I am so sorry for being late for my SAL update post. My folks came into town on Sunday evening and well, after finishing the sampler first thing in the morning, I had to dash around like a mad woman cleaning the house. I like them to think it always looks the way it does when they come visit! I know they don't really think that but at least the house gets prettied up for a short time, anyway.
Here's my grand finish! I loved stitching this along with Marilyn and Faye. The over one was the most difficult part of course but even that wasn't too bad. I will post my color conversion after the glory shots.
Name: Adam and Eve Reproduction Sampler
Source: Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine, May 2009 issue
Fabric: Lakeside Linen, Magnolia, 36 count
One thread over two
One thread over two
This was kind of a weird sampler. The Adam and Eve had blue hair (think they were supposed to be REALLY old???) so I ended up changing their hair to brown. Some of the faces (Caleb and Joshua) were charted for green, I think. I had to change that, too. I didn't want them to look like I felt last week. The parrot's eyes were the light green which wasn't showing up with one stitch so I did them in black. I added my initials to the piece since there was no name associated with this sampler and in the lower left corner, in the light green, I added "worked 2012".
No idea what to work on next but I'll decide that after my parents return home.
Okay, so here's my conversion. The original was stitched in Olde Willow Silks and since I couldn't find a chart of those, I had to go off what I saw in the magazine. I'm going to give you the symbols and the colors I used (with the exceptions noted above).
C = DMC 3354
E = Crescent Colors - Cherry Tomato
F = GAST Lambswool where called for and for the faces where the green was called for.
H = Gast Shutter Green
K = GAST Cinnamon
P = GAST Mountain Mist
S = GAST Green Apple
T = Crescent Colors Green Onion (except for the over one, there I used GAST Harvest Basket so it would show up.
You will need at least two of the greens and the dark pink if working on 36 count
(I used one thread).
Thank you all so much for the sweet notes regarding my fall and dehydration. It was not fun but I am all recovered. Truth be told, I'm still quite bruised (thanks, blood thinners!) but I feel fine. I did open my scraped knee up again right after the initial fall which was really pretty gross and looked like a horror movie (I'll spare you the picture) but that too has finally healed. Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts!
Are you on Pinterest? If not, check it out. I saw a light chandelier someone had made out of Christmas lights and a hula hoop. I can't remember where they hung it but I thought it would make a great light for under our patio umbrella.
Here's my version of the chandelier with my Dad sitting at the table:
I put the lights on with electrical tape every few inches and then wrapped the entire thing in black tape to cover the hula hoop and the cords. Next, I took some wire and hung a loop of wire from each of the spokes of the umbrella. Cut the black chain in six equal lengths and opened the loop up just a bit and attached it to the wire loop. I also put wire loops on the hula hoop and attached the chain to the hoop using the same process. Ran the cord down the umbrella pole and plugged it in. It looks so pretty at night and really cast a nice amount of light on the table. The only thing I'd do differently is use a strand of lights in a dark green cord so it didn't show quite so much but even with the white string of lights, it looks really pretty at night. A fun and easy project - just took some time. Putting the chains onto a loop of wire will allow me to take the lights down if I need to lower the umbrella.
What do you think?
Finally, I have one last thing to show you. My mom is an amazingly talented sewer and I usually have a project or two or three for her when she comes to visit 'cause I can barely sew a straight line.
This is her first project:
How cute is that?
I'll be taking it to the antique markets and flea markets and anywhere else I can take it. She added a water bottle pocket (that's the orange cap sticking out) and another pocket for my camera or other small object.
Check it out:
A sweet little pocket from an old pair of jeans. Is this not the cutest cart!?
I love it and can't wait to use it this weekend.
Wait'll you see what I have lined up for her next project....
That's it for now. Again, thank you so much for your sweet notes and your concern and appreciation for my embarrassing moment!
Have a great week and thank you so very much for stopping by!