Thursday, April 21, 2011

We have a winner!

The winner of the painted and waxed card box is...................

Nancy!    Please email me with your address and I will get the box off in the mail to you.  I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you to all who entered and all your wonderful comments.  This was a very popular giveaway and it seems quite a few of you are unable to find these boxes.  I have more that I am in the process of painting right now and plan to offer those for sale.  If you are interested, send me an email.  I am not exactly sure of the price just yet, have to check on postage prices but will probably be around $15.00 including US shipping.  International will be a bit more. 

I am also working on some of the small oval boxes which I will also sell.  Gotta do something to help feed this stitching habit!  :o)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One More :o)

"Birds and Berries Pinbox"
Blackbird Designs - A Stitcher's Journey
30 ct WDW Baby's Breath - GAST and CC flosses

I had a tough time getting a good picture of this one.  I took a dozen pictures both inside and outside and this is the best of the bunch.  I couldn't seem to get a picture that showed the beauty of the design while at the same time letting you see the painted/distressed/waxed box.  I am enjoying the painting and waxing of the boxes for these projects almost as much as I am enjoying the stitching.

If you haven't commented on my previous giveaway post, you still have time.  The winner will be selected tomorrow evening.  Good luck everyone!

Only 2 more days till the weekend my friends! 

Sunday, April 17, 2011


My husband and I ventured to Hobby Lobby yesterday to find frames for a couple of pieces that have been resting in a drawer for a while.  I really didn't expect to be very successful as these designs aren't standard sizes. 
"Where My Heart Blooms"
Blackbird Designs

This frame was $12.50 and was an "almost perfect" fit.   The frame has a "weathered" look which looks great with the aged look of the linen.

"Wash Day"
Carriage House Samplings

This frame was $7.00 and in my opinion suited this piece perfectly.  The size could have been a little smaller but I love the pattern on the moulding.

These are two of my favorite finishes from last year and I am very happy to have them out of the drawer and on my walls.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Little Giveaway

 While I was painting and waxing the boxes for my BBD Stitching Companions I decided to make an extra one to give away.  I actually think this one finished better than mine as I learned a little more about how to apply the Briwax.  The inside panels aren't pretty as the wax was left off to allow the glued panels to adhere to the wood.

If you would like to be entered in the drawing for this box just leave a comment on this post.  I will draw a name Thursday evening 4/21. 
Little Bunny Foo Foo arrived today to remind me Easter is coming soon.  :o)

A big thank you to everyone who sent well wishes.  I am happy to report that my back is feeling much better today and with another day of rest tomorrow I should be back to normal by Monday. 
I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More of the journey

Hello friends!  I have been absent from my blog for a bit as I have been having lots of trouble with my back.  A visit to the doctor this week for x-rays left me with pain meds and muscle relaxants so hopefully I am on the road to recovery.

Before the pain set in I managed a few more finishes from the BBD "A Stitcher's Journey" book.

I completed the Tulip House Stitching Companion and the Tulip Pincushion.  These were stitched on 30 ct Cafe Kona with the charted floss.   Having no chenille trim I improvised and coffee dyed some tiny pom pom trim for the design on top.  I decided the pincushion is just too pretty to keep closed inside the box so I made a fabric pincushion to keep inside the box.

 As you know, the first one of these I made as a gift but I can show you I have now completed and "decked out" the inside with some stitchy goodness.

 Next, this "Summer Sachet" demanded my attention.  I used 30 ct Baby' Breath linen instead of Parchment and stitched my initial in GA Old Purple Paint instead of the CC Cappuccino as charted.  I also added the year at the bottom.
 Dear Faye who knows I am in a Blackbird state of mind right now gifted me with this lovely little box topped with a pincushion design that is also from the BBD book.  Doncha love that chenille trim?  Thank you so much Faye - your stitching is just gorgeous!

If you have read this far you deserve some dessert.  :o)  Delicious Banana Pudding, fresh from the oven!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Purse, A Pincushion, and TUSAL

We finally have some lovely weather in NC today so I headed outside to take some pictures.

 A couple of weeks ago I set out to make myself a "springy" handbag.  Having fallen in love with the Bliss fabric line from Moda I just had to order a charm pack and get to it.  I used the "Charming Handbag" pattern
from with a few modifications.   I think these colors are just perfect for spring.
I believe Carol of The Polka Dot Chicken and I are in the same frame of mind when it comes to spring colors and fabrics.  This lovely pincushion arrived in my mailbox last week.  Don't you just love the fabrics she used?  I just love it - it is large and filled with crushed walnut shells so it won't scoot around on my sewing table.  I couldn't resist putting those flower pins in it for the photo shoot.  :o)  Thank you so much Carol, I am just thrilled with it and have it sitting on my sewing table awaiting my next sewing project.

 This is the card Carol enclosed with the pincushion.   It is "almost" as pretty as the pincushion!

 Here is my ort jar for this month.  Quite a few new additions from my feverish stitching of the new Blackbird Designs. 
 If my pictures seem a bit wonky it is because my trusty assistant was helping me with staging.  :o)  He thought batting the ort jar off the table was loads of fun.

I hope you are all having a glorious sunny Sunday!