Friday, January 30, 2009

Ornament from Becky

Becky's ornament arrived yesterday - it's a Prairie Schooler! Isn't it great? The design is called Santa & Friends and it's done on 32ct Chestnut with DMC fibers. I love it! Thank you Becky!

If you have a minute would you drop by and visit a new stitcher to the blogging world? Her name is Ronel and she is from South Africa. She's told me that she likes to do stumpwork and ribbon embroidery. Her blog was just recently created; I hope we get to see some pictures of her work soon!

Ronel's blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Valentine's Day exchange from Gabi

Gabi received my name for the HoE Valentine's Day exchange and look what arrived in my mailbox yesterday! The designs are taken from the "Valentine Wishes" chart from Blue Ribbon Designs, and she stitched this on 28ct hand dyed Jobelan in the color Watercress. She used the recommended Sampler Threads.

Her finish is called a "fold up." This is a new technique that was created by Judy Odell. There are two sides to the design -- it's really cool. To see another picture of a fold up that Gabi made, go here.

Gabi included some other goodies - one in particular I must share with you. My daughter was about to make off with this "box of chocolates" until she realized that it was a perpetual calendar! LOL (Gabi said that her daughter also thought it was chocolates until she took a closer look at it - LOL!)

Wonderful exchange - thanks so much Gabi!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Christmas Ornaments ...

Two more ornaments arrived yesterday; I'm just getting photos posted tonight...

First up is the ornament from Vonna; it's a beauty. You may recognize this as the 1991 Prairie Schooler Santa! It's stitched over one on 25ct Ivory Lugana. I just love it!!!

Next up is the ornament from Carol. This design can be found in the 2008 JCS Ornament issue. It's from Midsummer Night Designs and it's called Christmas Angel. Carol stitched it on 36 ct light sand. I really like it!

Wish I was better at staging these pictures and that I had better lighting to work with! Aren't they both beautiful? Thanks Vonna and Carol!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Stitching

Before I head off to bed I want to share with you my stitching for today. This was a quick stitch that I started this afternoon and finished this evening. Next month, I am taking a class at Stitcher's Crossing in Madison, Wi with Lori Markovic of La D Da! This is the project we are going to work on - the stitching had to be done in advance; we will do the finishing in the class. It's going to be a needlebook.

It would seem as though I have a lot going on in February - can't wait!

4X8 Winter Exchange

Late last year, eight of us decided to do a seasonal exchange in 2009. The group is comprised of 4 stitchers from the U.S. and 4 from Germany. We're going to rotate partners each season of the year.

For the Winter exchange, my partner was Kerstin. Kerstin's package arrived this weekend. Enclosed were many wonderful things! First off, here is the lovely bag that Kerstin stitched and finished for me.

The heart stitched in the center of the bag is comprised of several white, delicate looking snowflakes. The bag is finished off with two snowflake buttons and coordinating fabrics. It's really pretty!

Kerstin enclosed this unique pin. I haven't seen one of these before. As you can see, it's adorned with some pretty glass beads, a charm, and a piece of cross-stitch. I love it!

A few other goodies filled out the exchange including an Easter pattern (designed by Kerstin herself!), some banding, pretty french thread in a pale blue color, and a scissors! This scissors is new to me - it is adorned with the breast cancer ribbons.

A wonderful exchange; I've enjoyed getting to know Kerstin through her blog. My package to her is on its way; I hope she likes it!

Another LHN RR - finished!

When I stopped at Joan's on Saturday, I picked up Melissa's LHN RR. This is the last one that I had to stitch on; it goes back to Melissa when I am finished. Well, two cups of Capuccino, two good movies (Mona Lisa Smile and The Bridges of Madison County) and four hours of stitching, and Melissa's LHN RR is done!

As you can see, Melissa asked us each to stitch one of the squares from the Dear Diary series (what a great idea for a round robin!) I think it turned out great. Now that's it done, I can send it home to Melissa when I mail Joanne's to her!

P.S. The square that I stitched is on the bottom in the middle - "Kindness"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More Ornaments from Stitching Friends

More ornaments from the ornament exchange to share - Carolyn's came in my mailbox; and I picked up Jill's and Joan's at Joan's house today (they were expecting me to come stitch with them last night but I didn't make it. My daughter's team's basketball game went into 3OT - but that's another story!)

First up is the ornament from Jill. The design is from Brown House Studio and if you are interested in stitching this one, it is in the 2004 JCS Ornament magazine. Jill is an expert finisher -- this is really beautifully done. Thanks Jill!

Next up, the ornament from Joan. This was a freebie she found online somewhere. She said she stitched it for me because she knew I was partial to reindeer (kind of like Edgar!) It's stitched using DMC115 - isn't it pretty?

Finally, here is Carolyn's ornament. This one also comes from a JCS Ornament magazine; 1999 to be exact. The design is from The Sampler House. It's perfect because I love alphabets too!

Such a lovely collection -- thanks so much to all of you wonderful stitchers!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ornament from Staci

This is ornament #2 from the small group that is doing the monthly ornament exchange; January is my month to receive. This lovely ornament is from Staci!

Staci wrote that it is from the JCS 1999 Ornament issue; it's the ornament from Hollie Designs. Note Staci's attention to detail -- I hope you can see the tiny tree stitched on the back side.

Another wonderful ornament - thanks Staci!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mama Joan

Mama Joan is a new Grandma -- her oldest daughter had a baby girl yesterday. Now Joan has one of each - a grandson and a granddaughter. If you have time, drop by her blog and congratulate her! She also has a PIF offer for anyone that might be interested....

Mama Joan's blog

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nic and Joan

Well, you are the only two that left a comment on the PIF post, so as promised, the two of you will each receive something stitched from me within the next 365 days (oh it will probably be much sooner than 365 days!)

Now, in exchange, the two of you each need to post this offer on your blog and "pay it forward" to two more stiching bloggers.

How's everybody else doing?

Monday, January 19, 2009

Joanne's LHN RR

Over the weekend I added my contribution to Joanne's LHN RR. My block is in the top right corner. The house and the trees are from the ABC123 chart; I changed the house colors to match the colors of one of the houses in the LHN Neighborhood chart. The sheep and the flowers in the middle are from The Counting House. I think it turned out great; I hope Joanne likes it.
Now look at how beautiful this RR is ... only one more block to go before it returns home to Joanne! (The colors in the second photo are more accurate!)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

One more thing...

Karol at Rosebud's Stitching had a PIF offer on her blog which I signed up for. Karol is going to stitch something for me in the next 365 days. In return, I promised to post this on my blog and "pay it forward" to two other stitching bloggers out there. So, if you are interested in receiving something stitched from me within the next 365 days AND you are willing to post this on your blog and "pay it forward" to two other stitching bloggers out there, leave a comment on this post. I will draw two names on Wednesday, January 21...

Ornament from Edgar

A small group of us started an ornament exchange last year. Each month, one stitcher receives on ornament from the other nine. It's my turn this month to receive and my first ornament arrived yesterday from Edgar!

I was so excited when opening the package, anxious to see which design he selected for me! Inside was a wonderful, primitive looking ornament adorned with antique buttons (forgot to take a photo of the back, but they are there!) and some antique looking lace.

The design is called "Peace On Earth" from Heart String Primitive. Edgar stitched it using DMC on 32 count Lakeside Linen fabric. Of course, the ornament is personalized with our initials and the year.

Thank you Edgar for a wonderful ornament!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tiny Treasures Scissors Fobs

Not only did I receive my scissors fob but the one I sent was also received this week on the Tiny Treasures exchange. First up, here's the one I received from Lori. It says "Home is Best" - I couldn't agree with her more!

My partner was Estrella in Cordoba, Spain. Estrella doesn't have a blog, but Sharon was kind enough to send me some of her likes and dislikes. In the end, I decided to stitch a hardanger fob for Estrella. It has eyelets stitched on one side and the initial "E" on the other. I used some colorful Needle Necessities #8 perle cotton from my stash. There are also some beads stitched on this fob, but they don't show up in the photo!

It's my month for ornaments and a special one arrived from Edgar today. I am going to save this picture for tomorrow's post.

Until then -- stay warm and happy stitching!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Frozen in Minnesota

Well, it's Tuesday and it's really cold here in Minnesota. When I woke up this morning, the temperature was -16°Fahrenheit (-26.66°Celsius). I don't think the temperature ever went above freezing today! I left home early because I knew it would be a long commute into work and it was. Bumper to bumper traffic with no one going more than 15 or 20 miles per hour. I heard that there were over 200 accidents on the roads. Saw a couple of spinouts and a few cars off the road. This is dangerous weather and treacherous travel, even for a die-hard Minnesotan like myself!

I've been stitching away since my last post. As I'm sure you remember, I'm trying to finish up a couple of exchanges. My HoE Valentine's exchange is finished and ready to mail; I'm still working on my Winter Seasonal exchange - hopefully by the weekend this one will be complete. Tiny Treasures has been mailed but it had a bit of a ways to travel (to a warmer place I might add!)

So, all I have for you this evening is the HoE Lizzie Kate exchange that I mailed last weekend. The receiver was Pam; she seems to really like it! "Life's A Stitch" is one of my all-time favorite Lizzie Kate designs and it seemed most appropriate to send to another stitcher. I used the called for GAST fibers and I think this was stitched on a piece of Dirty Belfast from my stash. It's finished as a pinkeep. I think it turned out quite nice!

Has anyone out there visited the Shepherd's Bush shop? I am going to be in Salt Lake City in February and I'm trying to figure out how easy (or difficult) it might be to get to Ogden, UT to visit their shop. I would have the better part of a day to do this in; any suggestions or recommendations on how to get from downtown Salt Lake City to Ogden?

Until next time - stay warm!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

First Post in the New Year

Gosh, how can it be the sixth day of January already?

We had such a wonderful, relaxing weekend. We don't entertain on New Year's Day, we just relax. I made a pan of lasagna and we enjoyed some of the leftover snacks from the previous evening - we watched football and hockey on TV, and I stitched to my heart's content!

On Friday I had lunch with a friend followed by a road trip with Joan, Jill, and Jackie to Stitchville, our "not so" local needlework store (it's about a 40 minute trip in each direction.) Friday night was spent stitching at Joan's. On Saturday all the holiday decorations came down and returned to storage for another year. It was nice to get the house back in order. Sunday came and went far too quickly. Before I knew it, it was time for another work week to begin!

During the holiday weekend I did get some stitching in. Two dear friends celebrated birthdays recently and I wanted to send them something special. Both are fans of Mary Garry designs, so it was easy to decide what to stitch for them - the Mary Garry pinkeep from the 2000 JCS Christmas Ornament magazine. I replaced the word "Christmas" with their names. I used miscellaneous linen from my stash and ST Holly Berry and Pine.

Marie's birthday is on December 29 - unfortunately I didn't get this finished and mailed until the new year, but it is the thought that counts, right? I have so enjoyed getting to know Marie better through blogging and exchanging the past few years.
Lelia's birthday is on January 2. Lelia's blog was one of the first that I visited when I started getting into this blogging thing. Lelia is such a creative person - I enjoy reading her posts.
Here's another little project that I started on January 3rd -- I'm about halfway finished with the center design and then need to stitch the border. Perhaps you recognize Three Crows from Goode Huswife? (Thanks to Barbara for her enabling on this one; she stitched it recently and I fell in love with the picture on her blog.) I'm using sandstone linen and DMC threads. Also pictured is a recent eBay purchase; the price was too good to pass up. This is the Gingher Penelope embroidery scissors. I think it was available in 2002.
I also completed my HoE Lizzie Kate exchange last weekend; will post photos of this as soon as it is received. Tonight I'm working on the finishing for my Tiny Treasures scissor fob exchange. I know, I know, I was going on an exchange diet in 2009. I've never been very good at sticking with diets, but I'm still hoping to succeed at this one - I'm just putting off starting it until February!

That's all I have for tonight - until next time, Happy Stitching!