Sunday, April 15, 2012

Richmond Sampler framed!

Hello, dear followers!

It is a beautiful Sunday morning here in the Shenandoah.  I do hope those who live in the mid-section of the country are faring well.  What horrible storms! 

I have been Missing In Action.  I am not going to offer excuses - there are many!  Instead I would like to say thank you to all of you who sent emails checking up on me!  They meant so much! 

I have been stitching, believe it or not!  The project I've been working on is The Sparrow.  I will post progress of that in another post.  The Sparrow and I are NOT getting along right now and we are taking a short break from one another.  We will make up later today but for now it is best that we not be in the same room.

However, I would like to share Richmond Sampler - framed!  Terri from Cross Stitch Station in Waynesboro, Virginia framed the sampler and words cannot express how thrilled I am with how it turned out!  It is stunning!  Terri did a superb job even when the sampler did not want to cooperate.  As many of you know, this sampler was a long time project and it traveled with me to many places.  So, the linen was, ummm.......shall we say.......well used and not easy to work with when it came to lacing and keeping things even and lined up.  Terri laced it and re-laced it and finally the sampler was, as Goldilocks said, "JUST RIGHT!"  So without further ado, here she is...Richmond Sampler - Anne Maria Clarke framed and on my living room wall.




I struggled to get good pictures.  I apologize for the glare but hopefully you can get an idea her beauty!  The frame is from Shenandoah Framing (fitting, don't you think?)  Shenandoah Framing is about four miles from my house but I wanted Terri at Cross Stitch Station to do all of the actual framing.  She ordered the frame but took care of lacing, spacers, glass, etc.  I.  LOVE.  IT!

Thank you all for stopping by!  I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Happy Stitching!
Valerie

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Behind

Hello fellow stitchers!

It is a crisp morning here in the Shenandoah.  First I want to thank everyone for their wonderful comments on my Richmond Sampler finish.  They have been such a bright spot in my world. 

So, you wonder what my blog post title means?   Well, I am behind.  I am behind in my blog posting; behind in my blog commenting; behind in my email responses; behind in my stitching; behind in my WIPcapolyspse updates; behind in house cleaning - the "behinds" are endless. 

The first two months of 2012 have been a roller coaster and while I have been hanging on, it has not been very graceful.  I don't know about everyone else, but when I ride a roller coaster, I regret stepping on it the moment I sit down and strap in.  I feel anxious and my heart pounds.  I know what is coming but at the same time I don't know what is coming.  I know that there will be ups and downs but I don't know where.  There are times of pure exhilaration and times that I shut my eyes and pray for the ride to be over.  Yet at the end, I bask in the adrenaline rush, hop off of the roller coaster only to line back up for another ride.  Anyone else understand? 

My husband was sent to West Virginia for five weeks - professionally it was great, but I missed him terribly.  The great news is that he has been promoted to executive chef and we could not be happier.  While hubby was in West Virginia, my dear cat Simon was very sick and I was worried to distraction.  He was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and is responding well to treatment.  Still, it has been hard coming to terms with the fact that my furbaby is no spring chicken.  Work has been very stressful and comes home with me on a regular basis.  I am the chairperson of a state social studies education committee and the responsibility has added to my already large workload.  I am thrilled and honored to be professionally recognized but I am still adjusting to the extra work.  There have been a myriad of other ups and downs but I won't bore you with those details.  So, as you can see, 2012 has been a roller coaster ride.

So, dear followers, your comments on my Richmond Sampler finish meant more than you realized!  Your words of encouragement and congratulations were like a salve to my soul.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

I will leave you with a picture of Simon, enjoying one of his favorite spots - the back of my stitching chair!   Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Richmond Sampler is finished!

Cue the Hallelujah Chorus! 
 Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! 
Richmond Sampler is finished! 

Words cannot express how delighted I am with the finished product.  She is simply gorgeous.  I visited my grandmother today and was able to get some really nice photos in her dining room.   Enjoy a pictorial visit with Anne Maria Clarke and her remarkable sampler...





























I hope you enjoyed the pictures...it is because of your encouragement, dear followers, that I was able to stick with this and finish!  THANK YOU!  Now, for those of you who are wondering what in the world those mossy green stitches were - well, they were my infant attempts at queen stitches as taught to me by Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire when I took the Richmond Sampler class at the Gathering of Embroiderers.  I had never stitched a queen stitch before attempting this sampler.  Now I can honestly say I feel like a queen stitch expert!   I decided to leave in those beginning stitches as they were part of my journey with Anne Maria Clarke.

Now, what to do with my time???  I am sure to find something and I promise to post soon! 

Happy Stitching,
Valerie















Monday, January 16, 2012

January WIPocalypse update

Once again, I am late to post for a stitching group.  I think it's my thing.

At any rate, I thought I would share a quick snap of my progress on my biggest WIPocalypse project, Richmond Sampler.  I finished the grass and now I am moving on the the house.  I can feel a finish and it is exciting!  Sorry for the wrinkles but I thought I would wait to iron her when she is finished.

Thank you one and all for the kind comments on my previous post.  I have been derelict in my blogging as of late but please know your comments really do make me smile!

Have a great week! 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Little Richmond Progress

Happy Sunday!

The weather is beautiful here in the Shenandoah.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping.  If I did not know better I would think it was spring and not the first of January!  Oh, well.  I am sure Mother Nature has a trick or two up her sleeve and hopefully one of those tricks is SNOW!  Bring it on!

I have been busy stitching away on Richmond Sampler.  I thought that I would share a quick picture...

Those little horsemen gave me a fit.  Figures that the men would be a problem.  After staring at the graph and my linen for multiple hours analyzing how I should approach those little men, I decided to re-visit my pictures of the original sampler.  I am glad that I took so many pictures when I went to view the original Richmond Sampler at the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  As I looked over pictures and analyzed Anne Maria Clarke's original stitches I realized that Anne Maria fudged her stitches quite a bit.  They were far from perfect so I figured if fudging was good enough for Anne Maria, then it was good enough for me.  I marched over to my stitching stand, picked up my needle and just stitched the darned things.  They may not be perfect but they are done. 

I am about two-thirds finished with the grass.  After that I will move on to the house and then I will be finished!  WOO HOO!  I cannot wait!

Thank you for all of the kind comments and a huge welcome to my new followers!  Thank you for taking the time to visit my little blog.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful week. 

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year Plans, Hopes and Dreams

Hello dear stitchers!

I hope that everyone is enjoying a fabulous New Year!  Hubby and I spent New Year's Eve snuggled up on the couch with chips and salsa and one of my favorite wines.  Calm.  Quiet.  Perfect.

Stitching was definitely on the agenda last night as well.  I started with my SAL piece, "The Sparrow"  and ended the evening with Richmond Sampler.  Yes, I am still stitching away on Richmond but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  Seriously!  BRIGHT light at the end of the tunnel.  I will share progress soon.

I decided to take the plunge and sign up for Measi's WIPocalypse challenge.  Lord knows I have plenty of WIP's so why not challenge myself to finish them?  As I went through my stash, I realized that I did not have as many WIP's and UFO's as previously thought.  So, that was a nice surprise!  I have compiled a list of WIP's - old and new - that I plan to focus on.  I also added in a few new projects that I would like to start in the new year.  I realize that I will not start all of the new projects but I thought I could at least list the possibilities!  So, here is my list...

WIP's already started:

Richmond Sampler - The Essamplaire (almost there!)
Rebecah French - The Essamplaire (1/3 finished)
The Sparrow - Tree of Life Samplings (2/3 finished)
Family Record Sampler - Hester's Needle (1/4 finished)
Twenty-Third Psalm - Vera K (2/3finished)
Nantucket Rose - Lavender and Lace (2/3 finished)
Santa and the Merry Animals - Homespun Elegance (a few stitches)
Cynthia Burr - The Essamplaire (this probably won't see the light of day in 2012, but a girl can dream)

A wish list of projects that I would like to start in 2012:
(Note - it is highly doubtful that I will start more than two or three of these projects...but a girl can dream!)
Shores of Hawk Run Hollow - Carriage House Samplings
272 Words - Primrose Needleworks
Elisabeth Hoover - Scarlet Letter
Of Female Arts - Primitive Needle
Peppermint Twist - Little House Needleworks
Winter Sheep - Little House Needleworks
Other ornaments - TBD

As you can see my wish list of starts contains quite a few BAP's.  Therefore, I have chosen to also participate in Becky's BAP challenge.  Hey, if I am going to indulge in a BAP, might as well do it with other BAPers, right?  However, I have promised myself that I will not start another BAP until I finish Richmond Sampler.  A little incentive never hurt anyone, right?

I realize my goals are pretty lofty and quite honestly, if I can get four or five of my WIP's finished this year and a half dozen ornaments stitched, I will consider it a good year.  Several of my WIP's are dangerously close to being finished (I consider "dangerously close" to be over half finished - yeah, I am generous) so finishing four or five should not be a terrible stretch.  Here's hoping. 

My New Year's Stitching Resolution is to revisit my goals, make changes if necessary and figure out what to focus on each month.  I am generally not that organized but I love my stitching too much to keep putting it on the back burner. 

Now, I thought I would leave you with a few snaps of my Christmas presents... 
"One Stitch at a Time"
Jim Shore

 I collect Jim Shore Santas and my needle worker is right at home with them!  Of course, she will stay out all year!
 My Longaberger Sewing Notions Basket - it is a discontinued basket but hubby found one for me!

 It came with the wonderful liner/dividers


 Lovely presents from my friend, Robin.  Am I not just the luckiest girl?  I love the pillow and it has a place of honor right beside my stitching chair.  Penny America contains all of the beautiful threads so we can stitch it together as one of our SAL's

Robin remembered my love of brownies so she found this delectable recipe book.  I have not tried the
recipes yet, but I promise it will be soon!  They are very famous brownies...listed as one of Oprah's Favorite Things.  Hey, if they are good enough for Oprah, then they must be good enough for me!

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and well wishes for the holiday season.  I look forward to catching up with everyone very soon!

Happy Stitching!




  

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas !

Hello dear readers,

I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!  Thank you for all of the wonderful comments and kind emails you have sent me throughout the year.  Your friendship means so much!  I sincerely hope that the New Year brings all of you many blessings!

It has been a very busy couple of months here in the Shenandoah and I promise to update you on all of the happenings!  I did find time to put up our Christmas tree. 

Hubby and I open our presents to each other on Christmas Eve and I made out like a bandit!  I received The Longaberger Sewing Notions Basket with notion trays AND the book, Samplers of the Pennsylvania Germans AND the Jim Shore figurine called "One Stitch at a Time" - just to name a few!   Once things calm down I promise to post pictures!

A Blessed Christmas to all!
Valerie