Thursday, April 16, 2009

Painting the Garden Green

On of my favourite movies is "Alice in Wonderland" and I quite like the song "Painting the Roses Red". For days after I have seen the movie I get around singing this song. While I have been working on the garden on Elizabeth I keep singing this song. Don't know why. Darn I'm starting to sing it again lol.

Well, as you can see I have nearly finished working in the garden. I am looking forward to finishing this bit. Then when I have finished working the garden I have the sky to do which is behind the buildings up to all the small buildings.

I am quite looking forward to moving onto another area. I haven't made up my mind yet whether to start doing the border or continue above the flower vines. Decisions, decisions.

Last week I placed an order to Wye Needlework in England for one of these lap needle frames. I chose one that had 3 sizes of hoops and they arrived the other day. I am really happy with it and it is quite easy to use. I have been having a lot of trouble with pains in my wrist from the dreaded arthristis after breaking my wrist about 7 years ago. Wye Needlework is in Bakewell in Derbyshire where Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice is set. Ah Mr Darcy or should I say Colin Firth. I still think he is the best Mr Darcy,

I am also waiting on a parcel of very old charts that I bought on ebay last week. I successfully bid on 4 charts and got them all. One f them is a Adam and Eve Sampler from Needles Prayse. Also I think it is a sampler called Roxana Corson, a sampler from McCalls Heritage Collection of Museum Samplers and the one that I really wanted called Personal Sampler by Mary Beale. Hopefully they will come today or tomorrow. I have a great deal of patience in most things but not in others.

Yesterday I (hopefully) ordered 2 charts that I have always wanted from The Scarlet Letter. I had a lot of trouble trying to order them. I kept being told that I had to enter the "Billstate" on the previous page, and as I have no idea what that means or where on the previous page it had to go I gave up trying to order them that way. I ended up printing the order form, scanning it and them sending it via email. Hopefully that way the order went through. I'm really looking forward to these samplers as they are a style of sampler that I really love. They are also samplers that I will have to do soon, before the old eyes pack it in. You know 40ct linen one week 18ct Aida the next lol. Oh God, I hope not, I don't like working on Aida.

Had a lovely long weekend. My middle son came up for a few days and my eldest son and DIL came up for a few days. It was great pity that the weather was quite lousy. My eldest and DIL were quite happy, the love going to a book fair that is on a couple of times a year in a church in Leura. They were able to buy a lovely book of all Lewis Carrols work, with drawings by Tennial. It is really lovely. He must like Alice in Wonderland too, do you think.

While they were here my DIL decided to give my blog an update. Do you like it. She loves fiddling around with her computer designing things. For some reason she couldn't get the colours right with the needlework in the heading. I told her that she can change it anytime she likes because after a while it starts to look a bit boring.

Beautiful weather in the mountains at the moment. It is quite cool during the early mornings and evenings, but over the last couple of days the days have been lovely. But as usual, with the weekend approaching, guess what is coming back. You guessed it. Rain.

If my parcel comes today or tomorrow and I can get on this computer (I have to kick somebody who is on school holidays off) I will post a photo of my purchases.

14 comments:

Margaret said...

I just love seeing your progress on Eliz. Cox. She's so amazingly gorgeous! Hope your stash comes soon! And yes, I like your new blog look! :D

Suzanne said...

I love the new look to the blog, it's very nice. Eliza Cox is coming together so well. Your stitching skills are certainly amazing.

Great purchase of that frame, I am sure it will making stitching so much easier.

I hope the weather cools a little more, it just dosen't feel like Autumn yet. I wonder if we will really get any rain. The BOM has not been too good with it's predictions lately.

Brigitte said...

You made some nice progress on Eliza Cox. It's such a great piece.
It's incredible how fast your new lap frame arrived. When I order something from the US it takes at least two weeks to arrive. Maybe I should order more from the UK, lol.

Анна - Зонт said...

I love it!

staci said...

This project is really lovely!!!

Kathy A. said...

Ahh, all that green grass. Eliza is coming along beautifully though. Keep it up.
That's some list of new stash you have coming. That ought to keep the needles busy.
Love the new blog look. Isn't it wonderful to have computer geniuses in the family.

Deb said...

You are making such great progress on this piece. It is gorgeous! Great purchase on the frame. I bought one of those years ago, and I do love working on it occasionally! Hope that your stash comes soon and I also like the look of your blog! Sometimes it's fun to change things around!

Cindy F. said...

I'm really enjoying your beautiful progress!
I really like the lap needle frame you've ordered! Great new blog look!!

Siobhan said...

It sounds like you have some great stash coming your way! Your Eliz. Cox--W.O.W. I want to run my hands over all the stitches. It just look so amazing. Your DIL is a wonder with the computer, she did an amazing job on the blog background and header pic! Too cool! I hope the frame helps your hands.

Jan said...

Such gorgeous work!! Hope you get your stash and soon, that is always such fun!

Kim said...

Your work is amazing!!!! A*mazing! :o)) I'm entranced by your embroidery on Eliza Cox! Beautiful!!!

Karoline said...

Great progress on Eliza, it's looking gorgeous.

I love going to Wye Needlecraft it's about an hours drive from me and it's a gorgeous shop.

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness, I had the pleasure in seeing Sandra Eliz Cox in person on the weekend and the pictures are wonderful but the real thing is just amazing...It is beautiful Sandra, a absolute credit to you...

The Scarlett House said...

Every time I see your progress, I am amazed. What a truly stunning sampler. Good for you that you were able to score some great stuff on Ebay. I've bid twice and lost both times by just a few cents. Frustrating!!! I hope your Scarlet Letter order went through okay. I've only ordered from them once, and I didn't have any problems. Keep us posted, no pun intended,lol.