Monday, October 17, 2011

IHSW October Weekend Update

Hello my lovelies...what's cooking?!

Thanks again for all the votes on my new project and being stitching cheerleaders. I think it helped this weekend. It was a relatively busy weekend with pumpkin festival and birthday wrapping and work stuff and pub afternoon and cooking. But I managed to get a lot done!

First off, I have a happy dance to celebrate. Happy happy dance dance! Woohoo! I finished Drawn Thread Almost Halloween. I just love the little motifs. I bought this kitted up so it's on 32 count Wichelt Tumbleweed with the recommended DMC/Threadworx. This linen is as stiff as a board. I can seriously fold it in the middle and stand it up like a tent. I should have removed the starch but oopsie, I forgot, in my eagerness to start the project in the first place. Thanks again to Natasha for sending me the bit I needed so I could finish.
I hit the half way mark with Favorite Spot Sampler. This is such an easy stitch. If I had had a completely free weekend, I may have managed to finish it. As it is, I think I may finish by the end of the week. Because you know, work, gym and cooking really cramp my style. lol
I'm a little concerned that the white really isn't going to show up as well as I thought but I'm going to go with it for now and figure out if I continue on with the GAST Oatmeal or sub it out for a brighter white.

And now onto my pumpkin patch. I love pumpkins! Love...they are cute and fun and taste delicious. Breads, muffins, cookies, soups, raviolis. I love pumpkin. A few years ago, I went to the Pumpkin Festival and bought myself a glass pumpkin...which I promptly broke the minute I paid for it and walked half a block. I was upset! So this time around, I was going to buy another one and hang onto the bag for dear life. I stopped by one booth and saw the orange and black one and loved it. The little black dot detail and the swirls in the orange glass. It's gorgeous up close. The old man working the booth was a flirt all eyeing my pumpkin ale (kinda weird...did not dig it) and giving me a hard time since I was sipping and not downing the beer. Uh...I'm a girl and the only thing I can suck down that fast is a margarita! We walked around and encountered 10 more glass pumpkin booths but I didn't really like the other pumpkins as much plus they were a lot more expensive. I wanted to take another look at the flirty old man's booth when we looped around and boy, was that a mistake. The black one caught my eye because the stem is fantastic and the yellow one is gorgeous up close and more reminiscint of a real pumpkin with the green stem. Oh boy, I did not anticipate buying three! As the flirty old man was wrapping them up, I pulled out my own flirt and said I should get a discount for buying a whole pumpkin patch! And I got a little one which more than paid for my beer. Sometimes it pays to flirt with the old men too.


So here's my little glass pumpkin patch. I am so in love.
Look at them stems!
I made a wonderful stew last night. I'm kind of proud of myself since I don't really cook. Bake: yes! Cook: no.

Alright...time to get a few stitches in and catch up on a little tv. Hope you all had a nice weekend too.

Until next time...

35 comments:

Mindi said...

Congratulations on the finish! I love your glass pumpkins, they're totally adorable. Nothing wrong with flirting and asking for a discount.

Tough call if I like fall more for the pumpkin spice lattes, or being able to make cranberry pumpkin bread. Yet another pumpkin lover!

Veronica said...

Congratulations on finishing Almost Halloween. Cute glass pumpkins! This is the first time I've seen them. They're adorable.

Chris said...

Hi Valerie!
I love the DT finish! So sweet.
The pumpkins are amazing and beautiful. I can see how you just couldn't choose one.
Congratulations on the stew success! You are definitely in fall mode.

Margaret said...

I love that DT Halloween piece! Congrats -- it's gorgeous! And your PSS piece is looking good too! Glad there's an option for a whiter fiber if needed. I hate when that happens though.

Your pumpkins -- love them! They're wonderful! Too bad about the flirty guy, but at least you got a discount out of it!

LoriU said...

Oohh I love those glass pumpkins!! I've never seen anything like those around here. Very cool!

CalamityJr said...

What a great pumpkin patch! When arranged with your soon to be finished finish stitching you're going to have one great fall display!

Vonna said...

Your Halloween finish is wonderful your pumpkins darling...I love swirlled glass stuff myself :)

Barbi said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Those pumpkins are GORGEOUS!!! Great little finish too!

Erin said...

Your Drawn Thread finish is great! And I love your pumpkins. I live near the Corning Museum of Glass, and every fall they have a "Harvest Festival" display with TONS of glass pumpkins and gourds made by local glass artisans. Hmmm, maybe I need to make a trip down there soon.... LOL

staci said...

Congrats on the adorable halloween finish! Those glass pumpkins are amazing!!!

Laura said...

Love, love, love the glass pumpkins!!! I have never seen anything like them! Very cool!

Glad you started on the piece I voted for! Love it!

Your Halloween stitch finish is totally fab!!! Have a great week!

Cole said...

Your glass pumpkins are gorgeous! I don't know if I could have stopped at three ;)

Great finish too! You had a wonderfully productive weekend, Good on ya!

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the pretty finish! Lovely new start too.

Natasha said...

WooHoo. Your finished piece looks GREAT! So glad I had the floss to help hehe.. Favorithe Spot is coming along nicley.

I LOVE your pumpkin patch, Reminds me I have one packed away somewhere I should go look for it.

Take Care

Christina said...

Oh wow, I LOVE your glass pumpkins, especially the orange one. I simply must buy one for myself.
Your Drawn Thread 'Almost Halloween' looks great finished. I laughed out loud when you mentioned how stiff the linen was. I recently stitched on Permin linen for the first time and I could barely fit it in the hoop.

Melissa said...

Valerie - the Halloween piece is really cute and you're all set for Halloween! I love those glass pumpkins - have never seen them before so will an eye out (probably not in my neck of the woods but worth a try!).

Melanie said...

Ooooo, those glass pumpkins are lovely!! I would have flirted too to get a discount. lol

Ranae said...

A spooktacular finish, I love it!
Those glass pumpkins are awesome, love the stems

Myra said...

Fantastic finish! I have never seen glass pumpkins like those - they are gorgeous!

Anne said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend! Happy Dance all around!! I didn't know that the linens were stiff because of starch..eheh. Those pumpkins are adorable and I would've told the guy to get his own pumpkin ale if he wanted one so much!!

Catherine said...

Congrats on your finish and progress on Favorite Spots! I love those pumpkins!!!

Theresa said...

First of all, LOVE your pumpkins!!! They are gorgeous!!!! Definitely worth the flirt!!!

Congrats on your Halloween finish!!! It is adorable~ I love how the threads pop out of the fabric~ Really nice~~~

Mel said...

Love that finish! What a cute piece. The glass pumpkins are adorable, too!

Lois said...

What a great finish! Love your new start and those glass pumpkins are lovely!

Lisa said...

Congrats on the finish - I love it! And good progress on the other! I love those glass pumpkins, they are absolutely adorable. When we were at the Ford Museum in Detroit, there were some glass pumpkins in the gift store...but these were way out of my price range and I was a little worried about traveling with it on the plane. The ones you found have more color and I love their stem!
Take care.

Carla said...

Great finish! Love the glass pumpkin!

Lissanne said...

Love Almost Halloween, adorable! I want some glass pumpkins, they are so pretty.

Sally said...

Your Halloween finish is super Valerie:) Love how your new start is coming along too.

Julie said...

Almost Halloween is stunning, a super finish, well done

Daffycat said...

Great Drawn Thread finish! The progress on the PSS looks awesome. It looks like the white shows up fine to me but we all know how the camera plays with real life colors!

Your little glass pumpking patch is really adorable. Those stems are awesome!

Always smiling said...

Those glass pumpkins are great such colours. And good progress on
PSS and wonderful stitching on your Drawn Thread..
Happy Stitching

Chris x

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish, I love that Halloween pattern! The little pumpkins are adorable!

Pumpkin said...

Congrats on your adorable finish and in time for Halloween :o)

Ohhhhhh!!!! Those pumpkins are TOOOOOO cute :o) Good thing you live on the west coast. LOL!

Suzanne said...

What cute pumpkins! I have a little collection of blown glass items. My most treasured piece is an apple.

Nice work on the stitching.

Meari said...

Pumpkin ravioli? Have you made them?

Congrats on your Halloween finish. Love it!

Your little pumpkin patch is adorable. I like the orange one with black specks the best.