Monday, July 25, 2011

July Ornament Exchange..... is time again for the You & I ornament exchange and I decided to do a another freebie from Kincavel Crosses.  

Kincavel Crosses "Beaded Humbug"
Kincavel Crosses "Beaded Humbug"
Stitched on 22 ct hardanger w/ DMC

This is my second one and will match my
April ornament.   

Kincavel Crosses "Beaded Humbug"

Lady Kell of Kincavel has some wonderful freebies and you should check them out.   I also want to stitch the snowflake humbug freebies to add to my ornament collection so don't be surprised if you see some more of these!

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My lucky "exchange" partner this month is....


If you would like to be my "partner", you just have to be a follower.  Easy peasy....

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July has been my "Challenge" month and I have been busily stitching on BBD "Their Song" and CHS "Frederick".   I am enjoying stitching both so I just keep alternating between the two.   It would be great if I can I finish "Their Song" before month end.  Just got to keep on stitching.

As always, thanks for your wonderful comments and taking time to visit my blog.  
Happy stitching and stay cool!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So close.......

I was so close to having another Challenge
finish last weekend. 

I was stitching away on BBD's "Its Berry Time" and had sneaky feeling that I was going to run out of thread with just the alphabet left to stitch.  I was using Victorian Motto's Plum so I shot off a quick email to Nancy to see if she had some more.  Luckily, she was able to identify just the dye lot I needed and I got my package of threads (I couldn't order just one skein now could I?) yesterday.

Just a few hours stitching and I
finally have my finish.....

BBD It's Berry Time

BBD "It's Berry Time"
Stitched on 35ct WDW Linen w/
Victorian Motto Plum

I really love the color of this one and will add it to the framing pile.   I really need to work on a "framing plan" so I can rescue some of these finishes from seclusion.  Guess I need to go buy that lottery ticket.......

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 We spent a few days in Charleston and Pawleys Island the first of the week.  The weather was just perfect for walking and touring.  I had forgotten how pretty Charleston is and the food is wonderful too. The best thing I had was the
found at the Boone Hall Farms Market.  
I can not describe to you how good this was...yummy!

We headed up the road to spend a day at the beach.  While at Pawley's Island, I decided to make a quick trip to the Quilter's Cottage  located right up the road in Garden City.  

I certainly didn't need any more fabric but decided I should come home with some type of "souvenir" and I think this filled the bill.   If you are ever in the Myrtle Beach area, it is definitely worth the trip to visit.

We are home for today and will head out Thursday morning to Tennessee for a few days.  Sure hope we find cooler weather too! Hopefully I can work in some stitching time during the ride.

Well...I'm off to work on my ornaments since the 25th will be here before I know it. 
As always...thanks for visiting and happy stitching!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

"Dampy Sod"....

And then there were 9.....

Primitive Needle Dampy Sod
Primitive Needle "Dampy Sod"
Stitched on 40ct. Purely Primitive w/
WDW and Sampler Threads

.....Crazy Challenge finishes that is.  

I have been stitching on and off for a
couple of months on this design and decided it
was time to finish it.   I loved this saying the
first time I saw it and like it even more now
that it is finished.  This was my first design
from Lisa but not my last. 

Now up on the q-snaps will be BBD "It's Berry Time".  I have been stitching on this one by and by also so hopefully I can finish it this week. 

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Six months into this challenge, I do have an
observation.  I was usually a one project girl so I
was a little nervous when I decided to do it.  It
would normally drive me crazy to have more
than one or two big WIP at a time. 

Boy have I changed! 

I love having so many great choices when I pick up my stitiching bag.  If I get tired of one, I just have to reach in for another.  Even better, I have finished some designs that have been languishing in my "To Do" pile for years.  In short, I think I have been more productive this year and hope to keep up this "rotation" going forward.  Even though I have 6 remaining in my bag, I am already looking ahead at my next 15!  

Unfortunately my "To Frame" pile has grown
but that is a problem I don't mind having!

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As always, thanks for visiting and all of your
wonderful comments.  They do make me smile.
Happy stitching.....and stay cool!

Monday, July 4, 2011

"Americana" finish.....

Just in time to celebrate the 4th of July,
I put the last stitch in this morning....

CHS Americana
CHS "Americana"
Stitched on 32ct Buttercream
w/ DMC

This is number 8 in my Crazy January Challenge.  Another great design from CHS!  
I really should have finished this one last week but just couldn't find my stitching mojo. 

With a little help from the Law & Order
marathon yesterday, I found it and
spent the day happily stitching.   

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  It will be here before we know it and I need to get busy stitching all of my goodies.  I also need to get my registration in so I don't miss all of the fun.  If you haven't heard of this wonderful stitching retreat, please check it's not too late but seems like it is filling up quickly. 
Hope to see you there.

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For my Amercian friends, I hope you
are enjoying the 4th holiday!

Happy stitching.