Wednesday, February 23, 2011

May I present.....Miss Beatrix Potter....framed!

Yes poor Miss Bea has been lying in tissue paper since sometime in 2009 I think when I did the online SAL with Hazel's Beatrix Potter blog.   She finally came to the top of the framing list and here she is!  I'm quite pleased with her- I picked a reddish-brown frame that complimented some of the variegated silks.   Now to find a place to put her - she's pretty large and I am running out of wall space.

I don't know where this month has gone but it's slipping by me.  I seem to be on a merry-go-round and can't get off.  We finished our remodeling project 2 weeks ago but it sure was hectic.  Then it was shopping for new bath accessories like towels and rugs and getting everything 'just right'.  We're so happy it's done!   Work has been very hectic and I am still going to physical therapy for my shoulder but I'm on my last month of that and couldn't be happier about it.  

There hasn't been much time for stitching but I'm trying to squeeze it in whenever I can.  I've been working on Quakers and Quilts a bit and It's Cold Outside.  I'm too lazy to get Q&Q out for a photo update but I did get around to getting a shot of It's Cold Outside this afternoon.  It's coming along pretty well even though I had some frogging to do on one motif.  The red overdyed thread wore off on the fabric a bit where I had to frog but luckily most of it is covered and you wouldn't know.   Sorry for the wrinkled fabric in the photo :)

I haven't been doing much stash shopping - I am picking up the rest of the Christmas Rules charts from Lizzie Kate - seeing Edgar's finish finally put me over the top and I had to get them after resisting all last year.  Then of course I fell in love with LK's Halloween Rules and now I'm getting those too.  I don't like getting into those series where you end up paying a lot for the complete set of patterns but I just couldn't help myself.  At least you get the button trims along with the patterns so that makes me feel a bit better about it.   I also got a couple of French samplers I've had on my list for awhile - one is a pattern of Mont St Michel which is an ancient monastery on a teeny tiny island in the English Channel off the coast of France.  I went there once upon a time on a trip to Europe and stayed overnight.  It is packed with tourists during the day but at night it is only the people who are staying over in the small hotels and very peaceful.  There is one tiny 'street' where there are small hotels, souvenir shops and restaurants and then the monastery up on the hill.   If you ever get a chance to visit it is well worth it.  The other pattern is a French alphabet sampler with a border of violets.  You don't find violets much in samplers and I love them.  The alphabet letters I probably will replace as they are sort of 'spindly'  being mostly backstitched.  Then I picked up the latest copy of JCS - I usually don't but I love pink rubrum lilies and had them in my wedding bouquet so I couldn't resist picking this up. Another "someday" project!

I'm not going that crazy over the Market reports this year - I will pick up Ann Grant from Theresa at Shakespeare's Peddler but that's about all that is really calling to me.  I'm a bit relieved not to have to buy a lot more patterns this time!   I'll leave you with a snapshot of the doggies - sleeping while I worked at home today.  They love it when 'mommy' or 'daddy' is home all day with them instead of at the office!  They have the life.......

Abby and Buster snoozing


  1. Just so beautiful, miss potter! I love the sampler. Maybe I need a new project to start...LOL
    And I love how it's cold outside is growing. I think with the dyed threads it gives more life to it.
    How lucky the furry friends are, mine is always lucky because he always can go with me to work. He's a working dog in a nursing home. he's paid in cookies, and loves it..LOL

  2. Stunning! Such an accomplishment. Just beautiful!!

    Looks like your pooches have the right idea. Today has been declared my "lazy day".

  3. Your Beatrix is beautiful! I love the frame too! Abby and Buster look so comfy!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your BP sampler all framed up :) GORGEOUS!
    I didn't go hog wild either at market a few well done samplers and BBD's book and that was it. Good thing since I'm getting close to having enough inventory to open shop....

  5. Oh, I just love your BP finish, Jeanne! Congratulations!! And I love your progress on It's Cold Outside--what perfect fabric...

  6. Beatrix Potter looks GORGEOUS! Just breathtaking:)))

    Nice progress on Baby It's Cold Outside. What linen are you using? It looks great.

    Your pups sure look comfy!

    Have a good week.

  7. your Beatrix is just gorgeous! I know you are thrilled to be able to hang her. I loved It's Cold Outside - the linen is just perfect for it. Your stash enhancement was very nice too. Good for you using contraint with market stuff. enjoy! Mel

  8. Your BP is absolutely gorgeous!

    Love your It's Cold Outside. It looks fantastic on the fabric you've chosen.

    Abby and Buster look so cute!

  9. That is beautiful! I just love the thread color you used... so pretty!


  10. Lovely finish!! I am sure you will find a wall spot for this stunning finish. Wishing you well with your shoulder.

  11. Beatrix has a lovely outfit indeed. She looks gorgeous in her frame. And your WIP shows some nice progress.
    I haven't had a look at any new charts from Nashville so far. I want to continue stitching from my stash because there are some very exciting designs. But I love seeing new stash on other stitchers' blogs.

  12. Woohoo - looks beautiful! Nice stitching and new stash, too!

  13. Absolutely stunning Beatrix you are!
    Could you tell me who the designer of the Violets is? It is my flower and I do love them (they are out in my garden as I speak) .
    Love the other one too (it has sheep on it). I think you may be an enabler lol.

  14. B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L! Your BP sampler looks so pretty framed. And BICO is so far. I know how things around the house cut into our time for stitching. We are now moved outside and working on the front garden. Soon we will also start on the back garden. It is hard to want to

    Are you going to show your new bathroom?

    Hugs from Holland ~

  15. Oh WOW!!! Great job on your BPQ! I love the threads that you used. Fantastic choice in the frame, too. Nice progress on your Baby, It's Cold Outside!

  16. Beatrix is gorgeous, great framing

    Baby, it's cold outside is looking lovely and you got some great stash

  17. Your Beatrix Potter looks fabulous in the frame.
    Mine is also laying around unframed.
    One of these days...............
    Abby and Buster look very cosy!


  18. Stunning! Such an accomplishment. Just beautiful!! Looks like your pooches have the right idea. Today has been declared my "lazy day".


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