Hey everybody! Happy Tuesday! It is so cold here in Michigan - the flurries are flying right now and we still have snow on the ground in many areas. I, like everyone else I know, will be so glad when Spring finally gets here. We have had snow on Easter in past years - I can remember more than a few egg hunts where Matt and Ty were traipsing through the snow to find eggs. Lime green eggs don't hide nearly so well in snow as they do in new, Spring grass!
Today, I actually had some time to stitch at lunch and wouldn't you know - I forgot my stitching bag at home. I talked Julie into running over to our NSLLNS (not so local local needlework store) and a two hour lunch later - this is what I came home with.
Oh, this is not even what I ran to the NSLLNS to get - I went there to get some more floss for Lizzy but found this stuff too! I've been wanting to get this issue of S&NQ because Jennifer Core has a great article about Tennessee samplers in it and there's even a wonderful chart of a Little Dog Sampler called the 1831 Sarah Harriet Stephenson Sampler. This is a sampler found in Middle Tennessee; I'm originally from East Tennessee but I'd really love to add this to my sampler collection one of these days.
You will notice that I added another chart from The Primitive Needle to my collection. Love, love, love Lisa's charts! When I'll do these isn't the important question! The important question is, why did I wait so long? I wish I stitched faster ('course if I'd get off this computer, that'd help)!
I also added the LHN From Sea to Shining Sea (Sea2Sea) charts as well (the first two, anyway). I fell in love with these when they first came out thinking they'd be perfect for my office. Watching Sabine
stitch this - I finally gave in. But, I was initially put off, and still am somewhat, about the way these are priced. By the time you buy each and every chart, you've invested a lot of money. The main problem I have with this is the chart is not much to speak of - the paper it's printed on is nothing special. You do get the silks but only enough to stitch with one thread over 2 on 32 count linen. It looks to me like the pricing on this could have been a lot better - why not throw in the border chart, at the very least? Am I the only one that's annoyed by this kind of pricing? I don't mean to rant, and I did cave and buy them in the end, but I just don't think the pricing is exactly fair on these. So, what is a girl to do but this: When I'm done, I'll be giving them away as a group - maybe a little drawing here. Don't hold your breath for that though - this'll take me a while to stitch and buy each house chart! Okay, I'm done ranting!
I also bought some fabric to stitch Sea2Sea on, 32 count lambswool - 'course that was before I realized I'd only get enough floss to stitch this with one thread - ARGH!!!! Oh, wait, I said I was done ranting......
I also added a lovely little La-D_Da chart to my stash that I'd like to stitch for us one day. This looked like a good traveling piece so next time we go to Virginia, maybe I'll take it. You can see it HERE Isn't it cute!?
What else, the floor's still not done - won't be done this weekend, I'm afraid either. However, I did get some painting done - nope, not the floor but this little cabinet:
It used to look like this:
I love how it turned out! I've got the blues 'cause I'm not getting much stitching done but I've also got a case of the "reds" apparently!
This is my miniscule progress on Lizzy - not much, as you can tell but it'll get done eventually.
That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments! Have a great week and a lovely Easter!