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Friday, March 16, 2012

Singing in the Sea...


She is done - the Mermaid with her two tales!  I had to share her with you.  I had hoped to get her completely done before the Patricks Woods class last weekend, but I never got around to attaching the cording around the edge.  I did bring it to show it to Sherry though.  She is probably the most encouraging teacher I have ever had - she really celebrate all her students finishes with them!  She even complimented the tricky curves - yes, I was terrified before starting to work on them!  LOL

Here is Miss M in her calming mode, talking with the fish and letting the ships pass on calm waters.
 
Here she is in her party mood - the seafarers are getting a ride for their money and the fish have already taken cover....  I added little MOP shells for "feet" at the bottom of the clutch.
Here is the clam shell inside with a monogrammed pocket and where a part of my growing scrim collection will live.  :-)  The little pin-cushion and the sweet needle-book with the adorable sea-horse were part of an optional kit that we could buy when taking the class.  I did not think twice about picking that one up!
Check out the gussets!  LOL  And the pretty mermaid with her mirror on the front of the pin-cushion.  She is such a talented designer!  All of this beautiful design is stitched with just two floss-colors, which is so right for this pretty ensemble.
 

The mermaid is not the only piece I have been finishing lately.  I am not real sure what has gotten into me,, but all of the sudden I have a ball just finishing the oldies on the "almost there" pile!  This is an Oehlenschlager design with a little pig and a flock of adorable, and curious, hens.  You can check out other cuties here!  (I can hear the rooster pin-cushion calling my name.  I already have the pretty tulip design in my to-stitch-one-day pile.)  Anyway, since I already finished the Oehlenschlager goose design into a pin-cushion, I decided to make a piggie pin-disc.  I had the neat chain-link fence fabric in my stash and I added a chicken button on the back for fun,


I did also manage to get my BOAF ornament finished.  I used one of the cool hand-dyed rick-racks that I got in the trim-pack from Down Sunshine Lane (thanks for enabling me, Bzz*Bzz*Bee, LOL).  I like how it turned out, but I guess that I need to put it away until Xmas comes around, right?

While on our trip, L-bug and I stopped by a delightful needlework store.  (I'll write more about that next time.).  I didn't buy a whole lot, but since the store was also specializing in framing, I decided to pick up some teeny frames to go with some tiny designs.  To soothe my guilt over buying more stash, I stitched up a couple of quickies after Tuesday, which is when my total stitch exhaustion had lifted a bit (the stitch-tempo was pretty intense over the weekend.  To put it mildly...)  Here is a super-adorable cardinal frame and a little spring-green thing with accompanying designs.
Here is the finished spring bunny (The Littles Bunny by Bent Creek) - I added the bow-tie so that he is dressed up and ready to go.  Too lazy to get the called for floss in the store, so I just pulled from the stash.
Here is the Cardinal ornie in progress.  The glue is still drying for this one, but meanwhile I am having fun thinking about what ribbon (and maybe a couple of pieces of adornments) to use.  I did switch out the cross-stitches used for the berries for beads.  Of course!  :-)  And the white details on the hat were stitched with Whisper.  
The design, Tree Trimmings II, and the frame are from Poppy Kreations.

I wonder if all of you are experiencing the strangest spring ever too?   Two weeks ago - the spring flowers are ready to go:

And then - snow!!!  And not a little bit (for here in KY, that is).
Isn't it pretty!?
Before signing off, I have to show you my baby-Hen keeping me company in the bathroom.  I am applying make-up and she is taking care of the Q-tips.
 
It's hard work, but mommy needs help with stuff early in the morning.  (I love her, can you tell?  LOL)
And lastly, just to show that I am not making up stuff.. ;-)  Here I am in Ohio, with my freshly glued Blue Ribbon Box!  I'll show more photos of the weekend that was next time.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate the visit!  Take care, have a wonderful spring and Happy Stitching,

15 comments:

  1. WOW amazing work. I love it all, you are very talented. You give me inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Darlene

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  2. oooooo well done on the stitching and the finishing *VBG
    and gorgeous shots of spring weather and not so spring weather ..lol
    and awwww she looks so cute there :)
    off to go and get something done now I've looked at all your wonderful stuff :) love mouse xxxx

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  3. Wow, your mermaid piece is stunning! Just gorgeous -- exquisite finishing! And love the little frames! And the pieces you stitched to go inside. Nice finishing in general! Can't wait to see your class piece etc...... Cute helper too!

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  4. Beautiful work! A true keepsake.

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  5. What gorgeous stitchings! And I ama apparently living in the wrong part of Kentucky because we didn't get that lovely snow : (

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  6. Very cool finishes. I love the mermaid set - the assembly work on that is fantastic! Your other pieces are just great too.

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  7. Congratulations on a beautiful mermaid piece. Love the little story you put with it.
    Looking forward to seeing pictures of your blue ribbon box.

    Thomasina

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  8. Your stitching is so inspiring Jenny. The mermaids are just beautiful. Love the pigs and geese and little things too. I wish I could get half as much done. Can't wait to see the weekend pictures. Don't forget, I'll be in AZ if you want anything :0)

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  9. Wowowow, vilken underbar sjöjungfru! Haha, söt ram med pippin. Du är bäst! På Skype snart?
    Puss!

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  10. Impressive finishing Jenny! I absolutey adore the mermaid piece.

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  11. You sure have been busy!! All your stitching is beautiful!! Love your flowers too! And Hen....such a cutie!! My favorite piece you showed is your mermaid piece....simply awesome!

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  12. I love all your new finishes. The pig and chickens design I had never seen before. My new conure baby likes to "help" me sew, she will sit under my hoop and pull at the threads.

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  13. Love the frames! Maybe I will stitch a little while I watch some march madness. Mike is making red beers for the game. Already drank a green one.

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  14. Great post, something for everyone!

    I love your mermaid stitching and the finishing is amazing!

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  15. Clearly I am way behind in blog reading.... So, I love the little chicken pincushion, but I am here to WOW WOW WOW over your finished mermaid clamshell! I really need to finish mine...or even begin to stitch it, LOL!! It looks great!

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