Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Little Fall-ish

Gentle Friends, even though I'm still in France I had to set up the First day of Fall......


...Fall is my favorite time of year and this piece of music is just lovely and so appropriate... ENJOY!!!
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That's about it for now...  see you soon!!

Take care,
edgar

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Little Stitching

Gentle Friends, here's one last Post before I head out on my Fall adventure tomorrow... here's a snap...


... this is where I left off last night on Smith Sampler.  She;'s coming along nicely and will be my travel project for the next few weeks.
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again..  I may get a Post or two set to pop up while I'm away, if I get the chance today, so stay tuned.  If I don't get to it then I'll see you here the first week of October.

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Little "Grinchy" Thrifting

Gentle Friends, as you might remember I'm a big fan of Dr. Suess, and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is one of my favourite Christmas stories, cartoon and film.....so when I run up against some Grinchy stuff I snap it up...


,,, I found a great Grinch mug and a copy of the HtGSC game.  I've never seen the game before and was really happy to get a copy.  It's very much a child's game but fun all the same!!  - and - to find another great Christmas mug made me very happy it was great to add it to the "mug" collection which seems to grow ever larger!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, September 3, 2018

A Little Stitching

Gentle Friends, I've been a'stiching away on Smith Sampler and here's where it is at the moment...

... just plugging away at the central swan motif and then I'll move on the middle band with its large fruit basket.
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There you go sports fans thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, August 30, 2018

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I found a couple of super things..... here are some snaps...

... the first up would have to be this late 19th-century Japanese porcelain vase covered in birds and flowers with gilded highlights.. and a little blue vase made in the US I think in the late 40's...

... another view if the vase...

... and what I am calling the back side with the two little birds...  I also found this great sterling bowl...

 ... made here in SF and marked Shreeve & Co., it was filthy and still had the residue of silver polish left in the decorative band about the lip...

 ... after about 5 minutes of polishing, I had most of the dried polish removed and the silver looking silvery again!!  I think this is a waste bowl from a larger tea service.
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There you go sports fans another week of treasure hunting.... thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, August 27, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, well, I'm back on track with Smith Sampler... here's a snap...


... I made the turn on the upper border and got the right-hand tree done...  the floss changes I've made at this point are with the whites in the body of the stitching.   The recommended floss is supposed to be "Oatmeal Scone" and using this colour of silk when stitched on my linen just melts and fades into the background... I didn't care for that one bit.  So, I changed the bird to "Eiffel Tower" and the "leaves" on the tree to NPI 671 "Palest Pearl Gray" and I'm really happy with the results!!  

As an aside - I am - as I stitch along - really happy with this sampler. I was reticent at the beginning when digging through my stash to find my next project and in picking this sampler.  The photograph shows it as a very pale piece... but as I stitch along I am finding the silks are quite vibrant and strong, I like it and am really glad I went with this piece!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A Little More Hallowe'en Framing

Gentle Friends, here's the second piece I picked up...


... "Thine is the trick or Treat" from Prairie Moon.  It was a really super piece to work on and again sorry for the odd angle, those reflections are brutal!!  I still have one more piece at the framers that I'll pick up this weekend and I'll post that next week.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos top again!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A Little Hallowe'en Framing

Gentle Friends, I think I mentioned a while back that I took some things in for framing.  I've already gotten back two and posted about them HEREOver the weekend I retrieved two more ....  here's one of them...


....sorry about the odd angle, I was trying to make sure there would be no weird reflections... this is an older piece from Lizzie Kate called "The Very Scary Mystery Sampler."  I usually don't like to use matt board with framed cross stitch, but this piece I think really needs it to get the colours to pop.  I remember it was a really fun piece to stitch and I do love the bit from the Scottish prayer...

From ghoulies and ghosties

And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!

... and it is so perfect for the season, even if I'm jumping in a bit early!!  
I'll have the second piece up tomorrow.

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, August 20, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I've made only a little progress on Smith Sampler, after two bad counting mistakes I had to go back and frog out the same 3 triangles twice.... here's a snaperoo..

... I was so mad at myself and my sloppy counting, but it happens and now I'm back on the stitch, full steam ahead!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, August 16, 2018

A Little Thirfting

Gentle Friends, out and about again over the weekend and found a few fun things...

... from l to r a nice little silver plate basket, two carved stone Asian bookends, a great silver lustre English teapot ca. 1920 and a really great find of a set a "Little Frankie" books by Mrs Leslie published in 1870... so there you go some more fun stuff...

Here's a couple of snaps of the silver basket...  a before and after..

... this is how I found it so I took a  chance...

... and after a little silver polish, it came up pretty nice, with some silver wear.  I think this dates to around 1900 it was made by the Pairpoint Silver company.  
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar