Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Everything but the Kitchen Sink (August WIPocalypse #!)

I've got a little of everything to share in this post, but I'll start with my WIPocalypse update.  What's the WIPocalypse you ask?  Read about it here. 

This month I have not one, but TWO finishes to share.  Hooray!  First up, Sous le Soleil de la Lune is done. As a reminder, here is where I was at the start of 2012:
And here she is all stitched up:
I stitched this piece with the called for silks on 40 count "Linen" linen from Weeks Dye Works.  I love the little cherubs at the top and the middle vase!

My second finish was not on my original WIPocalypse list.  I pulled it out in June when Mom and I were sorting through my stuff to do some framing.  I started Janet Gibson shortly after she was released (2006, maybe?  I'm not sure).  I finished her up this week:
I love everything about this sampler, from the house, to the color pallette.  My two favorite bits are the swan:

and Adam and Eve.  It was Adam and Eve that took me so long to finish.  Look at the hair in this last photo. It's a bit of braided cording and it totally intimidated me!  I finally took the plunge last week, and it only took about an hour to finish the whole thing off.  I can't wait to get this one framed and on the wall.
Speaking of framing, Sarah Hatton McPhail is all framed up:
That's it for the stitchy updates.  I'm working on a model for mom for the next week or two, and then I'll probably turn back to the giraffe sampler.  
I also finished one scrapbook project this week.  This is a wall hanging that came from a project kit I bought a couple of years ago.  Eventually, I will put this up in our bonus room/my craft room.

And finally, I leave you with three more images.  Lucky being his usual adorable self:
 Spike chilling in the window (while Lucky supervises):
And a surprise visitor in our backyard near sunset last week.  I was trying to feed the squirrels in order to keep them away from my garden and instead attracted this:
And by the way, my plan to distract the animals failed miserably.  They have taken all the cantaloupes.  : (  There's another batch of tomatoes growing away right now, but I don't think it's very likely that we'll be the ones eating them.  Sigh.  I don't know how to stop them.

That's all for now.  Hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics and has a great week!


Margaret said...

OMG!!!!! Ok, I'm totally floored. Beautiful beautiful finishes and framing!!! All three pieces are ones that I want to stitch. Janet Gibson I'm still in the middle of and it's languishing away. lol! Congratulations! Wonderful!!! Love your layouts too. And your cats -- so cute! I love seeing other people's fur babies!

Marcy said...

Wow -- it's beautiful! Congrats on such a wonderful finish. Love the kitty pics. Bummer about the critters eating your canteloupes.

Cathy said...

Beautiful finishes!

Flávia e Cristiana said...

Tudo bonito. Gostei muito de conhecer seu blog. Um abraço.

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous samplers, Robin - you are so talented, beautiful stitching.

Faye said...

I am in sampler heaven with all these gorgeous samplers~~~ I can't pick a favorite!! Have fun with the model stitching....can't wait to see it!!! Nice job, Faye

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Your finishes, and the framing, are just stunning! Kudos to you on such a productive month! The cats are adorable, too.!

Chris said...

Wow Robin!
2 beautiful finishes. I can"t believe that you were so close on Janet. I am so glad you pulled her out and finished her up.
Sarah looks amazing too. I really need more stitching time.
I love the wedding piece. That is a wonderful pic of you guys.
Have a great weekend.

Miss Pants said...

I agree..I love the swan! Very pretty wedding pictures too.

cheryl said...

Such beautiful finishes! Wonderful stitching! Cute kitties! I'm glad I dropped by.

Shelleen said...

Congrats on the finishes.

Ellen said...

Gorgeous samplers! Congrats on the finishes!


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

What fantastic finishes! It'll be lovely to have them on the wall not in a box somewhere LOL.