Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jenny Bean Sampler Finished!

I finally got it done!  I used a combination of Belle Soie and Gloriana silk threads except for the brown and gray around the edge and the large lettering, that was Mandarin Floss by Rainbow Gallery.  It's made out of bamboo but it has a silk like feel to it.  Here's some more pictures of it:
There was a small over 1 section, I hadn't done that in a while, but it wasn't too difficult.
Instead of stitching in the name of Jenny Bean, I decided to put in Sarah Bean.  If you read my last post, you may remember this is the name we gave our new mother cat.  My husband had come up with the name Sarah, and I must have had the Bean name in my mind because of working on this sampler.  I thought it would be neat to have her name there, so whenever I see the sampler I will remember how when I was stitching it she came into our lives.  I will probably also recall that I stitched most of the blue waves while waiting at the hospital when my husband was there for a couple of days.  He had a G.I. bleed for which he was taken in an ambulance to the hospital.  It was very scary, but he's ok now.  Do you ever remember certain momentous events that you associate with whatever you were stitching at the time?  I have a feeling I'm not the only one!
I enjoyed stitching this sampler, but I won't be doing it again, so if anyone would like to have my copy of the chart--and I warn you, it's quite battered, although still readable--I would be happy to send it to you.  If more than one person wants it, I will do a random drawing to decide who gets it.  Just leave a comment on this post and I will put your name down for it.  And now here's Sarah's little one, she's grown a little bit and she can now walk around without her legs being quite as wobbly as they were and she's becoming quite playful!
She posed so nicely in this miniature chair, I don't think she has any idea how adorable she is!  Thank you for stopping in again, and I appreciate any comments you care to leave!

Edited on 5/29:  just wanted to say I appreciate all comments left, but if you would like me to enter your name in the drawing for the Jenny Bean sampler chart be sure and let me know in your comment.  I will draw a name on Wednesday, June 6.  Thank you!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Kitties!

About three weeks ago, I was in the back yard when I heard some little meows coming from our shed.  I went to investigate and found in the far corner in an old goat and calf feeder a bundle of six newborn kittens.  Later that evening their mother showed up, that's her in the above picture.  I think she may have been running back and forth to a barn up the road to get some food.  We didn't want her to have to travel for her food so we started giving her a dish and some water every day.  All went well for a few days, we figured the kittens would grow up and we could probably find homes for them.  This wasn't the first time a neighborhood cat had had kittens in our shed, that's how we came to have our Maggie.  We adopted out her babies and she came in the house to live with us.  But unfortunately, I went in one morning and was horrified to discover that something, probably a weasel, had dug under the wall next to the little family and killed five of the six little ones.  I at first thought it had gotten all of them, but later that day I went out and heard a little cry and discovered that one had somehow escaped the critter.  Here she {or he} is:
An adorable little tabby.  We brought Mom and Baby into the house to keep them safe, they are staying by themselves in an upstairs room.  We are going to try and keep the mom if we can get our other cats to accept her in time.  She's an absolute sweetheart and very affectionate.  She's quite small and we have decided to call her Sarah Bean.  Theoretically, the baby will be adopted by someone, but we shall see.  I'm thinking maybe a good name for her or him would be Jelly Bean.  Here's some more pictures.
Don't worry, I only put them in the chair for picture taking, the little one is usually in a basket under the chair.  Thanks for looking, I hope you enjoyed the pictures!