Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marianne Wenn Conversions and Giveaway Winner!

Howdy from Belfonte Lane in Indiana! Luckily we did not lose our power, during the Winter Storm of the Century'! So fortunate because in our town alone there were 16,000 outages with about 1/2 that many still without power! My heart goes out to them! I did everything I could to 'button up the hatches' and make things ready just in case the power did go out! Candles and flashlights at the ready and I even made a pot of coffee the night before, and put the fresh made coffee in a thermos! LOL At least if the power went out, I could have a cup of my beloved brew!! But fortunately, it did not, but I still drank the coffee from the thermos, which was still very fresh and hot and saved me from having to make it the next morning! LOL

We did get very strong winds and a mix of precipitation, mostly in the form of freezing rain and sleet, which left us with around two inches of ice! My driveway still looks like a skating rink and they have the schools closed for the third day here in the valley! But my daughter says that the roads are much better this morning.

I did mention that I was going to have another new start on my birthday, which is the end of this month, and that new start was going to be Marianne Wenn from Needleprint! After playing around with it for a while, I wanted to convert to all NPI's and was successful, but also I wanted to calm down the color palette a bit and even more importantly I wanted the color palette to compliment each other. The picture below is on the fabric I have chosen, 36 count Flax Fields from R&R Reproductions with the Needlepoint Silks laying just under the DMC that is called for in the chart. I did change out one color entirely, I am using NPI 871, in place of dmc 842, which is considerable lighter: 

Not the best picture, but maybe you can get the idea. This picture below shows the first set of needlepoint silks that I chose, I have since re-worked them, but wanted to share the picture, because it definitely shows the hues of the fabric so much better, although it is a bit darker, then the Flax Fields that I have, isn't quite as dark:
Here are the conversions, if you are interested:
DMC 304 ~   NPI 208
DMC 3706 ~ NPI 205
DMC 3713 ~ NPI 531
DMC 725 ~   NPI 474
DMC 744 ~   NPI 472
DMC 890 ~   NPI 646
DMC 3818 ~ NPI 353
DMC 906 ~   NPI 547
DMC 312 ~   NPI 746
DMC 3761 ~ NPI 742
DMC 433 ~   NPI 957
DMC 3863 ~ NPI 301
DMC 842 ~   NPI 871
DMC 844 ~   NPI 976

NOW, for what you have all been reading to find out, and I thank you for suffering through my meanderings, before I got to the most important announcement.....


The winner of the Blogoversary Giveaway IS:

Congratulations dear Kellie! The name of her blog is The Stitching Post, and is a wonderful place to visit. If you haven't visited her yet, be sure and do so! Kellie, can you please email me your snail mail address, so that I can mail out your box of goodies as soon as I can!

Of course, it was so hard to just pick one entry, there were over 90 of you that signed up. So I decided that if the following three blogging friends are interested in receiving a Tree of Life Samplings design, I would love to send it to you! Parsley, Terri from dixiesamplerdesigns and Diana (no blog), please email me as soon as you see this and please tell me which design is your favorite! Thank you all for participating in my 2nd Blogoversary Giveaway! It has been such fun and I always love seeing new blogs that come to visit!

I was planning on sharing a finish of Her Sampler by Carriage House Samplings...however she isn't quite done yet! Mostly because I could not resist starting Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs this week! I was so excited about locating just the right size fabric in my stash and pulling together the designs that are released and tentatively assigning squares to my family members! So I just had to put the first stitches in the first block! I do hope to finish up Her Sampler yet this week...maybe I will have it to share on Saturday with you all!

Before I leave, I want to show you a couple of pics, one of my visitors yesterday, the Carolina Wren, the Cardinal (male) and the Tow-Hee (think that is how it is spelled!) in my makeshift birdfeeder! I have had such trouble with squirrels of late, that I have had to be more innovative in getting my bird friends their food. Also with the recent inclement weather, I have not even been able to get a foothold on my decking, from all of the ice. So the pie pan with bird feed and square of suet to the side, right outside my french doors, is as good as it gets! They have been grateful, there have been many visitors, this is just a sampling, if you click on it, it will be larger and you can maybe get a closer look:
And my sweet girl, Boo, aka Sugar Smack, of course, just wanted to get a closer look too, but they weren't having that kind of closeness and flew away:
That's all for now! I do hope and pray that everyone is safe, cozy and warm after the recent storm that hit so many, many starts, and from what I hear stretched over 2100 miles! Thank you for visiting and following my blog and taking the time to write me a comment. So appreciate those, as always!
Today I am thankful for blue skies and sunshine and melting ice...well almost!

Love, Jan


BrendaS said...

Hi Jan --
Very nice color choices for Marianne. Can't wait to see your start.

Your little kitty looks so sweet. I bet you she really wanted to get out.

We survived all the snow here in Chicago and I'm glad it's over!

Have a good day

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Your conversion is lovely! I started workin on mine today. Congrats to your winners.

Stay warm! I am very cozy inside my little craft studio!

Kathy said...

Glad you made it through the storm without losing power. Smart thinking about have the thermos of coffee just in case. :)
Love the colors for your new piece. Oh so pretty.

Congrats to the winners!

Nancy said...

The colors for your new start are so pretty! It's exciting gather supplies, isn't it?

I'm so glad you didn't lose power. We have had our share of ice storms (not this year thank goodness!), and they are no fun. The birds are so cute - how do they stand that cold on their little feet! Your kitty is beautiful!

KimV said...

I love you nps conversion can't wait to see it in progress! Congrats to the winner! She will be thrilled with you generosity!!!
I love you bird visitors!!! I adore birds, we don't get the cardnal, the wren is adorable and I think I've seen a couple of tow-hees... but mostly I have mountain bluebirds, stellar jays, oh and one day I got a western tanger beautiful birds, just shows how creative God can be!
Have a wonderful, warm day

Sherry said...

Wonderful color choices for Marianne! I can't wait to see how different everyone's version of her looks!

Stay safe and inside during the horrible weather. I am so glad your power didn't go out.

The birds always appreciate the help during snow and ice so the feeder is just perfect.

Peggy Lee said...

Jan you are so good at that conversion thing! I am so intimidated by doing that. It has only been recently that I found out I could actually change the colors or brand of threads that I could use! I am so nieve when it comes to these things. When will I learn?

I received the JCS issue yesterday in the mail. Masterchief called me on my cell while I was in town shopping to ask me if I ordered anything from the Tree of Life Samplings and I squealed with delight! I can't thank you enough! You are a doll.

Can't wait to see your progress on Marianne.

We escaped the latest Winter slam. I feel so sorry for those who are still shoveling their way out of their homes!

Margaret said...

Your conversion for Marianne looks great! I'm going to copy it down asap. :D Can't wait to see how it looks!

Our driveway was a skating rink this morning too. Thank goodness for blacktop and the sun and lots of hard work. I'm exhausted now, but I've scraped and shoveled the ice rink off the driveway and walkway. And the sun should do the rest. Yay! Hope that ice melts for you soon.

Congrats to the winners of the giveaway! Can't wait to see your stitching!

Jules said...

Congrats to the winner(s) and to you for selecting the colors you want to use in your Marianne Wenn.

I love those pictures of the birds and the cat! Hey, I am sure that your birdie friends are ecstatic to just be fed no matter how you do it!!

Anonymous said...

Those silks look wonderful, I'm sure the project will be beautiful. Your blog is great, I've had a lot of fun looking around :)

Candace said...

Love your conversion. Looking forward to seeing your start. Glad you survived the storm. Hope spring is just around the corner.

Congratulations to the winners!

woolwoman said...

your conversion is beautiful Jan - thanks for sharing - I still can't find the sampler even on the needleprint blog - urghhh - lucky girls who won the giveaways - you be safe in all that weather. Mel

Catherine said...

Love your colors - can't wait to see your start on this one!

Congrats to your winners! How nice of you to add more winners!

Carol said...

Oh, I love that photo of your kitty looking out the window--so cute. Too bad he scared the birds away.

Pretty sampler and what gorgeous colors you've chosen, Jan!

Congratulations to all the winner and thanks for a fun giveaway :)

Myra said...

I love the colors in your conversion - that is going to be a beauty. Congrats to Kellie. Stay warm and have a great weekend!

Diana said...

It was nice of you to draw some names for charts, too. I can't believe my name was one of the lucky ones picked! Thank you so much! I have emailed you.

I will be watching your progress on Marianne Wenn. Your color choices are very pretty. Thanks for sharing them.

Siobhan said...

Congrats to the winners!

I love the conversion! Thanks for sharing it. I can't wait to see some WIP pics from you!

Thanks, too, for sharing the bird pic. I love cardinals and it makes my heart sing to see them--we don't get them here.

Lynn said...

I love your colour conversion for MW! Really lovely!
Thanks for the bird pics. I'm an avid bird watcher and was doing the same thing yesterday following the storm.
Congrats to all the lucky winners!

Melissa said...

Congrats to all the lucky winners!

Thanks for sharing the conversion for MW. I will look forward to your progress!

Your kitty has beautiful markings! I bet she was talking up a storm looking at the birds just beyond reach!

Robin said...

Terrific conversion for your Marianne! Love your bird and kitty pictures! Very happy that you didn't lose your electricity!

Congratulations to the winners of your giveaway!

Kellie said...

Jan, Thank you so much for such an awesome give away. I am honored to be one of the lucky recipients. I have emailed you privately.

I love your birthday start. That is a gorgeous sampler. I really like the NPI conversion that you are using. Thank you for including your notes.

We have a Boo kitty too. Mine is a boy with blue eyes. :)
Your Boo is a cutie!

Have a great weekend.

Ziggyeor said...

I'm glad you're keeping warm. Your project looks wonderful.

Lois said...

What a lovely new start! Congrats to your giveaway winner! Stay warm - it looks very cold outside!!

Mary said...

Great color choices. Can't wait to see the new start.

So glad that your power didn't go out. Hope you thaw out soon! We still have snow from Tues and got 3.5 inches yesterday and more on the way. Haven't been out since Monday!

Carolyn NC said...

Good thing there's a door between kitty and birdies! Love your new project - will be gorgeous!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for the conversion list, the colours are great.

Natalia said...

Jan, I can't wait to see how Marianne turns out with your choice of colors. I think you did a great job choosing them and I can't wait to see your progress.

I love the picture of Boo looking for the birdies !! :-)

Also, congratulations to the winner of your giveaway... Giveaways are so much fun to the giver as well as the receiver, aren't they?

Katrina said...

Glad you made it through the storm without losing your power :-). Love your conversion for Marianne, the colors are so much more subtle and thank you for sharing it.

Cute kitty pics too.

Nicole said...

Beautiful conversion Jan! Congrats to Kellie!! :)

Valerie said...

I just found your blog and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through it! What lovely WIP's and Marianne Wenn will be absolutely gorgeous in NPI's! I look forward to seeing progress pics!