Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Pattern of the Month - Dollhouse Needlepoint Area Rug MAYFLOWER


Can you believe it is the middle of July already? Time is flying by and so little is done.

Anyway, it is time to show you my new pattern for petit point. This time I was inspired by summer and bright colors of the flowers in my garden.

I called this rug MAYFLOWER . It comes in different sizes.

Rug #1 has

171 x 323 stitches
10 colors, DMC

Rug measures:

4.28" x 8.07", or 10,86 x 20,51 cm, if stitch on 40 count

3.42" x 6.46", or 8,69 x 16,41 cm, if stitch on 50 count



This narrow rug #2 has

119 x 323 stitches
10 colors, DMC

Rug measures:

2.98" x 8.07", or 7,56 x 20,51 cm, if stitch on 40 count

2.38" x 6.46", or 6,05 x 16,41 cm, if stitch on 50 count


This repetitive pattern will look nice as needlepoint upholstery for your furniture: stool, couch, settee


I made one more pattern modifying the same design, but I'll make a separate post about it.

I hope you like my new design. I am sure it will enhance any room of your dollhouse when the rug is finished.

Have a wonderful week,
Natalia

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Bead Embroidery - St. Natalia the Miracle-Worker Beaded Orthodox Icon

Today I picked up my framed beaded work from the Art Supply store. St. Natalia is completely finished. This is my gift to my daughter Nataly.


The Martyrs Adrian and Natalia were married in their youth for one year prior to their martyrdom, and lived in Nicomedia during the time of the emperor Maximian (305-311). The emperor promised a reward to whomever would inform on Christians to bring them to trial. Then the denunciations began, and twenty-three Christians were captured in a cave near Nicomedia.

They were tortured, urged to worship idols, and then brought before the Praetor, in order to record their names and responses. Adrian, the head of the praetorium, watched as these people suffered with such courage for their faith. Seeing how firmly and fearlessly they confessed Christ, asked: “What rewards do you expect from your God for your suffering?” The martyrs replied: “Such rewards as we are not able to describe, nor can your mind comprehend.” St Adrian told the scribes, “Write my name down also, for I am a Christian and I die gladly for Christ God.”

The scribes reported this to the emperor, who summoned St Adrian and asked: “Really, have you gone mad, that you want to die? Come, cross out your name from the lists and offer sacrifice to the gods, asking their forgiveness.”

St Adrian answered: “I have not lost my mind, but rather have I found it.” Maximian then ordered Adrian to be thrown into prison. His wife, St Natalia, knowing that her husband was to suffer for Christ, rejoiced, since she herself was secretly a Christian.

She hastened to the prison and encouraged her husband saying: “You are blessed, my lord, because you have believed in Christ. You have obtained a great treasure. Do not regret anything earthly, neither beauty, nor youth (Adrian was then 28 years of age), nor riches. Everything worldly is dust and ashes. Only faith and good deeds are pleasing to God.”

On the pledge of the other martyrs, they released St Adrian from prison to tell his wife about the day of his execution. At first St Natalia thought that he had renounced Christ and thus had been set free, and she did not want to let him into the house. The saint persuaded his wife that he had not fled from martyrdom, but rather had come to give her the news of the day of his execution.


They tortured St Adrian cruelly. The emperor advised the saint to have pity on himself and call on the gods, but the martyr answered: “Let your gods say what blessings they promise me, and then I shall worship them, but if they cannot do this, then why should I worship them?” St Natalia did not cease to encourage her husband. She asked him also to pray to God for her, that they would not force her into marriage with a pagan after his death.

The executioner ordered the hands and the legs of the saints to be broken on the anvil. St Natalia, fearing that her husband would hesitate on seeing the sufferings of the other martyrs, asked the executioner to begin with him, and permit her to put his hands and legs on the anvil herself.

They wanted to burn the bodies of the saints, but a storm arose and the fire went out. Many of the executioners even were struck by lightning. St Natalia took the hand of her husband and kept it at home. Soon an army commander asked the emperor’s approval to wed St Natalia, who was both young and rich. But she hid herself away in Byzantium. St Adrian appeared to her in a dream and said that she would soon be at rest in the Lord. The martyr, worn out by her former sufferings, in fact soon fell asleep in the Lord.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Welcome to July!


June was very interesting month full of happiness, emotions, new impressions, tears, stress, but at the end of the day - still great! Life is wonderful!

I had my birthday this month and it happened to be my husband and I celebrate our years of happy marriage at the same day. One of the gifts I received was these gorgeous bouquet of 108 roses. Why 108? Oh, it is our little romantic love story.


We travelled to Las Vegas and saw some wonderful shows. One of them was show by David Copperfield. Unfortunately, it was not allowed to take pictures during any shows, but I have one picture of David Copperfield that he e-mails to everyone who visits his shows and who has a cell phone (magic in one word...)


I love to take pictures and took a lot of pictures of the city itself. The city is beautiful, however I was surprised to know that the most of people who live there and work for all entertainment industry, don't like neither Las Vegas, nor us, tourists, and I could saw why..., but I loved the shows...







My dear sweetheart was hospitalised to the hospital that month and had another surgery. He is at home now for recovery!


While spending time at the hospital and waiting when my husband will wake up after the sedative medications he received, I managed to work on some little flower. It helped to fight stress. Now it is time to finish it.


Welcome to July!
Natalia

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Pattern of the Month - Dollhouse Needlepoint Area Rug KAZAK


Today I would like to present you my new dollhouse miniature needlepoint area rug pattern KAZAK


219 x 315 stitches

DMC, 7 colors

The rug measures:

if stitched on 22 count 9.95" x 14.32" (25,28 x 36,37 cm)

if stitched on 35 count silk gauze 6.26" x 9" (15,89 x 22,86 cm)

if stitched on 40 count silk gauze 5.47" x 7.88" (13,91 x 20 cm)

if stitched on 49 count silk gauze 4.47" x 6.43" (11,35 x 16,33 cm)

Have a good day,
Natalia

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature Needlework Frame 1/12th scale


A new commission is finished - dollhouse miniature needlework frame.

Design is by Annelle Ferguson, stitched by me.
Needlework frame is by a retired Canadian artisan Renaud Prefontaine
Cat is by a UK artist Mary Anderson



Monday, June 1, 2015

Sneak Peek - Collection of Quarter Petit Point Rugs

Today I would like to show you another recently finished quarter rug. I stitched this rug based on SharonG's pattern, but used only the design of borders from the pattern. I decided to stitch the field of the rug with one color. I used Gloriana silk on 49 count silk gauze. The rug measures 2 1/2" x 1 3/8".


I think this rug can be used in the dining room and you can put a dining table on it. I don't have a quarter dining table with chairs, that is why I used this little adorable bunny toy to show off my rug.


The bunny toy is signed KD and, I believe, is made from polymer clay.


Natalia

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I Wish You A Wonderful Weekend!


I woke up today in a great mood, the room was full of Sun, the birds were singing outside. It feels like the raining days are over.

I went barefoot outside on the deck to drink a cup of tea and the first that my eyes laid on was the peonies. I have only 2 types of peonies at this moment. I planted them last spring and the bushes stayed small all year without a sign of growing up, but at the same time without a sign of dying. I think, they fought for their life, and I hoped they would survived, and they DID!

I planted my peonies on the backyard trying to save them from deers, who eat everything on their way they see, therefore nobody else but our family can see them (what a pitty!). Since we don't spend all the time outside, I cut some peonies and put them in a vase upstairs in the sitting room. Each time I go upstairs I smell the magic gentle fragrance of these wonderful flowers. My DAD is a big fan of peonies. Each time when I see them now my nostalgia for home and my family that lives in Russia grows up more.

I decided to share the pictures of peonies (I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!) and my romantic mood with you and wish you a wonderful weekend!





While I was taking the pictures of peonies, I saw a little light green spider. This little green LIFE looks so fragile!



Natalia

Friday, May 29, 2015

Tatyana vs. Yasanna - Work In Progress


Today I was impatient to finish the dress. I made some changes for bodice and sleeves and Tatyana received her dress.


I also added light pink trim and pearl buttons to the dress. The dress doesn't seem finished for me though.


However, Tatyana is ready for wigging. Hmmm, do I want to go blonde, red, black, oh... pink for variety, lol...


Have a wonderful weekend!
Natalia

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tatyana vs. Yasanna - Work In Progress


Dana Burton offered a new kit - last doll (#4) from Heiress Series 2 - Russian Queen Yasanna.

It has been a long time since I dressed dolls and thought it would be a nice change to the activity I've been busy recently. Again, it is true to say that if you want to have a break from what you are busy with - find another activity, :))))


The name "Yasanna" doesn't sound Russian for me, and since it is supposed to be a Russian Queen(?), I decided to give her Russian name Tatyana. For some reason this name clicks with the character I would like to make, even though there was no female Slavic monarchs named Tatyana in the Russian history.


The first idea was to make Tatyana from "Eugene Onegin" by A.S. Pushkin, but the character of Pushkin's Tatyana doesn't match beautifully painted doll and the expression of her face (absolutely gorgeous work by Dana).
This lady seems ambitious for me, with a lot of pride... May be I'll change my opinion while working on her...


So, I haven't finished building her character yet, but assembled her legs, arms and dress skirt


Now I am back to fantasizing, :)))). May be I'll change the skirt and will go with the original fabric that was enclosed in the kit...


See you soon,
Natalia

Credits:
- face mold carried by Cynthia Howe (Lauren mold)
- painting, pattern by Dana Burton

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sneak Peek - Collection of Quarter Petit Point Rugs


I started working on a little collection of petit point rugs in a quarter scale, the scale I've gotten an interest recently. Some of them are stitched based on my design, some of them not.

This little one is designed by SharonG, stitched on 49 count silk gauze and measures 7/8" x 1 3/8".


Have a wonderful weekend,
Natalia

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dollhouse Miniature BAKHTIARI Rug - New Commission - Working Progress


This is my new commission - dollhouse miniature rug Bakhtiari, designed by Lucy Iducovich, that I started working on a while ago.


What are you working on?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Somewhere Where My Soul Sings - Toadstool, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah


Have I told you that I love hiking? With new route you not only cover miles and work on your endurance, you open whole new world you never knew exists.

Toadstool route, Grand Staircase-Escalante park, Utah is an easy and short hike, but the most extraordinary route I've ever hiked.


To reach the Toadstool we had to walk 1.1 miles along the dead creek.


You are advised to follow the path because of "bumps" or biological soil crusts in the sand that are a living web of organisms, a medley of lichen, fungi, and mosses. They benefit plants by absorbing water, adding nutrients, and stabilizing the soil.

On the way to the Toadstool I saw life.




A Toadstool is a spire-like feature with a boulder perched atop a pedestal rock, like a mushroom, or "toadstool". It forms when softer rock erodes away, leaving a column sheltered from wind and water.


I climbed on the top of the hill and a new valley was opened in front of me.


I wish one day I will be back to finish discovering Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah...

to be continued...

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