Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well, as my luck seems to go when I began my search I discovered the chart was out of print and not available on any of the online stores. I then started watching ebay to see if someone might be offering this chart there.
I finally saw an auction for just the chart. I bid on the chart but the price was a bit more than I could afford to pay - it sold for over $20 for the chart alone. So I continued to save my pennies and check ebay a couple of times weekly.
Finally, another one was offered - this time with the linen and threads called for in the chart. I bid and there was someone else bidding but unfortunately, neither of our bids met the reserve price so it wasn't sold. The seller relisted it a week later and I bid - but no one else was bidding and again it didn't meet the reserve price. I emailed the seller to inquire about the reserve price and whether she might offer it to me as a second chance offer. She emailed me a day later to tell me she had offered it as a second chance to the highest bidder on the first auction (even though my bid on the second auction was higher but she didn't know that). Of course the high bidder on the first auction snapped it up and again I was left searching.
Are ya'll still with me? LOL Well, last week another one was offered again with the linen and floss. There was already a bidder at $8.00 with no reserve price. So, I placed my maximum bid (which was a little higher than the last auction. I HAD been saving my pennies you know!) and the price went to $8.50. I fully expected this one would run as high or higher as the last two but I watched it closely every day. No one had bid again. Last night, I sat at this computer and watched the last 5 minutes of the auction, again expecting someone to swoop in at the last minute and outbid me.
Well guess what? I WON! I got this wonderful pattern, the linen, and the floss for 8 freaking dollars and 50 cents!!! I am just ecstatic! I am just in love with this piece and love the saying "Home is where my heart blooms" because it is so true for me. Am I wrong to feel a little badly for the seller? I know even if she only paid cost for the items, she surely has more than $8.50 invested. I promise I will do the piece justice and display it proudly in my home once finished. :o)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Two posts in one day! Whooohooo! I decided to leave the whacked out dog on my La-D-Da Freebie Alphabet piece and finished it into a Christmas pillow. I used this plaid Homespun type fabric and made the tie from another piece of fabric since I didn't have any suitable ribbon in my stash. I added a key charm for a little extra "character". This is a larger pillow - about 8"x18". It will look nice on my hearth when the Christmas decorations come out.
Now, back to our previously scheduled Halloween stitching! LOL
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I finished the stitching on Carol's "Sew Blue" and made it into a pinkeep. As you can see, I took a little artistic license with the chart and put my initials in. I wanted mine to have an autumnal "feel" to so I used a floss with those fallish colors that I love.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I have been doing some stitching and thought it was time for an update. For some reason I am being drawn to alphabet samplers. Any and all of them, I just love 'em! So this is where I have been spending my stitching time when I should be working on Christmas things. :o)
The first one is "Sew Blue" by Carol. I was going for an autumn feel and used Caron Waterlilies fiesta on a piece of the grab bag linen from Hand Dyed Fibers. I see that Carol has now designed a "Sew Autumn"
to help feed my addiction. :o)
The second one is a La-D-Da freebie, "Alphabet w/Hare". Only I didn't want the hare so I tried graphing a dog instead. Yes, that freakish looking thingon the left is supposed to be a dog. I am debating whether to frog it and try again before I stitch the border. Oh well, I'll try to finish up "Sew Blue" and then decide. This uses a Carrie's Creation silk and another piece of the grab bag fabric.
That's all I have for now. I am itching to do some Christmas stitching but I want to finish these two before I start something else. I have enough quilting UFO's - I don't need to add any cross stitch ones to the mix.
In the crock pot: Scalloped potatos and ham
On the stove: Collard greens (Paula Deen's recipe, yum!)
To do when I get off this thing: Cornbread in the oven
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday my friends!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
It seems I missed my 1 year blogaversary (9/26) and my 200th post ( 8/27) so I am having a giveaway now just because I want to. :o) I tried to think of something to make that both my stitching friends and my quilting friends might enjoy.
Sooo, if you would like to win this unstuffed fob and scissors leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner this Saturday, October 10th!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Looky what the mailman delivered Friday! It is one of Norma's Gypsy Cats all decked out for Halloween! Can you tell I am excited about this!!! I had a pretty crappy day at work Friday and this just made my day. This little thing is just irresistable, even my DH and my son (who rarely notice anything) commented on how cute and clever this was. Norma used a pop can tab for the hanger on the back - I just thought that was so inventive and very functional. She also sent me a lovely fall fabric postcard which I failed to photograph. Thank you so much dear Norma you are such a sweetie!
I plan to pull out all of my Halloween things tomorrow and place them about the house. Now to remember where I put them all...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came —
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly “hands around.”
- George Cooper