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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A little Stash, A Little Stitching!

I have received alittle new stash from Nashville. (click on the pictures to get a better view). First up is A Stitcher's Journey by BBD. I LOVE this book. It was worth the price for me. I also got Love Scissor Tag by DT, Miaou Cui-cui bt Tournicoton (very cute cat design), Glory and Julius Gobblefree by AuryYM ( I can't help myself with these guys. I just love them) and lastly Plenty and Grace by Primitive Traditions. This is the most beautiful sampler. I have afew more things coming soon. I will post them when they get here.
I have gotten about half way on May. The fabric is Lambswool Jobelan and is much litter than the picture shows. It's a fun stitch.

Sorry that the picture is turned. Blogger wouldn't let me correct it. Anyway, this is from the new Just Cross Stitch magazine. I must say that the last few issues have been excellent. I really like the pin pillow and Belinda's sampler from Blue ribbon Designs. But this sampler caught my eye. It's a beautiful four season band sampler from Sally Hesketh. It starts with Spring and the other seasons will follow in the coming months. My Wednesday stitching group is going to do this as a SAL. There will be 8 of us doing it. Two of the girls are teachers, so we won't be starting until the summer. It will be great!
Thanks for the good wishes for Cheryl's Mom. She is back in her apartment and doing really well. I loved all the comments on my last post. Thanks so much. I truley appreciate the fact that you read my blog and leave wonderful comments. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pumpkin Farm

I finished this earlier in the week. It's Sarah Street by LHN. I used 32 ct. vintage butter cream linen with CC fibers. The picture does not do the fabric any justice. It's a very soft yellow. I just love the colors, alot of different pinks and the linen is one of my new fav's. Those little bunnies are so cute. You can click on any of the pictures to get a better view.
I finished this piece this morning. It's Pumpkin Farm by BBD. I think that this one is one of the best designs in the AotH series. I used 28ct exampler linen with the suggested fibers. I dedicated it to my husband who died in 2004. I picked this one for him because we were married in October. It was perfect. It will go in my pop in and out frame that I am using for the series.
Started this one this afternoon. It is May by PS. I am trying to do all of the series. They are fun fast pieces to do. I won't get alot more stitching in this week end. Went out to dinner with friends tonight for Mexican food and tomorrow we have been invited to friends for a turkey dinner. I love turkey and I also think that any meal that I don't cook is a great meal. With that said, I love cooking but it is nice to have someone else cook occasionally.
Cheryl is in Canada visiting her Mom, who has cancer and is in the hospital. She is doing better but still has a long road ahead of her. I know that they would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for all the comments! I love them. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Bunch Of Finishes.

It's been a very busy couple of weeks. I have done a lot of stitching and finishing. One day Cheryl and i went to the fabric store where we found the new spring line of fabric. So many fat quarters, so little time. We then went to a store that has a ton of trim and came away with many different options. The next day we spent it making all the following pillows. One for me and one for her. The day after we made the pillows, we made Valentine cookies. I didn't take any pic's of the fabric and trims before we started using them but you will see some of the fabric in the following picture's. First up is a freebie by Paulette. I think the Hare's deserve the pom-pom trim. So cute.
The next three pillows are by SB designs. Picture Be My Valentine turned to the right. These work up so quickly and I think that they turned out pretty good.

This is Hop by LK. We just made it into a little ornament. I say that like that was the intention but it wasn't. I cut the fabric so close I was surprised that Cheryl could do anything with it.

I also made this little guy for me, as well as, for Jackie. St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays. I knew that I had to have one of these.

That's enough for tonight. Again, I want to thank everyone for the great response to my giveaway. I do appreciate all of my followers and there will be more giveaways in the future. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day and We Have a Winner!

Are you feeling Lucky? This is the little pinkeep that .... Jackie will be receiving in her package! The winner is Jackie and her blog is Jackie's Stitches. Jackie, please email me with your snail mail address and I will get the box in the mail. She has a great blog, so check it out. Thanks to all who entered and all the new followers. I have read alot of new blogs (to me) and joined many. There is alot of wonderful stitcher's out there.
Cheryl and I made Valentine cookies on Saturday. They are yummy! Thanks to all for the great comments. They are appreciated. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Giveaway Reminder!

Just a little reminder that Spring is coming! Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers. Aren't they lovely?
A quick reminder that I will have my drawing tomorrow evening. Go to my previous post and leave a comment there. I have added a cute pair of scissors. I have finished Lucky for the drawing, but I am keeping him a secret until tomorrow.
Thanks to all my new followers! I have found so many more wonderful blogs to read. Have been busy stitching and finishing but I will show those things tomorrow or the next day. Good luck to all! Until tomorrow...Happy Stitching. Deborah

Sunday, February 6, 2011

My 300th Follower Giveaway!

I finally got in some quality stitching time this week-end. This is a freebie by PSS. Very cute and will be made into a pillow with pom-pom trim. I just can't stop myself from using the pom-poms.
This is Lucky by SB. I made two of these. One will be framed for me and the other will be made into a pinkeep and included in my giveaway.

I finally finished this square of AaHRH. Now that it is finished, I really do like it. You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.
Here is some of what is going in the giveaway. Home of a Needleworker by HSE with the fabric and the silks, Plymouth Sampler by the Sampler Company with the DMC floss (not pictured) , a candle mat design, A Good Neighbor by DT, Hoffman's summer sampler with 4 little designs, a punchneedle design, 3 pieces of random fabric, 4 Silk-N-Colors silk in Spring colors and a little pair of scissors (not pictured yet) and the Lucky pinkeep made by me. I hope you all like this giveaway!

The rules are as follows: You must be a follower. If you are not a follower yet, please sign in as one. Please comment on this post only. If you mention this giveaway on your blog you will get another vote. Please leave an e-mail address if I can't e-mail you through your blog. I will draw a name on Monday, February 14th in the evening. Good luck to all!

When I started this blog (less than a year ago) I never dreamed that I would have 50 followers not to mention 300. I love blogging and I love reading all of your blogs. So, thanks for visiting my little piece of MA and until next time....Happy Stitching!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

WIP and Tusal

Still working on AaHRH! I thought that I would never finish the barn. It's progressed quickly after that. Sorry for the lousy picture. When I am done with this square I am going to move on to something different. Haven't decided just what yet.
Because I haven't done much stitching, I thought that I would show you a couple more of my flower frogs. This was my first one. It was given to me by my a dear friend, Jeanne. She bought it years ago in Baltimore and never used it. She gave it to me because she knew that I really wanted one. It's much prettier in person. It's beautiful cut glass. It remains my favorite. Little did Jeanne know what she started. You can click on any of the pictures for a better view.
, The frog on the right is one I found with Cheryl a couple of weeks ago. More cut glass with a silver base. Very pretty. The one on the left is one I found one day when Nataly and I were out shopping for anything stitchy. It's very shallow, but it holds the little scissors perfectly. The base has a floral silver border.
My TUSAL jar. You can see all the fall colors from AaHRH.

I am very close to 300 followers! I have started to put together my giveaway. I have a beautiful design from the Sampler Company with the fabric and floss, 5 other designs, some silk floss and a few other pieces of fabric. Oh, and alittle something stitched by me. check back next week and I will post the giveaway.

I want to thank everyone for visiting and leaving the best comments. I appreciate them all. Until next time....Happy Stitching! Deborah