Saturday, May 24, 2014

Christmas in July Swap and Other Stitchin'

It's been an insanely busy week - again, lots to share.

Christmas in July Swap Stitchin'

I can hardly wait to complete the pieces I'm making for my swap partner.  The stitching is done, one item has been finished:
Stiching is all done on these, now to the craft room to make them into………guess??
I know, the swap is for three finished pieces.  I love Christmas and got a little carried away with stitching ;)  My Swap Partner will receive three….just revving up for the holidays.

For more ideas on what you can stitch up, go to the Christmas in July Swap blog, created by my co-Swap Mama, Cheryll.  We will be sharing ideas - it's AWESOME (if I do say so myself HA!).

What else have I been up to?

I found a glorious used book, "Exquisite Miniatures (in Cross Stitch and Other Counted Thread Techniques)" by Brenda Keyes.  In one of the chapters, Ms. Keyes gives step-by-step instructions on painting a canvas with Gilt creme.  I thought the look was stunning, so I tried it.  I selected a pattern called "Une rose pour Maman".  It was a free pattern I printed long ago... I tried the link, but it doesn't exist anymore.

The other piece I finished is from Jenny of ELEFANTZ Designs.  It has special meaning to me, as the button is from a tin of buttons left by my mother.  I couldn't figure out why there were so many WHITE buttons…..until I realized they were most likely from her nursing uniforms.  I remember her in white from head to toe, starched and pretty.  Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your talents.
I also finished my Round Robin design and sent it to my partner. I can't show you what I stitched yet….I'll post when I know it's arrived safe and sound.

OK - back to my needle and thread!

Remember, keep yourself surrounded by stitches ~ Cheers ~

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful stitching, Kim! That red Christmas fabric is gorgeous - can't wait to see what you've stitched for the swap! :D

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  2. Beautiful finish Kim. Can't wait to see your swap pieces.

    Linda

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  3. Aww sweet stitching dear..
    Big hugs x

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  4. Oh I do wonder what those Christmas gifts will be. I'm working on my swap gifts for this swap too.

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  5. I think your camera needs looking at as for the first few photo's it was out of focus! lol :) ha ha Damn I am struggling myself with not letting on what I am stitching... its actually really hard keeping a secret. Roll on July!!
    Your other bits are really lovely too I checked out Elefantz Designs... GREAT place!! Love the design you have done,.. very pretty.
    Oh yes I had better pull my finger out stitching the round robin too!! eeek!!
    I just keep getting so side tracked... I blame all the talented stitchers out there! See I visit their blogs and think ooooh like to try that! And before I know it I am side tracked! ha ha I love experimenting!
    Smiles to you :)

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  6. It's fun to be in swaps Kim...what lovely red fabric there!

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  7. Fantastic! You are really on a tear with all these projects!

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  8. Que de beaux travaux!
    Une rose pour maman est admirable,et ce petit tableau si fin.
    Bel échange Noël en Juillet,c'est sympathique,Noël un sujet qui est d'actualité toute l'année
    parmis les brodeuses et quilteuse.C'est sentationelle cette idée.Bravo
    Doux Dimanche

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  9. Can't wait until you can show the goodies you made for your swap partner Kim : ) The finishes you did show are lovely!

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  10. Sounds like you've been having a great time with your swap stitching, Kim! I have that Brenda Keyes book, too--it is filled with such beautiful ideas, isn't it? And I love that last finish of yours--so beautifully framed, too!

    Have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend...

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  11. What an amazing finish..lovely. The swaps sound fun!

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  12. With a new Grandson to honor, that Keyes design of Mother and Baby will be a very meaningful gift.
    Ordered the book immediately...thank you for sharing.

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    1. You will LOVE the book! There are so many pretties in there I'd love to stitch…..so much to do, so little time.
      As a side note, would you please send me your email address? I tried to email you from your comet, but it only shows "no reply-blooger.com". Many thanks -

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  13. You have been busy! Can't wait to see the swap items :)

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  14. Hi Kim, Your blog is full of lovely sewing and you have made so many items, you are a busy lady. :-)

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    1. Thank you so very much - I love the stitching.

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  15. Your miniature is just so sweet. Seems like everything looks better like that these days! And what a sweet piece with one of yout Mom's buttons. Beautiful work!

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  16. Wow Kim you are doing great with your CIJ sewing - I'm working on mine too!

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  17. Two absolutely gorgeous pieces, Kim, lovely memento of your mother.

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  18. This one looks remarkably similar if anyone is looking for a mother and child silhouette: https://www.etsy.com/listing/61364687/mother-and-child-silhouette-pattern

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    1. Wow! It sure does - than you for posting the link in case anyone is interested.
      xxx

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