February 23, 2015

IHSW and then some

It's amazing how much stuff one can get done when one's head (and other body parts) aren't buried in a game! ;)

I was going to stitch up a storm. We had plans to hunker down for Winter Storm 2015. It was cold, the winds were howling, and everyone was bundled up and ready for a low of 36F and windchill of 20F in South Florida. Oh yeah!!! ;) But then, Saturday came along and what do you know? Mid-70s weather and then BOOM!, low-80s for Sunday. This, of course, meant that I had to take care of and repot some of the orchids, cos this girl ain't gonna do that in mid-80s and higher heat. No sirree bob! (Wow, how did I turn all southern... yanks back.) I'll take some pics of the balcony when a couple more of the orchids start to bloom.

Deco Spirits got started but there's not much to show except for chunks of black here and there:



I also finally decided that it's about time Spring Knotgarden got framed. So, we went to HomeGoods and found a square wall art with white mat for $24.99 and then spent a few hours tearing the thing apart and framing SK into it. I swear they must use some sort of Super Super glue and a monster nail gun when they mass produce these frames! Sine I wasn't keen on a white mat on white fabric, I used dark chocolate ribbon to edge the inner part of the mat to create some visual interest. Not too shabby for less than $30, eh? :D

26 comments :

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! what a great idea and a fab job you did of the framing... Spring Knotgarden looks amazing! I am so going to have to look at those naff wall art/prints in a different way now!! :o)

I can't imagine Florida being cold! Well done on getting those orchids repotted :o)

I forgot to sign up for IHSW.... but I did stitch... and then last night I frogged half of it out as I had messed up by 2 rows! Lots of swear words later I am now back on track...

I have put a note in my diary for the Thursday before the next IHSW to remind me...
Hugs xx

Julie said...

Wonderful framing, it looks super. I'll have to remember that trick with the ribbon, clever idea.

Katie said...

Wow you got some X's in. We're so proud of you haha. Now just to keep you at it is the challenge. Love your framed piece. What a fantastic idea.

Bea said...

You did get some stitches in, so it definitely counts.

Spring Knotgarden looks terrific. Never thought of buying an inexpensive framed piece just to use the mat and frame for my stitching. Thanks for the idea! Adding the ribbon is a lovely finishing touch.

Suz said...

That framing is just amazing. Great job! I'll have to be more creative about my framing and take a page from your book.

And poor Florida. I'm just about dying here in NC and I know it's not as bad as up north, but still, you guys should always have nice warm weather!

Carolyn said...

Isn't it strange how the weather men/women can't seem to get the weather correct? Aren't they the ones with all that high tech equipment? LOL!

I see a start to Deco Spirits and it looks great. I love your idea with the frame. Good choice!

I'm not sure why you couldn't leave a comment. I went back and redid a few things on my blog and hope that helps for later on.

llknbillburg said...

Absolutely fabulous job on framing! Laura

Marcy said...

Great framing idea ... I need to remember the ribbon trick. Glad your weather stayed warmer. Now push some of that heat north please.

Carla Eldridge said...

SO PRETTY!!!

CJ said...

You did a great job with the frame. It can be so expensive for custom framing.

CJ

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Wow, you certainly have some temperature variations! Here is only ever a few degrees plus or minus on "mild".

Knot garden looks great, well done on framing such a big piece yourself. I do all my smaller projects but treat myself for the larger ones using Christmas vouchers.

Kaisievic said...

The framing of Spring Knotgarden looks fabulous. How clever are you!

homeschooljewelrymom said...

Ugh, I'm so jealous! I miss warm Florida days in February. At least you did some stitching, and your frame job is gorgeous!

Debs said...

Love the framing, the ribbon just finishes it perfectly!

Zurainny Ismail said...

Happy New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gosh, time flies so swiftly! I have totally forgotten about IHSW. Simply amazing transformation - and really useful idea! Thanks for sharing! :D

Thoeria said...

Oh wow!! I'd say that that's way past not shabby!! You've done a great job! And the dark ribbon is such a clever and wonderful touch!

Leonore Winterer said...

The framing looks wonderful, and nice start too!

Keebles said...

That is absolutely brilliant! I would have never thought to use ribbon to change a mat dimension!

Miamina said...

Great start on Deco Spirits!

Well done on the awesome framing job! You are so creative, if I'd have tried to do that it would have ended up a hot mess! It's stunning!

Tiffany Pincombe said...

Great start and beautiful job framing! That is a great price and it looks very sharp with the chocolate ribbon.

stitchstitchknit said...

Springknot Garden looks amazing =) The frame really fits it =)
Good work on your new start, it looks quite interesting so far =)

Justine said...

Your framing skills are amazing and well done on finishing Spring Knot Garden. I love your idea of using chocolate ribbon. It looks stunning.

Susan said...

Fabulous job with the frame. Love the idea of using ribbon for a bit of contrast. Looking forward to watching your progress on Deco Spirits.

rosey175 said...

Yep, you gave me the game bug. My husband and I recently got into MH3U. I think I've had the game a few weeks and have about 200 hours in. If only I could focus that well on stitching!

Great new start and wonderful framing job! I wouldn't have been thrilled with a white mat and white fabric either but your ribbon was a great solution! :D

needlesflossapplesauce said...

The finished product looks great. I have yet to venture into doing my own framing. I plan to give it a whirl soon and see how it goes.

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

Wonderful framing I like the ribbon you used it makes a lovely contrast.