Monday, July 28, 2008

Birthday Stitching

Here is a photo of the Tulip & Star Pinkeep I stitched for my dear friend Kim. I should have taken a better photo so you could see what a lovely job the finisher did. She used the most beautiful burgundy fabric for the outside.
Here are two biscornus I stitched last week. The one on the left was a birthday gift for my friend Barbara and I stitched the one on the right for myself. The pattern is the Debbie Drapper designs called, Love. It was a very quick stitch and I really love to put these little guys together! See, I can do the simpler things but it's the really detailed finishing I have trouble with. I gave my needlebook to the finisher on Wednesday. I don't know when she will have it ready for me, but I do know that it will look spectacular when it is done and the fact that I can just stitch like crazy now will be worth every penny when I get the bill. This Fall she is teaching classes for eight different finishes and I am really looking forward to that! I already know how to do a couple of the techniques but I think you can always learn something so I will most likely take all of the classes. Now I had better get back to stitching since I have three exchanges that need to go out fairly soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Kreativ Blogger Award

My dear friend Milly, who I am in a few yahoo groups with has nominated me for this award. Thank you, Milly! You really made my day =) Here is a link to her blog, Stitching Obsession II.

Here are the rules for this award:
• The winner may put the logo on her blog.
• Put a link to the person you got the award from.
• Nominate 5 blogs.
• Put links to the blogs.
• Leave a message for your nominees.

My nominees are:
Marie P. - Creative Thread
Monique - Inside Number Twenty
Mary Kathryn - eHandcrafts Stitching Room
Joan - Stitching Squad
Staci - Snippets and Stash

I really enjoy reading all of my favorite blogs listed in the sidebar. Now I am off to leave some messages. Have a great day!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ultimate Needlebook Update and Summer Squares

Here it is! My Ultimate Needle book in the process of being finished. The class was yesterday and I had everything but the inside spine piece and a bit of the pin cushion stitched, which I made myself finish last night. I was able to get started but still have quite a ways to go with the remainder of the finishing work. I will go to the shop tomorrow and Wednesday to work on it and I REALLY hope to have it ready for show and tell on Friday night. I absolutely LOVED working on this project and I think it is one of my most favorite things I have ever made.
Kendra received the squares I stitched for her in the Fair & Square Summer Round. This was a fun pattern to stitch! I have a couple of other exchanges that I need to get busy on but today I am going to START another project. The LHN Neighborhood SAL starts today and I am very ready to begin this project.
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Just for Fun

You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

More Photos & PIF Update

I saw on the Quaker Inspired blog that my exchange was received all the way in Scotland so here is the picture of what I stitched. It is the Quaker turtle from The Workbasket and I finished it as a cube. I really enjoyed stitching it and hope to stitch the cat, mouse, and a frog some time in the future.

Here is a photo of my first floss ring tag. I used Little House Needleworks new Neighborhood chart which comes with an alphabet that I used to stitch the back piece shown below. Talk about EASY! I know I will be making plenty of these. I have already stitched another one and started gathering charts to stitch more. I used the tutorial on Staci's blog and it was very easy to follow! Maybe it's just me, but I think every stitcher should have a dish of these by their stitching chair just waiting to be kitted up with new projects!
Dani has asked to be my third PIF recipient so now I need to get to work and stitch something lovely for my three. If you are still interested in signing up for one, please check out their blogs. The other two are linked in previous posts.
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Exchanges & PIF Update

Here is the Prairie Schooler pin keep exchange I sent to Stacy (no blog). This exchange was from the Yahoo group I belong to.

Here is what I sent to Amy for the HOE Little House Needleworks exchange. I stitched the design over one and made it into a pin keep. I really have to stitch that one again. I love it! I am still waiting on one more exchange to be received before I can post a photo.

Okay, I have two lovely people signed up for my PIF. I just need one more!!! Anyone interested? All you need to do is wait for a wonderful handmade item from me, and of course, offer the same to three people via your blog. So far, I have Natasha and Sharon to make something special for. Have I mentioned that I just need one more person?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Goodies Galore!

Kendra sent me these lovely squares she stitched for me in the Fair & Square Summer Round. She used a compilation of designs from a Donna Kooler book. What a cool idea! Thank you for the wonderful squares!
Friday was my birthday and two of my dearest stitching buddies took me out to lunch at a fancy shmancy restaurant and then to a quilt shop for some shopping. We had lots of fun! On the right are the gifts I received from Kim and Bonnie. I could not believe my eyes when I opened it. Only last week I saw those awesome scissors on Milly's blog and went looking for them on ebay. They were way out of my range so I gave up the idea of having them. My friends didn't even know about this which is why it is so neat!
On the left is a wonderful gift of a sewing set from my friends at the shop! I love wool felt and embroidery and am so happy to add this set to my collection!
Not shown are the two gift certificates I also received. One from my dear mother-in-law and the other from another dear stitching buddy. Of course, what does a girl buy for her 41st birthday? A magnifier, of course. I still have some spending power left but am waiting for the fabric floss and a couple of charts I have on order.
Next we headed out to the LNS for the monthly stitch-in. It also happened to be the shops birthday so it was extra special! The photo above shows some of the goodies we received. I ate all the candy when I got home. Hey, it was my birthday ;-) The bundle with the ribbon is one of those really cool sewing rolls that you can keep stitched pieces in for show & tell, or to take to you framer. The little kits are for making a pincushion, and a pattern and fabric for stitching a special birthday cake pattern. We can make it into a fob, needle book, or pin keep, our choice! As you can see, there is also a matching birthday beeswax. The little blue bag contained the candy, a pen and a notepad, too! Brenda, the shop owner is also an amazing cook. She made a wonderful ham dinner and the neatest cookie and cupcake dessert for us. Dinner is always included in the monthly "firefly" stitch-in, but this meal was extra special.

I have photos of a few swaps that I will post as soon as they are received. It has been stinkin' hot here the past few days (too many for me with no A/C) and I haven't accomplished much in the way of stitching. I really need to get busy on my Ultimate Needlebook so it will be ready for the class on the 20th. Maybe later I will have my first floss tag ready to show. I just need to put it together. I am so NOT disciplined!
Have a great day!