Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Happy Tuesday!

Greetings and fond salutations.  I am making progress and consequently feeling perky!   Ahhh, nothing like a little progress to turn a girl's head.

Project 1 of the Big Stitch in Time for the Shop Finishing Deadline Challenge 2013 -- Daniel's stocking (great nephew):
As of Saturday afternoon--

As much as I hate to admit it and needlepointers can levy curses upon my head if they want, this is a Dimensions kit.  Ok, ok.  I know.  Hand painted canvases are FAR superior to this, and yes its wonkiness drives me nuts, but it was the perfect image.   I did rethread it though.  the scarf and hat are in Very Velvet, the background and part of the pengies are in Silk and Ivory.  The snowflakes are under advisement -- what do you think?

As of last night:

Updates on Projects 2 and 3 forthcoming.

What at the moment I really want to be stitching on:  Jeanne D'Arc from GOS--

DC the continuing adventure --

In early Spring I went for my sister's birthday, but it coincided with a Pre-Raphaelites traveling exhibit-- LUCKY ME!

If you have never seen the above painting in person, you can not believe how beautiful it is -- also she is our personal muse-- the table in front of her is really stitching she's taking a stretching break from.  ocme on, we all know how her back feels, don't we?

There was also a lovely Durer exhibit visiting at the same time.  Such detail!

Sorry -- pics not allowed *inside* either exhibit.

The Durer was in the East Building of the National Gallery:

The Pre-Praphs were in the West Building of the National Gallery:

The two buildings are linked underground and both ground level and underground are graced by this cool fountain--

The base of the fountain underground--

Funniest story of that trip -- the boy in the dark blue shirt and tan pants closest to the camera -- he ans his buddies are oooing and ahhhing over the waterfall and he announces to them: "If this was a waterpark I would totally ride this!"  Makes you smile doesn't it?

And a couple pretty paintings -- partial pics --

Minerva Terrace, Yellowstone by Thomas Moran, 1872 (watercolor and gouche over graphite on blue paper)

Breton Village by Odilon Redon, 1890 (oil on canvas)

Have yourself a beautiful day, please!


Donna said...

The stocking looks great. And I work in a needlepoint store.

cucki said...
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cucki said...

Aww cute stocking ...and I love the paintings.
Hugs x

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

The stocking is adorable. I am really looking forward to seeing your progress on it.

The art is lovely, too.


Melody said...

The stocking is looking great! I like the snowflakes. What a cute design it is!

Also, the fountains are great!

Mylene said...

Stocking looking great!!
Beautiful pictures!!

Preeti said...

Cute stocking !! Love those chubby penguins :)

SoCal Debbie said...

The stocking is so cute and I love the snowflakes. The painting of the stretching stitcher is gorgeous! Why hasn't anyone charted her into a cross stitch design yet?