Friday, March 22, 2019

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, although we're out and about every weekend there's not been too many things that I wanted to bring home from our travels.... so I've collected up some of the stuff I did bring home for a little post ... here's a snap...


... from L to R... I picked up the French hard paste mid-19th-century floral saucer at a Salvation Army... I knew it would fit and work with the cup I had picked up last year... and it did as you can see... The Roseville "Laurel" vase is in perfect condition and was totally mismarked and I got it for a super price!!... the small Edward VIII Coronation cup I just picked up on Saturday, I collect Royal memorabilia and even though he abdicated, I had never added an Edward VIII piece so this fit the bill... the plate is French and from a series called  "The Nations" made in the 1870's this one is Germany... the gilt and violets bowl was another super find.  The mark on the back  I knew was an early Derby mark from about 1800 so I snapped this up for a $1... the sterling butter spreaders I really didn't need but again a good price gets me every time and the tiny little Wedgwood piece was just too cute to pass up!!~  
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So, there you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!  Have a super weekend!!

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds!
edgar

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Little Bit of Spring

Gentle Friends,  as we move away from Winter towards Spring I must once again post a bit of lovley misuc that really incapsulates the feeling of the season... In honour of the First Day of Spring, here's the first movement of La Primavera by Antonio Vivaldi...

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We've had a couple of warm days recently but are once again gonna get some rain tomorrow and over the weekend... Happy Spring!!

Good Words, Good Thoughts, Good Deeds!

edgar

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Little Stitchin' Finish, and a Little Stitchin' Start

Gentle Friends, so I wrapped up 1798 Quaker last night and made a teeny tiny start on my next piece.  Here are some snaps of both projects.... first up...

1798 Quaker Sampler by Goode Huswife
40 count "Barn Owl" from Linens by design
Using the Called for NPI Silks
1/20 - 3/18/2019

It was a really fun piece to stitch.  I loved the colour changes and the use of greens and browns.  I modified many of the initials and even changed one of the motifs from a small over 1 section to a larger over 2 medallion.  
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My next stitchity project is from stash... it's a chart I've had for years and years languishing in the pile.  I really don't remember how I found out about the sampler in the first place, I must have seen it on a blog.  Here's the tiniest of starts...

Swan Pond Sampler 1797 
by The Knoxville Tennesse Chapter of the EGA
40 count "Ale" from PTP
Various Overdyed Flosses

It's a great sampler with two alphabets, a great depiction of the Ramsey house, a couple of bowls of fruit and a super border. Could you ask for a better-built sampler!! You can read more about this great Historic Home HERE. I love the idea of this sampler and that the local EGA created this piece in honor of the house and the history of the area.  Although the sampler is charted for DMC I again chose to work out my own floss combination from my overdyed floss stash.  
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Words, Good Thoughts, Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, starting to wrap up the 1789 Quaker with the addition of all the initials... here's a shot of where I left off...


... I'm adding in all the bits, pieces and extra stitches along with the charted initials for fill.  It's interesting that they, the initials are scattered about and some are over 1 and some over 2.  It almost feels as I stitch that they were added as an afterthought where there was space.  Oh, well, trying to puzzle out why something was stitched over two hundred years ago is futile so I'll just move along and work it out until I finish up.

I've picked out my next project.  Something I've had in my stash for years and although not a "Historic" sampler, it's a sampler all the same.  Based on mid-Atlantic pieces the piece I think it will be fun to stitch up... and it has a great border!!
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There you go sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Good Words, Good Thoughts, Good Deeds!

edgar

Monday, March 11, 2019

A Little More Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, it was a nice quiet weekend.  The high point was having dinner at a friends house, then they screened "Chinatown" in their home theatre, so nice to see a great film on the full screen!!  
I sort of stitched on and off throughout the weekend and here's where I left off...

... I think I've come up with a good idea for stitching in the initials and bits to replicated the fullness of this stitched piece.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds!

edgar

Monday, March 4, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, not too much going on, so here's a quick snaperooo of the 1798 sampler...

... it's a wrinkly mess, but you get the idea of how it's coming along...  

It's a very wet rainy Monday here by the Bay and it'll be a rainy week so we'll be mighty damp for quite a few days!!
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There you sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Little More TREK!!!

Gentle Friends, it was just announced that Star Trek Discovery will be back for a third season!!  WooHoo!!  I guess I'll just have to keep my CBS Streaming Service a little longer!

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  I am such a total nerd about Trek and the Trekking Universe.... it drives someone crazy and he runs when it's on the old tube, but I do love me some Trek.  I think my favourite incarnation would have to be Star Trek Voyager, I know lots of fans think it's the weakest of the lot but I enjoy Janeway and the crew!!  I think it might be the actress Kate Mulgrew who brings her to life I enjoy so much because she is super as "Big Red" in Orange is the New Black.... but back to Discovery.  

I would highly recommend a look if you enjoy the Original Series, Next Generation, DS9, Voyager or even Enterprise (my least favourite)  the acting is good, the effects are spectacular and if you let go that's it's supposed to be a prequel to the Original Series you'll totally enjoy the show!!
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So, there you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds!
edgar

Monday, February 25, 2019

A Little More Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I'm slowly moving along the bottom part of the sampler from R to L.... here's a shot...

... thus far it's been a pretty easy stitch, and so long as I pay attention as I stitch the mis-stitches are few and far between...!!  This is an antique sampler and it was charted as it was originally stitched in the 18th century.  This "original " charting includes quite a few mis-stitches and wonky bits.  I have, as I stitch along fixed a few of them, so long as they don't shift other motifs or create problems down the road.  Mostly I've just evened up some of the problems that would drive me crazy, like missing or badly placed stitches.  I think I've come up with a plan for the inclusion of initials.... some that are meaningful to me and some that are just filler....  there are so many in this piece!!
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There you go sports fans!!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!

"Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deed"
edgar

Monday, February 18, 2019

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, so another weekend wooshed by once again and as I sit here on a cold (45 degrees outside) Monday morning I think back and say... lordy, that long nap yesterday would be nice to repeat just about now!!!  On TCM they had a really good line up of musicals so after I got home from the 8am Mass I ran the Who Hounds out for potty then flipped on on the tube, sat down with a big cup of coffee... then wrapped up in a quilt and promptly fell asleep.  Rico was down in the Valley visiting his mom this weekend so the house was quiet, except for the TV.  I had planned to stitch all day, but the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry... you know...so here's a shot where I left off on my stitchin'...

... it's still a great piece to work on and I really like the colour changes along the way.
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!... 

"Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds"
edgar

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentines Day

Gentle Friends, just a fly by post to wish you all...

... a very Happy Valentines Day!!!

Hugs,
edgar