Sunday, August 28, 2016

Today was a great day!!  It rained!!  I didn't have to water my garden, today!

Instead, I can create a new post for my loyal followers.

We, in the Pacific Northwest, had quite an unusual spring and summer this year.  We had hot weather in April and May and then, June and July were below average temperatures with rain.  August went back to hot weather until the last few days, which have been cooler.  Well, I won't have to worry about the garden after September 12 because my husband and I are away for a month to...................... FRANCE!!!!!

We are so excited to be going to France again after 27 years.  Way too long to wait to see this incredible country.
The start of the trip is to Normandy to see the D-Day beaches and explore the many beautiful cities and towns in the region. Next, we go to see Versailles again, both the chateau and the city.  Following this up, with a trip to Fontainebleau. The last two weeks will be in wonderful to enjoy the sights again and all the wonderful patisseries and bakery shops!!!!

Now, I have a favour to ask ................does anyone know of any miniature shops that are still open in these regions?  Also, any artisans that I should try to see?  I'd really appreciate any input that you can give me.

After 2 years of stitching, I have finally completed my 'Antique Farahan' rug for my chateau's 'Salon'.  After starting it way back in 2014, my source for petitpoint silks was gone, so I had to find another source.  When you use 50 colours in your design, you cannot afford to pay a lot per skein.  I found another source so I could start all over again.  Here is the result..................

Antique Farahan  9" x 11"

I managed to fit in another project.......................a rug for the 'Foyer'................
Foyer oval rug 6 1/2" x 71/4"  Add caption
This only took 7 months and was fun to do.......................I am now working on my kitchen rugs..............

I know that many would like to know how my fur-babies are getting along........................well, Sophie grudgingly agrees to being chased by Oliver every day but Mimi will have none of it.  She refuses to be where he is but is intriqued by him.  Oliver on the other hand has the best time chasing them and all the squirrels and birds that arrive!!  I, sort of had the idea that they would all get along and play together.  Boy was I wrong!

However, the three of them agreed to get into the spirit of our trip to France and showed their support:

Actually, Oliver is excited to go and spend more time at his favorite kennel and the cats always get spoiled by our cat sitters. The only uncertainty is the weather while we are will have someone water the yard as needed.

Well, as usual, I have rambled on too long, so will say bon soir and go and enjoy a cup of herbal tea.



Linda Carswell said...

Dearest Sandi.....your work is exceptional, truly amazing!!! I am thrilled beyond belief to hear that you are off to France...(a touch envious but thrilled😳). I hope you have a fabulous time, 27 years is a time to wait so you deserve it. Please travel safe and keep us updated on your return. Sadly no information to share with you regarding miniature shops....😢.
Safe travels.....Linda xxxx

Catherine said...


Such beautiful work. I am so glad you were able to finish your big carpet. I just love the aged look of petit point carpets.

How exciting... a whole month in France. I know you will have a wonderful time going to so many fantastic places. Be sure to take lots of pictures to share with us on your blog.

I hope I get to speak to you before you leave. I must have missed your call.

Catherine XXXXXXXX

Giac said...

Hello Sandi,
the rugs are magnificent. So much work, but it was worth every single minute! Have a wonderful and safe trip.
big hug

sandi quance said...

Thank you all for your comments. I am glad that the rugs are finished and that you all like them!!!
I can hardly wait to go on the trip but I am also getting panicky to get all in order before we go!!

Elizabeth S said...

How THRILLING for you to be able to revisit France and the destinations which you have mentioned sound interesting, with so much to see at each one.
I wish you a safe and event filled trip!
And as for your carpets- WOW! They are incredibly BEAUTIFUL! The Antique Farahan has a soft and mellowed age that seems to have a long history behind it as well as a romantic story to tell. I LOVE IT! :D


sandi quance said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Yes, I can hardly wait to see France once again!
Thanks for the comments on the carpets..I think the 50 colours of threads help give it that aged appearance..but I love your description more

Daydreamer said...

WOW!!! I am in Complete and total Awe of your stitching!!! The Antique carpet looks absolutely perfectly real!!! You have really made a masterpiece! I hope you have a Wonderful visit to France and that it fills your heart and inspires your creativity!

sandi quance said...

Dear daydreamer,
What lovely comments!! Thank you so much!
I am hoping while in France, that I can find my perfect chateau exterior that I can replicate for my mini.

jean-claude said...

Bonjour Sandy,
vos tapis sont merveilleux.
A Paris il y a deux boutiques de miniatures, dans le passage jouffroy, boulevard Montmartre, juste à côté du Musée Grévin.
Je vous souhaite un merveilleux voyage.

sandi quance said...

Dear Jean-Claude,
Thank you for your kind comment and the info on miniature shops. I will definitely check them out when in Paris.
Love your chateau!!

claude said...

I discover you blog with a great pleasure!

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