Aug 18, 2017

For your viewing

I've listed the sale items on the For SALE tab under the header photo for you to view.  You can email with questions, additional information, comments, just click the link.  I haven't worked on prices for everything yet, the photos took quite a while and posting forever!  So I am done for now.   
 
I am having major pain again with the jaw and having a tooth extracted beginning of next week.  With this TMJ flareup, I don't even know how he can work on me since my mouth only opens so far.  Regardless, a little miserable right now and I'm sure much more next week so the sale may be the last week of August.  Did I just say that?  Last week of summer?  Just added to my misery.  I will post before the sale to let you know when it will be.
 
Have a good weekend.
 
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Aug 17, 2017

One more thing

Greetings folks.  Yes, I know comments are disabled.  I am tiring of dealing with an intruder, registered with Google so the only way to block is to stop it all.  Decided to report to Google and let them handle it.
 
The sale next week will be by email as were the boxes.  Still working on descriptions and photos for you.

I wanted to add to yesterday's post but before that - if any of you use the PITA flea meds on your cats, here is a real deal.  Pet Armor Plus has the same active ingredient as Frontline for less.  I can only find 4 packs in the store, no longer the 6.  So I checked online and the 6 pack must be on clearance because it is only $25.  Great price for 6 vials if you have multiple cats.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/PetArmor-Plus-for-Cats-All-Sizes-6-Count/49911400
 
One thing I forgot to add about the naked samplers.  If there is a chance you may frame them at some point, do not use fusible interfacing.  I always do when making a tuck or ornament, but not for framing.  It stabilizes the linen for hanging but the fusing would prevent any stretch to the piece when lacing or mounting to get a perfect edge. 
 
A few Christmas designs which are packed away with the others, were done differently.  I wanted more structure to the wimpy linen so I fused medium weight interfacing to muslin, laid the fused muslin on the back of the linen, folded the side edges over it and pressed, and folded down the top to create the hem pocket for the braid or boning.  It completely lines the linen, makes a nicer presentation, no folded edges visible through a sheer fabric.
 
That's all folks!
 
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Aug 16, 2017

The fringed and the free

In response to a question regarding the way I display some samplers, here are some photos to show the backs of the pieces that are unframed, fringed, or hemmed.
 
But first there's this.  A few happenings from the last few days.  When I was on the phone scheduling Carole's Direct TV tech, he kept saying "Wednesday the 16th".  I kept saying "Wednesday is the 15th".  Since I was having a difficult time with his accent, I thought maybe I was hearing sixteen but it was actually fifteen that he was repeating.  ONE SIX.  Sorry sir, ONE FIVE is Wednesday!  This went on for a few minutes until I glanced at the top of the Carole's calendar to see that it is for 2018.  So if anyone is interested, August 16th is on a Thursday next year.
 
I was concerned about Nitzy since he has a wound on his leg and spend the entire day indoors.  That never happens.  But he bounced back and was fine the next morning.  For two nights, I have screamed his name out back to come in for the night.  When I scream, I open wide and suck in creating a vacuum that can be too strong for small insects.  It brought in a few moths hanging around the door light.  None flew down my throat and all were removed with a good mouth rinse.
 
Not paying attention to where I was going, I walked into the hummer feeder and had really sweet hair for a while.
 
I was cleaning out the grain bin in the back room, bending over to reach the bright orange lid to a spray paint can at the very bottom, and was surprised when it blew fluorescent orange over my upper body, the wall, and window.  Seems I left the ground marking paint which has a nozzle straight up and uncovered, in the wrong place.  That stuff is very difficult to remove once dried.
 
So here's the photos.  The majority of these are done on stiff unbleached linen, and pressing with a hot iron is usually enough to hold back the sides.  A few have machine sewn sides in a thread matching the linen color.  A hem is sewn on the tops and boning or horsehair braid is slipped inside.  Once the edge is pressed, before sewing the hem down, the braid or bone can be attached to the back hem piece directly on the pressed edge instead of inserting in a sewn hem.  Both items can be found at JoAnn's in the notions aisle with elastics and banding.  These samplers should have interfacing fused or a muslin lining since some are sheer, but I never did.  I would hang as soon as completed and expect to go back later.  It's later.
 
 This is typical of the stiff linens, pressed back leaving enough fabric for framing in the future (or not), top is hemmed with horsehair braid that is sewn to the back flap, or slipped through.  I count the linen threads out from the stitching on each side for proper centering.  This one has a machine sewn edge.  When fringing, make sure you leave enough linen at the bottom for future framing, before removing the threads.

 
This piece is over 30" long and has been hanging for a few years.  This one I am considering framing.  Same method, just pressed, boning at the top for extra support against sagging.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Another pretty long piece on a little softer linen, but pressing was still enough to hold the edge.   The contrast thread zig zag is only on the edge to prevent fraying.  This one definitely needs a muslin lining.  I would open the top hem to insert the muslin and let it hang freely, cut to fit exactly within the pressed edges with the linen sides folded over the muslin so it doesn't show.
Big girl Lucy Redd is hemmed on four sides by machine, basting stitch for easy removal, with enough fabric for mounting to frame.  A few other smalls are also finished this way, no fringe. 
 
Lucy and Sally Fiske (23" x 25") both have boning in the top hem because of their size, which is heavier and stiffer than the horsehair braid.
 
 
  
 
I hope this helps answers any questions, but if not, email me.  This started as a way to display finishes rather than have them lying in a drawer until framing.  But after seeing a few antiques hanging naked, even stretched out of shape,  I prefer the more primitive samplers naked and unafraid.
 
Have a good one!
 
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Aug 15, 2017

A few more

 
If anyone has suggestions as to how to offer the pieces, please do so.  I don't know if I should just open a sale page and list them all or a few a week.  I doubt they will sell for a while.  It's like trying to sell eggs in a hen house.  You're all stitchers!  Why would you want stitchery!
 
Took all afternoon to get the TV set up at Carole's and then 2 HOURS on the phone with Direct TV to get an upgraded box in order for the new UHD to look like it.  I sure hope it helps with the clarity, otherwise, pack it up and exchange.  The tech was very very nice and polite but I had a very hard time understanding him, more difficult than any other tech conversation.  But the new box is coming Wednesday and we're keeping fingers crossed.
 
 
That's all folks.
Probably the last of the sale items but you never know.
 
Have a good hump day.
 
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Aug 13, 2017

Where's the heat?

Hi folks.  Hope your weekend went well.  We were close ... but still haven't needed the air conditioner in weeks.  August is half over.  So upset the end is near and we've had such a short summer.  Jacqueline was surprised that I wanted a hot summer after complaining about my hot flashes (for years), but when I am hot and sticky from the weather, I do not notice them much at all.  As soon as I am cooled off, they make me feel like a roasted marshmallow melting off the stick.
 
Anyway, I wanted to mention that if anyone needs an answer to a question, please click the link to email me directly.  There are so few left that are not no-reply and I have no way to respond.  That being said, here's a few tidbits of info.
 
Yes, stuffed cabbage freezes well. 
 
Watching my carbs is not technically a diet.  I just read labels and try to hold the total to around 50 carbs a day, some days less, some days more.   Lots of info online about counts in various foods.  Dove dark is 5 carbs.  Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom chocolate ice cream is fabulous and actually has fiber which can be deducted from the carb count, very doable!  If I have a cupcake day, I am just more strict the next.  I love meat and layered salads, mayo based dressings, so this works better for me than WW did.
 
The design shown in the selling photo with the large bird is Random Thoughts by Sheepish Designs.
 
I don't know when the sale will be, hoping to have decisions made this week and sale next week.  I thought Ebay may be easier for me but I may just list them on the blog page.  I added a few more, not absolutely sure, still gathering and thinning.
 
 
I'll post the photos and descriptions ahead of the sale and give notice of when it will be.
 
I will mention that none of them will be able to be disassembled and framed.  I cut my seam allowance short and usually seam close to the stitching, nothing at all left for mounting or framing.  The Random Thoughts design was at first a large drum, which I tired off, and changed to shelf display.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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Aug 12, 2017

A stinky day

But worth it.
 

 
A few more to add to the sale.  Probably more coming.
 
 
 
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