Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Finishes

 Good Morning!
In my last post I promised to show my 4th of July finishes for the year.  Well...I didn't make it back on the 4th.  An impromptu cookout stole my attention that day.  We had a very relaxing day with friends and I hope that everyone had a safe, enjoyable weekend also.   God Bless America!

Better late than never.  Here are the 4th of July finishes for 2011.

4th of July Bird
Heart in Hand

My dear friend Karen and I did a private exchange.  Look at the beautiful box I received from her. 
She included lots of patriotic stuff in her package. 
Before I could get a picture it seemed to disappear into my working stash.

This is what I stitched for her...
 Old Glory
Chessie & Me

Happy Flag Flag Day
the Trilogy

Patriotic Melons
Stitchy Kitty

This piece gave me fits to finish.  My original plan was to turn it into a wall hanging.  I don't seem to have any bell pull hardware laying around so I tried a few things that didn't work out.  After a few hours of ripping seams and a few naughty words I ended up turning it into a pillow.  Said pillow does not make me happy.  I'm not sure what it is that I don't like about it but I'm pretty sure I will once again start the seam ripping and therefore, the naughty words will probably follow.  Maybe today while I'm out and about I'll pick up some dowel rods to serve as bell pull hardware. 

Last week I was meandering through Hobby Lobby, lost in my world of crafty "what ifs"
when I stumbled upon this shelf.  I have looked for a very long time for a shelf to sit on a bare wall in my kitchen.  When I saw this shelf I knew it had to come home with me.  It will now be my centerpiece for my holiday stitching.  It still has plenty of room for more 4th of July pieces so I'll have to get busy and fill it for next year.

I received a call yesterday that my Lizzie Kate 100 Years is framed and ready for pick up. 
I am anxiously awaiting 9:00 a.m. so I can pick it up.

Thank you for stopping by to share a part of your day.  I love hearing from you and find I renew my enthusiasm for stitching every time I have something to share with you. 
Thanks for keeping me motivated. 

Keep on stitchin' on,


Lesleyanne said...

Your finishes are lovely. I hope you find the dowels you are looking for. Can't wait to see your L*K piece framed.

Lynn said...

Such a fantastic exchange both given and received! And that shelf is a priceless find! It displays all of your patriotic finishes so nicely.

Jenny said...

I love your stand-ups and especially the US-birdie! Too cute - love the ribbon around the sides.
The shelf is a great find. It feels good to find the perfect item after weeks and months of searching, doesn't it!?

Yvonne..... said...

Whoo Hoo! Love all the finishes and congratulations on the shelf find at HL. It's perfect!! Can't wait to see the LK 100 Years piece all framed up too. Love it when you're busy with a needle in hand! Love Ya!

Vonna said...

Love love your tall July Birdie darling! As is all your other sweet Liberty finishes and all displayed gorgeously on your new shelf. Hobby Lobby ROCKS!

Can't wait to see Next 100 years all framed up and beautiful!

Jan said...

Well goodness, there is THAT Glory pillow again! lol You know I LOVE that...I do have the pattern on for the time to stitch it when it does arrive!

I do adore that Libery Bird standup, cuter then cute, let me tell you! And the display shelf really neat and perfect for displaying your seasonal smalls. Such FUN!

Have a good week, Diane, hugs!

Kathy said...

I love, love your patriotic finishes. The standups are just too cute, and I like the pillow.
HL has such neat stuff and your shelf is perfect for holding your finished pieces.

Cindy's Stitching said...

what a beautiful display of 4th of july pieces. I love them all

Mouse said...

lovely finishes :) great display piece for said finishes and mmmm I think I might have done the pillow slightly wider at the sides and may be with plain fabbie at the front and the melons (which is fab ) on the back .. that's just my thoughts :) love mouse xxxx

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great job on the finishing - but you know I love your work! And that shelf IS perfect for displaying your holiday arrangements - good thing your mind wasn't too far in the What If. Can't wait to see your framed piece - isn't it exciting?

Michele said...

Pooping bird looks marvelous! lol .. love all your finishing. The exchange pieces are lovely :)

That shelf is wonderful! It will be so much fun decorating!

Fiona said...

Your finishes are great and your exchange pieces both given and received are beautiful.

Jennifer said...

Love the new display!

Karen said...

love love love the shelf and is that in the kitchen right? looks great!!! i love the pillow how it turned out and now i HAVE to stitch the doggy portion of that design and use my watermelon fabric i got. :) it is perfect!
and i do love my pillow and we do know that Jan loves my pillow too! LOL having to hide it from her during retreat! LOL

Karen said...

Oh your finishes are so cute! Love your new little shelf too... perfect for all your cute finishes.

happy stitching...

~*Shar*~ said...

Love your 4th stitching hun; I have the same watermelon material and would love to "copy" your idea; would you like to sell/trade the pattern? It's perfect for the material.

Hugs, Shar

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