Saturday, March 21, 2009

Earth Sampler...

Hello Friends! Long time no post, eh? My kiddos have been on Spring Break this week, so we've been tooling around town and just hanging out together. We've played a lot of "CLUE" this week and I think I've been the murderer about every time we've played ;)

I just slipped.... the last stitches into "Earth Sampler" by The Primitive Needle....and here's how it turned out (the pictures should be clickable):

"Earth Sampler"
Designer: The Primitive Needle
Fibers: DMC done in my own conversion
Fabric: Picture This Plus "Mello" 32 ct. belfast
Started: 3/18/09
Finished: 3/21/09

Darling isn't it? I just love it! I didn't use the recommended mixture of GAST and WDW fibers as it called for, I just came up with my own conversion using DMC and I think it looks pretty darn good. I just pleased as punch :)

I made a couple of changes .... you'll notice: First instead of the swirly gig in the hand, I put my initials in there....I am an avid fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and in one of the books, Laura wrote that her Mama always placed her palm print in the top of her corn bread and that her Pa said that it made the corn bread I figured my initials in the palm made this sampler Sweeter too. I also changed the one flower from red to blue and instead of that white motif with black specks in it (what is that?) I substituted my own strawberry. I like how it all turned out. And I really like the DMC on the Picture This Plus makes the fabric "pop" that much more I think.

I also pulled out.... BBD's Blessings and Kind Wishes...and this is where that WIP ended up:

Blackbird Designs
"Wishes and Kind Blessings"

My here for a visit and she's staying until Tuesday. I love having her here with us. We're maybe going to take a trip "into town" in a bit and I think we're going to go out to supper tonight after Mass...if so - this would be the first time I went out to a restaurant since I started my diet 3 1/2 weeks ago. I figure after losing 21 lbs. to date, a salad with real dressing is in order...don't you?

Well until next time...we wish you nothing but love and best wishes, as you count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours! XXXXXX

Love never gives up. Love cares
more for others than for self.
Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
~~1 Cornithians 13:4 The Message~~


  1. Beautiful finish Vonna! Your thread substitutions turned out great :) I really want to get on with mine, I'm about 1/4 of the way through so far. BTW, the white thing with the dark dots - I thought it might be an egg? When I saw Nicole's stitched up, it said egg to me, but your strawberry is a nice alternative :) Oh, and I love the initials in the hand - mind if I steal?

    Enjoy your time with your Mom this weekend :)

  2. Wow! Gorgeous finish, gorgeous WIP, and gorgeous you!!! Congratulations on your weight loss! That is very impressive! Enjoy the time with your Mom!

  3. Vonna,
    I love the changes you made. It turned out very nice. Abd kind blessings is comming along nicely.

    You go girl! 21lbs WoooHooo yes "real" dressing is in order. Take Care
    and enjoy the visit with your mom

  4. Vonna, your Earth Sampler is just scrumptious! I really like the changes you've made. It's nice to be able to personalize each project I think. Have a great weekend!

  5. Woohoo - I love this sweet little sampler and how you've personalized it, Vonna! Blessings is moving right along, too. Hope you and your Mama have a great visit. I'm so impressed with your diet. Congrats on the loss! Have fun eating out!

  6. Congrats on your finish Vonna! I love your changes! And wow on your weight loss! That's fantastic! Do you all usually go to the vigil mass on Saturdays instead of Sunday morning mass?

  7. I just LOVE your Earth sampler!!! If you might want to get rid of the chart... I'm interested! Congratulations on the weight loss!

  8. What a very sweet Earth Sampler! Love your changes too, specially the initials in the hand motif, do you mind if I borrow that rendition?

    Blessings and Kind Wishes is coming along nicely as well! Great stitching, all around!!

    Enjoy your visit with your momma and that salad with the real dressing, much deserved! Congrats on the weight loss!!!!

  9. OOh, I just love it!! Everything about it-your changes are just wonderful :) I love the initials in the hand...mind if I borrow that change too???
    Enjoy your time with your mom :)

  10. You've been busy! Earth Sampler is lovely - I love the idea of putting the initials in the palm!

    Your BBD is coming along nicely, too.

    Yes - you definitely deserve a salad with dressing. Congratulations on your weight loss so far!

  11. Vonna,

    Your Earth sampler is the bomb! I love the changes that you made and the DMC is lovely. Your BBD is really coming along.

    Enjoy your time with your mom.

  12. Earth Sampler looks wonderful, nice changes. I love the birds on the BBD. Enjoy the visit with your Mom and congratulations on the 21 lbs.

  13. WOW! I love your Earth Sampler rendition. What a great idea for the initials in the hand--I will definitely have to do the same when I get mine stitched! It looks fabulous. Love your B&KW, too!

    21 lbs... YGG! You deserve every last drop of that real salad dressing! Duck under the table and lick the spoon, too! ;)

    On my blog comments (thanks for stopping by!), you asked me if I'd ever been to the Knock Marian Shrine, and I have been, many times. It is really neat. Smaller than you'd think--I guess by what I'd expected on an American scale--but very nice. Pope John Paul II was there in the 70s so they did up everything in honor of his visit. I took my friend there in '99 for her first time and she started crying as we approached the town, said that she could just 'feel' something. My special experience was when a stranger--not anybody affiliated with the cathedral or shrine, etc--walked up to me, handed me a laminated picture of the Miraculous Medal, and told me to always have the Miraculous Medal with me, to always keep the Medal special to me, because Mary is so special. I had on my St. Brigid's Cross at the time, and he said that St. Brigid is wonderful but to have the Miraculous Medal and a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. That year, for Christmas I received my 14k Miraculous Medal and I wear it with my crucifix. I feel complete with it. Sorry, super long story there, but yes--the Shrine is wonderful!

    Enjoy the visit with your mother. I think of her often.

  14. The Earth Sampler is just beautiful.

    Have a good visit with your Mom and enjoy your salad, you deserve it.


  15. Sampler looks great. Sounds like you are having a great Spring Break. Enjoy your visit with your mother.

  16. Love the Earth Sampler to pieces and the BBD WIP too. But what really got me was 21 lbs in 3 weeks ygg! What you doing girl starving?!? Have a great visit with your mom, it's Mother's Day here in the U.K. tomorrow. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  17. The Earth Sampler looks wonderful, congrats on the finish!

  18. What a great finish on the Earth Sampler! The more I see of this piece, the more I like it! The BBD piece is coming along great too!

  19. nice work
    funny i have the pattern and couldnt figure out what the spotted item was
    i had convinced myself it was an almond of sorts
    but i am making min ino a red strawberry now
    like the initials in the hand too
    thanks for sharing

  20. Gorgeous finish there girl! Love your new wishes. Have a great visit with your Momma. I miss mine!!

  21. Congratulations Vonna. The Earth Sampler is wonderful! Love how you personalized it and the Wishes and Kind Blessings WIP is gorgeous. Love the birdies!!! Have a great time with your Mom.

  22. Lovely finish! I love your BBD piece too. Looking foward to more of that one.

  23. Absolutely wonderful, Vonna! I love your changes - may I please copy your idea of putting your initials in the palm? That's so nice. I love catching Little House reruns on TV. :)

    Have a great time with your Mom and enjoy that salad dressing!

  24. Another Earth Sampler finished in Blogland! Your is very pretty, and you're right, your initials in the hand are sweet!
    Enjoy your time with your mother, and enjoy that salad!

  25. I love the Earth Sampler!! And the BBD is stunning! Loving your posts, Vonna! Enjoy your time with your mom, and maybe you could even lick the bowl to get be sure you get every last drop of real dressing goodness. ;)

  26. Beautiful stitching Vonna. Love your conversion -- looks great! Enjoy your kids & Mom this week : )

  27. Earth Sampler is really pretty, your changes look very natural. Congratulations on a super finish. Enjoy your time your Mama!!

  28. Oh Wow! Earth Sampler looks awesome! I hope you and your mom had a great evening out.

  29. Anonymous9:46 PM

    Love it Vonna! Wonderful finish. Have fun with your Mom!

  30. I really like the Earth Sampler, made so much better by your initials in the hand! ;)
    Oh boy, fun week with the kiddos home! I bet you all had a blast. Enjoy your visit with your mom! I miss getting to visit with mine, but I talk to her all the time!

  31. First let me say CONGRATS on the awesone weight loss, 21 lbs...that is fantastic!
    Your Earth Sampler turned out great and I love that you put your initials in the palm.
    Hope you had a nice visit with Mom. :D
    Enjoy the weekend~

  32. Wonderful finish on the Earth Sampler!!! I think your colors are beautiful!!! And what a smart move to put your initials on the hand~~

  33. I only can Ohhh and ahhh over this little beauty. I love all your changes and the vibrant colours you used, they are so lively and make the sampler very spring-y. Love it.
    Congratulations on a great weight loss!

  34. Wow! The Primitive Needle and Blackbird Designs both look great! I really like the colors you chose for Earth does look marvelous on the Mello fabric! Good going!

  35. Darn it! I had ES in my hand yesterday at the shop and stupid me I put it back. Seeing what you did with your is fabulous. The BBD is looking good too.
    Congrats! on the 21 pound weight lost.
    Have fun with your mum

  36. Beautiful work! I hope that you enjoy your time with you mom!!

  37. Your earth sampler came out perfectly. Your colour changes are great and I love the design changes you made.

  38. Earth Sampler is beautiful!

  39. Fantastic Finishes and I am so proud of your losing all that weight!!!

  40. Way to go on your weight loss! I hope your time with your Mom goes well. You all are still in my prayers. I really like Wishes and Kind Blessings - can't wait to see the finish. Thank you for the verse you posted...just what I needed for today.

  41. Congratulations on a wonderful finish. Your BBD piece is coming along a treat too. Enjoy your mum's visit.

  42. Great finish Vonna, I like how did your initials instead. Congrats too on the weight loss.

  43. Oh Vonna I needed to read this quote from touched my heart today.
    Jennifer Dalenberg

  44. What a lovely finish Vonna, I LOVE your changes especially the strawberry and the hand just looks made for placing initials :)

  45. It's gorgeous Vonna, congratulations

  46. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Very pretty finishes Vonna, and I just love the little clogs!

  47. Your Earth Sampler is beautiful! I just ordered this one!


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