Sunday, July 30, 2006

Quaker Garden - Finished!

Last night I put the final stitches in Quaker Garden - doesn't it look great? I used the recommended fabric and fibers to complete this design. Really enjoyed stitching this one. Thanks Karen for organizing the SAL!

During the week, I also stitched one of the new LHN/Crescent Colors design/threadpaks; it's called Pear and this picture really doesn't do the colors justice (they are much more vibrant IRL!) I stitched it on 30ct R&R Creme Brulee - I think I may make this one into a pinkeep for myself!

Just trying to stay cool here in MN. We've had about 17 days now with temps above 90 degrees; yesterday, today, and tomorrow we're in the triple digits. Fortunately, we have central air, so we are surviving by staying indoors!

Have a nice Sunday - and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Not one, but TWO and an ALMOST

It was the annual end of season baseball and softball tournament weekend, so we did not go to the lake. The ball tournaments were short lived as both DS and DD's teams lost their first two games and were eliminated from any additional games.

With extra time on our hands, my DH decided to work on our dining room and kitchen floors. We're replacing the old carpeting/vinyl with wood laminate. Hopefully (fingers crossed) the new floor will be complete by the end of today.

On the stitching front, I have two finishes to share and an "almost finished". I was itching to stitch something from LHN this week, and so last weekend I started "Blossoms & Blackbirds". I'm still debating whether to frame or make into a pillow. I love the blue in this piece...

Second finish - ta da -- "My Sunshine" from La D Da. This was almost finished a few weeks ago, but due to some minor counting errors, the border wasn't exactly the right count of stitches. I had to manipulate it a little bit. If I hadn't told you this, I don't think you would have noticed.

Finally, I was hoping to finish Quaker Garden this weekend, but I'm not quite there yet. Still have the far left section to stitch. I'm putting it away for today, but will probably pick it up during the week and hope to finish by next weekend.

My DD team softball party is today, so we'll be busy with that. Need to do a little house cleaning and pick up my sewing room some. And there's the dreaded grocery shopping...UGH. The temps here in MN have cooled down and it promises to be a beautiful day. Have a nice Sunday! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Exchange Received and RAK

Today was a "You've Got Mail" day! Yahoo!

First, I received a lovely package from Juanita. Turns out she had my name for the Dog Days of Summer Exchange. I received a needleroll (first one for my smalls collections), some fabric in delectable colors, and six skeins of the new DMC color variations thread. Thank you Juanita!

Notice any similiarities between Juanita's needleroll and the one I stitched for Shelleen? We both stitched the same design! And if that isn't funny enough, Shelleen also stitched this design for Leslie, her exchange partner. I wonder if that's ever happened before? I think we just all have incredibly good taste!

My second surprise today was a package from Tobie. Tobie has become a good online friend. I think that our taste in designers is very similar and I have very much enjoyed reading her blog and watching her stitching progress over the past several months. Tobie sent me this progress bag that she stitched herself along with two charts (Homespun Elegance Enchanted Santa Pillow and Prairie Schooler Pins and Needles). There's also a matching beaded scissors fob! Tobie is very much an accomplished stitcher, this project bag is beautifully done and I will enjoy using it and thinking of my dear friend each time I do!

Well, I'm off to stitch! Have a good evening.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dog Days of Summer Exchange Received

I had the pleasure of stitching an exchange gift for Shelleen for this exchange on the U.S. Exchange Board. The theme was Dog Days of Summer and I found this design on an older HIH chart. (Katrina, you're not going to believe this, but this was my first needleroll EVER!) I've never made a needleroll before and I decided it was time to try. Heck, it was easy! I think it turned out quite nice!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Quaker Garden Update and other Tidbits

Happy Sunday - it's kind of a dreary day here, but that's okay. We haven't had rain for well over a month so today's showers are very welcome! We had our warmest day of the year yesterday with the temperature hitting triple digits!

This weekend, I've only stitched on Quaker Garden - as you can see, I've made quite a bit of progress. It's a little more than half way finished. Here's an updated photo:

Tonight I'm going to try to finish the third row of the DT Game Board Sampler.

For anyone that's not familiar with how to make a biscornu, there's an online class at the following website: Finishing School. You can order the supplies through Handcrafts Online. I've ordered a few things from Mary Kathryn in recent weeks - she's very prompt about sending her orders out and quite easy to do business with!

Question about stitching you have a favorite stitching light or model that you could recommend? I'm looking for a floor lamp model. You may recall that earlier this year my favorite aunt passed away. She remembered me in her will and I'd like to get something tangible (and meaningful) that would remind me of her each time I used it. I think that I'm going to get a decent stitching light - I just don't know where to start! Any recommendations you can pass along will help me get started - thanks!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Quaker Sampler Update and RAK!

Progress Report on Quaker Sampler:

Let me tell you, once you start stitching on this one, it's really difficult to put it down! I think I made pretty good progress this week. The most difficult thing with this piece is trying to get a decent picture that accurately reflects the colors of the fabric and the fibers. I think this one comes pretty close!

I also worked on DT Game Board Sampler - completed two more squares. Did not take a picture to share; I'll take another picture when the third row is finished.

Another great mail day ... Anne sent me a package of goodies - check it out. She sent a piece of doctor's flannel (great for use in needlebooks), some assorted silk fibers, thread rings from Kelmscott Designs, and some biscuits! My kids were excited to try these (I think they are fascinated with the fact that they came all the way from Australia!) Thanks Anne! I'll be sending you a proper thank-you shortly.

I think that's it for tonight. I don't expect to get anymore stitching done until the weekend. Have a good week - and thank you for visiting my blog!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Exchange Heaven

Wow! Did I ever have a great mail day on Saturday!

This summer I participated in a For the Birds exchange on the U.S. Exchange board. The only requirement was that the piece needed to include at least one bird in it.

Cari had my name and look at the cute P.S. BlueJay that she sent to me! It's stitched over one and it is perfect. The little pillow is filled with lavender and it smells great. She also sent along some lavender soap and fabric for stitching. Thanks Cari!

My exchange recipient was Angela and I just couldn't resist stitching this design from Brightneedle (it's in their Small Samplings book). It's made into a hanging pillow - I think the fabrics coordinated nicely.

On Saturday, I also received my exchange gift from the Welcome exchange on the U.S. Exchange board. I was stunned - this pillow is truly beautiful. It's a Brightneedle design and it came from CJ. CJ has been really busy lately starting up a new needlework shop in Oklahoma City - Heartland Needleworks - I'm excited for her and wish her much success!

Stay tuned - tomorrow night I'll post a progress report on DT Game Board Sampler and Blackbird Quaker Sampler...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Season of Hope Finish!

Check out the second LHN pillow - these are quick to stitch and easy to finish. I think the finished product is adorable!

Here's a pic of both pillows:

Now I need to order the third one in this series!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

July 4th Stitching Update

Happy July 4th to my U.S. friends and Happy Canada Day to my friends in Canada.

We had a fabulous five days at the lake - the weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold. We swam, went boating; DH and DS went fishing - and lucky me, I got lots of stitching in!

There were four main projects that I worked on this past weekend - a Hardanger valance (no picture), and exchange gift (no picture now!), DT Gameboard Sampler, and Blackbird Quaker Garden.

First, let me share an update on the DT Gameboard Sampler. As you can see, I've completed the second row and have started the third. In total, I think I've stitched six squares and more of the right border since my last update.

Second, allow me share my progress on the Blackbird Quaker Garden. Karen organized this SAL which I am happy to be part of - I've been looking forward to starting this one!

Thanks for visiting. I'll be working on catching up on my blog reading now over the next several days!