Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Floral Fantasy: Susan T. Kerndt, designer

Project: Floral Fantasy

Designer: Susan T. Kerndt

Type of needlework: Needlepoint

Photos: 3

Comments: There is a little story about these two sachets. First of all, I need to mention that my friend Terry who lives in England stitched them both.

Here is what happened. Terry stitched the first sachet (the little purple one above) and mailed it to me on December 13/2010 for this past Christmas. She was obviously running a tad late and we both wondering what was going to happen.

 We have been sending each other things for years and it normally takes from 7 to 8 days to reach us, no matter which direction it is going.

I kept checking my mailbox and there was never anything from England. Days went by followed by weeks and still nothing. We were both starting to think that it was lost and it would never arrive.  After a while Terry said to me, I am going to stitch you another one. I kept telling her "wait a bit more, we just never know". Without telling me she started a second one and she decided to change the colors a bit just in case the first one would arrive. She did not want me to have two exactly the same. She mailed that second one on February 1st, 2011.

On February 7th 2011, the first one arrived as if nothing had happened (Dec 13 - Feb 7). It took almost 2 months for the first gift to reach me.

I had talked with my mailman about the parcel not arriving and he said I was not the first one to mention something like that to him but he had not seen it and I believed him. It just happened that my husband was outside the day that the parcel from England arrived and the mailman asked my husband if that was the parcel I was waiting for. He told him "I think this is it".

My husband came back inside with the mail and I then saw something from England. I looked at him in total disbelief as I knew instantly that this was the long lost parcel. I rushed to tell Terry it had arrived but before saying anything, I told her that she better sit down first. We were both in shock but quite happy.

When I told Terry about it the second sachet had already been shipped on February 1st. We were both wondering if we would be luckier the second time around. It arrived on February 26 (Feb 7 - 26), so it took about 3 weeks to reach me.

On the other hand, everything I mailed to her continued to take about 7 to 8 days, so the problem were on my side, not hers. I had the same problem with the Australian magazine Inspiration that was held at US Customs for the longest time. My feeling is that Customs were inspecting everything more closely, perhaps due to higher security concerns during that time and a backlog was thus created. Just speculations from my part as I will probably never know for sure.

Whatever the reason(s), I am now the proud owner of two lovely little floral fantasy sachets (big grin)

This is the second little sachet

Here is a photo of them together, one was done using 18 count canvas
and the other one using Congress Cloth.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Lee's BJ05 design to fit jewelry case: Lee's Needle Art, Inc.


Name of project: Lee's BJ05
(since I do not know the name of this particular painted design)

Designer: Lee's Needle Art, Inc.

Type of needlework: Hand painted needlepoint

Number of photos: 5

Lee's Needle Art's website: http://www.newleesneedlearts.com/

Comments: The first photo above shows the finished product including both the stitching and finishing. I even went the extra mile and added a few pieces of jewelry in order to better showcase the little jewelry case.

This was actually an impulse purchase. When I saw the design with the already chosen threads for it (sparkling), to me this looked like the perfect little traveling jewelry case. I purchased that little cutie from Pat's Stitching Destashing blog. The original owner of this project had already selected the perfect threads for it, threads from a company that I was totally unawared of before, the Renaissance Designs company and I must say that I love their metallic threads. Isn't just great when you discover something new, new to you anyway? If you want to see the different kinds of threads once on the website, you need to "Select a Category" and then you can see the different colors that they offer.

On the photo above, you can see Lee's painted canvas BJ05 with the threads that had been selected by the previous owner together with Lee's jewelry case.

Photo taken after I have completed the stitching part of it.

For those of you who may be wondering what the inside of the jewelry case looks like, I thought of taking a photo for you.

This is just another photo of the jewelry case. You can see two little jewelry separators so that you can have multiple levels and there is also a little leather strap with a snap inside the cover where you can hang some jewelry. This is very well made actually and quite practical, mostly if you are traveling and you want to bring just a few pieces of jewelry with you.

Friday, March 4, 2011

My Stitching World: A new blog

When I started this photoblog format a little over a year ago, I thought this was a great idea. Having each project in one single post. No more having to go through lots of posts in order to find everything connected with one particular project so that the entire project could be seen at a glance. What is not to like about that?

I still think it was/is a great idea, but and there is a big "but" here, just because there are so many limitations with this format, as must be obvious to all of you and should have been obvious to me too, if I had given it sufficient thought at the time. Oh well ....

I thought about it and I don't think that it is a great idea for me to change the format of my photoblog midway, so I have decided to keep it going as it is, by continuing to update it regularly with any new finished projects and to just start a new blog, which I just did and I have called it "My Stitching World". I love new beginnings with all its possibilities.

Here is the link for my new blog and I have just posted my first post a little while ago telling you a bit how I see things to come and I hope you will join me. Hope to see you all there!

Pierrette =^..^=