Friday, January 9, 2015

Starting Anew

Design - "Sweet Violets"
Designer - Cedar Hill
Fabric - 28 count R & R Irish Cream linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started - 20 April 2008
Completed - 31 May 2008

I changed the DMC colors for the violets as I thought the original choices were too blue and I wanted true lavender shades.

I chose dark green and cream mats.

I think they made a nice primary frame.

Framed October 2014

I confess that I am really in love with the frame. It is extremely plain, but somehow is very striking and perfectly complements the color of the stitched alphabet.

We've had several gray foggy days. My energy level plummets, and most of the birds disappear in the fog. 

I did chance to see a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

And the deer hang out no matter what the weather.

Squirrel! 
Solomon was up on the dining room table watching this guy at work.

Update: I have decided that a new year means a new start, so I've dumped my blog list and email comments and am starting anew. It does feel liberating rather than the burden that it had become!

20 comments:

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love your Sweet Violets; and the frame works perfectly with the design. May you have Peace in this new year.

Vickie said...

Sweet Violets indeed! Love it framed up Beth.
Liberation!! yay!

Pondside said...

Foggy here too and cool, but that's what we expect about now. A frame can really make or spoil a needlework project. I like your frame too!

Marlene jones said...

Blogging should be fun, not a chore. We all get bogged down and have to pass on reading loads.

carol fun said...

The violets are so sweet - love those purply lavender shades! Reminds me I have some Cedar Hill charts in my stash. Need to look at them again. Have a great weekend!

Melody said...

The violets are so pretty! I've always loved them. Very striking colors.

Loretta said...

The stitched violets are beautiful and the frame is just perfect.

Thank you for sharing your pics of the Nuthatch, Deer, and Squirrel. I love them.

Melissa said...

Love the violets! You`ve done a great job with the framing.

Anna van Schurman said...

Love the violets. Delightful frami...squirrel!

Carol said...

Your framed violets look so lovely, Beth. I should stitch that one for my mom--violets and lily of the valley are her favorites :)

Your deer sure aren't shy, are they!! Great photos as always...

craftingpaws said...

The violets are lovely and the framing really compliments the whole piece!
And, what lovely animal pictures. Really like the picture of the cute, little squirrel!

Barbi said...

The color change you made on the violets are what I prefer as well. Nice choice.

Margaret said...

Love that stitched piece. It's lovely! Love seeing the deer on your walkway. They're so pretty.

Barb said...

The violets are so pretty and I agree, the frame is perfect!

Christine said...

The violets are gorgeous and the frame sets them off perfectly.
Love the wildlife pictures too

Andrea said...

A lovely framed piece. Love the squirrel photo.

Maggee said...

That is a great framing choice for that piece! The mats frame it perfectly and the frame itself, with a hint of green on the inside, is a very good match! Hugs!

Von said...

Ah, Cedar Hill. I love their alphabet/floral samplers! You made some wonderful color choices. :)

Frances N said...

The violets are so very pretty! The framing is perfect for it!
I love those sweet deer, coming right up to visit! We have deer here in Mississippi and I see them often. We also have squirrels...that one of yours looks rather round! Cute!

Melanie said...

Very nice framed up! I would have changed the colors as well. Can't have violets without some solid purpley themes going on. :)