Saturday, January 1, 2011

Spending time with Elizabeth...

My time with Elizabeth Mears has certainly become addictive! I have a hard time being away from her.

Here is my progress as of last night. The sampler is much prettier in "real life" than it appears here. I used the thread and linen colors that Barbara specified on the chart. I'm afraid that the colors in my photo need a little "tweeking".
I've temporarily put Elizabeth aside to work on a new model, but I'm looking forward to spending time again with her in the not too distant future.

We're looking forward to our annual New Year's Day dinner of black-eyed peas with ham hocks served on a bed of rice. We'll make some cornbread too. This year we're using a new recipe--Tom's brother's recipe which is cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Don't forget to eat your black-eyed peas today so you too will have lots of luck during the coming year. Did you know that Cracker Barrel restaurant serves them to everyone on New Year's Day--even if you don't order them. Guess they figure that everyone should have some today.

Hope that the new year is off to a terrific start for you!!


Nancy said...

A beautiful sampler! Enjoy spending some time stitching her. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Ma Teakettle said...

I can see why you don't want to put her down, she is gorgeous!
Your supper sounds yummy, we do a variation blackeyed peas and "dirty sausage rice" with sauted cabbage on the side (for good fortune)
I love Cracker Barrel ;)
Blessings to you and yours, Ellen

John'aLee said...

The sampler is gorgeous! We've had our black eyed peas today. First time actually and loved them.

Tommye said...

Gorgeous! I love it when "just one more stitch" syndrome takes over.

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress Ellen! I just start Elizabeth last night and I'm loving it!

Happy New Year! :)

Margaret said...

Elizabeth looks gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing what you design for us in 2011!

Catherine said...

Love Elizabeth!!

We do the tradition of pork, sauerkraut and dumplings for good luck!

Jan said...

Gosh Ellen, that is so pretty!! Love the colors!

Denise said...

Your New Year's dinner sounds great! Always, but always cook cornbread in a cast iron skillet!
We had pork chops, turnip greens, purple hull
peas (not really fond of black-eyed peas!), and
Wishing everyone a Happy 2011!

anniebeez said...

Wow Ellen Elizabeth is GORGEOUS!! Can't wait to see your new design!

woolwoman said...

Ellen - it was fun seeing Haiden having his christmas at your house and visiting the unusual exhibits in your area. I know you loved having them home for the holidays. Your Elizabeth is really coming along - I rec'd my chart and linen on 12/31 - I took your advice and went with the 32ct linen - need to plunder thru my NPS stash and see how many colors I have on hand. I made Paula Deen's Spicy Black Eyed Pea recipe and served over rice and mustard greens which were perfect this time and jody smoked a pork butt - it was unseasonably warm here in the 70's so we had a nice day on the patio. can't wait to see your new repro. Happy New Year! Mel

Karoline said...

Elizabeth is looking gorgeous, looking forward to seeing the new model