Sunday, March 31, 2013

Welcoming spring...

Spring is starting to make an appearance
here in South Carolina evidenced by the fine
yellow haze outside.  The tell-tale signs, though,
are the sneezing, stuffiness, and puffy eyes
.....oh how I strongly dislike spring!
But I do love spring stitching and was happy
to find this in my mailbox from Dawn 
for the Spring Seasonal Exchange.

The sweet little design is just perfect and
I love  the "happy" fabric Dawn used. 
It is now taking up residence where my
snow people formerly resided and I am
glad to enjoy for a few months!
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I have been stitching on two of my large
projects the past few weeks but I did take
some time this week to stitch up
a gift for a retiring coworker.
Homespun Elegance "Friendship & Blossoms"
stitched on 40ct. coffee dyed linen w/ overdyed threads
I just love this design and it turned out so cute
stitched on the smaller count.  I really
enjoyed working with Sharon these
past few years and hope this will make
a nice reminder of our friendship
while she relaxes the day away !

 Great use of my Spellbinder scallop heart die!

I have started keeping my scraps of linen
"just in case" I can think of a use for them
and decided to make a little heart tag
 for the back.   After stitched, I used one
of my dies to cut out the scalloped heart.   I
love how it turned out and will now be
hoarding all of those scraps!
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I do hope everyone had a great Easter weekend
with family and friends.   As always,
thanks for visiting and happy stitching!


  1. What a sweet surprise to find in your mailbox.
    Gosh, I just love the H.E. piece. The scalloped heart on the back is such a great touch. Maybe I should look into one of those die cut machines. If you can give me any advice on them, I'd really love it. Hugs, Nan

  2. Pretty exchange pillow from Dawn
    I love the HS design
    Happy Easter!!!

  3. Great stitching goodies all around! I too have been saving scraps ~ even the smallest of pieces, I figure when I gather enough of those, they can be the stuffing for a pincushion.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

  4. Happy Spring Happy Easter, love the finishes!

  5. Gorgeous finishes!!!! Love the Homespun Elegance piece!!!!!!

  6. I love that HE design and the fabric backing is perfect!!!! Cute heart...... Hoard those scraps!!!!

  7. So beautiful Karen love all the stitching and really like the heart at the back , I keep all my scraps for labels , but love this idea, you have started a new trend, thank you. hugs.

  8. Both gifts sent and received are beautiful. Great idea to keep the scraps of linen.

  9. Lovely exchange piece. The heart tag on the back is so sweet. I know that your coworkwe will love this.
    Have a great week!

  10. Gorgeous work, I love the bunny cushion. I also really like your small tag on the back of your work, i don't usually sign my work but maybe I should.

  11. I love the lite pillow you made for your friend...what a lovely design and sentiment! I don't think I've ever seen this one before. I'm sure your friend will love it!

  12. My favorite part of this post is your creativity with the scraps. Really neat.

  13. Lovely exchange piece you received, and I love the present you made for your friend!

  14. Great exchange piece that was made for you and i love the gift for your retiring co-worker, such a clever idea to add the heart to the reverse, it looks right at home there.

  15. Beautiful gift from Dawn. What a very pretty gift you made for Sharon. I love how you used your die cut for the heart and stitched your initials. You have a Great idea for using those small scraps of linen:) It rained here in northern California and that helped with packing down the pollen in the air. Maybe you will get rain:) love Annette

  16. I hope you had a wonderful time over the Easter weekend. Beautiful finish, I love the little heart you've added, it's perfect :)
    Best wishes.

  17. Happy Spring! Friendship looks great and I love how you finished it.

  18. Friendship is beautiful! What a great gift! Your finishing is always so lovely and I love your idea of saving the little scraps to 'sign' ornaments. Have a great week, Wanda

  19. Spring - no wait - it's going to be only 50 tomorrow with rain! That will feel SO cold. What a lovely Friendship pillow you've made. I know she will be so tickled. Love the heart siggie on back - gotta love those scraps.

  20. Beautiful finishes Karen!! I think the friendship design is so pretty!

  21. Beautiful finishes Karen. Love the HE one.

  22. Lovely gift, I'm sure your friend will cherish it. Love your idea for using your scraps of linen, it looks so pretty and personalised.

  23. Sweet exchange you got. Fantabulous job on the HE piece! Your little heart on the back is a darling touch! Your friend loved it, I'm sure!


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