I was at Hobby Lobby picking out a frame (again) and decided on a very wide pumpkin color with black veining for Eunice. Quite a departure from the black profile I had planned. I fell in love with it and hope it will look spectacular. I really like the wider frames with small pieces but Eunice isn't that small so we'll have to wait and see. Unfortunately, they order frames on Tuesday and the delivery is Friday afternoon so I won't see it until the 28th. Fanny and Lucy will be framed locally because their selection is not stellar and I couldn't find a wood tone that made me dance. I checked into the museum glass since all my samplers reflect curtains, windows, and anything else BUT the stitching. It looked great, until I looked sideways. I saw the ceiling lights and the paper on the counter reflecting. Straight ahead - beautiful! Side, not much different than the regular and that is the angle of the sampler wall. I can change that order and may since it's a smaller sampler, just to try it out. If it works, (doubtful on that wall), I may change my old pieces, one by one. You can use their 40% coupon on the museum glass. But here's what shocked me. Lucy came along for the ride (unmounted after her dryer incident) and as she lay on the counter, I couldn't believe what I saw. I don't know if the photos will show it, since it isn't as noticeable in my home, but take a look at this.
Under their lighting, I noticed areas of the gold thread that were actually VERY green. I tried to replicate the lighting at home but I'm not getting the shade as definitive as I saw it. The DMC #420 skeins in my floss bag were both started, looked exactly the same, and I obviously was just pulling as I went. Not a noticeable difference by eye, but certainly by light source. Many areas started as gold and finished a greenish gold. The framer noticed it right away. You can see the initial M is green and the F beneath it gold. I'm not changing anything within the body of the sampler but will certainly change the border. You can see the left photo in natural light is perfectly fine!! But under certain lights, huge difference! Mark said since it looks the same in our home, leave it alone. But who knows what kind of light bulb we will be forced to use in the future. All fluorescent? LED? Halogen? I'm not taking the chance, and if Lucy didn't tag along, I would never have known. Lesson learned. I have so many floss skeins started and some bags have 10 skeins in them, usually purchased at the same time, but this little episode will change that. Here's two more. You can see the MH is more greenish than the FH beneath it under flourescent, but not on the left. Still doesn't show as prominently and from my testing, I think it's the fluorescent that changed it. Halogen did not.
I'm anxious to get back to Pumroy and didn't think I showed you the Pearl Gray dip difference. I used 1/8 tsp. in a cup of hot water and added a few crystals more as I went along. Better to start with less and keep it dipped longer. The very bright yellow turned a greenish shade so I will sub that one. Still not sure which will work, be dipped again, or subbed.
Here's a photo of them on white background next to the original color.
I wasn't happy with the 1871 pin pillow - just too nice and neat. So I spilled coffee on it, dabbed it with the wet grounds, scrunched it in my hand to wrinkle, and GG Patti - if you would like it - it's yours. There I go again. Giving you a stomach ache hearing this? Yes I'm a little rough with some things but that's my style! I have two tables from my mom (Italian provincial I think) with marble inlays and I can't handle it!! Give me a beat up piece of old wood.
Thank you for your concern over my gums and pain. Handling it just fine! Summer ending hurts a lot more. About the heart box and tray - heart weighs 2# and tray is almost 4# from zip code 16159. If you're interested in purchasing, just go to USPS to get an idea of the rate for the package weight to your location.
That about wraps up this episode of what the hell is she doing now. Sorry I made some of you cringe at Lucy in the dryer. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!
Thank you for taking the time to visit and I'll talk to you soon.