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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happy "Last Sunday of June"

It is a beautiful summer day in mid-Michigan: sunny and warm with a good breeze. We turned off the air and opened all the windows this morning. DH is working outside, filling in a few cracks in our driveway with cement, the cats are all lounging in the windows, and I've put a roast on for dinner. Life is good!

Last year, Craig (DH) gave me a miter saw for my birthday, something I wanted so I could make my own picture frames. I also brought a framing joiner which is a great tool to put the frames together with (fairly) professional results. So when Craig had a few spare minutes last night, I asked him to cut glass for a few frames. Bless him, he cut 9 pieces with only one mis-cut. The mis-cut glass couldn't be used for the intended large piece, but it worked out for several smaller pieces. The stitched pieces are already laced so final finishes should be happening very soon!

The large piece I spoke of is "Why Teddy Bears Are A Cross Stitcher's Best Friend Sampler" designed by Sandy Orton. Sandy is one of my all-time favorite designers. I have loved her stuff before I even knew that she was the designer. She used to design many things for the old Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine, which in my humble opinion was one of the best cross stitch magazines of all time. Anyway, I think this is such a cute design! Back in the 80’s when I first saw the pattern I knew I had to stitch to go with my teddy bear collection. I framed it way back when but didn't use glass. (What was I thinking!) Recently, I decided to take it apart, wash it, re-lace it over acid-free foamcore, and reframe it with glass. I just propped it in the frame to take a few pictures so it looks a bit crooked but really is straight for the most part.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

1 comment:

Cindy F. said...

What an adorable finish!! DH and I are going to try to learn framing too! The prices for framing are crazy!! You did a beautiful job!
I so miss the old mags! Have a happy 4th!!