Wednesday, April 29, 2020

A Coverlet Finish

Gentle Friends, I wrapped up the little coverlet piece I've been working on...  here's a snap...

"Coverlet Candle Mat" kit - by The Scarlett House
used the included overdyed floss  
GAST "Country Redwood," "Harvest Basket" and "Wrought Iron"
on an unnamed piece of 36ct linen from my stash 

It was a fun little stitch to do and break up the sampler stitching I usually do.  I've picked out my next project... a Blackbird Loose feather Design from a few years ago...  I'll post a snap after I start.

There you go sports fans, not much else going on. Thanks for stopping by do stop again. Stay Safe!  

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, finally a new snap of Coverlet... 
I really wanted to get that leaf finished before posting...

... but I've put off getting a snap up for far too long...

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Friday, April 24, 2020

A Little Peace

Gentle Friends, a song originally written in protest and just beautiful... 
one of my very favorite pieces...

Finlandia - Jean Sibelius - Sung by Cantus

Here are the lyrics...

This is my song, O God of all the nations
A song of peace, for lands afar and mine
This is my home, the country where my heart is
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine
Oh hear my song, thou God of all the nations
A song of peace for their and for mine

Stay Safe!

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Some Friday Flowers

Gentle Friends, trying to keep things bright round the house we've kept up getting flowers every week, and this week we have...

... some lovely roses... and I didn't even notice until I saw the snap how well they go with the pink transferware soup plate... since we are SIP they are nice to see!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Little Rabbit Hole...............

Gentle Friends, so being stuck at home and behind a computer all day... I find myself often wondering onto YouTube and then down I go... another rabbit hole of music.... here something lovely from the Utah Symphony...

Symphony No. 5, 4th movement Finale, Ludwig van Beethoven... Enjoy!!

Stay Safe!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A Finish and a Film

Gentle Friends, so I've worked the puzzle over the last few days...

... and I finished it up last night.  I found the second puzzle we had had but it's about 2 inches too big for the card table and I'm working on the dining room table every day so it'll have to wait until a later time.  I really enjoyed it and will have to get online and order a couple smaller sized that'll fit!!

I'm making some real headway on the little coverlet piece but I forgot to get a snaperoo.... 
maybe tomorrow...

Monday the mails brought some DVD and blu rays' I had ordered and one of them is a film I  really wanted to add to the heap of films I already have...
I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) - IMDb
... released in 1945 it's a wonderful love story about a determined young woman played by Wendy Hiller on her way to the far northern fictitious isle of Kiloran to get married to an older rich industrialist. She gets all the way to the jumping-off point to the island and bad weather sets in.  It's while she's waiting for the weather to clear she meets a local also waiting to get to the island and a romance ensues.  It's wonderfully shot in the Scottish highlands.  Look for Petula Clark as a young girl in the film. I highly recommend the film!!

Still SIP here by the Bay!  Thanks for stopping by do stop again!  Stay safe!!

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

A Little Coverlet

Gentle Friends, so I made a little start on...

..."Coverlet Candle Mat" from Scarlett House.  It was from a club I was in called Colonial Gatherings back in 2014.  It came as a kit and I had just stuck the whole thing away.  Digging around recently it surfaced and started it up.  It came with everything but the linen that was included was not to my liking so I frogged all I had done and found a piece in my stash that I like better. The picture is not good as the linen I'm working on is a warmer beige than it looks.

We made a quick run to Target in South SF this morning when it opened at 7 to pick up some paper towels... none to be had in the City... and then ran through the drive-through at Carls Jr for some breakfast.  Now we're hunkering down inside for the rest of the day to watch some films on TCM.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Little Stash

Gentle Friends, I do enjoy buying new stash, whether or not I can ever stitch it is another issue...
but buying some stash keeps me happy.  
Here are the bits I got lately mostly from the recent Nashville Market...

... I picked up the last two sections of this long sampler from Shakespeare's Peddle...  I really like "Jenny's House" ... and now with all the pieces together it'll make a nice project at some point...

... how could I pass on this great sheep sampler from Plum Street.... and the "Quaker" inspired sampler from Needle and Thread is really charming!!... and that's a super-duper border!!

I've also picked up "Littel Birds" from BBD and the 40ct linen to work it - love it!!   - and -  the newest chart in the Noah's Christmas Ark series Llamas and Lovebirds!

I couldn't pass on NeedleworkPress' "Sarah Barker" - another great border!!  At the same time, I snapped up copies of "One Nation" and "Salem Sisters II."

... although there were other BBD designs, these were the four that appealed to me...
love me some BBD!!!

There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!! Stay Safe!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Little Puzzle

Gentle Friends... in addition to SIP lately... I've hauled out a card table and a puzzle...

... it's a 500 piece little gem.  The puzzle is from the Galison Co, the image by Hiroshige called 
" View from Satta Suruga Province." and it is very relaxing to work on in the evening!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, stay safe!!

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Monday, April 13, 2020

A Sarah Wodham Finish

Gentle Friends, so I wrapped up and put in the last stitches on Miss Sarah last night.  She has been a really fun stitch ... even the over one verse - a bit tedious - but well worth it in the end!!  Here's a snap...

Sarah Woodham 1770 - from Shakespeare's Peddler
1/13/20 - 4/12/20
Overdyed Cotton Conversion - 40 ct LL Buttercream

 The only changes I made were to work on some of the spacing in the verse, and the chain stitching for the two large girl's hair.  I chain stitched the one on the left and didn't like it much so I frogged it out and then restitched it over one and like it much better.  

I think I'll pull out a WIP and stitch on that tonight so I'll try and post that next week...

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A Little Knock Out!!

Gentle Friends, so I spent today with TCM on in the background playing some super musical films!!  I do love a good musical...  One of the films was "Always Fair Wether" a pretty good musical with a super number by the incomparable Cyd Charisse... and here it is...

... ENJOY!!

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter

Gentler Friends,  a very Happy Easter to you and yours.  Although we are sheltering in place we'll be hearing Easter mass with Father Matt at 10am on a Live Feed from Most Holy Redeemer.
  I wanted to find a crazy Easter hat snap and look at what popped up...

The Signal Watch: Ann Miller, What Are You Doing? Easter Edition
... that super dancing star Ann Miller and a hat with flowers and a bunny rabbit!!  What a great segway to that quintessential Easter film from 1948 ...
Peter Lawford, Ann Miller, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter ...

"Easter Parade" starring Fred Astaire, Judy Garland Ann Miller, and Peter Lawford...  it's a super film full of wonderful music.  If you've never seen it or if it's been a long time TCM is playing it today at 8pm EST / 5pm PST. I would highly recommend a peek at this classic!

Stay Safe!

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Good Friday....

Gentle Friends, still sheltering in place and in addition to a little stitching I've hauled out an old card table that came from my grandparents and a puzzle.

Today is Good Friday and in art, there are many images of the Crucifixion... 
I had never seen this painting and thought about the image...

Brooklyn Museum's called "What Our Lord Saw from the Cross" by James Tissot c. 1890.  

It's an unconventional perspective of the Crucifixion.  It gives us, the viewer the unique opportunity to put ourselves into Christ's place and consider his thoughts and feelings as he gazed on his friends and enemies who were witnessing or participating in his death.  At his feet is a gathering of humanity: sorrowful women, curious bystanders, a stoic Centurian, and self-satisfied high priests on horseback.  In the background is the tomb where Jesus' body will be laid.  

We as He did... look upon those who supported, condemned or were indifferent to Him... 
it's a really powerful image.

I hope this finds you all well and safe!

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Memorial Day

  "Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives."   John Adams