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 Time has just flown by the past few months!  I have been a busy girl lately, families have a way of keeping you that way.  I have been trying to keep up with my blog reading however I have not had the spare time to post anything on my blog.  Not to mention I really haven’t had anything to blog about.  The only stitching I have worked on since March has been the Bargello section of my “It Is Well” sampler, and there is only so much I can say about that.  I can tell you by the time I finished the Bargello section I was tired of it, but it was well worth it! 

Completed Sampler with Bargello at the bottom.

I am so happy to tell you that my Sampler Club, “It Is Well” sampler is finished!!!!!!  I finished it last night and dropped it off to be framed this morning.  It was kind of bitter sweet as it has been my constant companion the past year and 3 months.

The two bands between the fish and the verse were redone. 

I would have been done sooner but I decided to pull out two bands I had done in the beginning that I wasn’t happy with.  I think it turned out quite well and I can’t wait to see it framed and hanging on my wall.  Now to figure out what to do for my next Sampler Club Sampler!  I have a few ideas floating around and I can tell you it will not be near as big as this one was.  I hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far!

This wonderful gift was on my doorstep the other day from Mrs.Meyers Clean Day.  I won a bucket in their Bucket Brigade giveaway.  Their products are fabulous!  Thank you so much Mrs.Meyers, your cleaning products are the best!

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Hello and welcome to my new followers, I am so glad you are following my little blog.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  We sure did, we started our day at church, had a delicious dinner, gorgeous weather and of course after that I fell asleep and didn’t get up until 7:30 P.M., I must have been tired.

 I did get a little stitching done this weekend, my progress is very slow on my “It Is Well” sampler.  I am almost done, I have about 4 more rows of straight stitches to add to my Bargello, and I have to redo a few rows at the top below the alphabet that I am not happy with and then I will be finished.  I would love to drop this off to Patty @ Village Sampler by Friday!!  It’s not looking promising since today I haven’t picked up a needle.  But I have plans to work some tonight, hubby is picking up pizza on the way home and I am going to stitch away and watch the voice.  I love to stitch while watching television, sometimes I get lucky and my daughter, joins me.

Progress on “It Is Well”

There are so many pretty flowers blooming here at Maple Cottage, I took several pictures yesterday to share with you.

Bleeding Heart
Japanese Lilac
Azalea

Lilly Of The Valley

I hope you have enjoyed my spring blooms, next time I will share some pictures of the new babies living in my tree.

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Greetings to you from my pollen filled neck of the woods!!  Is it as yellow in your area as it is in mine?  It’s pretty terrible here, yellow sneezing powder everywhere.  I battle asthma and allergies 365 days a year, I get allergy shots which are helping little by little but sometimes there just isn’t enough medicine or immunotherapy to combat the seasons changing save a bubble to live in.  So to make a long story short, I haven’t gotten much stitching done lately.  I don’t know about you but when I don’t feel well I don’t feel like stitching either.  I did manage to finish reading Nicholas Sparks “The Best of Me”, WOW, can’t wait for the movie, I will be there with my case of Kleenex!  I love his books, but are they ever hard on my emotions.  I got to see him at our 2010 Kanawaha County Public Library Book Fair, my daughter and I got our books signed and had our picture made behind him.  Diana Gabaldon was there the next day, my other favorite author, it was the best book fair ever!!

Me and Nicholas Sparks, could I have smiled any bigger?

I did work on my “It Is Well” sampler last weekend, I started the bargello section which will be the final section.  However everything I got done I had to rip out because I didn’t graph it, I winged it and it didn’t look right so I started over.  I’m glad I did start over otherwise it wouldn’t have looked right and I wouldnt’ have been satisfied with it.  It looks great!!  I’m hoping to have it completed in the next few weeks so I can take it to Village Sampler to be framed.  I can’t wait!!  Oh and I did manage to get Miss Maple Darling to the groomer this week, she looks like a new dog and she smells amazing.  I’m threatening to take Miss Daphne Darling for a lion cut, she would be furious.

Can you see all the glitter?  Just call her glitter puppy.

My daughter is on spring break this week so I am hoping to get some stitching done, unless she has other plans for me.  I’m already hearing talk about shopping, sleep overs and the Hunger Games movie, so who knows how much of anything I will get done.  Hopefully I will be feeling better and can fulfill my duty as her activities director (Is my sarcastic tone coming through here?).  I liked them much better when they were 3 and didn’t have their own social lives outside of kindermusic, Bear and the Big Blue House and nap time.  I never dreamed that toddlers were easier than teens, boy was I in for a rude awakening!

Hair cuts make her sleepy.
She’s out.

Well, I have rambled enough, just wanted to check in.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Beautiful Bargello

This past Saturday was our monthly Sampler Club meeting, we were unable to meet in November and December we had a little stitching party that I didn’t get to attend.  So needless to say I was needing a Sampler Club fix! Oh how I wish it could be every Saturday, I could go over and stitch any Saturday but in Sampler Club we learn things and I love to learn new things. 

This time we learned something I had never done before that I had planned almost from the beginning to incorporate into my sampler.  We learned the Bargello stitch and I can’t wait to do this on my sampler, In the mean time I will share my practice Bargello from my doodle cloth.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“Bargello is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a “flame stitch” pattern.
Traditionally, Bargello was stitched in wool on canvas. Embroidery done this way is remarkably durable. It is well suited for use on pillows, upholstery and even carpets, but not for clothing. In most traditional pieces, all stitches are vertical with stitches going over two or more threads.
Traditional designs are very colourful, and use many hues of one colour, which produces intricate shading effects. The patterns are naturally geometric, but can also resemble very stylised flowers or fruits. Bargello is considered particularly challenging, as it requires very precise counting of squares for the mathematical pattern connected with the various motifs to accurately execute designs.”

All of us worked different variations of this stitch and they were all so beautiful with  all the different colors.  I can’t wait to see all of the beautiful samplers once they are completed.  This year our group will be a continuation of last year’s club since we all need more time to complete our Sampler’s.  I was very relieved that we are continuing as I was not prepared to start a new sampler in March.  Now I have plenty of time to think about what I want to do for my next sampler.  I do know it won’t be as large as this one, I wouldn’t want to have to start renting out wall space in the homes of my family and friends to display my work.

I will leave you with a few picture’s of my two little darlings, Daphne the cat and Maple the English Springer.

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