Thursday, July 19, 2018

A Little Foggy

Gentle Friends, it's Summer here by the Bay and for the past few weeks, we've been having our usual marine layer of fog roll in daily.  I went to YouTube and found this great Time Lapse video from a couple of years ago of the City and the glorious fog rolling in ..... enjoy...


... almost every evening I have to click on the heater in the house to take the chill off the rooms.  I really enjoy watching the fog and where we live in Noe Valley we have a great view as it comes in across Twin Peaks.  I love the cool summers !!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, July 16, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, still stitching away on AC.... here's a snaperoo..


.... and if you look this piece up online you can see the first change I made... it's the band break, in the original pattern the band is of crowns and I switched it out with the modified rose band from the bottom of the sampler... I've also modified some of the letters as I stitch along making them a little more "sampler" like IMHO....  as with all of Beth's pieces this is a real joy to stitch and will end far too soon!!
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Saturday, July 14, 2018

A 229th Anniversary!!

Gentle Freinds, just stopping by to wish everyone a very happy ....

Affiche. Le 14 juillet. France.

... here's a really nice version of the French National Anthem.... La Marseillaise....


....  have a super Bastille Day!!!!
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À tout à l’heure !

edgar

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, out thrifting this weekend I found a couple of things...


... I found the vase in a thrift store and it was pretty filthy when I got it but it cleaned up nicely... from the mark on the bottom, I would date this c. 1918 or so.... and dived bowl with sterling base is nicely wheel cut with a wheat motif and I would think it dates c. 1950 or so...  
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There you go sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Little Framing

Gentle Friends, a while back I took a few pieces in to get framed and over the weekend I picked up two of them...

... the first piece is this small etching I found in a consignment shop. It's by the California artist Jeanette Maxfield Lewis (1894-1982) and probably dates to the mid-1930's.  She was born in Oakland, went to art schools here in the Bay area and NYC, married and lived in Fresno and had a home in Pebble Beach.  She is known for California scenes from all over the state.  With all that said, I bought it just because I liked it, I like landscapes and farm scenes and this little piece ( it's only about 3 1/2 x 2 1/2) just appealed to me on every level.  It was only after I got it home and did some research that I found all the info about the artist.  I am sure this image is a scene from San Joaquin Valley around Fresno were she lived. 
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This second piece is something I stitched a while back and originally thought I would frame it myself in an antique frame.  That didn't work out since I couldn't find the old frame and just went with getting it framed in an "antique" style frame.  It's hard to see but that is a small worn gold stripe that kind of adds to the "age" of the piece.  The chart is from Beth Twist over at Heartstring Samplery, "Baby it's Cold Outside."  As I get the other pieces back from the framers I'll post them ...
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Freinds, stitching away on Apostles Creed... here's a pretty craptastic snap of where I am at the moment...


... a pretty significant floss change I've made is with the letters.  They are supposed to be stitched in GAST "Harvest Basket."  I stitched the first line with the Harvest Basket from my stash and it just was too pale and I didn't care for how it looked so I frogged it all out and went back to my stash and pulled some different colors... I've settled on another GAST color "Dried Thyme." 
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Friday, July 6, 2018

A New Little Start

Gentle friends, well, I've finally landed on a piece to start... I hemmed and hawed about a couple of samplers...  trying to make a decision I started to kit them up and sort of saw where I was with my stash and what I was missing... so I moved towards a great piece that's been in the "to do" pile for quite a while...


.... it's another Heartstring Samplery piece... "Apostle's Creed."  Here's my little bit of a start...


... I'm stitching this piece on 40ct Vintage Light Examplar with the recommended floss (more or less).  Of course, I've already made some changes to the piece.  In my stash, I couldn't find a piece of linen long enough... almost long enough...but no cigar!!  So, since this is a band type sampler I just went in and clipped out a couple of "bands" and then took the other bands and just rearranged them to suit me... so now I'm a happy camper.  The picture makes the linen look really mottled, I think it was the flash that made the colors pop... it's not really this "cloudy " looking.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by, have a super weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Little Thrifting

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I found a few fun things...


... I was as surprised as anyone.... so here's what I found.... some great mid-century pieces - a black "Couroc" type tray with a heavy sterling silver border, and a couple of small sized vases.  I also found a transferware plate from St. Augustine of the "Old City Gate"... the border contains oranges and orange blossoms with 5 cartouches that include the Hotel Ponce de Leon, the Castillio de San Marcos, the Hotel Cordova, The Alcazar and the Old Cathedral.  It's a plate I've seen before and wanted since I lived in Florida... and truth be told it's one of the few places I would ever move to if and when I think about retirement.  It's a lovely little historic city I've visited many times and would revisit in a heartbeat!!  
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There you go sports fans thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!!

Gentle Friends......

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.... have a safe one!!!

Take care,
edgar

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Little Sharing

Gentle Friends, I listen to Pandora all day at work and recently (a few weeks ago) a song hit my rotation that I've completely fallen for.... my new favorite song... FYI it's about 5 minutes long...


... I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, July 2, 2018

A Little Stitchin' Finish

Gentle Friends, here's a snap of a completed MFV...


"My Funny Valentine" - Heartstring Samplery
36ct Mystery Linen - WDW Lancaster Red
June 4 - July 1, 2018

... since I've come to the end of this piece I started looking around for what to work on next... I'm thinking another Quaker piece might be the right fit.... or maybe not...
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks again for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar