Sunday, 22 May 2011


Dancing shoes on please and join me in the grand opening finishing of The Mercantile!!!

Little House Needleworks 'The Mercantile'
stitched on 28~count Sand Linen with Crescent/GAST/Weeks Sampler threads

I just loved stitching this design ~ the simple blocks of colour and lettering stitch up really quickly and look so pretty when they're complete ~ unfortunately my camera is not co-operating today and the linen colour looks grey in the piccie but as the name 'sand' suggests it is actually a lovely soft golden cream colour.
  I'm not sure how I'm going to finish it yet but do know it's going to involve a lot of stretching!
I think a wall hanging will look good with a fabric border picking out the pinky-red thread which by the way I changed from the suggested 'Clay Pot' (as I didn't have it anyway) to GAST 'Raspberry Parfait' (as suggested by me on my last Post but found it too dark) to Crescent Colours 'Aztec Red' (but more like Raspberry) !!!!

I'm not sure that this is a very popular design as I haven't seen it on another blog but if anyone would like the chart then I have added it to 'My Stash For Sale' page.

I incorporated a Rain Dance in my celebrations and hey presto! two showers already followed quickly by blazing sunshine and very strong winds ~ poor bunnies, I fully expect them to come indoors and be minus their ears ~ no wonder they cuddle up like this when they do come in . . . .

So back in the garden this afternoon after a busy one yesterday ~ my summer bedding is now all planted up and today I'm concentrating on some herbs ~ Basil, Parsley and Mint ~ all favourites of Tilly and Oscars.

DD begins her Study Leave from College tomorrow for 3 weeks despite having sat 2 of her exams already???   She's had excellent feedback from her Tutors and is so capable of achieving good results but her self-confidence and self-believe needs a little boosting so that's what I shall be concentrating on.

Thank you for stopping by, as always I appreciate you spending a little of your day with me!


Sally said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish Jane:)

Awww Tilly and Oscar look so cute together!

Good luck to your DD:)

Colleen said...

Happy dancing with you, Jane! It's lovely & I like your idea of a wallhanging. I haven't seen The Mercantile on a blog either & I do like it.

Love Tilly & Oscar snuggling up together.
Best of luck to your DD.


Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations on a lovely finish Jane. Good luck to your daughter and her exams. Love the picture of Tilly and Oscar they look so comfy.

Myra said...

Such cute pictures of bunnies - both the dancing ones and the cuddly ones. :o) Tilly and Oscar sure do look content. The Merchantile is just lovely and I will be watching to see how you decide to finish it.

Teresa said...

Great finish of the "mercantile". Love Tilly and Oacars picture.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Mouse said...

oooo well done on the finish :) love the bunnies cuddling up :0 DD believe you can do it .. you have proven this already with the tutors :)good luck with everything :) love mouse xxx

Barb said...

Oh thankyou Jane an absolute gorgeous pic of Tilly and Oscar. Do they ravage your garden like Lettuce Ellas bunny. They have found she leaves fuschias alone lol.Love the dancing bunnies too.
Merchantile is well stocked and ready almost for the grand opening. Well done on a super finish.
Good luck to your DD , she will be okay my daughter lacked confidence too but was fine.

Pumpkin said...

Woohoo! Congrats Jane! It looks great :o)

Cute pictures of the buns ;o)

Lynn said...

Congrats Jane on a wonderful finish! It will make a lovely wall hanging.

Annette said...

congratz on the finish
och how cute do you look your little bunnies!!!

Daffycat said...

A wonderful finish, Jane! Put my order in for three of those elixers, please!

Stitching Noni said...

Hi Jane, looks like blogger is behaving today... so...

I love your Mercentile finish. It looks lovely - well done. It has been fun reading your posts as you have stitched this design.

Look forward to your next start!