Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ann Dale, finished and framed by Minnie!

The amazing Minnie has finished and framed the Ann Dale sampler reproduction -- what an amazing lady!  She said it took her four months, and she was surprised at how big it is.  The cute Cocker Spaniel you see there is Minnie's brother's dog -- Diggie.  You can get some idea of size.  And I like dogs...but I really like dogs who are into samplers.  Way to go, Minnie!  You rock!!!

And I finished the much smaller June's Angel pattern for Raise the Roof Designs.  I had fun working with a neutral palette of browns and yellow (with a touch of blue in those flowers she's holding.)  I'm working on getting the kits together.  A complete supplies list is on my Raise the Roof Designs blog.

Kathy is making good progress on the Quaker Ragamuffin sampler reproduction.  She said it's been a fun one to do so far, and just has the motifs at the bottom left (the border and alphabets are finished.)

In other news, the kitties at home are also making good progress.  The Easter bunch (Peep, Peter, Jelly Bean and Bunny) weigh between 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 pounds already and are very healthy and happy.  Violet twisted her foot yesterday and is limping around.  It's the saddest little sight, but she doesn't complain, and she's starting to put some weight on it.

Charlie is growing on me.  I love cats and kittens, but Charlie has been a bit of a pain in the butt-ooski.  He squawks at me all of the time, follows me relentlessly, climbs up my legs, and gets right up in my face to bite my nose.  This last item was especially bothersome (and painful).  Finally, I gave him a few finger bops on the nose and a cat-like hiss (like his mother would do.)  It's amazing how kittens understand that language!  Within a couple of (gentle) bops, he settled in, quieted down, and if he's up in my face at all, he's so very, very gentle and sweet.  He still follows me around, but since he's not biting me anymore, he can follow me all day long.  What a good little boy!

Sunday I picked up an old UFO from my stash -- La D Da's Roses are Red.  It's a pretty little sampler in just four colors of Sampler Threads.  I'm stitching it on 40 count.  Not sure how I'll finish it yet...probably in a little frame.  Of course I'll post a picture when it's done.


Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Theresa,
I love your Ann Dale sampler and Minnie's is incredible. I plan on starting her and am waiting for linen to arrive. I read on other blogs that there are some corrections, can you tell me where to find them? Also, I love your kitten rescue. I am a cat lover, too, and live on a farm, and cats are always showing up. I have five in the house, all neutered, of course. A new little very wild cat showed up last winter, and we have been trying and trying to catch it, but before we could she had kittens! This is going to cost us a ton of money, hopefully it is a small litter, as I think it is her first.

marly said...

Holy crap. I knew she was big but I had no idea she was THAT big! At first, I thought the dog might be a cast iron door stop which would make Ann a manageable size for me! Wow. We just picked up our last stray (hopefully) from the vet and off he went! I think he'll be back tomorrow. With a higher pitch meow.

Koala said...

What an amazing finish!! I'm only half way through on the first part of Anna Dale! I now think I should stitch the whole sampler - it's so beautiful!!

Annette-California said...

How GORGEOUS Ann Dale come out. Very encouraging for me to see. Fantastic Finish Minnie:)))I'm stitching wayyyyy on top of the 1st row of motifs. I love this sampler.

Elizabeth said...

I love Ann Dale! I haven't started her yet, but she's waiting for me. Seeing it framed is so amazing!

Stitching Noni said...

Minnie did a lovely job!!! Your Ann Dale looks fantastic - well done :o)

krayolakris said...

Congratulations on finishing Minnie...(do you have a blog?) I'm inspired to keep plugging along!