Friday, July 24, 2009

july 24 - thanks so much!

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on "Lo How a Rose". I really enjoyed stitching this piece and realized that if it weren't for all my fellow bloggers I never would have even known it existed. You are all such wonderful enablers! And I just want to let everyone know that even if I don't comment, I always enjoy reading your posts and seeing all your wonderful stitching. You are all truly an inspiration to me.
I stitched a bit on Beatrix Potter last night. I am participating in the SAL that Hazel organized, and every month I tell myself that I will not wait for the end of the month to stitch on this piece, and yet every month that's exactly what I seem to do. It's a very relaxing piece to stitch and I think in the back of my mind I don't really want it to end! We will have our grandson this weekend which usually means little if any stitching gets done. But I will certainly have fun!
Hope you all have a great weekend...thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

july 23 - TUSAL & a finish!

I think I am a day late with this posting...sorry! My little jar is getting fuller with lots of snippets this month from two samplers I worked on, along with some thread tags and bits of fabric.

And here is a photo of "Lo, How a Rose" finally finished and just in the nick of time. The book is on its way back to the New Jersey library that was kind enough to loan it to me. The design is from Bright Needle, and the book is one of the BH & G Cross-Stitch Christmas series - "Celebrations in Stitches".I stitched this with the Weeks threads listed and really like the softness of the colors.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 20, 2009

july 20 - just popping in to say hi

It has been an interesting few days. Hubby has been away since Thursday night...he went back East to attend the wedding of his best friend's daughter and spend a little time with our daughter as well. I'm picking him up at the airport tonight, and I can't wait. My life really goes a bit haywire when he is not here. I can't sleep very well so I stay up way later than I should, and I don't eat very well. I even forgot to take my meds a couple of days. My golden climbs into bed with me which is good! And I did get to get some stitching done. I am almost finished with "Lo How a Rose"...I ran out of a few colors, but I think they may be in today's mail so I should have a finish to show tonight or tomorrow. I really enjoyed stitching on this and only had to renew the book one time! I think I need a cup of tea!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

july 16 - two more giveaways & a great read

Renae is having a Christmas in July giveaway on her blog. If you haven't visited her blog, please do so. She has some wonderful things there.

Paulette is also having a giveaway at her blog. If you love Plum Street Sampler designs as much as I do you will want to head right over there.

Someone on one of the blogs mentioned this book and I am so glad I followed up on it. "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer is a wonderful book, written as a series of letters. I am listening to the audio version and it has really captured me. I would highly recommend this book, and thank you to whoever it was that brought it to my attention.

And thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 13, 2009

july 13 - weekend update

It was a bit cooler this weekend and I managed to get lots of stuff accomplished. On the reading front, I finished "Miss Julia Delivers the Goods" by Ann B. Ross. I really love this series and the characters are a hoot. I actually have listened to more of them than I have "read" and the person who reads these is just perfect for the books. If you haven't tried these and are looking for something fun, I'd recommend them.

I was also lucky enough to get two wonderful packages this weekend. The first was my Quaker exchange with the Stitcher's Timeout yahoo group. I received Shannon's wonderfully stitched pin pillow. The design is a Quaker hedgehog from Workbasket. I have actually stitched this one twice before but never for myself. so I was so pleased to receive it. She added the little pins and buttons and it is just perfect. Thanks again Shannon!

I also received these beautiful squares for Round 14 of Fair & Square. These were a real surprise because the round has just started, but Maren must have flying needles! She put together this pretty design using different motifs from the Reader's Digest Big Book of Cross Stitch. I have this book as well and it is a wonderful source for all kinds of designs. This is a lousy picture but you'll have to trust me..the stitching is perfect and the colors are soft and beautiful. Thanks so much Maren!

I also did some stitching this weekend as well. I added Parts 6 & 7 to "Alla Turca. There are only two more parts to go and then this SAL will be complete. I have really enjoyed working on this.

And this is a wedding sampler that I stitched for a friend's daughter. My husband will be traveling to New York this week for the wedding. He is meeting our daughter there so they will have a nice time together. This is a design from Bent Creek called "I Do". I stitched it on a light fiddler's cloth because I love the way these alphabet samplers look on that fabric. I hope they like it!

I also did some more stitching on "Lo How a Rose" yesterday. I am able to keep the book a little longer...until the 24th of this month, so I am hoping to get it finished this week. I'll post an update later in the week.

And now I have to get back to work! Thanks for visiting and for all your wonderful comments!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

july 9 - another generous blogger

I just came across another wonderful giveaway. Patti is celebrating 2000 visitors to her blog with a very generous giveaway. Please visit her blog for all the details!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

july 7 - 2 awesome giveaways & a happy birthday

There are 2 wonderful giveaways being offered...the first is at the violarium blog...enter for a chance to win this wonderful book. The second giveaway is at Irish Muses...a new-to-me and super blog.

Have fun and have a birthday cupcake for Ringo Starr...I forget how old he must be and can't believe that I remembered that today is his birthday (I was just a bit of a Beatlemaniac back in the day....can't remember what I crossed the room to get but I remember their birthdays!)

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

july 2 - exchanges to share & a WIP

I recently participated in a floss tag exchange with the Friendly Stitchers yahoo group and received my exchange today. I also heard that my partner received hers, so I can share the pictures. Here is the exchange that I received. Gillie did a wonderful job stitching this floss tag and she also included 2 gorgeous skeins of silk from Caron Waterlilies and the other a silk 'n colors. I can't wait to use them (I'm already using the floss tag!)

I stitched this older freebie from Little House Needleworks for my partner. It is called "Two Sheep", and I included some silks for her also.

And finally, here is an update on my Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler. I think I will try to work down the right side of the sampler this month.

Thanks for visiting!

july 1 - goals

I haven't posted goals in quite awhile, but I have several things I really want to work on this month so here goes:
...finish wedding sampler
...Alla Turca Parts 6 & 7
...Beatrix Potter - at least 4 motifs on Three Things
...finish Lo How a Rose
...Fair & Square Round 14 squares
...PS exchange
...ornie exchange
...QFS round robin
...Ally's round robin

I told you there was alot! but I think that's it. We'll just have to wait and see what happens!

Thanks for visiting!