Nov 16, 2011


I finished Prairie Schooler's Thanksgiving Comes Again late last night and immediately went into the "I have to frame this right this very second" mode. So I called Aunt Chrissy to get her thoughts on the subject, and after a few salty little swear words, she told me to get the ants out of my pants and just wait for the next big framing sale at the Michael's.

But this is me we're talking about.

So I started to creep around the house in search of a frame that would be suitable. I say "creep" because I didn't want the framed pieces that were already hanging on the wall to hear me coming.

First I looked at this wall of The Gallery:
Nope. Nothing there that would work. And besides....Stewey spent about nine hours trying to get all of these pieces lined up just so, and if I so much as moved one of them I'm pretty sure he'd kill me.

(Or pee on something important.)

Then I spied this wall and silently hollered to myself "Eureka!":See that empty space between the two house pictures? Well, well, well...what do we have here? I snatched the piece off the wall and had the back popped off before you could say "compulsive obsessive" and practically chortled with mad laughter.

Here's what it looked like "before":
And here's what it's going to look like "after":
Now please keep in mind that the frame is only perched on top of the finished piece and that there's a whole lotta ironing and straightening and whatnot that will have to go on. But isn't this just super swell?

I have an appointment this afternoon, and then I plan on coming home and hitting the studio to get this one stretched, pinned, laced, and framed before dinner.

Please don't be sad for the piece that is now frameless.....I won't do anything rash or stupid like use it as a birdcage liner or anything. Believe me when I tell you that it does indeed have sentimental value to this particular Spinster Stitcher. I think it was the very first piece that I ever stitched! Yup. When Aunt Chrissy taught me to stitch circa 2003 or so, I got it in my head that I was going to stitch houses (!) and only houses (!) for as long as we both shall live.

I got over THAT pretty quickly, thank goodness. Now, I'm not sure if I could even THINK about stitching a house without some very serious consideration and a cocktail.

Happy Futzingday, everybody! I hope that whatever you're Futzing is exactly what you want it to be!


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  2. [I did a typo and couldn't bear to leave it on your beautiful blog.] I LOVE it! I'm sure it will be beautiful when you're done with it! The frame really brings out the piece. :) Cathryn

  3. Great job! And you can still follow Aunt Cissy's advice and wait for a big sale at Michaels for the house!

  4. Coni, your finish looks great and will look even better once it is framed. Have you done your happy dance yet?

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox

  5. Lovely work and stitched so quickly, a great way of showing how much you enjoyed working on it. Your choice of frame suits it perfectly. I think Aunt Chrissy and Stewey will be happy that you are doing it yourself.
    So your home should be pee free, for a while!

  6. Ah ha! Now I know why I've had the day I've had -- it's Futzing Day! How could I have forgotten?!?!?!

    Love he new finish -- but I must say the idea of stitching house "as long as we both shall live" is both entertaining and appealing. Just think of all the stash I wouldn't have had to but if I'd promised only to stitch houses way back at the dawn of time!

  7. Perfect fit for your beautiful Thanksgiving piece. You'll have it finished with time to spare!


  8. It looks to be the oerfect frame. can't wait to see it completed!

  9. It's going to be beautiful, but seriously, the next time that there's a big frame sale you get that first piece reframed, you hear me? It deserves a place of honor on your wall, after all, if only to show how much you've progressed!

  10. GOOD AUTUMN FINISH, CONI!! Love that PS piece and love that you found the perfect frame already in your home - how cool and thrifty is that?!? I do that a LOT myself -- use the same frame for different (seasonal) pieces.... many Prairie Schooler pieces, actually, because I love all of them too!

  11. The "before" piece would look adorable as a door-knob hanging ornament, once it's "finished" and stuffed. It's too important to just stuff away in a drawer somewhere.
    It's just a thought....

  12. Thank you for sharing your stitchy walls - I love the idea of having your own personal gallery of art.
    The old frame looks great with the new stitch - can you re-frame the original one in a stand up frame for table decoration? So nice to have original stitching on display

  13. Your finish looks amazing! I think it will look wonderful when it's framing is complete!