July 10, 2013

Bunnies and stuff

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you've already seen most of these pics, sorry about that. I really LOVE Instagram, so easy to post there, and with so few words, which most times is what keeps me from blogging here, because sometimes I can talk too much.

So anyway, kind of on a bunny kick after seeing some models stitched up at the LNS. Not this first one, just one I happened to like...


Rabbit Folk by Notforgotten Farm. Stitched on 16ct. Picture This Plus Aida (!!!!) Doubloon with called for DMC threads. It was sheer joy to work on that Aida....so soft and the coloring just what I wanted for this piece.


And this one is "Springtime Social" by With Thy Needle & Thread.


Stitched on 16ct Picture This Plus Aida (guess this means I'm no longer a linen snob, ha!) Days Gone By with called for DMC threads. This fabric is just so soft and gorgeous, I couldn't live without it and I love the primitive feel it lends to these pieces :)


My husband mentioned to me after this finish that he thinks I like stitching animals doing "people things" and he's right! Just too cute.

So now, I am working on Blackbird Designs "Dear Daughter", which gave me some trouble in the beginning...the trouble being, I chose 36ct. Creme Brulee fabric and began stitching with two strands of threads, which appeared too thick, so I ripped that out and started again with one strand, which seemed too thin. I was about ready to ditch it completely and posted as much on my IG account, but then decided to give it another day to grow on me, and here's where she stands as of this evening....


Yes, she's growing on me, I admit. My plan is to change the words along the bottom, as I have two daughters and don't want to stitch this twice, and don't want any fights over it after I'm dead, so yeah. Something different will go there. My ongoing joke with my family  is that most of this stitching stuff will end up in a garage sale for 50 cents when I'm gone, I understand that, but please, if you really love me, keep this one in the attic at least. Usually said about my big sampler finishes, though.


Meanwhile...we were gifted with some homegrown Texas tomatoes, some red, some green, and here's what happened with the green ones....



Makes my mouth water just looking at the picture. Good thing we fried them all up or I'd be in the kitchen making more now. Which is not good for the diet....BTW, I've lost a little over 25 pounds since the beginning of April...woo hoo!

The others were made into tomato pie! The crust on this looks awful, it's the "press in the pie plate" type and I was in a big hurry to get it in the oven....and this is before the topping was put on, but this photo also makes me hungry, so there it is.


And somehow this picture ended up down here....



J.M. Garner 1888 sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread. Stitched on called for fabric and threads. I switched one of the flowers on either side of the name and date back the other way as it was on the original sampler, just because I liked it better that way. Very fun to stitch, I LOVE Brenda's designs!


Astro says hi. He says "you can beat the Texas heat if you just find some cool tile to rest on :)

Happy Summer!

13 comments:

Chris said...

Gorgeous stitching!! All your projects look wonderful.
The tomatoes look pretty yummy too.
So glad that you heard from the finisher :)

Margaret said...

I love all your finishes! Nice that PTP dyes aida -- I didn't know that. Dear Daughter looks great so far -- I like one strand on 36ct and think it looks just fine. :D I hope to stitch this one for my DD -- luckily I just have one. lol! And yes, I often think the same thing about all my stitching when I'm gone. Good that your friend finally heard from that finisher whose name won't be mentioned. I still don't dare to use her. No way. Those Friend Green Tomatoes look so yummy! Never had any before. And Astro is adorable!!

Vickie said...

Wowie Zowie! I have never seen "Dear Daughter", how very, very pretty!

Deborah said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the color of the PTP fabric.

valerie said...

What fun, whimsical pieces! The mottling on the aida is perfect for both! I am always torn between 1 or 2 strands on 36 count. I usually end up with one but it takes a little bit for the look to grow on me. I am glad your friend was able to get her pieces back.

Faye said...

Love those stitches even in the Aida cloth.... We've all been there! 36 ct us tricky for me too... Most always I use 1 thread, but I alasys have to double check... As for the finisher, yikes!!! I couldn't lay my head on the pills at night ifi did fellow stitchers like that! Goodness, have her send them to me... I'll fix her right up! Take care, :) Faye

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing J.M. Gardner - it's beautiful! And so is everything else, lovely stitching.

Catherine said...

Love your stitches!! And those tomatoes ~ yummy!! Haven't had a decent fried green tomato since moving back to PA from TN! Glad your friend is getting her items back!!

Robin said...

Fabulous finishes! Your sampler is so pretty already. Now you have done it; made me crave fried green tomatoes!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Robin in Virginia

Nancy in WI said...

It's so good to see your post! Congratulations on the weight loss...something I must get serious about too. I have never had fried green tomatoes...I think I'm missing out on something really good! Thanks for showing your projects using the PTP Aida, a nice change. I have the daughter sampler and you are spurring me on so I must go and find it in my stash and ponder this and I have just 1 daughter so this is good! Take care~

Sharon said...

Your projects look beautiful Andrea! I have to laugh as you and I are similar. I told my (only) daughter that she had better not get rid of anything I had stitched. She said what if doesn't match what I have. I said to damn bad-LOL Some days I wonder what will happen to my things but alas we are to enjoy them now.

I am looking forward to seeing how you finish your change your Blackbird sampler. Did you by chance stitch your Isabella Fox in Gentle Arts? Also, did you ever show your completed Jane Pattison?

Melissa said...

I don't know how I missed this post. I love all the stitching and your start on Dear Daughter - must check that one out!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Bloglovin is just not working for me, I don't think.... How've I missed so much? Your bunny finishes are just darling! You will have the sweetest collection of bunnies, ever! Dear Daughter is beautiful and I definitely like the one strand. If we don't get some heat, I may only be eating fried green tomatoes, I swear, I don't think my plants are ever going to have any red tomatoes!