Monday, May 30, 2011

Finished cushion & village shake-up

Finally got in the mood to finish my Sampler Girl pillow. Probably because we are having an early summer heat wave here in DC and I just didn't want to spend too much time outdoors. I found a pretty rosebud print fabric so I used that instead of the printed corduroy I had planned on.



Got a bit of a surprise when Sandy released the May installment of the Birthday Village. The motif she designed is a church with a bride and groom outside. I couldn't decide whether to skip this month or re-chart. And once again, I didn't like the people either. So off to the drawing board. We now have a shul instead of a church. And a somewhat changed bride and groom. This is kind of weird. I really didn't want to stitch anything religious, but I couldn't think of a reasonable substitute. Better start thinking of a December idea now.




Last week I received the best little surprise in the mail from Nia. She made me this sweet little bunny sachet filled with super-fragrant lavender. Hope you can read that accompanying card. It really made me smile on a day when I could use cheering up.

22 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh wow! I guess such religious issues often just aren't considered, are they? I like your substitutions -- very nice! It's looking so great so far! Love the pillow finish too. And the bunny sachet and card -- so cute! She's right -- we should have bunnies year-round!

Pumpkin said...

Your pillow looks fantastic!

Great job with the San Man transformation :o) What a neat idea. LOL!

Packages from Nia are always fun ;o)

staci said...

Love the way your pillow turned out! Enjoy your happy mail!!!

Jackie said...

You make modifications so well!

Congratulations on your finish! It's really hot here too and it won't be cooler for months. It's going to be a looong hot summer. It seems to be hitting me hard this year.

Miss 376 said...

The changes you have made, turned out really well, the village looks great. Love you gift too, what a great idea

Kirsten said...

The pillow looks lovely!
I absolutely love your little changes on the village. The people are so cute!

Cristina said...

I love your finish and your village looks really cute.
The postcard made me feel home, as I'm Portuguese too.

Siobhan said...

That is SOOOO cool! Well, both are so cool! Your pillow looks great. Your village is so neat--great job on the shul. There aren't many Judaic options out there and I can't imagine every stitcher wants a church or Christmas stuff. Nice substitution!

Jan said...

The pillow is just adorable. I like the changes on the church. Good job.

Nancy said...

Your pillow is beautiful and so is your Birthday Village! I think your changes look so nice, and they make the piece uniquely yours!

We have had summer temps here too. Today it's supposed to reach 97!

Carol said...

You've made great use of your time with this heat wave, Annie! Your pillow is darling--I do love that saying. And your changes to the Birthday Village piece are perfect--how long will it end up being when it's all done? It sure is cute...

How nice to receive something sweet-smelling from that sweetie, Nia--love the little bunny, too, of course :)

Try to stay cool--we're in the low 90s, too--hotter than it was in Spain!

Karen said...

Annie, your little pillow turned out so nicely and I like how the village is coming along, it's nice to be able to make changes to a chart when we want to, isn't it? The bunny sachet is adorable!

ArchangelDecker said...

Great job on the stitching. Both turned out lovely! :)

Melanie said...

I like the substitutions you made. You really should write your own patterns up or something because you are quite good at this!

♥ Nia said...

Great work with your pillow!! :D
You're not having Summer weather yet.. hardly Spring weather! This year seasons are all messed up =/... I'm waiting for Summer to bring us sunnier and happier days :)
I love they way you manage to change the patterns as you like :D I can never do it =( Have you tried to make a pattern all by yourself? :)
I'm glad my bunnies spread some smiles around the globe :) Just a small gift but seemed nice to send =)
Hugs&smiles to you!

Lois said...

What a nice pillow! I like how you adapted your Birthday Village, it works well.

mainely stitching said...

Religion and race substitutions in samplers just tie me up in knots. Your substitutions are great. :)

Mylene said...

Your village is coming along great and wow! Love the pillow, well done.

Sure , sweet of Nia for all her gifts, i am one of the lucky ones too!

Sandra said...

Your pillow is lovely. The fabric choice was right, the colors match perfectly.

The SAL looks wonderful so far. I think I'd love to live in such a pretty Village :)

Cute present! The bunny/sachet is a clever idea.

CalamityJr said...

Too late, I see, but I was going to suggest a gazebo by a pond, and a picnic cloth on the ground. I'll see what I can think of for December!

nima said...

Lovely pillow...

Vinniey said...

Great change on your village, it turns out beautiful. Especially love the house in turqoise color. :) Your pillow is lovely, nice choice on choosing the fabric. I love the cute little bunny sachet from Nia, it's too cute. Have a wonderful week, Annie.