Saturday, March 03, 2012

Knock, knock?

Hello?  Is there anyone in there?  It's me, your long lost stitchy blogger.  I haven't been to your house (or more likely, your office) in quite a while, but I'm still alive.  I've just been horribly lazy.

I could say that I've been on a journey of self-discovery for the past few weeks.  I could prove it by saying:  Here's what I've learned about myself:  I'm horrible at keeping blog promises. If I promise I'm going to do something here, there are probably bookmakers in Las Vegas calculating the odds of my keeping that promise.  You should definitely bet against it.  For instance, posting every day about things I love in February?  Yeah.  You can see how wonderfully that turned out. I really must stop making these kinds of plans.

So I'll make one final promise.  And that is:  No more blog promises. 

Since my last post, I've had a finish!  And just in time for my birthday month, too.  I started this sampler last March, with the goal of finishing it by this March, so ta-dah!

Antique Sampler, by Eileen Bennett.  Stitched on ivory linen with DMC
And here are some of my favorite parts:
Love the over one saying, but pay no attention to my lame-o satin stitch border. 

Loved stitching the 4-sided stitch clover

And the 4 sided stitch that goes round the border.  I almost didn't stitch it, (lazy much?) but I thought about it harder and decided that the sampler needed it.

And next, we have the sampler that never ends.  I took this on the Villa Maria retreat recently....I was looking forward to three solid days of stitching on my horizon, and I am telling you the God's honest truth when I say that I used almost every minute of the retreat on this sampler alone.  Other than getting up for meals, a couple of brisk walks and some bathroom breaks, I dedicated my entire weekend to this sampler.  (Unlike others in this crew who brought 15 projects....just sayin')

Evidently I was having delusions of grandeur, because this is all I accomplished:

And mind now...The wreath part had already been stitched.  Maybe I shouldn't have slept all weekend.  But I'm getting quite close to the end...


I just have to make sure that I live long enough to finish this thing.  Like till I'm 100.

And finally, another buddy and I felt like we needed a quick alphabet fix, so Linda and I are cheering each other through a Stitchalong with LaDDa's ABCD chart.  I thought this would be a nice design for my first attempt with 40 ct. linen and.....OH, am I ever in big trouble.  I love this fabric way too much.  It's so sweet to work with, it feels downright unhealthy.  Here's my progress from last weekend.
40 ct. Exampler linen with Belle Soie Mer Blue silk.  I've died and gone to heaven....
 LInda is stitching hers in Belle Soie Red Fox.  It's going to be awesome.

Some friends went on a shopping trip today, gallivanting through Ohio to shop-hop after the recent needlework market.  I decided to stay home and devote the day to stitching stuff that I actually already have.  But Friday night I caved and called one of the ladies and begged her to be my personal shopper. Because....you know....I needed more stuff.

Are you all as hopeless as me?

36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous stitching, Lee! Congrats on your finish. I absolutely love your pink sampler. Who is the designer?

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  2. Your sampler finish is gorgeous! And I love the pink one- what is that called?
    Don't fret about your blog promises- I've gotten so bad I hardly log into my own anymore!

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  3. What a lovely post!
    Everything looks just beautiful ;)

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  4. Your stitching is beautiful. Congrats on the finish! It is so pretty. That pink sampler is a real stunner! And I love the color choice on your ABCs. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Okay, no more promises, got it! Is that a promise? ;)
    Love all of your stitchy goodness! And, about calling your personal shopper and being helpless....I understand completely...been there done that with needing more stuff!

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  6. Lovely little sampler, the mix of stitches really finishes it off. I think we all need "more stuff" or so we convince ourselves :-)

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  7. Yes, I'm as hopeless as you. I stopped by my shop yesterday, but shock of shock, didn't walk out with anything but a pack of needles and a piece of fabric. I must have been ill! LOL

    Beautiful stitching. Your antique sampler is really beautiful. Love the Bargello parts of it and the colors are wonderful as well.

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  8. Love your finish!!! So pretty! Love the WIPs too. Having something quick and easy is always nice.

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  9. Congratulations on your new finish and your new start! I'm not sure hopeless is the word but yes, we're all just like you! :)

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  10. Oh, that's a great sampler you finished, and the one you started is very pretty. I'm a huge fan of 40-count. As for the big fat sampler you're in the middle of ... gorgeous.

    About blogging: life happens, pain happens and shit happens. We'll be here when you want to be here!

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  11. We are all pretty hopeless when it comes to getting new stash. You are in very good company. I love your sampler finish. The red one is stunning.

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  12. I think you're doing great on Tree of Life. It looks fantastic! So close.

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  13. AWESOME Antique Sampler! ♥ Your pink sampler is great. :)

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  14. Hi Lee,
    Your finish is beautiful. I love your finish. The sampler that never ends is lovely too. I don't stitch well with other so I think that you made a lot of progress at the retreat.
    I am looking forward to seeing your new stash!

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  15. I laughed when I read your opening! I've been a lazy blogger too.

    Love your finish! Gorgeous.

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  16. YAY! You've finished it and it looks great. I remember when you first showed me that chart back in the coffee shop last year... I love all the various stitches--makes it a very interesting piece, Lee!

    And, wow--you are so close on that giant pink and rose beauty!! It's going to be one stunning finish...

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  17. COngrats on being inspiring to tothers. I tried your February posting idea. I didn't make it every day either. Too much life going on.

    DO tell us about your daughter, I presume you have heard from her. What a great experience for her.

    JHM

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  18. You have been a busy stitcher! Your finish is beautiful! You are so close to finishing that gorgeous sampler...you should be finished in no time at all! Your ABCD sampler is pretty too, love the blue!

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  19. I love your little sampler. I thought I had stitched my fill of Eileen's stuff, but maybe not!

    As for the promise not to make promises, good luck with that! LOL

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  20. A gorgeous finish! I'm captivated by the pink zigzag line.

    Your giant sampler is gorgeous. I love how the colours are balanced out. Is it charted that way, or that is your brilliant doing?

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  21. Oh, I love this sample finish designed by Eileen Bennett. I have one of hers I am working on from the Celebrations of Needlework in St Louis last fall and this has inspired me to get it back out. Villa Maria is amazing and I see much progress. The La-D-Da one will now be added to my wish list. See we always need more. CJ in OK ;-)

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  22. Beautiful work, Lee! I really like the Antique Sampler. It's just gorgeous.

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  23. Wow Lee, beautiful sampler. Wish I had the nerve to try 40 ct. but I don't think the old eyes could manage. Missed you on Saturday - we had a very successful shopping expedition. It was so nice to be in an actual shop to look at and feel fabric. Desire for my own shop surfaced again.

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  25. Lee, lovely work. Congrats on finishing your Bennett -- and on time! I love, love, love the redwork piece, too.

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  26. Congrats on your finish! It's lovely with all the soft colors and specialty stitches. Keep going on your rose piece...you're almost there!

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  27. Congrats on the finish and your WIPs look wonderful.

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  28. Your stitching is so beautiful, Lee. That Antique Sampler is stunning. Love the pink and green combination. Congratulations on the finish. Both your WiPs are pretty too.

    Hugs,
    Veronica.

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  29. Congratulations on your lovely finish... its my b-day month too!

    Your lage piece is magnificent!

    I love 40 ct too I recommend it to anyone.

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  30. Congrats on your latest finishes, Lee!!
    I haven't tried 40 ct yet, but you're making it sound so very tempting!

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  31. Hi Lee! Debbie from Kansas here! Love the stitching...the pink sampler is my favorite so far. As far as the stash illness, I think it is common to us all. Which means you are in excellent company! Will miss you at camp this year!

    Debbie

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  32. Lol. Are you kidding? Of course, we are all like that when it comes to new stash. I can keep stash diets for a while, even a long while, but there's a lwys a point when I give in, lol.

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  33. Oh, I forgot to tell you that I really love your samplers. Particularly the one you are stitching on 40ct.

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