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Little House Neighborhood – Framed!

I was so happy when I got a text message from my framer this morning saying that my Little House Neighborhood was ready for me to pick it up. So, as soon as I finished work I drove there and got it. I love love love it! It is now hanging on my well, next to my stitching spot 🙂

Little House Neighborhood Framed

I just love the look of this frame. The minute I saw it I just knew it would be right for the piece. I thought about some mats but when I tried them with the piece I just saw that the piece didn’t need any. It is just so pretty that it didn’t need any more ‘decoration’. I think it is perfect like this. Here is a closer look of the frame.

Close up of the frame

Well. Back to stitching I guess!

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Little House Neighborhood – FINISHED!

I did it! I just finished this piece about 15 minutes ago! I must admit, it was almost difficult to finish it. I have enjoyed stitching this piece so much that I almost did not want to finish it. But I did and here are some pictures. I had to take them with flash since it is almost midnight, but I am going to try to get better shots and some close ups tomorrow if the brightness will be enough and if it will not be raining like it has been lately.

Little House Neighborhood finished
Little House Neighborhood by Diane Williams, Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast
Threads: DMC, Crescent Colors and GAST
Started July 21st 2008 – Finished August 30th 2008

Little House Neighborhood finished

The text was changed out for a line in an Icelandic kids song. It says ‘Ein ég sit og sauma, inni í litlu húsi’ and that would translate to ‘Alone I sit and stitch, inside a little house’. It is a song that is very dear to me and has been for as long as I can remember. I decided that I wanted to change some elements of the design and bring it a little closer to home so to speak, make it a little more Icelandic. So that is why I changed the squirrels out for a cat and a bee since we do not have squirrels here. I decided not to stitch the white star on the blue house as I thought it looked a little too American. And I decided to stitch the houses in over-dyes to get the look of painted houses, or the houses here in Iceland (especially in the city center) who have corrugated iron on them. And the final touch was the changing of the words. And since I decided not to stitch the women on the original design, but send them inside stitching, this lyric seemed perfect for my piece. I am so in love with it. Now to go to my framers and find the perfect frame for it!

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Birth(day)week!

I celebrated my birthday early with my stitching group Allt í Kross last night. What a fantastic night it was! About 22 people showed up! That was incredible! I was so happy to have so many talented ladies together in my tiny place. I had a great time and I was showered with incredible gifts! I don’t know how I can ever thank them. The group all got together and gave me this incredible PINK money tree!

Me with my money tree!
Yes, it is decorated with folded money!
Money tree

I have no clue how much is on there, and honestly don’t really care! I don’t know how I am going to bring myself to take the money off, it is just so cool!
I got lots of other gifts and took some pictures and you can see all of them here. I got jewelry, silk floss, Barbapapa themed stuff and other things. Check out the pictures!

And as promised, here is a picture of my Little House Neighborhood.
Little House Neighborhood
Little House Neighborhood
The fourth house was stitched with GAST threads Wood Smoke and Sable. I love how it turned out.

Now I have to finish cleaning up after the party last night, and bake a cake to bring to work tomorrow for my big day! Thanks, from the bottom of my heart to everyone who showed up last night, and to the ones who didn’t make it. You girls make our group very special. Love you guys!

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I am back!

I had such a great weekend away with my friends from my stitching group. We drove up there (about 2 hour drive) after work on Friday and came home around 5pm today. We had a weekend full of stitching, laughing, stash fondling, floss choices, eating, lounging in the hot tub, photographing, sleeping and relaxing. It was just wonderful.

The group
The group, from left to right: Rósa, Guðbjörg, Sissú, Erla Björk and Aisté.

MORE PHOTOS HERE

I worked on Little House Neighborhood the whole time I was there. I took this photo on Saturday around 5pm or so. I have done loads more since then but I didn’t quite manage to finish it. The whole thing is stitched except for the leaves on the boarder and the words. I decided that I am going to use a line from an Icelandic kids song instead of the original text since I want my piece to be a bit more Icelandic 🙂

Little House Neighborhood

Now I have to finish cleaning my house because tomorrow my stitching group is coming over to celebrate my birthday. Thanks girls for a great weekend! I feel so refreshed!

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For Tracy and Ron.

As I have said before, I sent my first Floss Ring Tag to my friend Tracy since she was so sweet to me to go and get me that eyelet setter tool. Along with the Floss Ring Tag, I sent this country bow that I stitched sometime in 2003 I think. She and her husband Ron have a sunflower theme in their kitchen, so I thought this would be perfect for them.

Country Bow
Designed by Debbie Mum
Kit from Dimensions

I had sent them another sunflower themed housewarming gift when they moved into their new house in 2006, this kitchen towell, so I thought why not add to the sunflower glory?

Happy that you like your gifts Tracy and Ron. Love you guys!

I will be going away this weekend with some stitching friends. I can’t wait! I plan on finishing my Little House Neighborhood while away, and maybe even Ladybugs and Bumblebees by CCN also!

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Birthday gift from Tracy

Well, my birthday isn’t until August 27th (I am turning 30, eeeek!) but my friend Tracy wanted to be sure that I would get my birthday gift in time for my birthday since packages sometimes take a while in the mail from the US to here up north. I got notice from the Post Office today and during my lunch break I went and picked it up! Oh wow! She got me ‘Peacock Chair’ from The Cat’s Whiskers Design Studio from my wish list. I absolutely love it! Thanks so much Tracy and Ron (her fantastic hubby)! I hope you are having a good time in Dallas!

Not much stitching going on. I have been going through some rough personal stuff that has taken its toll on me, but I am slowly getting back to the swing of things. Work has helped by being as busy at it has been. I have been working on an exchange so I have no pictures to share at the moment. I should be able to finish the exchange piece tonight or tomorrow, and then I am going to get back to working on Little House Neighborhood. I have really missed stitching that piece!

My girls are finally home and things are getting back into routine. Sumarrós starts school again on August 22nd and Karítas is already back at play school. She was so happy to go back 🙂

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Third update!

I am really getting a lot done on this piece! I love love love how it is turning out. Here is a picture of the whole thing as of today. The picture is a little dark even though I took it outside. It is overcast here today and has been raining on and off.

Little House Neighborhood WIP
Brown house stitched with CC – Bramble Bush
Red house stitched with CC – Wild Berries
Blue house stitched with CC – Milady’s Teal

I finally decided what I wanted to change around in the top panel and here are some snapshots.

Top left with changes

I changed the woman and basket out for a birdhouse, the one that is on the chart of ‘Reading’ from the Little Woman series. I had to change it a little, but I think it turned out cute. And instead of the squirrel I stitched a little cat.

Top right with changes

I changed the squirrel out for a bumble bee and moved the rooster closer to the tree and didn’t stitch the woman.

Now I need to take a short break from stitching this (it is going to be hard, it keeps calling my name! I even dream that I am stitching it! LOL!) as I have some exchange stitching to do!

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A wonderful gift and more of my Neighborhood

I was whining in one of my yahoo groups about the cost of eyelet setters here in Iceland (the cheapest one I could find was about $45) and my friend Tracy offered to pick one up from me and mail it my way. I just got back from the PO where I picked up the package. She didn’t stop with the tool itself, but also included 100 extra eyelets and 9 pieces of fabric! Most of them silkweaver solos! They are all so beautiful!

Gift from Tracy

I know what I will be making this weekend, floss ring tags, and anything else that I can use my new cool tool for! Thank you so much Tracy! Love ya girl!

The only thing I have been stitching on lately is my Little House Neighborood. I just love working on it and it is such a joy to stitch. I have made some nice progress too!
Little House Neighborhood - WIP update
Here is a close up of the first house I finished, stitched with Crescent Colors ‘Bramble Bush’.
First house
I really like how it turned out with that floss. I stitched it up and down and really like the effect that makes. Makes the house look more ‘wood’ to me.
And I started the red house. I decided to go with Crescent Colors ‘Wild Berries’ for that one and am very happy with that color as a substitute. I am also stitching this one up and down.
Second House

This weekend is the biggest travelling weekend of the year here in Iceland. I on the other hand am not going anywhere and am going to enjoy the nearly empty city with my daughters and do something fun. The weather is supposed to be wonderful so we will probably spend a lot of time outside and hopefully go swimming.

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WIP updates, awards etc.

First, thanks to Maria, Asta and Dovile for the Brilliante Weblog Awards. Since I am supposed to nominate 7 blogs to each of the nominees I get, I am just going to say that I really love each and every stitching blog that I have in my blogline reader! You all inspire me to be a better stitcher and not to be afraid of trying new things!

I have been working some on ‘Ladybugs & Bumblebees’ and have a progress picture to share!

Ladybugs & Bumblebees WIP
I am just over half done! It is such a fun stitch!

I also started ‘Little House Neighborhood’ and have hardly put it down since I started it. I decided to change the DMC colors for the houses to Crescent Colors and have started the first house. It is being stitched with Bramble Bush.

Little House Neighborhood WIP

Sorry about the wrinkles, I try not to iron my pieces until I am done stitching them.
I had a good weekend. I went to two concerts and one birthday party and had a lot fun! My younger daughter is with her father durring her summer vacation so I am feeling a little ‘off’. Sumarrós is here with me, so that is good, but still, I am so used to having them both at the same time, or not having them at the same time that life seems a little weird when just one is missing. We have never done this before, so it is just a matter of getting used to I think.

Me and Sumarrós saw Mama Mia at the movies last week and we both really enjoyed it. I am going to try to go and see the new Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’ sometime this week. I am very excited to see that movie!

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WIP update and weekend!

I didn’t stitch much this weekend. I did a few stitches in ‘Ladybugs & Bumblebees’ by CCN but that was about it. I did think about stitching a lot though (that must count for something).
I have a picture that I took July 17th of the piece, but I have done a little more stitching on it since then. I will post a new update soon.

CCN - Ladybugs & Bumblebees WIP

Saturday was a great day. My family met at my grandfathers house to celebrate his birthday. He has a big yard and a porch with a hot tub so we went early and me and the girls soaked in the hot tub for a while and I thought I would never get them out of it! They loved it. The sun was shining and it was warm and nice. My dad barbequed lamb for everyone (about 50 people) and we all had dinner together and talked and laughed. It was such a great day. I finally headed home around 10pm and my girls fell asleep on the way home. I crashed soon after we got home, I was so tired. I gained a few freckles that day thanks to the sun 🙂

Yesterday was spent doing housework and laundry. I vacumed the whole house, cleaned the bathroom and the girls bedroom and cleaned the kitchen. I need to mop the floors and other minor stuff and will try to get that done this week. Last night my mom and my friend Aisté came over and we watched Juno. I had seen it twice before, but I saw it for sale on DVD the other day and I just had to buy it. I love that movie, and my mom and Aisté loved it too. Today after work I am going to start working on Little House Neighborhood. Can’t wait!

I hope you had a great weekend, and thank you all for the visits to my blog and the wonderful comments. They mean a lot to me! Some asked how my daughter is feeling after her Chicken Pox and I am very happy to say that she is feeling like her old happy self again.

Kara

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Little House Neighborhood SAL blog

If anyone is interested in joining us for the Little House Neighborhood SAL you are welcome to do so. Nicole set this up and the more the merrier. If you are interested, please e-mail Nicole and she will send you an invite to this blog so that you can share your progress. See her e-mail in this post. This blog is open for anyone who is stitching this project and wants some support from other stitchers and a place to share their progress with others that are stitching the same project at the same time.

Little House Neighborhood

There is no structure to this SAL really. Just start and stitch when you can! Nicole figured this could be a place where we share our progress and any changes we have made. It’s going to be fun and relaxed!! Now I just need to finish ‘The Rain Fell’ so I can get started on this! Woot!

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