Monday, March 26, 2007

Carol, not only has it arrived...

...a start has been made as well. The basis for this block I am doing for you is from a French Design by Les Grilles De Maryse and is Spring Cottage....I thought that was quite aptly named for the time of year I am stitching it. I have quite a few ideas ready in my mind for additions to the garden area but I thought I would show you the start. The colours blend in really well with what has already been stitched on your Neighbourhood. This picture actually shows the colour of your linen nicely.

Happy stitching ladies, see you all again here soon

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Checking in on my RR...

Does anyone know if my RR has arrived with Veronica yet?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Su's is here!

We were just about to leave for an early dinner when the mailman pulled in the driveway and I signed for Su's NRR. I was so excited to get it and check it out. It's so pretty and I love all your special touches. When we got home from dinner and had birthday cake, I pulled out charts. I narrowed it down to two The Prairie Schoolers and the guys liked the white church! So that will be the chosen one if I don't hear different. Su, if you'd rather have a golden brown barn , let me know. I think the church will be sweet as you have a stitch shop and this is something different too.

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and I sent an email

to Dianne and Annemarie to let them know that Dianne's NRR has arrived here. It's also gorgeous. It looks so different IRL! I've been toying with the idea of using one of Dianne's patterns rather than the one I'd saved out to do. But I can't start till after my exam next month....


Barbara's RR

Ooops, ladies - forgot to tell you! Barbara's RR arrived from Su a few days ago - wow, it is gorgeous!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rachael's RR

Rachael, just a short message that your RR turned up at my doorstep this morning. I had such fun reading the little notebook and admiring all the gorgeous stitching. I'm telling you, we should stop taking pictures, because they never do the real thing justice. This one is another beauty, and I'm going to have a hard time finding something that fits and suits the rest, but it's going to be fun!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Veronica's RR

Just want to let Barbara know that Veronica's RR showed up safe and sound this morning. It's beautiful and I am already sorting charts although I probably won't get around to stitching until Michael has come and gone.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Dianne's neighbourhood

Well, my dears, I'm sure you thought I had vanished from this sweet earth altogether, or at the very least had given up on all things stitchy. Nothing, however, is further from the truth. Dianne's RR is finished - or at least, my block is. And the reason I didn't finish it sooner was because at the last moment I decided the garden needed some... flowers. I don't know what it is with me and my obsessive compulsion to stitch flowers in other people's gardens, but there you go. The flowers in this particular neighbourhood are made with French knots. Hundreds of them. I have holes in my fingers and knots (French or otherwise is hard to determine) in my eye muscles, but Dianne, you have a garden.

Although Dianne added some lovely charts with even lovelier houses and cottages, and I was perfectly happy to stitch any of those, I noticed a little something in her questionnaire that sent my little grey cells spinning. Within minutes, I had found the perfect chart in my own stash, and it was so perfect that I did not feel the need to elaborate or make huge alterations. For the other ladies and visitors to this blog who want to see a picture of the entire block: after all these years online I still suffer from digibetes and the intricacies of adding a link to my Webshots album proved too much for me. If you want to see a picture, go to Webshots and search for anvladar. Click the 2007 album, and the picture should be there. For Dianne: here's your sneak peek. Hope you like it!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Rachael's RR is ready to go

The buzzer has rung (two days ago) and my time with Rachael's RR has expired. Time to close my test booklet and put my pencil down! Here it is - finished it tonight, LATE! I hope Rachael likes it! In the end I used charts from:
Liz Turner Diehl - Light House Summer Garden
Brightneedle - Blue Moon, Nantucket Sampler, Nine-Patch Village, Finger Lakes Sampler and Good Morning Good Evening
Just Nan - Barnabee's Quest
Elizabeth's Designs - Nature's Alphabet
Drawn Thread - Moon Hill School Sampler

I am no designer, but I gave it my best shot!

And above, a peek at the sampler in its entirety as of tonight! Annemarie, Mike will post this straight off to you on Monday, so get ready to watch for it!

Whew! Finished!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Su's RR

Well, here are some more crooked pictures of Su's R, but finished this time. I did stitch my name down there Su. Any way , I hope you like what yoou can see. Dianne - I put it into the mail this morning. They say about 5 days but I don't know if that is working days or includes weekends. It is in the last of my "American " envelopes. Colorful stripes with silhouettes of men playing horns. LOL . Not subtle , but not easy to overlook either.

Friday, March 16, 2007

I am very slow

Sorry Dianne- I thought that today was the 15th , but I see that it was yesterday. I should have Su's RR finished this evening and I will try and get it into the post tomorrow. I will let you know when I have actually put it in the post. I only have to finish the windows and stitch my name and country. I know it's a lame excuse because I still would have been late , but only one day and not two.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Carols RR winging to England

Just a quick note for Veronica to watch for a yellow envelope with hearts on it from me. I mailed it off Tuesday afternoon. I was told I should have used a global priority envelope, but my pal Diana put a huge global p label on the front. I'm sure it will be there by the weekend-crossing fingers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

ready to fly

Actually, I don't know if the post flies between the Netherlands and Germany or if it goes via a surface route, but however it travels, Veronica's NRR is heading that way tommorrow. I do hope Veronica likes it. I think it blends well with her central block, but I feel uncertain because this is very different from my usual style of stitching.

For flowers, I've used waterlilies for a change. And some roses for the hares to hop through. My critters include a wild duck in the pond, a very fuzzy sheep, and two happy, hopping hares.

I have so enjoyed looking at the pictures of where Veronica's from. I really would love to go there someday. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Su's Neighborhood

Hi Guys!! Yes, I am alive and kicking- if weakly :-) I am actually feeling better and have been stitching like a mad woman on Su's neighborhood. Here is an "in progress" picture - Sorry it is so crooked. There is still a bit to do on the house and windows - to make them look "alive". The bottom left , half finished, bit is going to be a little lake with a duck and there will be more flowers and possibly some pumpkins and sheep. The right hand tree has peaches in it that are hard to see. When I make the next photo I will try and have better light. I am quite pleased with the way this is turning out. When I chose it I didn't realize that there was quite so much satin stitch.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Carol's Neighborhood of cottages

It does have that cottage feel to it! : )
I hope you like the finished square Carol. I added a kitten (let's say it's a kitten to be more in prospective with the lilies there) and the hummingbird. I had to change the original pattern near the bottom-that's what I call a rose tree. (I graduated from Rose Tree Media School district-paying homage to the old homestead). There were 42 colors used!

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Friday, March 09, 2007

update on Veronica's neighborhood

Veronica included a letter and picture-postcard to describe a little bit about the part of England she's from because she'd like it if her neighborhood included some elements from the region. Well, I fell in love. I looked up as many images as I could find on the Internet and set about adding on to her center square with what I "learned" online. The main design is taken from a very old book of patterns from Gertie Wandel, but I'm only using that pattern in so far as it works with what Veronica started. I'm bringing the hills down lower and the pond up higher to make the houses above and below blend in a bit more. It's been fun! I know that the block doesn't look like much yet, but it's practically done in my mind now that the basic structures are there. ;) I hope Veronica likes it so far! As for me, I want to take a holiday over in her corner of the world!