Sunday, June 21, 2009

Three SALs and some Sippen & Stitchen

If anyone is still taking the time to visit me after such a long absence - it is good to see you.

The past months have just been very hectic with various trips to the US from March through the beginning of May. In between it was catching up around here and of course enjoying life in general with DH and visits with our kids, relatives & friends. Many evenings were spent just relaxing with either a stitching project or a good book. I did manage to visit you now and again but never got around to posting myself. Anyway - here I am.

Let's start with the SALs. A year ago
Berta, Felicity and I started our "Four Seasons Chairs" SAL. You may remember these wonderful women from my experience with "Frederick the Literate" - which I would have never completed without them. Again SALing was great and I am pleased to show you a year's work. Yes indeedy - my SAL is complete. Can you believe it? I've already purchased the frames and now only need the right vibes to actually mount & frame them. Thank you so much ladies - I hope we can SAL again.

The next SAL is our Halloween friend 'Scary Scraps'. Love! Love! Love him! Brenda, Juls and I are working on him but have no set finishing date - just a joyful journey. Scrappy is such fun to work on that when we first started I had a hard time putting him away. He also accompanied me on our trips and I must say is a wonderful traveling project. When we arrived home in May I finally put him away for awhile so that I could concentrate on some other things.

Finally my brand spanking new SAL with Annemarie and Heidi and - Mary Wigham. Please visit this site as the pattern is simply amazing. The three of us are all using different colors so it will be very interesting to see them side by side as we progress. Harmien & Heidi helped me toss my floss last Saturday (more about that day further down in the post) and this is what I finally decided on. For the first time I will attempt stitching 1/2 over 1 on 28 ct (yes Adele I'm finalling taking the plunge) antique white Monaco evenweave. The DMC colors I'll be using are: 333, 340, 905, 906, 907, 975, 976, 977, 3805 and 3806. Playing with these bright colors on my own is certainly out of my comfort zone but I think I'm up to the challenge.

...and some Sippin 'n Stitchin.

Last Saturday we had our SnS get-together at
Harmien's. It was a perfect day - the sun was shining and the company was great. There were only three of us (hopefully there will be five of us next month - we missed you Annemarie & Barbara) but boy there wasn't a minute in the day where a moment of silence occured. Excuse me - yes there was - while we were eating Harmien's delicious chocolate cake and the Broodjes Mario we managed to dim it a bit.(LOL) It was such fun to see Harmien's house, meet her DH and kitty Kisse as well as see all the wonderful things she has stitched.

Since Harmien is always so creative I just had to get a little creative myself when making her a gift. I painted the box (purchased at Michaels) with Metallic Bronze paint. The stitching is a 2005 freebie from Aion Designs. I stitched it 1/1 on 25 ct creme lugana with Gloriana Red Clay silk (so lovely to stitch with - thanks An). Last Wednesday the stitching was complete and I was ready to mount and insert it in the box's window. That was when I made a horrible mistake - I cut it TOOOOOO small. Actually I stayed pretty calm, cool & collected (must be getting old) - no tantrums, no crying, no throwing. I just put it away for the day knowing that within 48 hours it would have to be re-stitched between cleaning house, shopping and cooking for dinner guests Friday evening. Just before our company arrived the stitching was complete and after they left at 10:30 pm and DH & I had done the dishes I mounted the sampler and viola - here is the finished product. I'm pretty pleased with the result and happy Harmien liked it. No I didn't throw the original stitching away - it will make a pretty fob.

Well folks, that's it for today. Hope your first day of summer (or whatever season this may have been the first day of for you) was as good as our's and a good indication of the coming three months.


Blogger Kathy A. said...

What lovely stitching you have done. Your SAL chairs are lovely. Scrappy is just soooo cute!
Love your color choices for Mary Wingham. Look forward to your progress.
Lovely little gift for Harmien - and no hysterics either - good job!
Sounds like a wonderful day at Harmiens.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your chair SAL finish! They are very lovely. I have been watching Felicity's progress on her blog.

Scrappy is cute, he certainly looks like he fell into someone's scrap quilting fabric.

I love the colours you have chosen for Mary Wigham, they are certainly bright.

5:59 PM  
Blogger mainely stitching said...

Great to hear from you, Margaret! Can't wait to see more of the MW SAL!

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh, wat zijn die stoelen leuk! Neem je ze de volgend keer mee? Hoe gaat het met MW in halfjes?? De doos is prachtig, ik kijk er elke dag naar. Dank je wel!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

wat leuk dat je weer terug bent !
je werkjes zien er heel mooi uit, je bent weer ijverig geweest !

9:35 AM  
Blogger Mylene said...

Great to see you back and wow! with lots of stitching updates too. Beautiful finishes and i so love the gift you made too.
Hope you are enjoying the summer!!

1:48 AM  
Blogger Heidi said...

Leuk zeg...die stoelen! Ik hoop dat we de volgende keer bij SnS te kunnen bewonderen. Ik vond het gezellig om bij elkaar weer te zijn. Juli komt ook weer snel aan...

Je Scary Scraps is prachtig. Wat een werk zeg. Ben ook bezig met MW en heb net een update of mijn blog met fotos geplaast. Kom even langs om te kijken.

Hugs en groetjes ~

7:47 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Beautiful finishes! Scrappy does look fun. I love those colors for your Mary Whigham-can't wait to see how that progresses.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Maren said...

Oh my goodness, how pretty and petite your box design is. And Scrappy, LOL, what a wonderful SAL!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your sal chairs are beautiful!!

10:46 PM  
Blogger Felicity said...

The Seasonal Chairs look fabulous, Margaret. I'm way behind. Also, the box looks marvelous.

12:19 PM  
Blogger stitcherw said...

Congratulations on finishing the SAL, the chairs look great. Scappy looks wonderful as well, what a fun project to have going. Your new start of Mary Wigham will be so pretty, great colors. Finally, you did an awesome job on the box, what a great way to finish off that design.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Anne S said...

I absolutely adore Scrappy - he looks like such a fun design! Great SAL too, and looking forward to seeing more MW progress :) Great box gift for Harmien - just beautiful :)

8:11 PM  
Blogger Hazel said...

Glad to see you back posting. You had me drooling at the thought of Harmiens choc cake. I lurve choc cake. Great stitching as well. xx

3:04 AM  
Blogger Brigitte said...

What a great SAL this was. I love the pieces.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Genny Garcia said...

Pase por aquí por primera vez y estoy enamorada de este bordado, como podría conseguir el gráfico, en verdad me gusta mucho...Gracias.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

Scrappy is my fav Halloween character ever! Lol!
So good to read your blog.
I'm in my shell now, and well behind mu blog reading. Not to mention the emails...
But thinking of you.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Lillie said...

Congrads on having your Chair sal completed.

Can't wait to see your progress of MW, your floss colors look interesting.

2:58 AM  
Blogger StitchCat said...

I love the colours you have chisen for mary Wigham. I look forward to your progress on that.

12:50 AM  

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