Sunday, September 23, 2012

Progress on the Turkey

I am almost done with the first half of the Turkey feathers...only 3 feathers left.  It is coming together really well, and I am very excited to almost done with this project and move on to others.  I have really enjoyed the Turkey, but I am definitely ready to be finished.  I have lots of Christmas projects and Football season projects that I want to tackle.

This weekend, I was supposed to go to Austin with a needlepoint friend to take Tony's Back to Basics 1. The class would have been Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  Because of a new assignment at work, I had to cancel with the Needleworks.  My friend wound up not being able to go either, so it worked out well.  I am sad to miss the class but also glad that I do not have to miss two days of work at a very important time.

Still pending is our living arrangements for October on.  Our lease is up and we gave notice to move out, but we still have not found a place!  Yikes!!  Got to go and get moving on the Turkey and a new place to live!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


Every once in a while, I have to keep myself honest and post a list of canvases that I have.  I like to do this in order to make stitching goals/new year's resolutions and to show myself that I do NOT need to be purchasing any more canvases.  I mentioned in my last post that I would like to do a challenge similar to Stephanie's where I completed 6 canvases and buy 2.

Queen Elizabeth
Statue of Liberty
Liz Basset Hound
Blue Rug
Melissa Shirley cardinal
Melissa Shirley Madonna
Marie Antoinette
Louis XVI
Kelly Clark Texas basket
Kelly Clark stitching Santa
A&M Santa
George and Martha
Liz Lab
Kelly Clark present topiary
Christmas lab round- 2
Roll Tide Round
Bama Girl
Lilly Dress
Ewe and Eye Coral Lady
KS Dog Bone
Deux Amis wedding rings
Ewe and Eye Big Pumpkins
DJ Designs Blue Lab
DJ Designs Yellow Lab
Bama Candy Cane
Rebecca Wood Stocking
Stitch-its Lab Sweater
KS Washington DC ornament
Melissa Shirley Acorn
Melissa Shirley Witch
Cooper Oaks Lab
Black and White Cow
Chrismons- 2-3
Massachusetts Scene
Ben Franklin
Santa's Favorite Dog
Prairie Schooler

I donated two of my previous canvases: the Easter Rabbit and the Counted Canvas Heart.

42 canvases total.  sooooo.... on my quest to finish 6, I have completed the Melissa Shirley squirrel cracker and the DJ Designs shih tzu.  

I am currently working on the Turkey, Cooper Oaks Lab, Bama Candy Cane, and the DJ Designs Yellow Lab.  I think I will swap one of these out with the A&M Santa for football games.  :)  Back to stitching!

Friday, September 7, 2012

I have been bad... really bad :)

Well....just because I stopped stitching on everything but the Turkey, it did not mean that I stopped buying canvases!  So without further new acquisitions!

I think this is one of my favorite- the big pumpkins from Ewe and Eye.  I think I love the colors and the possibilities for stitches.  Maybe Tony has a stitch guide??

This is one of those dreaded eBay acquisitions, but I love it!  I know the shops hate eBay and my debit card can hate eBay, but one purchase every once in a while can't be so bad :).  This is another Ewe and Eye that I picked up for about $35.  What I plan to do with it is tent stitch the entire canvas and finish it as a knife edge pillow in navy.  I love the colors and I think tent stitch can be so beautiful.  

This is a Lilly Pulitzer like dress from Barbara Bergsten.  This will be a companion piece to my sister's reindeer sweater.  My sister had a Lilly Pulitzer themed graduation party with one of her friends, so I thought she would like this as a memento of her party.  

My sister is going to the University of Alabama this year, so when my parents went to Tuscaloosa for her orientation, I asked (begged?) for them to stop by Serendipity Needleworks.  They were kind enough to make the trip and this canvas, a Raymond Crawford exclusive to the shop, came home to live with me!  The next canvas did too.  

This canvas and the next are from the retiring Petei.  I bought these from Needle Nicely in Florida.  The Statue of Liberty will go well with the rest of the 4th of July Petei set that I have (George, Martha, Ben Franklin, and Uncle Sam) and the Queen Elizabeth will go well with Henry VIII and two of the six of his wives that I have.  I am really bummed about not having all of the wives, so I am looking for them on eBay.  

This is a cow canvas that had been hanging on the wall at Chaparral for such a long time.  It's kind of plain, and at first, I thought it was ugly.  Then I started thinking of the potential for great background stitches in the vast expanse of the sky and grass.  I have a stitch guide by Carolyn Baird, and I am very excited to start (and finish!) this cow!

The delicious threads!

This canvas is a Brenda Stofft, and it has been on my "must-acquire" list for a year or so after I saw it at a previous trunk show.  Chandail was having a Brenda Stofft trunk show, so I could not pass this up.

My latest purchase- a Melissa Shirley Witch. This came from Chandail's 25% off Labor Day Sale.  This canvas was another one that I have had my eye on for a while, so it is nice to add it to my stash.

There have been a few more small acquisitions that I have to show you all, but I think I am going to accept a modified version of Stephanie's challenge.  I feel like I am wasting money by having all of these beautiful canvases just sitting there waiting to be stitched, so in the next post or two, I will write a list of all that I have.  Then I will have to complete 6 projects (most of my canvases are small-ish) before I can buy 2.  Really a 3:1 ratio.  Things will not grow as quickly, which will be good!