Tuesday, March 06, 2007

A Trip to the Sea, and Thank You Sonya!!

I received the most beautiful package of goodies in the mail today! There was no card or note in the package, but the Scotland return address suggests that this is the PIF package from Sonya! If this is indeed from Sonya, my gosh, she went above and beyond! Not only did she send this gorgeous paperweight - isn't it amazing?? - she also sent goodies! A cute chart, some Weeks Dye Works floss, stork scissors and a lavender sachet! Oh my! I feel so spoiled! Thank you Sonya! Your stitching is immaculate!
It felt really strange not to be stitching on Paradigm Lost tonight, but I did work on Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin again instead. I finished up the fences and the anchor gate. I added sand to the beach (Liz Turner Diehl had grass amongst the sand, but I went my own way with this, partially because Rachael has asked for no overdyed or non-washable fibers in her RR, and Liz used Colorwash silk in this area). OK, I have some good ideas of what to add below the lighthouse in the open area - most especially, at least one beeskep as Rachael has requested. However... I admit I am a bit perplexed as to what to add in the rather obvious blank area to the right between the lighthouse and the next block. I want to have these two blend together somehow. The sailboat in the next block is a bit large, so there will be no perfect blending - any boat that would fit in my ocean would be quite smaller. So, I need something to break the area up yet appeal to some perspective. This will be the tricky part. Any suggestions? I am limited to what I have in my stash - which is huge. I know a tree would help, but it won't fill the whole area well... hmmm....
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin

21 comments:

Dianne said...

Hmmm...my boat is actually 'docked' there. How about doing some parallel brushed pines there to break up the two areas?

Dianne said...

How about some evergreens like the one I did but scatter about 3 or so in a zig zag up the side there?

The Cabbage Rose said...

How about a beach umbrella and some beach chairs. Also, I once had a large anchor in my yard in MA! And, a lazy (but beautiful) dog who loved to sleep near it...:)) Also, on the Cape, there are "beach roses" that grow up wild along fences...

Barbara said...

I have no suggestions, only admiration for how brave you are to have chosen a difficult block and a challenging design! What you've done so far is really gorgeous, and I'm eager to see where you'll go from here. Good luck!!

Anonymous said...

It's lovely Carol and beautiful gifts as well. For your RR, how about a dune? Ann.

The Silver Thistle said...

I'm so glad you like your Pif Carol. And thank you for the really nice comments too, they've brightened my day.

Sorry about the lack of a note or message, that'll be me having one of my 'blonde moments' lol.

Isabelle said...

Such a great package you got from Sonya! I love the paperweight she stitched for you.
I really like what you've been doing on Rachael's RR. :)

Jenn said...

What a great PIF package from Sonya! Her paperweight is lovely.

I'm not sure what you should do next on your piece. I like the idea of sand or a dune though.

Katrina said...

Very nice package! Love the pincushion. what about a beach with typical wildlife, crabs, gulls, turtles and more water and a few clouds in the sky...

Vonna said...

That is one stupendous PIF gift!

As far as the RR, I think you've done an exceptional job...What about some white fencing or an ancient broken up and left behind boat? Like a ship wreck? or a sailboat upside down - being worked on by the lighthouse man?!
That is a mighty hard block to have chosen ... you've done good!

Kajsa said...

That's a lovely package! Love the paper weight.

I think BrightNeedle have some great charts with smaller motifs. The Nantucket one has a cute little boat and some whale tails on it. If you are going with the beach umbrella suggestion I have their freebie (blue moon) with just that and a mermaid.

ollie1976 said...

I'm liking how your lighthouse is turning out!

Lauren said...

I like the idea of extending the water and maybe putting a whale out there :) I love the fence and anchor.

Jenna said...

Wow, Rachael's neighborhood is looking really nice! You have some good suggestions already here in the comments. I would just add that you could do something to link your square with the next by extending the path that she created and link it to a small beach behind your lighthouse? Then some scrub brush down the right side might be an option? Good luck!

Susimac said...

Rachaels NRR is looking great!! Love your PIF package you received you lucky girl.

quiltorstitch said...

The house and fence turned out adorable. I like the idea of a whale tail! That’s cool. Maybe a sand dune to break it up, and put the whale tail out in the ocean. That’d look nice. :D I am sure whatever you do it’ll look great :D

cathymk said...

What a lovely PIF package!

You are doing a wonderful job on the RR - it is just gorgeous!

Lelia said...

Wonderful gifts!!

After reading all the comments re your RR, I think the stitchers covered everything. My first thought was the "blue Moon" brightneedle freebie w/mermaid, fish, wave motif, etc. Which was already a suggestion. [do you have it?]

The only thing I can think to add to all the comments is a sun motif. If the spacing & motif is 'right' for the rest of the sampler. I have a PS - Spring Samplers leaflette with a couple 'suns' - the Drawn Thread Spot of Summer has a 'sun' & there is a small PS freebie card with a sun.

And, enjoy the PS 'stitck it here' pattern. One of my GF's gave me a pincushion with that motif & I just love it.

Sharon said...

I love the fence on your RR, looks good. Love the paperweight and goods too-very prettty.

stitcherw said...

I love what you've done with the fence and the sand. Can't wait to see what you come up with to finish it from everyones suggestions.
Sue

Rachael said...

Wow,
There are some great suggestions here. I can't wait to see what carol decides to use.
You people have great imaginations- I never would have thought of a whale or a mermaid!