October 5, 2010

A Variation On A Theme...

Today I wanted to share a little something I purchased while shopping in Williamsburg with Shell. This is a tiny scissors fob designed by my friend, Maureen Appleton of The Hearts Content.

I first met Maureen years ago when we would travel to trade shows to sell our counted thread designs. Maureen lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin - only an hour and a half north of where I used to live. She's a wonderful, beautiful woman, and her designs are fabulous. If you aren't familiar with her designs, go to her website and have a peek. Her one-over-one samplers are simply elegant!

This scissors fob features a squirrel which will be stitched onto 29 ct. Glenshee linen - one thread of floss over one thread of linen. The result will be the most perfectly detailed design as the centerpiece of the fob.
In addition to including everything needed to stitch the fob and finish it as shown in the photograph, Maureen also included this special pair of embroidery scissors. I'm sure you've seen embroidery scissors with animals on them before. Shell gave me a beautiful pair with a rabbit on them (which I adore), and it's not unusual to find them with a stork, but look at these...
A Squirrel!!! Not acorns, but a variation on a theme, don't you think? I showed the kit to Shell. It was so perfect to find the little kit, but to discover that the squirrel scissors were also included... We decided that this kit just had to come home with me!

I'll definitely need to break out my magnifying light to stitch this, but rest assured, it's on my short-term To Do list!

PS. I found out yesterday, when Francie left a comment for me, that the acorns in the previous post are boxes. BOXES?? Who would have thought? I can't wait to stuff them and use them on our tree this Christmas! Thanks again, Francie...both for the acorns, and for letting this rube know that they open up! ;-)

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Lady Farmer said...

Oh, that is simply adorable! I'm sure you will have your little squirrel finished in no time and he will be just as perfect as all your work is!
Blessings!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Donna. Isn't that the cutest. Teeny, tiny work and your so good at it.

Have a wonderful week. oooxxx's...Tracy :)

Dorthe said...

Donna, it is a beautifull little jewel,you will have many happy houers working with it.
Hugs,Dorthe

Sherri said...

Donna, how beautiful! I love things like that!!

Diane said...

Donna, this is a lovely project. And we sure wouldn't have as many oak trees, thus more acorns, without squirrels. ;-)
Hugs, Diane

Nancy said...

Love the scissors fob! I feed the squirrels peanuts on my deck so that my cat has something interesting to watch. Or maybe it's because I like to watch them. LOL

The French Bear said...

How delightful to see this variation, I always love to see acorns and now squirrels, they remind me of you!!!! I sometimes think people must think I am crazy when I let out a whoop if I see one! The first thing I say is," Oh Dee would love this!!!" I love the cross stitch and the scissors, perfect for you.
Hugs,
Mags
xo

Rettabug said...

I'm laughing at your magnifying light comment! I am soooo there with you...I'm using 4.0 readers to do such close work now. LOL

This item had your name ALL OVER IT & I'm glad you didn't pass it buy.
I have the gold stork scissors from my former neighbor & friend, Janet in Naples. I think of her every time I pick them up. ;-)

Crowsnest Pass Primitive Folk Art said...

My family loves squirrels...we have an old elderly squirrel who lives at our cabin...Charlie is his name. Love the Kit & scissors. susan

MosaicMagpie said...

I love finding a needlekit while on vacation. It will bring back memories while you are working it and for years to come. The scissors are a real treat, I have never seen a pair with a squirrel before.
Debbie

Brenda Kula said...

What a cute pair of scissors!
Brenda

Liszha said...

I never knew you had something like embroidery scissors but these sure like darn great!
I bought two big silver accorns for the crhistmas decorations........can't see an accorn anymore without thinking of you. Isn't that something?

Michelle May said...

Indeed there are so perfect for you! What a fun day we had. I wish it could have been longer! Miss ya bunches!!!!!!!!!!! Love ya more!!!!!
xx,shell

Taylor Kay said...

Oh my goodness... was that really a squirrel on your scissors?? AHHH!!! SO CUTE!!! :D :D :D

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh, that is SO super cute! I adore squirrels. :) Theresa

Shirley said...

Your scissors are adorable. I have been playing catchup tonight. We have been having such beautiful fall weather. Cool in the morning and warm in the afernoon. I will be anxious to see your finished project. have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

Sarah said...

Donna, this is adorable! I'm phoning in my order for this kit tomorrow. This will be a perfect Christmas gift for one of my stitching friends. Thank you for sharing this little delight. Happy stitching! ~ Sarah

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