Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Best Framers I've Experienced for my own Stitching finishes

I've mentioned this company in particular before. I do  not have any commission or reasons to gain from this, but because in this economy, I try to save when I can and not diminsh quality, I frame my own stitching.

Ebay has a shop, The Frame Guys, who I've done business with for 3 years and NEVER been disappointed with their service, quality, prices are excellent, and I've even talked on the phone once when the size was wrong with the "guy" and he was so cordial and actually answered the phone without having to leave messages and such. Communication and price is superb.

This morning the mail lady UPS brought the package from a frame I ordered specifically for How  Great Thou Art sampler that I designed 2 weeks ago. It's a small design and will be a quickie to stitch but I got this from in a rustic "Loden/ dark sage" color green, with it has a rustic appeal and freshly finished ( I can still smell the paint when I opened it), I did  another happy dance from the Frame guys!

They package VERY well, so no dings.


After this bubble wrap is removed, they have a fine plastic wrap around the frame.



This is like a dark sage green, rustic
The border is larger and I thought that would compliment the small design. 3 inch border.



glass is included with a hanger as well



the back of it. It's SOLID wood



this one I picked to be knotty pine and rustic. They have thinner moldings and many, many other designs.



A heavy, solid wood frame for a  freebie I put on the blog 2 weeks ago 

How Great Thou Art
designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2011

I just wanted to share this with those who may be trying to save a few pennies and venture into framing your own work.

The Doggie Fairy is flying around the window right now

Yeppers, Ms. Abbie kept acting like something was in her mouth for 2 hours, like peanut butter and it was bothering her bad and then a baby tooth popped out onto my pants. Poor Abbie. She snarled (has never done that) to BG when he was trying to see what was wrong.

and feminine, foo,foo snarls are funny.

shhhhhhhhh.....

Don't tell Miss Abbie that BG threw away her tooth instead of saving it for the tooth fairy.....LOL

She's my sugar lump.


She is usually happy but tonight she was a little vinegar.



Hope your weekend has started out great!
(and the tooth fairy leaves something under your pillow too)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What I been doing besides stitching



Home today and cleaning like it's Spring instead of Summer. I don't know who stitched this. I bought this already framed and stitched. While I was cleaning, I looked up and saw this and took a pic.
I think it's so true.

Also just out of the oven is Blueberry Cobbler.

It is very Yum!


Eazy, Peazy to make and puts smiles on faces  ;)

Last night and this morning, I finally finished sorting and bagging threads and linen. Honestly, I think I have enough for quite a while.

 I can't believe I just said that.

 I had to do some inventory to see what I really had and what I didn't have.

Oh, but the laundry area and the office are looking better, but still got lots of Spring/Summer cleaning to do in there.

Abbie today on a freshly, washed quilt.

She has a rough life........



She's really ignoring me while I eat some Blueberry Cobbler. ;)

Back to cleaning........hope your Thursday was happy and yummy.

Jennifer

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Progress on Ann Hill and Junkin' and Nesting adventures

Well, yesterday was a busy day at work, so I didn't even sign on the computer to write.

Sunday night I spent a good deal of time stitching and frogging out and then repeat, this border of Ann Hill. I think I'm getting the hang of it now. It's going to be a large one so I will have much practice.

I have had questions in the past from readers if I stitch in hand or in a frame or how?

Well, the answer is complex. It depends on the stiffness of the linen, the size of the linen, etc. I normally use Qsnaps in hand or my Needlework 4 system stand. I have used regular wooden hoops on some occasions. They just leave such markings to iron out that I rarely use them.  I have a ruptured disk in my neck so I learned awhile back not to stitch much just in hand. It flares that up. AND I did part of Sunday and I'm still with a flared left arm and neck even today but it will get better.

 After I got the left corner started, I put it in a large Qsnap and put it in the needlework stand which was much better. The linen, supplied in this sampler kit from Colonial Williamsburg, gave only 2 and a quarter  inches around the edge when it was cut. I usually like a bit larger when I know I will be working on it for a while. BUT, make do and try to learn.......  :)



The colors are beautiful in Ann Hill. The pink flowers are so dainty. For some reason (probably because I was watching all the Casey Anthony stuff on TV) I kept miscounting and had to frog twice, because you know how borders go.......it's a sunken feeling when you get around to the other side and it's not meeting up right.....LOL



No fancy overdyed threads, just DMC.

35 ct linen, antique ivory

I will have to add that this linen could probably stand straight up on the floor it's so stiff. But I kind of rather work with that instead of really limp, stretchy linen.



On Pink Hill Manor by Blackbird Designs, I'm here. I really just needed to do the border but I had to give my eyes a break from the muted colors on this linen. With glaucoma, contrasting with muted colors is really a challenge for me now.  I hope to finish this one up soon and frame.



Speaking of color, I still love my pincushion, I treasure it from our Williamsburg trip.



Other things around the house, include this beautiful rose blooming this morning. You can see that the plants aren't that healthy. I essentially do nothing in this gardening area. What blooms---- blooms.

 Once I found a snake while trimming back the roses and I surrendered to weedy, wild growth after that. ;)



Flossie Mae has graduated with honors to the yard now! She stays on the porches and runs up and down. Thomas is keeping his watch over her. They have a love/hate relationship seems. One minute he is hissing at her, next minute he is watching her and keeping her close to the house.

 Last night we brought her back in for the night so gradually she is getting used to her new territory.
{yes, we have painting to do on the porch. It's an endless task}



My dearest friend Dot, who just moved away ( so sad), left me with one of her wreaths she had for years.
I have used it for a  year now, and change the bows depending on the season and it's holding up well. I miss her alot. I put a simple Waverley ribbon bow on it for the Summer.



Sunday afternoon I went junkin' around at one of my favorite junk stores. I found this for 50 cents.
Each day it gives a lovely reminder on that date and we read it.

yesterday's



and today



Well worth the money for positive thoughts, word vitamins to see each morning when we take our regular vitamins. Feed the body, feed the soul.



And here is Raven, the Lab just diagnosed with diabetes. She is doing well with her insulin injections twice a day and expects belly rubs each morning, as you can see. She does have a persistent limping on her right back leg and it's bothering her so another trip to the vet soon. I suspect she has arthritis. Raven is the Lab that got hit by a car a couple or more years ago and had extensive surgery. We were surprised she lived through it. I think she will probably have alot of arthritis from those old wounds.

There's always something going on, isn't there?

But life is that way.

 We journey with those who have the courage to ride the bumps in the road with us and hopefully in turn we can give good back to those who have some bumps also. But there are those that simply reject it and we move on, knowing we did our best with what we have and pray they cope with their own issues at hand.

A couple of other things that were heart-felt from the thrift store are here:



a vintage cotton feedsack tea towel. LOVED it!

with a blue basket to put some nice summer flowers in.



I actually got the flowers from a primitive store local called Hearts and Flowers. I love that place. It's in an old house built in the 1800's and filled with vintage goodies. If I'm looking for flowers or candles or anything extremely primitive.



I've got to rearrange the towels but just for you to see.......in the corner of the kitchen.



back at the thrift store finds---- this wood frame.

I thought it would make a cute frame for a design I make for the 4th of July and my Americana sampler wall.



And last but not least, this is from Hearts and Flowers. I picked out this necklace which has almost a sampler motif style on each side. There were others, but this one won my heart.

Here's the other side of it:



I hope your week is going well and your journey is full of joy!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

How Great Thou Art sampler---hymn series



How Great Thou Art
by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2011

colors of choice!

How Great Thou Art is a favorite hymn that I've played  many times on the piano and yesterday the song kept going through my mind for some reason. So I just sketched a little old country church last night before I went to bed. Maybe it was because this was the last song we sang at the end of the service when I went 2 weeks ago. Who knows?

The one I attend looks different, but living in the Bible Belt in the Deep South, I'm accustomed to seeing many country churches around. Each are unique. Each congregation sweet, and most make you feel welcome any Sunday of the year!

A Word Vitamin today that I've learned through the years:

God is really the only one that has the key to our heart.

I hope you have a blessed Sunday.

Gadget

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