Friday, August 21, 2009

Sweet Stitching and Summer Treats

GR&DF - Once again the week is ending and we are looking at two blissful days of "numb butt." Maybe not two days but at least a portion will be NB'd.

The first part of the title for today's post is in reference to the Sail Away SAL - I finished up the third part last night - and the piece is so delicately coloured that it reminds me of pale Easter candy for some reason - It has a spring feel to it - Here is a snap of where it stands now -

The flash just blasted it and even with some basic manipulation on the computer it is a bit washed looking. Yesterday Glenna commented about how she thought the SB people where all little men - I thought exactly the same thing but this little figure is wearing a petticoat so the gender is pretty well set at female - I know - living here in the Bay area a petticoat means nothing - Drag comes to mind quickly - but I am sure it is a little lady waiting for her sailor to return from the sea. I am not sure about the telescope - this is the second one I have stitched as I pulled the first one I stitched here out - it was really crappy and looked more like a billy club than a telescope, but am I happy with this second one or not??? You can also tell that I pulled out and restitched the big fish in a darker piece of the olive colour.... I may do that in other places, just choose a darker section of the over dyed silk to stitch with or eve substitute when the colours just fade away... the anchor comes to mind instantly......

The second part of the title is a reference to something we picked up on the way home yesterday. We stopped for a summery treat at Mitchell's Ice Cream
- picking up a 1/2 gallon of Peach deliciousness -

- growing up I can remember making peach ice cream all the time - Peach ice cream always conjures the summer in my mind - it is one of my favorite flavours - it is also one of the seasonal flavours at Mitchell's, they only have it June through October. Mitchell's is pretty famous here in the Bay area and there are usually lines out the door for blocks - but the wait time yesterday was only about 5 mins.

The flicker for last night was "Hell to Eternity" - 1960 - This is the true story of Guy Gabaldon (1926-2006) "The Pied Piper of Saipan." A really good film about a Latino boy fostered by a Japanese family. Guy became one of the family attending Japanese Language classes and learing the Language. After Pearl Harbor his foster family was interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp - he joined the Marine Corps. This movie was very brutal for 1960 and was probably right on the edge of what could be shown and gotten past the censors at the time, but is pretty tame by today's standards of gore. I would highly recommend this flick for the history alone, but it is a good and believable picture - Guy was a consultant on the picture which made a difference. The DVD copy was pretty good and very watchable.

There you go sports fans - Have a great weekend!!! Thank you all for the kind comments - warm words for a cold a foggy Friday!!!

Take care,


  1. Have a great weekend.

    As always I look forward to seeing what treasure you find at the sales over the weekend. :)

    Of, and your stitching progress as well. LOL

  2. I love those are making great progress on that...keep it up. You sure do beautiful stitching. I love to read your Blog every day.

    Take care & Happy Stitching

  3. Your SB WIP is coming along beautifully- I see what you mean about the Easter candy- pastel candy corn comes to mind! The peach ice cream sounds delicious- I haven't had any yet this summer. It's been a very long time actually!

  4. SB is lovely and probably a little more colorful in person. It's hard sometimes, even with tweaking, to capture the true colors in a piece.

    That peach ice cream sounds delicious!!! YUM!!! We have several ice cream stands here that are only open in the summer and they make homemade ice cream and lots of flavors. DH and I try not to go too often...gotta watch those carbs, you know!! Next week is our county fair so we will be splurging there :)

    Have a great weekend :)

  5. Love your SAL -- and the ice cream! Yum! That movie sounds interesting. I may have to look that one up.

  6. I don't think I have ever tried peach ice cream, but it does sound good!

  7. Mitchell's Ice Cream is terrific. There are so many hand crafted ice creams in the SF Bay area. We used to go to Santa Cruz for ice cream from Marianne's. I'm on a peach phase myself. Yesterday, peach smoothie -- frozen peaches, peach yogurt, and peach sorbet.

  8. I am loving this SB piece. It is very delicate as you said. And peach ice cream sounds delish!

  9. Great progress on Sail Away! This is such a gorgeous design; SB has such a good eye for color

    Have a good weekend, hope you get lots of stitching in!

  10. Hmmm, I wouldn't pull out anything else until you have finished it all, sometimes what is glaring as you stitch finds balance at the end...Can you set the camera to take a photo without the flash?
    I think that the SB people are definitely either boys or girls and have subtle hints like a petticoat or a hat or hair that gives it away :)

  11. Thank you for your description of the little person/woman. I could first imagine a woman with a telescope trying to look far out over the ocean for the first sign of her husband but then when you said your first try looked like a billy club... I could imagine her trying to bludgeon her returned husband for being gone so long as they both walk

    Thank you for the chuckle. I needed it.

  12. Your Sail Away is lookin' good!

    I've lived here my entire life and have NEVER been to Mitchell's, actually never even heard of it before your post. I wonder how that happened? I'll check it out, thanks for the tip.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. My DH loves peach ice cream and anything with peaches! Sail away is looking wonderful.

  14. Sail Away looks gorgeous (albeit a bit washed out -- I seem to always have this problem too when I take pictures!)

    And that peach ice cream -- YUM!

  15. Your SA is looking great, Edgar! I've got some major catching up to do but I will get there..... Your's is lovely!

  16. Your work is impeccable! Absolutely beautiful stitching.

  17. Awesome work! I'm loving your WIP. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. First of all, thanks for the royal magazine that arrived with the huge pile of mail last week while I was in NJ. Speaking of that....a petticoat with a billy-club as an accessory is not out of the question for either gender in Manhattan, so I noticed!
    Great stitching. Love your Halloween RR too!
    Just a little historical note re: "The Fighting Sullivan's". It was because of the death of this entire family that the military changed it's rules regarding entire towns/ school groups/siblings enlisting in one unit. Before and during WWII this was quite common resulting in entire villages being wiped out of male population. Very sad.