Wednesday, April 27, 2011

LK Round B to Melissa.....

I can't believe I have another post...three days
in a row is a record for me. 

I heard from Melissa that she has received

LK "Bloom" freebie
25ct over one w/recommended fibers

This design is so simple but I just love it and decided to use it to adorn a scissor pocket. 
I love the bright colors of the pink, orange
and violet and thought they were perfect
for a springy piece. 

Unfortunately for Melissa, I decided to
try something new for me and "practiced"
on her exchange. 

(Amazing how something can be so clear in your
mind but not quite translate into reality.) 

Overall, though, I am happy with the finishing
and see a few more of these in my future.

Pink & orange...a yummy combo!

I found the fabric at Joann's and think it
lends itself quite nicely for the Lizzie Kate
design.  I can see many more LK designs
paired with this fabric.   

Of course, I had to include a pair of scissors with a
coordinating scissor fob.....I'm sure it is bad luck
to send an empty scissor pocket!   This was a fun
exchange and I am glad Melissa liked it.

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching...
I may just be back tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Goodies from Amy.....

The weather was dark and gloomy
when I got home from work but my
mailbox certainly was sunny!

Amy sent me the cutest goodies.....

Amy is a very talented finisher and I just
love the housewife.  Green is one of my favorite
colors so this is just perfect.  The initial design
on the cushion is from BBD's "Garden Club"
book ....don't you just love it?  I love the
finishing fabric on the cushion, which is from her
"special" stash.  I just love the little flowers...

Oh...I so wish I could sew!  With all of the pockets, the housewife will be a great addition to my stitching bag.  Thanks again Amy for a wonderful gift.

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BOAF "Bitter Flower Sampler"

I really like this design but just couldn't
get into stitching it last week so I abandoned it. 
I decided to give it another try last night
and was rolling right along with no problem. 
Isn't it weird how that happens???  I still haven't
looked through my stash to see if I can find some
older 610.... I'm sure my collection looks like
yours and you have more than enough DMC to
last you a lifetime!  So...chances are I
have an older skein and I just need to look for it.   

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Thanks for all of your nice comments on
the ornaments.  If you haven't tried the
humbug finishing, you really should give it
a try.  It was very easy and the best part is
it didn't require a sewing machine!   

happy stitching.....

Monday, April 25, 2011

April's ornament exchange.....

I hope everyone had a nice Easter celebration.  I enjoyed the weekend visiting with my mom. is time to turn my attention to Christmas!  

 Kincavel Krosses "Holly Jolly Humbug"
with Victorian Motto & Needle Necessities
Mine on 28ct evenweave & Yours on 25ct evenweave

I really enjoyed this month's ornament!  I
found this freebie design the first of the
month and couldn't wait to stitch it.  This was
also my first time finishing a humbug and I
found it easier than I imagined. 

I stitched the first on 28 count and it
came out much smaller than I anticipated
so the second was stitched on 25 count
making it just a tad bigger.

The "other side"....isn't this the cutest design???

    I found so many wonderful freebies from Kincavel Krosses and I can't wait to stitch
some more.  If you haven't checked out her
site, it is worth your while!

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Hopefully you know the drill....this "exchange" involves me stitching two ornaments:  one for me and one for a lucky follower.   And so....this month's lucky "exchange" partner is......


It's not too late...if you want to be my "exchange" partner for next month, just make sure you're a follower!

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  Well...I've been happily stitching on one of my Challenge pieces, Goode Huswife's "Peacock Sampler", and hit a snag when I ran out DMC.  As luck would have it, my 10+ year old 610 thread is not the same dye lot as the new one I just purchased. (This was a big lesson learned to start with enough thread to finish.)  So I just moved on for the time being until I decide to frog part of it
or see if I can find another skein that matches.  
Now I am hoping to finish BOAF's "Bitter Flower Sampler" by the end of the week. 

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As always, thanks for visiting and I hope you have a great week with many happy stitches...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sew A Brown Bunny....

To my own surprise, I actually did
some finishing today! 
(I hate  finishing.)

iStitch "Sew a Brown Bunny"
Stitched on 36ct linen in
ST Maple Syrup & Chives

I stitched this one up last weekend and did the finishing for a small pillow this morning.  This was such a cute design....just perfect for Easter.    I still think it needs a little something and plan to add some brown chenille to the edges. 
Thanks again Michele for the RAK!

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I picked up this cute little container at the Dollar Tree just because of the sweet pink color.  Someone in blogland made a cute little flower garden using one and I decided to do the same.

I just love scrapbook paper!

With a little bit of scrapbook paper, skewers, paint and glue, I created a little garden that will sit on my office window ledge.  Best part is I can scrap it and do something else with the container when I get tired of it.

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We are having a beautiful day.  So many parts of the country had horrible weather the last few days and my prayers certainly go out to them.  

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes.  I do appreciate them and need to get busy
stitching on all of my new goodies! 
 I hope you are having a great day too.
happy stitching....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Birthday stash....

I celebrated another birthday this week. 
My mom always knows what I like and
gave me the perfect gift once again
.... in both size and color (green!).  
I wasted no time acquiring some goodies from

(have you seen her new hand dyed chenille and ric rac????)


(Nan has some designs I just couldn't resist any longer!)  

Hopefully the postman will be nice and
deliver them next week.

I am also a member of the Birthday club at the The Stitch & Frame Shop in Rock Hill
so I got to visit them today.  You get a 20%
discount on a project (design, floss, linen and embellishments) and I knew exactly what I would pick....LHN "Thirteen Colonies". 

I just love this design ( well...South Carolina is mentioned so why not)  and I can't wait to start it. 

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I have been doing mostly exchange stitching
that I can't share but I did play around with
some beads yesterday.  I found this cute bee
charm in my stash and decided to make
myself a scissor fob.

 Don't you just love beads?????

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Hope you are having a great weekend. 
The weather has been terrible in certain parts of
the country and I hope you are safe tonight!  It
has turned out to be a beautiful evening here and
I think  I will sit on the patio with my hubby to
end the evening.

Happy stitches....

Monday, April 11, 2011

A little Ziggy love.....

Ziggy circa 1980
Stitched on 18ct. Aida w/DMC

How can you not love this little guy.  
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I remember stitching so many of these
designs when I was a teenager
.... it is still fun 30 years later! 

The colors are just so bright and cheerful I just have to smile when I look at him.    

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Hope your day is special too!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

RAK from Carolina Stitcher......

I had the nicest surprise in the mail
yesterday from Faye!   Before you see
the pic you just know it is going to be good
...and it is!

I  Y love Y  M Designs "Bloom" from a recent JCS
issue so Faye could not have picked a better
one to use for the cutest needlebook!

Just love the pink/brown combination on the green linen

Isn't this design perfect for a needlebook????

As always, Faye's eye for detail and finishing is flawless.  What a wonderful gift from such a great friend.....almost too pretty to use!

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Thought I would share another Dollar Tree goodie I found last weekend that I just couldn't pass up.  

What started out as a pencil holder .....

My "ends" to a means

has now been transformed with a few scrapbook
embellishments into my travelling ORT holder! 
See how nicely it folds up???

They had several colors to choose from and I
think I may need to pick up a few more.

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Thanks for visiting and I hope you have
had a wonderful stitchy weekend! 
Now....I have to get back to some
exchange stitching!!!

happy stitching...

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Flowered Bunny.......

"Flowered Bunny"
JBW "The Bunny Collection"
Stitched on 25ct white evenweave
w/recommended DMC
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How cute is this design! 

I picked up this little booklet with 5 bunny
designs last year and had forgotten about it. 
Once I spotted it in my stash this week, I
just had to stitch this one right up.  

Great way to welcome in April.

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"Sew A Brown Bunny"

Michele was so sweet to RAK me this cute design from Carol and it is next up to be stitched. The weather the last two days has been just beautiful here in South Carolina so I am off to enjoy a little stitching in the sun!

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As always, thanks for visiting and hope you are having a great stitching weekend!