Saturday, March 03, 2007

Mermaid and the Sea for Barbara

Here is this week's update of And A Forest Grew. I put it down early tonight. I just wasn't in much of a stitching mood, although I did get a lot done earlier today on a gift :-) The tree I am currently working on is pretty funky - you can see it partially stitched on the far right of the sampler. I think it influenced my decision to quit early.
And, this is for Barbara. Barbara has asked me a couple of times to show an updated picture of The Mermaid and the Sea. I work on this in little bits here and there at work. It is not exactly flying along at a lightning pace, but it is making progress.

I found things on the internet today that have me really wanting to save up some stash money! I found this pretty garden sampler on Liz Turner Diehl's website this morning. It is 17th Century Dutch Garden, and this will be a must stitch for me! Mike and I adored our travels to Amsterdam a few years ago, and we visited the tulip gardens there as well (OK, I don't think I can spell it, but it is something like Keukenhoff - help Annemarie or Barbara!!). Anyhow, Liz talked about designing this sampler last year at CATS.... I love it! Very colorful!




And then.... I got an email from Stitcher's Hideaway about this! This is Jeannette Douglas' teaching piece for the Sturbridge, Massachusetts retreat this summer! Born in Massachusetts and my family still lives there, this is also a must stitch for me! Jeannette really incorporated all that she could about the state! The zig zag line down the middle is the Freedom Trail and the Mohawk Trail, with Boston Common joining them. I cannot afford to go on this retreat. But, I will anxiously await its release to the public. Jeannette only waits about a year before she releases her teaching pieces. I will start saving up for this now - I imagine the embellishment and floss pack for it will be pricey.
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and And A Forest Grew


25 comments:

Kris said...

Awesome progress on the Forest!! Unfortunately I keep getting distracted on mine *lol*
Hey! I sat next to Jeanette today at a stitching class! She's a real hoot!! way way way nice :) Anyways, sounds like she has some exciting things coming up soon :)
Enjoy your weekend :)

Barbara said...

Thank you, Carol! I just LOVE your mermaid WIP!!!

It's Keukenhof. And that's a great design - I can certainly see why you want it. But I have to say that my heart was grabbed by the MA sampler. WOW! I lived in Boston for years and still have a soft spot for ol' Beantown.

Redwitch said...

Great progress on the Forest and the with the Mermaid! Good luck with the savings, so many nice designs out there :)

Judith said...

Great progress.
Why did you have to let me see the new sampler of Jeannette Douglas. I just love it and must have it now LOL

AnneS said...

Geez, it's no wonder you can't wait to get your mitts on those designs, they're both lovely! :D At least you have plenty of stitching to keep you busy while you're waiting for them to be printed and released to the general public ;)

Katrina said...

The Forest is so great, I love it. One of these days I am going to have to get that mermaid piece too.

Vonna said...

Wow! Your ATFG is amazing, the Mermaid piece is great and I have to say...I've never been to MA, in fact...I've never been on the eastern seaboard PERIOD...but I want that Douglas sampler too!

Jenn said...

the Liz Turner Diehl piece is just lovely and I can see you stitching the Jeannette Douglas piece too. That does look like a troublesome little tree on the right. I hope you can get him done quickly so you can more onto others you'll enjoy doing more.

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Your forest is looking great! That is an interesting tree though:) I don't think I have ever seen one like it!

Julie said...

Your forest and Mermaid are really coming along. Very nice! I really like the garden design as well. What a great piece to remember your trip!

Karoline said...

They're both coming along beautifully, great progress

Meari said...

Lovely progress. Thanks for showing us!

lena-lou said...

Great progress on your WIP's and the new stash you have your eye on .... well I love the JD sampler one!!

Kajsa said...

Lovely progress on Forest and Mermaid! I love those kinds of designs with all the pretty details. That tree do look a bit funky.

Those are some new wonderful charts you found. Always wanted to go to Keukenhof, tulips are my favorite.

Hazel said...

Love the forest one! Some great stitching there.
xx

Karin said...

Wow - you've made a lot of progress - congrats! They're both looking fantastic.

Isabelle said...

Your Forest is growing beautifully, Carol! And wow, those new designs are gorgeous.

Gill said...

Your Forest Grew is looking really good - looks like you're close to finished now?

Deanne J said...

Great progress on your pieces, and anyone who knows me knows I love Jeannette Douglas

Dawn said...

Both WIP's look awesome! Great job!

Georgie said...

Your stitching is just gorgeous! Well done

KarenV said...

Great progress on both WIPs Carol! I quite like the funky tree...

BeckySC said...

Wonderful progress on both, Carol!

stitcherw said...

Forest is looking good, and I enjoyed the update on Mermaid as well. You have some fun stash items on your wish list,I can see why they would appeal to you.
Sue

Lelia said...

And a Forest Grew ... really is growing! That is beautiful. The Mermaid & the Sea is totally unique - love it : )

Isn't browsing dangerous to the wallet? The teaching piece is awesome! as is the garden! I'm just letting my brain gel around all the new patterns & will see what I still want in a month or two.

Enjoy your evening