Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Birthday package Arrives and a Great Director

Thank you all so much for the kind things you said about my sick collecting habit!!! I am was partial to china - be it hard or soft paste - and then you throw in Christmas and I really start to drool - It is good and I got it bad!!! If nothing else I can always use them for desert plates around the Holidays - :)

On the stitching front I am still plugging away at exchange stuff - but I did hear from Joan that the SBBC Birthday Package I got together for her. Here is a snap of the stitched piece I made -



It is called "The Garden Gate Hare" from Ewe & Eye & Friends - The chart calls for a floss mix of DMC/Anchor and a couple of over dyed - I shifted all the floss' to over dyed and was really happy with the results - this chart also called for some specialty stitches I had never tried - just chicken I guess - but once I got the hang of them they where really no more trouble and the result is way better than just plain cross stitch. Here is a shot of the interior of the box with the extras I included in the package -


The flickers last night on TCM where honoring John Ford the Director. All this month is a tribute to the great Directors - the evening started off with "Stagecoach" - 1939 - starring John Wayne - and I have to say - I really enjoyed the film. I am not one for John Wayne or Westerns - but this is really a superior film and a break out roll for Wayne. This was followed by "The Horse Soldiers" - 1959 - also starring John Wayne and William Holden. I always enjoy William Holden and had seen this film before - based in history the film is a bit more Hollywood than the reality but aren't they always!! The final flick ( that went on way too late) was "The Quiet Man" - 1952 - again starring Wayne along with the lovely Maureen O'Hara - this is one of my favorite movies and I always enjoy watching it. All three films are great and just about any film by John Ford is superior I could recommend the whole bunch - they include - "Drums Along the Mohawk" - 1939, "The Grapes of Wrath" - 1940, "How Green was my Valley" - 1941 ..... and the list goes on and on!!!

Thank you for stopping by -

Take care,
edgar

24 comments:

Carol R said...

A beautiful box Edgar - I am sure Joan loved her birthday package! The speciality stitches look good - check out The Proper Stitch by Darlene O'Steen - that's full of speciality stitches with close-ups of the steps plus some sampler charts for stitching. A stitcher's bible of stitches!

Berit said...

How fab is that box!? I love the poppy seeds, too! What a cool gift--and the illustration on the packet is just right, too!

stitchenmylifeaway said...

Ooh!! Neat box!! Good for you on the specialty stitches. I have to be in the "mood". If I'm brain dead from work all I can manage is XXXs. :-))

Shay

Nicola said...

What a lovely birthday package. You did a fantastic job with the box.

Wendy said...

Ohh... the box is adorable! Love the stitching on the gate, and the little over-one carrot.. too sweet.. and beautifully done!

Kim B said...

What a great package!

valerie said...

Happy Birthday to Joan! What a lovely box and package for her...love the bunny! Will have to try one of these finishes one day.

CindyMae said...

What a gorgeous gift you made and sent!

Karen said...

great exchange you sent! i love the colors! specialty stitches are fun, when you can get the hang of them. LOL i have had a few in the past that had me mumbling loudly and then went back to it and walaaaa!

Jill said...

Edgar,
So kind of you to step in and send Joan her SBBC gift. It's really too bad that everyone doesn't take commitments as seriously as others. You are definitely one of the "angels" in the stitching world!

Caroline said...

What a lovely exchange gift for the lucky recipient!

Kielrain said...

That is a sweet box.

mainely stitching said...

Hey, I recognize that chart! ;) I love how you've stitched and finished it up. It's a lovely exchange!

Jennifer/OH said...

This is gorgeous! Love the color choices. What type of box did you use? Is it specifically for needlework or did you create it out of another type of "recycled" box?

staci said...

A very sweet birthday box you've sent Joan...I'm sure she loves it!

I collect a great many things too (with an affinity to dishes/kitchen type stuff and linens.) But lately, I've been in clean out mode!!!

Gaynor said...

OMGosh...that box is like something I would get on the world's most perfect christmas. How lovely, and how thoughtful. Fantastic stitching..how did you finish it? Is it a hanging ornament?
I wish you would come and give my wonderful in every other way dh lessons in perfect gifts lol

missy said...

Wow Edagar, you sure know how to do birthdays just right!!!

Melissa said...

Wow. I love those boxes you make Edgar! Just lovely and useful too!

Margaret said...

What a lovely box. Aren't you clever! And I'm pleased you've tried speciality stitches - they certainly add interest and texture

Jan said...

What an awesome looking box, Edgar! I am sure she was delirious with joy at receiving it. I love alot of Ewe Eye and Friends charts, and this one turned out great!

Valda said...

What a gorgeous box! Your stitching and finishing is fantastic. I'm sure the recepient was thrilled with it!

Cathy B said...

Edgar, it was really nice of you to stitch this for Joan. The box looks great. Lots of fun goodies too. You sure know how to spoil a girl!

Srinity said...

The box is awesome! I love cute bunnies. :)

Patti said...

absolutley gorgeous box you stitched and finished for Joan. Can i please change my name to Joan? Lots of Love Patti xxx