Jun 14, 2012

Moving on

Hello all!  Thank you so much for the comments on Lucy.  I honestly had my doubts more than once that she would ever be completed.  She will be framed but until then....guess what? 
 I went to a primitive show at The Hidden Den in Salem, Ohio last weekend and found this.  It's very large - 24 x 25 on the inside.  Now, I don't have to tell you where this is going.  I planned on it just taking up wall space in a bedroom until I was pressing Lucy and thought.....hmmmmm..







 
It will take me some time to decide on the type of frame I want so she can stay here for a while. 






I also found this cupboard which I adore.  It's very long (37") and narrow (12"), perfect for a sampler on the door. 




Eliza Pumroy was my first thought and if too wide to fit between the door's frame, I can always hang it inside with the door open.  It was my first visit to that shop and to Bridgewater Primitives in Alliance, Ohio.  Yowser.  I was in heaven. Over an hour drive from here and I will certainly visit again.  I took photos and will sneak a few more into future posts.
 


I'm not a fan of Facebook and its invasive practices, but I think you can find this shop there.  Lots of textiles, antiques, hand mades, large wood pieces,  great scents, with helpful and welcoming service.
After a wasted two days searching for BOAF's Gold Santa, I finally found him.  I knew he was in a clear pocket with the others but tore the house apart and couldn't find him.  Luck would have it, I dropped a Dove chocolate between my end table and the sofa arm.  It fell right into a canvas bag that is hanging from the table, and holding exactly what I was looking for.  See?  When I organize and actually have something where it should be, I still can't find it.  

I started Malabar Farm twice, and I'm still not happy with the fabric count. 
I don't have linen higher than 32 and I will search through them for what appears to be a tighter weave.  I know 32 is 32, but is it just me or do some same count fabrics appear to have a smaller stitch?   I actually considered over one on 25 count (did you feel a shift in the universe) but the holes in the linen look too big.  I'm really getting weird.  Aida is something I've used only a few times but I'm seeing quite a few pieces on 18 count, aged, and looking damn good.  I don't have any - no store around here has anything other than 14 count.  I plan on placing a chart order soon and will probably add a piece to the order along with a (gulp!) 35 count piece of linen.  AUGH!!   
I also don't have but one of the required colors and there isn't a DMC option, I'm too lazy to look up a conversion, so I chose my own.  The peacock is that gorgeous Gingersnap.  I have a few other things to mention but don't want to make this longer than it is, and really need to get moving outside. 
 I bought the cats a canvas fish filled with catnip hanging from elastic, hung it from the 2' shepherd's hook, and Nitwit is having a ball. 
Enjoy your day - which is already the middle of June - stay safe, and thanks for visiting!

28 comments:

Vickie said...

Well then. Oh I love Lucy in that basket. I always hesitate to tell you these things, cause, well, you know, you always switch things about! Have a good time enjoying the cats today. http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Marly! I LOVE Lucy in the basket--love the basket too--I'm going to have to go to Salem one of these days--and Alliance. The cupboard you found is great--I love that it is tall and skinny...sigh...wish I WAS!! Are you going to James Creek Gallery's show later this month? I wanted to go last year but didn't make it--I'm really gonna make time this year! Picturing Nitwit (love the name) with the catnip fish! Ha ha!--enjoy the weekend!--Jan

Margaret said...

Ok, Lucy looks fantastic in that basket. Love it! Great solution for before you get her framed. Love that cupboard too. It's so pretty!!! Great finds -- sounds like a good store!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Lucy looks fabulous in her basket. Love your little cupboard too.

Mouse said...

basket is perfect :) cupboard gorgeous :)
giggling at you fabric dilemma ... sounds sooooo familiar and wondered why I started to list ..lol
love mouse xxxx

Jeanne said...

LOVE the new basket! Can't wait to see Malabar Farm completed...that's one of my favorites.

Deb on the Cumberland Plateau said...

Lucy in the basket is perfect! And if I knew that all it took was Dove chocolate to find all my misplaced needle stuffs, there'd be chocolate everywhere! Can't wait to see Santa when he's finsihed...

Ralee said...

Love Lucy. In fact, I love her so much that I tracked down a copy of her on Sandra's etsy page and bought my very own copy for my procession of samplers up the staircase--yes, I know, I still owe you some photos (meno-brain, dontcha know?).

You mentioned the once dreaded "aida" and now that I find myself growing older and blinder, I find myself gravitating back to 18 or 20 count aida, hand-dyed of course by me, because of focus issues with these peepers. A good quality, higher count aida, nicely hand dyed is a suitable fabric for us former "linen snobs" who are now having vision issues but are reluctant to give up the stitching. After all, weren't we the ones who pioneered stitching back in the days or huge aida?

Get some 18 or 20 count and dye it then give it a try.

Barb said...

That shop was quite a find!! Lucy continues to pull at my stitching fingers!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I would keep "Lucy" right where she is1 She looks fantastic in that basket. Love the "hidden den" and the pictures that you've shared from there. I have the Malabar Farm pattern and after seeing yours, I think I may just have to get this one out!!!
Linda

Kathy L. said...

I think Lucy looks great in the basket. I would be slow in framing her she looks so good.

Kathy L.

Shaunterria Owens said...

You find the greatest treasures :) I think Lucy looks amazing in the basket, and I can't wait to see what you decide to do with her.

Mindi said...

I love how you've displayed Lucy, and I'm glad you found your gold Santa. Good luck finding the perfect fabric for Malabar Farm, and I think your conversion looks great.

janicelynn said...

i like your blog and visit regularly -- that is why i have nominated you for the versatile blogger award!

Bertie said...

The basket is a gem Marly, Lucy will love it! You are so lucky to find the cupboard too!!
Good luck with Gold Santa! Have you tried Weeks Dye Works 35 count? A very supple linen, I am not good with high counts either and have to use a magnifier, but this one is fabulous.
Have a wonderful Sunny weekend:))

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Love Lucy in the basket~ perfect display~Isn't Bridewater to die for~ just love the store & the entire gang!!!They know how to do it right~
thanks for sharing~
smiles
Teresa

denise said...

a jo ann's,michael's or hobby lobbyshould have 18 ct. aida. eighteen ct fiddler's is nice ,too. denise

P.J. said...

Nice finds, the cupboard is very nice. Glad you found gold Santa! Know that feeling.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Marly, Yes I agree, Lucy looks great in the basket. I adore that long cupboard to,wow. Blessings Francine.

Judy said...

Lucy looks right at home in the basket. The cupboard is great! Thanks for sharing the photos of the store..it looks like a nice store.

Judy heartland stitcher

Chris said...

Wonderful new finds Marly. Lucy looks perfect.
I know that some of the hand dyed fabrics may have started as 30ct or 35ct but after the dying process seem to be a smaller count. I think some seem different due to the tightness or looseness of the weave. i hope that makes sense, it is a little early here.
Have a great weekend. It sounds like that cats are already partying.

busyhands said...

Hi! what a lovely basket, the stitched piece fits perfectly in it, what a find!
love your blog by the way :-))

Shirlee said...

Lucy is GORGEOUS in that basket! Can't wait to see what you put on that cabinet door : ) You really are the queen of creativity you know : ) You should try stitching Malabar on osnaburg ... I think you'd really like the effect. The stitch count, whatever it is (SMALL) might be too small for it though. Wish I could see Nitwit playing with that fish ... it must be a hoot!

Penny said...

Lucy looks wonderful in the basket! I'm going to think about this idea. :) Love the things you found in the shop! It seems like the few places that were around here for things like that have disappeared. Love the chicken/bird? family too! I'm crazy for anything by Stacy Nash - hope you solve your fabric dilemma.

Chelle said...

Lucy looks AWESOME in the basket! I might be tempted to leave it there indefinitely.

18 count aida is very hard to get a needle through and I have injured my hand stitching on it. I have one project in my not finished pile that is on 18 count and I hate working on it because of the hand cramping. I would definitely recommend a higher count on the linen instead, but that's my preference. Hopefully you will find something you like for that piece.

Hugs,
Chelle
www.thenextbeststitch.blogspot.com

Siobhán said...

Lucy looks amazing in that basket!! It looks like it was meant to be in there. Love the cabinet, too!

Personally, I think God was sending you a message that you need to keep eating Dove dark chocolates. Do that and all things you seek shall come to you, or something along those lines. ;)

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ha!! Better that you made a basket case of Lucy than you of her! ;o) Seriously - that is one gorgeous basket - and I'd be hard pressed to think of a frame that would suit that beautiful little brat more perfectly than the basket you've found for her.....

Love the cupboard too. Oh that we had such places in Nod...Even the names of the towns are quaint and charming. "Alliance" and "Salem"....and we have "Wausau." Yeah....that's right...."Wausau." ;o) Think I need to locate some things....bring on the chocolates....Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Suzanne said...

I love Lucy in the basket! Great cupboard you have there, I can see it filled to the brim with linen. If you are after some Aida, I have a substantial stash that you are welcome to if you wish.

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