Thursday, November 15, 2012

To Dye or Not to Dye...I need your help!

Hi to all my blog friendsI'm so glad that you came to visit today.  I am doing a little happy dance, as I just finished my Weeping Tree samplerSo now that it's done, I'm wondering if it needs some antiquing.    I am in need of your opinion.  This is stitched on 32 count cream fabric, and I'm wondering if I should dip this in some dye.  I've never dyed a finished piece before, so I welcome you thoughts.  I like it the way it looks now, but I'm wondering if it has a 1990's look, instead of a 1843 look.  

Here is a close up of the little sheep made out of an eyelet variation.  So fun to stitch. 

Take a look at that bird next to my initials.  Funny story about him.  I was outside stitching in the warm sun, when I decided I needed a little refreshment.  So I went to take a drink from my water glass that had been sweating in the summer sun, and plop!...A big sweat drop of water dropped on my pattern.  I didn't get too worried about it, I just brushed it off, and kept stitching.  Later I discovered that the ink had run from my pattern onto my fabric!  Yikes, I was in full panic!  I scrubbed on it, I used a tide pen on it, I tried just about everything I could think of, but to no avail.  There was a faded gray ink spot soiling my the bird was the idea I came up to cover it up, and it worked out pretty well I think.

The Weeping Tree Sampler, by the City Stitcher.  Stitched with suggested colors on 32 count cream fabric.  Now on to other things that happended in October.

Last month I won a giveaway from Marly over at Sampler's and Santa's.  Wow, this was a wonderful package to receive!  Thanks so much Marly.  Go over and visit her...she inspires and entertains like no other. 

I had a fun pincushion making day, with my friend Kathryn (no blog).  Kathryn gifted me with the pincushion on the right, and then together we made the others.  This is the Acorn Pincushion pattern by Crabapple Hill.  What a great way to spend the day!

We went on a family vacation last month, and we spent the day on Daytona beach, playing in the sand with my brother's family, and watching...

the amazing Thunderbirds, and many other great aerobatic feats.  Now people in Daytona, Florida have the right idea.  What a perfect way to watch an airshow!  Forget about hot tarmacs, this was actually fun.

The next day we sailed on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. Best vacation EVER!   If you are not a fan of  cruising, (I'm usually in this category), then you really need to try Disney.  They do everything right.  My kids can't wait to go again.  We enjoyed a perfect day on Disney's private island
We became pirates for a night, and helped to save the ship.   We posed for a picture with the amazing Mike Super who has a Super de duper magic show, and is a really nice guy too.  All of the shows were amazing.  The best thing about this trip is seeing my son smile the whole time.  He enjoyed every minute of this trip and spent a lot of time hanging out with other kids in the teen lounge.   

My daughter smiled a lot too.  She went sleuthing.  The Disney Dream has this really fun sleuthing activity, where you register a card at this computer screen, and then you run around the ship holding your card up to the pictures.  Sensors in the paintings interact with you in a personal way, animating a unique mystery right before your eyes.  It was incredible.  I can't believe the fun things they have to offer. We swam, ate, and relaxed.  What could be better than that?  More stitching I guess...not a lot of that happened.

As it's so hard to leave something that great, Disney doesn't say goodbye, the characters sing, "See you real soon".  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate each and every one of your comments and especially your advice.  I'll see you again in blogland real soon too.  Happy Stitching.