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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Prairie Schooler Finish!

Whew. <--- Notice that enthusiasm? Yeah, the whole month has been like that. The past two days have seen me stitching furiously on my Prairie Schooler Garden Fairy, so that I could finally update my blog, and I've been successful in my endeavor! Here's my little finish for the month. This was a series of 4 fairies, and I've now completed them all-I'm really happy about that. I know Aida seems old school, but I did the first one on it (waaaaaaay back in '95), so I kept it consistent.

Prairie Schooler/Garden Fairy
Fiber: DMC
Fabric: 14 ct. Oatmeal Aida

I'm really excited about Halloween coming up. There's a certain healing of my spirit that comes with Fall. I don't know why, but it's always been that way for me. Lots of time just spent in wonderment at the changing season, the colors it brings, and cycle of it all. It's kind of like my New Year, you know? It's when I take stock of things--usually deciding I've not done enough with my life, lol--and begin to make changes for myself.

I picked up this today:

Now, say what you will about Martha, but I love this woman. She's brave. She has guts and gusto. And she throws one helluva Halloween party! My idol. This issue is luscious, honestly. I subscribe to Living, but I *treat* myself to this issue every single year.

Have a productive week and I'll be back VERY soon with a new start. Oh, not those pesky WIP's either. Something Halloweeny to be sure! :-p

35 comments:

nima said...

wow...that looks nice..

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Leila Jo said...

Lovely to see you back and lovely stitch work to show off. I hope your Halloween season brings you that extra boost you're seeking and you get to dust off a few cobwebs ;)

Loraine said...

I love your finish! What a wonderful set it will make. I have the stitching fairy in my sewing room, and I never tire of it.
One thing I love about Fall, is Halloween! I agree, there is something magical in the air! Are you working on any Halloween projects right now? I can't wait to get going on one.
Take Care!

Karrie said...

Congrats on your finish! I think the prairie fairies are lovely designs :)

Edige said...

Wow! I love PS designs and it's absolutely great.

Sadie said...

Your fairy looks lovely, I think the design suits the aida perfectly. I love the new look to your blog too, that header is just gorgeous! That magazine looks spooktacular, I have a copy of the living halloween issue :-) it's good!
I look forward to seeing your new start, have a great week x

Dawn said...

Good to see you back! Sarah love this one ~ it reminds her of storybook that I read to her at night, Tinkerbelle's The Great Fairy Race & the winner is fairy & her snail. LOL Beautiful finish! Can't wait to see your next project. I love Halloween too & we are hoping to get married on Halloween day. LOL ~ Dawn ~

Itch2stitch.com said...

Lovely post! I have just done a post on my blog about the Autumn, and how rather than nearing the end of something, it always gives me a sense of a fresh start. :)

Jane said...

Great finish, Tammy! Can't wait to see what your next choice will be. :)

tkdquintmom said...

Love the PS...turned out great as always. I undertand the motiviation. I had all last night to stitch and I didn't. WTH? That's frustration for ya...oh and my eyes just went 'OOOOO!' on the Halloween decor on the blog...MY FAVORITE!!!! LOVE IT.

Cindy said...

Very nice finish!

I was never a big fan of Martha, but have been watching her show almost every day now. She really is creative!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you choose to stitch next. I'm thinking about stitching nothing but Halloween things next year :)

Wendy said...

Oooh I love the stitching!! This looks so gorgeous!

Deb said...

Well, whether it's on aida or not, it's a wonderful finish!

Dee said...

Your project turned out adorable.

AND ... love the new header!

I just got my Martha yesterday too, but I haven't sat down long enough to really savor it yet.

I don't really understand the Martha-haters - I wish I looked that good at her age and had her resilience.

Glenna said...

Yay! Welcome back! I love the new Halloween look! I'd have stuck with the Aida also, otherwise it would have been a little off. Very cute!

There are some great new Halloween things, aren't there?

Someday you should vacation in the first or second week of October in Vermont (if you haven't). I promise you a fall experience like none other. I'm a complete fall person (summer leaves me limp and dispirited and winter just makes my skin dry and flaky), which I always attributed to an early upbringing in Vermont and an Oct. birthday.

So, happy fall--the cicadas have started up, and the sky is blue-blue, so it's just around the corner (well, in a month or two, anyway).

Melissa said...

I love the PS Fairy!

Have fun picking out your Halloweeny stitch!

Jan said...

What an ever so lovely finish, Tammy! I love these fairies too!

Great publication, enjoy the issue, over and over again!!

stitcherw said...

Fun finish, very cute. I think it looks great on the aida. I don't use aida much, but some designs work well on it and I think this is one. So, how are you going to finish the four fairies up? Frame as a set? Or, stitch together for a four square pillow or turn into a bellpull, or what? Can't wait to see what you decide. Looking forward to seeing what your next start will be as well. You know, if you have the mice pattern too, you could stitch it along with me, maybe we could encourage each other to keep at it. :)

I'm looking forward to fall and Halloween too, although I'd enjoy it much more if I could forget it also meant winter was on its way again too. I so could do with missing winter, snow and cold is not my thing at all.
Sue

pammyjo said...

Very nice finish! I'm anxious to see what comes next. I feel the same way about Fall. A new season, like a new beginning in my soul too. :) Have a super week!

Suzanne said...

Very cute finish! I love the alphabet you use to sign your name at the bottom of your stitching.

WendyZ said...

I think the oatmeal Aida adds to the charm. Very cute!
Of course, you know I'll be ready for Halloween too! Gerald is even talking about having a costume party for his birthday since it's the 30th.

Jurga said...

Congratulations on your finish, Tammy! Garden fairy looks very beautiful :)

Michelle said...

Congrats on your finish! It made me so happy to come to your blog and find it all "Halloweened Out"! I too, love Halloween, and fall. It's kind of a time of renewal for me too. I think I'm going to start that Halloween Fairy by Mirabilia. Can't wait to see what you're going to stitch. I need to go pick up that Martha issue - love her, and how she does Halloween!!

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the finish and on completing all of the PS fairies. How are you finishing them?

I can't wait to see what you stitch up next.

TammyK said...

Great finish :o) Totally love your blog update! I am a huge Martha Stewart fan, she has so many great ideas. I watch her show every day. Will have to tell me if the rest of that magazine is as cool as the cover.

Laura said...

Your garden fairy looks great, Tammy! I love Fall too. I was born in September and so was my daughter -- not to mention all my siblings, how weird is that? Bring on the cool temps, we can sure use them after the last few weeks.

zoomcity said...

I love the fairies. Well done! I always liked the oatmeal aida.

Siobhan said...

Woo!! Congrats on the finish. I love those fairies--they are too cute. I can't wait to see what your next WIP is!

stitcherydoo said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations and happy dances for you for finishing this darling little garden witch!

You know, I've never bought one of Martha Stewart's mags, but I really like the cover. I'll bet my witchy, Halloween loving sibling would enjoy reading it, too. :)

Sharon said...

Cute finish!

Lelia said...

Very nice. My PS 'snail' is at an even slower pace. Bought the card (actually there were 4 cards) and never ever got them out to stitch.

I think yours is lovely --- looks great

Sue said...

*doing the finished happy dance with you* Looks fabulous and your stitching is lovely. It looks great on aida, as well. I use aida a lot and see myself as being a trend setter for the future....when we are all old cross stitchers and we need 11 count aida because it will be the only count we will be able to see! lol

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sari.i. said...

Cute finish! :)
I know what you mean by saying "There's a certain healing of my spirit that comes with Fall." I feel exactly the same. :)

bibobuddy said...

Wonderful BBD! Wonderful job!
Wonderful Blog!
See you soon
Nadia