Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Almost finished.....not!

I don't know what I was thinking when I figured I was almost finished with Nantucket Summer Sampler. I said that I only had to finished up the border but as I was stitching it yesterday I thought something was missing. Sure enough, I was missing the last part of the landscape including the lighthouse. I don't know how I managed to miss this whole section. Sometimes I think I haven't got my head screwed on right! In any case I finished the border minus a few of the flowers and decided to get started on the last bit. As you can see I've got the water done and now I'm working on the last hill where the lighthouse will sit on top.

I've still not started my next LHN ornament. I'm suddenly having a hard time getting started at any Christmas stitching. In any case I did find fabric for it and will probably give it a start this weekend. What I've been concentrating on instead is......

TaDa! Clarisse's Cat Sampler or Colette's Cat Sampler as it's properly known. I finished this up on Monday while I waited at the doctor's office.
I'll be dropping this off at the framer's when I go to pick up my Home of a Needleworker. I'll use some of my birthday money for the framing.

Speaking of birthday, I had a very quiet celebration since my sons are not getting together with me until this weekend. My youngest is taking me out for dinner on Friday night with the family and then to Chapters bookstore to pick out something I like. So on the actual day my dear friend Michelle invited us over for coffee and said she had a gift for me. My DH had picked up a birthday cake for me and not a small one either. It was a vanilla slab cake! I don't know what he was thinking. Maybe he was confused and thought the boys would be here on that weekend. In any case he took this cake with us over to my friend's house where would you believe it? She also had a birthday cake for me! Hers was a little more weight watch friendly since it was an Angel Food with strawberries and kiwi spooned over it. We had cake coming out our ying yang! So we left home later, each having traded some of their cake for the other. We never did get through it all. If I'd been smart I would have frozen some until the boys did land in. But my mind never works that way.

My DH had ordered a lovely birthday gift for me back in mid April but it ended up being on backorder and arrived a couple days late. So last Friday we took a trip into Massena, NY which is just on the border of Cornwall, Ontario. We picked up my gift and it's so lovely!! It's a jewellry armoire. Not that I have tons of jewellry but I don't have a jewellry box big enough for what I do have and consequently my dresser in the bedroom is covered with my earrings, watches, etc. This beautiful piece of furniture will hold it all and then some. The doors open on either side for my necklaces and what I didn't discover until today is that the top also lifts and has a tray for rings inside. This is such a cool gift!

At the mall where my gift had to be picked up is an incredible antique shop. Besides antiques they also carry Folk Art, Americana, etc. While I waited for Bob I wandered through the shop.

Now I've been seeing some lovely scissor frogs on different blogs lately. I've always known about flower frogs but had never even thought to use them this way. So after seeing Sharon's and Von's frogs I went on a hunt. I knew that I had one of these in the house which used to reside in one of my vases. Took me a while but I found it. I also found a lot of others things that were MIA! So while I was wandering through the antique store I discovered a small bone china dish. Hmmm, looks like my frog would fit in that perfectly. I took a chance, bought it and sure enough the scissor frog fit in like it was always meant to belong there. Thanks for the idea ladies!

I'm itching to start a new piece, any piece. I feel like I've been working on my other stitches forever! It's time for a change. So on that note, I'm off to check out my stash.


  1. You have been busy and the Frog fits so nicely...There's nothing quite like starting something new. I am all for that activity. In fact I have started Stitching Row prior to our SS Retreat next weekend but it is a quick stitch and with any luck at all the new HAED on order will come in before next Thursday....Have a great day Lynn
    Be always in stitches.

  2. What a cute idea for organizing your scissors, and I'll bet you can always find them! I agree that it's hard to work on Christmas projects now, but I guess that way they might get finished in time to use them SAL is progressing very slowly.

  3. Love the frog, Lynn! I can't wait to see what you pull out of your stash. New starts are always so fun!

  4. Congratulations on finishing Clasrisse's sampler. Looks very nice. And your By the Bay will be done sooner of later, too, lol.
    That new pieces of furniture for your jewelery is a wonderful birthday gift indeed, and maybe you'll discover some more hiding places for your jewels in it.

  5. Congratulations on the finish, Lynn! Clarisse's sampler is adorable. Your BtB sampler is coming along nicely. LOL about the cakes! I love your birthday gift and the stuff you found at the mall. Enjoy your birthday celebrations this weekend, too!

  6. Lynn I would just blame missing that chunk on getting over the anesthetic from surgery! Yup, sounds like a good excuse to me! But it sure does look fantastic!

    Your Clarisse sampler looks fantastic! Congratulations.

    Great flower frog!

  7. Lynn,
    I am so sorry that you are on your way back to work next week. I have seven more years to retirement, that is if I last that long I really want to retire, like yesterday! I have had enough. I want to stitch and enjoy myself a little.
    I love the frog you found. I have one that I bought a few years ago at an antique shop, it reminded me of my Gramma. She always put pansies in hers in the spring. I like the idea of the sissors. I think I will get it out and put it by my chair.
    Have a good Victoria Day!

  8. Congrats on getting "Clarisse" finished. Laughed when I read your Nantucket story.
    Love your frog. I found one too and it sits in a heavy glass candle holder. Fun isn't it.
    Take care and hope to see you in July!!!

  9. A belated Happy Birthday! I love the Clarisse sampler, what a great finish! Your Nantucket piece is looking lovely.

    The jewellery cabinet is really beautiful. What a great gift.

  10. Congratulations on finishing Clarisse's sampler, the kitties on it are too cute. Your jewellery cupboard is gorgeous and I hope that you had a wonderful birthday (((((HUGS))))).