Saturday, June 27, 2009

june 27 - i'd lose my head....

if it wasn't attached...I'm sure I would! Last night I was looking all over for my pinking shears because I wanted to finish off a small needlebook for an exchange and I couldn't find them anywhere. Now these have a large bright orange handle so they should be hard to hide, but apparently not! So this morning one of my errands was to head to Michael's for a new pair, which I did and now the little Quaker exchange for the Stitchers' Timeout group is finished and posted before the deadline..yeah! I can show a picture because all of the exchange pictures have been posted...we just don't know which exchange we each will receive. It's a fun way to do an exchange, I think.

And I know I am not supposed to be buying any more stash, but I couldn't resist these. (I should be receiving 2 more from Mary Kathryn later this week as well....) The small LHN design was designed for World Vision. I love mermaids and think these are adorable, and I adore this new La-D-Da design. I think I may even spring for the Gloriana silks for this one. There are only 3 colors after all....

Hope everyone is enjoying their has turned very hot today and sunny!
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(ps I just figured out how to move my photos around!)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

june 25 - some stitchy updates

I thought I would share a little of my stitchy progress from the past couple of weeks. I finally finished "Mildred's Sampler" from Blackbird Designs. I started this one late last month when we went on vacation. I thought since it was small it would be a good project to stitch on while we drove. And it was. But it wasn't quite finished when we got home and I just kept putting it aside to do other things. Anyway, now it is done and I really like the way it turned out!

This is my little progress on "Lo How a Rose". To be honest I kind of forgot about it for a bit! But I do have to get back to it because I borrowed the book from a far away library and I'm not sure yet if it can be renewed. It's due next week so I'd better get cracking!

Finally, here is the latest update of my Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler. I'll be stitching some more on this one this weekend so will have another update next week. This one is coming along slowly but surely. I really do love stitching on it.

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june 24 - some exchanges to share

I've been on the computer at work so much that I tend to stay away when I get home, so I have a few pictures of recent exchanges to share. This first one is "My Pink House" by Blackbird Designs. I stitched this for Ruth B. for round 13 of Fair & Square.

These are the squares that Ruth sent me. The picture doesn't do them justice. The colors are so vibrant, and there is a little silver key on the top row. I love these spot samplers, so I was really pleased to recieve these. I'm planning to make a scissor fob from these for my Emma scissors.

The photo below shows the inside of the lovely needlebook that Sheril sent me for the second round of the Year Long Prairie Schooler exchange. It was tied with a pretty yellow ribbon but I took that off for the photo.

This photo shows the needlebook closed. It is really a very pretty, spring-like design. I love it!

This photo shows the exchange I made for Anna for the same exchange. The design is a PS freebie and I covered a small tin and lined it with a flowery fabric. This one traveled all the way to Norway!

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june 23 - missed the new moon

Well, I totally missed the New Moon yesterday, so my TUSAL picture is a day late...sorry! There are actually quite a few new snippets of thread in there even thought I don't feel like I did very much stitching this month. And there are also a few snips of fabric from a floss tag project as well.

And here is the reason yesterday slipped right by...the light of our lives!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

June 18 - Rest in Peace

Many of us were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Marc Davis of Needlemania Designs. He will truly be missed for his sense of humor, talent and inspiration. I hope he is in heaven happily stitching away with the other stitchers and looking down on the rest of us with a smile as we continue to stitch his beautiful designs.
May you always rest in peace, Marc.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 8 - i need to stitch! & some giveaways

Whatever made me think that life was going to slow down after vacation? We had a wonderfully relaxing week off and returned to chaos at our jobs. Summer Reading sign-up started the day I got back so I have been pretty much tied to the children's desk every day. It is also nearing the end of our fiscal year which means I have to spend all the remaining money or we lose it. Can't let that happen! So I have been going home really tired every day...and no stitching for me.
I thought that I would be able to relax this weekend but after getting all the housework, etc done on Saturday hubby and I decided to go out to dinner and on the way we stopped by a furniture store that was going out of business. We have been wanting to buy a sofa bed for the extra room (which also happens to be where I keep all my stitching stuff) for some time and they had a perfect one...which we bought. The only problem was that in order for the kind men to deliver it today I had to clear some space in my room. There went my relaxing weekend! I spent the rest of Saturday night and nearly all day Sunday trying to make sense out of the space and moving furniture around. I finally fell into a bath full of bubbles around 7:30 and fell asleep soon after!
I really do feel good about accomplishing at least part of the clean-up...there is still a lot of sorting through to do. I have tons of patterns that I would really like to get into plastic sleeves and binders. I was able to move most of my magazines and some other stuff into a different closet too. It's just such an overwhelming project...I really need to just be locked in there for about a week...then maybe I could make a dent! I think I see some major de-stashing in my future!
I'm writing this at work, so there will be no photos in this post, but I do have some things to share and I will try to get them posted later tonight or tomorrow. I did make some progress on "Mildred's Sampler" and "Beatrix Potter Quaker" and I also have a couple of exchanges to share.

And before I forget...check out these blogs...Karen, Melissa and Kathy are all having some great giveaways!

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