Monday, April 4, 2011

Barb has done it again!


Barb and I met over the weekend at Bottom's Up. No...we weren't going to a "gentleman's club"....and I use the term Gentleman very loosely.... and we weren't doing the Cancan at the Moulin Rouge. Just the thought of Barb and I doing the Cancan makes me want to say OUCH! No Dancing with the Stars for us. We were involved in free-wheeling and decadent entertainment of the antiquing kind.

The first weekend of each month is a gala affair down in the historic west bottoms of "Cow Town." The old buildings around the stockyard area of Kansas City are slowing being converted into antique havens. Bottoms Up is our favorite one. It's packed with vendors who bring the best stuff. I will have to take my camera next time so you can visit too.

As we were getting ready to leave, Barb pulled the linen pictured above, from the front seat of her car. Thought I would give you a peek. This piece is the final bonus pattern which will be included in #12 of the Anniversary of the Heart series. I'm working on the pattern today. It will be ready soon.

My Elizabeth Scheffield is coming along too. Love the green parrot. Thank goodness the parrot is over two threads! I think I'm going to stitch my Mom's name on this one. I might add some flowers on the stem behind the parrot. It looks like it needs a couple there.

And....my books from Bonnie Slotnick came on Friday. Great weekend reading!


I'm going to have to try the taffy. I purchased this book in memory of my father. I remember him making taffy at Christmas time and thought it would be fun to try.

Well...have to go. Work is calling. Will show the final pattern for Anniversaries of the Heart soon.

Until later dear friends!

Alma

36 comments:

  1. I like the sneak peak!! The colors are so pretty.

    And love your progress on Elizabeth Sheffield too. That one is right at the top of my list to stitch!

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  2. Yeay!! Thanks for the sneak peek. I can't wait to see the whole thing.

    Your Elizabeth Sheffield is GORGEOUS. I get antsy to stitch it every time you post a picture!

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  3. Beautiful new piece, can't wait to see it finished.
    When I was young, we had taffy pulls at our church at christmas time, always a fond memory.

    Debbie

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  4. Yay! The sneak peek of the bonus looks lovely! Great progress on Elizabeth!

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  5. Yes, she has done it again! This is so pretty, and so is the sampler you're stitching! Can't wait to see #12 in Anniversaries of the Heart.

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  6. Oh I'm LOVING that sneak peek!!!!!

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  7. The sneak peek looks lovely - what beautiful colours, can't wait to get it and stitch it!

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  8. I haven't made taffy for years! Curious to see how yours turns out. I've lost my recipe. :(

    Love the colors on the sneak peak!

    Blessings

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  9. What great sneak peeks. I am loving them. Oh and Bottoms Up is a very nice pizza place in Richmond Va. GREAT pizza.

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  10. Ooooh, I love the sneak peek! Love your Elizabeth too!

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  11. I enjoyed the sneak peek! it's so pretty. Missouri was my home once, too.

    How wonderful to have a Bonnie Slotnick package arrive at your door! Enjoy your new cookbooks.

    Elizabeth S. is gorgeous. I love the jewel-like colors of the birds.

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  12. Can't wait to see the completed bonus sampler!

    We have a Bottoms Up in my hometown but it is a pizza restaurant...a very delicious pizza restaurant!

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  13. Oh my goodness -- I have been so eager to see the bonus. Wondered if it would be two separate squares -- but Barb came up with a masterful solution. I love, love, love it. When will we see house #12? I have been waiting to see all of the houses before I decide who to honor in each of the squares. This has been such a fun project. Thanks for all of the happy stitching memories.

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  14. Beautiful but can't wait to see more. Not good at waiting!
    Sandy Muir

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  15. Love the "peek"...can't wait! Careful with the cookbook collecting...it boarders on hoarding for me! Between the stitching stash and recipes/cookbooks (and my husbands model trains), we may have to move to a bigger house!!

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  16. The sneak peek looks fabulous. Love your Elizabeth S. too.

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  17. I LOVE the wording on the sneak peek!!! I can't wait until it is available!

    Have fun with your taffy making!

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  18. Oh, oh, oh that is such a gorgeous design!!

    And I love the green bird. It reminds me of Gilbert, my ring-necked parakeet.

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  19. I can't believe you tantalized us so with information about a heavenly antique store and didn't take pictures! Wahhhh! Next time for sure Alma! Love the sneak peek on the new chart. Beautiful colors...as always!

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  20. Such beautiful stitching - even before you two are finished!
    I haven't had molasses taffy in years. Reminds me of my dad too.

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  21. Cow town sounds like a fabulous place. Do they have a web site? I would love to visit since I am only a few hours away in Iowa.
    I really like your Elizabeth Sheffield. The parrot is just like the one in Elizabeth Easton that I have been working on. I have found several versions of Elizabeth Easton sampler adn also another one similiar to it by someone else. Very interesting, I will have to look up my pictures again.

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  22. Love the bonus block...a perfect finish to a wonderful project. Can't wait.

    Bobbi

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  23. Looking forward to the new chart - it looks lovely. Great stitching on ES!

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  24. Chart wait to see the new chart and your stitching is just lovely x

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  25. Lovely sneak peek!
    Wish I could join you at Cow Town - it sounds fabulous!

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  26. I don't know how you two have time to get anything done...you are so busy with so many interests. I stopped cross-stitching when I began quilting, but sure admire the samplers you post.

    I would love to see an article on your inspiration journal.

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  27. What fun to see the cookbooks you were talking about at the quilt show! I can't wait to get to the cshop myself next time I go to the City.

    I wish I could go to the Kansas City markets too!!

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  28. Oh my goodness, what a lovely design!! Barb is really outdoing herself with this one!

    And your Elizabeth Sheffield is beautiful! Loving the green parrot too...very colorful and vibrant!

    Happy Stitchin'
    Terri

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  29. I have all the patterns and the fabric...guess I need to get started on this, it is beautiful! :)

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  30. Love your cross stitch - the colors are wonderful. And taffy - yum, yum. Have fun with that :o)
    Judie

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  31. You've been busy gals, as usual. I picked up one of your books recently as we traveled through OKC and the owner said she really appreciated how thoroughly you explain the finishing process on many of your pieces. Happy stitching! ~Roberta

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  32. All so pretty, pretty!!

    Tanya

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  33. Hi, Are you using a natural linen for the Elizabeth sampler and silk or cotton floss. The birds are so beautiful that I want to stitch it.

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  34. Alma
    I wanted to say also that the week end you are coming to Columbia Mo for the bike ride there is a open air flea market on Interstate I-70 @millersburg exit

    You may want to show a little

    Janice
    curtainsinmytree@gmail.com

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