Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Michael's Myth

Okay, I haven't "mused"  here yet, but I'm feeling  the need today!!!

I went out to get a piece of glass for the birth sampler and thought I'd start at Michaels since I had a 40% off coupon. First off, no coupons allowed for just a piece of glass. Then I got the price for an 11X15 piece...granted it was conservation glass to protect against UV rays. Bottom line, their price was $33.83!!! I decided to shop around before biting that bullet. I went to a framing shop in downtown Martinsburg, Queen Street Gallery, and inquired about the glass. Their price ...and it was for the exact type of glass... they even had the same display as Michaels... was $8.51!!! Go figure! I would have had to leave my frame at Michaels and go back to pick up the glass. At the local shop, she cut it for me right away--great customer service!

So, this has lead me to believe that Michaels jacks its prices up to accommodate the 50% coupons and the professional framers are just as competitive....if not better....and..... I'd rather give them my business. So now, I'll have to work on my "trust" issues and try the local framer.

Hope you're having the gorgeous weather we are!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Birth Sampler for Cora

I don't stitch many pieces any more that have to be framed....for various reasons. One, I am so into  smalls that they are all I really want to work on. Second, I have trust issues with new framers. I was so spoiled having such a fabulous framer in Cincinnati, Bowmans Framing, that I am apprehensive about trying someone local, even after 7 years. I have sent pieces to Ken (Bowman) to have framed but have also embarked on the adventure of framing myself. I do not enjoy the "pinning" part, as I like them to come out straight, but I try to follow the method Ken uses and that Ruth showed me in a self framing class she taught at Twisted Threads.

Here is a picture of the fruits of my labor:

This is the birth sampler I stitched for Cora and it's been sitting around for quite some time while I worked up the gumption to stretch it. I woke up this morning with a "bee in my bonnet" and decided today was THE day!!! I used an Eastside Mouldings frame in eggplant and added the purple flower buttons on the corners. Of course after I posted this I noticed a little "ziggle" on the  upper right side. Luckily, I haven't put it all together yet and can re-pin that section. I'm really happy with how it turned out and have boosted my confidence a bit more as to framing pieces on my own.

Now to get out, take a walk and enjoy this glorious day!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood..........

The weather is just beautiful here today--sunny, clear and not too hot or cold--a Goldilocks kind of day! I went outside for awhile to do some pruning only to find our pruning shears are broken. That will have to wait for another day.... boo-hoo. I do believe I will head out for a walk around the neighborhood however--feeling the need for some fresh air and Vitamin D. 

I have completed the stitching required for my Merry Cox class in June. It was way less than is normally needed, but I am glad to have it off my plate, so to speak. So here is my Le Nouveau Palais Royale: 

Not sure what this is going to be....maybe lays on top inside of wooden box....we'll see


I did include Cora's name and what she calls me, Mimi, on the piece. I also put her initials and year of birth on the mirror image pincushions. Here is a picture of our sweet little Cora in an outfit I had made for her Mommy over 30 years ago.
Well, this post is a little short as I want to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful day. So happy we'll have an extra hour of daylight this evening!!!