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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Little Bit of Everything!

It has been very busy around here and I haven't posted in over a week. The time is flying so fast. I must be getting old. I do have some stitching to show.
This is a BBD design named called Easter Parade. I used 32 ct mystery fabric and the suggested floss. I will be framing it in a gold frame from my stash.
This is a little Massachusetts sampler by LHN. I think the design is called 1728 samplings. There are 4 designs in the group. I had done 13 Colonies and the Mayflower sampler by LHN for my mudroom and thought this would fit in perfectly. The fabric is 32 ct woodsmoke by LSL and the fibers are Belle Soie. I do love silks.
I put together my March WP as a door hanger. Cheryl put together the my SB Irish Hearts into a pillow for me. I picked green and light purple fabric that matches the floss pretty well.
I won this beautiful heart pendent from Marjorie at Moonsilk Stitches. Her work is stunning! Thanks Marjorie.
I, also, won this floss from Nancy at Victorian Motto. I have used her chenille and lace trim and look forward to using the floss. The colors are rich and beautiful. Now to find a project.
I picked up my Loose Feather finish from the framer. I had it framed close like they did. I just love it.
The frame is wide and the color has red tones which goes well with the alphabet color. Will end this post with a picture of Stella. She has gained 3 pounds and gotten taller. She has eaten through 3 harnesses, many toys, can jump on all the furniture in the house and is doing pretty well at school. The boxer is Harvey (from school) and he is quite smitten with Stella.
Thanks for sticking with me this long! I love all the comments. They are appreciated. Until next time.... Happy Stitching! Deborah

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Where Does The Time Go?

It's been over a week since I posted and really, I don't know where the time has gone. I have done some stitching. With Stella, it is getting hard to find the time without puppy interference.
I finished March Word Play. It was done on 36 ct v. butter cream fabric using the suggested GA floss. Then I finished the loose feathers designs Autumn, Summer and Winter. I really love this piece and was glad to get back to it. It will go to the framer on Wednesday.
Next up is a SB design called Irish Heart. Not a lot of work. I did it this afternoon watching a marathon of Joan and Melissa. Mindless TV. Perfect for stitching. I must say though it was funny.
Cheryl and I are going to have a finishing day this coming week. The SB piece will turn into a pillow. We have been hitting the antique places and have picked up some frogs and other cool stuff.
I just love these giant bobbins. I am going to wrap them with some of my lace trims.
I got a few different frogs. I just love this one. Very different.
The one on the right is very cool. It has a silver top with may holes. It polished up beautifully.
Cheryl found the blue frog for me when she was in Canada about 18 months ago. I had nothing to put it in until I found this lovely blue bowl. The frog fit perfectly. This is one of my favs.
We found this at a country store and I just had to have it. It is reproduction of an old sewing case. I am trying to get my stitching room more organized (much like the rest of you) and this case helped me a great deal. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave comments on my blog. I love the comments, they mean a lot to me. I have had some questions about Stella. She is doing well at school and getting big. She has a new boyfriend at school. Harvey is a boxer and is quite smitten with Stella. I will show pictures of her on my next post. Have a great week. Until next time.....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Few Good Things!

I have managed to get some stitching in this week. Thank goodness for my stitching groups. I get a lot done there. I did the the March cottage by CCN.
It was a quick fun stitch. I did one of the windows in yellow because I like to think that someone is stitching or reading. Goofy, I know. I started the March word play. I love each one of these designs.
I have been the lucky recipient of some giveaways. Last week I received this design from Kathy Ellen from Stitcher's Heirlooms. Kathy and I met at the first New England Retreat. We have become stitchy friends. Kathy's stitching is lovely. Thanks for the great design Kathy.
This is what I received from Nicola of Stitching by a Cornish Sea Shore. If you haven't visited her blog yet, you must! Her stitching is beautiful and her photos of where she lives, the birds and her sweet dogs are stunning. I received the beautiful pattern and so much more. She included 4 fat quaters of fabric, trims and the most beautiful buttons. Least I forget, one of her bird photos. Thank you so much Nicola! You can click on any of the photos for a larger view.
Today in the mail came another wonderful package from Barbara of To Stitch or Not To Stitch. Another wonderful stitcher with a great blog. Barbara's stitching and finishing is stunning. I received the most wonderful sachet filled with walnut shells and lavender. The smell is fabulous. As you can see, she finished it beautifully with beads and a double bow. The candy is already gone. I couldn't help myself. Everything was Valentine related . The floss is either named chocolate names or pinks. Pink beads and little hearts. A very cute tea towel, pen and a wonderful piece of fabric called chocolate raspberry. Thanks Barbara for the early Valentine goodies. I love them all. Thanks for sticking with this rather long post. Cheryl and I have been shopping and I will share some of the goodies I picked up on my next post. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. It means the world to me. Until next time.....Happy Stitching! Deborah

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Some More Valentine Finishes.

I finished all the Valentine projects for this February. I,actually, finished this piece last February but didn't frame it until this week. This is a BBD piece. I had the frame in my stash. That always makes me happy. You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.
I did a small SB design for my small black box. So cute.
Cheryl and I had a finishing day. I did these 3 designs very simply. I didn't think they needed much.
The February Word Play finished like my others.
I will end this post of a picture of my favorite flowers. I was thrilled to see them in the Whole Foods last week.
Stella and I went to obedience school today and she did okay. She learned to sit pretty well but didn't master the laying down. Hopefully we will practice this week and surprise her teacher next week. She did interact with the other dogs and people, which was good. I did receive some things in the mail that I will post next time. Have a great week. Go Pats! Happy Stitching....Deborah