Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Few Things….

I can't believe July is almost over!!  It's been a busy month, probably because I've gotten the bug to paint and "remodel" the two bedrooms in our lower level.  More on that later….

I was the lucky recipient of a LK traveling pattern from Pamela at Hokkaido Kudasai.  Can hardly wait to stitch it!!  Then it's off to another lucky stitcher.

I stitched a biscornu for the Hooked on Exchanging group I belong to.  It hasn't arrived at it's destination yet, so will be sharing a picture when I get the thumbs up.  HOWEVER, I received mine yesterday from Carol S, accompanied by a lovely Mirabilia Designs card - "June's Pearl Fairy".  I LOVE it!  Thank you, Carol!!

Here's my Smalls SAL for July.  "Joyful" is a design from the "Just Cross Stitch" July/August 2013 issue by Debbie Booth of My Big Toe Designs.  It measures 2 1/2 x 1 2/3".  I added the tiny silver charm.

The iStitch exchange piece I stitched and sent off is called "Strawberry Fields".  Alas and a lac - my exchange partner never received it.  It's circulating somewhere in the US mail.  (SOB!).  I really, REALLY liked it - so will share some pictures.

I stitched a replacement piece and sent it off - this time with a tracking number - so I can ensure it arrives safe and sound.  As soon as I know my exchange partner has it in her hands, I'll post pictures.

I've been working and working on the 25 gift bags for my daughter's baby shower - pictures of those to come, too!!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas in July Swap Linky Party

OK, you Elves - pop on over to this link and hook up to the Christmas in July Linky Party!


Friday, July 25, 2014

My Elf was SOOOOOO Good to Me! Plus a Give Away…..

I opened my Christmas in July Swap gifts this morning - I couldn't stand it any more!  Look at how neatly these were wrapped - and all with a handmade tag.
My kind Elf, Carol-Ann, sent these goodies:
A wooden NOEL door hanger, the tiniest, sweetest angel ornament (how did you do that, Carol-Ann??), a lovely 12 Days of Christmas Mug Rug and scrumptious chocolates.  (I had to snap the picture fast, because the chocolates have a short life in this house - HA!).  PLUS a little pattern from Freckles & Company - from right here in Iowa!

Thank you, Thank you, Carol-Ann.  I love it all.

OH!  Anna doesn't have a blog, but she shared her gifts from lovely Kaye at Kitten Stitching.
Anna's Elf (aka, Kaye) delivered her parcel personally.  It turns out they had lost touch with each other and have rekindled their friendship.  Isn't that wonderful?  (I feel like a fairy godmother ;)).

Looking forward to seeing all the gifts - stay tuned for a link tomorrow so we can all share our good fortune.

P.S.  There are a few who haven't received their parcels yet.  I know they have been sent and are coming from overseas.  Keep a watch out for your mail man…..hopefully the goodies will arrive shortly.

OH!  Pop over to Victorian Motto Sampler - she's having a fabulous give away to celebrate her birthday!!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Round Robin

I received the most GLORIOUS package from Lynda at Purple Pixie Dust - the Round Robin for July.

 Lynda Ruth was so gracious - the rose vase in the middle is the RR piece (I LOVE it!!).  She also knew how much I enjoy tea, so stitched a little tea themed-piece, complete with some herbal tea and threads so I can finish it off.  And - OH MY - look at the scrumptious rose fabric!  Not to mention the lotion, the Canada bracelet and pencils, tiny stones…..and some chocolate (but the chocolate didn't survive long enough to make it into the picture - HA!).
 Last, but not least, Lynda Ruth sent all these lovelies in a sweet padded pink bag, just perfect for stashing my stitching and carrying with me while on the go.  Lynda Ruth, you've spoiled me ~THANK YOU, THANK YOU ~
Here is the stitched RR piece I sent to Lynda.  There was some floss, fabric and some other goodies in her package, too.

OOOOOOOO - Christmas in July package arrived yesterday ……..I am itching to open it……mut must wait until tomorrow.  SIGH I feel like a little child on Christmas Eve….:)

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jenny of ELEFANTZ is Celebrating with a Give Away!!

Jenny of ELEFANTZ is having a marvelous giveaway celebrating the creation of her new quilt.  Pop on over and see what she has to offer - you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Give Away(s) from Epic Stitching

Mel from Epic Stitching has thrilling news.  She and her blog will be in Cross Stitch Collection magazine.  Isn't that exciting???  To celebrate, Mel is having TWO giveaways.  Hop on over to her blog and enter.


Saturday, July 19, 2014


What the heck is LVIII??  That's how old I am today.  I don't feel a day over 30 - except on those days  I feel 70 - HA!

I have such great friends - I received this beautiful baby blanket from my friend in CA.  It was knitted by my mother in 2008 for S's grand daughter.  Knowing my daughter and her DH will be having their first baby in October, S sent me the blanket in memory of my mother.  Wasn't that thoughtful and sweet??
And here is a great surprise from Jacquie!!  The cutest card and an embroidered tea bag holder with yummy tea!  The package was wrapped in white tissue paper with the most darling button as the bow.  It looks like it matches the card!  (How did you manage that, Jacquie??). Thank you SO VERY MUCH for thinking of me!!
I also received these wonderful treats from my SL in Hawaii.  She always manages to surprise me - and knows the way to my heart.  Hawaiian teas, a little stuffed monkey with a bib to cross stitch for the new little ones, another glorious cross stitch pattern and threads ("Q is for Quilter") from The Victorian Sampler, and a Stitch Starter from Blue Ribbon Designs.  Can hardly wait to sit, sip and stitch. Thank you, Val!
Dinner tonight with DH and my delightful Father-in-Law.  What more of a perfect day could a Birthday Girl ask for?

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~