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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ziggy Helps





Happy Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

From Gaudy to Good

 I believe I have succeeded in making the gaudiest Halloween ornament ever.   But then, Halloween is all about dressing up - isn't it?  This is "Boo" by the Stitcherhood with DMC 4130 on my dyed 32 count linen.
I finished the stitching on LHN's November sampler and just need to get it ready to pop into the frame.  At first I didn't care for this design but once I started and the colors came together I think it may be one of my favorites from the series. 

Does anyone know what those little things just underneath and to the right of the pumpkin are?  Leaves or bugs?

I was tickled pink (pun intended) to have won Pumpkin's Stitch Pink giveaway.  I have been looking for one in my not so local JoAnn's and they do not have them.  I was also very pleasantly surprised that she included a fistful of some gorgeous pink DMC floss and a pretty pink ribbon scarf.  Thank you so much Cathey!
And here is the final picture of my Halloween tree.  Even DH is impressed with how well it turned out with the help of my blogging friends and told me he had been talking about it to his co-workers.  :o)  Thanks once again to all who contributed to making my tree such a huge success!  I don't even want to think about having to pack these treasures away until next year.

I hope you all have a great weekend and
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Just another lazy Sunday

Lola decided to take advantage of the beautiful Autumn sunshine today by working on her tan.  :o)

I decided to try to squeeze in one more Halloween stitch before next weekend.  I am going to give the WDW Trick or Treat floss Julianne sent me with my Autumn exchange a try on this purple fabric I dyed today.  While I was at it I purpleized a piece of black and white fabric and just for giggles I tossed in some white pom pom trim.  The purple is pretty intense and I may end up coffee staining it as well. 

 Speaking of sweet Julianne , look what arrived in my mailbox earlier this week!   She sent me another ornament for my Halloween tree.  It is a PS design and it is wonderful.  I am especially fond of the golden yellow linen she used, I think it really shows the design nicely.
And check out the cute fabric she used on the back.  Those bats make me smile.  :o)  Thank you so much Julianne for such a wonderful surprise.  A larger Halloween tree is definitely in order for next year.  Either that or I will have to get a bigger bed since I am sleeping with all my pretty gifts.  ;o)

Ya'll just don't know how blessed I feel to have met so many caring, fun, interesting, giving people through this blog.   You have all inspired me in so many ways and I am so very thankful for your friendships and camaraderie. 

I am thisclose to finishing the LHN November sampler and if I could stop looking at all the pretty things you are showing on your blogs I just might get it done.  :o)  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and will have a wonderful week ahead.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Secret Stitching

Hi all!  I have been doing some secret stitching for the past couple of weeks so I don't have any new stitchy pictures to show you.  I did start on my LHN November sampler this week and I am really enjoying the motifs in this one.  I did however receive some wonderful mail this week that I want to share with you.

I was the lucky winner of Jennifer's (Confessions of a Serial Starter) after market giveaway.  Just look at all the wonderful things that arrived in my mailbox.
Thank you so much Jennifer for such a generous giveaway!  I love everything I received and feel very fortunate to have had my name drawn out of 121 entries.  I promise I will put it all to good use.  :o)

Then, I was the winner of Annette and Missy's Day 9 of their 31 Days of Halloween giveaway.
This is such a fun package of Halloween goodness.  Annette made the snap bag and the beaded fob and they are just perfect.  Thank you ladies for offering such fun giveaways and cute prizes.

And then...I know it just seems like the good times keep coming and I am loving every minute of it so please indulge me for a moment...LOL  My dear friend Norma sent me the cutest ghost girl to add to my Halloween tree.  I know she is a girl because of the pearl trim she is wearing.  :o)  Thank you so much Norma!   I think I might need to find a bigger Halloween tree for next year.
I just can't believe how lucky I was to have won these two giveaways back to back.  I also entered and won Pumpkin's Stitch Pink giveaway and am looking forward to receiving it in the mail.  I have called and checked the JoAnn's in my area and they do not have the Stitch Pink Accessories so I was very happy to have won Pumpkin's drawing.  I was a little late this year but if she organizes another Breast Cancer Fund blog for next year I will be contributing along with her to this very worthy cause.  It seems every time I turn around someone is touched by this terrible disease in some way. 

I think I have quite enough to keep me busy for a while thanks to the generosity of all my blogging friends and this needlework blogging community.  You are all the best!  I plan to stay away from the giveaways for a while and hope to offer another one of my own next month. 

I hope you are all enjoying a fabulous week!  We are over the hump now and looking forward to the weekend.  :o)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Celebration Continues

Yesterday I received another wonderful package in the mail as a belated birthday/early Halloween present.  As soon as I saw the beautiful handwriting I knew it could only be from dear Berit.  I was so excited because I have seen some of her gorgeous finishes on her blog and knew it would be something special.
Isn't it wonderful?!  Berit knows I love Halloween and this gorgeous ornament went right onto my tree.  (After I had oooooed and ahhhhed and paraded it around to show DH and my son)  Every time I look at it I notice another little detail.
The pumpkin button and braided trim...
The backing fabric and signature square - love the little pumpkin!...
The creative side tassels and the beaded edgeing...oh my!

Thank you so much Berit.  This is a really special ornament for me and I will treasure it always. 

I think I will gather all my birthday presents/Halloween ornies and sleep with them tonight.  :o)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mobile Happy Chair :o)

Several years ago I won a quilt contest and my prize was a quilted portfolio.  It was designed to carry everything you needed to do hand applique or quilting on small blocks.  When I fell in love with cross stitch again I found it to be the perfect thing to hold my current WIP with all the trimmings.  I have searched high and low over the course of several years for a pattern for this portfolio and have come to the conclusion that a pattern does not exist.  Earlier this week I broke out the sketch pad and rulers and started trying to figure out how to make a new one as my current one is showing signs of wear.
This is the outside with the portfolio closed.  There are two large pockets on each side that will hold a 8-1/2 x 11 chart, or magazine.

Here you can see the inside.  There is velcro at the top by the handles to keep it closed.
One side has a large pocket with a smaller pocket on top of it.  The large pocket is great for holding a chart and the smaller pocket works well for a small WIP or extra linen.
In the center is a clear vinyl zippered pouch perfect for holding your floss.
The other side has a large pocket which is divided into two compartments.  There is a piece of elastic running across the outside of the pocket for keeping things like stitchy gloves, rulers, and scissors in place.

I am absolutely thrilled that I was able to figure this out and thanks to Raffaella I had the perfect fabric for it.  I made this one a little larger than the original - the new one measures 13" wide x 11" tall when closed.  This is the "basket" that sits by my sofa and is very easy to grab in the morning so I can stitch a little on my lunch hour.  I really enjoyed making this and this time it is for ME!  LOL  It has been a loonnnnggg time since I have done any free motion quilting and it took me a while to get back in the groove.

I hope you are all having a pleasant weekend.  It was a beautiful fall day here in NC.  Now if my Panthers could just win a football game.......

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Watermelon Harvesting :o)

We decided to pick our largest watermelon today.  It was quite small as watermelons go.
We were pleasantly surprised to find this inside.  :o)  It was very sweet and tasty.
There are 2 melons still on the vine.  I am hoping they continue to ripen although our temperatures are dipping into the 40's at night. 

I received another wonderful birthday package in the mail late last week.  Raffaella (no blog) spoiled me completely.  Just look at this loot!
She sent a gorgeous stitched pillow in the prettiest shade of pink, a yard of the scrumptious paisley fabric you see in the background a fabulous vintage looking frame, the BBD Happy Birthday pattern with needles, fabric, and all the flosses to complete it, the most elegant little notepad, and a package of tiny buttons.  The cute bejeweled card says "Birthday Queen" and I truly felt like a queen after I opened this package.  Raffaella I just can't thank you enough for making this 47 year old feel like a kid again! 

And just in case you think I haven't been stitching much lately....TA DA!

I finished the LHN October Sampler in time to enjoy it for most of the month.  :o)  I substituted the orange for the pumpkin after stitching the small one and deciding it looked anemic.  I used WDW Sweet Potato for the larger pumpkin and I substituted WDW Scuppernong for the green. 

Thank you for visiting today!  I really appreciate all your comments and emails.  You make me smile.  :o)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday

Creative post title, yes?  Why does the weekend always fly by so quickly?  Thank you all for the wonderful comments you left on my last post with the hoot owl pincushions.  They were fun and add quite a bit of character to my sewing room.  I didn't get a lot accomplished on the sewing or stitching front this weekend because I just had to get outside and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. 

This lovely little thing arrived in the mail Saturday from Becky.
Isn't it just the cutest little thing you have ever seen?!  I am just thrilled with it and immediately put it on my Halloween tree.  The little pins and the gingham bow just add so much to the cuteness.   Thank you so much Becky!   I will treasure it always.
Several of you had asked for an updated picture of my tree.  Try as I may, I just can't get a good picture of it but you can see I have added a few more ornaments.  (You can see the little bucket from Becky right in the center and the little pillow from Carol over to the right.)  I think I am done with Halloween ornament stitching for this year as I have a couple of little surprises I want to make then it is on to Christmas stitching. 

I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  I think I will sit myself down now and stitch until bedtime.  :o)  Have a great week!

P.S.  Don't forget about Missy's 31 days of Halloween.  The button is in my sidebar.  :o)

Friday, October 1, 2010

What a Hoot!

I have some new assistants in the sewing room.

Aren't these guys a hoot?!  They are pincushions stuffed with a combination of polyfil and crushed walnut shells.  I saw these over on The DIY Dish and just had to see if I could make one.  I had such fun with the first one I just had to make another.  Head on over to The DIY Dish website where you can find the pattern and watch a video that shows you exactly how to make these.

I hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend.  Autumn is arriving here tonight with our temps going into the 40's and I hope to get some stitchy time in after work tomorrow.  Don't forget about Missy's and Annette's 31 days of Halloween - it started today and I can't wait to see what these ladies are making and giving away.