Sunday, September 19, 2010


The picture!!

I'm sure you all remember that picture from the last post!

I have written a list of all of the canvases that I have just to make myself accountable:

Pink Angel
Liz Basset Hound
Blue Rug
A&M stocking
Melissa shirley cardinal
Melissa shirley madonna
Marie Antoinette
Alabama A
October sheep
Melissa shirley scottish santa
Kelly Clark texas basket
Kelly Clark stitching santa
A&M santa
George and Martha
Liz Lab
Kelly Clark present topiary
Christmas lab round
St. Francis
Counted canvas heart
Chrismons- 2-3

I really want to have Joy, Alabama A, October Sheep, A&M stocking, and Pink Angel done by the end of the year.  Finishing those would take my list down to 19, but then I do have my chaparral discount that I need to use by the end of the year.  I would like to get the A&M seal, another Prairie Schooler design, and a squirrel canvas.  We shall see.

Seeing this list, and based on the fact that I get about 10-12 canvases done each year, it will take me two years to get through all of these.  I am resolving now to not buy another canvas in 2011.   Lets see if I can make it!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Holy Cow!

This post is all about my stash.  I have too much!  I have 20-25 canvases either in progress or completely new.  Holy Crap! And to top that off, I have not done much stitching since July!  Ugh!  Time to get busy!

I have been busy doing something- shopping- that I should not have done.  Here are my acquisitions, which I do love.

This is Joy by Raymond Crawford.  It is the companion piece to Noel, which was featured on the December 2009 cover of Needlepoint Now.  Joy will be my Christmas stitching piece.  It definitely has a warm place in my heart because Molly's name before she was adopted by us was "Joy".  Molly fits her better, but Joy definitely describes her the best both in the Joy she is and the Joy she brings to our lives.  *tear*.  

Purchased on sale at Chandail

This is Melissa Shirley's bear Madonna and child.  I love the colors, the little bear peeking around the corner, and the religious picture

Purchased at a Melissa Shirley trunk show at Chaparral.

This next one is a gift from my dad, to be made for my dad.  I think I am going to have to work on this one next.  He asked me about it today!  It is Alabama football season after all!

Purchased at Serendipity Needleworks in Tuscaloosa.

These next three canvases are part of the Petei Henry VIII and his six wives series.  I can't wait to put my needle into these!

Purchased at the Petei trunk show at Chaparral.

See all of these were bought on sale or were gifts!!!

Progress Report:

 For my stitching New Year's resolutions,  I have been able to cross out #5 with the completion of my September sheep, and I am almost done with #4 with the almost complete pink angel.  How exciting! 

1) O Come canvas
2) Patty Paints George and Martha- a huge canvas!
3) Boy Schnauzer
4) one Kelly Clark piece- maybe the Noah's ark or my Texas Santa that I have in my stash
5) 2 Rebecca Wood Ornaments- September and July Sheep
6) Liz/ Tapestry Tent Basset Hound- eBay canvas!
7) Melissa Shirley Cardinal (part of an 8 bird series she came out with a year or so ago)
8) 3-4 pieces of my choice- Patty Paints House, Mini Sock, Charleston Round, Scottish Santa

Friday, September 17, 2010

Progress on the Angel and A&M Stocking

Here are pictures of my progress on my ongoing projects:

The pink angel: 

All I have left now is the shoes, the hair, a bit of a topiary, and beading!

The A&M stocking:

The thread color is really a maroon, and not quite as dark as the photo suggests.

The ribbon around the pink angel is ribbon that I purchased on my recent trip to France!  I got it in a small shop in Versailles, a suburb of Paris.  I have never seen, outside of the Ribbonry at the Chaparral, so many beautiful and unique ribbons.  I also purchased these:  one navy and white for the 4th of July, one gray, one green for an as yet undetermined project, and one cream with daisies.  They all caught my eye for one reason or another. 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Been away for a long time!

Hi!  I've been away for a while because I have been traveling for work, going to Paris on vacation, and working A LOT.  I hope to have more progress for you all soon!