17 June 2013
12 June 2013
06 June 2013
03 March 2013
I just wanted to say that my birthday treat to visit Jane Austen's house in Chawton finally came round last Thursday. I was so excited. We were staying overnight close by so could spend as long as I wanted meandering around her beautiful atmospheric cottage.
There is the bricked in window which Edward arranged for their privacy, there is the vegetable garden Mrs Austen tended and there is the well that is still used today to measure the water table in East Hampshire.
The day wasn't very bright but at least it wasn't raining. The cottage stands very near the road in what is now a much quieter small village. St Nicholas's church where Jane's mother and dearly beloved sister are buried nestles in a little hollow a short distance away and, to the side of that is the still imposing large, elegant Chawton House.
Once inside the cottage, it is impossible not to be transported back to when Jane would have contentedly sat at her little table writing. Her spirit is everywhere and as I stood quietly alone in some of the rooms I could almost feel her breath and hear her light footfall or maybe it was just the tingle of excitement I felt at finally achieving one of my greatest ambitions....haha!
Come round with me and share the joys of being in Jane's house and gardens.
On the walls are various portraits, a lace collar made by Jane and a sampler thought to be stitched by Cassandra.
30 January 2013
I'm new to this blog although I have shared Tanya's love of Jane Austen for many years now. Previously, I've enjoyed calling in regularly and seeing all the lovely Jane Austen related stitching and have always felt so inspired by all the gorgeous finishes. So, this year, with a big birthday approaching (!!) I've decided to set myself a challenge to stitch as many of Tanya's designs as possible. I'd love to get to the end of the year and feel I've achieved some of my Jane Austen dreams.
I've started with a very small design called Birthday Crowns for Jane Austen. I began it on Friday and finished Saturday morning. It's stitched on 40 count cream linen using two of DMC's varigated threads, 99 and 111. I made only a very slight alteration in that I didn't stitch the pink insert in the large crown at the top. I tried it out but wasn't happy with the colour combination.
Thanks everyone and I promise future posts won't be this long :-)
28 January 2013
13 January 2013
09 January 2013
24 December 2012
I just had to share this picture with you as I knew we would sit down to watch Its A Wonderful Life this evening and it has just finished so I am sat here blurry eyed with tissues on hand.
I love this design - thanks Tanya.
Love Michelle xx
22 December 2012
I just had to share my recent finish with you. You will all know it as Good Tidings although I have only stitched the top part. I was going to continue with stitching the bottom part of it it but then I decided I wanted to stitch one of my latest purchases from Tanya 'Every Time a Bell Rings' and I want to get both pieces displayed in time for Christmas. I have literally just started Every Time A Bell Rings though so I have to stitch-a-plenty tomorrow!
Love Michelle xx
16 October 2012
09 September 2012
I managed to complete this little treasure last night, I’ve been doing an hour on this each evening once my daily study had finished…
Reading with Jane – The Sampler Girl freebie
Stitched on Jayne’s Attic hand-dyed 28c evenweave ‘Sweet Pea’
DMC threads (own choice)
I think I will finish this into a little hanging for my desk!
Hugs & Stitches
17 August 2012
Jane Austen has bewitched me yet again with her glorious novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I've always felt bad for Lydia Bennet. I know, I know - she was such a frivolous thing yet I think we forget sometimes ... she was only 15 years old!! Having been a teenager once upon a time AND having a teenager in the house (heaven help me!), that age-mind has its own mindset and well, it is a rough road at times to steer teenagers on the correct path. Mrs. Bennet did have several daughters to find husbands for and Lydia was ... well, Lydia! She was a free spirit and eager for some adventure. To Brighton she sought this attention and this new design of mine is for her.
LYDIA BENNET GOES TO BRIGHTON
Pattern is now available on the website - click here: http://www.thesamplergirl.com/catalog.php?item=539 for all details.
ANNUAL SEASIDE SUMMER SALE is going on as well. It continues through August 27th. Newest patterns are 10% off while others are 25% off or more. Enjoy a stitchy summer bargain.
Till we meet again sweet friends ... be cosy and stitch!
Tanya Marie Willis Anderson, THE SAMPLER GIRL
18 July 2012
06 July 2012
Hope everyone is keeping well. I have a couple of finishes to share with you. You will all recognise these I am sure. Wonderful free charts from Tanya.
The first one is stitched on 32 count fabric with my favourite blue shade of DMC thread.
Love Michelle x
28 May 2012
17 May 2012
15 April 2012
|A sweet view, stitched on hand dyed 28ct linen|
13 April 2012
I thought I had posted these two finishes here before, but clearly my mind is going.
I finished these sometime in the autumn 2011 using variegated Anchor cotton on 32-count Charles Craft raw/natural linen.
For Jane I used Anchor variegated 1318
And for Darcy I used Anchor variegated 1342
I've got a few others that aren't finished yet so I'll show you all those when they are done.
11 April 2012
25 March 2012
20 March 2012
Just a little addiction at the end so I never forget these books that I love very much!
05 March 2012
22 February 2012
I had ordered the frame a week or so ago so it would be here when I finished stitching the piece.
I stitched this on 28ct antique gold or ivory I'm not sure, I do think looking at it its more gold and I used the recommended DMC thread, this was an extremely enjoyable stitch and I loved it from start to finish.
I'm now moving onto Mr Darcy's Letter which I'm excited to start as it is one of my favourite quotes from the book, as its not an overly big piece I am swapping out the DMC threads for silks. Pictures to follow.