Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Miss Smarty Pants!

I finished a Waxing Moon design called Miss Smarty-Pants. How funny is that?? It isn't my usual sort of thing but it makes me laugh so I had to stitch it. It is stitched over one on 25 count light blue linen using the overdyed floss it called for.














What a hoot! Here it is with a nickel in the picture for a bit of perspective.














It was nearly a disaster. I was ironing out the wrinkles and absentmindedly spritzed a bit too much water on the towel I was pressing it with. Eek! All of those pinks ran like crazy. I dashed to the sink and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed some more. Then I let it soak in a bowl of water all day, rinsing again each time I thought of it. I'm happy to report that the excess dye washed away. I'm usually very careful about this sort of thing, but I was either woolgathering at the time or had a serious senior moment! Oh well, happy ending and all that jazz. I think I'll finish it as a door hanger or something like that. I believe I have a piece of pink calico in my fabric stash that will go perfectly.

I started a project, too. Joy stitched it and I'm going to copy her! It is Bent Creek's Spring Soapbox stitched on banding. This is another design that makes me laugh. Last night I finished the dreaded giant chicken at the top of the design, so I am posting a picture for Joy, as promised. That is one big white chicken...














I am finding that the banding is not fun to stitch on and the overdyed threads keep tangling on the back. Ack! Oh yeah, sorry for the bright flash spot in the picture. I hate when that happens... Here is picture of Joy's, all finished and ready for bellpull hardware. Yes, I'm jealous!


I'm rewarding myself with a slow, lazy day today after several really busy days in a row. I tried to catch up on my blog reading and made a small dent in the list of blogs I like to visit. I noticed several stitching bloggers have switched to the beta blogger but I'm not quite ready yet. I read through the information about switching, and the sticking point is "you can never go back" which sounds a little too ominous to me at this point. I know I'll switch eventually, but I'm definitely not up to it today.

I have completely lost my mind when it comes to the SBQ. I used to post and answer them regularly, but haven't in a long, long time. Time to get back to that. Tomorrow I'll answer the question for this week and see if I can come up with a logical system for responding to the older questions.

My internet connection is acting up, so maybe I better click "publish" and come back tomorrow!

10 comments:

Jenna said...

Nice to have you back, Chelle! What a cute little finish and your wallhanging is off to a nice start, as well. :)

Cindy said...

I love the smary pants piece, I should stitch that for my daughter! lol You are doing a great job on the wallhanging that you are starting now, that is just to cute. Can not wait to see yours finished!

Joanie said...

I love Miss Smarty Pants! It's too cute and it made me smile!

Love your big white chicken too! Thanks for visiting my blog!

Leah said...

Miss Smarty Pants is such a cool design. Love how yours turned out!

Tessa said...

I haven't SBQ'd for a while too, mainly cos I want to do a good job but haven't had time to do it properly... I intend to catch up but life keeps getting in the way!

Love the Miss Smarty Pants, made me think of my daughter straight away and I think I will have to stitch it for her to hang on her door handle :)

Sharon said...

your miss smarty pants is too cute!
the waxing moon piece looks like it will be a fun stitch!

cathymk said...

I love the big chicken! So cute!

Barbara said...

Love that big white chicken! :) And Miss Smarty Pants is a hoot.

zoeandcooper said...

I just love the chicken...it is adorable!

KarenV said...

Love the Spring Soapbox! Joy's looks lovely and your chicken is very cute :) It's a great idea to stitch them on banding - very easy for the finishing ;)