Sunday, April 29, 2012

Creative Thinking

Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, and after a week of crappy weather and feeling pretty crappy (cold going on its 3rd week, and my back acting up due to the weather), I finally got out of the house.  I ran some errands post office, library), pampered myself (pedicure) and grabbed some lunch at La Mesa's newest restaurant, Gingham.  Lunch was tasty, sitting out under an umbrella on their back patio was wonderful.

I still had time left on the parking meter, so I walked around the Village a bit, and browsed some of the stores.  I was beginning to give up hope of finding any deals in the antique stores, but then got lucky at my last stop.

Three small saucers

Chipped, cracked, stained, but wonderfully vintage.

Imagine each of them with a small stitched pincushion in the center, filled with crushed walnut shells.


I finally took some pictures of what I've been stitching on.  This piece has become very special to me.  I started it (yeah I know, I'm supposed to be refraining from new starts) on the day Grandma and I watched Casablanca together.

Shakespeare's Peddler jenny Bean Spring, stitched on
36 ct PTP Mello with overdyed cotton
Its done mostly in the charted colors, but I have swapped out a few due to the color of the fabric I'm using.  The PTP Mello seems perfect for this project.  Before stitching on it, I thought it was too orangey-yellow, too mottled, and something I'd never use.  I took a chance for this, and I'm loving it.  The threads are really neutralizing the fabric.

Cute little sheep and ducks!

Pigs or cows?

I love the flowers on the border.

11 comments:

Vickie said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Those sheepies are adorable! :)

Giovanna said...

What a gorgeous WIP! Glad you're feeling better.

Lynn said...

I'm a big fan of the JB designs and this one of just so sweet! Love that little goose and goslings!

Margaret said...

Oh my -- that is so cute! I love that piece -- and I've been trying to avoid buying it. I think you might have blown that for me. lol! Love your finds too -- nice! Glad you got a day to yourself.

Catherine said...

Great goodies and love the Jenny Bean you are working on! I really like the PTP fabrics I have used and the Mello is one of my favorites!

Carol said...

Such a pretty WIP, Mindi, and you'll always thing of your dear Grandma when you look at it. Looking forward to seeing your saucer pincushion creations :)

Penny said...

Love the animals in this piece and the colors are so pretty! What a great way to use the saucers - can't wait to see them. :)

Sally said...

Your Jenny Bean is so sweet! Love it.

Chris said...

Glad to hear that you had a lovely day out. Your finds are cool.
What is even better is the Jenny Bean piece and that it is such a great memory of your Grandmother!

BrendaS said...

Beautiful new start!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nice imagination, and pretty stitchery, too! May will bring the warmth...