Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Know I'm somewhat biased, but....

...my DH is awesome! Lookee what he made and gave me last week.
These...

...became these and more.

Oh Nancy, you would be proud of the job he did. Nancy has pics on her blog of her own set of homemade scroll frames and gave me the instructions. I saw hers in October last year and have been coveting them ever since. So I've been nagging...er...hinting strongly about them and voila! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Maybe I'll be encouraged to pick up my HAED once again...

...or stitch some more on Two Birds; there's some actual stitching progress on this one...

...or stitch more on the Travel Sampler, now that I don't have all that mass of material to deal with. I didn't want to move the Q-Snaps to cover the stitched areas on this piece, so I've been waiting. To give you an idea of how helpful it really is, the scroll rod here is 36 in. long. I am just thrilled with all of these frames.
Here's the Man of the Hour...

Thank you, sweetie - I promise I'll put them to good use. :)

My Monday night stitching piece is the LHN Little Women series. Reading is just finished and it's on to Gardening or Baking...

So far...
My brother totally surprised me at Christmas with this lovely Quaker Heart from Shepherd's Bush. Here it is all done - a fun little stitch. Now how to finish it...

Have I mentioned that while I love finishes, I procrastinate in completely finishing them off??

And I couldn't resist posting this - I love this picture of Montana. Dang, he looks big, doesn't he??

61 comments:

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

Dang! You are a lucky woman! What a nice husband. The stitching is very pretty and I love the doggy!
Hugs
Julie

Teresa S. said...

Your husband is awesome! I have been avoiding working on Mary Wigham because of the huge amount of fabric to struggle with--this gives me some ideas! Thanks for sharing. :)

Tracy J said...

Congratulations on the scroll frames (I just love stitching on scroll frames, I have a bunch). Tell your dh that he is a credit to his gender.

Beautiful stitching and beautiful dog.

Wendy said...

OMG!! THis is awesome what your hubby did. He has done an amazing job. I have a floorstand too, but only one size of the scroll frames, so not every project fits in there.

Nice work on your stitching. You have done a great job.

Love the picture of Montana too, he is such a beauty :)

Hugs,
Wendy

Katrien said...

congrats on your scroll frames! :)
Nice finish and WIP's (and mine never get 'finished' either :( )

Lana said...

I'm sooo jealous!! Do you hire him out to make some scroll frames for me? j/k! Lucky girl you!

Alice said...

What a man!!! Now I am going to try and get my man to do the same. Wish me luck! : )) Nice progress on LHN Little Women AND a finish! I realise now more than ever that its good to work on smaller projects. One needs that satisfaction when the bigger projects don't progress fast enough.
Alice

Tammy said...

Awesome job from your husband!! Stitching is looking great too!

Robin said...

I am so jealous of those scroll rods. Your DH needs to go into business; I'd buy a set for sure!!! :-)
Love all the stitching. Thanks for sharing.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

How lucky are you? What a nice thing for your DH to do, so,,, your keeping him right? Good, he sounds like a keeper. Enjoy not having to hold all of that fabric while stitching.
Be always in stitches.

Carol said...

Oh, you lucky, lucky girl! He did a great job on them! I've never stitched on one, but I feel like I should be with the CatHRH that I'm working on!

I am another who loves stitching, but procrastinates on the finishing--I can't even tell you how many unfinished "finishes" are hiding under my bed!

Sherry said...

Lucky you! Independent Mind has alot of fabric to deal with. I have never used scroll frames before. Maybe I should give them a try once. I know I love my frames.

I love your stitching. I am awful about putting off finishes too.

Karen said...

Those are great!!! Now there's no stopping you :)

Emily said...

What wonderful new toys, looks like you have already gotten them put to good use. Give your dh a hug for being so sweet.

crossstitchbibs said...

Aw what a sweet husband!! I love using Qsnaps but I do have a lot of fabric in the way on my big pieces. I have never used scroll frames and I don't want to spend the money to try in case I don't like them.

Yvonne..... said...

DH is a keeper! What a sweet gift to receive. Let us know how you like stitching with the rods vs. qsnaps.

Vonna said...

I think your DH is the bomb! :)
Look what a fabulous job he did for you on those scroll rods....now let the stitching commence!

Lovely Shepherd's Bush Quaker Heart :)
And your puppy is so sweet and yes...BIG!

Kathy said...

It looks DH is a definite keeper. :) He did a fantatic job.

Love the LHN Reading finish. And the SB is beautiful

But none compare to Mr. Handsome Montana. And yes he sure is a big boy now.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh...there ARE reasons to keep the big guys around, hu? What a set ~ what a guy! And it looks like you've got them all about filled! Great job. Love, love that SBQH and the LHN girls, too. Yes, Montana big and with that friendly smile would like to give a hug!!

Almost hate to say, wishing for rain to wash away some pollen here.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What great scroll frames.
Stitching is beautiful as ever.
Montana is gorgeous!

Sharlotte said...

Your hubby is a sweetie! Love the stitching. That Montanta is such a sweetie, I want to reach out and just hug him up!

Mel said...

ohhh... what a lovely set of scroll frames. That is what I use as well. And I love them. ;)

Meari said...

Wow, your DH did an awesome job on the scroll rods. Enjoy!

Congrats on your finishes :) They look really nice.

Kelly said...

Your hubby sure is a sweetie!
I love the stitching!

silentsgirl said...

What a beautiful creation from your husband. My hubby's great, but he wouldn't be able to do that for me, bless him. Great to see them "in action" already, too!

Anonymous said...

You are a lucky woman. Your finishes are very pretty.

Marl

FayeRaye said...

OMG~~ You should have told me he was talented and a hottie too~~lol...seriously, HE DID GOOD!~~ Love that LHN progress also..good job~ Faye

Tracey said...

Wow, those are great! Are the instructions posted anywhere? I'd like to give them to my dad. :)

Vicki in CO said...

Great guy you have there! I got those instructions from Nancy a couple years ago because I needed a longer scroll rod set than I had. He never could figure out how to get the dang screws in the rod; he tried everything and finally gave up. Does your DH have any 'hints' on how he managed it? (Mine is NOT very handy!) :)

Caroline said...

Oooooooooh! Lucky girl!!!!!

I look forward to seeing more progress now that you've got such great equipment ;-)

Montana sure is a sweetie!

Shelley said...

WoW! DH really knows how to spoil you rotten, lol!

Your WIPs all look great. Which to work on next...

Montana is adorable. He has gotten so big :0

Von said...

Raising my hand - final finish procrastinator - here!

You are a lucky stitcher, Carolyn! Your DH is not only a terrific wood worker, but a huge enabler. :D

Karen said...

HOw cool! You hubby is so talented!

Can we assume Montana didn't eat your silk or did you just wash it really good...love your SB finish.

Happy stithcing...

Bette said...

What a wonderful gift. What a sweetie your DH is. I really like your Shepherd's Bush finish. And the doggy is really cute.

Brigitte said...

The man of the hour can be really proud of himself. That's such a wonderful gift for a stitcher.
Congratulations on two very nice finishes. I'm exactly like you - I love finishes but then it's quickly on to the next project, lol.

Rene la Frog said...

What a sweet hubby to make all those frames. Love the stitching.

marylin & poussy said...

What beautiful photos, nice to make hold the embroidery, it is the sir who invented? The dog is magnificent
Best regards of France

Monsoon said...

Carolyn, my husband is crafty and woodworky, can you share the plans/instructions?

Heather

lynda said...

How lucky for you that your husband is so creative! Enjoy using all your new frames!

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

What a crafty husband you have. Great stitching too!! Montana is looking very regal there!

Mylene said...

What a wonderful gift from your hubby and a great picture of Montana.

Jan said...

Gosh Carolyn, Montana is looking so gorgeous!! And that hubby is a keeper for making your those scrolls, won't it be fun to see what you get done now, that you have been putting off? Can't wait to see your progresses!

Love your LHN finishes and especially that SB...I must attain that one, I have admired it for so long!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Daffycat said...

Woo, awesome scroll frames! Good job of your DH!

Nancy M said...

So happy you used my instructions and got several sets made. I see you've already put many to good use! I'll love seeing your progress on them now! You've got some beautiful things going on them! Glad he poses so nice for you for his glamor shot! Montana is handsome for sure! Between you and Kathy you make me jealous of such beautiful big dogs!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Wow, your dh is amazing! My dh is great in many ways, but he doesn't support my stitching at all - in fact, he sees it as a giant waste of time, lol. I've learnt to live with it, he spends so much more time watching tv and reading, that I don't feel it's justified!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your husband is a sweetie for maing those scroll rods for you!

Look at all your beautiful WIPs that you're going to enjoy finishing now!

Your little finishes are just beautiful! I LOVE finishign projects, I live for the start and the finish!

Thanks for your support on my lastest post, every once in awhile we just feel down in the dumps over something.

Terry said...

Wow! That is some keeper you have yourself. lol Now you can have a rotation of all your projects so that you can show us some great progess pics. lol

Montana is one beautiful dog! Still a handful or mellowing??

Vikki said...

Hubby did a great job! Maybe tomorrow I will post a pic of the lab stands that I made with the help of my friend Gina :)

Shelleen said...

what a great hubby you have.

Kathy A. said...

Oh you lucky woman. To have a man so talented. Enjoy all those scroll rods.

Montana is looking good!

nima said...

Wow...that is really a useful stuff for cross stitcher. i wish my DH could make one for me.

How can we make it...is the instruction available online...could you please guide me there....thank you

Lisa said...

Your frames are lovely, how lucky are you??? Well done for having suck a wonderful DH.

Sonnja said...

What a sweet husband! I Love the stitching.
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn
Bear from the Netherlands

Siobhan said...

What a sweet guy! I stitch in hand but have friends who use frames/rods/snaps and know how beneficial it is to have a bunch of them. So you can have even more WIPs!! ;) You never know when the urge to stitch something else other than your current WIP will strike.

Love your SB finish, and your LHN series!

Your pup is ADORABLE!! I love goldens.

Cathy said...

How do you attach your fabric to the scroll rods? I have handi clamp ones but need bigger sizes. I am just not sure how to get the fabric attached securely and easily.

Sharon said...

What a wonderful gift and a wonderful husband. That is so nice. Love your work, so very pretty and that dog, oh Carolyn Montana is gorgeous, give him a big hug from me.

Marcy said...

What a guy! Talented AND good lookin' -- you should keep him. Your new scrolls are wonderful. They should keep you stitching for many hours to come. lol - Montana is a bit leggie but a very handsome fella.

Angel said...

Wow Lady! Your hubby did a great job! You are very lucky!

Can't believe how big Montana is getting!

Great finishing! Can't wait to see more of the HAED design!

Carol said...

Have frames will stitch :) great idea and love the projects.
Your dog looks like he has Wolfhound in him !!!!!

Le blog de marylin said...

Accepted my friendship in any simplicity
Marylin

Babs said...

Wauw, some nice frames you have there. And I like the LHN stitching. Might check where I can buy them here. (Which will be a no a guess :()