Monday, February 9, 2009

Estate Sales - Stitching and Movies

As the title says - it was a weekend of once again running around on Saturday with Dale to various Estate Sales - and you know what - I really don't think that many of those that are running them out there seem to define Estate Sale quite the same way that I do!! We ran up against many sales that were really either glorified garage sales or fancy moving sales!!
I did find a few things... one is this lovely piece -


I thought she was just lovely. Not that I am all that religious or anything - but she just seems so serene - after a few mins on the Internet I find that she was made in the mid 1950's by the Hummel company in Germany. Now, Hummels as collectibles are not my thing - but this "Holy Virgin" without halo as she is listed doesn't really say Hummel to me. She now sits with my growing collection of religious icons and statues. In another true estate sale Dale found a crafters closet that was just stuffed to the gills with knitting, tatting, crocheting AND some cross stitching stuff - the majority of things were boxes and I mean boxes of hundreds of balls of pearle cotton in every shade and hue you can imagine. I asked the woman who was running the sale about how it was being sold and she told me to just go and get together what I might want. So that's what I did - I filled up a bag of hundreds of cards of labeled DMC floss. I also grabbed the silver and gold floss. The box/bag I was putting the stuff in once I got it home actually had some old patterns in the bottom that I didn't even know where there - and here is a snap of the gigantic basket I dumped everything into -


I stitched on an exchange - that I can't show yet - I also stitched some on Le Jardin - and here is the progress on that piece -

As you can see I am coming up on the finish to this piece - only a couple of evenings left. Shay asked about the floss' I was using - This is charted for DMC Floss' - I switched it all to GAST Over Dyed - I think they are more interesting. The colours I chose were kind of close to the DMC colours - the way I did it was to lay out the DMC and then choose the GAST. So the piece sort of looks like it might if using DMC - but then again it is my spin on the charting as I am using two purples instead of one. I am also shifting some of the colours when I don't like they way something looks when I am stitching - just doing what I like!! I worked on this piece almost exclusively yesterday since the flicks were so good on TCM!! Starting off the day with "Gigi" - 1958, then "The Quiet Man" - 1952, then "Roman Holiday" - 1953, then "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" - 1945 and finally wrapping up the evening with "Moonstruck" - 1987 - what a great line up of super films!!!!! I didn't sit still all day - I also vacuumed the downstairs, cleaned the kitchen and made dinner - I am pretty sedentary but I gotta move sometime!!! :)

Ruth Rachel mentioned in the comments that she had been to the small town that "Giant" was made in - how great would that be!!! I have read that the movie just took over the entire place - I am so jealous!! and Deborah mentioned "Jezebel" a Bette Davis flick from 1938 - I have seen this film many times as I am also a Bette fan!!! Bette wanted to play Scarlet in a big way but Warner brothers wouldn't let her go for the part and she wouldn't have been right for GWTW. Instead she gave this Oscar winning performance. This was as close as she got to Southern Belle until 1964 when she played in "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." Chop...Chop!!!!


There you go - Thanks for stopping by and letting me bend your ear!!

Take care,
edgar

12 comments:

Glenna said...

How cool on the estate sale fibers! Le Jardin is looking great--I'm beginning to do more switching out to GAST and CC these days--I love the variegation, and it also makes it more interesting to stitch.

Brigitte said...

You're a lucky guy to find that basket full of threads and patterns. Very cool.
Le jardin looks wonderful, and there will be a Happy Dance pretty soon.

Sadie said...

Beautiful stitching Edgar. the end is nigh! Great stash you found at the sale and I would never in a million years have thought the statue was a Hummel.

Lisa said...

What great finds! And the stitching is gorgeous. Who is the designer on Le Jardin?

Ja'niece said...

Wow you really scored with all that thread and 1950’s patterns. I’m so jealous !!!

Got a couple of links to dangle at you Edgar!!!

http://hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/weekly_detail.cfm?Start=137

http://hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/weekly_detail.cfm?Start=138

I’m such an enabler *wicked grin*

Ja’niece

Ja'niece said...

OOPS how 'bout I make'em clickable....
hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/weekly_detail.cfm?Start=137

hoffmandis.com/newbooklistings/weekly_detail.cfm?Start=138

Melody said...

Edgar, congrats on your haul from the weekend. It's lovely to find some stitching flosses!

I always enjoy reading your blog.

Melody

doris said...

Woo, you're gonna be finishe with your jardin soon. Don't you love the feeling of being almost finished? You and I watched movies together yesterday, but I didn't get started until The Quiet Man.

Melissa said...

Le Jardin is looking so beautiful! You must be very pleased with it.

Srinity said...

Wow that's a huge pile of threads. Congrats on a great find. :)

Le Jardin looks amazing! You have chosen such a lovely colours.

Vonna said...

Oh MY HEAVENS! You found the Holy Virgin Hummel...THAT is a find...
She's beautiful isn't she? Being Catholic, I have my own "collection" of religious icons and statues and one is particularly my favorite, it was my Granny's and she was from a visit to Brownsville, TX. She is serene too and I have her in our bedroom...:)

Well going through the piece of humanity in San Francisco is apparently GREAT! Look at that floss and patterns :)
AND I must say I totally love, love, love Le Jardin...gorgeous Edgar, utterly gorgeous!

Sherry said...

Wow! You found a gold mine!