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Monday, January 16, 2012

A Visit from the Green Grinch Himself

"Summer's Souvenir"
by Blackbird Designs
30 ct Dye Pot linen

Sunday my furry cuddle bug, Jibby, and I snuggled most of the afternoon watching old black and white movies from the 50's and I started a new project.  It was a great way to spend an afternoon after I washed sweaters and did some general cleaning.  This is yet another "patriotic" stitch that I have been wanting to do, so I was happy to pull everything I needed for it from my overwhelming stash of "to-do's".  But, like I said, no pressure here, I am going to enjoy the journey.  Well, I did until this little fellow showed up......

Yup, I know some of you have been unfortunate to receive a visit by Mr Frog himself, too.  As you see that purple border, well it was suppose to be separated into two lines not one big bulky one....ugh!!!!!!  I wish the tooth fairy or Peter Cottontail showed up instead, but I guess it was my turn for the grinch of frogs to visit me. At least I caught my mistake before it became a monsterous disaster and had most of it done.  I need to rip out the star, too. 

Onto other things, here is a not so perfect photo of an old quilt I happened along on a visit to one of my favorite thrift stores. A steal of a deal for only $6.99.  You can't even buy a yard of fabric for that today.  I love the red baskets and this was a treasure find for me.  It had never been washed by the looks of it.  Not that it was dirty because it wasn't but it wasn't puckered as cotton tends to do once it is washed.  So as soon as I got it home I threw it into the washer and here it is.  Love it!!! Pretty and simple.

Here is my favorite son, or young man, Brayden.  He is my near perfect boy, he is awesome at everything he does.  He amazes me everyday.  He gets straight A's in all of his classes, and they aren't easy classes.  Which makes me glad he is getting some college credit for his hard work. 

Here are a few samples of his artwork.  He loves being crafty, too, just not with needle and thread!  Maybe never knows!

Siberian Tiger


Not sure who this is, but most likely an athlete, he absolutely loves the game of basketball and he is a go getter at this sport, too.

Hope you are staying warm and healthy.  Until next time......




Deb said...

Isn't it wonderful to have an afternoon to just sit and do what you want to do? Sorry about the frogs - but I suppose they're just a part of cross stitching as we all seem to get paid a visit here and there.

Your thrift find is fantastic. I can't believe the price you paid. And your son - oh, my gosh, is he talented. His drawings are just wonderful.

SugarandSpice said...

Wow Jo. He really is an amazing artist. How did I not know that before Christmas?!?!?!

Margaret said...

Ok, your son is amazing. Wow! What a talented artist! Love that quilt too -- and for that price? Now keep the frog away from me please. lol!

doris said...

Incredible artwork! I draw stick people. Love the quilt you found also. So sorry you had to unstitch some things. It's just not that much fun, is it?

Peggy Lee said...

Sorry about that darn frog! I would much rather have a visit from Peter Cottontail than the Tooth Fairy...I don't have many teeth left to give her.
Your son is incredibly talented! He will go far with that. I know you are so proud of him.

aprilmecheelesdulllife said...

Your son it so talented.. Just like his mom !! Glad you had a great stitching afternoon!

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear about the visit from ol' Mr. Frog. But I hope it not wrong for me to request that he stay far away from me ;) You have a fine looking son! And very talented too. Aren't sons wonderful. With 2 of them myself, my life feels so full!
Take care!

Brigitte said...

Oh, how I love this sort of afternoons. I was enjoying a great Sunday afternoon as well, doing nearly the same things as you did. Is there anything more relaxing?
You have a very talented son.

Shelleen said...

Your sons drawings are gorgeous! He is very talented.

Gabi said...

Wow, your son is very artistic. And quite smart so to hear. That's a great combination which a promise of a bright future. :)
So sorry that the Grinch invaded your house uninvited. Love your start anyway, such gorgeous colors. Looking forward to see more of it.

Sherry :o) said...

Love your son's drawings - talented. I would have maybe left the border thick...would it have affected the rest of the pattern? I hate ripping out darker colors, did a little read ripping the other night and it left a lot fuzz behind, thank goodness for a qtip picking it up. I had my border off by one thread when I came to the meeting place. Your thrift quilt is awesome!

Carin said...

What a beautiful drawings !!
Like the colors of your BB stitching.

Karoline said...

Sorry about the frogs, it's looking lovely though.

Your son's drawings are stunning.

Suzanne said...

Your son's drawings are amazing, he is so talented. Hope the frogs keep away.

Loraine said...

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I missed this post! I've been traveling and off and on in the blog world, so I'm sorry I'm just finding this.
Sorry about the frog. At least he is a cute one! LOL. Love the new start.
You son is amazing!!!! He has a great style. He definitely has a ton of talent like his mother.
Love the quilt too. My what a find!
Hugs to you dear friend. Hope we see each other soon.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

How did I miss your post??? Sorry 'bout the frog - I'll bet you're all done with that piece by now, though!
Your son is darling and what talent! His artwork is amazing!

Littlebit said...

Lovely quilt find! Don't you just love the way cotton washes up?
Your son's work is amazing!!!

Katelyn said...

You're son's work is amazing!!!

Karina said...

Awesome work . I liked it very much . Can u please post the way how you did this. it will be helpful for all people who are interested in creative and craft works. Thank you very much :)