Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Exchange Update

In recent weeks I have been busy stitching a number of projects for exchanges on the U.S. Exchange Board. Tonight I'd like to share some pictures with you.

First of all, this is a gift that I received from Laurie in Iowa. This was for the House Themed Exchange. The only requirement was that we include a flag in the design along with a house or houses. Laurie chose a Homespun Elegance design and stitched and assembled this Lavender sachet bag for me. As you can see, she included some goodies, in particular the two new Prairie Schooler charts and some fabric from Silkweaver. Thanks Laurie!

Here's the project that I stitched for the House exchange - the Old School House from La D Da. I made it into a pinkeep. This is the second pinkeep I've made and I'm getting better at them! This was sent to Nancy in California.



Of course, I sent her some goodies too - an assortment of DMC floss and a wool felt pincushion kit..

I've been having so much fun with these. Many thanks for Becky to keeping this board open while she's taking care of her mom and experiencing such a hectic summer!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Saturday Morning

Well, it is now Saturday morning and the sky is blue and the sun is shining brightly - go figure! Doesn't matter - I had a lovely and productive evening!

This UFO was started like two years ago. You saw it last when I finished the stitching on it. Last night I added the beads and the star button. This is Wee Santa '97 from HIH.

Then, some of you may recall that early this year I completed the needlecase from Cindy Valentine called Apricot Elegance (only mine is done in mint green!) The stitching has been done for months, but I couldn't get myself to make the cording to finish it off. Yes, I finally tackled that cording last night and here's the finished product:

Will there be more updates this weekend? Watch and see!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Change of Plans

Well, we were going to head to the lake tonight after work but when we realized that a 70% chance of rain was predicted for tomorrow, we changed our plans and stayed home. Sometimes its good to be home. DD mowed the lawn. DH is happy - he got to putz in the garade. DS went to a movie with friends. Me - I'm tickled pink to be fiddling with my stitching stuff!

I finished a scissors fob tonight - it's a Brightneedle design (a freebie I think, although I took it from their book called Small Samplings) called Dearest Friend. When I sewed the sides together I added on a bead with each stitch. This is going to a friend who might check out my blog, so I can only tell you that our initials and the little tulip flower are on the back side.

Hmmmm....now what should I finish?

Monday, June 19, 2006

Stitching Update

Here's my stitching update for the past week:

First, progress on DT Game Board Sampler. Stitched one house and two motifs and some additional lettering on the right side. Second row is almost done!

I also started a new project this week, it's called Lakeside Lodge and its a design from LHN. (Seemed like an appropriate design to stitch on at the lake!)

Please forgive me if I haven't commented on your blog lately - I've had to cut back on my computer time - I think I've got carpal tunnel developing in my right hand/wrist/arm. I'm hoping that if I just take it easy for awhile, it will get better. Fortunately, it doesn't bother me too much when I'm stitching!

Have a great week!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Weekend Stitching Happy Dance

Well, another weekend has passed - this one proved to be productive. I was itching to start something new last week, so on Wednesday night I pulled out Drawn Thread's For Thee. This is an older chart (1998 I believe), but it doesn't matter to me - I love everything by Drawn Thread! I finished it last evening. Not sure whether it will be framed or finished some other way; for now, it's going into the drawer of my ever growing pile of projects that need finishing or framing!

Game Board SALing friends - I just wasn't in the mood to stitch on my Game Board last night. I may pick it up during the week, we'll see.

I'm anxious to see the new designs coming out of the Indianapolis market that was held this past weekend. Not like I need anything more to stitch, but well, you know how that goes! Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Today's Stitching Update

Sorry, I haven't been very regular in posting. Work has been busy, the kids are playing summer sports. We go to the lake every chance we get. Fortunately, I have had more time to stitch so here are the updates!

Drawn Thread Game Board Sampler - two more squares finished on the far right!

WIP - this is the Heart in Hand Wee Santa from 1997. I started this about two years ago and am determined to finish it this year. I have some backstitching to do on Santa's face and I need to connect the stars plus attach a star button - he's almost finished!

Finally, I've completely finished the verse for My Sunshine from La D Da. All I have left to finish is the outside border. I must admit, I had some difficulty counting this one - I was trying to do it at the lake and wasn't concentrating as closely as I should have been. Despite a couple minor errors, it looks great - I just might have to fudge the border a little bit! (The fabric looks a bit washed out in this photo - it's more gold in color!)

In addition to these three projects, I've finished stitching three of my upcoming exchanges. I just have to do the finishing. I must admit that I wish I had done the Biscornu Exchange on the SBEBB - the completed projects I've seen on everyone else's blogs are fabulous!

Have a great week everyone!