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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Stash, stash, stash (and some progresss) Piccy heavy!!!

New Stash Alert

Okay, I admit it, I'm addicted to buying stash. I can't seem to help myself. And lately, it's been ALL HAED stash. I love their designs, and they have so many good artists... Oh, it's love at first site. And then, Michele kept having all these sales (½ off, whoo hoo!!!!), so I kept buying charts. And I kept forgetting to show y'all what I was buying. So now I'm going to. (Hence, the piccy heavy designation. There are a LOT of charts to show off.)

Okay first off, and these are in no particular order, is Gossamer Princess by Selina Fenech . She's gorgeous, if you ask me. I love the colors in this one especially. Very pretty. And I also love the butterfly. I have a weakness for them, lol. More than one thing here drew me. She has a whole series of women on the edges of parapets or sitting on a thread over a drop. I want to get them all eventually.
Next up is Autumn Winds by Selina Fenech. Totally different color scheme, but still beautiful. Except for her ear. I'm hoping Rosa can redesign her ear so that the hair is still tucked behind it, but it's rounded at the top. I'm not a big fan of Fae ears, lol.
Then I have Blue Dream by Nene Thomas . I love the colors in her too. Blue is one of my fave colors, and so that's part of the reason this drew me. I like royal blue the best, and this is very royal looking. It's only got one skein of what I consider to be royal blue (820), but there are lots of other blues in it.
Okay, the next acquisition is Lost Soul by Selina Fenech. This appeals to me for myriad reasons. I love the way she's fading. You can't see her feet at all. And I love black cats. There are three of them in this project, and they're all darling. They look so aware of something that's not really there... And thirdly, I like the ghost inference. I'm all about ghosties and goblins and ghouls. I love the supernatural.
Then there's the ever lovely Nene Thomas with two in a row. First of them is Dark Skies. Did I mention in the previous blurb that I really like women dressed in black or black and white? I really do. I also have her A Chance Encounter, which is done in shades of black and white. Fabulous color scheme, I think. Anyway, this is another of Nene's sitting on a bubble women. I want to collect them all, of course. Notice the raven on her knee too. I love it!
The other Nene Thomas is called Queen of Owls. Yes, I know, another black and white one. But I love them so. For some reason, that color combo is fabulous to me. I think (I'm not totally sure about this though) that I have Lamentation of Swans on layaway too. It's another of her black and white color schemes. Black horse, black and white dress, black and white wings, and black and white swans. Gorgeous!!!
And then are some other great artists too. Next up is a Shim Shimmel, called The Warmth of Home. This is my fave of the charts I got this month. As many of you already know, I love cats, be they large or small. And when I say large, I mean large. Tigers, and lions, and panthers, and and and... Well, you get the idea. I already have a leopard finished and framed. I have a lion almost finished. I have several other large cat kits or charts ready to go, including a black panther. So Shim Shimmel really appeals to me. With the color scheme, and that beautiful cat, this was an immediate winner.
And then the other Shim Shimmel, Serengeti Glow. This one draws me both because of the animals and because of the gorgeous sky. Reds and oranges galore. I love the colors in it, and I'm sure there's a lot of subtle shading to make it look this darned good. I'm ready for that, though. Sunrise and Sunset by Rachel Anderson are the same way. Much easier to do than the confetti, trust me.
Next up, a new artist (to this post, anyways), Jonathon Earl Bowser. His name always reminds me of the Mario games, lol. Bowser was the boss monster, lol. (And that says something about me, doesn't it!!!) Okay, JEB created a couple on my list today (one of which I'm not sure how to pronounce, lol). First one is Goddess of Tides. Isn't she beautiful? I love the way she turns into the waves, and her dress becomes the whitecaps. I love how he can do that. I have several of his where he does something similar, and two more to show you like that today. She's also got a pretty face, and I love teh look of the waves around her. It's almost like she's calming the sea with her presence. It's roiling around her, but flat almost where she stands. Like the peace radiates out from her body.
Next up of JEB's is Waialeale (this is the one I'm not sure how to pronounce). You can see, again, how the green in her dress turns into the moss under the water near her body. And the white in her dress turns into the white water rushing over the rocks. I especially love the greens in this. Bright, mossy colors are beautiful in this one, if you ask me. And I'm drawn to green anyways, so you can see how this one is right up my alley.
Next up, another JEB that just turns from one thing to another, Cascade. In this one, her dress turns into a waterfall. The flowers around her head intrigue me. She almost looks like a bride on her wedding day, what with the white dress and the flowers in her hair. I'm sure she's a goddess of some sort, but of what I don't know. She's also got a very pretty face. Plus, almost unnoticeable because she's such a focal point, there's a rainbow at teh bottom. I love rainbows too, but didn't notice it till I looked at the pic of the pattern. I get the large print charts, so the piccys are bigger!! Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have noticed it till I started to stitch it, lol.
The last JEB is not of the sort where her body or dress turns into something. It's called Beckon. Okay, I take it back. Her dress sort of turns into the mist at her feet. I love, Love, LOVE her wings in this one. They're perfect angel wings. Perfect. The green of the forest around her doesn't hurt either. And the ball of light between her hands makes me wonder if she's summoning light or a being. It feels like I'm right on the edge of finding out though, so I keep looking at it, lol.
Next up is the only Rachel Anderson in this group. It's called Mirabella (and I keep thinking that I spelled it wrong because of Mirabilia, lol). As you can guess, purple is my fave color. (Heck, I have a purple couch, with green pillows. Purple is my thang, y'all!!!!) So this one called to me as soon as I saw it. I had to pick it up. The purples are beautiful, and her face is gorgeous as well. I really like faces and fantasy art that looks real. It's just a real winner for me. Her wings are gorgeous, and they fit the background so well... It's just perfect. Another one that's calling to me to kit it up and start it. (NO, I'm not going to start anything new. I want need to finish some things first. So no new starts, even if I want to. Really badly. NO!!!!
Next up is the next to last Nene Thomas, and it's called Storm Runes. She's beautiful as well. I love the edge of her wings. The purple is gorgeous, and I'm guessing there may be some pearl bf or vfb in there. It would give the purple a little bit of sparkle, and I can kind of see it in the picture of it. Just a bit... And then the violence of teh storm around her, but not touching her. Like she's in a protective circle, and her runes have called teh lighting and thunder to do her bidding. I can almost feel the wind whipping her clothes and her wings around, but it's not...
And then the last Nene Thomas. It's called Moon Amethyst, and it's part of a series too. I love her dress, and her wings, and the flowers in her hair. Nene has a whole series of women sitting on the moon. Frost Moon (in progress), Fire Moon (in stash), Earth Moon, and Moon Indigo are also the same style. All of them are beautiful. I gave Julie Fire Moon too. I almost took it back out of my chart though. I ordered two of them, then saw there were two and thought, what the heck... Then I remembered: one for me and one for Julie. (I would have reordered for her though. That's something that's right up her alley with her love of reds.) I only have two more to go to complete the series.
And last but certainly not least, are my Marta Dahligs. I love her work, and some of them are wierd. The Oracle is one of them, but it's resting comfortably in my stash, calling for me to work on it, lol. The first of these two are pretty normal though. Here is the one I got this month, Doves. I love the colors in this, and am intrigued by her wings. I don't see how she could actually fly with them, but still... And I love her hair. It's not messy, but it's not perfectly in place either. It's tousled, and in a pretty way. I sure wish my hair would look that attractive!!! Plust the doves are around her, and they're pretty too. Plus, I have a thing for women sitting on pedestals. Just look at my Selina Fenech wishlist, and you'll know that!!!
And the last pic is of Dahlig's unusual, and very cool, Winter Spring Assault. (Yes, it took me a while to realize that spring refers to the small body of water they're in, not the season. Yes, I can be very slow. And unobservant, lol.) I think it's really cool though. See for yourself!!! There are so many things right about this one. I love that she's riding into battle. She's got cool weapons. Also, she's riding on an animal that's never existed, a white saber tooth tiger. Well, not that anyone knows of anyways. It's gorgeous. Makes me feel like playing, which I haven't done all day. (Writing out the html that goes with all these images and all the other elements is time consuming. And now it's almost time for bed, so...)

And I think, for your sake as well as mine, I'm gonna leave my progress pics for another time. I"ve done enough for tonight, and it's almost bedtime. I do need to get some sleep, lol. I hope you enjoyed looking at the pics and finding out what makes me want the new charts I have. And I hope you're all having a great night!!!

20 comments:

Janine said...

Julie, what wonderful post. Your descriptions made me really look at the designs and have more appreciation of them. Michelle should get you to describe all the designs as it made me want to buy them. I am sure when others read your blog they will be off to buy some of those designs. As ever Ilove reading your blog

Hugs

demeter83 said...

It appears that you have very similar taste to me... they're all absolutely gorgeous... I'm a bif fan ofSelina Fenech and Marta Dahlig. Have you looked at Rebecca Sinz work, you might like her as well!

Margaret said...

What great new stash! It always amazes me when someone can stitch an HAED piece. It's something that totally intimidates me!

Carrie said...

Great stash!! I agree with Janine your descriptions make me want to buy some of these charts for myself!

Julie said...

Some lovely charts you have there.

Karen said...

wow, you get a lot of stash!! Enjoy your stitching!! Your charts are so pretty

SoCal Debbie said...

Thanks for sharing all your beautiful new charts, Julie! My favorite is Serengeti Glow. I just love that red sky!

The Crafty Princess said...

Oh I'm so proud of you! Beautiful stash and I'm so glad you are singing it loud and proud. You go gf! We have 2 more that we both have in our stash town. Good taste I say! Have fun with your beautiful stash enhancing charts.
xox

rosey175 said...

Wow, that is a LOT of S.E.X., hahah. I have always loved Schimmel designs; I had as many folders as my mother would let me have for grade school with his lovely artwork.

I also loved Lisa Frank but that's a cat of a different color, hah!

Bea said...

Fantastic designs Julie - that is excellent stash building. HAED has got to be one of the most dangerous sites on the web! LOL

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely stash! I have over 30 HAED charts... I know exactly how you feel...

Evalina, This and that...

belle said...

Lovely charts!

Joann Mannix said...

Beautiful designs. What great acquisitions. There is so much drama and life in them. Really cool.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Janine. Do you think she'd be willing to pay me in stash?!? I don't know, Kim. The name doesn't ring a bell, but I'll check her out. LOL, but you do those big samplers like it's nothing Margaret!!! They intimidate me!! LOL, glad I could help you out, Carrie. I love to drool on their site!! (It's helped me identify copyright infringement a couple of times too. Very helpful.) Thanks Julie. I love the recent spate of half off sales. Thanks Karen. I'm such a chart collector. I do too, Debbie. It's just awesome!! Thanks Alica, I'm always loud and proud. I've always said you have good taste!! Oh, and it is gorgeous, Rosey. I love his stuff. All those beautiful cats. I've never seen Lisa Frank. I agree with you there, Bea. They are dangerous. And the sales... Evalina, I have you beat. I'm in the mid forties somewhere, I think. Or maybe fifties by now... Thanks Belle. Awww, thanks Joann. That's a lovely comment, drama and life. Thanks so much!

sharine said...

Beautiful new stash! I love Nene Thomas charts.

Reaper said...

Lovely charts, you have great taste! I especially like the Dahligs though, love her art :-)

DUSTY said...

Julie, those are lovely charts !! I haven't even done one HAED yet and you are embarking on so many. Good luck !!

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Sharine. I love Nene too. She's one of my fave artists. And Michele is working on two new ones that are gonna be gorgeous!!! Thanks Reaper. You have good taste too then, lol. My mom liked them all except the Dahligs, lol. I thought she would like Doves and dislike Winter Spring Assault, but she surprised me by not liking either of them. LOL, Dusty, I'm not ready to start any of them yet!!! I have three HAED WIPs and two HAED UFOs. I'll not start a new chart for a while!!! I just like to collect them, lol. And Michele keeps having those irresistible half off sales.

stitchstitchknit said...

Oh I love the stash additions you made!
My favorite is Waialeale, which I didn't notice up to now. I love the way JEB paints those women turning into something else and have been eying cascade more than once, but there was just a tiny bit missing about her and I guess I found that tiny bit in Waialeale (I'm copy-pasting that name.................), even if I don't have a clue how to pronounce it ;-)
I fear that I have to buy that one in the near future.... ;-)
Looking forward to see your progress pics =)

mdgtjulie said...

LOL, Stitch, that's me, enabler extraordinaire!!! Here's hoping it all works out for you!! I love that about JEB too. His charts are just wonderful. And they look so real!!! Obviously, you have good taste, lol. Thanks!!