Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What to Frame

My local framer has a sale once a year, so that's when I get a selection of stitched pieces Finally Finished.  These are ones that are under consideration.  I intend to have all the four birds on the top row framed as well as the Tree Swallows on the bottom right.  Beyond those, my budget will determine how many others 'get done'.  I have some gift certificates to apply toward the total.  We shall see what personal taste and fiscal responsibility determine!    

Yesterday I featured smaller birds, so today here's a look at some of my bigger birds.

A male and female Flicker.

A Cedar Waxwing.

A Rufous Towhee and California Quail both using a Hawthorn as a lookout tower.

A feeder full of Black-headed Grosbeaks.

Small birds - but they'll get big!  Baby quail.

This is the group that is overseen by a loan male.

If he had hands, he'd have his hands full!


Robin in Virginia said...

What a beautiful lot of stitches that are heading to be framed! It would be hard to decide what doesn't make the cut. The quail babies are growing.

Vickie said...

Oh Beth, I love these pieces you will have framed!!

Amy said...

I can't wait to see your framed pieces!

I've been paying a lot more attention to birds since I started reading your blog. This spring, I was beyond excited when a huge flock of cedar waxwings settled in the bushes alongside my house, right in front of my windows. They were even more beautiful up close!

And the other evening, my son and I heard a bird that was absolutely signing its heart out, and caught a glimpse of it when it jumped up into the air and flashed its white-barred wings; I did some research and discovered that it was a northern mockingbird.

Birds are really just an absolute joy!

Justine said...

What a great assortment of stitches to choose from Beth! Of course you must make sure the birds are all framed first.

RJ said...

Oh what fun picking your favorites. They will be wonderful framed. How lucky to have an annual sale. Great bird photos for all of us to enjoy. RJ

Carol said...

The fours birds are a natural for you to have framed, Beth! The cost of framing is atrocious which is why I've been trying to do my own lately. Not getting very far, but I do have the frames now :)

Meg said...

Hi, Beth! Lovely stitches! I agree, it is hard to decide, isn't it? My budget for framing is small, so I decided to try framing things myself. My first attempts were... well.... OK, but with practice, it's getting really easy and I dare say enjoyable. I have found that thrift stores are gold mines for frames. I don't look at what they look like as is - I just see the size (first and foremost!), then how well they are holding up - are the corners damaged? And then I think, "How can I make this ugly frame into what I want?" A little acrylic paint does wonders, and sanding or distressing is easy. When I'm done, I have not only the thrill of having something FULLY finished, but the thrill of saving a lot of money and possibly rescuing something from the landfill as well. - Hugs from Idaho! ~Meg

Wanda McColl said...

Hi Beth, You have some beautiful pieces to frame. It will be wonderful to have the birds from Heartstring Samplery framed and beyond that, it would be very hard to choose. I look forward to seeing what you chose. I have never framed my own but there are some great tutorials out there so maybe I will give it a try. I have 'His Eye is on the Sparrow' by Heartstring Samplery in being framed now. I have gone to a new framer (as we have moved) but she is very highly recommended by the ladies in the stitching group so I am anxious to see it. Thanks as always for your beautiful blog. Have a great week!

Barb said...

What a wonderful and responsible Daddy quail!