Friday, April 5, 2013

Progress...ah beautiful spring!

I have made some solid progress on Quaker Virtues...
28 ct Cream Lugana, with Gumnuts threads
Im going to be adding the cranberry for the letters, and gold for little motive fillers and light blue for the "Virtue"words.. At least that's my plan so far, I might get the other 2 colors of the blue (which is Denim in the Gumnuts line, and 2 shades lighter in the Cranberry.  What do you think?

It has been a glorious day, in the upper 60's, a day one should really be outside not inside stitching and sorting out things.. but alas I have been working through 20 years of magazines, Victoria, Southern Living, Bon Appetite, Coastal Living and some others, they have to go... or a least be thinned down.  The one group of magazines that will never go, is my "Just Cross Stitch" and "Samplers and Antique Quarterly".
However today was not only glorious temperature wise, but it was Melvyn Douglas day on TCM. Today is Mr Douglas's birthday, they had a great lineup of his 30's movies, "The Shinning Hour", "Toy Wife", "She Married her Boss", "I'll Take Romance", "Prestige", "Fast Company", "Our Wife" and one I had never seen "Dangerous Corner", the DVR is running on.  But tonight they are starting a new feature with Cher.
She will introducing films she has chosen featuring "A Woman's World" from working women to motherhood and women on the home front during the war years.  Now you are probably wondering why Cher, well she is a big classic movie fan.  Tonight's lineup is "motherhood" starting with "Mildred Pierce", then "Stella Dallas" which Barbara Stanwyck at her best, "Penny Serenade", "Bachelor Mother" and "Made for Each Other".  These are all wonderful movies... this feature will be shown every Friday evening starting at 8pm, if you want to learn more check it out HERE.

So tonight I will be stitching on with Cher's picks, but for now I will leave with..

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Start.. working over one

With Spring a new start.. Sitting Pretty's "Quaker Virtues".   
28 ct Cream Luguna, with Gumnuts Silks Denim

I'm really enjoying this stitch.. It took me a while to work up to using Lugana since its a evenweave, but its like needlepoint canvas to me, so I seem to working out the objections.  I tried using linen and had some issues with stitch alignment.   I also have discovered that I don't like working on a frame.

So with that not alot going on around here, just doing some spring cleaning, and throwing out some not wanted things.  However, TV viewing has been interesting, Masterpiece has started "Mr Selfridge", which took me a some time to warm up too. Some comments I read on the Facebook Page, is that they have portrayed him as just a loud and obnoxious American.  Well I think he was someone that was like Mr Ringling, and thought big and lived large.  An yes he like girls, so that doesn't really bother me, what did bother me was the music. However, I am looking forward to this weeks episode.  Also WETA UK showed Dr Helen Castor's special of  She Wolves of England, the first English Queens, that was really interesting.  If you haven't seen it, see if your PBS station will either be planning to show it or can get it.  Enjoyed the premiere of Season II, Call the Midwife, but I'm not completely over the moon like everyone is about this show.  I never like L&D when I was in nurses training,  had too many close calls... and I found it really stressful.  L&D is either very happy or very sad, no in between, So with that I will leave you with Lucy.... and her icy glare...

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