Monday, June 29, 2015

Great weekend!

My guys left for Iowa early Friday morning, so after getting some cleaning done and buying some groceries I was able to spend the rest of the weekend stitching. Luckily, the new Mirabilia The Raven Queen had arrived on Thursday, so I was able to start it. Here it is as of last night:


A close-up of the pretty architecture design:


The fabric is a unique piece from HLC Fabrics, on opal Cashel linen. I thought the background would be a bit softer on this color, which would help the queen stand out a bit more; so far, so good!

Before the new chart arrived, I got quite a bit done on Bothy Threads Sleeping Beauty:


It is actually very relaxing to only work with one color like this, and I look forward to getting back to it later.

Last week I also got back a couple of the models I stitched for Rosewood Manor. This is Halloween Quilt Sampler:


And Bargello Sampler:


Getting these back kind of made me miss the model stitching, so I asked Karen if she had any she wanted done, and she's sending one to me this week.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My pretties are home!

About five minutes after I finished my last blog post, the framer called to tell me that all three of my pieces were ready to be picked up; needless to say, I was at the store 20 minutes later!

Here is Charlotte, in her shimmery lime frame:



The Nymphs were a bit harder to choose for, as the cool tones in Night and warmer tones in Day made it hard to find the right frame, but I think they turned out well:



I liked how the brown and black mottling in the frame mimicked the same colors in the wings.

Since I am seriously running low on available wall space, these two are now hanging in the small hallway outside my bedroom:


I like how they look together, as the Nymphs both have a bit of that bright lime in them.

The third piece I had framed was a painting by Nora Corbett, which was the inspiration behind Mirabilia Designs:



I absolutely love this beautiful piece, both for the artwork and the story behind it.

In more Mirabilia news, Titania is finally done after more than 10 years of gathering dust (well, not really, as she was properly stored away) in the Bucket o'WIPs:


Another one from my original list of WIPs has been slain; I'm on a roll!

When I went to visit my mom, I took one of the Mill Hill Owlet kits with me, so I now have two of these little cuties finished (only four more to go!):


Back to Mirabilia for a moment--have you seen the new release, Raven Queen? I think she is so amazing, and will be starting her as soon as the chart arrives:


The chart should be here later next week, so while I wait I pulled out Bothy Threads Sleeping Beauty to work on until it arrives:


That is one big bundle of black floss!!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Grrr!!

I dropped off two stitched pieces and a painting at the framing gallery just over two weeks ago, and I've been waiting to post here until I got them back and could share pictures (since I still don't have Titania finished!). Almost four hours ago the guy called and said I had an order in, but then he called back and said it was only one piece; he was supposed to call back and let me know when the other two would be done, but I still haven't heard back. Doesn't he understand how impatient stitchers get when they are SO close to getting a framed piece back?!!

To make matters (a bit) worse, I'm leaving tomorrow to spend the weekend with my mom, so I won't be able to get them until Monday if they aren't in by tomorrow morning. So, I guess I'll share my small amount of progress on Titania after all:


With my pretty little turtle from Just Nan:


I also took a picture of my new ort jar, which has a nice back story:


On our last night at the Primitive Hare retreat, we all went out to a local restaurant for dinner. I had tiramisu for dessert, and it came served in the cutest little glass jar. My new friend, Vicki, wanted me to slip it into my purse so she could keep it; I told her she was welcome to try for herself! But then I asked if I could just buy a couple, and they sold me two of them; one for me, and one for Vicki. So now I have the cutest memento of both a great trip and new friends made during the trip; the lid even has "Fido, made in Italy" on it. :)

Hope everyone has a great stitchy weekend!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Still trying to find my stitchy groove

I've been home for almost two weeks now, but I haven't stitched very much during that time. Last night I finally pulled Titania back out, and made some good progress:


I think I could probably have her done within a week or two if I just sit down and get busy. Then I have the fun of deciding what my next project will be!

Marilyn commented on my last post that she was looking forward to the goodies I received/bought on my trip, so I finally got around to taking some pictures; now I just have to squirrel everything away!

Here's a picture of what was in our retreat goody bags:


The wonderful free gifts that Casa Cenina gave to us:


A couple pictures of what I bought at Casa Cenina:



In case you couldn't tell from previous blog posts, I am a major cat person! ;)

Finally, all my Primitive Hare purchases:


Isi had her display up all week, so this was the result of about three separate expeditions. 

I guess I won't have to look far to find my next project!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

I'm home!!

I got home from the stitching retreat in Italy this past Wednesday night, and I think I'm finally getting back into the proper time zone! It was an absolutely amazing trip, and I'm really happy that I made myself stray so far from my comfort zone, traveling outside of the US by myself by plane, train and automobile.

The retreat was held by Isobel Argante of The Primitive Hare, in a B&B in Citta di Castello; the 20 of us had the entire place to ourselves for the week. Niky of Nikyscreations Primitives attended and held a finishing class, and Maja Szilagyi of The Snowflower Diaries came as well; all are wonderful designers and terrifically friendly women. Here are the class pieces we stitched (Florence by The Primitive Hare, and the smaller piece by Nikyscreations):


I didn't get around to finishing either one yet, but someday I will...

Here are some pictures of Isi's display:




The quilt shown above was really pretty; I'd love to do something like that in the future.

Here are some pictures of my stitching spot while there:




Between the wind and the mosquitoes here in Wisconsin, I don't stitch outside; it's a shame, because it was heavenly! And here is a picture of Peppa, the B&B's resident pig, who shared our spot:


Her skin is so thick that scratching her with my shoe was much more effective than using my hands!

One of our day trips was to Casa Cenina, which is an online needlework shop. They don't have a store front at their warehouse, but they were kind enough to let us shop from the warehouse floor. I saw some great charts from designers I wasn't familiar with; I might have bought a few...






Their mascot was a gorgeous kitty named, appropriately enough, Aida:


One entire day was spent on a trip to Florence, which was beautiful. On the way home, however, a bit of a mishap with the battery on the bus (SOS indeed!):

Fortunately, a very handsome police officer stopped to check on us:


He might have gotten more than he bargained for, as a bus full of tired women can become quite loud! I call the picture above "When stitchers get together...", or "What happens in Italy, stays in Italy".  :)

When the retreat was over, I headed to Rome for a couple of days. Unfortunately, the Coliseum and nearby sights were closed on the morning I had booked a tour, so I didn't get to see much of them:




On my last night in Italy, I had Spaghetti alla Bolognese and tiramisu on the balcony overlooking Rome:


Finally, on the LONG flight home, I watched five movies (three cheers for free seat-back entertainment centers!!) and stitched this little Mill Hill owlet, Violet:


I made some great friends during the trip; Jane, Vicki and Jayne from the UK, who took this lone Midwesterner under their wings and made the trip so much more fun than it would have been without them!

For those in the US, Happy Memorial Day, and to everyone, have a great stitchy week!

Monday, May 4, 2015

A finish, a WIP and a trip...

...oh my!

I finished up Day Nymph last week, and just love how the entire piece turned out! From conception (3/16/15):


To completion (4/28/15):


The fabric is called Darkness Falls, on opal Belfast; Leslie at Under The Sea Fabrics created it for me just for this piece, but liked it so much that she added it to her regular line. It is a gorgeous fabric!

Here is Night Nymph:


And Day Nymph, in her sunrise-colored dress:


My wonderful husband got me a gift certificate for our 24th wedding anniversary to get some framing done, and I think I'll take Charlotte and the Nymphs (sounds like a singing group!) in when I get back from Italy.

For my next project, I pulled Mirabilia's Titania from the Bucket o'WIPs, where she has been residing for 10+ years. She had the misfortune to be started on the recommended fabric, as this was right before I discovered hand-dyed fabrics, and I just have a hard time working on such a bland color. However, she is much too pretty to never finish, so finish her I shall!

Here is where I left off many years ago:


And here she is as of yesterday:


Mostly I've just added the back stitching and beads, and worked a bit on the ribbons. She has such a beautiful face:


I've always thought that Titania, Midsummer Night's Fairy and Adia have three of the prettiest Mirabilia faces.

This will probably be my last post until the later part of May, as I leave for The Primitive Hare stitching retreat in Italy this coming Sunday. I'm due home on the 20th, and I imagine it will take a bit of time to get back in the swing of things here at home. Hopefully, I'll have lots of beautiful pictures to share in my next post.

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week (and month!); arrivederci!