Nov 25, 2017

Santa Tending the Sheep

from By The Bay Needlearts.  Thank you for answering my query!  I will be ordering this chart when I exchange two pieces of linen I received, one for the color and one for wimpy.  I thought all the WDW would feel the same but this 40 count piece is sheer and very soft, not something I can stitch.   So I will stick to 35 count in exchange and add this chart.  I also received another's unbleached 35 and 40 that are so stiff they can stand!  Perfect.
 
There isn't a thing wrong with this Santa, but as you know, I'm weird and have a nasty habit of making changes to designs, samplers, and colors.  I shrunk his upper body in one, and kept the upper but extended the lower in the other.   The center is the original.  Why can't I leave it alone?  Anyone?  I have no idea which I will attempt until I see the graph.  How cute is that curly lamb and moustache?
 

Are you ready for this announcement?
We have a contractor!!!  Yippee ki yay baby!!  The other guy that my first choice recommended, was very nice but never showed or called back.  So I called the #1 again and he offered another name.  And guess what?  This wonderful human being did not say - vinyl.  In fact, he recommended keeping the beat up, split, warped, and extremely weathered cedar.  He will try to replace the really (really really) bad boards with siding removed from the front porch.  The front porch will be sided with new cedar (I would like stone).  This will save a ton of $$$ instead of the doing the entire front.  The new product, Boral siding, which seems to be the perfect product, is only 10¢ a foot less than the cedar.  So we will get new windows and new trim, bad boards replaced, new siding on the single story front porch, and woodpecker nesting hole in the attic repaired.  This will be first thing in the spring so I have time to choose stain color and window color.  Not sure if we will stick with very dark siding and dark bronze windows, or red windows, or a softer neutral on all.  But I like him, he has worked with weathered cedar before, his brother is a master carpenter, and will help with the inside trim and moulding.  YAY!!!  If I knew how to whistle, I would.
 
Christmas giveaway coming soon.
My husband has been cooking sauce with pork spareribs all day, and I'm having my favorite spaghetti tonight with Locatelli pecorino romano cheese. 
Enjoy your weekend!
 
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13 comments:

Unknown said...

Oh, my! Sounds like he is one of Santa's helpers! But really, he listened and understood. A rare thing these days. So glad for you...and you know that you will have to post pics of the progress...

Janet said...

That new contractor is an early Christmas present ....glad this is happening for you 😊

Kate said...

A contractor - fabulous news for you. Supper sounds delicious. I like all your Santas.

rosek1870 said...

So very glad you found a contractor you can work with! Your Santa's are so cute. The original is great but I like the 2 you changed better.
Enjoy your dinner,
Hugs,
Rose

Jacqueline said...

See there is a God Virginia...glad you found someone.

Rugs and Pugs said...

So happy you found someone you can work with...and who showed up :)

Barb said...

So glad to hear you found someone to do your house!!

CathieJ said...

It is always nice to have a contractor that you like. It sounds like he listened to you and will work with you. I like all the different Santas. I stress when I just change a single color. I don't think I could mess with the shapes and sizes of a chart. I am always impressed when stitches make changes.

Marlene said...

Yeah! A contractor that will work with your ideas!!! He’s sent from heaven.
I really like what you’ve done with the Santas. The one on the left looks more true to the original and the one on the right just seems better proportioned all around. How do you do that? With a computer program?
I’ve changed colors lots of times but the actual center piece-never. Maybe I’ll try that someday.

Truus said...

Happy to hear you found at last a man who listened to you what you really want.
The Santa at the right I love the best.
Have a great day
Greetings Truus from Holland

Vickie said...

Zip a dee do dah!

debbie haggard said...

are we voting on the Santas!?!? I like the one on the left the best except I would still extend the green tree branches down all the way as the others are. The one on the right gets my runner up vote.

Maggee said...

I am so happy about the contractor. Each time you mention the tasks you have needed done, I tell my husband, who is a Master Carpenter, and if it weren't for the fact that we live so far away, he would have helped you in all of this! He (and his brother)sound like keepers! Awesome! Hugs!

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