Beacon

Mystery Sampler 042510

It was a busy weekend for sure this weekend. Saturday I got up early and went for my usual three mile walk, went to Target and bought a couple of tank tops, had an appointment with my aesthetician, repotted some plants for my kitchen window (so happy with how they turned out in some pretty new pots), gave Romeo a bath, baked some cookies, and then finally sat down to watch some West Wing with Eric. Whew! I decided to work on my Mystery Sampler again. This is a piece by Papillon Creations that was in the Gift of Stitching back in 2006. It was charted for Vikki Clayton silks, which I am using and I’m stitching it on 32 count Silkweaver Sandcastle. I actually started this in March of 2007. Hopefully that answers all the questions you may have had! Anyway, I really love this piece – the colors are vibrant and it has a mix of cross-stitch and specialty stitches. I’m working on part 3 now (there are five parts), and I’ve almost hit the bottom corner. It’s just really a fun stitch.

On Sunday, I did my normal house cleaning and laundry, as well as brushing both cats and clipping their nails. Two of my girlfriends came over for a stitching afternoon, which was thoroughly enjoyable. I of course did more talking than stitching, but I did manage to get the motif with the Q finished.

While they were there, I did a little show and tell of some of my WIPs. There was one piece that they both insisted I get out and work on immediately. So, after dinner, Eric and I sat down to watch more West Wing and I did as they suggested.

Bay Sampler 042510

Anybody remember this piece? I was surprised, actually, when I got it out that Eric said “wow, I haven’t seen that in awhile”. Most of the time he pays no attention to what I’m stitching, so it was kind of a shocker for him to make that comment. I stitched most of that little lighthouse on the shore last night, but my head started hurting (I’d been wrestling with a migraine all weekend), so I laid my stitching aside after a little while. But, oh, how can I resist stitching this beautiful piece? The silks and the colors are just luscious. I’m glad I was given some not so gentle nudging to get this piece back out. And, I was shocked to see that the fabric I’m using for this is Picture This Plus. I thought my first and only experience with PTP was Earth Sampler. But, no wonder I love this piece so much – it’s on a gorgeous piece of Sterling by PTP.

So, that’s it for my weekend stitching. It will be so nice when I can stitch more than just on the weekends. But, I am enjoying what I’m stitching nonetheless. And thanks to the suggestion insistence that I get out that pretty piece again, I think I’ve fallen in love with an old favorite.

I am grateful for an afternoon with friends.

44 thoughts on “Beacon”

  1. Is that By the Bay by Workbasket? Or something like that? I have it as a WIP… or, really, UFO. I love it, whatever it is! 😉 Beautiful work on your other WIP, too. I’m glad to hear you had a good weekend–hope the migraine is a thing of the past!

  2. Is that By the Bay by Workbasket? Or something like that? I have it as a WIP… or, really, UFO. I love it, whatever it is! 😉 Beautiful work on your other WIP, too. I’m glad to hear you had a good weekend–hope the migraine is a thing of the past!

  3. Great wips! I’m intrigued to see more of your Bay Sampler…

    Hope you’re feeling better…migraines are no fun!

  4. Great wips! I’m intrigued to see more of your Bay Sampler…

    Hope you’re feeling better…migraines are no fun!

  5. Michelle – hope that migraine has gone away by now.

    Lovely, WIP and how fun to have a stitching afternoon with girlfriends.

    Enjoy your week.

  6. Michelle – hope that migraine has gone away by now.

    Lovely, WIP and how fun to have a stitching afternoon with girlfriends.

    Enjoy your week.

  7. It’s so pretty. It’s a good thing you brought it out of the WIP pile – I can definitely see why you like working on it.

    Hope that you managed to nip that migrane before it got too bad.

  8. It’s so pretty. It’s a good thing you brought it out of the WIP pile – I can definitely see why you like working on it.

    Hope that you managed to nip that migrane before it got too bad.

  9. Both pieces are wonderful! I seem to recall the second one but don’t remember what it is. I know you’re looking forward to more stitching time. Not much longer, right? Yay!

  10. Both pieces are wonderful! I seem to recall the second one but don’t remember what it is. I know you’re looking forward to more stitching time. Not much longer, right? Yay!

  11. I have the By the Bay going too–you and I were both working on it at the same time. I should get mine out too!

  12. I have the By the Bay going too–you and I were both working on it at the same time. I should get mine out too!

  13. Sounds like you had a nice weekend! Both of your samplers are gorgeous and such pretty colors in both of them. My Bay Sampler is also a work in progress that only gets worked on every now and then. I do love it though!

  14. Sounds like you had a nice weekend! Both of your samplers are gorgeous and such pretty colors in both of them. My Bay Sampler is also a work in progress that only gets worked on every now and then. I do love it though!

  15. I’m tired just reading all that you accomplished this past weekend. I hope the migraine went away. What is the name of the 2nd sampler? I’m not familiar with the piece.

  16. I’m tired just reading all that you accomplished this past weekend. I hope the migraine went away. What is the name of the 2nd sampler? I’m not familiar with the piece.

  17. That Mystery Sampler is looking wonderful. I love the colors in it. I had to reread your comments for your second piece… what??? You are going to make us guess?? Ok, to me it looks like that nautical Workbasket piece – don’t recall its name. I love the little lighthouse…what floss are you using? See now, you might have answered all the questions for one project, but there are lots of questions for the OTHER project…..

  18. That Mystery Sampler is looking wonderful. I love the colors in it. I had to reread your comments for your second piece… what??? You are going to make us guess?? Ok, to me it looks like that nautical Workbasket piece – don’t recall its name. I love the little lighthouse…what floss are you using? See now, you might have answered all the questions for one project, but there are lots of questions for the OTHER project…..

  19. Gorgeous WIPs! I love the Bay Sampler too, it’s been in my stash for ages and I’m nowhere near starting it – yours is amazing, I hope you keep it going 🙂

  20. Gorgeous WIPs! I love the Bay Sampler too, it’s been in my stash for ages and I’m nowhere near starting it – yours is amazing, I hope you keep it going 🙂

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