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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stitching Saturday

Well I could not wait to announce my winners so you will find them on the Friday March 23rd post. I get so excited about giveaways. If you missed it, check yesterday's post.

Here is one finish from this week. It is a Lizzie Kate Summer Small. I ordered some strawberry buttons from Etsy to sew to the bottom of the piece. It was supposed to have a large cross stitch going across the bottom and I just did not like that so I changed it up. You can find almost any embellishment on Etsy. It is amazing.



Bessie by Little House Needleworks...I changed this pattern as well. I added a little darker color to the legs of Bessie as our Jersey cows have some black mixed in with the ginger on their legs. I left off a flower charted for the right hand side of the picture. I just wanted the cow and not all the doodads.


This is the freebie I received from Hands on Designs. It will be made into a small pillow and will be traveling to Grimmwood.

I recieved a RAK from my friend, Mildred.

This is a Diane Graebner design. Mildred thought I would like the farm aspect of this one. And I do!

I also received a piece of happy mail that I ordered from Jen's stitching niche on Etsy.

This Shakespreare's Peddler Design caught my eye when the designer shared her thought behind this memorial to Queen Victoria. Victoria was one of my favorite Masterpiece programs and this chart sets out to share some of her favorite things. Starting at the right....Victoria and Albert, one of the great loves of the Victorian age. The lavender represents Scotland and her beloved Balmoral. The hand represents a porcelain cast that Victoria had made of Albert's hand after he died. She slept with it every night. The three rings above Victoria's head respresent, her wedding ring, Albert's ring and one that is  supposed to be from her secret marriage to John Brown, a servant she was devoted to in later life. After wearing black all her life after Albert's death , she chose to be buried in white. I will be Good was Victoria's response as a child on learning she would be Queen. The doll represents her love of dolls as a child. She had quite a collection.  I found it very fascinating and if you want to hear the whole story esplained by the designer. check out Kitten Stitcher on Floss Tube. 2018 Market preview.

I am a history nerd for sure and that is why I had to have his chart!

Foothills Farm is back from the Framer...


It will be going to Grimmwood next week. I will share how it looks on the wall there.

And one last picture....

One of my favorite stitchers and my little sister, Kristi. She turned 60 this week and her office threw a party. Her cubicle announced she was 18 with 42 years of experience.  Kristi is loved by all who know her...Happy Birthday dear Sister.

Happy Stitching Dear Friends.


12 comments:

Mary said...

Such a great post filled with all things Farming! YOur Foothills Farm is framed beautifully, the double matting sets the stitch off. The Milk cow and Eggs stitch will be great additions to Grimmwood. I just love the stitch Mildred sent you, Such a sweet Amish Farm scene. I have never seen Victoria, hope to soon. And lastly, Congrats to your sister on her 60th Birthday!

Sandy said...

Foothills Farm turned out wonderful. I can’t wait to see it hanging in Grimmwood. I like that...18 with 42 years experience. Summer is cute too. Etsy can get you in trouble too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday to your sister....how pretty she is! She looks a lot like you. Happy weekend!

Mildred said...

Oh what pretty pieces you've shared. You amaze me how quick you stitch! Happy Birthday to your sister. Hope you two enjoy the weekend.

Robin in Virginia said...

Happy Birthday wishes to your sister! Oh Arlene, your Foothills Farm piece turned out fabulous. I like the frame and mats you selected for it. I like your other stitches as well. What a darling piece that Mildred gifted you! Enjoy your Saturday.

Arlene Grimm said...

Well girls, I forgot to edit my post so you all read a jumbled mess with lots of errors. I think I got it cleaned up!! I usually edit it the night before and totally forgot to do that last night. Mary, I cant wait to see Foothills Farm on the wall at Grimmwood. Sandy, I have to hold myself back from even looking at ETSY on some days.lol Diane, thanks for the greeting for Kristi, I will pass it on.

Terri D said...

Thanks for sharing your fun projects with us! I love the ones with the cows especially and that you turn some of them into pillows is the fun part! I've even had the odd thought that I might want to try something easy someday...

Karen said...

So much talent and time went into your beautiful work. Amazing.

RJ said...

Arlene this was such an enjoyable post to read. I love Foothills Farm and the way it is framed. Grimmwood is going to be so excited to have it hanging on it's walls. The new summer stitch will look fabulous with strawberry buttons which I'm anxious to see. I love the COW stitch and how you changed it to make it look more like your own cow. The stitch Mildred sent you is so adorable and alot of work...what a lovely, lovely gifts

And lastly a very Happy Birthday to your sweet sister...love how it was announced. RJ

Mari said...

I like all of these! I'm impressed by the way you change things up. When I used to cross stitch I did everything by the book. :)
Mildred is so sweet and she knows you well.
Happy Birthday to your sister!

Dianna said...

Arlene, you do such beautiful work. I always look forward to seeing what you have done each week. Thank you for sharing! I love the history you shared about the God Save the Queen piece. So interesting. Will you post the Summer one after you put the buttons on it? I love buttons...shopping for them, sewing them on something and then enjoying seeing them later.

Love the cow one, too. And I agree with putting the darker on the Jersey cow's legs.

Happy Birthday to your sister. You favor one another...definitely can tell you are sisters...two lovely ladies.

Carol said...

I just love your framed finish, Arlene--it will be a wonderful addition to Grimmwood :) And what a cute little Summer finish--I've been thinking about ordering that LK series, although I don't stitch a lot of hers.

I just love anything about Victoria and Albert--what a love story that was :) Thank you for explaining the symbolism of the chart--very interesting!