Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Exchange arrives, some stitching, a goddess, an opinon and some cleaning!

I heard from Amy over at Cross Stitch and Cupcakes that the SBEBB Christmas Ornament Exchange arrived - so I thought I would post a snap -

I stitched up one of the Old World Santa's from PS using DMC - He is a mountain climbing St Nick - I just love doing these Santa Ornies - such fun stitches!! I included some Christmas goodies - including some Lupicia "White Christmas" tea - tea bags- so delicious!!!!! They do special flavoured teas every Holiday Season and this was a total home run with me! It has cocoa/apricot and cookie flavours in back of a nice black tea leaf - how they do it- at first I sort of snorted at it thinking "chocolate tea" - but they let you taste anything you like in the store so I did and now it's a top 10 fav!!!! I buy the loose tea and brew pots at a time and the loose tea is dark with little silvery sparkles that float about making the tea really special just to look at.

Last night I worked some on the Quaker Reindeer Ornie for me
- here is a progress snap -



He is coming along just fine - I am using WDW Cocoa with a little HDF OmotH for the nose.

Last night TCM had famous couples on the screen evening and they showed a really gorgeous film "Cleopatra" - 1963 - starring Richard Burton, Rex Harrison and that screen siren at the top of her looks, powers and skill - Elizabeth Taylor - I really love this spectacle no matter how far from the truth they strayed - it is something to watch and get caught up in!!

Now on to soliciting opinions........ I am trying to decide what linen to use for the ABC SAL that starts in the next week or so - I know I want to use Belle Soie silks (Plush Plum and Scarecrow) - because I like them and I already have them so I do not need to spend up the cash but I have two pieces of linen -and am torn as to which to use - I am leaning towards the lighter one - PTP Sterling - but kinda like the dark - PTP "Heritage?" (the tag fell off - so I am not quite sure) - what do you think - leave a comment as I can't make up my mind!



Last night began the work towards Thanksgiving Dinner - with getting out my grandmothers crystal and sterling giving it all a good wash and polish.

I love hauling out this stuff and using it as it connects me to her and going to my Grandparents for Thanksgiving. My sister and her family are coming so my niece and nephew will be using their great grandmothers things connecting them to the past and making new memories for us and them to carry into their futures. It is such a great time of year for family and being thankful - and I just love the post that Lori at Not Forgotten Farms wrote yesterday - if you get the chance check it out!! It really remind one how lucky we are!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!!!! Thanks for stopping in!

Take care,
edgar

30 comments:

Lisa said...

Great stitching! And the crystal looks beautiful! On the opinion, I like the darker fabric with those colors! Happy Thanksgiving!

Autumn said...

Your threads are warm colors and would look better with a warm colored fabric. I'd be a little worried about the gold getting lost in the darker fabric though. But you can be a better judge of that in person.

Kathy said...

Love, love, love your PS Santa. And that crystal is gorgeous!

I like the look of the lighter color linen with the two colors your chose. Just my opinion. :)

Have a wonderful and yummy Thanksgiving.

valerie said...

Happy Thanksgiving Edgar! Your grandmother's glassware is beautiful! I love seeing old glasses like that, I also prefer the threads on the darker fabric. It's lovely!

Sherry said...

What wonderful stitching and the reindeer is lovely! I can't wait to see it finished! And oh, the crystal is stunning! I love to use old things like this that have a memory!

Irene said...

As always great stitching ! I would go with the darker fabric. Your grandmothers crystal looks goreous. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Srinity said...

The Reindeer looks great. I give my vote to the darker fabric for the ABC SAL. :)

Diane said...

It's bad enough that you tempt me with your stitching, but dangling those tea bags in front of a tea fiend - now you've done it! And there's a store waaaay too close to me, too. I would have never known. I pass the Topanga mall whenever I take surface streets to or from work, but rarely venture inside. Now I'll have to actually go beyond Target and Pinkberry into the belly of the beast! You enabler, you!

I like the look of the flosses on the darker fabric, BTW.

Love your ornies, too!

BW said...

I have to agree with several others, I like the darker fabric for the floss colors you have chosen. I also really like the reindeer ornament you are stitching.

Simone said...

Definetily the darker fabric!

Jennifer/OH said...

The crystal is gorgeous! I feel very deeply the connection to my grandparents. Everytime I pick up a needle it is because of what they taught me. All four are gone now, but I have many reminders of them every day.
The PS santa is lovely. I finally laid my hands on the entire series, all the way back to 1985. I am working on the "Feeding the Birds" santa.
As for the linen, I prefer the darker color. What's this??? A reindeer exchange!?! I love reindeer. I really need to get in to another exchange. I am so far behind on the "manditory stitching" that I don't want to commit myself to anything until 2009 rolls around.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

Shelleen said...

the reindeer is cute and for your fabric choice I really like the darker colors.

Deborah said...

Edgar your work is beautiful. I love your colours on the darker fabric - very lush!

Karrie said...

Beautiful glassware! I think that when we use treasures from past generations, it's like their joining in the celebrations with us.

I think your colours look lovely against the darker fabric.

Melissa said...

Your PS santa is just adorable. You did a great job. I love the darker fabric with the threads. The crystal is just gorgeous. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

DaisyGirl said...

I love the darker fabric! Looks dreamy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Donna

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your PS Santa is wonderful. I prefer the darker linen with your thread choices.

Happy Thanksgiving!

DonnaTN said...

Beautiful stitching and beautiful crystal. I really like the darker fabric - very rich looking.

CraftyT said...

Love the way the reindeer is turning out.

Wonderful glasses. I love to hear stories like that. Those kind of memories are wonderful.
Natasha

Becky K in OK said...

I like the look of the darker linen. The combination reminds me of something antique.

What beautiful crystal. Just today my mom was promising her crystal to my sister.

Love the Santa. Your stitching and finishing are just so great to see.

Can't wait to see the reindeer finished.

Von said...

Edgar, I loved seeing your family heirlooms and knowing that they're treasured and used to create new memories!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones. :)

Wendy said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with your family!

I'm partial to the PTP linen you showed - I love the warm colour of it!

Beautiful PS ornament too!!

Margie said...

I love the silk on the darker linen :-)

Alf N Stitches said...

I am impressed everytime I look at your blog!

Shannon said...

I love looking at your blog! As for which fabric...I like the darker. Cant wait to see which one you pick.

Lana said...

Wow! I am just getting caught up on Blogs...and Edgar, yours is one of my very favorites! I always love catching up with you and seeing what you stitch and watch!!! =) Love all your pieces, they are all gorgeous!!!

~A Joyful Stitcher~

Hazel said...

The darker fabric really stands out but I wonder that it will be too dark and the lighter one will show everything more clearly. Either will be a winner I reckon. x

Nicola said...

Yet another fabulous PS Santa ornament Edgar! I can't resist any longer and will be buying that Old World Santa's book tomorrow. I too, like the darker fabric with those threads.

Margaret said...

Edgar
I hope you had a wondeful Thanksgiving. But I want you back soon! I have missed your daily blogs but look forward to more pictures and inspiration

Sharon said...

What a terrific exchange!! I love the Santa! I'm a certified tea-a-holic so that tea sounds especially delightful! Apricot and white chocolate - are you kidding me??? 'Scuse me while I drool----- :)
I hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with much love and laughter along with many memories made to add to your beautiful crystal!!
As for the fabby choices, I like the darker color with the threads that you're using. I'm sure it will be lovely no matter which you choose.