Saturday, March 10, 2012

Overcoming Negative Progress or

"casting out the frog".  That's right the frog came to visit and my poor Old Crow was completely stripped of it's top border. But I was determined and I stuck with it today, that mean old frog would not rob me of my planned finish. I just couldn't have a post with negative progress.

So here it is -

by La D Da
finished 03/10/12

I just laid the frame, I will be using, over the top for the picture, but I love how it is going to look.

Next up is Ida Mae Crow and I picked up the fabric Wednesday, it is 35ct Straw from Weeks. I pulled the DMC threads this afternoon and will get started after I finish here.

Of course there was more than this little piece of fabric, from my visit to the Silver Needle. But a picture is worth a thousand words and here are several pics of my new stash items.

And this was after I sorted through and put several things back. The Celtic Friends came with the threads and little charm. I loved the Chocolate Roses and have already ordered the fabric (Chocolate Raspberry linen) and the Dinky Dyes silk thread Choco Latte. Maxim and Zoya will be a fun stitch and I signed up for the auto shipments of The Flock from SamSarah (there will be 12) because I want to make the wired stand ups of them done on perforated paper.

Panoply of Posies was an impulse buy and when I looked at it later, I realized the count was 250 x 250 stitches. That's a little more than I would normally tackle but the colors are great so maybe this summer I will try to step through it one motif at a time.

The Vera bag was on sale at 50% off so I had to have it for my spring retreat stitching supplies. The JoAnn's in Tulsa is very well stocked and I managed to find a new Ott Lite floor lamp for beside my stitching chair. If that wasn't enough I dropped by Stitches of Tulsa another great shop specializing in needlepoint and knitting. They carry Caron Waterlillies and I picked up all the colors I needed to start the Dance of the Tulips that I had already.

I plan to order the fabric for this one direct from PTP, so that one will start during spring break, if I manage to get a way for a long weekend.

Absolutely, no more stash shopping for me, until the April retreat and then I have to go shop at least a little with the girls.

Now to finish off with another fish intro. Here is Lithgow in all his glory. You saw just a glimpse of him swimming under Chubs last post, so you can tell he is one of the smaller fish in our tank. I thought he looked hairy, with his coloring and fin, so my son asked who the star on Harry and the Henderson's was, that's how he got his name, after John Lithgow. This little guy is my favorite because he is small but mighty.

Happy Stitching,
CJ in OK ;-)


Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm glad the frogs didnt rob you of your HD!!!! Look at all that fantastic stash!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

CJ, how lucky you are to be able to visit the Silver Needle in person. I plan on getting there someday. You've picked up such wonderful patters and that Vera bag is just gorgeous! Hope you get plenty of stitching in this weekend!!!

Daffycat said...

Congratulations on a darling finish and for not letting that dratted frog win!

I love Ida Mae and I'm looking forward to watching you stitch her.

LOL It cracks me up every time you "introduce" one of the cichlids. These fish have such personality.

milly said...


Congratulations on your finish. Its lovely!

Your new stash is beautiful.

Hello to Lithgo, he is one handsome fish!

Margaret said...

Sorry about the frogs, but you managed a gorgeous finish anyway! Love that frame too! Great stash! Fantastic! I need to put blinders on so I don't buy anymore. lol! Nice VB bag too -- what a great sale!

Sally said...

Love your finish! Sorry about the frogs though.

Looking forward to seeing Ida Mae Crow.

Gorgeous new stash. I love your VB bag!

Lithgo is a fine looking fish :)

Debbie said...

i like the kits that you bought!

Lynn said...

I wish the Silve Needle was my LNS!! You are so lucky!
I love all your stash purchases especially Maxim & Zoya and the SamSarah birds.
Your Old Crow finish is fabulous! Ida Mae is another fav of mine so I can't wait to see her once you've started.

Meari said...

That is a cute little fish :)

Nice stashing, and congrats on your finish. It looks good with that frame.

Always smiling said...

Wow what a lot of stash I am positively green! Enjoy your stitching and the Posie of Pansies will be great to do a motif at a time..and banish that frog because your finished piece is lovely and love the frame too!
Chris xx

Kathy Ellen said...

Despite your "frogging" and frustration with the border, 'Old Crow' looks great, and the frame is gorgeous! Wow! What an incredible new stash you have collected, and the Vera Bradly bag is perfect for spring!

Carol said...

Thank you so much for leaving such nice comments on my blog--I'm happy to have found yours, too!!

Your crow is delightful--I have a thing about crows and did a whole post on my crow finishes last year. I had planned on stitching Ida and Ira last fall, but I never got around to it--have them all kitted up and everything. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day to stitch :)

Beautiful stash and Vera bag--I'd be in big trouble if I lived as close to the Silver Needle as you do :)

RuthB said...

Heavens that is The Perfect frame for Old Crow -- I do so love your solution to negative progress. lol

And your stash, well, you deserve a special award for excellent stashing!

Good luck on everything--- may the frog not be with you!

Patty C. said...

your new stash is making me drool !!!
Love it all

Carla said...

Congrats on your finish! Looks fantastic with that frame.
Your new stash looks wonderful :)

BrendaS said...

Great stash CJ! Your Old Crow looks very nice and I can't wait to see your new "Crow" start.

Amy said...

Hey, I wish I would have known you were going over to the Silver Needle! I would have drove up and gone over with you!! It would have been fun! I've been doing my shopping online and on the phone with all the girls over there at SN. Looking forward to our retreat! Yayyyyyyyy!!!!

Suzanne said...

Love your crow finish, it's beautiful. Great stash you picked up and the Vera Bradley bag is such a pretty pattern.