Happy Anniversary to my dear sweet husband Jerry. Today, May 16, we have been married for 16 wonderful happy years together. Last night, he surprised me with this that he made for me. Talk about touching my heart, this is something he made for me in the past two weeks and seeing what he said here has put a glow and smile on my face. I am so touched with what he put in this and what he said and I can't imagine anything nicer than this and want to keep it always. He is quite the graphic designer and just like his profile said when I found him online over 16 years ago, he is a sensitive and caring man and I love him so very much. He knows what touches my heart and I feel so lucky to have found him back in 1997.
Here is my first attempt at stem stitching on Ruthy. I am finally feeling I am getting it and like the way it looks. I just couldn't resist trying it and it really will open up new projects for me to try. I have wanted to learn to do this for awhile and this SAL has been the perfect time. I just love this project so much too and the colors are gorgeous in it. Everyone is doing such a beautiful job and this is really quite enjoyable. Pardon the shade and sun showing on the photos as I wanted to take them outside and decided to just let the shade and sunshine show up on these.
This is my latest progress photo of Mary Bailey 1818. I am just really enjoying this and getting closer still to starting the brick house. This project has such nice bright colors in it. It is habit forming to work on it. The tree trunk looks a little more orange in the photo but it is more brown with a hint of rust in it. It is DMC 780 but I had a hard time trying to get the true color. It really isn't so orange really. One more shrub to stitch and I can start the red house. I can hardly wait!
Here is my latest progress photo of Mary Bailey 1818 by The Scarlet Letter. I am really loving this one with such pretty colors. This is being stitched on 40 ct. Vintage Buttercream fy Lakeside Linens with a few silks and DMC threads. I can hardly wait to began the red house in Belle Soie silks after this border here under the pots is finisned. Thank you to all who have left me such nice comments here too :)
Here is my new start on Scarlet Letter Mary Bailey. This is such a fun stitch already. I changed a few of the colors as some of them were not showing up on my fabric. The berries here are charted for a cream color so I changed them to gold for my sampler. The blue around this flower in the border was a much lighter blue and didn't show up as well, so I am using Pacific Blue Gloriana. I am using mostly DMC threads, but also a few silks. The gold is a NPI silk. This chart is just really amazing and has some things in it that you just don't usually see in reproduction samplers very often. I am going to love stitching this one. I am stitching Mary on 40 ct. Buttercream by Lakeside Linens.
Thank you to all who have left me such nice and encouraging comments on my Elizabeth Sheffield sampler.
As soon as my husband gets caught up on some orders he has, he is going to eventually build me a frame for Elizabeth and he will mat and frame her for me. I am sure it will be awhile as he wants to get his customer's orders caught up since he has been very overwhelmed with back orders. Thank you all who have been so understanding and patient with him! :)
I have FINALLY finished Elizabeth Sheffield by The Scarlet Letter!! Doing a happy dance here. I just had to get her finished before February 20th as that is Nicola Parkman's birthday in Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year and the one year anniversary of when this blog began there. We all stitched a Scarlet Letter sampler in Nicola's Scarlet Letter year and it has been so much fun that this wonderful blog will continue this year as well. I felt I had to at least contribute my sampler to the finishes and gallery to be included this coming year. I worked steady on this last week with lots and lots of over 1 to finish on 40 ct. buttercream fabric by Lakeside Linens. I love this sampler and it was worth it to finish her.
I have decided for my next Scarlet Letter sampler to do the new on that Scarlet Letter has out now which is Mary Bailey. It is very unique and it has a red house which I love in that one, and lots of other beautiful motifs in it. There are also two small black musicians towards the bottom which they say is rare to see on these antique samplers. I hope to do it justice. So glad Elizabeth is done but feel a little lost at not having a project to sit down and work on at the moment. I should probably try and catch up on my housework. :)
I am working to get my Elizabeth Sheffield sampler finished to put into Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year blog before the middle of February so I can at least have my Scarlet Sampler included for this year. I have so loved working on this and hope to get a finish soon. Here is a bit more progress on her.
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I have been cross stitching since about 1980 and it is my passion. I love stitching samplers and I love all of the overdyed linens and threads. My other huge passion is my family and my dogs,and chickens. Life is good now for me in the beautiful Texas Woods.