Thursday, April 16, 2009

Blackbird Designs ~ Petites Lettres Rouges...

Hello Friends! Long time no post....lots of business going on 'round here....

Yesterday.... whilst I was browsing through my Google Reader, I happened across this lovely freebie contest posted on Blackbird Designs ~ One Stitch At A Time blog that Alma keeps. You all can click on over there and get yourself set up too ;)

I've had my Granny on my mind a lot lately....and instead of using the young school girl's name that was charted, I used my Granny's name and birth year. I used light, medium and dark values of rusty coral colors because Granny's favorite color (or one of them) was coral. So anyway.... I printed the chart off, picked my colors and fabric and here it is 24 hours later:




"Petites Lettres Rouges"
by Blackbird Designs
Fibers: DMC (3830, 355, 3777)
Fabric: 28 ct. "bake and basted" coffee/tea stained by moi
Started: 4/15/08
Finished: 4/16/08

I love it....and it will be the perfect addition to my "someday sampler wall".... in fact.... I like it so much, I'm thinking on doing my paternal Grandma's name in another sampler using brown values for the color. Then....if I do her name, maybe I should do my husband's Grandmother's names? Hmmm....thinking on that....

Yesterday.... I received in the mail a lovely RAK from Jill. She sent me a wonderful plastic handled box filled with note cards, a handmade marking pin (love those!), a set of DMC boxed colors and this nifty Fiskars Hand tool....it is the most wonderful thing! It has a measuring tape, thread snipper, stuffer, oh my....just lots of things! I think there are 13 different "tools" on there...I'd never seen one and am just tickled pink with my new toy that sweet Jill sent to me! Thank you Jill, you are a dear :o)

I guess my friends....that this brings me to the end of the post....I have this weekend off and hope to endure a severe case of numb butt syndrome. :o) I also am hoping that my DH will take me out on a date....I think I can convince him if I try really hard ;)

So until next time....love and best wishes, as you count your blessings and your stitches, from our house to yours! XXxxxx

Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you:
compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.
~~Clossians 3:12~~




71 comments:

  1. It is a really lovely idea to use your grandmother's name on the sampler. Will you put a note with it when you frame it so that future generations will know you stitched it, not her?

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  2. What a fast finish, Vonna! It looks lovely and very special with your Granny's name. Congrats!

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  3. Beautiful Vonna!!! I printed the chart last night & plan to stitch it this weekend. I have been debating about what name to use in it. I want to 'personalize' it as well.
    We made the frame tonight for my earth sampler!!!! I will paint it in the am!!!

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  4. I just love that you used your Grandma's name and birth year. I may have to copy your idea and do the same!

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  5. My goodness your needle was fast! Very nice finish Vonna...how sweet that you used your Granny's name to personalize it :)

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  6. It's beautiful Vonna! I happened upon this design this afternoon and it will be started soon!

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  7. Really beautiful sentiment and piece. I am sure that she appreciated the time and the dedication to her memory.

    Maria

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  8. Vonna, what a lovely finish, and so sentimental too. I love it!

    Btw, I love the new look of your blog. It's fantastically unique!

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  9. It's beautiful Vonna ! and it only took you 24 hours ? Amazing :)
    Love your idea of personalizing it with your Grandma's name ;>

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  10. Vonna, The BBD is wonderful with your Grandmothers name. I printed mine out yesterday, but yet to start stitching it, lol
    Hopefully mine goes as quickly as yours :)

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  11. I love the new look of your blog!
    Your sampler is beautiful ~ my you stitch fast. :D
    You have such a way with words, I laughed out loud when I read "severe case of numb butt syndrome" ~ I suffer from this more than I care to admit.

    Have a GREAT weekend!

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  12. When I click on "Blackbird Designs ~ One Stitch At A Time blog" it brings me back to your blog (?)

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  13. Hi Vonna,

    I have to tell you while reading about your grandmother and looking at the sampler ....the music started on your blog. It brought tears to my eyes! What a nice way to celebrate your grandmother. I know she would love it!
    ALma

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  14. I just found this design late last night. Printed it and have decided to try to stitch it this weekend at my weekly stitch group's retreat. The fiber snob in me has picked out a Belle Soie to stitch on 30-ct Creme Bruele from R&R.

    You have the fastest needles in the west to stitch it all in one day basically. Hope I can finish it this weekend. Great job. I love it!!!!!!!!

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  15. That is beautiful. I love the red stitching!

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  16. Your sampler is beautiful Vonna, and I love how sentimental it is to you. Isn't this a lovely sampler? I had to stitch it too. Have a nice weekend!

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  17. Looks fabulous! How did you manage to do it so fast?

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  18. Fabulous finish!! Thank you for sharing. Is it saying something about me that I have your blog page open on another tag so that I can listen to your great music!!!

    hugs
    -missy-

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  19. You are so quick! I think it's a great idea what you did...Well done

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  20. I love yours. I started on mine today. I added my last name and my wedding date. It will be fun to see all the differnet variations
    Natasha

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  21. WOW! Vonna, you are stitching in the fast lane! It looks wonderful and I love the new look for your blog too! Have a great day =)

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  22. Great job on the design and stitching! Enjoy your weekend!

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  23. I love this sampler too ! Beautiful work. Put it up on your wall ;-)
    Enjoy your holiday, Val

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  24. Wow! I wish I could stitch as quickly as you Vonna! So nice to use your grandmother's name and beautiful colours too.

    Love your blog do-over!

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  25. This is a beautiful little sampler Vonna and I had to take a double look as your Granny's name is my DH's mother's maiden name (the one who passed away 18 mth ago) My DH has Campbell as his middle name so does our DS !
    Is your Granny's family from Scottish descent?

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  26. Vonna - that is such a pretty little sampler and what a lovely idea to use your grandmother's name. I think I might steal this idea from you -if that's ok with you?

    Love your new blog look - very chic!

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  27. So beautiul Vonna! As usual...!!

    Sara in Italy

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  28. Vonna -

    I think your sampler turned out wonderful. I love that you personalized it with your Granny's name and her favorite color. Don't you just love making plans for your stitching and seeing them come to fruition? Hope you enjoy your weekend off!

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  29. Love the idea of putting your grandmother's name and birthdate. This is a lovely freebie and Ilove what you did. Still haven't done mine!!

    Have a great day - Roberta

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  30. Oh Vonna, that is really gorgeous! I am wondering now how you are going to finish it? Love your addition of your grandmother's name, that is perfect!

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  31. It was so fun to see your sampler stitched! I started 2 days ago, but I didn't get a chance to work on it yesterday, so it's still sitting on my chair, but thanks so much for the inspiration. BTW, love your blog. I've added it to my blog roll.

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  32. I absolutely love it. Love Patti xxx

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  33. What a great sampler! The sentimentality is awesome.

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  34. Congratulations Vonna! I saw this over on Alma's site first. You did a beautiful job and dedicating this to your Grandmother is such a lovely idea!

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  35. You must share with us where you get your supply of lightning needles, Vonna! The sampler is a loving tribute to your grandmother and it would be fitting to stitch another for your other dgm - especially since you can crank it out in a DAY! :D

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  36. Hello Vonna,
    Even though I have had your tutorial blog listed in my blog roll for many months now, I hadn't visited you here before today. I am enjoying your writings, music and all the interesting aspects of your blog. Count on me to visit regularly.
    Madonna
    Waving from Colorado and thanking the blogger gods for granting access to all those beautiful posts I've missed!

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  37. Just noticed that you have Perry Como listed on your musical favorites ... I begin to think you are a kindred soul. Years and years ago, I used Perry Como's album "And I Love Her So" as my nursing album to help me relax while tending my babies. My favorite Christmas music was a Perry Como tape with all the beautiful old carols and hymns as well as a lovely version of Ave Maria. I played it so often that, one year my then 15 year old son, Sean, accidentally unravelled it. I was heart-broken when I couldn't find a replacement copy. When Sean was 28, he atoned for his sin by finding and buying the same album on CD as one of my Christmas gifts. My Dad was one of the engineers at the Ave M studio in Brooklyn where Perry Como's show was taped and my grandparents came from the same town in the old country as did Como's parents, so we considered him a pisano and had a very special place in our heart for him. I got to go to rehearsals for his show until the tapings moved to the Rockerfeller Center studios in Manhattan. Thanks for the quick trip done memory lane.

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  38. It's lovely Vonna, congratulations

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  39. You did an excellent job, Vonna, and so quickly too! I love that you've dedicated it to you Grandmother...what a great way to pay tribute to her.

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  40. Wow that was fast! It's very pretty and I love the personalization that you did!

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  41. Oh Vonna, your sampler dedicated to your granny is so lovely. I can't believe you stitched it so quickly.

    Seeing this made me think how nice it would be to dedicate this sampler to someone special and, as we celebrated my MIL's 100th birthday this week, I can't think of a nicer occasion to dedicate it to. I think the date 1909 would look perfect on this sampler.

    I hope you don't mind me using your idea.
    Hugs Angela
    www.picturetrail.com/angelasweby

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  42. Lovely sampler Vonna and a sweet tribute to your grandmother. Will you add this one to your wall or will you finish it in another fashion?

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  43. I'm sorry, did you say you found this chart *yesterday* and that it took you less than 24 to finish this???? I started mine and then put it away after ten stitches because I thought there was NO WAY I would be able to finish this before the ladies return from France!!!

    Having said that, your rendition is utterly captivating. Beautiful, Vonna! Now I'm off to pick up mine again. I think...

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  44. I just love your color choices, and I love the story behind it. You're a treasure, Vonna.

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  45. That is gorgeous!!! I think using your grandmother's name was a sweet thought and it will make that stitched piece a true family treasure!

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  46. Vonna, truly lovely rendition of the sampler.

    I just started on it last night. (I'll tell you, I'm not liking the color of fiber or linen I'm using, so we will see what happens! LOL)

    --love the music!

    Hugs, my friend!

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  47. Beautiful sampler and thoughts behind it! I'm thinking of purple ...

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  48. Fabulous stitching on your sampler!

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  49. Its lovely Vonna I love how you have personalised it.

    I saw this yesterday and all I've done is print it out, seeing yours has inspired me to start it this weekend.

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  50. A really beautiful sampler to honor your Grandmother! Love the fabric that you baked and basted :) Your new blog colors/design rocks!!!!

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  51. I love your verse at the end!!!

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  52. Beautiful finish, Vonna!

    I hope you get a lot of stitching done on your weekend off!

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  53. This is a beautiful little sampler. I was over at the Blackbirds Design blog and it looks like you were the first to finish. I love the colour choices.

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  54. Vonna, what a wonderful tribute to your grandmother!! The sampler is just gorgeous. :) I hope you're getting lots of stitching in this weekend!

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  55. Beautiful, the colors you chose really work well with the fabric. You are a true talent in the stitching department.
    Tammy

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  56. What a great way to celebrate your grandma. It's a sweet sampler, too, and I love the sampler wall idea.

    Take care!

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  57. Vonna, yours has turned out so beautifully! I just printed mine out and have been contemplating how I want to personalize it.

    Congrats on your RAK from Jill. How sweet!

    Take care!

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  58. Vonna, awesome finish--as usual! Just lovely!

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  59. Beautiful sampler and what a great idea to use your Grannie's name. x

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  60. Love your version of "Petites Lettres Rouges", so sweet to add your Granny to the design. Happy Stitching, CJ(ok) P.S. Perry Como's Far Away Places was playing and making me miss my "Grammy" as I read your blog.

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  61. Hi Vonna,

    Hope you and your family had a
    wonderful Easter, with time to
    experience all the wonder, mystery
    sorrow and joy that goes with
    it.

    This little design by Blackbird
    Designs is lovely and adding your
    Grandmother's name and birth year
    to it was a great idea. A simple
    pattern but something that would
    be relaxing and fun to stitch.
    Good luck in the contest.

    Your new penny rug is so cute!
    It looks wonderful on your
    table. A rustic version of the
    Victorian crocheted doily I
    guess. Sounds like you're going
    to be busy creating more of these
    in the near future. Guess hubby
    is going to have to grin and bear
    it. Lol!

    Cheers!

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  62. It looks wonderful, and I love the way you personalized it. I think doing a second one as you've planned will make a great addition to your wall. Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend, and had a fun date and some good stitching time.
    Sue

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  63. lovely sample,i love the coral color.look so good.

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  64. Hi Vonna,
    Thank you for the link for this beautiful little chart. Your version of it is really lovely. I always think is really lovely to have the personal connection on my samplers.

    Your penny rug is really lovely also. You did a wonderful job with it. - Sandra.

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  65. It turned out beautiful Vonna! Congrats on being the first entry! I Love how you used your Granny's name. :)

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  66. Vonna, your BBD is lovely and I know your grandmother would be very touched! I also saw your finished piece on BBD's blog. Hope you got that date and had a lot of fun!

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  67. Vonna,
    I never cease to be amazed by your productivity! And such perfect work, too. Beautiful piece.

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  68. Vonna! I saw this too, but didn't consider doing it as 1.) I don't have time! and 2.) it just didn't speak to me, but now... I MUST DO IT. I love your idea and hope you don't mind me doing the same! I must stitch it with my Grandma Noland's name and DOB. LOL It will upset my remaining living Grandma, so I'll probably do it twice. I'm excited to get started, but it'll have to wait a few evenings. Trying to think what color I'll use and nothing yet is coming to mind. Decisions, decisions! Oh you bad woman tempting us all with these WONDERFUL ideas! LOL I kid, you've never been bad! Hope the weight loss is still coming off. Remember slow and steady wins the race and stays off longer!

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  69. A beautiful finish. I love the colours and the personalisation. I love things that are personalised rather than every stitchers piece being the same.

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  70. I love how you personalized your BBD sampler & the colors you chose.
    Good Luck in the contest!

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