Diane and I have a few surprises in store to keep the momentum going for our fundraiser for animal welfare organizations in the US. (You can read more about it on my previous blog post.)
Every Saturday, we are going to draw a name to receive two autographed charts (one from each of us.) Each week will have its own theme, and this week is spring on the farm.
Our winner this week is Valorie Ryan from Texas, and she will be receiving both of the above charts in the mail from us (Spring at Bean Family Farm and Mrs. O'Leary's Farm).
So far, there have been over 250 orders for these charts, which means a lot of great things for animals in need. Make sure you go and purchase your charts -- we will be doing other fun events and giveaways as time progresses.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
|Neighborhood Friends by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks|
Pets bring so much joy to our lives: they greet us happily at the end of the day, they listen when we need a caring friend, they snuggle up to us when we sleep, and they are our constant loving companions. Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks and Theresa Venette of Shakespeare's Peddler wanted to help this country's homeless animals and have created two designs, the proceeds from which will benefit dogs and cats looking for their fur-ever homes.
|Cats in the Garden by Shakespeare's Peddler|
To nominate an organization, indicate your choice in the comments section of your order form on Etsy. The organization must be devoted to helping homeless, lost, injured, abused, neglected, or abandoned animals and must be verifiable (we will need either an address, a web site, or a phone number for verification with your nomination.) The organization must be in the United States, but does not need to be restricted to an organization that helps dogs and cats (other animal welfare organizations are welcome!) If you do not nominate an organization, your vote will go to Best Friends Animal Society (www.bestfriends.org). When you purchase both charts for the special price of $15.00, you may nominate two organizations.
On May 1st, we will draw from all nominations and choose three organizations to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the charts. Additionally, funds will also go to Southern Pines Animal Shelter (Theresa's shelter of choice), Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue (Diane's organization of choice), and Friends of Homeless Animals Inc., of Rhode Island (chosen by Valerie Morrell, who had the grand idea for this venture.) The charts will continue to be available after May 1st, and funds will be distributed at the designers' discretion.
These graphs will not be available through shops or through the distributors -- this allows us to give more to the animal organizations, since we will not have to give anyone else a cut of the sales. These are not "free" charts. You may not reproduce these graphs for sharing via photocopies, scans, electronic copies, or any other method; the designers retain all copyright privileges. You will be getting an actual pattern in the mail with your purchase -- these charts are not available as a downloadable PDF.
Thank you so much for giving a little -- we are happy to give you a little in return, and in the end, we hope to give a lot to many, many animals.
You can purchase the charts here:
(Diane's chart calls for DMC floss on your favorite neutral fabric that will ensure the white shows up. Theresa has suggested Sampler Threads, but has a conversion to DMC floss, and again, she encourages you to use your favorite neutral fabric. Both designs have the same stitch count of 139 by 75.)
A little bit about our three chosen organizations:
Southern Pines Animal Shelter is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Last year, this private non-profit organization took in 6,000 lost, abandoned, abused, unwanted, and neglected animals. They operate a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and an adoption center and have helped reduce the number of local unwanted animals by thousands in the last few years (through low-cost and free spay and neuter surgeries.) Thousands of animals are adopted locally, and the shelter also works with transport rescue organizations to send still more pets to states far away where those sweeties can find loving homes. Theresa is a board member and steadfast volunteer at the shelter, and fosters many, many (many) kittens every year. You can find out more about them (including available pets, and find out how to donate or volunteer, at www.southernpinesanimalshelter.org.)
Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue: "We don't get the elegantly coiffed, classically beautiful, completely trained, perfectly behaved dog. We get the leftovers. Dogs that other people have incompetently bred, inadequately socialized, ineffectively "trained," and badly treated. Most Rescue dogs have had it. They've been pushed from one lousy situation to another. They've never had proper veterinary care, kind and consistent training, or sufficient company. They've lived outside, in a crate, or in the basement. They're scared, depressed and anxious. Some are angry. Some are sick. Some have given up. But we are Rescue and we don't give up. We never give up on a dog. We know that a dog is a living being, with a spirit and a heart and feelings. Our dogs are not commodities, things, or garbage. They are part of sacred creation and they deserve as much love and care and respect as the next Westminster champion. So please, please don't come to rescue in the hopes of getting a "bargain," or in need of "getting" anything. Come to Rescue to give, to love, to save a life -- and to mend your own spirit. For Rescue will reward you in ways you never thought possible. I can promise you this -- a rescue dog will make you a better person." - written by Diane Morgan. You can learn more about the Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue at https://southern-az-golden-retriever-rescue.org/.
Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. of Rhode Island (a 501c 3 charity): "We rescue small dogs with big hearts! We do not have a shelter; all dogs are fostered in volunteers' homes. Every dog we take in is nurtured and given all necessary medical care as we work to find them forever homes. All dogs under FOHA's care are spayed or neutered before adoption. It is the strength of our members that makes the difference-caring individuals who step forward to save, nurture and rehome dogs who would otherwise face life in a puppy mill, shelter or even euthanasia. We hold many adoption events throughout the greater Rhode Island area all year long. Learn more about Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. of Rhode Island at www.fohari.org/.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I was just thinking the other day about www -- how long (already) it's been part of our vernacular, and how useless (ultimately) it is, because really, what other system do we have in place? It's kind of like telling someone your address, but first stating that you live on Earth. (Occasionally, I accidentally type in "qqq" and wonder if I'll stumble onto some whole other Internet.)
I'm always really pleased to see when someone has felt inspired enough to stitch one of my designs, and I always enjoy checking out how people make the designs their own by creative framing or by changes in my original instructions (which really are just suggestions.)
I'm always really pleased to see when someone has felt inspired enough to stitch one of my designs, and I always enjoy checking out how people make the designs their own by creative framing or by changes in my original instructions (which really are just suggestions.)
Cyndi stitched this piece, and Jill Rensel did the framing (the picture here is from Jill's fantastic framing blog. Jill has done the framing for Shepherd's Bush for eons, but she also does other creative framing (and yes, you can ship her your piece if you don't live nearby.) The design is Witchy Washy, a design I came up with almost ten years ago already. Rod at Hoffman Distributing said at the time he felt the design had "legs," meaning it would be popular for a long time...I still sell about 30-50 of these charts a month, even ten years later. It is my all-time best seller. (Love the purple mats and spooky frame on this one.)
Cindy stitched my Jenny Bean Friendship Sampler and said she's on her way to stitch Jenny's Christmas Sampler as well. She said she had a really fun time stitching it. I had fun stitching my own model, too. I typically don't enjoy stitching my own designs as much, because I'm fretting about color choices and deadlines, but I did like doing this one.
This is my (Raise the Roof) "Cackle" design, performed by Cyndi and framed by Jill Rensel. I used just a few colors of floss in this one, so I've seen a number of different versions with different purples and oranges and such. No idea how I thought of the saying for this one, but it still makes me smile: Cackle and the world cackles with you; shriek and you shriek alone.
Here's WW again ... a pretty green mat this time. Marilyn stitched this version -- she did a great job! I also see she dates her pieces. I never think to do that anymore.
Jen stitched my Elizabeth Milner piece -- how pretty it turned out! Jill Rensel did the framing. This is a frame I've used a few times. It's a Larson-Juhl frame and is made to look old and beat up (some of the beading is even missing.) And it's expensive...funny how we pay so much for things like weathered jeans, crackled furniture and beat up frames. Our forefathers would shake their heads.
(You may notice that the border seems crookedly stretched ... well, Elizabeth had some "issues" with stitching a straight line, and so her border is actually a little more freewheeling than we're used to.)
Lyn said she stitched this version of my Passport Pincushion for an exchange, so this one is going to live with someone else. I love how she made a quilted pincushion base! She said she had fun picking out the motifs from the chart included with the instructions and will also be making one for herself.
WHAT? Here's WW again -- this time stitched by Marilyn. Jill put some bats on this mat and polka dots one one of the interior mats. Great job Marilyn and Jill!
Veena worked and worked and worked her way through Ann Dale, which is larger than large (did you know there are 60,000 stitches in it?) She made some changes to the colors (her version ends up brighter than mine), and I think it's just lovely. Don't you?
Susan stitched this version of my Boo Scurry Yum (Raise the Roof) design on a fun over-dyed fabric. Jill did the framing, once again. This was another one of mine that I actually really enjoyed stitching -- I love Halloween colors.
If you have finishes you're proud of, share them on my Shakespeare's Peddler Facebook page. I am proud of all of the work that went into creating these pieces -- nicely done, ladies!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
For over a year, I've been kicking around the idea of how to facilitate a UFO swap online. There are so many of us with so many projects we aren't finishing, won't finish, don't have time or energy or desire to finish, and so these poor projects sit idly by in a dark drawer with some other orphan buddies.
Back in 2001, my husband and I went to London, and we visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, which has a wonderful needlework collection, including many, many UnFinished Objects. And while there is a certain amount of beauty in something that has been started, the satisfaction comes when a needlework piece is finished, framed and admired.
So, I have started a new group on Facebook to help these wayward orphans find homes. I am including here the same rules I have posted on Facebook. I may edit these rules as issues pop up. I do not accept responsibility for any transactions (except my own) on the page, but am the administrator in that I will keep an eye on the goings-on. I hope that you have fun participating in or just watching the group. You can visit and join the page by going to this link: www.facebook.com/needleworkUFOs. Encourage your friends to like and follow the page. The more people we have, the more fun it will be.
Many of us have needlework projects we have started that we have either lost interest in or just don't have the time or energy to complete. These sweet little projects sit alone in dark drawers, tucked in boxes, or stacked in totes under the bed with the dust bunnies.
I have organized this page for people who would like to find these wayward orphans new homes where they may someday soon find completion and a place on the wall where they can proudly be admired and enjoyed. Please read the rules below if you would like to participate:
1. Anyone can follow this page, even if you never plan on adopting a UFO. It does not cost any money to join, and you are not obligated to post or adopt.
2. UFO's (or orphans) can be any type of cross stitch or similar handwork project (like you would find in a needlework store...embroidery, Hardanger, punchneedle, ribbon embroidery, Brazilian embroidery, class piece, etc.) Please, no quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing, painting, or other craft projects. I reserve the right to delete any projects or posts that I feel do not match the requirements of adoption or which are spam, offensive, or otherwise unrelated to our group.
3. To post a UFO for adoption, include a picture of the project (if you can iron it first, that may help you take a better picture.) You can also include in the picture the supplies that come with the UFO (if any). If you see a UFO you would like to adopt, simply contact the owner via Facebook. I do recommend that adopters practice first-come/first-served.
With the photograph, include a description with as much information as you can give. Some ideas are what percentage (estimate) of the project is left, the designer's name and title of the piece, how long ago the design came out, the types of stitches used, whether or not you will be sending any supplies along with it (threads, embellishments), and whether or not the piece has been exposed to smoke or pets (this really matters to some people, as they have allergies.) Also, if there is anything missing or damaged, that is good for the adopter to know.
4. The UFO's must come with the original instructions (not photocopies, unless the chart was originally a copyright free design) AND the UFO (the needlework you're got started.) If you've got the fibers and embellishments to send as well, that is great as dye lots will vary.
5. Include what you would like in exchange for the adoption (this is your "adoption fee.") You can post free adoptions here, if you like. Or, you can ask for a Paypal money transfer (set a price), send it COD, ask for a gift certificate from a shop, swap for another UFO (or specific patterns, supplies, etc.), chocolates, hand cream...or even ask the adopter to make a donation to your favorite charity. It's up to you. The current UFO owner is responsible for paying for shipping, so work that into your adoption fee (or keep it in mind.)
6. Remember when asking for your fee that what a project is worth to someone else is usually not what you spent on it, or the time you put into it (although you may include that information in your listing). Asking for a reasonable fee or swap is the best way to find that orphan a home. If you are willing to accept "offers," include that in your description, but let's not haggle each other to death. If your "price" is firm, please say so.
7. How the adoption is handled is up to the current UFO owner and the adopter. I do not gain anything by operating this page and take no responsibility for people who don't pay, for projects that aren't as promised, or for any other flake-out or weirdness. I would hope that everyone can play nice and that we can all trust each other, but, as with anything, buyer beware. It's best not to include your personal information (especially addresses and phone numbers) where everyone can see. Include those in your private messages to each other either via Facebook or e-mail. I really recommend against anyone giving anyone else their credit or debit card number.
(Also, adopters, keep in mind that everyone has different stitching techniques and abilities. We don't all cross our X's in the same direction, some of us are fastidious about our backs, and some of us aren't, some of us are really skilled, and some of us are still learning. If you have any questions about the project, ask them before you adopt. I do not encourage "refunds," but how the adoption is handled is up to the two involved parties.)
8. It is never a bad idea to use tracking when shipping a package, and it is usually an inexpensive addition. Make sure to pack projects securely. If you can put everything inside a plastic bag (or wrap in plastic wrap), that will protect against water damage in transit. When an adoption is either pending or completed, post that information in the comments of your original post, so you don't continue to get questions. I recommend just putting the word "ADOPTED!" You are welcome to delete/take down your post at any time.
9. Please also feel free to post pictures when you finish a UFO that you adopted here. We'd all love to see these orphans get their day in the spotlight!
10. If there are transaction issues, I will not serve as a mediator, so please don't ask. But, if someone is abusing the system (adopting, but not paying, accepting payments, but not sending...or is being harassing or threatening), I do reserve the right to kick that person off of the page. Please feel free to invite friends. This is an open group, and I hope we can have a lot of fun with it.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I want to believe I'll work my way through my UFO's. After making some good progress on my Mercy Goodehart model this week, packing lots of orders, and updating my Etsy site, I was feeling like today might be a grand day to start something new out of my stash.
Buuuuut, my stash is right next to my cabinet with my UFO's (UnFinished Objects! BWOO-HA-HA-HA-HA!) How many of those do I have anyway? I've never really been one of those to keep track, make lists, check things off, come up with a system. I estimated I probably had about 20, but I was wrong...I had 21. Twenty-one is too many to justify starting something new (as much fun as that is.) So, I made a list, and I will let myself start a new something when I check something old off of the list (the Christmas gift I'm still trying to get done doesn't count.)
I took pictures of a few of them for you to see. This one is Sampler Sisters of the Thread by The Primitive Needle. Lisa, the designer, lost her life in an automobile accident a few years ago, and I still think of her. She was bubbly, and gracious, and kind, and a talented needlework designer. I really like the color scheme of this one.
This one is Pelouse Interdite by French designer Mouton Rouge. The words on the sampler mean: Keep off the grass! I bought this at a trade show I went to with my dear friend, Sue. We had a blast eating out, drinking martinis, and playing dolly derby in the parking lot (luckily, there were no serious injuries.) Cedar Hill Designs had some of the Moutin Rouge offerings there, including the models, and I loved this one. I remember sitting at one of Graham's science fairs working on it. And it's ALMOST done -- just that bottom left corner left (a turtle and a snail.)
I've stitched a number of Blackbird Designs pieces, so I was surprised that I only had a single UnFinished One in the cabinet. Sarah Tobias inspired an entire book by Blackbird Designs (and friends.) I really liked the colors in this sampler (I think there are just four.) I am about half-finished with this one, too.
Curtis Boehringer was a big-deal designer about 20 years ago. His charts were so interesting to me, because although you could tell they were cute, his patterns were just photocopies of the charts, with the flip side sometimes being a line drawing of the piece. In other words, you didn't really know how it was going to look until you were done! I bought this set of T-W-E-L-V-E wildflower charts, and to tell you how old they are, they are actually charted for DMC Wildflower Thread, long-since discontinued.
But that's okay! I am stitching mine in DMC floss (although I haven't probably stitched on this one for ... gulp ... six years?) Still, I think this is really pretty. I'm using a super long piece of Glenshee that I had as a leftover scrap. The linen is really texture-y, and this will look dandy above a door or window when I'm done. I BELIEVE!!!
Okay, now we're getting into serious business. This is Elizabeth Hudson by The Scarlet Letter. This is a big ole sampler, and the colors are bright and cheery.
This is a picture of the original, and I actually have the charts for this one for sale in my Etsy shop (click here to go directly to that page.) There is something like a MILE of verse on this one, and it's all over-one, of course. So you do like a tenth of a mile of verse for a while, and then you stitch a pretty band, and I am really dying to get to the bigger bands of flowers. I'm stitching mine on 36 count hand-dyed linen with the Au Ver a Soie silks (which have a nice sheen.) I picked 36, because of all of that over-one verse (I didn't want the words to get all bunchy looking.)
You can see I'm at the Queen Stitch stage with the band of strawberries. Each strawberry is its own wonky shape (you should see the chart!) But, I love wonky things, and it makes each strawberry unique. I actually don't mind Queen Stitches one bit, and with the over-one, some Satin Stitch, and a few other fun ways to pull my thread through the fabric, it's a fun piece to work on. But very large. I BELIEVE, THOUGH! I BELIEVE! I PROMISE, I BELIEVE!!!
Hannah Pepper is a three-part chart that came out in Fine Lines Magazine about ten years ago. I was sorting through old magazines here one day and came across the issue with the first third, and it had the reproduced sampler alongside the original. I noticed that the reproduction was done in bright colors, as the sampler might have first been stitched (red, yellow, brighter greens.) I liked, though, the antique next to it, in which the colors were faded and dull. So, I dug through my stash and pulled out colors to make one that looks like the antique.
There aren't too many colors in this one, so I actually just have my threads organized on a wooden palette. I'm stitching it on a 40-count hand-dyed linen, and so far, it is beautiful. Once again, I am so anxious to get down to the bottom (alas, I've got a lot of over-one verse to slog through first. This sampler has TWO separate verse sections, the second of which is much larger.) The bottom has a nice pastoral scene with animals and plants and such.
So, here is my list of what I haven't finished (but I have stitched probably a few hundred different things in the last 30 years, so I'm not too disappointed). I have included their "status" behind, in case you're wondering. If something has been discontinued, try eBay or Etsy. I've included links where I know you can find some of these charts right now for purchase.
- Elizabeth Hudson: The Scarlet Letter (available)
- Hannah Pepper (chart is in three separate issues): Fine Lines Magazine (discontinued -- regularly on eBay)
- The Flock: SamSarah Design Studio (available)
- Alphabet Baubles: SamSarah Design Studio (available)
- Happy Haunting (kit): Shepherd's Bush (available)
- Pelouse Interdit: Mouton Rouge (discontinued)
- Life Has No Blessing: Mary Engelbreit (discontinued)
- Witches Garden Sampler: Notforgotten Farm (available)
- Birdhouse Sampler: Prairie Schooler (discontinued)
- Sampler Sisters of the Thread: The Primitive Needle (discontinued)
- Wildflowers of America: Curtis Boehringer (discontinued)
- Asenath Whitcomb: Carriage House Samplings (available)
- All Our Troubles: La D Da (available)
- Heart that Gives: Ewe & Eye & Friends (available)
- Christmas Sampler: The Prairie Schooler (discontinued)
- Roses are Red: La D Da (available)
- Sarah Tobias: Blackbird Designs (available)
- Be Mine (kit): The Heart's Content (available)
- Four Seasons: Marjolien Bastin (discontinued)
- Colonial Homestead Pinkeep Drum: Stacy Nash Primitive Designs (available)
- Christmas at Hollyberry Farm: Stacy Nash Primitive Designs (available)
So now I'm off to figure out which one is the CLOSEST to being done, so I can start something new.
How many UFO's do YOU have? Leave a comment!
(P.S. I work in-hand, if you're wondering, so the pictured needlework all got a quick visit with the iron before I took out my camera!)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
|Click here to purchase this chart on my Etsy site.|
One of the nice things about moving my business home is it's giving me a lot more time to design and stitch, which I love. This is my new Queen of Hearts sampler, which is available now on my Etsy site. I will be mailing this to my distributors in the next few days.
I stitched the sampler on 32 count Natural Belfast, one of my favorite fabrics, in one strand of (mostly) Sampler Threads and one color of Weeks Dye Works. Because I used one strand, the sampler is very light and soft looking. I wanted to design something in honor of Valentine's Day, but something that wasn't necessarily screaming VALENTINE'S DAY. You could hang this up all year.
My friend Jennifer and I finally exchanged our Christmas gifts this weekend, and this is what I received! It is so pretty, and stitched on 40 count Silkweaver linen. She even stitched our initials on it. How nice is that? And she knew I'd love a cat on there somewhere...see him? We have a great local frame shop, so we can find cool frames for our needlework (and if they're in stock, sometimes you can stand there and wait while they throw it together for you.)
This is a Stacy Nash piece from a while back, and of course she got the chart at my shop. Jennifer used to come one or two days a week to help me pack orders and organize. It was always nice to have her company, and she is one of my best friends in the world. She is smart and kind, and I'm so glad we found each other.
THIS is what happens when you let your son choose which project you're going to stitch for a friend for Christmas. I had three in mind -- this one is Maria Selby Humphrey's sampler from 1831, a Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers pattern from a few years ago. Jennifer teaches at the university, so I liked that there was a saying about education on it. I stitched it on 30 count hand-dyed linen by R&R Reproductions in Sampler Threads and a little DMC floss.
The most fun parts to stitch, of course, were the top and the bottom. I almost always start in the upper left corner, and I was DYING to get to that bottom right corner to stitch that happy basket of fruits. Jennifer was pleased with her new sampler -- she and her family just built a beautiful house out in the country on her parents' farm land (each of the siblings owns a portion of it.) It overlooks pastures, cows, chickens, sheep and lambs, and rolling hills dotted with trees. I am happy to have a little piece of me out there in the country.
I have also started stitching my Mercy Goodehart sampler and oh boy, is it going to be pretty (if I do say so myself.) I made a good number of changes to improve the design. I'm stitching in Needlepoint Silks on 36 count Vintage Exemplar, and of course I'm using my +2.0 cheaters.
Happy stitching to you -- we're stuck inside today as the entire town is shut down for an ice/snow storm we're having. It's actually not too terrible (for this North Dakota girl.) Everyone's got the day off, except me. I'll be (oh no!) stitching on my model by my big picture window overlooking a snowy back yard.
Stay warm -- I am hearing from a lot of you that winter is giving us another blast of arctic air. Let's hunker down, stitch, and make it through together!
|Find the Jane Pattison sampler graph on my Etsy site by clicking this link.|
(P.S. Valerie V. sent me this super-cool picture of her version of the Jane Pattison Sampler, which she stitched on 40 count Porcelain by Lakeside Linens in Sampler Threads. Jill Rensel framed it, and Valerie says she's goign to hang it all year. Great job, Valerie! Love it!)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
|Click here to go to my Etsy site.|
Postal rates are increasing by about 6% on Sunday -- darn it! So, I'm having an Etsy sale with FREE shipping until Sunday. Just enter FREESHIP in the Coupon Code box when placing an order to qualify. Make sure you put that code in the Coupon Code box, and not in the comments area, so Etsy can make sure to deduct your shipping charge. This is good for US shipments only. You'll find me at www.etsy.com/LettersGreatandSmall.
Until today, I didn't realize a few weeks had gone by since my last update. I've been getting back into the groove of the needlework community, and am enjoying devoting more time to designing. I'm just finishing up a sampler called "The Queen of Hearts," which will be released soon, and I just finished my last Raise the Roof monthly angel, January's Angel, complete with a cute fox. The entire series is available on my Etsy site as well.
I did have some sadness this month -- not one of my Christmas kittens survived. Poor little Half Pint (see above) was the first to pass. He survived ten days, which was more than the one they figured he'd make it at the shelter. I think he had fading kitten syndrome, and even veterinary intervention didn't help him. He died napping with his brother. Scout and Nonie (aka Thread and Stitch) did better, but soon developed tell-tale big bellies and gastrointestinal issues. It turned out to be FIP, and that condition is mean, nasty and not survivable for kittens that small, so we made the decision to put them to sleep rather than let them suffer. It was heartbreak all around, and I shed my tears. I know that it won't be long, and we'll be back into kitten season. There will be plenty of them who need help, and I'm ready.
I have been working on tweaking my Mercy Goodehart sampler that I designed a number of weeks ago -- a large old-style (yet original) sampler. I've made some improvements and hope to be stitching on it in a few days. It will most likely take me three or four weeks of HARD CORE stitching to get it done, but I think you're all going to really like it. I won't be giving any more sneak peeks before I'm getting ready to release it.
Also, if you're into Pinterest, I've been getting back into it, doing sampler research (and coming up with meal ideas for my family...they're eating so much better than they did for six months.) You can follow me, if you like at www.pinterest.com/xspeddler/. I've got a pretty cool board filled with almost 200 AMAZING samplers and commentary by me on each one as to what I like or find interesting about that one.
This one, for example, is the most expensive sampler ever sold. It is by Hannah Otis and sold in 1996 for $1.3 MILLION to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The Otis family had lent it to the museum for decades, but needed an influx of money to pay for some inheritance expenses. Luckily, the MFA won the auction, as this sampler is of Boston Commons, and has an amazing provenance to the area.
I hope you're all having a good January and staying warm. It is in the 30's here tonight in Hattiesburg, which, hey, is cold for southern Mississippi. Would y'all quit sending us your icy vibes?! Have fun with your needlework projects, and I promise it won't be so long until I update you again.