Welcome to my 'House in the Country' sampler--with some of my favorite things. Think: Sound of Music, Julie Andrews singing,
"Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles, and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings--these are a few of my favorite things. Cream colored ponies, and crisp apple streudels. Doorbells and sleigh bells, and schnitzel with noodles. Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings--these are a few of my favorite things. Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes. Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Silver white winters that melt into spring--these are a few of my favorite things. When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad. . . I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad."
Those wonderful lyrics are sweet and simple, yet beautiful; they do tend to linger with you long after hearing them and I suppose they also had a bit of influence here.
This little project actually began last year. I only stitched on it from time to time, in between the state flower quilt blocks. It was so much fun to design (I just looked around me for inspiration, and of course, that song kept lingering), and just as much fun to stitch. I finished this awhile ago, but then got really, really busy with jam and pickles and all that summer harvest goodness, so the project was set aside for a bit. Now, with the bulk of the bounty fairly well managed, and with autumn settling in and offering up quiet moments of bliss now and then, stitchery is back on my mind. And in my hands. And on my computer screen, as it turns out, as most of this past week was spent putting the finishing touches on the pattern. I'm hugging myself for getting it all done now. More pictures here.
If you happen to be twiddling your thumbs and in need of a fun, simple weekend stitching project, here it is!
You also might like this....I've got three patterns to give away. If you are up to some fun stitching leave me a comment. I'll announce the winners Monday--October 24, 2011 before noon PST so check back then. You'll have a choice between a tracable PDF or an iron-on transfer. Please note: This give-away is open to all, but due to the increasing hassle and cost of international shipping, any winners outside the U.S. will receive a PDF only. Good Luck!