The heart and other pale motifs and elements are a cream/ecru, but I felt they faded into the fabric, so I lightened it up by using a white from Silk n' Colors.


Here's a refresher on the chart:


Which brings to mind my sadly neglected WIP 19: "Sail Away," also by Shepherd's Bush.


Why did I stop? Who knows, although I think I got knotted up looking for a few threads that might be a bit darker. I definitely will need to start this again--it's very pretty. Also on the back burner, I have "Cranberry Pinafore" (purchased years ago but not started) and have been meaning to get "Sailor's Collar," which is a companion to CP. Required stitching for this former Cape Codder.


Here's a little progress on Lois Minshall. The colors in this are fabulous.


And here's a photo of some hay box strife, wherein Pink is informing Elvis to keep his paws off Pink's girlfriend (Elvis' response was to jump up and pee on Pink). They are normally kept apart, but I was cleaning cages, and they like nothing better than to escape and occupy each other's cages. Peaches and Pink are inseparable, and Elvis is very unhappy about it. The next time I go to the Cape and drop the rabbit gang at the bunny sitter (who runs an adoption service), Elvis will have a chance to choose a new girlfriend. You can't choose for them--they have to do it themselves. Just like teenagers! When we get the new bunny there will be photos, of course.


Off I go to clean some bathrooms and Swiffer some floors. Happy week ahead!

31 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh Glenna, I had to laugh at the Bunny Dynamics at your house. Hopefully Elvis will find a girlfriend soon and your house will be Bunny Party Central soon!

I hear you about the work thing. I am in a bit of transition myself.

Nice to see your stitching. I was wondering who might be stitching the new SB A+E and of course it had to be you! It looks like a lovely piece!

Good luck with your work!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm so happy to hear the Elvis will be able to pick out a new girlfriend soon. Hopefully peace will reign once again in your home.
Glad you started the SB A&E piece... I'm looking forward to seeing your completed project.
Lois M. is a real beauty and the colors are wonderful.
It was good to see your post... I was wondering where you were.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oops... I forgot to say congrats on landing a temp position, despite the fact that it prevents you from stitching as much as you'd like to stitch.

Giovanna said...

Very pretty new start, and nice going on the sampler!

Zlata said...

Glenna, I like your new SB start very much! The colors are really nice: soft, gentle, as if painted in watercolor! I look forward to continue!

Jan said...

The stitching all looks great. Missed you Wednesday night, but if you're commuting on Metro I understand why you weren't there. DH doesn't get home until after 7 most nights.
Elvis is getting a girlfriend? Well, he is a hunka hunk of burning love!

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching! I love the new SB start!
At least the commute gives you some reading time!

Cari said...

Happy to hear from you !! Love the new SB Eve's Garden. The verse is so charming isn't it? It's sitting on my counter calling me. Love to see all of your WIP's too. And of course, the bunnies...gotta love the bunnies !!

barbara said...

I'm so glad Elvis will get a girlfriend!! :) Hopefully he and the Mrs can double date with Pink and Peaches and peace will be restored. :)

Your picture of Eve's Garden was so much better than any I've seen. I mean, I could actually read the quote. I like it a lot better now that I can SEE it! ;)

Susan said...

Beautiful start. I don't usually do A&E's but SB's definitely appealed. Sorry there's still bunny strife. I see people stitching on my train (VRE) but I can't say I've ever seen anyone try on the Metro (although I have wanted to poke a few with a needle!!)

Catherine said...

Good to see a post from you, Glenna! Lovely stitches and the bunny dynamics crack me up!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

how exciting a new girlfriend!! I can't wait for you to go away :D

Margaret said...

Ooooh, new bunny! Fun fun! Can't wait to see who Elvis picks!

Ok, you're torturing me now. I have SB's Eve's Garden waiting for me too. I chose to start another market piece instead and here you're starting Eve's Garden. Argh!! Lois looks great too. I have just the very bottom of Sail Away to stitch -- it's so silly I should just finish it.

Glad you have a job -- hope it works out.

Karen said...

Beautiful samplers. I love your Lois Minshall; I agree, the colors are lovely.

Looking forward to seeing Elvis's new friend!

Krista said...

I love the beautiful designs you are working on. I had not seen that A&E before and the colors or so pretty! :) Looking forward to seeing your progress. Have a great week!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Glad you are back, . Your stitching is beautiful!

How long is your contact? Nice to be working, but cuts into the stitch time.

marly said...

How exciting! The family is increasing! I sure hope she doesn't get a crush on Pink.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pick well, Elvis! (Work, stitch, work, stitch .....) (There must be some pretty blossoms coming back that way ...)

Debby said...

Your stitching is beautiful, especially Lois Minshall!

Greetings from Debby,
www.crossstitchstyle.blogspot.com

Mouse said...

awwww lovely bunnie photos ... and of course we need to see a new bun rab ...lol
ohhh and the stitching is gorgeous as always and sorry you haven't got as much time as you would like atm but think positive money for stash buying heheheh :) love mouse xxxxx

Siobhán said...

Love the WIPs!! That SB A&E is cute. Sail Away is one of my favorites of their samplers that I have yet to stitch--I love the verse on it.

Good luck with the new job!

Nicole said...

Beautiful start on the SB A&E. I may have to add that one to my list! Your other wips are looking great too!! Sorry, you've been so busy though - you've been missed!!

Michelle said...

Lots of beautiful lovelies in your post today. I really love that new SB - so pretty. I'm excited at the prospect of Elvis's new girlfriend - can't wait to meet her. Congrats on the temp job, although boo on it taking away from stitching time. So glad to see a post from you!!

woolwoman said...

I am really "tempted" by Eve's Garden - I have gotten away from buying SB designs but this I LOVE! Sail Away is one I also have started but like you - just stopped on it - don't know why because I do love it. Lois Minshall looks really love. What better time for bunny love that spring. Have a good week even though that commuting doesn't sound fun. Melody

Crafty Green Poet said...

I'm sure Elvis will make a wise, considered choice when he meets his potential girlfriends!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to lose you! Good luck to Elvis whenever he finds a friend.

Patti at Bright Eyes Sanctuary

Katrina said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!!!! Love both SB pieces :-). Looking forward to seeing Elvis's new girlfriend!!!

valerie said...

Both SB pieces are so pretty! Soft colors. I hope Elvis can find a girlfriend. He's so handsome and I'm sure a little lonely. I hope it all works out!

Veronica said...

LOL at the bunny antics. Can't wait to see Elvis' new girlfriend ^.^

Lovely WiPs you have there. You're right about switching to white for the heart. I couldn't see it at all on the chart pic.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your projects are lovely and I appreciate seeing them. I also appreciate the lovely comments and encouraging words you give to me.

I was tweaking the blog and just about trashed it. Am attaching the link:

http://www.samplingsfromspringcreek.blogspot.com/

How is your job going? I really appreciate your job situation (I'm there also).

Brigitte said...

Oh, oh, oh, what a delight for my eyes - these SB projects are just gorgeous. And I'm looking forward to seeing some more stuff from Nashville.