Wednesday, November 28, 2012

2013 Challenge ---- A Red Letter Year

Edited 12/03 (camera working again ...)
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I thought about 2013 + decided it was time to dig thru the wardrobe and pull out the Scarlet Letter projects I have tucked away.   I think this is all of them.     Each of these listed would be new starts - except for Ann Scutt (WIP).

Seven Possible projects for the challenge:

Polly Miner 1822   (which I really really like - worried about the crease in the linen tho)    This is a lovely alphabet sampler.   And, we all know how I enjoy alphabets!   I didn't see this on the web site - is available thru Hidden Staircase.      According to this pattern, the original sampler is at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, VT
(Is back on the Scarlet Letter web site)

A Pastoral (surface embroidery sampler)   I don't see this one on line.   Possibly out of print?
Side by Side Band sampler circa 1650      This would be quite a needlework challenge.   It is like 2 samplers with an alphabet in between.   But pretty interesting.

Sibmacher Band Sampler of 1763   
From the German Sampler Museum in Celle, Germany

Ann L Brown (I had stitched some of the spot motifs in this charming sampler, had intended to stitch the whole thing one day.)

Now that I pulled this out of the closet - I realize how BIG this sampler would be as it is 25 count linen.   I did enjoy stitching the little spot motifs.    Not sure about this one - maybe on a 32 count linen!     Might be out of print.   I cannot locate it on line.

Joanna Warren 1655   Probably way over my head .... maybe some day.   It is a difficult sampler!

Two Scarlet Letter projects --- already framed:

Which I have already stitched - and thought I'd like to try it again on a different linen.

I had more fun stitching this sampler.   And, I changed the inside rectangle to stitch my name.   Also, changed up a bit of the alphabets and numbers to include the date (2003).    I have had it hanging up since it was framed.    

Looking at the list of participants - (list growing daily) - this should be a fantastic year for samplers!

As part of the rules .... each of the posts on Nicola's group blog are to have the following labels:

Your Name,
Name of the Sampler,
Status of Sampler ie New Start, WIP, Finish or Framed
(use “Framed” if you include a new post showing a photo of a framed piece you have previously posted as a “Finish”).

Monday, November 26, 2012

Traveling Bunny ....

I was looking forward to receiving the envelope with
the Bent Creek pattern
The Little Bunny.

What surprised me (aren't needleworkers generous) 
was all the items that came along with the traveling pattern ; )

This beautiful heart is hanging on my calendar.
It was sent in the envelope with
the Traveling Bunny pattern (+ goodies).
Isn't this lovely?      (front above -- back below)
It was from Lee,
who has a nice post with photo of her bunny - HERE.
If you are not familiar with Lee's blog --- head right over!

Gracie tucked in an envelope of
fibers, floss cards, and tapestry needles.
Have you visited her blog?   Go to

Look what Annie added to the traveling pattern (envelope).
Her charming bunny post is HERE.   Another wonderful blog!

And, here are more textiles!   Bea (Canada) tucked in the
lovely heart charms.   Not sure who added the awesome fibers!

When I was reading Lee's blog post, she said she traced
the traveling bunny from America to England.   Back to America.
After a few stitchers, went to Annette (California Stitcher) to 
Bea in Canada, and to New Zealand.    

Before I received the pattern, it had been in the hands of
Anne and Gracie --- this week, when I finish my bunny
I will send it along to Cucki in South Africa
who will send it to Kaye in Australia!!!

Stay tuned .....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Did you see this?

South Bend Red Round

South Bend/Michiana
(Indiana) Chapter - EGA

Followed the link to Etsy Shop

This pattern was digitalized from a photo of a cross stitch piece owned by the
 Center for History in South Bend, Indiana.

The proceeds from the sale will support the framing and conservation of needlework pieces owned by the museum.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Challenge for 2013

Did you see this???

Challenge for 2013 ....

Link to Challenge Rules HERE.

And, you don't have to be a blogger to participate.

And, there are prizes, too!
How awesome is that?

I'm thinking about that lovely WIP sampler
and the alphabet kit I recently obtained.
Hmmmmmm ..... are there enough hours in the day?



Jennifer, blogging at Literate Housewife, asked ..... so, I thought I'd share.

My perfect recipe:

-Pop some popcorn (and, not a skinny bowl full)
- Brew some tea (Spiced Chai)
- I-pod on 'shuffle songs'
- Grab a good book (for me historical fiction with some fine art mixed in) 
- Get comfortable in the chair
- Switch on the lamp (this old fossil needs a good light for reading)
...... wait ...... wait
- Yep, wait for the Honey Bunny to jump up .... This kitty enjoys curling up in my lap under the book I'm reading.

Perfect recipe .... time to relax and turn the pages.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

So sorry to see it go ....

The exhibit closes on the 16th.   What a beautiful
collection of paintings.   The winter scene (South Bend Museum of Art - Oliver Hotel Winter River Scene) was so lovely, I could have looked at it all afternoon!  
If you haven't visited - you still have a couple more days.
Exhibit closes 11/16.      

So, moving on to the next exhibits:

I admit looking forward to the Japanese Prints.
Opens December 1st (thru 3/17/13).

Center for the Arts, Valparaiso University
1709 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383-6493

Thursday, November 08, 2012

keeping the cats off the furniture ....

Nikki sitting on the back of the couch ....

Mr. Katt aka Simon on the back of the love seat ...

Honey Bunny sunning under the desk lamp.

using the box to my HK mug to rest her chin!

And, some good news via my e-mail ... I'm next in line for the traveling pattern,
Bent Creek's (The Littles) Bunny.   
It is coming from Annie - you can see what she did
with her stitched bunny HERE.    You may recall the pattern from
Lee's blog -- her post Much Traveled Bunny.   
I'll post when I have it stitched + I understand
there are two more stitchers in line for the pattern.   

Enjoy the day - stitch well.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Around the corner .....

Red cups at Starbuck's and
holiday stamps at the Post Office ....

Yep, right around the corner.

Honey Bunny said "Do Not Disturb" without
making a sound.

Good excuse to post pone the laundry until later today.

This is what happens when they have chicken for breakfast.
(left overs from dinner last night).

Little Red Riding Hood costume.

Dressed for Winter

Angel costume.


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