Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hestera Harmer


 My goodness it is a very long time since I posted.  But I have had a lot of things going on in my life.

I thought that you might like to see my progress on as I call her Cousin Hestera.  I think that I'm related to her.  Not 100% sure but I think so.  Like a lot of relatives Cousin Hestera and I have had a few issues that hopefully we have resolved.  I discovered that the beautiful rose on the left hand side was 2 threads out when I had nearly finished doing it and then had to frog it all out as it would have made a difference.  Then I kept getting lost in the basket that is in the large motif down the bottom.  A lot of mumbling and grumbling went on with that motif I can tell you.  I gave a huge sigh of relief when I finished doing that bit.

I just have to finish off the border which I always love (not), do the verse which is over one and then the mirror image of the other 4 motifs on the other side.  Hopefully it won't be long before Hestera is done and hanging on my walls.


Talking of samplers hanging on walls.  Just before Christmas 2 of my Sons painted my lounge/dining room etc. for me.  When they were done my DH thought that it would be nice if we hung some of my samplers in the lounge room.                                                                                                                                         

So on this wall we have Rebecca Cullin, The Tablet Sampler and Harriet Burry.  There is a bit of a gap between The Tablet and Harriet, but I intend to do Jane Ballard very soon.  Jane Ballard is very similar to Rebecca Cullin.  I think that they came from the same area in England.                                                     


Please excuse the TV.  Men and their TV's :).  Maria Foster now hangs on this wall along with Dutch Beauty and Margaret Gibson by Scarlet Letter.


The weather has been really lovely here in the Mountains.  We are very fortunate that because we are surrounded by a National Park that we always have the most beautiful collection of birds here.  Most of the time they are very shy and fly off as soon as you go out side.  But this morning I was able to take a couple of photos of a couple of the birds.  She is very hard to see, but if you look in the middle of the photo you can see the most beautiful orange colour.  This is one of the most beautiful birds and she is a King Parrot.  The males have the orange colour on their heads.  The females heads are green.


We have also been getting a lot of the as we call them The Hooligans of the Bird World.  I'm sure that most of you know these birds.  This is a Sulpher Crested Cockatoo.  So noisy lol.  Yesterday we have about 40 of them out the front at the same time.  When they take off the rooms becomes dark for a few seconds.

Thank you for dropping by and I will try not to leave it to long before I post again.

14 comments:

Laurie in Iowa said...

It's so nice to see a blog post from you! You've been missed. Your Hestera is beautiful but I am sorry to hear you had to unstitch the flower and the basket gave you fits.

My thoughts are turned to Australia as I enjoy watching the Aussie Open. It also means very little sleep if I want to see the matches live!

Margaret said...

Sandra, I'm in love with your Hester. I need to dig mine out and start on it. There are way too many projects I want to get to. Love your framing too -- good that you are hanging your lovely work up. We need to find a way of bringing those hot temps and our cold ones and balancing them out. Wouldn't it be nice if we could do that? Aussie Open -- hooray!

Jenny said...

Hi Sandra, It is so nice to see you posting, I have missed you. Your Hester is just lovely and I am in love with your new sampler walls. The samplers...and the paint color...look just beautiful.

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Katrina said...

Oh wow, she's just gorgeous!!!!! Love her :-).

anita1912 said...

Your samplers are lovely! I discovered your blog last week and am so happy to see an update. I am a great admirer of samplers so your work is a delight to see! My youngest daughter and I are avid bird-watchers. We live in Florida so our native species are, of course, quite different. What a delight it would be to see a King Parrot in our backyard! We are most frequently visited by cardinals, blue jays, and Carolina wrens - in addition to our 27 chickens. It is a great day when we spy a roseate spoonbill!

Faye said...

Stunning sampler!!!! And, I LOVE seeing all samplers on your walls...

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a great sampler wall you have. And your current project looks gorgeous, too.

Terri said...

Your stitching is beautiful and I love all of your samplers!

Karoline said...

Lovely to hear from you :)

Heaters is gorgeous, sorry to hear about the frogs.

Lovely to see your samplers on the walls

Jeanne said...

Beautiful progress and love the samplers on your lounge wall - just lovely! I hope you have no more 'discussions" with Cousin Hestera LOL

Suzanne said...

Beautiful progress on Hestera!

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Youre going to to move those samplers closer to make room LOL What wonderful finishes!

Rose Victorien said...

whoooo, c'est absolument magnifique
rose