Thursday, August 14, 2014

Halloween Ornament Exchange

Is anyone interested in a Halloween Ornament Exchange?  If so,

- You need to be a follower of this blog.

 - Contact me by posting a response to this post or send me an email.

 - You don't need to have a blog, HOWEVER, I need to have a way of contacting you.  Some are
    "no reply" bloggers, so I cannot reach you.  If you leave a message on this post and are a "no reply"
    blogger, I regret I will not be able to add you to the group.

- Halloween ornament may be the ornament of your choice.  It doesn't need to be cross stitched
  - but it should be hand made.

 - It needs to be a completed project, ready for your Exchange Partner to hang up and enjoy.

I will take sign ups until August 22nd and will notify each stitcher by August 30th who they are exchanging with.  Please mail your ornaments no later than October 1st, notifying me when you slip it in the mail so I can make note.

Any and all stitchers are welcome - international exchange participants are welcome.

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

It Seems Like Such a Long Time Ago…..

We lost our internet connection for four days.  I can't tell you how utterly L-O-N-G those four days were.  I missed my blogging friends, missed reading your updates and your friendships.  I hope I've caught up and commented on each and every blog I follow….but if I missed any of you, I apologize and promise to stay up to date.  We now have a new modem and router and are humming along - YIPPEE!!

A lot has been going on - most I can't share because the stitching has been for the baby shower, exchanges and round robin.  But - BOY OH BOY - the needles and floss have been flying.

One finish I can share is the biscornu I stitched for Lily and the Hooked on Exchanging group I'm a part of.  It arrived safe and sound:

It's a pattern from and is stitched on 32 count linen.  My favorite color is blue, the stone in the center is a Swarovski crystal.

More to tell you - later -  Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Check out this Give Away!

WOW!  Pop on over to Chris's blog at Always Smiling.  She's celebrating her 6 year blogaversary and has a fabulous giveaway!!
Good luck!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Exchange Piece and Gift Bags

Oh man.  It seems like the month of July just started - and here we are in AUGUST!!  SIGH.  I guess it's true - "Time flies when you're having fun" - HA!

I know my iStitch Exchange replacement piece was delivered Wednesday afternoon.  Here's a picture of "Strawberry Fields" and my finish.

I liked the first one, but I REALLY like the second one ;)

I finished 25 gift bags that will be filled with goodies for the guests at my daughter's baby shower this month.  It was a marathon, but I'm pleased with how they turned out.  I snapped this picture in my studio, you can't see all 25 bags but - trust me - they are all there (smile).

Now - on to the next project(s):

  • August Round Robin
  • HoE Christmas Ornament Exchange
  • HoE Biscornu
  • HoE Halloween Ornament
  • Grand Children's Christmas Stockings
  • Stitchy Gifts for Unsuspecting Stitching Buddies
  • Other stuff I want to do but haven't gotten to yet <GRIN>

Hmmmm - better get those needles threaded!!

Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

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 ~