Monday, July 27, 2015

a new week, a new finish and a new start

i was going to post this as a "friday finish" but in the wake of the recent tragedy in Louisiana i couldn't bear to. 

i never will be able to understand this sort of senseless violence in our world, but i am hopeful at all the humanity and acts of kindness that i see around me.

so here is a tiny offering in honor of the great state of Louisiana

new week. new start!

Friday, July 17, 2015

almost a finish...

i was able to finish the electric blue paint that is so iconic to Commander's Palace. i love how it looks like the wood slats on the actual building. 

Just a few finishing touches and this one will be moved to the finish pile! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

half-way there!

typically a smaller project like this wouldn't take me so long, but we went on a little mini vacation to LA for a wedding, so progress halted!

i decided to tackle the roof and outlining first. i switched from floss to ribbon for the columns and the awning at the bottom to give it more of a sheen. had to rip out the black outlining since i wasn't paying attention and used the wrong color. 

can't wait to dive in to the turquoise and create the siding!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

a new + flavorful start

continuing on with the small canvases, i pulled this friend out of my stash for some play. this will be a fun reminder of life in Louisiana, and one of my favorite fancy restaurants!

if you've ever spent time in New Orleans, or are familiar with the city, you have probably heard of Commander's Palace!

"Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans landmark since 1880. Known for the award-winning quality of its food and its convivial atmosphere, the history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans' storied past and has been the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. Originally built by Emile Commander as a wedding gift for a daughter who never married, Commander's Palace has evolved into a culinary legend."

Monday, June 29, 2015

a patriotic finish

this was a "blink and you missed it" kind of project

i liked the star so much more without the beads that i decided to stick with an open stitch and let the shape speak for itself. while this might not be my favorite project i've ever done just kidding all my projects are my favorite, it is my dbf's fave, and that makes it even better. it feels good to have a needlepoint cheerleader, lol.

what's next you say? i'm still stitching through my stash, although it has dwindled significantly. next up is another small canvas, but packed with lots of culture and flavor!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

the stars at night...

are giving me more trouble than i would like!

after completing the blue section, i tried a little beading from my stash. not really the look i was going for...

but ripping out beading is the worst so i just stayed in denial kept it in and continued on to the other sections

by the time i finished the red portion, i finally came to terms and ripped it out

at this point i'm toying around with the idea of doing an open stitch and letting the star's shape come out naturally. stars can be tricky, and i don't want to overcomplicate this piece.


Friday, June 19, 2015

deep in the heart of texas!

i started on this little canvas (and i mean little) after the gumdrop house threads were put away and the canvas was safely taken off the stretcher bars. what a weird feeling to go from a large canvas to a teeny tiny one, i have to re-adjust my hand placement while stitching!

i consulted about 3-4 books trying to find the most perfect little stitches for this flag. i tend to try and over-complicate simple canvases because there's just so much to be left up to the imagination. it's a red, white and blue block and initially my mind wants to do something completely innovative and never-before-seen. 

i don't want to over-complicate this. i want to let the canvas speak for itself. i love our Texas flag, and i don't want to take away from the simplicity of its design by going off the grid with sparklies and ribbons. i did however, know that i wanted to bead the lone star, so i chose the mosaic background as a nice supporting piece to showcase that. 

coming off of a project that involved lots of frills and threads, it's sometimes hard to detox and get in the right mindset for a completely different kind of canvas. I equate it to dog breeds. each project is different, with its own personality. some don't want to be sparkly and frilly. and some want every single kind of trick in the book!

i'm going to stop now before i become "the canvas whisperer"...but i'm really liking how this is starting to take shape. 

have a great weekend and be sure to take time to do something that you love!