Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sorry that it has been so long since my last has a way of interfering in one's favorite pursuits!  I have had health problems over the last 3 years but in the last 4 months, things became worse.........I need to have a hip replacement and in fact, will have my surgery on August 29!!  A miracle because I got the appointment almost a month to the day from seeing the orthopedic surgeon (thanks to my dear Doug who got me on the cancellation list and also the fact that the bone is crumbling as we write). I will  eventually need to have my other hip done in a year or two.

 I have been unable for a long time to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time which really affects me with the computer and keeping updated on 350 blogs and Pinterest, that I follow (yes, I am crazy.........but I love to research!!).  Also, my petitpoint has been very affected and I have only managed to do a few things in the last while (more on these later).  So, I am going to have to be more creative in how I do these things.............with the help of my dear ones!!!

Enough said!  I want to thank all my loyal followers who have stood by me in my really means a lot to me and I treasure you all!!!

Even though I have been down and out, I have been thinking about my miniatures and planning my 'petit chateau'....................still haven't got it down on paper yet because I am having a hard time figuring out the layout of the interior................if I put in everything that I want, the chateau would be too large to get through the door.  Since I am only going to build this one dollhouse, it has to be  perfect to me!!  Actually, the logistics of this are what has held me up for so long.  Wish me luck!!  Any ideas on this would be appreciated, for sure!

Well, I will now show you some of the things that I am working on in petitpoint:

This will be the Salon rug when it is finished (unless I change my mind again!!!).................
Antique Farahan
This is all that I have done since the's going to take a while!
41 ct. silk gauze and silk threads, 10" x 12"

The next items are to be copies in miniature of petitpoint done by my mother when she was young!!  They have always been favorites of mine and unfortunately I have lost the charts for them.  I have finished one and am still working on the second.  Here they are:

Lady 1 original
Lady 2 original
These are my attempts using 61 ct silk gauze and threads:
Sorry, not the best photography...............these are about 1.0" x 0.6" in size ...will take a better picture after these are finished and framed.

I have purchased a few items in the past few months and want to acknowledge the wonderful artisans that created them!

Sorry for the photography !!  The beautiful hutch is made by Jane Neuman Miniatures and the little chair was bought quite a while ago and is discontinued.  I am planning to paint the hutch to match the chair set but am still not decided!  The plates are made by Carrie Lavender and are absolutely beautifully made...I have ordered more of them so will show them when they arrive.  This is a photo (bad again) of the Staffordshire Rose Plate

Next is a darling teapot from Sally Meekins Ceramics!  I have adored her work for a long time and it is wonderful to see it in reality...the little teapot lid is removable.  Hope to order more in the future, for sure.

Now, last but not least, are some pieces from Christine Lourier.  These are so perfect in detail and wonderful.  Again, I will be ordering more soon.
I would highly recommend purchasing from these ladies as their items are first class and they are such a pleasure to deal with!!!  Many hugs to them!!

Well, I have really overdone it on this posting but I am not sure that I will be able to post again for I wanted to update everyone!

Till we meet again, I look forward to your comments.

Many Hugs,


Margaret said...

Sandi I hope your surgery goes well, you will feel like a new woman afterwards. Love your kitty cat photos, so cute, but your petit point is simply amazing. The rug will keep you busy for some time, it is exquisite work, and the smaller replica's of your Mum's work is very sweet.
Love the little chair and I think the hutch would look wonderful with a similar finish.
Your other pieces are fabulous too and I am sure they will all go together nicely in your 'dream house'. Good luck with the final design and hope to see more of your fantastic work after your recuperation.
x Margaret

Linda Carswell said...

Dearest Sandi, I am so sorry to hear that life as not be good to you of late.....I send you love and wish you all the very best for your surgery......I hope you have a speedy recovery.
Your rug is amazing, I enlarged the photo....the detail is beyond words, I so look forward to seeing the finished item.....this will certainly be museum quality when finished.
Much love......Linda XXX

Giac said...

Hello Sandi,
I hope you are not in too much pain! Best of luck for your operation and I hope you come out of it better then you could of hoped for. The carpet is stunning. It might be a long process butr it is worth the time and effort. I think you're wise to take your time for the house. I also plan on having the one dollhouse only, so It took my 2 years of thinking and drawing and research to come up with the perfect plan...take your time.
Big hug,

Elga said...

Sandi, I hope all goes well with your surgery and that you recover quickly. All your petit point looks wonderful, a time consuming hobby but so rewarding.

sandi quance said...

Thank you so much for your kind remarks.

sandi quance said...

As always, you are so kind!! I can hardly wait to be back to normal and continue with my projects.

sandi quance said...

Thank you for your kind comments. I only hope that I can measure up in a small way to your wonderful dollhouse...believe it or not, I have been procrastinating for over 5 years on the design.
Bonjour from a fellow Canadian!

sandi quance said...

Thank you for's to finishing my projects!

Anne said...

These are all so beautiful, Sandy! I have always been absolutely fascinated by minatures...♥ I wanted to thank you for visiting me, and to wish you the best of luck (prayers included)with your hip replacement. My husband had a knee replacement this time last year with excellent results; I pray that you have the same good outcome!

sandi quance said...

Thank you so much for your kind words!! I go in for surgery tomorrow and I can hardly wait to feel pain-free again!!,


Natalia's Fine Needlework said...

What an interesting rug. Did you chart it? Mini hugs, Natalia

sandi quance said...

Hi Natalia,
Yes, it is interesting and it took a while to decide on it for the salon but it worked so well with all my furniture.
Yes, I have charted it using 50 colors on a 61 ct silk gauze...........I am crazy. right???

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