Dec 30, 2013

Random

Having no specific pattern, purpose, or objective, lacking any definite plan or prearranged order; haphazard.  This definition of random pertains to much of my days.  How's yours?  Ending the year with relief that it's over or sorry to see a good year pass? 
 
RANDOM THOUGHTS - SHEEPISH DESIGNS
 
Here's the completed sampler with subtle ink aging.  I'm still not crazy about it but once I folded it back to framing size, I think it's more appealing.  I may look for a basket or box to use for display but if not, will frame the piece.  The initials and date areas were filled in with motifs and there are quite a few color changes.  I like the way the upright cross (a.k.a. my lazy queen) looks! Certainly different than my usual sampler project, and I would prefer motifs in a larger piece mixed with more verse or letters. 
 
Haven't chosen a new project yet. So many samplers I'd like to stitch and so difficult to decide on one.  Right now, these two smalls are in the running.  Always wanted to do Two Horses and the SL Miniature is so different.  It is to be stitched over one which finishes at 2 1/2" x 3 1/4".  Can I do that?  Probably not.  Over two threads would be double in size, still small. I think it will be the horses.
 Lots of returns and bill paying today, doc visits, and such.  Tomorrow will be a little shopping and apple pie making for a visit with my aunt.  My sister will have my car again but Mark is off this week so I still have wheels.  It's time for me to start working on the kitchen and order my sink, faucets, stove, and counter top.  I sure hope Ed will be around for the finish carpentry skills needed but I'm not counting on that.  The cabinets will be made in the next few weeks and that damn Pinterest has me thinking about more changes.
 
Enjoy the last day of 2013.
Thanks for visiting!
Note to Paula - I can't reply to your request - you are no-reply.  To answer - yes I will be doing more boxes and if you would prefer to place a small order, please email.

 

34 comments:

Cathy B said...

Happy New Year Marly! I love that random little sampler!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I love your little sampler!
Happy New Year!!!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Krista said...

Happy New Year! I am glad to be starting a new year, hope it will be a good one! Love the new choices you are thinking of. That one with the horses is so great, never saw that before.

backporchcarver said...

Now the sampler is finished, I do like it. I like the colours you chose and the bird looks more like it belongs now too.I for one am looking forward to a MUCH better year ahead, hope yours will be filled with all kinds of good things too.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Damn that pinterest! :)
Love your sweet finish and the ink aging! I think it is perfect!

Catherine said...

Ooohhhh..love your finish ~ the bird looks really good!

Connie Moser said...

I also really like this sampler because of the variety of different objects, the colors used and that it is smaller than so many samplers I see. Hope 2014 is a better year for all of us. Connie Moser

Melissa said...

Oh I like this little sampler - so cute! I'm sure you will finish it in a wonderful way!

Happy New Year, Marly!

Barb said...

Your new finish is very pretty. I always enjoy seeing how you decide to finish!

Penny said...

What a sweet finish, Marly! Love the candidates for your next stitch. I've always loved Two Horses. Always have mixed feelings about the passing of another year, but looking forward to the new year. :) Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

M.Grazia said...

Il tuo sampler è bellissimo, ti auguro un nuovo anno pieno di felicità e crocette, ciao M.Grazia

butterfly said...

Happy New Year, love the sampler, hugs.

Shirlee said...

Happy New Year my friend! May it bring you much joy!

Evelyne said...

I like the little sampler!

Happy New Year for you Marly, hopefully in a good health!

Evelyne

C. M. Designs said...

Beautiful sampler.. Beautiful colors.
I hope and pray that 2014 will be, at the very least, a good year for everyone.
Will visit your blog next year ! :O)
Charlotte in Virginia

moosecraft said...

Your sampler is gorgeous! I think it has a great balance of colors and shades. I'll cast a vote for the two horses piece as next... it looks so prim... would even make a great design for a hooked rug! Happy new year!

Primitive Stars said...

Sweet sampler, love it..... Happy New Year Marly, Blessings Francine.

Faye said...

Your sampler turned out very nice!!!! Happy New Year!!

Vickie said...

The sampler is great Marly. May God richly bless you this coming year. Praying for your sister.

Kathy L. said...

Beautiful sampler! I like the two horses. I have not seen this one before!

Kathy

Jacqueline said...

Your sampler turned out cute !

Happy New Year

Vera said...

Love your Random Thoughts Marly -- turned out great! Happy New Year to you...hoping 2014 is one filled with much joy.

Karen said...

Enjoyed the visit as usual! Your photo of your home in the header is so beautifully simple and just it to a T! I'll look forward to seeing the horse sampler done being fond of horses. Happy New Year to you and your family wishing you all the blessings you can hold in your heart!

Margaret said...

I think the sampler came out beautifully. I love it! Love the colors. I like the new projects you are considering as well. Good luck with the kitchen work. And happy New Year to you as well.

Robin said...

Your Random Thoughts finish turned out great, Marly! I love the subtle ink dye job. I vote for the horse piece as your next start.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful 2014.

Robin in Virginia

Mary said...

I love how you toned down that big blue bird Marly. Happy New Year!

Carmen Sutton said...

You must do the horses as it is a fun stitch, I saw the inspiration of this piece on pinterst and it was made into a small wallet there were more vines that wrapped around to the other side it was to die for. Have fun picking Happy New Year

Mugwump Woolies said...

Love it! Love the colors! Always great to get a fresh start.
Have a Happy New Year!
Robyn

Lanie said...

Marly, your new sampler is quite charming ... and I think would look fabulous attached to a basket or box ... you always create the most perfect 'finishes'!
And I love the two horses ... hope that's the one you choose ... would love to see your progress posts on that one!
Happy New Year to you ... wishing you many blessings in 2014!

Colleen said...

I like it muted with the dye. The bird that you agonized over looks great :)

Mouse said...

ooo nice new choices to stitch ...
love your new wee sampler :)
wishing you a wonderful stitchy new year :) love mouse xxxxx

Pam in IL said...

It's sad around here as another young person lost her battle with cancer yesterday. Such a sad ending for 2013 for us. It's hard enough to handle one funeral during the holidays and now another one.

Your sampler turned out nice. I like the color changes you made and the inking.

Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Penny said...

Love the finish of your little sampler! I think the bird colors you used are perfect!
Happy New Year.... 2013 was good and bad for us, and I am looking forward to a happy/healthy new year. Wishing you the same!!

Maggee said...

That sampler came out fine! The bird definitely looks better in muted tones! Blessings to you in 2014!

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