Tuesday, October 28, 2008

october 28, 2007

Acorns & Threads
Stitcher's Timeout

Great stash week!...This has been a wonderful stash week! Sunday was the annual open house at Acorns & Threads, my LNS. There was a gift with purchase, which was a really nice re-usable bag (like the kind you get at the grocery store, but with pockets on the sides). I hadn't been to the store in almost a year because I was trying to pay off my daughter's wedding and stitch from my stash, but I couldn't resist this trip. I was very good too...only bought a few things (although my wish list has grown by leaps and bounds!) I got a few Cross-Eyed Cricket designs...2 to use for my next round robin, and another fall design. Also two designs from Stone & Thread, one of the LHN thread packs ("Reading"), and a pretty mermaid design. Also the JBW little autumn design (the acorn) some Weeks thread and a small piece of gingham fabric.

This week also saw the return of Flat Lynda from the STO retreat, and she brought a wonderful goody bag home with her! Along with the retreat booklet chock full of fun recipes and stuff, was some thread and fabric, and several wonderful patterns...all packed into a huge tote bag...perfect for carting around projects.

I also received the new booklet by Stacy Nash Designs...A Simply Early Christmas. It is wonderful! I can't wait to stitch up some of these beautiful primitive designs.

And I got LHN's "Sea to Shining Sea" and an exclusive ornament design from Theron Traditions for the mayflower Sampler GuildGuild. Also some fabric and threads for the Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler SAL starting in January. The fabric color is bay rum and the threads are Carrie's "Koala Claw" I'm 99% sure that this is what I'll be using!

So, it's been a good week! Sorry the photos aren't very good.

october 28, 2008

Last of the blocks!...I finished up the last three blocks for the Stitcher's Timeout monthly block exchange. October's theme was turkeys and this is a bit from a Shepherd's Bush design. The Santa for November is a Mosey 'N Me ornament from one of the JCS ornie issues. And the final block for the year was snowflakes. This is a SanMan Originals design. I was going to stitch the snowflakes but I tried to do them two different ways and neither looked right so I just added buttons instead!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

october 25

The Sampler Girl
Primitive Betty

Primitive Stitching...I had never really been drawn to these before, and now I am addicted! This is greatly in part to joining Tanya's Stacy Nash Groupies. The more I looked at these designs I realized how much I love the simplicity...they just seem to transport me to another place. Last weekend, we had a Hallow's Eve party with the group which was great fun. There were even party favors! These are two that I stitched up so far. One is a design Primitive Betty's design, the other was deisgned by Tanya herself. I still have Stacy's design to stitch up.

october 25

Faith * Hope * Love
Quaker Christmas
Three Things

I can't believe it has been nearly a month since I blogged last! Where did the time go?
This has been a bit if a stressful month around here...as if this upcoming election wasn't already so important, the county where I work has a very important item on the ballot as well...they want to form a library district which would provide permanent operational funding for the libraries in the county. If it doesn't pass, several of the libraries will probably be shutting down over the next few years, mine among them. I know there is really nothing I can do...and I have tried not to think about it too much, but I can feel the effects of the stress on me and I will be so happy when this whole thing is finished. If anyone has any extra good vibes to send, please do...libraries are so important, and a good value to boot!

Anyway, I have been doing some stitching at least! I will have met all of my goals for the month for the first time in a long time!
These photos show my progress so far on the two pieces that I would really like to have finished by year's end...."Three Things Sampler" by Moira Blackburn and "Quaker Christmas" by ByGone Stitches. I also had a finish this month...."Faith*Hope*Love" by Midnight Stitching. It is stitched on jobelan (I think the color is wood violet) with Carrie's Threads in Bordeaux. I love Marianne's Quaker designs. I also did a some exchanges -- pinkeeps and ornies --but I can't show pictures of those yet.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

october 1st, 2008

September goals...how did I do? Well, I did get some small things done...an exchange piece, monthly challenge piece, my fair & square squares and my monthly block and SAL ornie. I also stitched some on "Three Things"...finished 2 bands that were incomplete. I started "Mansfield Park" but I am short of some of the threads so I will put this aside until I can get those. Did not stitch on any of my other WIPs though. I think I was a bit too ambitious with my goals! October goals will be posted in the sidebar...The photo shows my progress so far on "Three Things Sampler".