Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New start and the why, when, and what for Tuesday

This morning is very hot and humid again, just like the past 3 days in North Georgia. Summer is definitely here. I think we are officially there too according to the calender!

Yesterday was a miserable day with the eye.
Woke with a migraine and more pain.  I think the implant was drying out in spite of using the solutions and at 8pm last night it worked itself out to the corner and half-way out of my eye, so I had no choice but to remove it. I didn't realize the comfort over the raw area it was giving me until after it came out. Bottom line, I will not let this win. I will make it until my appt Thursday and the good news is I don't have to drive 30 miles today in the bright sun to get it removed! ;)  This morning it feels  much better than last night for sure!

I try not to focus on this as it may be a downer to some, but I've had many write and want me to keep in touch and my eye issue is taking MUCH time out of stitching right now.

 This morning I started on a very small design I'm making. Here's a peek. I'm using 2 overdyed threads. The blue is Gentle Art Brethren Blue but on the fabric it almost looks black. The red is Gentle Art Faded Rose. I thought both would look good in this small design on 32 count Antique Ivory linen for a frame I found in a thrift shop. ( I think I put this on the blog a week or so ago)

Taking a break from Ann Hill to get this one done. Probably will only take a day or two. Then back to Ann Hill.

This design is made in honor of my son, Brandon, and will be a part of my Americana sampler wall that is growing.

The design is unique and hope it will look good in this frame.

Some questions and answers from recent emails and posts:

  • Are you going to sell your designs? 
Yes, I had projected to start earlier than where I am now. When?  most likely this Fall as I try to continue getting my office ready for printing, supplies, eye issues settled, etc.  But, I will have them for sale in print format.

  • How many designs have you made?
Approximately 40-45 have been graphed. I cannot afford a model stitcher at this time, so I AM the model stitcher and work as I can in consideration of outside factors.

  • Who is Body Guard?
I use the word Body Guard to protect the identity of my husband as online is kinda "putting everything out there" and I would not want to interfere with or cause problems with his career/job. We laugh about the nickname actually as I have used it for about 3-4 years now.

  • Why did you name your blog Feathers in the Nest?
I originally wanted to write a book many years ago, mainly about things I have survived and the consequences of choices. I also was drawn to this name because I LOVE to work on our home and "feather our nest".
So, it became a  natural name for what I love to do. Needlework is a big part of feathering the nest as well as making a house, a home.
  • How will you sell your designs, Etsy, Ebay, website, Nest Feathers Shoppe?? 
Well, this is something I'm still thinking about very hard. For the most part I like Etsy, but there were some things sold on there that I personally would be embarrassed to have my name associated with it. They did protest these prolific, hurtful greeting cards which targeted parents with children with Down's Syndrome, and Rape Survivors. I was VERY happy to see they did respond to this and get it off a site that is very fun to cruise and has many other GOOD things from great designers.
I actually have a website and have had one for about 6 months but again, haven't designed it so it's hanging out there for work right now.

  • Why do you not use a brick and mortar business for framing?
I have no problems with brick and mortar business's for supplies or framing. However, I, like many Americans right now, have to consider the economy and save when I can. Also, I actually like to frame my own pieces and have help from hubbie if I need it. I have used other's to frame and loved the results but I couldn't feasible regularly pay this amount of money to have framing completed, especially when I can do it and save for more stitchy stuff!!!!  ;)

  • Who is my favorite designer?
I can't really name one in particular as I LOVE many, many designers work. I tend to love antique samplery or reproduction work. And one particular weakness is Dutch samplers and motifs.

  • What is my favorite count linen?
Well, my favorite is simply 32 count due to more comfort for my eyes. However, I love 35 count as well and this is what Ann Hill repro sampler is stitched on currently. While I have stitched 40 count, it's makes my eyes water even though I use magnifier and glasses so I usually stay within 28-36 count linen.

  • What are my favorite fibers?
Well, I  love Crescent Colors. But I use Gentle Art, Weeks, and plain DMC cotton as well. I especially LOVE silks, Glorianna and Vickki Clayton silks but usually use cottons for cost reasons. There are still many others I want to explore!

  • What inspires you to design a sampler?
Many factors, in particular, the environment I live where freedom, simplicity, creativity, nature and historical buildings abound. We live near a touristy area of Helen, Ga. which is an Alpine village that encourages creativity and free-spirits! We also have many beautiful old, old buildings which I would love to incorporate into local samplery motifs one day.

  • How old is Abigail Rennee and what kind of breed is she?
Abigail, or Abbie, was adopted in November 2009, born in Sept 2009 from a Chihauhau breeder local to our area and well-known for Chi lodging and breeding for years. She is a long-haired Chi who provides us with more love and joy than you can imagine. Her name Rennee was given in memory of my older Chi who passed away last July. Ren, who was 17 years old.

  • What other interests do you have besides stitching? 
Well, that is a broad question. I'm always working on something! I am a certified Legal Nurse Consultant of which I became certified 4 years ago and have consulted with only a few cases due to time and other priorities but I definitely have legal interests, usually background work for attorneys on cases.
I also am a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, of which I have been for almost 20 years now, a RN for 26 years and work part-time in a private practice. I really enjoy helping others heal hurts and prevent disease.
I also love to read and write (I know you figured that out!!!!!). I have always loved to write and find it easier than speaking in public. Ironically, my hubbie presents lectures occasionally in law enforcement and loves teaching large crowds. But opposites do attract!  LOL
I also play the piano, not as much now, but have a life-long music history and once, in college had several music scholarships but changed my major to science. I still have a piano and tickle the keys on occasion.

  • Where do you find such good thrift stores?
I find that this area is rich in thrift stores, antique stores, and primitive shops. I especially love Dahlonega, Ga's stores on the square, thrifts stores in Cleveland and Helen, Ga., and I'm game for any yard sales or auctions. I really love auctions!!! ;)  Hearts and Flowers is my favoirite primitive store.

  • How do you group samplers in your home?
I tend to have certain areas for sampler walls but I also have needlework finishes throughout the house in spots, usually smaller samplers. Each bedroom has sampler walls and one of the stairways particularly holds Americana work. Where the sampler is placed is usually by the predominant colors or theme. I think it's something for everyone to decide what works for them in their home as this is just my way of doing things and certainly other ways work well too.

  • Is it ok to change your design freebies to something different?
Well, I copyright my designs, so any major changes, I wouldn't encourage as this is copyright infringement. Changing the initals or dates are ok, but other changes I don't encourage as I spend a good deal of time graphing it out to be what it is.

I love your email and comments!  Keep it coming!!!! Interacting with folks who share my passions is the best. I find I learn alot in networking and also try to help when I can.

  I hope you have a great Tuesday and enjoy the flowers and music that life is bringing to you today!


  1. I love your blog. I have been a follower for sometime. I would love to offer my services as a model stitcher. =) pro bono. contact me if you are interested.

  2. I too love your blog. You may want to look into Zibbet to sell your stuff too. It is newer, and very simialr to etsy, but you keep your proceeds. I have a shop there under Orange Blossom Dreams, but like you my day job gets in the way and things are moving slowly there and on my website. I wish you well with your eye and your designing! Can't wait to hear about you website grand opening!

  3. Still sending thoughts and prayers your way, hoping your eye heals quickly.

    Great informative post!

  4. oooo what a lot of info there :) my you are one talented lady :) if you get stuck for model stitching count me in .. don't charge, do it for the love of the stitching :) hope everything goes well with the eye Thursday :) take care love mouse xxxx

  5. Loved all your answers. Feel like a know you better. Can't wait to see the piece honoring Brandon. I seem to do alot of teaching pieces for my daughter and patriotic for my son serving.
    I have lots of free time and could stitch up a model.
    Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

  6. I love this post! So many snippets.

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see a step by step of your 'at home' framing. That would be a great service to all of us.

  7. I really enjoy your blog and your designs. So sorry about the migraines. I used to suffer from daily constant migraines. I found help through MHNI in Ann Arbor , MI. They have an inpatient program that works wonders. They use high dose IV meds to break the headache cycle and they pinpoint what is causing them and find a medicine that will work non narcotic. It gave me my life back for sure. You can read about it online and send for a free dvd that explains the program. They are the best headache /migraine inpatient program in the USA second would be Cleveland Clinics program.

    I dont know if this will help but I wanted to offer the info. Your stitching is beautiful. I love reading your blog and seeing your projects and designs. I am considering becoming a designer myself. Do you have any advice for me.

  8. I'm another one who would be happy to be a model stitcher! I'm a good proof reader too if you want one of those.
    I'm interested in your response to the question about changing free designs. I would happpily take bits and pieces from any design and change them about, mix and match etc. I wouldn't think of that as copyright infringment unless I tried to pass them off as my own design!!
    An example is the Bagpuss sampler I have on my blog today, there are 3 different designer's work in there. I do quote my sources!

  9. That was a lovely post to read Jennifer. Crossing fingers here that your eyes will be better soon and looking forward to see your name among other designers. Your designs are quite gorgeous, so I have no doubt you will succeed.
    About changing designs...I do that from time to time. And I don't think it's against copy right. I buy a design but how I stitch it is up to me. As long as I don't use part of your artistic work and try passing it on as my own, it's not against copyright.

  10. I hope they find a solution to fix your eye soon Jennifer.
    It was interesting reading all of the questions and comments.
    The new design looks lovely, can't wait to see the rest of it.
    Pat-Pat for Abbie. :)

  11. Jennifer so sorry to hear you are having problems with your eyes. You are in my prayers. I hope you start to feel better. Your new start is looking good. I hope you have a good day...

  12. Thanks for all the info Jennifer. You're so creative! Keep up the good work, and I'll keep following. BTW, love the colors you chose for your new WIP!

  13. I'm sorry to hear that you are suffering so much with your eye - I hope it gets sorted soon.
    I've loved reading this post as it gives a great insight into you as a person.
    I wish you well with your business ventures.
    I would offer to model stitch too but I'm not the quickest!


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