Monday, June 25, 2012

Almost time for a giveaway

Wow, I see that I picked up 5 new followers in the last week.  Welcome!  And a belated welcome to my other recent followers.  I'm thinking that since 50 is such a nice round number perhaps I should have a giveaway when I hit 50 followers.  It's possible that I decided that when I was looking for an excuse to start yet another new project instead of working on my WIP's, but does it really matter why the thought popped into my head??  ;-)

I realized that I've started and finished 4 small projects in the last month, and haven't spent even 5 minutes on any of the WIP's on my WIPocalypse list, so I vow to try to make some progress on one or two of them in the next week and a half until the next WIPocalypse update.  We'll see how that goes.  For some reason I'm just itching to start another new project, and have little interest in working on any of my many WIP's.  Maybe if I pull them all out and look them over again one of them will ignite a spark.  If not, I'll just have to start working on a new project for a giveaway!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

My Favorite Things Exchange

I recently participated in first stitching exchange, one of the Stitched With Love Exchanges organized by Lainey. The theme of this exchange was My Favorite Things. It was so much fun!  The package I received from Shirlee, The Easily Influenced Stitcher was more than I ever hoped for.  It included a BBD pincushion, filled with lavendar that smells heavenly.  The colors match my living room perfectly, and it now sits on my coffee table where I can see it and sniff it often.  She also sent 2 packages of chenille trim, neither of which I had yet, 3 lovely colors of Olde Willow Stitchery floss, a package of needles, a Stacy Nash Primitives journal chart and a whole quarter yard of Tobacco cashel.  I already have several projects planned for that beautiful fabric!
Shirlee took the time to individually wrap each item, which added to the fun I had when the package arrived.  Thank you so much, Shirlee!  You could not have made me happier.

The package I prepared went to Nataly of Nataly's Needle Creations. The funny thing is that Nataly is a good friend of mine, and is actually the one who convinced me to try an exchange.  But since the exchange was anonymous I couldn't tell her I got her name!  So she wouldn't know it came from me I used my sister's return address when I mailed the package.  This is the package I sent to Nataly.

I hope she enjoyed her package as much as I enjoyed mine. 

My first exchange was such a great experience.  I can't wait to sign up for another one.

Another small finish

I was able to finish up A Tisket A Tasket this week. It was a fun and easy stitch and I really like the colors. Not sure yet how I'll finish it.
A Tisket A Tasket - Little by Little

Monday, June 18, 2012

June IHSW Update

I spent many happy hours on my deck stitching this weekend.  I was actually able to finish finish a project! 

This is called the Flower Pot Sampler by From the Heart.  This was the May project for the 2012 Year of the Smalls.  The sample was done is a nice soft green, but I changed mine to Belle Soie Rose of Sharon so I could hang in it my bedroom.  It fit nicely into a standard frame size, and I was able to find a frame I liked for only $4.  Yay!

I also started another project from the Year of the Smalls.
This one is A Tisket A Tasket by Little by Little.  I'm stitching it on 30 count fabric.  Not quite sure what I'll do with it when it's finished. 

I also finished the stitching on another exchange, which I can't show yet.  All in all a very happy stitching weekend. 

And now I'm off to see what everyone else has been working on :-)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June WIPocalypse

I've had a pretty productive month of stitching.  In addition to an exchange that I can't show yet I was able to finish two projects that were on my original WIPocalypse list.  Until now all of my finishes have been things I've added to the list since January 1st, so I was happy to finish some longer term WIP's this month.  The first finish was the Linen Band Sampler/Bookmark by Eventine Designs.

The second stitching finish was from a class I took at the 2011 Celebration of Needlework.  This one is called Grandma's Garden Sewing Kit by Linda Duree.  I couldn't seem to get a good picture of it, which is a shame because it's a very pretty piece. Maybe I'll have better luck when I finish it into the sewing kit.  For this one I changed the fob and stitched two different flowers from the piece instead of the design she had charted. 

And now it's time to pop off and see what everyone else has been working on.  I love that part!  Happy stitching everyone.