Friday, May 17, 2019

Now This is Funny ~


Or maybe it's just sad.  My mind is shot :(

Here is my wall of samplers leading from the living room to a small landing.  These are all samplers I stitched years ago with the exception of one antique.  I go up and down these stairs at least 30 times on a normal day.  They have all been hanging there for so long I could not tell you what samplers they are.


The other day, for an unknown reason, I happened to look at the wall and what did I see?  Lydia Bond framed and hanging there.  Now why did I start to stitch a second one?  I'm assuming (and we all know what happens when you assume) I planned to give to a friend.  Well, at least Lydia #2 is all stitched.


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Lauren

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Progress ~


I started Antique Floral at rug camp just over a month ago.  It is one of my largest rugs to date.  I have been hooking on it faithfully each day and it seems to be taking forever.  I love the look of the antigodlin hooking, but still haven't become a fan.  The outer border is also to be hooked that way.  (Sorry the picture is so washed out.)  I still haven't pulled a loop on Tulip.


Went to an outdoor craft event last weekend and came home with this very cool plant.  I was not looking for a houseplant but this one was just calling my name.  It's a euphorbia tirucalli, also known as a pencil cactus (though not a true cactus).  It only needs to be watered once a month during the spring, summer and fall and not at all during the winter.  Talk about a low maintenance plant :)


Rug labeling is proceeding.  I've gotten 12 labels sewn on and if I counted rugs without missing any, I have 18 more to go.  Thank goodness for my blog or I would have no idea when they were hooked.  I found one from 2012 that has not been labeled.

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Lauren

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Cross Stitch ~



I finished Lydia Bond.  It only took 25+ years :)  I never thought about the "mememto mori" at the bottom of the sampler until The Cranky Crow pointed it out.  My romance language background then kicked in and I roughly translated it to memories of the dead.  Here is what Robin said about it.

"It is really reminders of death and the mortality of men . . .   It became a term to generally encompass the practice (primarily popular in the Victorian era) of saving momentos from deceased loved ones (e.g., the bits of hair tucked into jewelry, the portraits made from woven hair, etc.).  It is also now a term used to refer to the Victorian portraits of deceased loved ones . . .  Often time the only photographs a family could afford (as photography was in its infancy) were those done after a loved one died.  So they would prop them up to make them "look" alive and photograph them.  Others didn't even bother trying them look lifelike and just photographed them in their coffins, etc."  

Thanks, Robin, for the fascinating information.



The sampler was done on unbleached linen which is darker than it appears in the photo.  With the aid of an Ott lite, bifocals and sometimes a magnifying glass worn around the neck, I was able to muddle through.  This part was a real bear to stitch.  Ok, for starters, I only like to do Xs, so this was a challenge for me.  Perhaps that is why I set it aside for so many years.  The flower, stem and leaves is worked in the tent stitch which is half a cross stitch.  OK, easy enough, except that is worked over one thread.  The motif above the flower is worked in the queen stitch.  ARGH.  I did not enjoy that stitch.  Thankfully the pink band that is also the queen stitch was already stitched.  I am happy to have her done.


Here are some other cross stitch pieces I have stitched in the last six or seven years.  They are just sitting in a plastic shoe box in the closet.  I really ought to consider doing something with them, don'tcha think.





My son is off on his annual motorcycle trip to Hocking Hills in southern Ohio, so I get to watch the granddog, Kali.  She moves so quickly it is hard to get a picture of her.  This was the best I could do.


Happy Mother's Day!  A little mom humor :)


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Lauren

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Hannah Thompson ~ 1847


Last week on Early Works Mercantile I purchased this antique sampler from Pineberry Lane.  Hannah came and I love her.  She's showing her age just a bit, but that's to be expected.



I am close to finishing Lydia Bond, the reproduction sampler started 25+ years ago.  I see why a put her aside for so many years, but this time I am perservering.

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Lauren

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Labeling Rugs ~


I finished the binding on Pearl and Earl.  


I thought I would really be on the ball and sew on the label I printed off a couple weeks ago.  Well, I've looked high and low and it is nowhere to be found :(  However, in looking for Pearl & Earl's label, I did find these I have printed over the years and never sewed on.


My goal for May is to sew on labels.  I've gotten three done.  Here they are before staining with coffee . . . 


. . . and after.  I just like them better than stark white.


Here is where I shared how I make my labels.  If you want to make really cool labels, check out how Saundra makes hers here.

I recently saw a milk glass dish like this somewhere on Facebook.  I stumbled upon one for only $5 so it had to come home with me.  It is perfect for holding scissors, hooks and this pin cushion made by dear friend Julia in South Carolina.  It looks like it was made for this dish.



We finally had a dry, sunny day today so a little yard work was done, but oh, boy, there is much more to do.  My yard is small, but I have lots of flower beds that need my attention.  It will get done . . . eventually . . . but I get a little antsy to get the initial clean up finished.

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Lauren

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Don't Let the Old Man In ~



Or the old lady.  Wonderful words to live by.  Please take a few minutes to watch this video.  It can make a difference in your life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw0NpFdEme4&feature=youtu.be

And by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie Clint made, The Mule. 

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Lauren

Monday, April 29, 2019

UFOs


I've dug deep in the closet and pulled out two UFOs.  One from loooong and ago and one recent.

The Lydia Bond reproduction sampler from the Examplarery, was started at least 25 years ago.  I was so close to finishing and I'm not sure why it was tucked away.  It will be next on my hoop.  {{Well, after taking a good look to determine what floss I need (of course that was not with the chart) I figured out why I stopped stitching it.  The instructions seem very complex.  Lots of stitches other than cross, some over one, etc.}} I haven't cross stitched on such a dark linen since I put this aside.  Time will tell if I once again tuck it in the far reaches of the closet.  I would help if I had the color picture but that is nowhere to be found.


What was already stitched.  The linen is much darker in person.


Tulip, by Red Barn Rugs, was started in a class with Cathy Stephan last October.  Not one loop has been pulled since.  It is a small mat, only 12" x 20", so it should not take long to hook.  I will alternate between this pattern and my antique floral.  Thankfully, I didn't steal any wool to use on another project.


Blogger was not playing nice.  It took me a day to realize, but I was no longer getting email notifications when a comment was left, even though I did not change any settings.  Thankfully I still had the link Marly sent me on how to correct it.  Vicki had a question but I could not reply to her.  She wanted to know if I mark off sections when hooking antigodlin style.  I did not.  I basically have 4 different wools (one overdyed, one as-is and one as-is reversible).  I just hook a strip and the next one will be a different wool and so on.  Sometimes the same color will butt against the same color.  Am I making any sense?  I hope that helps, Vicki.

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Lauren