Friday, October 15, 2010

Samplers and Dollhouses

A couple of days before I went on vacation I started a sampler. I was cruising the internet when I happened upon a blog that I loved a year ago and then lost the site! Well there it was!! It's called Inspireco. Many of you have probably seen it. It's the cutest. Amy(the author) started another blog about 39 squares for a sampler. I just had to try it out. And I'm hooked!!
 Some of the designs come straight from Amy's blog like the gumball machine, Marie Antoinette(I had to add closed eyes with eyelashes to mine because my sister complained that she couldn't tell what it was!), cupcake,sheep, bobbins,teacup,,bowl of cherries,bluebird,house,nest,little girl legs, and the birthday cake. Then I added some of my own: the poodle,yorkie,cat,mouse,sailboat,crown,pumpkin,ice cream,strawberry,bee. I also put on some bobbles I had around. There's a cameo, cabochon, button, twine bow, a mini clothespin, ribbon,rose,butterfly and star.

This is such a fun sampler to do. The only special stitches I used were french knots and chain.
Of course I already started the next one!!

It's Christmas themed. Here's the first square: a mitten.

Now for a dollhouse update! Here's what it looks like right now:

Impressing isn't it? No? I guess I'll have to do more work on it! I'm getting ready to cut out holes for windows and a door in the front. It's going to be like a couple of shops on a Victorian English street(Christmas Carol).  I'm doing at least 3 different finishes outside: a brick, a stone and a stucco/ wood trim upstairs.

Amy's blogs: InspireCo


  1. Oh, this is extremly cute!!! And thanks for the link Andrea

  2. Hi Caroline,
    That sampler is just adorable.
    Looks like some very meticulous work,
    but it is coming out really great.
    I will check out Amys blog as well.
    Looking forward to seeing your store fronts. Sounds neat!!
    I love things from the Dickens era,
    like Dickens singers and all those wonderful costumes or clothing they wore. So Neat!!
    Blessings to you for a great weekend, Nellie

  3. Dear Caroline, your work is stunning, the tecnique is great, I see all kind of themes. I would like to try, if I had the time, wish I had!
    Love, Susanne

  4. o i love that...what a great idea so cute and an easy 'take along' project :D Linda x

  5. Adorable! AND amazing, that you can sew such teeny stitches! My favorite is the Yorkie (I've had three Yorkshire Terriers in my life!) and the funniest was the tall-haired Marie Antoinette! (That's funny that you said your sister didn't know what it was !) Great job, as usual. I can't wait to see you Christmas one!

  6. The sampler is so sweet. I'm going to have to check out the blog. Can't wait to see the future of the dollhosue!

  7. Love your sampler!!! I never finished mine but I still hope to!
    Margaret B