Monday, February 8, 2010

A New Look, some Stitching, Mail and a couple of Flicks

GR&DF as you can see I have switched up the header with a new snapperoo. I borrowed - or blatantly stole - the idea from the lovely snap on Margaret's blog. I thought it was such a super idea - putting little teaser bits of past finishes - thank you so much for the idea!!

It was a relatively productive weekend stitch wise - I frogged out the crappy stitching that I miscounted last week and made some headway with the Memorial Sampler - here is a not so super snap -

The colours are off and the snap is on the dark side - but like most of the snaps I take of my stitching progress it was almost 11 pm last night and the light was truly sucking!!..... but you get the idea.

On Friday the mails brought a couple of things I had ordered. First up would be a new chart from Heartstring Samplery.

I just love Beth's work and this new one did not disappoint!! You can get your copy from her Etsy store.

Another Etsy purchase (I spend way too much time looking at this site!!) is another thing I am in love with - handmade soap - I have no idea why but I love the stuff.

I have ordered handmade soap from a few places but I think this is some of the best out there. I had waited until she had some more Sweet Anisette made before I placed this order - can you believe it licorice soap!!! - she is so sweet and always includes a little sampler bar - this time it is cinnamon!!

The flickers this weekend were good. Two that stood out would be "The Reader" 2008 - starring Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet and David Kross. A real tour de force part for Kate Winslet - winning the Oscar for Best Performance for an actress in a lead role. The book was so superb and moving I knew the film would be very powerful and I was not disappointed. It is really two films in one with very adult themes of love, hate, war, murder, redemption - a very thought provoking and moving film if there ever was one.

The second film made during WWII was taken from a Broadway play by Cole Porter. "Du Barry was a Lady" - 1943 starring Lucille Ball, Red Skleton, Gene Kelly and Virginia O'Brien - Not the best musical ever but one of the most beautiful by far!! This was one of the first big Technicolor musicals for MGM and they took full advantage. Starting off with dyeing Lucy what became her signature flame coloured hair. This was only Gene Kelly's second major role in a film - doing this right after appearing with Judy Garland in "For me and My Gal" - he only gets to do one solo number but it is a wowzer! I enjoyed the film but the story line is kind of sappy - watch it for the musical numbers and glorious color!

There you go sports fans - thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments - I do appreciate them!!

Take care,


  1. Great header picture Edgar. Memorial is coming alonf well, you got a lot done over the weekend.

  2. Love your new header. I think it's a wonderful idea.

    Good progress on your Memorial Sampler.

    Have a great day!


  3. I also love the Header. I may try this also on my blog. Boy are you stitching away on the Memorial Sampler. I will see what it looks like finished because you will be done before me.. LOl

  4. Oh, you and Margaret! I love those pieces in your blog header! Just scrumptious! I was going to do that with my pieces before I took them to the framer's but then promptly forgot!

    I recently read The Reader too and thought it was very thought provoking. I have to rent it soon and watch the amazing Kate in this role!

  5. I really like your new header picture - you need to give us a left to right run-down on these samplers. They are all beautiful - and I see I am not the only one who has many unframed pieces.

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE your new header photo Edgar! Your Memorial is looking good. I'll say it're one fast stitcher!!
    Have a good evening.

  7. Edgar, I'm glad you liked my header pic enough to do your own! Now you need to tell us all what the samplers are in your header. :D Beautiful!!! Love the new header for sure!

    Your memorial sampler is looking gorgeous -- glad the frogging is all done.

    And yes, the Reader was a wonderful movie. It was a great read too. As for the other movie -- I'd never heard of it before. I love Gene Kelly, so I'll have to check it out!

  8. Edgar,
    The header is terrific; very rich and luxurious. I sure do agree with you about Etsy - I have bought some beautiful jewelry there...and The Reader, too. Beautiful movie.

  9. Love the new header, it's so colorful! Scrolled down and read a few posts I missed- your Alphabet Sampler turned out wonderfully! Do you have a link for the Etsy shop with the soap?
    Thanks! :)

  10. I really love that header on your blog. Very nice.

    Mary in Tennessee

  11. How much do I LOVE your new header?? Too gorgeous for words! I had fun trying to guess/remember their identities--I could get about half of them, I think. All the linens look so pretty lined up!

    As for that chart, great choice! I've been lusting after it since it came out--but when could I possibly stitch it!?

  12. I love the new header - saw Margaret's and loved hers too!

    I am really liking the border on Memorial - can't wait to see more.

    Those soaps look inviting!

    Happy Stitching!

  13. Wow, I really love your new header. That is a great idea to "steal". Really too beautiful.

  14. LOVE THE NEW HEADER~~ And now I will have to check out Heartstring are such an enabler!~~~~

  15. Beautiful stitching, and there isn't a thing wrong with your photographs! Love the new header! And oh my..I do love good hand-made soap. Will have to do a search of the ones you mentioned..thanks!

  16. Love the new header photo! I can't wait to see more of your Memorial Sampler, too

  17. Wow, the header is wonderful. It gives you a real sense of the materials and the colors and the dimensionality of the stitchery. Lovely to see the various palettes all at once, too. Well done.

  18. I love the new sampler you purchased! I will be looking to get a copy for myself in the next few weeks!

    Have you ever watched "My Man Godfrey"? I watched it through Netflix (online) yesterday. It was actually pretty comical, for a classic!

  19. Love your new header, I think it is a great idea too. I can figure out quite a few of your samplers because I loved watching them progress as you stitched them.
    And I also loved,loved,loved your ABC finish last week - it is just gorgeous. I loved the way you changed some of the colors from the original, and Q for quilt was a wonderful idea. You are so creative!!

  20. Love the new header picture, great idea :) Memorial sampler looks like another lovely project!

  21. Are you going to give us a list of the header stitchs? they are all beautiful.

  22. Hi Edgar,

    I just acquired the new Heartstring Samplery chart as well - and I adore handmade soaps - especially goats milk ones! I've bookmarked the Besem Soaps page.. and no thanks to you, I'll be emptying my PayPal account later. ;)


  23. Love this memorial sampler. Have just gone through a good bit of your blog and you do some really impressive work. Lovely. Love the header on your blog.

  24. I'm a bit behind in the times but I wanted to say I love the new header. :-)