Mar 21, 2012

Decisions.....for now

Greetings to you all.  This weather has been so beautiful!  I've been busy planning but I did manage to get some X's in Lucy Redd.


The next part calls for a border and large alphabet in eyelet and I'm happy with my progress.  Well, I'm never really happy but you know what I mean.  I changed the verse color to a darker shade and the opposite side of this will be blue so it will be fine.  Many many errors have been made but this design hides them well, no need to remove.  I love the samplers I see on your blogs with vivid borders and motifs, pastels, lighter linens, all magnificent.  I study them and they fascinate me!  But I just can't bring myself to do something so .....formal?  Is that the word I'm searching for?  First off, I have always preferred marking samplers.  Why?  Not much to them, and throw in a house and I'm hooked.   The others, like the spectacular Ann Grant, aren't technically formal, but maybe not as naive.  And why is naive spelled that way?  It should be nieve shouldn't it?   Maybe my preference is more toward the darker linens and this is what's throwing me.  I can't imagine something like Ann Grant on a darker tone but maybe something in between like a golden tan?  Well Lucy is doing just fine and I'm enjoying her.  I think Lora Turner is vying for position with the Plantation for next project. 
And here's what I saw in the yard today - the Flicker.  This is the guy that has done the most damage to the house and take a look at that beak. 
And mama cat who is now named Missy having a stretch...
As for my kitchen, what a process.  I've tried using the primitive online programs for new layouts but until you go to a kitchen center it's hard to visualize the size.
This is the area that was going to be moved to the opposite wall and a doorway created, and the back side of it in the other room. 
By moving the door opening, I am creating a short wall with an opening and continuing into a long expanse. If I wanted to put a chair in front of that window, it would be in the way of entering the kitchen. 
 I planned to move the fridge to the sink wall and the space I have is the same as this photo....
but this fridge is the price of a used car and specifically made to be installed in a custom cabinet as shown here.  Way too much money for the look.  I could do the cabinet and add the doors to my current fridge, but I think it would overpower that area of my small kitchen unless I give up driving and purchase this fridge.  The other side would have been like this..

After much wasted time, I decided with all the things that need done to the house, and furniture and accessories I would like to purchase, the extra expense of moving the opening would be prohibitive.  So for now, I am keeping the layout, adding/changing some cupboards, splurging on a few rat tail hinges, getting a new cooktop and oven, and picking a new color.  
 I just wish I was able to make decisions and stick with them instead of this constant back and forth. 
Soapstone and wood will be the countertops with hopefully a stone or copper sink.  As my husband says - that's the plan TODAY.
Don't even get me started on the bath.

That's it!  I'm headed for the shower and then picking up the needle again.  Enjoy your week,
thank you for visiting!


Shirlee said...

Marly ... Lucy who? I love what I see so far of the verse. Might need to stitch that one : ) And I swear, if I get stuck living in this house I'm going to come pick you up & bring you here so you can help me make a nice kitchen & Lord knows what else you can do for the place. My imagination is beyond lacking.

Margaret said...

lol, I was going to ask the same thing! Lucy who? :D Need to know! Your kitchen plans sound like they're getting complicated. I hope it all works out and you're happy with the results. Let's not think about the bathroom. lol!

Andrea said...

OHMYGOSH. I LOVE this samper Marly!!!
Where has Lucy been hiding, just waiting for you to bring her to life with needle and thread...can't talk, off to track down sampler :-)
No, seriously, bye!

Chris said...

Beautiful progress on Lucy. There are so many different types and styles of samplers. I love Quakers too. Have you ever wanted to stitch one of them? Life is to short to stitch ones that you are not drawn too.
Good luck and progress with the kitchen.

Vickie said...

You know what Marly? The word naive drives me nuts. It is in the same category as Favre. As in Brett, used to be our quarterback up here in Wisconsin. I mean, WHAT??

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Penny said...

Lucy is beautiful! I like that you changed the color of the verse. I didn't on mine, and regret it.
I've enjoyed all of the kitchen pictures and love the picture of the bath. Can't wait to see it all finished. :)

Lanie said...

Hi Marly! Your Lucy is looking great...I love her colors! I find myself admiring a wide variety of samplers also, but when it comes to stitching one I go for a very specific look. I guess that's why there are so many keep all of us happy! Keep us posted on your kitchen/bath remodeling. LOVE rattail hinges...adding them to some of my cabinets too.

Joy said...

Lucy is looking good...keep stitching. Marly, I love visiting your blog but where do you get your energy:)

P.J. said...

Like what you've done so far on Lucy Redd. Great colors. Best of luck on your next round of kitchen picks. :-)

Solstitches said...

I am absolutely loving how your sampler looks Marly.
No matter what you stitch and finish it always looks fabulous.
I have my fingers crossed you will choose to do the Plantation Sampler next as that one is in my to do pile and I'd love to see what you might do with it.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh yikes....running behind already here! Your Lucy sampler is looking gorgeous!! I'm in hooking mode right now (well, "mode" might be a little strong choice of words, as I'm making very little progress) - but, in any event, no stitching for a while.... Kitchen and bath redo are on my absolutely gotta do list for THIS year. When will you be done with yours so you can pay me a visit... I so need HELP big time!!! Love where your imagination is taking you!! (Why can't we just hire somebody to come in and DO this design/ordering/installing stuff??? - Don't know 'bout you, but you have to run to a zillion places and contact half a zillion people, and no one pulls it all together....I'm not so good at that....) Hugs & Smiles ~ Robin

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