Flosstube Episode 36: WIP-apalooza

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the first half of my WIP Parade.
  • Dutch Beauty – Permin of Copenhagen
  • Merry Wind Farm Hornbook – Merry Wind Farm
  • Primitive Wizard of Oz – Midsummer Night Designs
  • Cuisine d’ete – Echevette
  • Six Wives of Henry VIII – Primitive Hare
  • Halloween Neighborhood RR – Various
  • Salem Remembered – Primitive Needle
  • Halloween Fairy – Nora Corbett
  • Black’d Skie – Primitive Needle
  • Casting a Spell – Blackbird Designs
  • Williamsburg Remembered – Catherine Theron
  • Shores of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Jenny Bean Christmas Sampler – Shakespeare’s Peddler
  • Green Santa – Birds of a Feather
  • Christmas Celebration Sampler – Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
  • Peace on Earth – Blackbird Designs
  • Nativity – Marbek
  • His Eye is on the Sparrow – Heartstring Samplery
  • Lady Liberty Sampler – Threads Through Time
  • Little Red Chair Sampler – Scarlett House
  • Crowned Bird Sampler – Plum Street Samplers
  • Jeweled Scarabs – Dimples Designs
  • Halloween Garden – Primitive Needle
  • Sampler Sisters of the Thread – Primitive Needle
  • Pearl Lights – Chatelaine Designs
  • Victorine Delacroix – The Essamplaire
  • Her Sampler – Blackbird Designs
  • Snooty Parrot Sampler – Barbara Ana Designs
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) – Chatelaine Designs
  • Mermaid Treasure Box – Chatelaine Designs
  • Winter Acorn – Cricket Collection
  • Village of Hawk Run Hollow – Carriage House Samplings
  • Bay Sampler – The Workbasket
  • Mouline Rouge – Long Dog Designs
  • Mermaids of the Deep Blue – Mirabilia
  • Frances Eden – Handwork Samplers
  • Colonial Garden – Plum Street Samplers
  • Anniversaries of the Heart – Blackbird Designs
  • Le Marquoir du Justine – Anne Pelletier-Pauleau
  • Tesori d’Italia – Ricamo Le Tue Idee

I am grateful for rediscovering my love for a few pieces.

Mademoiselle Victorine

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Remember back on New Year’s Eve, when I showed you the photo above of these beautiful silks? Remember when I said they were my New Year’s Day start? Ah, good times.

Well, on January 1 I made an executive decision that instead of starting a new piece as planned, I wanted to continue on with Margaret Cottam. I finished her a week into the new year but it was a few more weeks until I started my new piece.

So, allow me to present, Victorine Delacroix by The Essamplaire.

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I love her. I love stitching with those luscious silks. I love her drab little flowers offset by that bright “pistachio” vine. I can hardly wait to get some blue added to her. Isn’t she fun? Love that lacey little basket too.

And on top of her being a new start, she’s also been part of something else new. I mentioned in this post that I would be trying out my new Hardwicke Manor hoop on her. So far I am loving it. Of course, the real challenge is going to be having to put the hoop over my stitches. Quelle horreur! But, eventually I will run out of space in my little six inch hoop and then it will be like sailing off the edge of the world. Courage!

So, that’s what I’ve been up to – not stitching on anything I’m supposed to be stitching on, and instead spending time with a lovely little lady from Philadelphia with a sweet French name.
And in my last post, I neglected to mention something else that I am especially grateful for at Valentine’s Day…

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My handsome Othello. I adopted him sixteen years ago in February, and last February you may remember we almost lost him. So, this Valentine’s Day I was particularly grateful to spend it with him. And you may notice, he has white whiskers on only one side – just like Owen.

I am grateful for moments of respite.

Decadence

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Thanks, everyone, for your sweet compliments on Margaret Cottam. I really appreciate them. Unfortunately, not a whole lot of stitching has gone on here in the past couple of weeks, so I don’t have much stitching progress to show you. But, I did something really self-indulgent and took the day off work on Wednesday. I got the lovely opportunity to spend the day with some friends, including Sylvia who was here from Germany! It was so good to get to spend some time with her. The four of us did a bit of shopping during the day, and then we did our Christmas gift exchange. We opted to delay it until Sylvia was here to do it in person. So fun!

Above, you can see the oh-so-apropos travel mug that Kim gave me. Isn’t it fun? I think it may need to go to work with me. I need a reminder.

Sylvia brought some chocolates from Paris in a really fabulous tin. And you can see on top of the tin a sweet heart needleminder she made for me. She’d made me another needleminder back in October, but unfortunately when the envelope arrived, there was a big hole in the bottom and no needleminder. Sad sad sad.
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Sylvia also gave each of us two stitch wallets that she made herself! The first one I opened was made from Kate Spain’s Flurry fabrics. Remember those quilt blocks I was working on back in December…well, I dug them out to photograph with my wallet.
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And if that stitch wallet looks like it’s already stuffed full, well that’s because it is.
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I’ve already got my Christmas ornament stitching for this year in there. That’s more 40ct Weeks Cocoa fabric, in case you’re wondering. I loved it for Margaret Cottam and thought it would be perfect for my BOAF Santas.

And here is the funny part. I’ve been looking everywhere for this Marie Antoinette fabric that is part of Tula Pink’s Parisville line. I did not, however, mention to Sylvia that I’ve been looking for it. Nor did I mention the reason I was looking for it was to make a stitch wallet out of. Well looky here…

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Clearly, my Jedi mind tricks are working…even overseas.
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And Miss Antoinette is now chock full of my New Year’s start that hasn’t yet been started (see how behind I am?!). Also, you can see my new Hardwicke Manor hoop that I intend to try.
But that’s not all…my sweet, sweet friend, Ava, gifted me with these hare scissors for my Hare Pyns (assuming that one day it will be finished)! I have looked everywhere for these scissors and couldn’t find any. So, clearly Ava has been picking up on my use of the Force too. Thank you for inspiring me to get my scissor sheath and scissor fob stitched so that I can finally do the finishing on HP!!!
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And my new hare scissors are pictured here with all the stitching I’ve done. I’m working on that bonus block for AOTH. It doesn’t look like much, but I stitched that right hand border twice. You know, because I could.

Such fun spending time with such good friends. And hopefully next time, I’ll be able to show you what I gave them in return.

I am grateful for a Saturday afternoon visit.

Auld Lang Syne

2011 Finishes

Can you believe another year has come and gone? I thought I’d squeak in a final post for the year and do a little recap of 2011. Above you can see my finishes for 2011. A couple of quilts, some beading, some finishing, and a few medium-sized pieces.

They are (from left to right):

Camille’s French Sampler, Holly Wool Biscornu, Snow Garden, Be Mine
Indulgence, 2000 Years Ago, Joyful Night, Valentine Rose
Dash Away All, a beaded fob, Day of the Dead earrings, Sweet Treats Block 1 and Border
Stars & Stripes, Honfleur Sampler, Angel of Tulips, Garden of Eerie
Penny Angel, Mele Kalikimaka, Hand & Heart, Joy

I linked each of those to the associated blog post so you can get more info on them if you want. I’m pleased with my finishes for the year, although I’d hoped to have more. But, isn’t that the way it always is?

As for the books I read this year, here’s my little list for that as well…

City of Bones
The Forgery of Venus*
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet*
Parrot & Olivier in America*
Lover Mine
A Northern Light
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The Hare with Amber Eyes*
Living Dead in Dallas
Heaven is for Real
The Help
Lover Unleashed
An Object of Beauty*
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Club Dead
Soulless
The Paris Wife*
The books with asterisks are book club books.

And I thought I’d share with you a look at my ort jar. I’ve been letting these bits pile up for awhile (much longer than just the past year – they are packed in there really well), and decided that tomorrow will be a fresh new start across the board.

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After my stitching today, I’ll empty this out and begin anew on January 1.

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I’d really like to also finish Margaret Cottam, but that may not happen before the ball drops at midnight. I would love to see another “1” on that corner though!

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And tomorrow, I will have a new start, as part of my New Year’s Day tradition. I can’t wait!

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Happy New Year!

I am grateful for new beginnings.