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Friday, August 2, 2013

Summer Blog Hop (And A Winner)

Hi friends! The weather here has been beautiful, not too hot at all. I have some things to share with you, but first up is the Summer Blog Hop. Have ya heard of it? YOU can still sign up right here on Jo's blog if you like. I was sent a postcard from Clare. This is the picture and her message.

"This is a Round Robin I did when Wimble Bees forum was running - it was stitched in 2007. The stitchers were, me and my daughter Philippa who was 13 then, Ester who I think lived in Holland, Colette, Lynn, Chris, and Sarah. 

It hangs above our stairs (in what we call the hole). The frame matches a mirror I inherited from my Grandmother, I had never seen a frame like her mirror which now hangs in our hall. One Mother's Day we went to Ironbridge and in a  charity shop I found this frame - so I used designs from a magazine (Cross Stitch Crazy I think) and plotted them in a circle to fit the frame."

I think that is really neat Clare. Thank you for sharing with me. =)
Here is something to share with all of you! I saw these on Etsy for months. I knew we could talk them down in price since they were still not sold. So we got them real cheap and I am real happy.

They were listed as coasters, and I am sure that is what they were used for. The frames and glass aren't in pristine condition, but I think they are cute. I truly wanted them for  their originality. They are believed to be one of a kind. A poodle-crazed nut like me probably designed  and stitched them a long time ago. They certainly aren't perfect, but their quirkiness is what I was drawn to. 

Here is the finished Bent Creek Snappy Sampler of mine.

Isn't it sweet? The pattern calls for it to be stitched two over two on 32ct. I stitched it one over one on 28ct lambswool. The finished size is 2"x2". There are only two colors called for with this pattern. I already had the Weeks Dye Works Onyx. I did not have the GA Maple Syrup. The DMC alternate was just plain gross. So I used one of my Victorian Motto threads, 1795 Faded Sampler Red Light. I am so glad I did. I really like the look of it.
I had a solid red fabric from French General for the backing that was the perfect match. I did not want to add trim. I like it this way. =)

The winner of the Snappy Sampler pattern is Lelia ! I have emailed you Lelia, just waiting for your postal address now. =)

Finally, here is a picture of Henry after his shampoo and blow dry.
Here he is after I gave him a haircut yesterday.
 Quite the difference huh?! His eyes look so much bigger! Pretty sure I will not be redoing this style of haircut again. I think I prefer the cuddly puppy look.♥ Oh well, poodle hair grows.

I am so glad you all came to visit me today. Your lovely comments brighten my day. And I need a little brightening lately. The ablation actually caused my pain to increase if you can believe it friends. My left leg now has pain up and down and all around it. I never had a problem with my leg. No improvement in the hip pain either. Still waiting for insurance to approve a very much needed and wanted prescription.

I hope your day is special! Bye now.

Stitching and Praying,
Vickie


22 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Oooh, love your little finish! Really cute!
Henry is just adorable after his shampoo, he looks all fluffy!! :) You just want to cuddle him. Hope the pain goes away & don't create too much hassle. Have a stitch-tastic weekend x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh dear friend I have you in my prayers about the pain. I am so sorry that you have to deal with all this. I will also pray the insurance will hurry up and pay for your much needed meds, too. Bless you dear friend.

Awww Henry is adorable, hair or not. He's so cute.

Love your stitchy finish....very pretty.

Sending you hugs and blessings sweet friend. :)

Margaret said...

Henry is sooooo cute! Such a sweetie! I love his eager little face. Love those "coasters" you found on etsy -- they are so you! And your Bent Creek piece is so pretty! I love the colors! Sorry about your pain. :( I hope that medicine gets approved asap!

cucki said...

Aww Henry is so cute ❤❤❤
Sweet coaster..I love them and your finish piece is looking so pretty too.
So sorry about your pain..sending you hugs x

Melissa said...

What a great find on the coasters! The pin cushion is so sweet and I love that you put buttons and snappers(not sure on the word) as accessories! VERY cute :) I just love Nancy's floss don't you!

Lelia said...

Lovely Sampler with the colors you selected. I need to have the pattern in hand before pulling colors - will see what mood I'm in while choosing. Thank you again.

If you are interested in the Bent Creek Littles Bunny - Chiara has it ready to travel. her link is here:
http://thegreytail.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/chapter-twelve-the-little-bunnys-travels/

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Awww -Sweet Henry. We are just back from vet - 3 trips this week : (

Female with annual visit/shots. blek.

Poor Kitty - now mad with me.

KimM said...

Henry is sooooo cute!!! I love the coasters -
Take care of yourself -
Fondly,
Kim

Melanie said...

He looks like a totally different dog. Wow.
Very nice Etsy find. That place is dangerous sometimes. So much neat stuff!
Love the Bent Creek finish too. :)

Lynn said...

Your finish is beautiful! You certainly have more ambitions towards finishing than I do. I just can't seem to get motivated at all when it comes to this.
Love the little poodle coasters you picked up. They're just perfect for you.
I'm so sorry to hear your pain is increasing. I don't know about you but I find the chronic pain just tires me out. I hope that drug approval comes in pronto!

Kathy Ellen said...

'Home Sweet Home' is just wonderful in that unique rod iron frame. How adorable those cute little poodle coasters are....just perfect ofr someone who loves poodles:)

You did a great job stitching the BC snappy sampler, and your finishing with those cute snaps and pins are perfect. I love how you display it for your photos too.

Now, that little Henry is just the cutest little person in fur! I'll bet that he is the best cuddle dog ever! Of course, Mabel is a little sweetie pie too!

Blessings, dear Vickie:)

Michelle said...

I love your finishes they are so sweet xx

Brigitte said...

Those coasters are the perfect find for you. And your Bent Creek piece looks so lovely with the colour choice you made. I think I wouldn't have trimmed the edges either.
So sorry to hear about the new pain in your leg. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the insurance company works a bit fastwer and that you'll get your prescription as fast as possible.

Annette-California said...

Leave it to you to find some darling poodle coasters:) Beautifully stitched Snappy sampler! Oh Vickie my heart and prayers go out to you for all the pain your in. The insurance company better get back to you soon. love Annette

Giovanna said...

Love that pincushion you made - great stitching and finishing. And great catch on the coasters. I hope you get some relief from the pain.

Mary said...

Oh you were meant to have those poodle coasters, Vickie. They are adorable.
Henry looks quite pleased with his "new do." Such a fluffy sweetie!

Your BC is wonderful. I love the colors.

I'm praying for you and hope you will soon be relieved of your pain

Anne said...

Aww, those little poodles are adorable and that's great you got them at a good deal!! Love your Bent Creek finish! 2 x 2 is super tiny and I love tiny!! Give Henry and Mabel a little snuggle for me!! He sure is darling!

Lumiruusu said...

The Round Robin is very pretty ,I just loved to see all those little housses ,including the lighthouse and a windmill :)
The poodle coasters are very original and lovely too !
I am sorry you are feeling pain ,I really can share your moods because of my arthritis..

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for joining in with the Blog Hop. Your card has just been sent out today!
Love the poodle coasters, they would be so easy to rechart and stitch again in full cross stitch.

butterfly said...

Lovely post lots of lovely stitching and two lovely babies love the new hair cut, hugs.

SoCal Debbie said...

HI Vickie, I'm a new follower of your blog. I found you through the Summer Blog Hop. The Poodle "coasters" you found are adorable. Your Bent Creek stitching is so nice. It's fun to switch colors in a design and I like to use VMSS floss when I can.

I took my dog to the vet and she is on strong anti-inflammatories to help her walk, too. I'm hoping both of our dogs feel much better soon!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Thanks for sharing my postcard Vickie - allthe way from England too :)

That's a great find on the coasters and I love your Bent Creek sampler

happy stitching x

Catherine said...

Sweet finish!! Aawwww....I must say I love the fluffy Henry look better too! So sorry about the pain....hope the meds get approved soon!