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    28 May 2007

    Birthday SOH for Wilma

    I'm busy wrapping things up before I go to Charlotte on Wednesday. My biggest fear is leaving DH and DS alone. They assure me that they are capable but I'm still not convinced. We have completely different ideas about what is and isn't clean. For some reason HALF-ASSED keeps coming to mind. HMMMMMMM, I wonder why. LOL.

    Anyway, one of the things that I wanted to get done was this heart for Wilma. I realize that I have until the end of June to get it to her but I just couldn't see any sense in waiting. Besides, this heart turned out to be a turning point for me. Wilma had stated that she didn't care for purple or for orange. I'm okay with the orange part but PURPLE!!! OMG, that's my favorite color. Suddenly, I felt disoriented. LOL.

    So, I decided if I was going to work out of my comfort zone, I would do something VERY DIFFERENT. Different is good - YES??? Well, that's what I thought at first. And I somehow kept telling myself that even after I pieced and botched the first block (it's in the garbage can, BTW). Okay, round II. Same colors: Black, Tundra, Gold, Black/Gold mix, and Cranberry (crushed velour).

    About 2 hours into deciding what to do with it, I decided that my lace was too white. So down stairs I run, open a tea bag, heat it up and toss in the lace. Finished product...not as dark as I would have liked but not WHITE anymore. Okay, making progress.

    Seam treatments - blue looks like crap, so does pink, and most of my reds, greens, and yellows. Re-evaluating here (tick-tock, tick-tock). Okay, fine! Let's try some darker colors. I stayed with shades of brown, gold, amber, copper, and muted greens. DUH (and success!!!)

    The center, circular piece is a dangely from an earring that I laced with ribbon and decorated with larger green beads. There is a star in the center. I guess since I live in Texas it could stand for the Lone Star State! BTW, this piece I received recently from my good friend Kat along with a whole box full of goodies (thanks again, KAT!). The lace pieces were part of a Lace Buy with Sharon (thanks again, Sharon). And then finally, I attached a copper heart with a key hole in the middle.

    Again, there's a spider. I'm still working on perfecting the web. And to a degree...I guess the spiders too. This one has a squarish head. LOL.

    I also managed to sneak in some pink glass beads on the right hand side. They actually toned down the gold thread a little. I also added some white beads for contrast in the left hand side (there's a lot of black over there) and on the flared ends of the lace pieces.

    In the end, it turned out much, much better than I had expected. I like it! I only hope that Wilma will like it too. I'm also including a litte squishie of goodies for Wilma. Apparently, due to various circumstances, she didn't get all of her birthday squishies in a recent swap.

    Well, lots to do....Happy Needling!

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    Blogger Cathy said...

    What a beauty! Love the color scheme and those embellishments, oh my!

    May 29, 2007 at 7:14 AM  
    Blogger Gerry said...

    Hi Cathy, it's nice of you to stop by. I think I like the color scheme, too.

    May 29, 2007 at 3:47 PM  
    Blogger Charlene said...

    I think you've done a great job "out of your comfort zone". Great design - pretty stitching!

    Your guys will be fine! Hope you have a great time in Charlotte.

    May 29, 2007 at 5:16 PM  
    Blogger Susan said...

    Gorgeous! I love the colors, and the spider looks perfect to me. The ribbon and centerpiece are just wonderful. It takes imagination to do this kind of thing, especially out of your comfort zone for colors!

    May 30, 2007 at 1:49 AM  
    Blogger Jo in NZ said...

    Gerry, firstly my darling, do our 'boys' ever keep the house to our standards? we only come home and re-clean anyway, so leave them to it, they will be fine.

    And secondly. WOW!! You need to step out more often lady, love the heart. The colours are right up my alley. You have really done a beautiful job of this heart, Wilma will love it.

    May 30, 2007 at 5:27 AM  
    Blogger Beth said...

    OH Wow,,your art is amazing. You do beautiful work. So glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours. I will return frequently!!!

    May 30, 2007 at 7:28 AM  
    Blogger Ati. Norway. said...

    Gerry you have done a ecxelent job on the heart for Wilma !
    It is lovely.

    May 30, 2007 at 7:30 AM  
    Anonymous Sandie said...

    As Jo said - you definitely need to step out of your comfort zone more often, this is a beautiful piece! Everything about it is gorgeous!

    June 2, 2007 at 6:30 PM  
    Blogger Gerry said...

    You ladies are really too kind! I appreciate the compliments. I do ADMIRE your work!

    June 4, 2007 at 10:44 AM  
    Blogger annetteb said...

    I love what you've done, it's goregeous. Wilma is very lucky. Annette

    June 4, 2007 at 8:38 PM  

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