Friday, July 31, 2009

Shakin' it up a bit....

As you can probably tell I have "stirred the pot" so to speak with my blog. I have had the snap of my mom and goat cart up there for so long I thought it was time to change it all up - Header snap, colour wise and the fonts. I have been thinking about doing it for months now and searched and searched through what seemed like 100's of templates and skins to find something I wanted here, but nothing and I mean nothing jumped out at me. I even toyed with the idea of get someone else to come up with something innovative and new - but vetoed that - I may go back and find someone to do it - you never know. Then I thought about my stitching and since this is my blog why not throw one of the pieces I really like up there - What I have chosen is the Beatrix Potter Quaker piece I finished up last year as a SAL. The piece is stitched on 32ct Vintage Autumn Field using Soie d'Alger #4625. If you remember I stitched in the initials as a sort of memorial to my Dad and Grandparents - It now hangs in our front hall. I am not too sure how happy I am with my wrangling, but will Live with the results for a bit.

Well, Friday has arrived - cool and foggy here in San Francisco. I know that if you drive just about 15 mins in any direction out of the city that the temps soar into the 90's and 100's so I am very thankful for being blanketed in fog. Yesterday when we took the hounds out for the afternoon constitutional I took my camera along to get some snaps of the fog....

This is looking out from our dead end street towards downtown - and the entire city was covered. I turned around towards Twin Peaks and.... this shot of the creeping fog coming over the hills. It was a cozy evening and I even flipped the heater on to take the chill off. The evenings stitching was finishing up the exchange piece I have been working on - I will have that out next Tuesday.

There where two flickers - the first was TCM's screening as part of a tribute to 1939 - "Gone With the Wind" - 1939 - I really enjoy this film an have seen it many times. It was over at 9 so I squeezed in an extra film I had gotten from Netflix. This second film was called "Trouble in Store" - 1953 - starring Norman Wisdom, Moira Lister and Margaret Rutherford. This was an English comedy about Norman a stock room clerk whose ambition it is to be a window dresser. It was very slapstick in a Jerry Lewis kind of way - I did enjoy many things about this film - but Norman's continual manic shenanigans got to be less and less funny as the movie went on.

I also got a pretty good shot of the first two pidges -

They are not long for the window box I think - as they stay gone for longer and longer periods of time.

Have a great weekend - thanks for stopping by!!! I will let you know how the plums turn out on Monday!!

Take care,


Carol R said...

It must be something in the air as I, too, am planning a blog change! I've already deleted a lot of the messy bits from the sidebar but I need new header and profile pictures. I love your new header picture - such a wonderful piece.

Tracey said...

Love the new blog layout! Your stitching is beautiful. The pics are great too! I wish it got cool enough here at night to turn the heater on.. sigh..

Evelyn said...

Edgar, the Potter piece is a perfect header for your blog. Simply beautiful. Thanks again for following the birdies - it has been fascinating - and for all of the lovely photos. Thanks also for your faithful writing - yours is one of the blogs I make sure I read every day, no matter how busy I am. Pure pleasure.

Kathy said...

While I loved the old photo you had as your header I think a piece of your stitching is fabulous! It keeps your work up front.

The photos of the fog are really cool. Love it.

Sylviane said...

Your Beatrix Potter Quaker is so beautiful : I love your new blogheader !
Have a nice week-end !

P.S.: I also love "Gone with the wind" and saw it a lot of times !

Mary said...

Thank you Edgar for letting me see the first set of pidges from birth to as they are ready to fly the coop and also the new set of pidgelets.
I like your new header picture. Great job!

Bonnie said...

I like the new look Edgar,
Your Beatrix Potter is great, inspires me to keep stitching on mine.