Monday, April 30, 2012

A Weekend Finish

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends another weekend come and gone - it was lovely here in the City by the Bay.  I made it to a couple of Estate sales and the regular Thrift/Consignment Shops, did some cleaning around the house, a couple of loads of laundry..... you know the usual stuff you do on the weekends.  

I also stitched/worked exclusively on Shores of Hawk Run Hollow.... and finished that sucker up!!  I was determined to get'er done and so I could move on to another project... 

Here are some snaperoos...

close up of Blocks 2 & 3

The large center Block 6/7 and a close up of Block 10


and the entire piece....


"Shores of Hawk Run Hollow" by Carriage House Samplings
August 14, 2010 - April 29, 2012
36ct Vintage Autumn Gold, NPI Silks

I stitched this in spurts and it did sit in my WIP's basket for long periods of time.  I think that's due to complete burn out at some points - where I just had to take a break from this piece.   I made two major changes from the original as charted directions.  The First change came in Block 8 - I personalized it with an ancestor from my Family Tree - and the Second change is I used NPI 928 Atlantic Blue instead of 993 Black for the Box outlines - and I am so happy I did.  The black, to my eye, did not set off all the blue's in the piece.  Even with taking breaks and a bit of gripping along the way  - it is a great stitch....  but you do need perseverance in some of the fill stitching areas!!!
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Here are my "treasures" I found out and about on Saturday....


It is really hard to tell the size from this snap..  the rolling pin is a half size one, the Longaberger Basket is small and called tan "Herb Gathering" basket... I think, and is dated 2003 (for 80 cents how could I pass it up??) The little Belleek is from the 1960's, the Icon is on a piece of turned wood the size of a goose egg - the picture is the Veil of St Veronica - it is hand painted and gilded with some Cyrillic writing on it..... and the great transfer ware bowl everything is in dates to about 1900 - not a bad haul.
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That's about it for today sports fans - don't forget to sign up for my 5th Blogaversary Drawing.  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

68 comments:

Nancy said...

Your Shores of HRH turned out beautiful Edgar - congratulations on your finish! Lovely finds too!

riona said...

I've told you before how much I have enjoyed watching your progress on Shores and I heartily congratulate you on the finish. I love your estate finds, especially the small rolling pin and the basket. The icon is quite lovely. I expect you have a pretty strong Russian orthodox presence on the West Coast ... left from the days the Russians colonized Alaska and explored down the coast. Can you date the icon? Is it the work of a 19th or early 20th century artist or is it modern? Icon painting is a living art, with many practioners painting even today ... so a relatively modern piece wouldn't be out of the question either!

Lynn said...

Congrats Edgar on a truly lovely finish!! A lot of solid stitching but well worth all the time and effort. It's going to look magnificent framed!

I love the piece of Belleek you found. Quite unique!

BrendaS said...

Edgar -- Shores looks beautiful! Good for your for stitcking with it and having a gorgeous finish:)

Margaret said...

Yay! Congratulations on finishing Shores! It's beautiful! And you're right-- outlining each block with the blue was a smart idea. I love the effect! Wish I'd thought of it. Oh well.

Love your estate finds too. Really nice stuff! Love Belleek, love baskets, all lovely things!

Kristen said...

Congratulations Edgar on a fabulous finish!! Your personalization of the piece has given me ideas for when I stitch this up (some day!). You should be proud - finishing a HRH piece is a huge accomplishment!

:)

Mary said...

Well done, nice finds at sales...LB for .80 always a find!!!

pam said...

Love the half size rolling pin. I have never seen one that size. Shores is lovely! one more BAP down!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Absolument magnifique !
bisous bisous de FRANCE

Jenny said...

Many big congrats on an absolutely fabulous finish! It is just perfect - what a beauty! Can't wait to see how you choose to display it.

Ellen said...

Way to go on an amazing finish!

Rita said...

WOO HOO!!! Congratulations on finishing Shores. It's gorgeous.

Great finds at the estate sales. I love the little Longaberger basket. Great deal on that!

Kathy A. said...

Congratulations Edgar. That is one BAP that you can mark done. Beautiful job.
Love your estate finds this weekend. I had never heard of Longaberger baskets until I was gifted one. They are quite beautiful and from what I understand normally very expensive. Good for you.

Barb said...

What a fantastic week-end!! "Shores" is just beautiful!!! Thanks for the conversion information. I'm sure the blue does look much better. Plus great finds over the week-end.

Julie said...

Splendid finish!

pj said...

Great job Edgar! I love it! And now to frame it! Love the colors on this one...and your change to the blue edging made a difference. pj

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on the finish! It looks great. You did well on your haul this weekend too. Have a good week!

Jennifer said...

Some great thifty finds! The finish of "Shores" is FAB-U-LOUS! Puts me in the mood for a little seaside holiday. Great job.

Phyllis said...

Your finish looks great!

Hazel said...

Oh Edgar, well done on finishing this! I have enjoyed watching your progress on it. x

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on finishing your Shores... it looks marvelous!

Nicola said...

Congratulations on your wonderful "Shores" finish Edgar.

Penny said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish!

Loraine said...

What a most fabulous finish! I am so happy you finished this one up, and I'm happy to hear that you had some burn out moments on it as well...misery loves company! At any rate it looks amazing, and I'm so excited to see what you tackle next.
Love your finds this weekend too. A Longaberger for 80 cents? Oh my goodness, you are lucky!
Have a great week.
Hugz!

diamondc said...

Edgar: Wonderful piece of work the colors are so vibrant, I cannot wait to see the framing.
Great thrift finds.
Catherine

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Yeah! I am just tickled pink for your grand finish, Edgar! It looks amazing - your changes are perfect and I can't wait to see this beauty framed!

Nice haul, too!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Congrats - and well done!

Margie said...

WOW! Just beautiful! I have this one in my stash and seeing your wonderful finish makes me want to start mine.

Carol said...

Oh, what an amazing finish, Edgar--congratulations on creating such a work of art :)

valerie said...

Congratulations on an amazing finish Edgar! Your Shores looks great!

CalamityJr said...

Fantastic finish, Edgar! Kudos to you!

Deb said...

Woo Hoo Edgar!! Congratulations on your finish! It looks fantastic. I'll bet that your heaving a sigh of relief to have it finished and off the "to-do" list. It looks wonderful. And great haul too - can't pass up that basket for 80 cents!!!

SharoninStLouis said...

Congratulations on your Shores finish. It is beautiful and I'm making note of your change to the border color for whanever I get the energy to start mine. Can't wait to see your next start!

Christine said...

Congratulations on finishing Shores, it looks fabulous!

Daffycat said...

OMG I'd have to skip eating and showering to stitch so much! Well done, Edgar. This is a really spectacular finish ~ congratulations!!!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous work of art Edgar. Don't you love the feeling you get when you put in the last stitch??!! Congratulations. I love the goodies you found on your treasure hunt. I quit doing that years ago when I ran out of room....maybe I need to sell some stuff and go treasure hunting again!

Linda said...

Congratulations on completing the HRH it looks totally amazing and is so worth all the time and effort you have put into it.

doris said...

Extreme congratulations on finishing Shores! Mine continues to languish in my rather large WIP pile. It's gorgeous.

Also, I'm feeling very envious of your Belleek find.

lynda said...

Congratulations on an awesome finish!

Catherine said...

Congrats Edgar! It's a stunning finish! I love how you personalized it as well.

Carolyn said...

OMGoodness, your SoHRH is to die for!! What a wonderful finish. I've been plugging along on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow since 2006. LOL This IS the year of the finish. I have this one in my to do basket, too. You just might have enabled me to move it up closer to the top.

Love all of your "goodies"! You always find the coolest things!

Sending you Texas hugs. :0)

robindefender said...

Congrats on your finish! It looks great.

Deborah said...

Beautiful finish!

Faye said...

A big ole WOOO-HOOOOO Edgar~~~ Shores is simply devine!!!!

Littlebit said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish, Edgar!

Nan said...

Congratulations on finishing shores!

Tracey said...

Great job on your finish... the colours are awesome on this piece (the decision to change the colour of the outlines was definitely the right one)!!

Looks like you got some fun treasures there too :^)

marly said...

Congratulations Edgar. Beautiful piece and I like your color change.

Katrina said...

Your shores is completely gorgeous!!!! I love it and huge congrats on the finish.

Linda said...

Your Shores Finish is just out of this world...I love this pattern. You do beautiful stitching. Congratulations on your finish.

What are you going to stitch on next?

Terri said...

Congratulations! I've been checking your blog frequently to see if you had finished. Was so happy today to see a "yes!"

Sharon said...

Oh Edgar, your "shores" is just gorgeous!!!! What a treasure and how neat that you personalized it! :)

Great haul over the week-end! Sometimes I think those little "finds" are just lying in wait - waiting for the right person to come along and love them!

If you ever get tired of doing your own laundry and cleaning, you're always most welcome in sunny Florida to come and help me to do mine! LOL :)

Barbi said...

Congratulations on an amazing finish! And great finds!

Sherri said...

A big W-O-W on your Shores finish! It is just perfect and love the changes you made. Well done to say the least!

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your gorgeous finish! Love your substitution of the navy color for the black, it really does add the right touch!

SewAmy said...

Oh wow, it is so beautiful!!

Miss Pants said...

You've inspired me to pull out my pattern for Village of HRH. I'm adding it to my to do list for 2012.

Beth said...

It's wonderful Edgar - a great piece to have in a "City by the Bay" home.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on the finish! Too big a project for me, don't know when I will have the courage to start it, ha ha!

Hugs,

ROSELLA69 said...

CONGRATULAZIONI,E BELLISSIMO,SPETTACOLARE.

Krista said...

What a fantastic finish, Edgar! Congrats! :)

Jody said...

Simply gorgeous! Your stitching is the best!

Anne said...

Edgar! Congratulations on finishing such an amazing piece!! I have loved following your progress and can't wait to see it in a lovely frame. Adore your finds too!! The Belleek is so wee and sweet! My Nana (Irish) has a ton of Belleek and my sister goes on hunts for them but always finds them to be ridiculously priced!! Love the wooden Christ egg...very Russian...loads of those around our house too :D

Veronica said...

Oh my, you finished it already?!?! Congratulations! It's stunning, alright.

Hugs,
Veronica.

MartyG said...

Edgar, great job on you SoHRH. I really like the blue outline and I know you are glad to seevthis BAP finished.

Susan said...

Beautiful finish. I am making note of your color change for the blocks as I agree that the black is a bit stark. You always find the most amazing things - suppose it comes from living in an amazing city - definitely note going to find things like that in back woods Virginia where I live.

Valda said...

Your finish of SoHRH is gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing such a BAP!

Sue said...

Edgar, first thank you for visiting my site! My blog is not nearly as wonderful as some, but I am learning...lol....your little Chihuahuas are just darling! I know that I love my Kia and Peanut very much and thanks for the nice comments. Your Shores of HRH turned out just gorgeous! The silks you used made the piece just stand out so sharp and clear! Beautiful work.

Sue