November 23, 2008
On to stitching related stuff, this is a photo of the absolutely gorgeous birthday exchange package I received from Ilse in Germany. We were in a small birthday exchange together and Ilse got a bit behind. But as I always say, better late than never and this was so worth the wait. As you can see, Ilse stitched my favorite hearts into the neatest three part framed hanging piece and a wonderful little heart pillow. Both of these look great on my heart wall. And she sent along lots of yummy goodies as well. Thanks Ilse!
And finally, to prove that I am still stitching a tiny bit these days, this is my Saturday SAL on the Alexandre stitching wallet from Tempus Fugit. Slow progress on the second panel but I'm still plugging away.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week and please be kind when you hit all those holiday sales on Friday. Kohl's is opening at 4:00am I heard in the store today. I'm planning to be asleep and snuggly warm at that time so good luck!
October 29, 2008
I did manage to finish this before I started classes:
Now I just have to find a minute to turn it into something giveable. And I've managed to finish one panel of the SAL Alexandre project and make a small start on the 2nd panel. Unfortunately, my Halloween Fairy is languishing in the project envelope while I work on finishing a Christmas exchange piece before the end of November. Grad school on top of a crazy busy job is really proving a challenge so I'll be lucky to update this once a month but I will try! Hope you are having much more fun on your end of things!
September 2, 2008
And finally my progress on Nora Corbet's Halloween Fairy. I'm obviously way behind Carol but I'm pretty pleased with how fast this design is going along.
August 31, 2008
Yesterday was my SAL day on this project and I'm pleased with my progress. I recently bought some stronger cheaters and it's making it a lot easier to work on this project even when the lighting is not that great.
I also finally broke down and went to Lenscrafters and bought new glasses with progressive lenses. I got tired of having to take off my glasses at night to stitch and not being able to see the TV. I found two frames I liked and unfortunately had to settle for my 2nd choice because of sizing issues. The first pair wouldn't have been large enough for them to get good middle distance on the lenses. Sheesh those things are expensive! Thank goodness for some insurance coverage and my flexible spending account. Because of the progressive part, I was not able to leave with my glasses but I hope they will be in before the end of next week.
Today I've been working on my Nora Corbet Halloween Fairy. It feels funny to work on this project which is over two - it's huge! LOL Stay tuned for a photo later today or tomorrow.
August 29, 2008
I'm off to get stitching! Hope you're enjoying your long weekend too!
August 26, 2008
August 19, 2008
August 17, 2008
And today I completed the finishing on my little HIH Halloween Sampler. I think this turned out great as well although I had some trouble getting the bow on top to look like I wanted it to. Do you think I should just leave the ribbon off? I couldn't decide. I really like the backing fabric and need to get back to the quilt store to see if I can find any more of it. I think I bought it for an exchange last year so there might not be anything left. Now I have at least one more thing to put out when October 1st rolls around.
August 16, 2008
August 14, 2008
Right after my commitment stitching was finally over with, I picked up this little piece again and finally finished it. It's been done almost two weeks and I think I've finally decided how to finish it - a cube using Joanie's excellent directions. Maybe I will get to that over the weekend!
August 8, 2008
Next up is a piece I finished into a pillow - it was on the cover of the July issue of The Gift of Stitching and I new it was the perfect piece to stitch for Dane who loves the sea and was there on holiday for her birthday. I didn't used the threads called for but dug through my Weeks Dye Works and made substitutions that I think turned out pretty well. I really liked this little design and plan to stitch it for myself one of these days.
And finally I sent a thread keeper to my friend Jodi who was gracious enough to overlook the fact that the I at the end of her name is one stitch above the other letters in her name. I didn't notice it until I had completely put the piece together and turned it over to stitch the side opening closed. Sigh.... I was in a hurry.
August 3, 2008
I've also managed to get quite a bit more done on this little Halloween chart. In fact, I think I will be able to show you the finished piece tomorrow as I've made a lot more progress since I took this photo yesterday afternoon. We've had really rainy weather for most of the weekend so I've been doing a lot of reading and stitching.
August 2, 2008
August 1, 2008
And last but by no means least was a wonderful box from my friend Jodi in Wisconsin. Jodi had already given be a couple of birthday goodies when I saw her in February but she managed to spoil me again with a fabulous stitched design finished into a piece perfect for one of the fabulous stands her dad makes at Bloom Woodworks. Isn't it neat? I love how these stands work. At first I couldn't figure out what the wooden stick piece as for until the base was unwrapped and I put two and two together. I thought it was a strange new tool for knitting because Jodi also sent along two glorious skeins of yarn. LOL Jodi also included two gorgeous necklaces - one in the shape of a heart with my birthstone in it and a gorgeous 1928 piece with garnet colored stones.
Thank you all for making this a lovely birthday!
July 30, 2008
I've also made a bit more progress on my little Halloween piece and started a crochet project which I will show you soon! Thanks for stopping by and my apologies to all of you creative bloggers that I didn't name - I know you're out there!
July 27, 2008
July 16, 2008
By the way, have you seen the adorable hand-worked items she has been crafting and putting in an Etsy shop? If not, go over and check out the adorable birds and bunnies. I swear I don't know how moms find the time to do these things. I have no kids and while I do work full time, I still should be able to accomplish more in my spare time.
July 13, 2008
Anyway, I was in another color exchange back in June - I think this is my favorite type of exchange. You pick a color and then your partner stitches something using that color and includes some goodies with the same color as well. This time, the group was kind enough to humor me in wanting to have a color combination - blue and brown - two of my favorites! Here are photos of what my partner stitched for me - didn't she do an absolutely amazing job. The pieces are just not done justice by the photos and I was thrilled with the package. Thanks Nancy K!
I will post what I sent in another post.