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Thursday, January 26, 2012

I won!

I am a proud winner of two recent giveaways.  Nancy at Victorian Motto has been having a series of giveaways and I was very happy to have won this:
 Just in time for Valentine's Day!  This will be fun to sew up and display for the holiday.

Then I entered a drawing at Me & My Sister Designs and was lucky enough to win a copy of their book and a charm pack of their "Twirl" line of fabric.  Cute, cute, cute fabric.

I managed to finish/finish the first two Halloween Rules ornaments for my Halloween tree.  The fabrics in the background are the ones I used to back each ornament.  (I promise they aren't as wonky as these pictures would make them seem!)  I chose to finish these simply as the designs are so colorful and busy on their own.

I hope you are having a great week.   Looking forward to the weekend!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Forgotten Finish

For Christmas I stitched for my friend Vera a By The Bay freebie "Let Your Light Shine" but in my haste to get it to her before the big day I failed to take a picture.  Luckily Vera got a new camera for Christmas and was able to send me a picture.  I left off the wording and stitched mine using DMC floss.  So this is my last finish of 2011.

I have my first finish/finish for 2012:

"Joy"
Helga Mandl Designs
32 ct Antique Blue Linen/DMC floss
This satisfies one of my "unspoken" goals for 2012 - to stitch a Christmas ornament each month.  I would really like to have 12 new ones to add to my tree this year.

I hope you are all having a lovely week.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 23, 2012

TUSAL

Here is my first TUSAL pic for 2012.  Lots of Halloween Rules bits in there. 
I decided that I would use the Little House Needleworks Monthly Samplers that I stitched in 2010 for my backdrops this year.  I display them each and every month and really enjoy seeing them so I thought you might too.  :o)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Brrrr!

It is a cold and blustery day here in NC.  I spent most of yesterday clearing out my file cabinet and trying to organize all the paper a household accumulates over the course of a year.  I did manage to put the final stitches into this:
"Basking In The Sun"
Brittercup Designs
28 count evenweave/CC floss
 I loved this design from the moment I saw it because of the bleeding heart plant.  My mother had several bleeding hearts planted in our yard when I was a child and they just fascinated me.  As chilly as it is today it is nice to look at something so summery.  :o)

I also worked on a few more birds.  I made these a little smaller and have an idea for a somewhat different finish for them.  I have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby before I can try it out.  (I didn't make the one in the upper left - that is a glass ornament.  I have several of those teal colored birds that I have put on my little primitive tree for winter.)
I think perhaps a squirrel or a bird has found it's way into our attic.  As I am typing I can hear something rustling around.  Since I am having flashbacks of my raccoon encounter I think I will wait until DH wakes up to investigate.

I hope you are all enjoying a lazy Sunday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I won!

I won a giveaway on Mindi's blog and was just thrilled when the package arrived yesterday.  There is just no better way to wrap up a Monday than with a package of stitchy goodness.
Now when I entered the giveaway I was thinking I had a chance to win a chart or two.  Look at all the wonderful surprises Mindi included in the package.  I am really excited about that floss holder that her father made.  Isn't it fabulous?!  And one of the charts she sent has little samplers that would fit perfectly when mounted in the center.  Thank you so much Mindi for sending such a generous giveaway package!

Last fall I joined Sweetwater's Label Crew.  Each month they send you a pattern/project with printed labels to enhance the item(s).  Sunday in my sewing room produced these:

Aren't they sweet?  I think they will make wonderful Valentine's for my family and friends.

I hope you are all having a great start to the week.  Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

And The Winner Is....


A big thanks to all 57 of you who stopped by to leave a comment.  I really appreciate all your kind words and encouragement.

I did a little sewing today, working on some things for Valentine's Day.  ;o)

I hope you all had a great weekend and will have an even greater week ahead!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

One down...

 ...eleven more to go!  This first one was fun and I am loving the colors.  I am on a search for the perfect finishing fabric as I plan to finish these as ornaments for my Halloween tree. 

For my Christmas RAK's this year I stitched up a flock of birds...
 And a collection of threadcatchers.
 These were received quite well and I had a lot of fun stitching them up and sending them out to their new homes.  I used Blackbird Designs Blueberry Crumbcake line of fabrics and just love the blues and the vintage feel to them.
It seems I have one of each left and I would like to give them away to one of my regular readers to celebrate the New Year.  The threadcatcher can be folded and taken along with you and the bird works quite well as a cupboard hanger.  There might be a surprise or two added to the package as well.  :o)

If you would like to be entered in a drawing to win this little bird and threadcatcher all you have to do is leave a comment on this post letting me know you would give them a good home.  :o)  Please don't advertise this giveaway as I would like it to go to one of my regular visitors.  I will draw a name this Sunday evening and get it in the mail to the winner early next week. 

Thank you again for your visits and encouraging comments.  I appreciate you!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Finish Finishing

Welcome to the first day of 2012!  Did ya'll eat plenty of collard greens and black eyed peas?  I sure did and they were so good.  I do love me some good old southern food.  :o)

Before I could transition fully into the new year I had a couple of stitched finishes that needed to be completely finished.  I worked on them last night and this morning.  I will count these as 2011 finishes as all the stitching was complete, they just needed the final touches.

From Prairie Schooler's Santas and Snowmen leaflet - 32 ct khaki Jobelan, DMC floss.
You might recall me saying last year that I planned to finish all of the ornaments from this leaflet to hang on my tree this year.  Ummm, nope!  I finished two.  I do hope to make at least two more of these this year.  (I am trying to be a little more realistic when thinking about my stitching goals for 2012.)

A walk through Hobby Lobby last week  revealed this:


Hmmm, not my cup of tea.  But....look again.

Voila!  My Birds of A Feather Mystery Sampler is framed!  Is it a perfect fit?  Nope.  Is it perfectly straight? Another nope.  But...I decided I would rather have wonky and on the wall where I can enjoy it instead of rolled up in a drawer for who knows how much longer.  I really like it and that is all that matters to me.  :o)

I like how the carved motifs sort of mimic the flowers in the design.

I also managed to make a little progress on Lizzie Kate's Halloween Rules.

I am using 32 count Belfast that I tea dyed and DMC floss.  I have already had to change the color of the dog because the floss as charted was a perfect match for my linen.  This is going to be a fun stitch and with Mindi, Ranae, and Cucki to poke and prod me along hopefully it won't suffer the same fate as Shores.

I hope you all have a great first week of 2012.  Get on out there and make some new memories!