Oct 2, 2011

Winner!

Hi everyone.  First off, Patti C. from Hanging by a Thread won the offering.  My husband was responsible for picking the number and decided that since I have such a mess in the dining room right now, that drawing another number for another journal would help rid some of the clutter.  So Penny (no blog), you were the second number and will be receiving a journal as soon as I get your information.

Not much stitching going on since I've been playing.  I stopped Santa at his light post which called for gold metallic threads, all of which I gave away, but wouldn't have used anyway.  I've been playing with colors and think this 420 will be the final along with a dark gray instead of silver metallic for the lantern.  I just love this guy.  Can't wait to stitch the other two.  The colors of 561 and 989 for his clothing work so well, and I never thought they would.  Almost changed them when initially pulled, glad I didn't.
Progress on Lucy was stalled with the headache but I managed to get a few stitches in.

        




My time has been taken up with sizing, resizing, cropping, and adjusting my sampler photos for the books and also for this little box.  It wasn't easy finding stitched areas to fit the long narrow top, but here's the prototype...




On the linen saga, I got a dark green dye to rid the reddish cast of a few pieces.  You only need a drop of the dark green in the water.  I ended up playing quite a bit with the color and even added a little tan at one point.  What I didn't care for, I dipped in the beach and it came out, started over.  Amber is one tough cookie.  Nothing seems to work for that color except allowing it to darken much more than I would like.  But I had a hissy fit, a flash, some chocolate, a slice of swiss cheese, and voila - it's dark but it's a rich dark and I like it.  I'm not concerned about failure since the bleaching process is quick and effective for starting over, plus these are colors I didn't like at all and probably wouldn't have used.  Now for needles.  I wish I knew what I was using.  The one I grabbed for Lucy will not go under back threads to secure ends.  I hate it and don't know the brand.  The Santa needle is so sharp it glides with no problem at all and it's also a mystery.  I need to test all my packaged sizes, get rid of some, and buy more of what I like.

Our weather has been cold, dark, rainy, and I hate fall.  Did I ever tell you that?  There's a video I go to that makes me laugh out loud every time I see it, which I did again this gloomy morning, and thought you might like to take a look.  Many of you may have already seen it.  Try to click off the ad banner at the bottom so you can see his mouth better.   The look on this dog's face is perfect. 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Just like walking around the grocery store without the list that's on the kitchen counter, I have a feeling there is something else ..... but ????  So rather than wasting time trying to remember, I'll close.   Trying to remember one thing, brings up many things.  Too many.  But never the right thing.  Things.  To do.  To pay.  To buy.  To find.  To find.  To find.  Then I'll start searching or doing one of those THINGS, and forget about what I wanted in the first place, along with what I was doing at the time.  Some people call that Attention Deficit Disorder.  I call it menopause.   Thanks for reading!! 

14 comments:

Mouse said...

well done to Patty and penny :)the Santa looks really good and I am giggling at your going round the store ... you sound just like me ..lol love mouse xxxx

carolannei said...

LOVE the You Tube video! Great pewter finds too - lucky you. How can you not like Fall? - it must be the poor weather you're having - hopefully it will be pretty again soon. Look at the good side - flashes aren't as disabling in cooler weather :)

Carol said...

Your Santa is looking quite cute, Marly--I wouldn't have used the metallics either and think the DMC 420 is a perfect choice...

No--you hate fall?? I never would have guessed :) Guess what, I normally love it, but not this disgusting cold, gray, rainy fall we've endured this year in western PA--ugh! Thanks for making my day a bit brighter with that dog video, though--can't wait to show it to my sons when they arrive for dinner.

Penny said...
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marly said...

Penny - I got your address and then removed it from the comments. You can click on "About me" which will allow you to email me directly. Not sure if you wanted your address out there!!

marly

Joy said...

I love your little box!! I have two just that size and may have to try to reproduce yours. I can honestly say you are first person I've ever heard not liking Fall...but that's okay, sending hugs your way anyway!!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Congratulations to Patti! I like your Lucy sampler that you're working on. And the Santa, too. I agree about Fall in so far as it's done nothing but rain here for days. Where is "Indian Summer"?
Warm Regards,
Susan

Penny said...

Love your rosy cheeked Santa! Thanks for sharing the video, it made me laugh. :)

Margaret said...

Love your Santa and your Lucy too. Love how that box is looking. It's wonderful! I agree -- the weather has been awful. And no pretty leaves either. I think the flooding killed fall color.

Siobhan said...

I love autumn but you're right--the dreary weather can get to be too much! I should say that I loved autumn in the midatlantic states. Here--gray days and early nights. Blergh. Love the santa and your progress on Lucy!

Peggy H. said...

Just found your blog and I love it. Must settle down and study some of your post after work is done today.

BTW: I have had problems with following, leaving comments, etc. Don't know what is up with that, but downloading Google Chrome does the trick. I don't like using Chrome for everything...Not quite pleased with the way it works, but it does solve some issues that are driving me crazy.

Now a new follower and can't wait to read your next blogs!

Peggy

Patty C. said...

I like the box you are working on - & the santa is charming

Thanks you so much for the Giveaway - I am so excited !!!

Sherry said...

Santa looks wonderful and so happy dressed in green! Lucy is looking beautiful!

Mindi said...

I love how the green santa is looking, and like you, I would have been tempted to change the colors.

My favorite needles have turned out to be Bohin 28s. I've tried John James (tarnish too quickly), Samplermakers (not sure I like their political views, and while the eye is easy to thread, its sometimes hard to get under stitches in the back), and generic needles from generic stores.

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