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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Finally, My Giveaway!

This is the sewing box I finished for myself from A Stitcher's Journey by BBD. The fabric it is sitting on is the fabric I lined it in. The picture below is the box that you will win. As you can see, it is not finished. Why you ask? I didn't think that you would like a box with my initial on it, so it will be finished with the initial that the winner wants. The lining will be the same as my box. Your box will also be filled with all kinds of things that should be in a sewing box. Things like scissors and needles and so much more. You can click on the photos to get a better view.

If you are interested please leave a comment on this blog only. You must be a follower, let me know what initial I should stitch and a way to email you if you do not have a blog. If you mention this giveaway on your blog, you will get another chance. I will do the random number thing on the evening of May 8th.

This is my progress on 13 Colonies. I feel like I am in the home stretch and have loved every stitch.

I have been blogging less than a year and I can't tell how much I have enjoyed it. I love making new blogging friends and have made few email friends. I really appreciate all 407 of you and love reading the comments. The work that you all do is awesome and the finishing is so creative. So, thanks!! Until next time....Happy Stitching. Deborah

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My First Exchange and More

Lainey had a Spring exchange. This was first time that I had particpated in an exchange and I loved it. My partner was Chris at Tot Hill and this is the beautiful ornie she made for me. It is a PS design and I love it. Her stitching and finishing are wonderful. Below are all the goodies she sent me.

The candy has been consumed, the hand sanitizer, tissues and the cutest little notepad are already in use. Again, thank you to Chris for such a wonderful exchange.

This is the pin pillow I made for Chris. It's a BBD design. It was so much fun to do. Below are the goodies I gave to Chris. Candy, of course, a tin with a cookie in it, a pair of scissors and a skein of silk.

I won a giveaway that that Magee had. She had very inventive giveaways. This one was if we could pick our name, what would it be. I said Autumn, which is true. Love the name, time of year and the colors. I love the fall designs that I won.

It has been a busy couple of weeks. I am getting the house ready to put on the market. It seems that the work is endless. Hope to call in the realtors next week. I did manage to get some stitching in. I did these 6 little ornies for Spring. They are from a very old PS chart (1991).

This is 13 Colonies by LHN. I am using 32 ct Navy Bean with the suggested DMC, WDW and CC fibers. This is going to be very large but I am loving every stitch. With all the wavy borders and veins your counting has to be spot on. Sorry about the lousy pictures. It is dark and rainy here. I couldn't escape the shadows.

I had hoped to have my giveaway ready for this post but the mail has held me up. It will be in my next post, so stay tuned.

I hope every one has a wonderful Easter. Until next time....Happy Stitching. Deborah

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Little of This and a Little of That

I did this lovely little piece last week, just in time for Easter. It was a quick and fun stitch. I didn't put in the words. Instead, I put in the year and my little odd initials.
I am crazy for this box. It's a very good buy. I will do other designs just so I can continue to have the box displayed. I may have to get the black one, as well.
I picked up this piece last week from the framer. I really love how it turned out. Below is a close up of the frame. It looks old and beat up, which I think works for the sea aspect of the design. The color of the frame matches the floss perfectly.

A month or so ago, Cheryl and I went looking for flower frogs. We were very successful. The picture doesn't show the true color of the glass, which is pink. I was so happy to find to find a pink bottom. I got more of them, which I will show later.
I have 400 followers!! WOW I am thankful for all of you. I am going to have a giveaway. Stay tuned for my next post. I hope that you will like what I have planned. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

For The Love Of Hares and Tusal

As you may or may not know, I love Paulette's Hares. This is Summer Hares and the picture below is Spring Hares. They are so cute. They will be made into little pillows, when Cheryl and I can get togeather. She has had the nasty flu thing. When she is done with that she will probably be heading back to Canada for a quick visit with her Mom.

I am almost done with this needlebook from BBD. It comes from the book A Stitcher's Journey. I love this book and plan on doing a number the designs. I did change up the colors some. Please forgive me for not ironing any of the pictures tonight. It's late. I did this design on 32ct Maple Sugar linen using CC and GA fibers.
Last but not least is my jar of little bits. You can see all the red from the Hares. Thanks for stopping by and leaving great comments. I will get to my emails tomorrow, so please don't think that I am ignoring them. Until next time...Happy Stitching. Deborah

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What a Great Day!

On Saturday, April 2nd my Wednesday Stitching Group went on a road trip in great style! We visited 3 cross stitch shops in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dianne's husband gave her this road trip in a limo for Valentine's Day. What a wonderful gift for Dianne and isn't she really great to share it with all of us. Look at the size of that limo. HUGE.
The driver, Jay picked us up at Di's house at 8am. Here we are in front of the limo, everyone except Cheryl who was sadly ill. Dianne is the woman with her grandchild (who had to stay home). Sorry about the pic's, these are ones that were taken by my camera. Ellen's husband took really good pic's that Blogger wouldn't let me upload.
Here are some of us in the limo going to our first stop. The inside was really nice. We had way more room than we needed. We all brought snacks for the trip. Our first stop was in Ware, MA at Bushworkes. We got there just as the doors opened. I have no pictures because I was busy browsing and buying. The store had wonderful fibers and charts. We all really enjoyed this new shop. The second shop was Chris's Collection in Southwick, MA. Her shop is small but jam packed with everything you would need. Of all the shops, this was my favorite. She had alot of charts that were out of print, any fiber that you wanted and great accessories. I did get some OOP BBD designs, R&R chenille trim and a pair of scissors. We did stop for lunch after this stop because it was way after lunch. We got alot of looks at the subway. The last stop was Thistle Needleworks in Glastonbury, Conneticut. This was the largest shop with a wonderful selection of fabric and charts.
Here is Nataly and Ellen making a selection.
Dottie and Phyllis are checking out at Thistle. As you can see behind them, the store is very large, bright and cheerful.
Here is some of my haul. Okay, I did get much more than this picture shows. These are my fav's. Beautiful fabric, BBD OOP charts and a wonderul large BBD book with 12 designs, Dinky Dye silks, Vicky Clayton silks and some of the chenille. After a long ride back to Di's house, her husband bought us pizza and salad. A wonderul end to a great day. We can't thank Dianne and Carl enough for the greatest day of shop hopping, ever.
I have done some stitching and will post in a day or so. Until next time...Happy Stitching! Deborah