Friday, August 31, 2007

Seasonal Exchange for Carol!

This the exchange I stitched for Carol as part of our year long seasonal exchange group starting with summer. Carol is my partner for the whole year! This design is called summer stitches by Annalee Waite Designs and I finished it into a no sew cube. I also sent extra's with it, but forgot to take a picture. Carol has some wonderful pictures on her blog though. Now, it's on to Autumn. Thanks so much for the compliments on my box finish! I love them and appreciate them so much.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Gift and an Exchange!

I was the lucky recipient this week of a two gorgeous mail packages. First up from Michelle . I had sent her my petal fairy pattern along with the threads and krenik. I knew that I no longer was interested in stitching it. So she agreed to take it off my hands. For my very little effort she graced me with a gorgeous scarf, a sweet little pincushion and a bookmark. It was so sweet of her and I love the scarf. It is so soft. So, the first chilly day we have here I am going to break it out. Thanks so much Michelle!

Next up is my seasonal exchange from Vonna ! I was surprised and delighted to find she was my exchange partner. In this group we exchange for the four seasons the whole year. It started with summer as you can see. The pattern is summer house by LHN. Vonna sent me a pinkeep, scissor fob and a pair of Gingher Glory scissors. It is a great exchange and Vonna is a wonderful stitcher. Thanks Vonna!

Front of pinkeep.

Back of pinkeep

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My First Box Finish and a SAL

I have been wanting to mount some of my needlework on a box. So since I was off this week, I got my chance. After some advice from the lovely Vonna, I proceeded to stain my box with a cherry like varnish. I had already decided to use this JABCO pattern that I had stitched in January of 2006. It's called open a new box daily. It is very colorful and best of all the pattern would fit on the top of the box. I think the hardest part for me was fitting the fabric on the inside of the box. As you can see I used an orange cheetah patterned fabric. I turned to one of Vonna's tutorials for help with that. I think it turned out pretty good IMHO.

In other stitchy news, I have finish finished my seasonal exchange and I hope to have that in the mail by Monday. I joined a sal with Lizzy and Ranae for Salem Sisters and here is a brief progress picture. Not to much done on it. I am using a conversion done by Terri because I really liked the one she stitched so much. I hope you don't mind Terri. It is done on Silkweaver's days gone by linen and converted to VC silks.

That's all for me. We survived the first week of school! Yay! Now, I can sleep in this weekend-looking forward to that. Hope you all have a great weekend and lots of stitching.

PS: Jamillah, if you are reading this, I have tried to contact you but I need an email address so hopefully I can answer your questions.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Summer Feast HD

Oh my, I haven't posted in over a week. I have been busy getting the kids ready for school and such. Very hard shopping with boys who aren't interested and a girl who wants everything! LOL I have been busy stitching though and I have a small finish to show for it. It's summer feast by Praiseworthy Stitches. It was a quick stitch, but that watermelon was very tedious. I thought I would never finish it. I think it is really cute and I want to stitch the new peacock treat too. I am not on automatic for these as I like to see what they look like before I commit to buying.

Thanks for the comments on my stash-I do enjoy it. Though just when I think I could and should stitch only from my stash-a new pattern comes out. What's a girl to do? Put blinders on? Has anyone seen the new coffee thread packs by LHN, a definite must buy. Also, I see there is going to be a new pair of Gingher scissors called Bianca coming out-got to have those. So, I give up! Arrest me now-LOL Currently I am stitching ice cream sundae, and the freebie pattern an they shall seek him. I am also stitching on rise and shine by Samsarah designs. Not to forget too, that I have developed a sudden attraction for Cirque des Circles. I even have fabric and a silk thread all picked out for that. I will have to show you in another post what it looks like. The fabric is called fresco and the silk is a waterlilies called Java. Think chocolate and pinks!

Since, I haved yakked your ear off I will go. I have to go to work today(yuck!). But, I am off for a glorious 8 days and 7 nights beginning Monday(hooray!). The kids will be in school and peace will descend for a few hours upon my home. Hope you all have a great week!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Stash-Lots of pictures

Now, you all know I have been promising pictures of my stash and here they are. I did not list everything as I think you can see mostly by the pictures. However, if you have a question about anything just let me know. Now, I did not include my threads, beads, buttons, and a couple of fabrics. I was starting to feel slightly guilty as I am sure that I have missed some things-things that I am thinking of right now. So, without further whining here it is. As you will see I love just about everything.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A little RAK for Annemarie!

Annemarie is such a sweet and generous friend, that I sent her a little something to surprise her with. I had stitched this little freebie heart-but had not quite decided what to do with it. So, I finished it into a pinkeep and sent it along with berries, strawberries and the tea room (not pictured) by LHN. I also sent her a small mesh bag, a wacky little monkey tape measure and a couple of threads. I heard from her today that she had received the package and that she likes it. I am very glad. You worry sometimes when you send things. She says it's her first pinkeep ever. I should have probably put my initials somewhere on it. But, I have gotten out of the habit of marking everything I stitch. I think Annemarie will remember it's from me right?

Thanks for all the comments on my felted bag and my furbabies, they are much appreciated. I promise I haven't forgotten the stash. Will try for later today. Right now I am off to school shop with three children-pray for me-LOL

Pinkeep Exchange for Jenny

I had Jenny's name for the pinkeep exchange on the FGBB and this is the little pinkeep I sent to her. It is a French freebie heart from the Gift of Stitching magazine. I did it in blue lagoon wildflowers by Caron. I added a few threads, summber by Brittercup designs and a little nail file that says cross stitch forever, housework never! I hope that Jenny will enjoy this little pinkeep I made for her.