Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Antique Sampler

First, I want to thank all of you for the very nice things you said about Caleb and Hannah.  I do miss them terribly and wish we were much closer.  They lived near here until Caleb was almost 4.  That was great.  We will have to keep up with Hannah by the internet!  Thank goodness it is so much easier than it used to be.
In the evening I did work on the old sampler copy.  As I have said in comments back to some of you, Elizabeth was a 10 year old girl.  No wonder we have very different color tastes.  I am sticking to the design to the letter.  At least as much as we were able to copy her design, errors and all.  I have done lots of frogging.  The Heirloom Gold I was using for the border was very green.  I did not like it and found a much golder version.  So I frogged the entire top border and some of the side borders.  I know that makes me very anal!!!! Plus some of the letters I had already stitched had to be changed.  I am much happier with it now.  I did have to go to the two shops in Northern Alabama to get a dye lot that matched the one I had been using. I have decided that designing charts is a lot more work than it looks like!!!!! Plus, when using the dyed floss, get enough to finish the job!!! DYE LOTS CAN BE VERY DIFFERENT!!!!!

 So sorry for the wrinkles.  I iron after it is all finished. That was a lot of border to frog!!

All of the gold letters you see were frogged and stitched in the pretty Heirloom Gold.  I will be very careful when buying that color.  I love it but not when it is so green.

That's about it for my stitching.  Thanks for joining me. I hope you are all having the beautiful spring that has come to us in the Pacific NW!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm Back!

We got home last night from our trip to Alabama.  We spent 3 days in Southern Alabama visiting my 92 year old step mother. My sister and BIL came up from their home in Florida.  We all had a good visit.  It was disturbing to see her memory getting worse, but many of us seem to be having the same issue with family members.  So far she is able to keep an apartment in a Sr. living  facility.  That is thanks to a wonderful lady who takes care of her 2 or 3 days a week.  This lady is very special because she not only cares for her but in many ways loves her too.  With both my sister and me so far away she is a true blessing.
The next 6 days were spent in Northern Alabama with our grandchildren. This post is mostly about them.  I will show some other sights in future posts. Caleb had Spring Break.  We just loved seeing the children.  We had not seen little Hannah since she was about 6 weeks old.  I already miss them so much.  As it is, most all of our trip money goes to Alabama.  I'm glad we live in such a pretty place that lots of travel is not as necessary.

 Eight year old Caleb. He is a real sweety, funny too!!!!

 Messing with Grandpa!

He is a wonderful big brother!

 Isn't that the face of a Gerber baby???

 She has a great personality, very easy going and friendly.

Another fun time with Grandpa.
Thanks for joining me.  More on the antique sampler tomorrow!