Thursday, May 14, 2009

Lollipops

I decided to have a change from the main body of Elizabeth and do the border. I think the flowers look a little bit like "Chuppa" lollipops. The inside of the flowers are done in cross stitch but the petals are done in satin stitch. I should really be a lot further along but the dreaded frogs paid me a visit on the left hand side. I have had to undo this side completely twice. A right pain the you know where. So on the 3rd attempt I decided just to stitch the outline of the vine and then come along and stitch the leaves and flowers. So far this idea is working.


I have already bought Elizabeths frame and I am really looking forward to finishing her. After my problems with the border I am definitely looking forward to seeing the end of her lol, but that could also be that I have everything ready to start my next sampler. It's funny, there is always another one that comes along that grabs you be the throat and says "Pick me, pick me".
In my case it is Betsy Davis. Every time I take the graph out I shudder and think "can I do it" and then I say to myself, "Well girl, you'll never know unless you try."
On the other front, I am getting over a bout of the flu that my DH kindly gave me. I am ok now but still have coughing fits all the time, especially when I talk to somebody.
Today is very windy in the mountains. All the beautiful trees are now slowly loosing their leaves. Every now and then the wind picks up a pile of leaves and the leaves dance amongst the wind. Very pretty.
If anyone comes up to the mountains go for a drive up to Blackheath and go for a drive in the back streets. The trees there are glorious. Another beautiful place to go is Mount Wilson. Mount Wilson is famous for its gardens and the drive around there will be quite rewarding. The only problem is on the weekend, when you can't move. It's the same with my other favourite place Leura. It is always murder to find a parking spot.
Anyway, I hope you are all well, and will have a lovely weekend. I'm sorry if I haven't paid you a visit recently as I have had a lot on mind lately.

13 comments:

Margaret said...

This is going to be one spectacular sampler, Sandra! it's gorgeous! Sorry about the frogs. I keep having that problem too recently. :(

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Margaret took the words right out of my mouth.... I was just looking at it in detail thinking "this is one spectacular sampler"! I can not WAIT to see this beauty framed.

Love to Stitch said...

Simply amazing. As I had no idea that this already spectacular sampler had more to come! The border is terrific. Outstanding! (Sorry about the frogs, it happens to the best of us....) Hope you continue to feel better.

Kathy A. said...

You are making such lovely progress even with a visit from the frogs.
Hang in there.
Glad to hear you are recovering well from the dreaded flu.

Deb said...

I am in total awe everytime I see one of your progress pics! It is doing to be out of this world when done! I really can't wait to see this finished and framed!

Cindy F. said...

Hope you're feeling much better soon!
This sampler is just amazing to watch grow! So sorry you've had problems with those darn frogs though!

Jan said...

It is so beautiful already, and I adore that viney border with the flowers. Sorry it was such a pain. Hope you feel better really soon!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

You know, Sandra, you are just one amazing stitcher. Elizabeth is a fabulous sampler. I don't know how you manage to do such complicated pieces and so fast! You really do need to treat yourself with a couple of new starts. It's the latest stitching trend!! When in a recession...STITCH!! Hugs, Deb

PS: I see my word verification below is: tramps Does this have any reference to the starting newbies trend??? :]

Suzanne said...

I hope that you are feeling much better. Don't you just hate frogs, I think I have a resident one at the moment, who is wasting my precious stitching time.

Your sampler looks great, yo have made a real lot of progress.

Siobhan said...

That is going to be a STUNNING sampler when it's finished--worth even the frogs paying a visit. Hope things are going okay & that you're recovering well from the flu.

Teri said...

Every time I check in to see your progress, I'm amazed. This piece is spectacular! I look forward to seeing the frame you've selected. Hope you feel better soon!

Brigitte said...

This sampler is really gorgeous. I'm already very curious about the frame you chose.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow that sampler is going to be a stunning piece when its done!!!!