Friday, August 12, 2011

Lots and Lots of Stitching Stuff!

I'm here, I'm here...omgosh...what day is it?!

*I am still tired...need more sleep!

*At farmers' market on Sunday, I bought breakfast and a hazelnut chocolate croissant to indulge in later. Seriously, I don't know why I wait. I should just slather it on my hips as that is where it will end up later. That's besides the point though. For the next two days, I was wondering what happened to my croissant before I realized I accidentally put it in the fridge! Oops.

*My last three posts each have exactly 17 comments. Weird! (well, they did when I started writing this on Wednesday! lol)

*Last weekend, I worked a garage sale at my coworkers house and managed to sell a few things. I haven't done one of these in years! It was entertaining! I also went to SFMOMA to see the Steins Collect. It was a wonderful exhibit and if there are local readers who are into that sort of thing, I really recommend it. The Steins were a wonderful group of people who really tried hard to bring wonderful art to the masses and they still do to this day. I am heading to the DeYoung tomorrow to see the Picasso exhibit!

*I need to find my notebook and carry it around me so I can jot down my ideas as I go. I always remember things in the shower, in the car, in the grocery store. Yea, basically everywhere I don't have a computer! Once I get in front of the post screen I forget!

But that's ok today because this is a real, honest to goodness stitchy post. Shocker!!

I've been working on Christmas Rules whenever I have a spare minute or two. Since I haven't had too much time to stitch, progress has been slow! There was also the dilemna with my WDW Bullfrog. It was too olive-y. I went around looking at all the skeins of Bullfrog I could get my hands on and those were either the same as mine or even more olive-y. I didn't like the effect at all. There was lots of mumbling and grumbling on my part and I finally got around to just switching that color to CC English Ivy. I am much happier with it! The only place the Bullfrog survived was the little tree branch the bird is perched on in the 2nd block.

I also worked on Almost Halloween a little and am close to being done.
I am really enjoying Christmas Rules now though so not sure if I will get back to it anytime soon.

A little while ago, I decided to send a few things on to KarenV for finishing. I knew I'd never get around to it and she is so creative. For those that don't know, she has started her own finishing business and I took advantage of it. I sent her L*K Boo Club, Shepherds Bush Wish and Blue Snowgirl. I love them all! I will let the pictures do the talking.
I can't get collage to work in Picasa! You can see more and much better pictures on Karen's blog here. She did a wonderful job and I am wondering how I can stitch faster so I can send her more things to finish!

Here is a close up of the tombie hardware. Click to make it bigger so you can read it. The epitaphs really make me giggle and I think it's perfect to set off Boo Club. I am so happy they started making this one in black!

And last but not least, TUSAL. It's way late but better late than never. There are lots of thread in there from Christmas Rules and all the cursed Bullfrog frogging.
Well, I think that's it for me right now. I am taking a couple of furlough days this week so I can explore the city and take care of a few things. Time to relax a bit before tackling traffic or BART.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week. The summer is flying and I can't believe kids are already returning to school!

Enjoy the weekend!

Until next time...

38 comments:

Vonna said...

You are a whirlwind!
I love the L*K Christmas rules!
Your finishing received back from Karen is gorgeous..I absolutely love that hanging hardware for the Halloween Rules. Awesome!

Christine said...

English Ivy was a great choice and I love the Halloween design as well. A huge congrats on all the finished finishes! Beautiful!

Christine said...

P.S. ~ Thanks for the reminder about the great art exhibits currently going in the city!

Hazel said...

Good choice of thread for the Christmas Rules. I prefer your one better. Love the finishes Karen did for you. They are all so perfect. xx

mainely stitching said...

Great stitching projects - and wow, have you been busy!

Danielle said...

Everything looks fab!!!! I love the Shepherd's Bush Wish. I keep saying I will stitch that one for myself one day. LOVE IT.

KarenV said...

You've done loads Valerie! I've barely touched my stitching just lately :( Just can't get settled with it right now.

I like the colour you eventually went with on CR, it looks great! I love the DT Halloween piece too. Glad you liked the finishing, I think Wish is my favourite of the three, that sheep is so cute!

pj said...

Valerie, love your finishes...and that hardware. Can you share with us where to get it? That makes the piece and you did a great job.

DT Halloween is so cute...would like that chart too....always more stash in the bag, right?

pjstitcher

Margaret said...

I love your Christmas Rules and your Halloween piece! Beautiful colors! And the finishing from KarenV! Wow! So great! I would like to send some stuff to her, but the overseas thing scares me. I guess there's just as much probability of losing something domestically, huh?

lynda said...

Your finishes all look great. I love that tombstone hardware!

Theresa said...

Wow!!! Those finishes are gorgeous!!!! Karen did a great job!!!!! Love the tomb hardware!!! It is perfect for your Boo Club!!!

Nice to see your stitching progress~~ I think you've actually did a lot consider your limited stitching time!!!! Every little stitch counts!!!

Melissa said...

OMG, how could you forget to eat a hazelnut chocolate croissant?!!! I think I was drooling just at the mention of it! I have never come across that version but I have a favourite which is an almond croissant. Argh. I'm hungering for it now - lol.

Lovely stitching, Valerie! I like the finishing stuff that Karen did too. I just sent her something to finish as well.

Well, have a lovely weekend. Seems you are keeping busy having loads of fun this summer!

RuthB said...

Good heavens -- how did you even find time to eat that decadent croissant let alone go get it? So, was that vendor at the Ferry Terminal Farmers Market? I'm coming up for the Nike marathon in October and apparently there's a traditional trip to the market at hte Ferry building. I must look for that croissant!

Lovely stitching and finishing -- many, many congratulations.

Have fun at the Picasso---I'll be expecting a full report.

Christina said...

I used to tease my FIL for carrying a notepad around with him, but now I'm beginning to think it's quite a good idea!
Christmas Rules is still a must-stitch for me, I just don't know when I'm going to get around to doing it.
Almost Halloween is on the 'to do' list too - I love it!

Cole said...

Love Boo Club!!! That hardware is perfect!! Great finishes & stitchy progress too!

Myra said...

Your finishes are gorgeous and Karen really did a great job with them. Love the hardware on the LK piece - perfect! Have a great weekend!

Beth said...

Oh goody! I am your 17th comment - LOL! I really like the way Christmas Rules is looking, I think I like the English Ivy better as well. I was supposed to be doing the Christmas Spirit series, but that got put down for a while. I love those finishes, especcially the Boo Club. I have that stitched on banner as well, and have not had the guts to try and finish it. I may be chatting with Karen.

Catherine said...

Now I am hungry for a croissant!!

You certainly do keep busy - and love your stitches!!

Gabi said...

Love your Christmas Rules. It looks great with English Ivy.
Your Halloween piece is lovely too.
And great finishing service from Karen. It all turned out fantastic.

Sylvia said...

Great stitching and Karen V's finishing ... so delicious. Total bummer about the croissant in the fridge....LOL
Have a good weekend

Siobhan said...

I'm with Catherine--now I want a croissant!!

Your stitching is beautiful! I love that Christmas Rules. Your finishes from Karen--oh my gosh. She is a master at knowing what trim goes well with what--she really showcases your fantastic work. Love it!

Enjoy your weekend!

Carol said...

Glad you found a good substitute for Bullfrog, Valerie--I think the English Ivy you chose works perfectly. That Christmas Rules is such a fun, cheery piece. And the Almost Halloween--how cute!! I love how they incorporated all the creepy creatures into the letters!

Gorgeous finishing from Karen to go with your gorgeous stitching--they all look great...Love the little hat on the sheep :)

Enjoy your Picasso exhibit-would you believe we didn't have time to visit the Picasso museum in Barcelona?? Darn!

Hope your weekend is a fun one :)

Natalia said...

Beautiful finishes, Valerie !! I think Karen did an excellent job. I think the hardware you bought for your Halloween piece is perfect for it !! Love Christmas rules too.... You've been busy !!! :-)

Katrina said...

What pretty finishes, Karen did a beautiful job. Love the Bell Pull too and Christmas Rules is too cute :-).

I may need to run to Panera's for a pastry, LOL.

Carol R said...

More than 17 comments this time!
Karen made a great job of your beautifully stitched pieces - love that tombie hardware on Boo Club. Christmas Rules is coming along great as is Halloween. You have been busy of late!

Melanie said...

Great stuff!! I never get tired of seeing pics of the various Christmas Rules people post because it's so bright and cheery.

Karin said...

Great stitching Valerie!!! Love Karen's finishing. The bell pull is perfect!!

Giovanna said...

Your LKs are just beautiful! As is everything else - and what great finishing by Karen. Well done to you both!

Joysze said...

Awesome WIPs, Valerie, and such cute finishings!!! :D

Love the little dollies next to your TUSAL.

Michelle said...

You'll have to let me know how the Picasso exhibit was. One of the local museums here is currently having an exhibit of Picasso and Braque, which is wonderful. Your finishes are fabulous - that Karen is so talented!! And I'm loving your Christmas Rules. I have some sort of Christmas something piece like that I need to start. What was the one the did before Christmas Rules? Anyway - it will be great and the English Ivy is a great sub. Now off to find a croissant.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lots of great stitchyness there and yes Karen did a gorgeous job on finishing for you! I really should get around to doing some of that myself!

Lissanne said...

I just found your blog through the IHSW and I LOVE your stitching and all the projects you have done. The finishes are adorable, and I will have to look into doing small projects if I can pay someone else to finish! I love the Christmas Rules work you are stitching. I am going to have to browse more!

Julie said...

Beautiful stitching by you and fabulous finishing by Karen

Enjoy your week x

Mel said...

O.M.G.!! I'm totally stealing your finishing idea for Boo Club. I'm off to order that hardware right now!

Sally said...

Love your stitching Valerie. Christmas Rules is looking fantastic!

Karen made a brilliant job on finishing. They all look gorgeous but I especially love how she finished your Blue Snowman.

Suzanne said...

Nice work on your LK piece and the Halloween piece.

Karen did just a wonderful job with the finishing, they are such pretty pieces.

Meari said...

Your finishes look great!

Pumpkin said...

Almost Halloween is coming along very nicely :o)

WOW! Karen did a fantastic job on finishing your pieces! You must be so pleased :o)