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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

One Year Ago ...

on January 12th the cutest puppy adopted me. More on that at the end of the post. First up in the stitching part of the blog is J. M. Gardner in all her glory.
I really love how this piece turned out. The frame is the perfect match for the rust colors. I had a standy thing put on the back and it will reside on the table next to the couch. Next up is a Valentine piece by CYC. I had a frame in my stash that will fit really well.The design is called crazy love because she charted the L backwards. For people like me who aren't that crazy, she also charted the L going the right way. I used 32 ct. mystery fabric and the suggested DMC and SNC fibers.
I started Old Nantucket by LNH using 35 ct cocoa linen and the suggested wdw, cc and ga fibers. This is fairly large piece and I have a long way to go. It will work well in my Massachusetts mudroom. I love Nantucket and try to go over at least once a year.
Before I bagged my orts from 2012, I wanted to show all the pretty colors. In the Spring I leave them on the patio and the birds take them for their nests. In the fall you can find the nests with the floss in them. They are really very pretty. This is something I have done for many years. Now on to the reason for this post. One year ago on January 12, 2012, Jo and I took a long ride in terrible weather to meet Stella. She and her 5 siblings are Sato (street) dogs from Puerto Rico. 700 hundred Sato's were adopted last year.
Stella then on the day we brought her home and Stella now.
She is the sweetest dog. Until next time .... Happy Stitching! Deborah

54 comments:

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

The stitching is beautiful and Stella is adorable!

Vicky said...

Stella is so adorable.

A visit to Nantucket is on my bucket list :)

Cari said...

Your stitching and framing are beautiful. You are one quick stitcher. But more amazing and adorable is your sweet Stella. Oh my gosh...what a bundle of LOVE for sure. Have a great week !!

Barb said...

Stella is adorable and your stitching lovely. I love the frame and the J.M. Gardner. It looks wonderful with the sampler.

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish and framing! Stella is too cute!

LUNA said...

Wonderful embroidery, I'm thrilled!

Rosanna said...

Stella è adorabile!!!! un muso da strapazzare di carezze!!!!!
Bellissimi entrambi i ricami, il LOVE è stupendo!!!! Ti dispiacerebbe dirmi l'autore dello schema...mi piacerebbe troppo ricamarlo anche io.
Bacione
Rosanna

Krista said...

Beautiful stitching! Stella is SO sweet!

cucki said...

Aww sweet stitching..very pretty x

Siobhán said...

Happy adoption day to you and Stella! You make a great pair. She's adorable. :) Love the stitching! How neat, a Massachusetts mud room! That is so cool. I need to fancy up my utility room, first by giving it a theme (something other than 'dump your dirty laundry here') and then calling a mud room. That sounds much nicer! I love the frame that you chose for your sampler--it suits the colors perfectly.

Marilyn said...

Great stitching.
Love J M Gardner.
Oh, Stella is sooooooooo cute, now and then.
Love the little wrinkles on her forehead, and her eyebrows. :)
She has grown into a very cute girl.
Marilyn

Danielle said...

I love the nantucket piece and have wanted to stitch this for some time. How do you like the 35 count linen? Is that whatnthe piece calls for? And are you using just one strand over two? I know, so many questions.

Gabi said...

Fantastic stitching. Love all of it.
Stella is so very cute. Love her face

Melody said...

What beautiful stitching! I love the sampler. The Love piece from Cricket is so very pretty too. I have stitched several of their designs, but not this one. It looks great.

I also really like the Nantucket piece you are working on. I have been there once, and I have stitched other "Nantucket" designs, also have read many books based on Nantucket. I hope to visit again someday. You are lucky to get to go so often.

Happy adoption day to Stella. What a sweet dog.

Carol said...

What a wonderful gift you and Stella have been for eachother, Deborah! I can't believe how much she's grown--really adorable dog :)

And your stitching is so pretty--I would have had to make the L the proper way, too!! Love the colors in your Nantucket piece--sure hope to visit in person some day, too...

Maggee said...

What a gorgeous frame for your sampler--it DOES pick up the rust colors perfectly! The Crazy Love piece is so cute... I was going crazy trying to figure out who designed it based on CYC that you wrote. It sure looked like Cricket but... Whatever... I like it a lot! Stella looks like the dog in Beverly Hills Chihuahua... maybe that one was in the same line! Hugs!

Parsley said...

Gorgeous stitching!

Oh Stella is a sweetie! I love those eyes.

Margaret said...

Love your stitching! Beautiful finishes and I love your WIP! Never seen that Love piece before. Happy anniversary to you and Stella! She is a beautiful dog -- it's amazing that it's been a whole year already!

Vickie said...

Oh your stitching is wonderful. So is Stella. What a great companion she has become for you. I just adore dogs.♥

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on two beautiful finishes. Happy Anniversary to both you and Stella. Wishing you both many more happy anniversaries.

BrendaS said...

Deborah -- I would say Stella found a fantastic owner and home! Wishing you many more years together:)

LOVE your JM Gardner framing and the LOVE piece is just darling. The new LHN is really coming along. You are my stitching hero:)

Teresa said...

Wonderful Stitching. Love the Valentine piece.
Can't believe it has been a year since getting Stella.
I hope you have fun with the stitching group today.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Deborah, your stitching and frame selections are always beautiful!!! The Gardner sampler is on my must do list, as well. You know I always love seeing pictures of Stella!!!
Linda

Julie said...

I remember your first post introducing Stella, it's been wonderful watching her grow through your blog. The love piece is beautiful.

gracie said...

Stella looks so adorable....
I love the Love piece and I must find it to stitch! Your stitching is lovely...

gracie said...

Stella looks so adorable....
I love the Love piece and I must find it to stitch! Your stitching is lovely...

Katrina said...

Everything is so pretty!!!! Love your MJ Gardner :-). Happy anniversary to you and Stella, she is so sweet!!!!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your framed pieces are lovely! I also love the love, a lot.

Happy Anniversary to you and Stella. She looks to be a sweetie!

Peppermint Girl said...

Love the stitching! You are so lucky to have such a sweet companion.

Melissa said...

Love your finished pieces :) I've actually got Old Nantucket in my stash as well - all kitted up and ready to go when I have a spare moment lol. Whenever that'll be...
Yours is looking great so far!!! Makes me want to start mine ASAP.

I love what you do with your ORTS too. Such a neat way to help mother nature along a little. Perhaps I'll try the same thing this spring myself. I remember the little birdies in our back yard tried to do something similar with some stuffing my puppy had ripped out of a toy haha.

Your little pup is so very cute! Doesn't take long for them to grow up!

Mary said...

Gorgeous stitching! Who is the designer on "LOVE"? I'd like to see if I can find it. Stella is a real cutie!

Melanie said...

This will probably mark me as nutter but I do the same thing with cat fur and leave it for the birds. I have Himalayans and the fur I pull off them is like cotton balls or wool roving. If I leave a handful out for the birds in the spring in the suet feeder, they LOVE IT for nest building. (Apparently they don't care that it came from a creature that would kill them. lol)

Happy-Adoption-Anniversary to Stella!!!! :)

I'm not so crazy either because I would stitched the L the normal way too! Love both your new pieces!!

Leslie said...

I love that use leave your floss scraps ( i know that it has another name that I can't think of) out for the birds ~ such a great idea.
Stella is a cutie pie!
Have a great Thursday.

Robin said...

Your stitching is beautiful. The frame is perfect. Stella is adorable. Had to laugh when you talk about the 'standy thing' on the frame. Sounds like a non-word that I would use.

Theresa said...

I LOVE the LOVE piece!!!!!!! And your JM Gardner is so pretty in its new frame~~~

Stella is sooo cute!!!! She really grew over this year~

marly said...

Gardner's colors are so fabulous and I LOVE that crazy love. But Stella steals the post!

P.J. said...

Happy Birthday to Stella. She is a cutie. Nice finish on J M Gardner, I really like her colors. LHN is coming along nicely. Have a Happy Day!

Catherine said...

Aaaawwwwww......such sweet pics of Stella! What a sweetheart!
Love all of your stitches and projects!

stormybrew57 said...

I had to comment on your blog! Everything is just lovely. I too am from Massachusetts so I must stitch Nantucket. Would you mind sharing the designers name on the Love piece, I must have it! Thanks for all the inspiration. Beth N.

Kathy Ellen said...

Congratulations upon celebrating ONE YEAR of happiness with sweet Stella!

JM Gardner is wonderful and your choice of frame is perfect. Now, that Valentine piece is absolutely exquisite....love all of its little intricacies. Forgive me, but what is the name of the designer, CYC?

Blessings for you & Stella!

Loretta said...

Your stitching is beautiful and Stella is absolutely adorable!!

DaisyGirl said...

What a sweet puppy! I'm loving a new puppy myself this year!

Suzanne said...

What beautiful stitching you are doing! Stella is adorable.

Marie said...

Stella is adorable! I have never heard about Sato's, wow 700 street dogs that is unbelievable.

J. M. Gardner is beautiful and so nicely framed, congrats.

I look forward to seeing your progress on Nantucket. I spent the summers on Cape Cod in Orleans. I did go to Martha's Vineyard but never to Nantucket.

Anne said...

That frame does match your sampler perfectly! You really have a knack for finding the perfect frames. I love the Love design too!! I'm so glad Stella found a good home! She is adorable!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

joyeux anniversaire ! j'adore le chien beautiful dog !!
bisous bisous

Karoline said...

J. M Gardener is gorgeous, great framing

Your Valantine's finish is lovely

Happy anniversary to Stella, she's looking very cute

Lynn said...

I can't believe that Stella has been with you a year already! She is such a cute dog and I'm so glad that you found each other.

Love your J M Gardner! The frame really suits it.

I thought about leaving my orts out on the deck this year but my DH disposed of them before I could mention it to him. Guess I'll have to wait until next year now.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your beautiful finishes, I really like Love

diamondc said...

Deborah: Stella is adorable, we were thinking of getting a dog for my birthday, we were on the fence about it now I want one really bad.
I love Stellas face she is adorable.
I am in love with your Valentine Love project it is beautiful.
The frame on your J.M. Gardner is perfect what a great match.
Great ort pile.
Catherine

Stress Less said...

Your stitching is beautiful! I Love Love Love the Crazy Love design.

Mylene said...

A beautiful Sampler and fits perfectly with the frame. Love the Valentine piece, lovely!!

Stella is sooo cute!

Małgorzata Szatko said...

really nice blog, greattings from Poland:)

Deb said...

I love the idea of leaving the sting out for the birds. I know I have seen them use drier sheets and our dogs fur when we shave him outside each year so I am not sure why I didn't think of the string :) Great blog by the way!!!