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 manager 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 ~

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Biscornu HELP!!


I've stitched a lovely (free) biscornu heart pattern I found on the internet.  It measures 3 x 2.75 inches.  When I started to stitch it together, I realized, since it's not a perfect square, I was up a creek without a paddle.

I've never stitched one that wasn't square.  Does anyone have any guidance on how to finish it off into a biscornu?  Maybe I should put the pieces aside and use another pattern??

I'm keeping myself surrounded by stitches - how about you?   ~ Cheers ~

Monday, July 7, 2014

By Golly, I Did it!!

I love to make things for others.  I feel when I give someone something I've made with my hands, I give them part of me - and my heart.

With the baby shower looming in the not-too-distant future, I started thinking about what I could do to make the day extra special.  Not only for my daughter and husband, but for those who'll be our guests. Whatever it was, needed to be something they could take and re-use - not something they would just throw away.


A gift bag!  Not just any gift bag, but a nice, lined bag.  Something classy and tasteful.  I set out to find a pattern I could handle.  And, thanks to dear Jacquie pointing me to "Sweet Sentiment" a book by The Bird House, I found the perfect pattern.  I couldn't resist a tea theme ;0)
 And here's the inside:
And the bag, again, nestled with my tea needlepoint pillows:

Now the fun begins!!  Off to the fabric store to get material to make 25 gift bags for the shower.  Hmmmmm…….think I'll be friends with my sewing machine by the time I'm done?  (Hope so).

Grabbing my purse and coupons - off I go!  ~ Cheers ~

~ Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Parsley Give Away ~

Parsley (Seasons of my Mind blog) is having a fabulous give away to celebrate her becoming an official EMT.
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  I'm sure it was countless hours of study and work - EMTs are so needed and so wonderful.  I met several over the past year when my mother was so ill.  Compassion, professionalism, patience and skill were characteristics of each and every one.

I encourage you to pop over and visit Parsley's blog and convey hearty congratulations.


Shrinky Dinks Adventure, Block and Tea

Lynn from Happiness is Cross Stitching had a tutorial on creating plastic tags.  Well, I can't resist trying something new, so ran out to Hobby Lobby and purchased "Shrinky Dinks" - love those 40% off coupons!!

Well, here is my first attempt at making these fun tags.  I learned a lot (like - don't make too many at a time.  When you take them out of the oven you have to be QUICK to press them flat or they are curved for life…..or they break - COUGH!).
I see all sorts of possibilities for other designs in the future - WOW!  What FUN!!!!!

Here is the next block from Jenny's Quilt Stitch Along:
And - last but not least - more from my tea collection:
A beautiful "tea for one" with Celtic designs (I see it was a bit crooked when I snapped the photo).  It was a gift from my mother.  The top of the lid says "May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow."

And a Royal Albert tea pot with the "Old Country Roses" design.  Peeking out behind the pot is a crystal biscuit jar.

I'm stitching some things but can't show you right now because they're for some exchanges.  The Christmas stocking is S-L-O-W-L-Y coming along.  Hopefully I can show you some progress next week.

Until then - Keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~