Sunday, October 30, 2011

Zebra Beagle Don't Care

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Ever have one of those pieces where you're stitching along and you start to wonder about what you're stitching, not in a "why am I torturing myself by stitching this entire reproduction sampler on 45ct over one?" kind of way, but a "what the heck is that thing?" kind of wondering? I mean, is it a cat, a wolf, a dog, an armadillo? Well, there's still no official word from Paulette on what exactly is this thing hanging out with Poe's Raven on its back. So, in the meantime, I went to the ultimate resource on all things, my Wikipedia (Eric). And according to the Mr., this is in fact, the little known zebra beagle.

...blank stare...

Um...ok. I guess I can see it. I can imagine the narrated nature video now. "The zebra beagle is one of the fiercest creatures in the Garden of Eerie. It's so badass that it walks around with a raven on its back."

Bride of Frank isn't even worried about that snake sticking its tongue out at her, she's offering up an apple to the zebra beagle. Do you think zebra beagles eat apples? Mmm...tasty!

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"Hey, watch out!", says that bird. "That is some crazy lightning coming right at my head." But, zebra beagle don't care. He is all about that apple.

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And, as for me? I'm ecstatic to finally finish my Garden of Eerie by Plum Street Samplers. Started in September of last year on 36ct. Meadow Rue with DMC. I stitched on it last year until Halloween was over and then put it away. So, this year I pulled it back out on October 1st and thought it would be the perfect thing to work on for Halloween this year. I love it. I'm so happy to finally have it done. It is going to look perfect framed and hanging with my Jenny Bean Halloween, don't you think?

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I had to do some creative charting on my name and the year in order to make it fit. But I'm happy with Wikipedia's Eric's suggestion to put the year sideways over one. This was such a fun piece to stitch, especially with my little zebra beagle to keep me company...because zebra beagles are awesome.

I am grateful for a great stitching day with friends (and zebra beagle).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Spice

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Fall seems to have finally arrived here and with it brought some restlessness. I've been floundering around trying to stitch, trying to read, trying to get some things done around the house and I can't seem to do any of it. I need to be working on stitching my Hare Pyns smalls, but I just can't seem to concentrate long enough to get any further on them. So, on October 1st I headed over to a friend's house for a stitching day. I thought it was a perfect day to pull out my Garden of Eerie WIP from last year to work on. I had an absolutely fabulous day and actually got a bit farther on GoE. I had a lot of fun stitching on this seasonal piece, so I hope to get some more done on it.

And this weekend we actually had some rain! I was so inspired by the cooler, rainy weather that I decided to do a little decorating.

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I'm wishing I had some of those Halloween Blackbird stockings stitched and finished. They'd look awfully cute in my house!

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At guild last week, the program was making a little wool pumpkin. I have to say, I'm pretty proud of mine. Thank goodness I had lots of helpers sitting with me, otherwise my pumpkin would have been more of something you see in the "after" portion of that show Punkin' Chunkin' (if you haven't seen this, you're missing out). But, I love my little pumpkin, so I had to set him out with my wool acorns I purchased from another guild member a few years ago.

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And I'm kicking myself for not having Jenny Bean framed yet. Drat. She would look so good hanging in here!

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Anyway, I think I'm ready for fall, I think I'm on the way to getting my groove back, and I'm hoping there's a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my future.

I am grateful for stitching days with friends.