Saturday, July 10, 2010

Vintage Pears

I finished the Groom's pants today and decided to work a little on a piece that I put away when the Halloweenies started up in February. Tonight I'm working on a Melissa Shirley piece, Vintage Pears. I happened to see the canvas on eBay and was able to successfully bid on it and buy it at a very reduced price. I purchased the threads and the stitch guide by Beverly Churchfield of Aristeia from Aristeia. The threads are incredible and I love the way they blend with the beautifully painted canvas to create such lovely shading in the pears.


Obviously I have a long way to go on this piece. It really has taken a 5 month back seat to the Halloween crowd. 

If you follow the Aristeia link above, you can read about their fabulous stitching retreat this fall at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel at Dana Point, CA. Melissa Shirley designs a canvas for them each year for their retreat. This year it's one of those fabulous floral bags (a camellia) that we have seen photos of from the TNNA show.  That would be a dream trip! I can dream can't I?

Have a good evening -

P.S. Remember I said I was going to grill polenta last night for supper? Well, I learned a valuable lesson. Just because a recipe is posted on the Food Network website doesn't mean it is correct. There is a Barefoot Contessa recipe for Parmesan Rosemary polenta that sounds delicious but the liquid proportions are all of of whack. I thought the soupy polenta would solidify and I could cut it into squares as directed in the recipe. No such luck. It all went down the disposal. I would have had better luck if I had just cooked regular grits. I may try that tomorrow.


  1. I love the Pears and I have the canvas as well. Made me want to get it out but Halloweenies is keeping me busy. However, I have been working on the Vintage Red Apples(MS) from Aristeia and the stitch Guide from Wendy.

    Aren't we lucky to have such fun and know all these talented people. Not enough hours and so many fun projects

    Sue VanderNoor

  2. I know what you mean,Sue. There are about 5 other projects I want to stitch right now but I think I am committed to seeing the Halloweenies get finished. It sounds like we have the same taste in projects. I'm glad to know you're out there somewhere and interested in the same things I am. Thanks for your comments!

  3. Melinda

    I am addicted. LOL I live in Calif and I am lucky I get to go to Aristeia sometimes and it's a lovely shop. . I took the Pilgrim Class from Bev in Feb and need to get back to those canvases too. It's hard to decide sometimes there are so many great pieces. I hear Katt Z Witch that Robin did calling to me too.

    The Halloweenies are definitely alot of fun and so many tips and stitches. Amy must not sleep at night. I hope to get to Memphis sometime
    and take a class or two.

    Sue VanderNoor