Monday, March 26, 2012

Collecting My Thoughts


I'm still working on getting back in the swing of things, so there's really no stitching progress to show (I just keep flitting from piece to piece). So, instead I thought I'd just show you some things I've been meaning to share and finally got around to taking photos of yesterday. First up is my framed Hand & Heart piece. You may recall I finished this right before Thanksgiving. I took it in to be framed in early January so that I'd have it in time to give to Eric for Valentine's Day. I was able to give him the piece in February, but missed Valentine's Day by a week and a half. Unfortunately there were problems with the frame, so after the first time it came in, it had to be reordered.


I was really set on this frame after I saw it because I wanted a wide frame for the piece, since it's so small (similar to how Lisa framed the model). We also left a little more margin around the piece for that same reason. And I just loved the accents of red on the frame too.

And the piece has been hanging for awhile now, since I'm just getting around to sharing it. I knew, of course, when I stitched it that it would be hung in our bedroom along with Where My Heart Blooms (last year's Valentine's Day gift). As you can see, I have plenty of room for more framed pieces.


And just as a reminder, for anyone interested in the specifics - Hand & Heart is a freebie from The Primitive Needle. I stitched mine with the recommended Weeks threads on the recommended 40ct Dill by Picture This Plus. It's funny because that Dill fabric didn't look green at all when I stitched the piece, but now that it's framed, it's definitely looking a lot greener.

And next up, another little something I've been meaning to share. I won a giveaway Laurie was having on her blog. I was so excited to win and have enjoyed looking through the book. Laurie also sent along a surprise of some great scissors that I will be putting to great use once I get back to quilting (which I hope is soon!).


Thank you so much, Laurie, for the generous giveaway!!

And finally, a little crafting finish. Back at the beginning of October some friends and I got together for a fabulous stitching day. One speedy stitcher had already stitched up one of the pieces from BBD's A Schoolgirl's Work called Polly's Sewing Box. It's a sweet little piece, but then she made color copies of the piece and sized them down. And we were each presented with the little boxes (already painted) and the color copy so that we could make another project from the book - Polly's Thimble Box.


Well, the plan was for us to work on finishing our little boxes that day, but we got so busy stitching that we didn't get around to it. So, recently, I asked if I could get a lesson on how to do the Briwax finishing on the box. So, a couple of us got together and voila - I learned how to sand my painted box and apply the Briwax finishing to it. Now I'm a Briwaxing fiend!!

Isn't it the sweetest little thing?


So, a big thanks to my crafty friends who put all of this together and showed me how to do the finishing. I love my little thimble box!

That's all I have to show you today. And do go see The Hunger Games - it was really good! And I have two words about the casting - Lenny Kravitz. I think Lenny made an excellent Cinna, but mostly I just love me some Lenny Kravitz. And last week I decided to re-read the book before seeing the movie, since it's been since 2009 since I originally read that one. The book was just as good, if not better the second time around. Anyway - go see the movie, if you get a chance.

Maybe next time I'll have some stitching to show. It's coming up on WIPocalypse update time again!

I am grateful for getting to stitch on ATS last night.


Suburban Stitcher said...

love the framed piece...and also the cute little box!

Anna van Schurman said...

Lenny Kravitz? Now that is a reason to take my niece to see it! Do you think he was cast to draw in the mommies of the tweens? (I was going to write tween mommies, but it just seemed like I was referring to reality show fodder.) (Sigh.)

Beth said...

Your framed piece is great - what a wonderful way to honor your marriage each year - a neat tradition!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your moulding choice is perfect for Lisa's design. Love that sweet box you and your friends made.
Hope you'll be able to get back to focusing on one or two projects soon.

Giovanna said...

Great framing on H&H, and what a darling little box - congrats on both! Have fun filling that wall :-)

Mouse said...

ohhh it looks lovely and well worth the wait ... gorgeous wee thimble box .. can you teach me the brix wax method too please :)
well done on your win from Laurie .. I got some cute kelmscott scissors :)
hope you manage to get some more stitching done :) love mouse xxxxx

Margaret said...

I love the framing -- that moulding was worth the wait for sure! Love your win from Laurie too! And the box -- how sweet is that! Love the color! I need to learn how to to that briwax thing.

Katrina said...

Love your little framed piece!!! I think the frame was definitely worth the wait. And sweet box too :-).

Sylvia said...

That is the perfect frame for that piece and was worth the wait.

The box is really wonderful.

So what do you think of the Long Dog book? Next time I visit, I need to take a look at it....

Veronica said...

Beautiful frame. It's perfect for the design. It looks great hanging on your bedroom wall.

Love that tiny box. It certainly is sweet.

I've watched the Hunger Games but yet to read the book. Need to read it soon ^.^


Catherine said...

Love the frame you chose ~ perfect compliment to the piece. Congrats on the win! And that box ~ too cute!

Dona said...

That is perfect for Lisa's freebie, Michelle. You are so right - the red in the frame, its size and extra margin really set it off.

I love your little thimble box. Beautiful color and sweet design. Briwax is great. I used on some furniture we refinished.

Congratulations on winning a great giveaway.

Melissa said...

Hand & Heart is lovely! The box is super cute and that's a great giveaway you won.

Haven't seen The Hunger Games yet but I expect it will be a fun movie based on reading the book! Looking forward to it, and I'll check out your comments re LK.

David said...

Love your H&H project as well as the framing you chose. And your little box is really awesome!!

Penny said...

The frame with its bits of red is perfect for this lovely piece! I love your little box too! It is sweet! And good job on the Briwaxing. :) I haven't read The Hunger Games, but Lenny could definitely tempt me to see the movie.

Natalia said...

Cute, cute finishes, Michelle. I love your choice of frames. Thanks for sharing :-)

Sally said...

Beautiful finishes Michelle. I really love the framed piece.

Karoline said...

Heart in Hand is lovely, great framing and the box is cute

Anne said...

Beautiful finish for the Heart in Hand piece! I've seen this freebie before and I love how you stitched it and finished it!! Pretty box too!!