Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Protesters: Enemy of the State or Handy Stitching/Hockey Accomplice?

I was laughingly annoyed when the Occupy forces declared that they were marching on downtown.  Then they announced their intentions to shut the city down, and by that not just the City offices, but the city as a whole.  Look, "people,"  (and I use the term loosely) stop screwing with the folks for whom you allegedly speak.   But I suppose I don't need to throw rocks at you all because since your protest caused my Fortune 500 corporation to close for the day, I was able to work at home and watch the NHL playoffs.  And when I finished work, I was able to immediately move straight into stitching rather than having to wait for the commute home to be over.   I refuse to thank you though .... annoying twits.

What have I been up to besides festering about idiotic protesters?   Well, no good, of course.  I finished the Prairie Schooler Santa I'd been working on.

He was awfully fun.   I might need to get some more PSes in my WIP pile.

I have also finished the fishy ornie, but I  was not in a photo mood yesterday.  And I'm also lame -- I got my moose ornie back from the finisher on Saturday, but somehow it escaped the camera.  

Actually Saturday was an "interesting" day all around.  I was working at my shop and got word we were going to get to hang a Mindy trunk show.   I've taken down shows before, but not hung them so I was energized for the new experience (yes, I know, there can't be that big a difference between putting things on hangers and taking them off hangers, but what the heck, I lead a relatively boring existence).  Also, I like Mindy canvases.  They are always very precisely painted and while they generally don't lend themselves to stitches, they do offer the opportunity to go nuts in threading.  It was just as bad for my mental well-being as I had expected..... you see I declared a fiscal austerity campaign after my weekend debauch at powwow, and now I was surrounded by so many beautiful canvases!  Want to feel for me?--  I mean what's a girl supposed to do in the face of these:

And that one comes in a range of colors!

I just love how she's using the buttons!  There's also a yellow one of these floral rows.  At first I was certain I *needed* the purple one, but now I'm thinking the red one might be better.   But the purple one..... oh  waily waily!

Can't you just imagine these filled with Krieniks, Slik Lames, Neon Rays, Fyre Werks, and maybe even some velvets??????---

I'm trying to convince my buddy Jenn that she needs to do this for her mom.  She's not biting so far.  Something about how mom has enough purses.  Sigh.  I try to spread the stash addiction as far as possible..... maybe then I can get a contact high and not need to buy every canvas that waltzes through the shop.

That last one always makes me think of tapestry ribbons.  It reminds me of going to science fiction cons with my mom and lingering with her at the notions and trims booth, ogling and fondling ribbons not dissimilar to these.  Actually, I think this canvas was in the shop last year and got snapped up.  I fear I might not be able to let it leave with someone else again.

The arrival of the Mindy box was not my only shop problem though.  The night before I had started ByGone Stitches' One Nation flag for my shop owner.  You see I'd had her order the fabric for the 3 flags I/we are doing (one for her, one for me, and one for and by my stitching buddy, Jenn), and I thought since the fabric had come in a couple weeks before I really ought to knuckle down and show her some progress.  We don't carry Crescent Colors so she switched them out for Presidential Blue (Sampler Threads), a Threadwerx red, and a not-really-white from Splendor  (For the record, Jenn's working with the same colors as our shop owner, but I must be different so I'm doing it in Bell Soie Sister Scarlett, a sort of demin-y blue Waterlilies, and the same Splendor as my co-conspirators).   Being slow, I didn't make much progress in one evening, but by Saturday morning I had this to show her:

She was pleased (what's not to like about not having to stitch a giant flag for yourself?), but she'd also arrived with "presents" for me.  You see she recently was at a wedding in New Orleans and fell in love with some xs charts there.  So here she comes with them for her only shop xser.....   Here's one of the 3  surrounded by its threads--

Gentle reader, is that a guffaw I hear?   Yes, you are certainly entitled.... what part of this confetti-stitching fiasco says Badgerish to you?  lol   Good thing I love my shop owner!

So I guess the moral of the story is what I get for finishing little ornies is GIANT WIPs.  Something seems wrong with that.

Here's hoping your day is frog-free!


Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful PS finish, Ruth! I love the flag chart, too! I've seen Laura plantation in person but would not want to stitch that sucker! Good luck!!

Mouse said...

ohhh well done on the PS finish and sooo you got an extra day stitching well something good had to come out of it
and wow those canvas's are fabulous and with those buttons too ....
well done on your flag progress too :) love mouse xxxxx

Margaret said...

Love the PS piece! Looooove those canvases! Wow! Gorgeous stuff! Good luck with that huge flag piece. It's a biggie!

Deb said...

Love your PS finish! And that flag chart is great. I think that I've seen someone working on that. And I love all those needlepoint canvases. Makes me want to start needlepointing again.

Carol said...

Your PS rooftop Santa is adorable, Ruth. I've been debating about stitching the flag, too, for my son. It is so big, though, I doubt I'll ever get around to it... Guess I'll just have to be satisfied following along on your project :)

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D

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Brigitte said...

Oh, such a nice little PS finish. If there weren't so many other great designers out there I would stitch only PS designs. But I don't want to neglect the others, lol.
Great needlepoint pieces.
That Laura Plantation chart looks so gorgeous. I love this kind of designs.

Daniela said...

I can't wait seeing more progress on One Nation. I love this design, but doubt I will ever stitch it myself.