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!

26 comments:

  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

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

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  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!

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  4. Happy Spring Happy Easter, love the finishes!

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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

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

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  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.

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  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

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  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.

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

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  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

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  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.

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

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  21. Beautiful finishes Karen. Love the HE one.

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  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.

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  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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