Talking about cross stitch... I finished the 2 Lizzie Kate's in HHI whilst on vacation ( "Ask me about my Grandkids") and framed and gifted them. They looked amazing even if I do say so myself. I forgot to take photos as I was so excited. They were well received and both recipients said the they loved them and the fact I had made them with my own hands made them special. The weird thing was that both recipients, who do not know each other or live near each other, were redecorating their main floor powder rooms at the time of the delivery. Maybe these pieces have found a special home. Although the colours were not a consideration they should look good with any decor as the frames were black and the mats off white.
|A Tisket - A Tasket|
In the Honeysuckle Manor book there are other designs I want do but I had to narrow it down some and I settled on Hannah Lovina Joslin - 1856. The original piece "Louisa Bell's Honeysuckle Manor" which was the inspiration for the book was purchased on eBay and looks very old and worn in the picture. I love cross stitch pieces that look old and worn and find that very attractive in stitching pieces. So to ensure I was in keeping with that theme I picked up some "straw" 30 ct linen and all the threads (some I had on hand- I must be moving into stitchers circles to have threads on hand). The colours are awesome and look old and muted as does the linen. I am a little worried the fabric will be too yellow but we will see once the threads are added.
I must say that now I am back to stitching on 18ct Aida for the Cherries piece...I only want to stitch on linen. I thought this would be a nice break for my concentration level and my poor eyesight, less challenging...but it doesn't look the same or even feel the same. So I will need to find a piece of linen for the Lanarte Cherries.
On the knitting side of things I have not been idle either. We have chosen a blanket and sweater for the new grand baby my friend is expecting in October, how exciting. I will probably add bootees and a hat if time allows. My fingers are crossed on this one as I am not sure of colours etc. though I like the soft colours for baby items it does have some contrast. I have narrowed some things down so just need to pull this one together. Once I get going I will post my progress
That cannot possibly be all! It is not all...we are planning another trip hence the sorting of the threads etc.and I am really looking forward to this as we will explore the area (I have a list), visit some special folks in our lives and once again eat, eat and eat some more. I am also enjoying learning about antiques. I purchased a few books and although all three are good there is one that stands out and fits my learning curve perfectly. I keep browsing through them and picking things up, but can I retain the information? Well, right now I just want to enjoy it all and I am.
It's a beautiful life... whether planned or spontaneous...remember it takes all kinds to make a world so participate in it and open your heart to those that are different from you.