Monday, November 12, 2012

Epic Finish: Jane Philpott!!!

Oh how I've missed blogging and all my stitchy friends!! It's been three weeks since I've done an update and boy do I have a lot to show you!!

Last night, at exactly 7 pm, I put the final knot in a bird's eye on Jane Philpott!! I started this big beautiful gal in January for Becky's BAP Challenge, and I'm so happy I've finished her yet sad at the same time.  It's a malaise of sorts.  I'm sure others feel this way too once you've completed such an epic design.  As I said to my husband, she's been with me for so long I don't know what to do with myself now.  He was amazed and pleased about Jane, but then he asked "When are you going to work on that Tea Fairy?" Sigh!! Anywho, here's Jane and the wonky, satin-stitched snake.  He's sort of kinky....lol!!!

HAPPY DANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jane Philpott started January 2012
Finished November 11th, 2012
Stitched on 36 count linen
Vicki Clayton Silks
The kinky snake..he needs to eat something to help out that  smallish part

The 1 over 1 stitching took an age to do!!

I hope to get her framed before Christmas because I want her displayed right away!! Goodbye dear Jane, I loved every minute stitching you!!

I have some other stitching updates to share with you.  I haven't finished anything Christmasy yet, however, I have started two designs.  One is barely started so not worth showing you. It is from the new JCS magazine, which I'm finding a lot of cute designs to stitch.  The other design is a freebie from 123 citrouille that I've been wanting to stitch for awhile now. I am using Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's Nan's Red on some unknown linen.  I'm loving how quick this is stitching up!

I already have the fabric and trims ready for a finish! After this one is completed, I have a few more lined up ready to go.  I'm hoping after November 23rd (when reports are due), I will have more time for stitching and preparing for Christmas.  Watch this space because I may have a few things to give away too!!

So after my husband mentioned Tea Bath Fairy, I decided to pull her out and start working on her again.  Might as well get another BAP WIP finished right?!! Here's where I'm at with her.


Knotgarden has been coming along nicely too.  I can't wait to get to some of the specialty stitches!!



I also added some more patterns and fabrics to my stash...like I need to right?!!! What's a girl to do when there's sales and stuff on? So I finally found my gray fabric!! YAY!! Thank you to everyone who gave me tips.  I can't believe I didn't know about the DMC colour equivalent on 123stitch.com.  It was very useful! Along with buying some gray fabric, I couldn't help myself to purchase LHN's Baked Goods.  I've seen this little ornie stitched a lot on many blogs and have always loved it.  Can't wait to get this one going too!!


Some more samplers to be stitched at one point in the future.  Much to my husband's chagrin, I will have a sampler wall!! He really winced when I said that last night! Lol!! He actually said "We can't have all our pictures on the walls full of your stitching!"  Okay...we will see about that!


This one I've admired on Melissa's blog for awhile now. 
I love the massive flowers.

Marly from Samplers and Santas inspired me to purchase Sarah. She stitches a lot of samplers in this style. I love the simplicity of Sarah Pelham. 

Wait...not done! HAED had a massive 50% off sale last weekend, so I took advantage of it and bought two patterns that I probably won't get to for years, but whatevs!! I've always loved William Morris's tapestry designs and think this will be amazing stitched up! 

This little QS I'm thinking of stitching for my mom at some point.  I think it's beautiful and we'll see how "quick" it is to stitch!!

So there you go! A "wee" update on what's been going on with me.  I hope to catch up with blog reading once my reports are done.  I should be working on them right now....oh I'll get to them later on today.  


Big hugs to you all! I'll leave you with a cool crow picture I took on one of our Autumn walks.

Titus says good bye!!

55 comments:

Vickie said...

The last two pictures are my favorites! ;)
Congrats on Jane. She is beautiful. You know my husband has the same hesitations on a sampler wall?!? I am working on him too! ;)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats on your epic finish! It looks beautiful. And your new stash is gorgeous, I bet you can't wait to get started on something new!

cucki said...

Congrats on the lovely finish..and all your new stash is so cute too..
Hugs xxx

Ann at Beadlework. said...

A lovely catch up with all your stitching. Your finish is just beautiful, I look forward to seeing it framed. Oh those blue eyes, he is such a beauty.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on finishing your BAP! I'm super close to finishing mine too! Love the update. Lots of good stuff to check out today!

Annie said...

Fabulous finish! Feels so good to complete a biggy like that. But it is sort of like coming to the end of a good novel. And perfect satin stitch on the snake!

You have certainly been a busy beaver. Stitching and stashing away!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Jane is stunningly, gorgeous! YAY!!! I'm so happy for you! And looks like you have lots lined up to keep you busy :)

Joysze said...

YAY!!!!! Jane looks great, darlin'!!!! :D CONGRATS!!!!!! ;D :D :D :D :D

Love the red in the sampler and Fairy is coming along beautifully. And Knotgarden.... be still my beating heart!!!!

What's this???? STASH??? You don't have enough to stitch??? HAHAHAHAHA, just kidding!!!!!!

Your mom is going to love that orchid.

HI TITUS, you beautiful boy!!!!

HMBW!!!!!!!!

Meari said...

Big congrats on your finish! I'm happy dancing with you :)

Kudos on the stash haul... always fun stuff when it's on sale, lol.

geeky Heather said...

CONGRATULATIONS on Jane!!!!! How wonderful. And lots of lovely new stash in things in progress there...I agree that orchid does not look "quick" at all!! Kitten snuffles to Titus! =)

Gabi said...

Congrats on finishing Jane. She is gorgeous, snake and all.
Love also your other wip's. And the new stash of course. Lovely.

Nicola said...

Well done on an amazing finish, she is going to look superb framed and hung.

marly said...

Congratulations on the Jane finish. What a beauty. Nice stash additions! Titus is handsome - beautiful blue eyes!

Giovanna said...

Congratulations on the spectacular finish - she's awesome, well done.

Tiki said...

Congratulations on your epic finish. Looks like you have lots more to look forward to. Love the red sampler. :D

Margaret said...

Awww, Titus is so cute! Mia says hello!! And yay!!!!!!! Huge congratulations on your Jane Philpott finish! She is gorgeous! I really love how your snake came out. The satin stitch looks soooooooo pretty! Fantastic! Ok, where did you do a knot for a bird's eye? lol! I wonder if I put an eye on my bird. What a thought! And all your stash! Yum! Love that Morris tapestry piece! Love your other WIPs as well. The Tea Bath Fairy -- wow, so cool! I have to dream about Wm. Morris now......

Linda said...

Congrats on finishing Jane. What a gorgeous piece. I love all the other pieces your working on. Great new stash.

Linda

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations on your epic, spectacular finish!!!!

Ellen said...

Jane is gorgeous, congrats!

Love your stash!

Hugs,

Mouse said...

oooooo doing a wee happy dance for you for your wonderful finish ... love that snake :) and don't work on him just get them up ;)
great stash enhancement and glad you found your grey :)HI Titus missed ya :) love mouse xxxx

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on a lovely finish. Great new stash. Gorgeous new stash.

Yana Hanim said...

congrats! its an epic finish indeed :)

Annette-California said...

Oh how exciting your done. And Jane is B E A U T I F U L!!! Congrats I would be doing the happy dance for a long time:) Love your new stash - wow.
love Annette

EveningEmma said...

Congratulations on the finish, it looks fantastic!

Your new stash looks lovely.

EveningEmma said...

Congratulations on the finish, it looks fantastic!

Your new stash looks lovely.

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on your fabulous finish!!! This is fantastic, well done! Love the new stash & good luck with all your wips...

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on your major finish!! Talk about a BAP--gorgeous!! I'm so happy for you. Love your WIPs, too. LOL at your husband's comment, asking about the other BAP. Typical male! LOL Nice new stash, too. Give Titus some cuddles for me.

Chris said...

Congratulations on your Epic finish!! Jane is gorgeous.
I love all of your inprogress projects and all the new stash.
Of course you need at least one sampler wall.
Hugs to you and Titus!

Shirlee said...

Hi Ann! Good to see you posting again : ) Congratulations on finishing Jane! She looks great! I love the little freebie! Anything with a reindeer : ) Great stash additions! The crow photo looks very professional & Titus? Well, what can I say about Titus. Sophie is sitting here purring & purring : )

Shirlee said...

Whoops! Spelled your name wrong up there. SO sorry, Anne : )

Catherine said...

Congratulations on a positively beautiful finish!! Love all of the goodies in this post ~ especially the red piece. Looking forward to seeing your other projects come to life!
Titus, as always, is adorable!!

Melissa said...

Congrats on your finish! It is lovely :)

Wow! So many new patterns. Hehe. I also have the Baked Goods pattern, but I have not got around to stitching it yet. I really like the Orchid one.

Rita said...

Ohh my god! That stitch you have finish looks amazing ando sooo big!! If it Ws me, i would take about 2 years to stitch it! Lol but it was very worth it...its beatiful!

And só many beaatiful This to stitch that you have!
My husband says The same, that i can't put everything i stitch on The walls! Loll

Happy stitching!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Congratulations on a very beautiful finish! Jane is just gorgeous, well done.

Great WIPs you have going and I love all your new stash - especially the BOAF chart. I have that one in my stash to do as well.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Fantastic post, so much to comment on!!
Firstly, congrats on the Happy Dance, that really is very quick stitching on such a large piece.
I do love samplers and you've chosen some great ones here.
Seeing your teacup has reminded me of my Coffee Fairy, we should both stitch more of our drinks next year!

Cristina said...

Congratulations, your Jane is definitely awesome.. amazing!!
You'll be working for a long time with the needle with all these purchases ^^
Hugs & Kisses!

rosey175 said...

Congrats on the finish and stash enhancement and um... Tea Bath Fairy Bum!! I think a lot of people went nuts with the HaED sale, LOL!! Now if only they sold extra lives to count for the tons of stash, ahahaha~

sana said...

Congrats on finishing.
Very beautiful!!!

Carol said...

Epic, indeed!! What a gorgeous finish, Anne--I do love that satin-stitched snake :) Good luck resuming stitching on the Tea Bath Fairy--that one really amazes me.

So glad you treated yourself to some new stash and I know you'll love the gray Newcastle. I've never tried the gray, but 40ct. Newcastle is one of my very favorite fabrics to stitch on!

Such a great photo of the crow--you have a wonderful eye when it comes to photography and design...

Have a great week, Anne!

Teresa said...

What a wonderful finish with Jane.
Nice new stash.
Love the blue eyes Titus.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Congratulations on finishing your gorgeous piece! Wow - can't imagine how many stitches there are in it. Loved seeing all the projects you have lined up for yourself and had to laugh at your husband's comment on having a sampler wall. Good luck with that and your wall/walls with all your beautiful stitching will look amazing :)

Vaida said...

Congratulations on a really gorgeous finish! And a sampler wall sounds cool!

valerie said...

Woohoo Anne! Congratulations! Jane looks amazing...you should be so proud. Can't wait to see her all framed up! Great progress on Tea Cup and Watergarden too. :) Love the new stash. That BOAF sampler is one of my faves and on my to do list too. I need to get cracking on my stitching. For being so busy, you're very productive! I wish I could say the same! lol

Pixie said...

Hello

Just found you!

Congratulations on your beautiful finish!
Lovely wips too.
Titus gorgeous!

Wanda said...

Anne, Jane is beautiful! What a huge accomplishment! Great stash...can never have too much. Titus is adorable. Congratulations again on finishing Jane. Have a great week.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on your epic finish, you have done an amazing job!

Nice progress on your Fairy and knotgarden. I loved stitching that freebie as well, it was fun and very quick!

Love the new stash, Melissa inspired me to purchase quite a few charts as well, lol! My husband is a bit concerned that I want to turn my hallway walls into sampler walls.

hotmess10 said...

Great job on the BAP finish. I love the HAED flower you want to stitch for your mom. It's very pretty.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Your Jane is stunning!! Such a major accomplishment, and you finished her in less than 11 months! Love all your WIPs, and your great stash acquisitions!

Sharon said...

Congrats on an amazing finish!

The Maiden said...

Congratulations on Jane! Finishes are always bittersweet, but she is so stunning and you get to stare at her whenever you want! I agree with hubby, the only thing to do is pick up another BAP, and tea bath will fit the bill nicely. Happy stitching!

Karoline said...

Jane is gorgeous, congratulations

Your wips are looking lovely and you got some great stash

♥ Nia said...

Uhuuuuu :D Congrats on your finish sweetie!!
Tea Bath Fairy is looking gorgeous =)
hugs&smiles

Melissa said...

Hi Anne!

YEY for the beaut of a finish! What a massive project :)

Love the xmas start and I also REALLY love LHNs Baked goods! I keep forgetting to pick it up so I might as well now that you've reminded me hehe.

Ewa said...

Congratulations on your finish, Anne! It looks absolutely stunning! Love your new stash, too. And maybe with that orchid picture you could stitch it on dark fabric. Up to you, of course - just an idea! Congrats again!

Stitching Noni said...

Woohoo!! Fantastic finish. Jane looks briiliant - well done on putting in that last stitch. :)