Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!

Many of you have already rang in the New Year! Here in Minnesota we are still anxiously waiting. We're under a winter storm warning so it is a perfect evening to be at home. We usually watch movies or football and snack on tasty hors du oeuvres all night. I'll be stitching, so I'm happy!

Check back tomorrow for some pictures - I received some bookmarks and a lovely scissors fob from Barbara.

Wishing you all the best in 2007!

Friday, December 29, 2006


Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday week. I worked on Tuesday and part of Wednesday and now have been enjoying some time off on Thursday and today. Spent quite a lot of time organizing my stash yesterday and have been doing a little bit of stitching today.

I realized earlier today that I had a few more pictures to share with you. These are some projects that I was working on in December and they were gifts, so I couldn't post the photo right away.

First of all, I stitched this Indiana needleroll for a stitching friend that I've been corresponding with for three or four years now. It was her birthday in December (hi Jan!) This is an older chart from Eventide designs.

I also needed a stitched gift for our EGA chapter's holiday luncheon. For this event I stitched the Minnesota needleroll by the same designer. This chart is also from Eventide designs.

Finally, I want to show you a picture of the clock I gave to my sister-in-law for her birthday in November. You'll recognize the design - LHN Quilt Time Sampler.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. It was a very busy weekend for me. My oldest, Patrick, turned 17 on Saturday (Dec 23) so we started the weekend off with a birthday celebration first! As some of you may know, I sing in the church choir. We had a three hour rehearsal on Saturday morning. Then between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I sang at three different services. I'm looking forward to the New Year holiday which will be much more restful!

Drawn Thread Game Board Sampler - A number of us have decided to re-start our SAL that we were so diligent about last year (until about June). If you would like to join in the fun, send me an e-mail. I'll be contacting those who I know are interested soon.

I'll return to more regular blogging more after the holidays!

Here's a picture of an ornament I finished right before Christmas for a special friend:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

More updates...

Several packages arrived in the past few days!

First, an ornament from Janine as part of the Shepherd's Bush exchange. She also sent several skeins of lovely fibers and stitched a bag for everything too!

Second, an ornament from Kath as part of the SBEBB exchange. I love this design from JBW. Kath's finishing is superb. She sent several goodies including a Kiwi ornament!

Last, and certainly not least, the Winter Blast exchange from Myrna. The design she selected cracks me up. Pay close to the instructions on the front of the design!!!

And you might be wondering what I did last Saturday? Well, I met Monica Ferris - in the flesh! Cool hat, don't you think?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Update - Long Overdue

Here's an update on some of the recent exchanges I participated in:

This lovely snowman ornament came from Toni (not sure if Toni has a blog?). Anyway, I think that the carrot nose sticking out just above the scarf is so cute. She looks kind of cold to me...Brrrrr

Vonna notified me today that she received my snowman needleroll for the U.S. Exchange Board's Winter Blast Exchange. The design is from Heart in Hand and the chart is called Winter Fobs. Believe it or not, this was my first attempt at hemstitching!

Then I also received word that my exchange partner for the ornament exchange on the Shepherd's Bush board received her package from me. She is fond of Santas and that's why I stitched this Homespun Elegance design from a recent JCS Ornament issue.

Last but not least, I received this lovely ornament in the mail this week from Karen. Karen had an ornament giveaway drawing posted on her blog a few weeks ago and I was one of the lucky winners. I am thrilled to have this little stocking - Karen's finishing is perfect! The pattern is from Sigrid's Designs.

All of my exchange gifts for 2006 have been received; I look forward to participating in more exchanges in 2007. I'm also looking forward to starting my PIF stitching gifts. I have a few more Christmas gifts to finish yet and will share pictures over the next week. Hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


I apologize for being mostly absent lately; 'tis the season I guess. I've been swamped at work and swamped at home. I'm working on finishing a couple of last minute gifts....there just aren't enough hours in the day! So, if you don't hear much from me between now and the end of the year - don't worry!

THANK YOU! Many thanks to everyone who sent birthday wishes - the notes on my blog and the e-cards and the little gifties- you all made my day. Thank you all for your friendship!

Ornaments - yes, I do have a couple of pictures to share. First of all, Leslie received her ornament for the USEBB exchange. I had been wanting to stitch this one for a long time and thought that it would be perfect for Leslie. Don't you love the candy cane tail?

Chessie & Me - Candy-Cane Cat, 2004 JCS Ornament Issue

Second, Tessa received her ornament exchange on the SBEBB board. This is one of my favorite designs to stitch (some of you might recognize it as I had stitched a few of these last year.) Her favorite color is red and I thought this was well suited to her preference for more traditional type ornaments.

Nordic Needle - Simply Scandinavian Hardanger Ornament, 2003 JCS Ornament Issue

One more ornament is making its way across the Pacific...I'll post a picture when it arrives. This weekend I need to mail my package for the Winter Blast exchange and I have to complete the finishing on a gift for my EGA chapter's holiday luncheon. Then I will be caught up for awhile! Whew!

Enjoy what is left of the week. Thanks again!