Saturday, March 19, 2011

De-Melvilled, more progress, and thrift store finds

After staring at "Melville's Return" for a few more days, I decided I couldn't deal with the incorrect quote issue. I briefly considered recharting the CORRECT quote, but that would have meant making several adjustments and designing a few letters....more ambitious than I'm feeling right now. Besides, I bought the chart because I liked the quote as it is, even if Herman Melville didn't say it quite that way (confirmed by an email from Vicki, BTW). So last night I frogged out Melville's name and continued the waves across from the ship. The waves originally ended at the little "white cap" closest to the ship. I'm going to continue them across to the left-hand edge, and then maybe add a jumping fish or 2 between the waves and the bottom of the verse.

While I was pondering the Melville dilemma, I fished this out of my WIP bin - Victoria Sampler's "Hearts of America - Pennsylvania" heart. I finished Iowa for DH last year, and Pennsylvania is where I was living when we met. Hmmm, maybe I need to track down the New York heart for Wee One, since she was born here...


And last night I dropped in at the local Salvation Army (or "S.A. Boutique," as my good friend T used to call it!). I didn't have a lot of time to shop for clothes, but I DID have a minute to paw through the books and picture frames and look for neat casserole dishes. No luck with frames or dishes, but I did find a pile of old Cross Stitch & Country Craft and Just Cross Stitch magazines! I bought 4 or 5 of them for .25 each, and found an early Shepherd's Bush sampler ("Flock of Briar-root," I think?), The City Stitcher's "Sweet Briar Sampler," and another one of the Cottage Garden series that I like. I love happy little finds like that!

3 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

I don't think I've ever found stitching stuff at the thrift store. Good finds!

libwitch said...

only a librarian or a lit major would have changed it bc the quote was off.

(I probably would have given it up altogether....=-)

Scully said...

I love that you were bothered by the quote, I find that funny!

I like thrift store finds, too. A neighbor was having a moving sale yesterday, and I picked up a Cuisinart food processor from 1982 that looked like it was hardly used. Score!! Now I need to build up my muscles to lift it...good, heavy motor that can probably withstand my cooking!

Decision Made

After monkeying with the shells and beads some more, I decided to take them all off... ...and I think I like it best this way.  I did add...