Monday, May 7, 2012

A Framed Piece and a New Start

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends I futzed a bit with the Blog look again and am getting close to what I want it to look like.  I am mulling over a new header picture..... but the column widths are getting there.  The whole "malware" issue I think has resolved itself - as I removed a few things that I think where causing the problems.
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The first thing I want to show is a piece I did a couple of years ago that I finally had framed....


This is the "Beatrix Potter Companion Quaker" piece I personalized with wedding dates of my parents and grandparents.  Done on a mystery 32ct piece of over dyed linen using Belle Soie "Moss."  
Here is a close up of the frame...


I love the using a black frame to set the piece off.
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I also wanted to show my new start....


 This is the "Mary Ann Hutton" Sampler - I am using a piece of 36ct "Days Gone By" linen and my conversion from the recommended DMC colours to my choice of Belle Soie.
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We made it to a couple of Consignment/Thrift Shops of Saturday and I picked up a couple of things....


A slim volume of Truman Capote's Holiday stories and a great old blue & white bowl...  painted all around with scenes of Holland...


I would guess it is from the 1920's???  but who knows.
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I baked up a great chocolate cake using the recipe from Octoberfarm 


 I followed the recipe exactly - except - and you knew there would be one...  I added a heaping teaspoon of espresso powder to the boiling water before adding it to the batter - I like the way that coffee "kicks" up the flavour of chocolate!!  It really is a scrumptious and easy cake to pull together!!!
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That's about it for the weekend!!  Thanks for stopping by, don't forget that my 5th Blogaversary Drawing ends tomorrow afternoon - so if you have not signed up there is still time.  You can click HERE to do that.  Do stop by again.

Take care,
edgar

27 comments:

BrendaS said...

Beatrix looks stunning all framed up! Nice progress on Mary Hutton and beautiful colors too:)

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The Beatrix quaker is lovely! Great start on your new project. The cake looks so delicious I would like to have a piece now!

Jennifer said...

Mmm, that cake looks delicious. I do the same thing with standard brownie mix...add a cup of strong coffee. Keeps the gang at work going all evening. What a beautiful frame-up of the Beatrix Potter piece. I'm craving some Quaker-stitching these days. Working on a ghost-stitching piece though. Can't beat the $$$, but it's not really a theme that keeps me motivated.

Natasha said...

Wow! Wow! I adore this piece Edgar and with that black frame it looks fantastic. Great job my friend. I have that ckae recipe saved in my files I just may have to make it this week.

Take Care

Rita said...

Great blog post....a little beautiful stitching, found treasures, and delicious looking chocolate cake. :-)

Julie said...

Such a stunning piece, I managed the Beatrix Potter one but not this, I love the black frame Edgar, so elegant looking.

Loraine said...

Oh Wow! Your Quaker sampler is fabulous, and I really like the black frame as well.
The new start is wonderful too. Such pretty colors. Can't wait to see more of it. Love the bowl from Holland, and your chocolate cake is making me hungry! Yum!! Have a great week. I hope it's sunny!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your framed Quaker sampler looks wonderful. I like the changes you've made for your Mary Ann Hutton sampler.

Faye said...

Love the molding on your sampler!! And that is quite a start on your sampler. Beautiful shades!!! Nice work , Faye

Margaret said...

Love your framed Quaker -- so pretty! Your new start is pretty too -- I have to look that one up. Nice finds too -- the cup is so pretty, and I love Christmas stories. Truman Capote too!

Karen said...

Your framed piece is beautiful! Love the black frame too. Happy stitching on your new piece....

Charlene ♥ SC said...

What a beautiful job, Edgar! And your new start is pretty special, too. That would be a great ice cream bowl - thick enough so your had doesn't freeze.

Beth said...

Well done Edgar - the perfect frame for your Quaker piece. Lovely. Your new stitch looks to be lovely.

Vanessa said...

Now this format is a definite winner!!! Also, congrats on your beautiful finish.

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I LOVE the new layout! And your stitching as always is outstanding and sooo inspiring.

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Nancy said...

Edgar your Beatrix Potter Companion sampler is stunning! I think your choice of frame is perfect for this design, and I love your color choice for thread. Your new start is very pretty - enjoy!

Wonderful finds, and your cake looks YUMMY!

Catherine said...

The frame you chose is perfect for that piece ~ love the look! Great colors in your new start too.
You always find such great goodies ~ and the things you bake ~ yummy!

Paisley said...

That is one gorgeous Quaker! Perfect choice for the frame! Looking forward to seeing your progress on Mary Ann!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Lovely frame choice, Edgar, it looks spectacular. Fun colors in your new start and of course, fun finds!

Deborah said...

The framed piece is just beautiful. The frame is perfect. The cake looks yummy.

Sherry :o) said...

Your quaker piece is beautiful...nice new start too. YOur chocolate cake looks amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that the beautiful collage of projects is still you signature opening line. I have to tell you that coming to your page over and over in so inspiring with that gorgeous picture up top. Of course the content about your life and current stitching is exciting to :P) You do an excellent job in keeping everything so very interesting by just being you. Quakers are my "thing" and this black companion is just as beautiful as the first. (which is the reason I started reading your blog on a regular basis from the quaker inspired site) Great job all around. Keep up the good work and I will be back so see what you are up to.

Rhonda in Auburn, IN

melodyr said...

I really love your header picture. It shows how your great stitching and projects! The frame for the Quaker is beautiful. Do you do your own framing?

Melody in Seminole, FL

Barb said...

The Beatrix Potter is beautiful! You are making me think I need to do this piece. I have done the first Beatrix Potter and love it!

Kielrain said...

Your Beatrix Potter piece is just beautiful. Amazingly so.

Anne said...

Your Beatrix Potter Quaker piece is stunning in that frame. I love the silk you chose! Beautiful new start too!!!

Carolyn said...

LOVE your framed Beatrix Potter! Great frame choice to show off your fabulous stitching. :0)

Honestly, you find the coolest things on your hunts!

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