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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cross stitch and Snowmen

A nasty virus has kept me from updating this blog! It came on me New Year's Day and is just now getting better. I really appreciate all your encouraging comments about my antique sampler project.  I now know the problems facing the designers who reproduce antique samplers.  I stitched half the border.  When I added the alphabet, I did not like the way it looked.  The little stitcher used different colors for each letter.  The first thing I did was change the linen.  Again I stitched half the border and ran into the same problem when I added the alphabet.  It looked more like a colorful circus poster than an old sampler.  The new plan is to put it away until I can get to a needlework shop that has a good selection of floss.  I still plan to stitch the sampler.  The design will be accurate to her design but not the colors.  I chose a quick little pattern to do in the mean time.
 As I have seen on many blogs, snowmen are coming out all over the place.  I have just a few to share with you.  I'm so glad the temperatures have moderated a bit.  All of you in the frozen parts of this country have been on my mind.

 I have had this chart for quite a long time.  I thought it would be perfect for February. Plus I think it has  a folk art look which I like.

 January Word Play is on the wall.  I changed the word snowman to white and mittens and January to Mulberry.

This is one I did many years ago. I just have it out for Jan. and Feb. I think it is a Homespun Elegance design.


I found this cutie on sale before Christmas.  Most of the designs had  signs with Merry Christmas.  I chose this one so I could use it in Jan. I have it on the blanket chest in the entry.
 
Finally a Woolpets snowman in my antique fish bowl.
Thanks so much for joining me and stay warm and healthy!!

21 comments:

  1. Your snowmen are very cool, Barb! I love your Woolpets snowman display.

    Sorry to hear you were overcome with a nasty bug! Glad you are on the mend!

    Robin in Virginia

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  2. Hope you are feeling better Barb. I enjoyed seeing all your snowguys - the one in the fish bowl - that is just inspired!

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  3. Oh I hope you feel much better soon! Too bad about the sampler - I'm sure you will get the colors worked out and have fun doing it! Love your pictures!

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  4. Sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling good because of a virus. Hopefully it will soon have gone and you will feel your old self again.
    The CHS design is certainly a nice project to stitch in between your sampler stitching. Maybe when you take the sampler up again with different colours for the alphabet you will love stitching it.

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  5. You will do ok on the Sampler, all of a sudden, it will just click. :)
    Great Snowmen projects, and the Woolpet is too cute in the fish bowl.
    Hope you feel better soon.
    Marilyn

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  6. I hope that you continue to feel better and that you are back to normal soon :) Great new project. I know that you will get the reproduction sampler done, and it will be fabulous. Thanks for showing all of your sweet snowmen.

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  7. I am sorry that you have been feeling poorly! I am also sorry for the snags that you have had with your sampler. I love your snowmen. I hope this finds you feeling better.

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  8. Oh, oh, oh! That snowman in the fishbowl is the cutest thing EVER!

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  9. Glad to see you're back on your feet. Love your snowman collection, especially the one on the blanket chest!! laura

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  10. How cute to see all your snowmen, Barb. I love the color changes you made on the January Word Play so much...

    I'm sure you'll figure out the colors for your sampler--better to give it a rest and think about it for a while. Hope you are feeling better each day--rest up now!

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  11. I love all the snowmen...especially the one in the fishbowl! Glad to hear that you are on the mend and feeling better.

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  12. Fantastic snowmen - both stitched and ornamental.

    That is such a pretty Carriage House Samplings chart. I love her old designs.

    I hope you are getting on top of your virus.

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  13. You've picked a lovely project in the intern and I see there's not a snowflake in sight on it! LOL!

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  14. I hope you are on the mend Barb.
    I like the hearts and Flowers design you have chosen to stitch,it is very pretty.
    I am looking forward to seeing your sampler when you start stitching it again.

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  15. Love your choice of Hearts and Flowers! Love the snowmen too! You can never have too many snowmen. :) Hope you are feeling much better!

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  16. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. Hope you're on the mend now! I love the snowmen and the Hearts & Flowers design.

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  17. Hope you're feeling better Barb. I love the CHS design you're going to be stitching. I stitched it a number of years ago and it is still one of my favourites. Cute snowmen and hope you can get things sorted with the sampler.

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  18. Hope your feeling much better. Lovely designs and your snowmen are so cute.

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  19. I hope that you get better very soon, Barb. Love all of your stitching and projects. January Wordplay looks fantastic!

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  20. Your snowmen are all so cute! Hope you find the right colors for your sampler. Feel better soon.

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  21. Hope you are feeling much better, those nasty viruses get in the way of life don't they? I LOVE this post! The stitching is beautiful, the woolpet in the fishbowl - gorgeous! You have fantastic talent!

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