Sunday, March 25, 2012

Look what I won!

Teresa of Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches recently had a giveaway for her followers and I was the lucky winner of a handmade stitcher's portfolio.  The fabric she used was just perfect and so is her finishing work.

The portfolio opens up and has a large pocket on the left side, 2 small pockets in the middle, and another large pocket and a clear pocket on the right.  Teresa also filled each of the pockets with special little treats, including an adorable box of chocolates, some mints, the cutest pair of Itty Bitty Scissors, an adorable counting pin, and Just Nan Needle Flutters kit.  All packaged up in a pretty pink envelope covered in hearts.

Don't you wish you were me??  Thank you so much, Teresa. Your lovely gifts will get lots of use.

I've been gifted with the Leibster Award

Astrid at Dragon Stitches by Astrid has gifted me with the Leibster Award. Thank you so much, Astrid!

Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest, or beloved. The Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.

The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.

1. Choose five up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.
4. Share five random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

My award recipients are listed below. Their blog names are links even though I can't get them to display correctly.

Teresa at Teresa’s Heartfelt Stitches is a lovely lady I was lucky enough to meet at a retreat last fall. She does so many beautiful projects, cross stitch, sewing and others. I recently won a beautiful portfolio that she sewed for one of her lucky followers to win. I’ll be posting pictures later.

Pam at Confessions of a Southern Stitcher is another wonderful lady I met at the same retreat. She does many lovely projects and has recently taken up quilting. Looks like she’s a natural at it!

Colleen at Threads in My Garden was one of my earliest followers. She loves to stitch, sew, quilt and garden.

Terry at Rosy Stitches just finished Dance of the Roses and it is gorgeous! She also does some lovely beadwork.

Melissa at Melissa's Miscellaneous Adventures just finished Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia. Wait till you see it! Melissa also enjoys cross-stitch, baking, reading, sewing, and gardening.

And now the hard part, coming up with 5 things about myself:

1. My brain froze at the thought of coming up with 5 things, since I knew there were not 5 interesting things to share. I considered making stuff up.

2. When I am lucky enough to retire, or at least work part time, the very first thing I will do is get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Or two!

3. Next to stitching, my favorite thing to do is to sail on Lake Winnipesaukee.

4. I love doing tai chi.

5. After being initially convinced that I would never spend the money for an ebook reader, since I only wanted ‘real’ books’, I ended up owning both a Kindle and a Color nook, and I can’t imagine a day without them.

Thanks again, Astrid!

Monday, March 19, 2012

IHSW Weekend

Very little progress to report this weekend.  First I ended up having to work all day Saturday, which I hadn't expected, and then the stitching gremlins came to visit. I ended up spending more time frogging than stitching. The first project had some eyelet stitches over 2 threads and they're almost impossible to remove.  Notice the messy blue flower in the middle. The blue section on the far left, and on the bottom both need to be removed and restitched.

When I got tired of trying to remove those I decided to pick up another project to work on.  This time I didn't have as much frogging to do, but since it was all over one I found it very frustrating to unstitch.  Might be time for new magnification! 

And yet hope springs eternal! It's a beautiful, warm sunny day here in NH, and I have an hour before I have to leave to bring my mom to an appointment.  Off I go to try one more time to get some happy stitching done.

Monday, March 12, 2012

March WIPocalypse Update

It's been a crazy busy month, but I did manage to make pretty good progress on my Sturbridge Box project since my last WIPocalypse update. During the last IHSW weekend I finished the stitching on the top, which I've already posted. But since it's so pretty I'll post it again here in case someone missed it :-)

I also finished 3 and a half sides:

Side 1
Side 2
Side 3
Side 4

Excuse the funky spacing.  Blogger has decided that it will look this way no matter what I want.

Now I need to finish up Side 3, then the scissor fob and scissor keeper. All of those should be finshed by my next WIPocalypse update.  I'd love to have the finish-finish done by then too.  Time will tell.

This is the first time in years I've only worked on one project at a time. I have to admit that it's nice to see visible progress on something, and potentially finish it in the same year I start it :-)  But I'm itching to work on something different now.

Off I go to look at everyone's updates.