Monday, July 13, 2009

A Little Bit More

I was going to update my blog last Thursday, but the cameras batteries were flat. We have 2 cameras that I could have used and you guessed it. Both were flat. So after a lot of recharging here are the latest photos of Betsy D.

She is coming along quite nicely. Although I think the people have really scary faces lol.

My next part to do is the house which is over one. As you know I don't mind doing the odd over one's lol.

Thank you to Barbara from Queenstown Samplers and to the 2 Pats who helped me find the link to seeing the original Betsy Davis Sampler in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, each of you helped me in one way or the other and I really appreciate your help. My DH was able to print a copy of the photo from one of the Pats. He doesn't have full internet service, so Pat who sent me a photo on her email helped him print the picture for me. I find it quite useful and I continually look at it while I stitch. I was going to post a photo of the original Betsy, but this computer is being a jerk (as usual). I am trying this on another computer. I hope the link comes through. It is really fascinating to see the original. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston link is here

It really helps when you are doing a antique reproduction if you can see occasionally the original. It sometimes helps answer the many questions one has while stitching these wonderful works of art

Don't you love these scissors. They are a pair of Scissoroos. I love the kangaroo on them. There are a lot of kangaroos around where I live, but you never see them. Sometimes when we go to Lithgow which is on the otherside of the mountains and it is early in the morning we often see a lot of them grazing in the grass. We are supposed to have a black panther who roams free around the mountains and has been spotted by a lot of people, but that is another story. Some people think it is fact or others fiction. He or she is supposed to have escaped from a circus a long time ago and has mated with a feral cat. So I am not sure how many there are. I have seem photos that are very grainy of it and hazy videos, but who knows.

Before I go, please say a little pray for a young English (19 yo) backpacker who has been missing for 10 days in the bush. He arrived here on the Thursday and stayed in the Youth Hostel. He decided to go for a bush walk 10 days ago and left his passport, papers, mobile phone in the Youth Hostel. He didn't come back and after a couple of days the Police, National Parks, Rural Fire Service Volunteers have been searching for him. Last week the weather was terrible as for a few days it was so misty and wet. The nights have been freezing and wet and there is another really cold snap coming again. His Father and Uncle have come out from England to help look for him, but the problem is that the Police don''t know where he was headed. It is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Anyway, I hope and pray that he is still with us. I feel so sorry for his poor parents and all those people who are out looking for him. Please pray that is is still ok.


Margaret said...

Just gorgeous as usual, Sandra! I love how it's coming out! It's hard to do those little faces -- but they definitely don't look scary! I do hope that poor backpacker is found and soon.

Glenna said...

So pretty--I love the pinks and blues and all the animals. Too funny about the scary faced people. The woman on the upper right looks like she's going to make a break for it and run down the design screaming "aieeeeee!"

I hope the backpacker is ok--people do the darnedest things and then have to be rescued.

Suzanne said...

I can never get over how fast you stitch these complex samplers. Betsy is really looking wonderful.

I love those scissors as well, I have two pairs, but haven't cracked them out of their cases yet. Small children have a tendency to misuse good scissors. and leave the ordinary ones alone.

I don't hold much hope for that backpacker. This long missing with the weather conditions, it's a pretty grim situation. I hope by some miracle they find him alive.

I always laugh at the prospect of the mysterious black panther. It has supposedly been seen down near the river just where we live. Nice story, but I think it may be too many vivid imaginations.

I am hoping to make a trip up to Karen's shop in the next week or two, so maybe we may have a chance to meet.

Karoline said...

Betsy is looking gorgeous, great progress

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandra,

What lovely progress. I will definitely check out the link. I agree with you - it's so nice to be able to see the original when stitching a reproduction.

That pair of scissors is just adorable -- love your name for it because of the kangaroos! :)

Will definitely be praying for the boy. Please update us when you have any.

Deb said...

Your stitching is just so beautiful as always. I really admire the sampler that you pick out to stitch - so detailed and lovely.

I will definitely be praying for the boy - that he is found safe and sound.

Kathy A. said...

Sandra - you pick the most lovely samplers to stitch on. I love the progress on this one. The colors are wonderful.
I hope they find that young man safe and sound.

The Scarlett House said...

Another stunner, Sandra! You sure have excellent taste.
That's a shame about that young hiker. We have search and rescues quite often for hikers that get lost in the mountains. Our issue is the heat though.

Brigitte said...

This is such a wonderful sampler and you made a lot of progress on it. And you are right about the faces - these people don't seem to be in a joyful mood, lol.
The scissors are as hoot. I love all those scissors that have a stork or a rooster or an owl - or this kangoroo. Great idea.
I do hope that the hiker is still alive and will be found quickly.

Françoise said...

So so LOvely!!!!

All my best thoughts for the boy


Cindy F. said...

Beautiful progress! Thanks for sharing the link. I really enjoyed looking at the finish you're working towards:)

Jan said...

I love how this is progressing! Truly gorgeous!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Just the most beautiful sampler, Sandra. I have to get the chart. It's one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Can't wait to see it finished. You do such a fabulous job stitching. Your new scissors are great! What fun to have them. I just got the new Kelms. "flowerpot" scissors. Chat with you soon, Deb

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your sampler is going to be impressive when finished.

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