Friday, August 31, 2012
I'm the voluptuous one in the middle
Lately I have been dreaming of the sea. I want to feel the salt air in my lungs and the sand shifting under my feather light body. I want to spread out a blanket and set up a chair under a big pink umbrella. I want to sip on ice cold Diet Pepsi and complain that the sand is getting into my stitching bag. I want to hear the gulls complaining that I won't share my Pringles with them. I want to gossip with my bosom chums about the latest projects we need to purchase. I want to bemoan the fact the sun is so bright that I need my sunglasses. I want to giggle about the silliness of our latest adventure. Yes my congenial friends I want to be taken away to the sea.
You may be asking why, why would a girlish girl with a perfect life want to be somewhere else. Well it is all Ms. Tanya Marie Anderson's fault, yes the Sampler Girl designer. She tempted me with a sale on her darling designs by daring to slip an e-mail into my box. Shame on her and how could I resist? How could any Jane Austen fan resist "By the Ocean with Jane Austen"? And then there was "Gertie Sells Yarn by the Seashore". Not to be left behind was her cute Halloween design "Out Flying". Because my finances were in short supply I decided to forgo her new design booklet "Mermaid Booklet". I shed a tear as I vowed in one month to purchase it so we would never have to part again...I can't wait to start a new project but I will contain myself even though I want to stitch Gertie and Jane for my necessary room...no dearest ones, girlish girls have no bathrooms, only necessary rooms. Just like girlish girls do not sweat, they glisten.
I indeed have been making progress on Princess Wiggle Wiggle's birth sampler. I have to finish her name and then the crown at the top and the right blue bird and I can start on something else. This one has the 2 different colors of green hand-dyed floss. At first I was not happy and swore I could tell a huge difference but as the rest is stitched it isn't noticeable. I won't tell you which part of the vine is with a different brand but let me know what you think.
My next UFO to tackle will be the above design. It really is darling, a French designer. This is being stitched on Color Bloom 32count in Enchanted Night. It is cute and look forward to getting started on a "Sea" design.And I have a weeks vacation coming up soon. One of the things I would like to accomplish is making a slip cover for my love seat in the front room. I found this denim fabric at the Thrift shop...11 yards of 60" width for $6.60! I don't know if you see the pattern well in the photo but it is a throw cover with gathered corners. I want to make a throw but then make cushion covers so it will stay in place better. If I have enough fabric I would like to make a padding for the arms too. I will wash the fabric first to remove the starch and shrink it. I am so excited about doing this and will definitely share the finished product with you.
Pears are ripe and for the picking! I brought some home from work and the above pears came from Brother 1's pear tree. The Professor has commented on how sweet they are. I may pare some up to freeze for pear bread or pear cobbler...yum!
Oh yes, I found a great Spanish rice recipe and my Prince loves it. I put the recipe up on my other blog, The Lilac Thicket Cooks. The link is up on the right.
The time has come for this girl to sign off. I am going to fix me a bagel with some Nutella...yum! May all your Thickets be blessed and your adventures delightful!