Tuesday, September 6, 2011
She has asked me what is the best way to get started. I think reading through all of our earlier posts and if anyone here could give helpful hints that would be wonderful.
I still haven't taken the time to get rid of the broken links, I will get to it I promise. Also if anyone has any new links that would be appropriate for our blog please share.
Again lets make her feel welcome.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Absentee owner here. Sorry I've been away for over a year.
I'm glad to see others are around and still thinking or working on their projects. I hit the huge disappointment when I found out that the Dept 56 charts were going to be too big for my project that I kind of lost interest for awhile.
But now I'm back on the hunt or a way to use them.
I notice I have some dead links and some missing pictures. Over the next week I'll get the place cleaned up.
I love this idea and loved all the thoughts that people have put in. Please read through the early posts.
Please post only if its to say hi.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
We have openings for anyone who would like to join. Just let me know.
Also to all the contractors out there. Stop by and let us know what is going on. You can be like me and have stalled or you could be completed like a lady over on blog 2.
I am sorry to say that blog 2 was deleted if you were part of that one or know someone who was let them know that we have space here.
Have a great day and weekend.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
My name is Keli and I have taken over this wonderful blog and idea that was started by Vonna. Over the next few days I will be deleting the spam comments that have showed up and getting things organized under my email etc. So please be bear with me if you don't see everything right away. I do work full time.
Even if you are not stitching on your neighborhood, please stop by and let us know how you are doing.
I, myself, had to shelf my project of the North Pole because of disappointment. I had an unexpected move at the beginning of last year and had to wait til everything got unpacked. So late in the year my Dept 56 patterns, fabric and graph paper went to my Parish House to use their large tables. The Dept 56 patterns are too big and if I used them my neighborhood could be the size of a football field.
Very disappointed to say the least. I am still doing my Northern Village but not sure how yet.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I've added a barn and a horse and started another building. I'm planning to put a garden in front of the barn and I think I know what I'm adding to the remaining empty bits as well, though only time will tell if that's what I actually do. ;)
Originally, I'd plotted everything out, but the linen piece I finally chose was smaller than my original plan, so I've had a lot of fun just putting whatever strikes my fancy wherever it seems to fit. ;)
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I cannot remember what it was called but you just typed in the words, chose the style you wanted and pressed "make a chart" and hey ho you were there. I have found it so useful since and I am so cross that I cannot find it and that my senile head cannot remember what it was called.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I had a hard time deciding on what type of castle complex I wanted and with the delay in construction I was able to obtain from eBayUK three castles, Disney Past Present Forever, Cinderella Castle and The Happiest Celebration on Earth for far less than what I had been able to find here even with international shipping. The reason, they are kits, partially done, damage to the fabric and some floss missing. The good news is the charts are great not even highlighted. A little trouble where they have been folded and stored, but nothing I can't handle.
On my next days off I'm finding my floss stash to start pulling them together to start stitching. My castle complex is the center of the village. I'm using the castle from Past Present Forever. Not sure yet how I want the rest of the village to come together. I'm leaning towards a very structured sampler type. Will need to wait and see.
Another blessing is this blog. I'm so glad I shared my notes here since I'm not sure in which box my North Village journal is in.
I have to say I've enjoyed looking at everyone work on this blog and blog 2. I can't wait till I can start stitching and sharing.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
She showed the builder a picture of what she thought it would look like (also posted here) and asked him if he could fix the windows. Well! You can imagine that the builder was not one bit happy about that seeing as he had built the house to the specifications and now he had costly rework to do. First the old windows were removed and then some of the brick wall had to be chipped out to make room for larger windows. New, larger windows were ordered and installed. The brickmason had to be called back to the jobsite with more brick to repair the walls around the windows and do some tuckpointing to make sure all was tidy. This was no small feat considering the workers had to maneuver carefully around some of the new landscaping that had been planted! I think there was a lot of mumbling and even some cursing from the construction crew about the rework, but it's a woman's perogative to change her mind, right?
The neighborhood owner promises to be more attentive to the building process from now on. Next up is finishing the stitching of the 5 Bennett sisters (2 more to go), adding some more landscaping around their home, and some more border work. More pictures soon I hope!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
And as you might - or might not! - be able to tell, the king has decreed that his castle be next. I suggested to the crew that they start with the foundation this time, but no one ever listens to me....
(The castle roof uses blending filament, and since my fabric is 32-ct., I went with one strand of DMC and one of filament. I'm hoping this doesn't leave my roof looking "thin" on the one side...since the other side of the roof is DMC only, and I typically use 2 strands....hmm. Any thoughts?)
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I had a Silkweaver's Solo that had kind of a bluish tint, so I dunked it in some coffee and came out with this spooky grayish color which I LOVE! The tree is from Judith Kirby's House #9.
All your WIP's look fabulous!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I put a few more stitches into my Country Cottages & Gardens project, a very few. I did expand my concept drawing to include some of the new designs, good thing I started on a much bigger piece of fabric than I thought I would need - I just need to get done before too many more fabulous designs are released!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am afraid I cannot upload the picture of the plans. The first scan I did was barely visible so I scanned again on a higher resolution and I think that maybe the reason why it will not upload. After my holiday i will get hubby to look at it for me and he maybe able to sort it out so that I can share with you.
Hope to see lots more progress pics when I return
Monday, February 9, 2009
Well, I needed a little stitching rest during January, I stitched very little, just some exchanges I have to finsih, I had the knitting fever again which was down for more than three years now....but I started my neigborhood over the weekend and this is what I stitched...not as much as I want to but I had fun;-)) Some of you have already made good progress...come on, I would love to see more pics;-)))
Sorry sometimes blogger let me upload my pics only this way...any ideas why this happens??
Saturday, February 7, 2009
I am really enjoying watching the other villages and towns taking shape and I hope everyone is enjoying their project as much as I am enjoying mine.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
It's from the February 1990 JCS, and is adapted from "Sister's House" by Homespun and Heartstrings. I've changed the colors so the house looks like one my parents lived in ages ago when I graduated from high school.
And here's a look at the village in full. I love this project!! :D
Monday, January 26, 2009
I am hoping to get some more done on this this evening. I will be going to the hospital with my dad today for some tests so I will take something small to work on but then hopefully tonight I can sit down and get more of my house done.
Everyone is progressing well...cant wait to see more.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm using Dept 56 designs. I found 3 other books that came out at the same time of my North Pole series. New England Village, Dickens Village and Christmas in the City. From these I'm choosing and adapting for the following:
Macy's - for Thanksgiving, Miracle on 34th St.
Columbia Inn - White Christmas
Holiday Inn - Holiday Inn
Tobacco Shop - Bing Crosby, Holiday Inn
WWII Army Surplus Store - White Christmas
Woolworth - for Rudolph
Newspaper office for Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus
Radio Station for all the Christmas Music
Airport for Bob Hope
Santa's Bureau of Investigation - got that one for NORAD's website
Cladder Wood Company - The Santa Clause
Silver and Gold Jewelry Shoppe for Rudolph
Doll Store - Once Upon a Christmas and Twice Upon a Christmas, the Christmas Gift
Post Office - for all the letters
Large Mail box - The Christmas List
Muppet Theater - for all the Muppet Christmas specials
Hat Shoppe - Call Me Claus, the Christmas List
Bud's Buzy Bee Taxi Cab - The Christmas Gift
Alpine Movie Theater - for all the movies
Dance Hall - Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Mrs. Claus, Nutcracter Suite, Babes in Toyland.
Main St called Avenue A - Mrs. Santa Claus
Clock Tower for North Pole/countdown Clock - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Mirror Shop for Snow and Snow 2
Cane shop for walking canes - Miracle on 34th St
Bell Shoppe for - Its a Wonderful Life
I haven't found a castle yet.
I'm hoping to put in the first building by the end of the month.
I've been lamenting the fact that I didn't start this on a larger piece of linen because of course I made last minute (uncharted) changes to the layout and now I can't fit everything in. LOL. I'm also having so much fun stitching it that I don't want it to end - kind of like a really good book, you know? So I'm thinking of doing something like Blackbird Designs did with Flea Market Souvenier and adding an extra panel. I can't claim the credit - it was my Mom's brilliant idea. She laughingly joked that I may wind up with a wall-size mural. LOL.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Below is a photo of my blueprint. It’s huge – many pieces of graph paper taped together. I created rough blocks of my buildings to tape onto the background for sizing & placement – being that published charts are not all printed on the same size graph paper it makes it a bit tricky for the architect to combine everything. I spent a lot of time on the internet finding pictures of the houses used in the filming of the Pride and Prejudice movie, then I dug through my stash and made a few chart purchases to match the houses I needed. A few patterns need some slight alterations but the builder seems experienced and should be able to manage it! (Let’s just hope the builder hires good sub-contractors to do the work.) Plans are in place for all the houses and big items and the landscapers will fill in with trees and flowers as the building progresses. The size is about 325 X 300 stitches. I’m using 36-ct cream linen and silks of all sorts and brands – whatever colors work from my stash. I did purchase some lovely Gumnuts silks for a few of the buildings – love the Gumnuts but they are a bit hard to get here in the U.S. I hope to start a tree soon - getting tired of stitching on the border.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Was finally able to get a picture of the current state of my 4 seasons/12 month neighborhood. This is my January block...just a roof, 2 chimneys, and part of the 2nd floor, but enough for Mr. Cardinal to stop by and take a look. He'll be joined by some friends soon. :-)
Im due a baby anyday soon so just as well i have a head start!!
Cant wait to see all your towns progress!!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
I've been on vacation, and took some WIPs with me to finish, so I haven't worked on my RR at all. But here are the plans. It will be a mountain village, using various cabin-type homes. The caption is from a plaque we have hanging in our cabin: "If you're lucky enough to live in the mountains, you're lucky enough!" It'll have our cabin overlooking the village, 6 cabins in the village, and a school. I'm a teacher, so I HAVE to have a school.
Sherry in GA
Beach Row Theme
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I have coffee dyed my fabric for the Me, Myself and I RR and I now just basting the edges by hand. I must say that I am not really happy with the fabric I have, I was hoping to use 40ct and not 32ct, but I just could not find anyone that stocked it in the brand I wanted. Lakeside linens and R & R Reproduction fabrics are almost impossible to find here in Australia. Here is the layout I have chosen. It's about 337 x 333 stitches in size. All the charts have been purchased and the threads have been ordered. I am only working with DMC, but some designs are going to need at least two skeins of some colours.
Pear Orchard Farm - Barrick Samplers
Where My Heart Blooms - Blackbird Designs
Their Song - Blackbird Designs
Hopeful - Carriage House Samplings
Fruit of the Spirit - Plum Street Samplers
Friendship Sampler - Hillside Samplings
Peace - Birds Of A Feather
The Good Neighbour - The Drawn Thread
I'm stitching on a 30 ct FQ of R&R Woodlawn simply because I fell in love with it and it was in my stash. Some of the stitching will be over 1 so it's just as well that it's not a really high count.
I hope everyone else is having as much fun as I am!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The architect is also busy putting together the plans for the next house. Thanks to a gift of PCStitch Pro for Christmas, the architect's job is now much easier. :-)
Pictures will follow soon...not much to photograph at the moment.
...well I also started with my neighborhood;-))) And I think I will have a lort of fun with it...my theme still is LHN/CCN houses with some of my own additions...it´s 370 x 260 stitches so I am not sure I can finish it during this year...it´s my one and only large project I have at the moment...I am still in that "smalls" mood*sigh*...
Can´t wait to see pics of your neighborhoods;-))
Friday, January 2, 2009
This is the part of the landscape that runs around two sides of my village sky line and is now completed.
Set in a rather large plot, the building site being some 37 x 37 inches in size (though with a very good sized perimeter) . The village will run round the outskirts of the site. I have not as yet decided if there will be a centre to the village or if it will remain a barren wasteland but the village its self is very english. It has shops, a church and school house in the main street and on the outskirts there are residential houses, cute country cottages, farms and fields. Last night I dug the foundations for the very first cottage in my village. The building materials are from DMC this being a well known building material that can stand the wet that I think my English Country Village may experience from time to time.
Here are the first two pictures I have taken which show some of the landscape skyline.