Saturday, July 16, 2011

We Clean Up Purdy Good

Hello Friends,

I hope this finds you cool, happy and finding lots of time to stitch.

I wanted to let everyone know that I updated my sale page. 

I've been trying to spend my last days of "freedom" cleaning and organizing.  Please send me an email if you are interested in anything on my sale page.  Thanks!

The last time we had true family pictures taken my step daughter was in 7th grade.
She is now 21 years old.  So we bit the bullet and had pictures taken along with Kayci's six month pictures.  I think they turned out pretty good.  Thanks for letting me share a few of my favorites with you.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Traveling Stash goes to..........

First, I'd like to apologize for the delay in announcing the winner.  I have no excuse except to say, I plum forgot.  So without further delay...............

you are the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Swing on over to follow Beth's blog if you are interested in having the traveling stash visit your blog.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

One Hundred Years

I picked up Lizzie Kate's 100 Years from the framer yesterday. 
It is now sitting in my office at school ready for everyone to admire.
Apparently I am a big fan of this frame.  When my husband saw it he says,
"How many pictures are you gonna have framed like that?" 
I was completely unaware that 2 other pieces I've had framed have the exact same frame.
I guess next time I'll have to step outside of my framing comfort zone. 

Keep on stitchin' on,

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,

The Traveling Stash is Ready for A New Home

Good Morning!
I received the traveling stash from Lynn and have thoroughly enjoyed looking and taking and replenishing.

It's your turn!  If you are interested in receiving the traveling stash leave a comment on this post.  I will draw a winner on Saturday July 9th so don't delay.

The rules are simple.  If you receive the traveling stash you pick what you want, replace what you take and a little more if you want.  When you are finished looking, taking and replenishing you put the stash up for grabs on your blog and send it on.

Keep on stitchin' on,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Best Thing About Stitching Retreats....

Is seeing old friends and making new friends. 

I was so glad that Yvonne and Karen were able to attend this retreat. 
I met them last October and we've been stitching buddies since.

I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful new stitching friends. 
As you can see they were all busy stitching away.

As the days went on the pictures got goofy.  Seems as though I had a fondness for holding out the camera and taking lots of pictures of myself.  I've uploaded all the silly pics to my flickr account.  If you are interested in more silliness you can check them out here.

Another of my favorite things is acquiring stash.  Jan packed up lots of stash from her shop and had it set up in her suite for our shopping pleasure. 
I think it's safe to say I spent time in her suite each day. 
As you can see I'm not the only one who gains happiness from stash shopping.
....Look at the smiles.

On Saturday it came time to total the "pile" of stash I accumulated during my visits to Jan's room.  As you can see it was quite a total and although it appears that I'm sad in this picture I soon got over it when I carried my bag out and got to play with it. 
I came home with lots of Tree of Life Samplings designs and fabric. 

As I wrap up the Only One Ewe 2011 retreat I want to leave you with 2 more pictures.
Below is the finished box from Vonna's class.  Inside the box everyone attending the retreat signed their name.  This is definitely a keepsake that I'll always cherish.

And last but not least.......
I have had my LHN traveling stitcher finished for a couple of
months but had yet to make the pocket.

My new friend Brenda had her traveling stitcher with her at the retreat.  After eyeballing her pocket during the weekend, I was confident that I could make my own.  So, after returning home I got busy and this is what I came up with.  I'm so happy I finally finished it. 
:-)  Thanks for the inspiration Brenda.

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share the retreat fun with you.
I love hearing from you and appreciate you sharing a part of your day with me.

Tomorrow I'll be posting my patriotic designs I've completed this year.  Until then.....
Keep on stitchin' on,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Only One Ewe Retreat 2011

Good morning!

I've been a busy girl the past week.  Last Thursday I headed to Terre Haute (Haute rhymes with coat), Indiana and attended the Only One Ewe Retreat.  The retreat was hosted by Jan from Only One Ewe Needleworks and Tree of Life Samplings.  Jan's Tree of Life Samplings pieces are absolutely beautiful and pictures do not due them justice.  She not only designs but has a great line of yummy hand dyed fabrics.  If you haven't discovered Jan's work you definitely need to stop by and check it out.

Jan designed this piece and it was kitted and given to us in a fabulous fabric portfolio.  Vonna already has this piece stitched and ready to frame and she has some wonderful pictures of the piece on her blog.

Everyone who attended the retreat was excited that Vonna would teaching a finishing class.
Jan sent this exclusive retreat piece to us ahead of time and everyone stitched it in their favorite color. 

When is was all said and done we ended up with a beautiful wooden box.
Vonna is not only a talented stitcher and finisher, but a very patient teacher.

One of my favorite things about cross stitch is exchanging. 
We had a Christmas ornament and smalls exchange. 
I managed to get 2 ornaments and one small stitched and finished for the exchanges. 

I stitched Oh Joy in the top right corner.

...and the needlebook in the bottom of the pic.

...and Merry Xmas in the top left corner.

Here I am proudly holding the three pieces I received in the exchange! 

 And last but not least I leave you for today with a picture of our fearless leader Jan.  Jan worked so hard to bring us all together she deserved to put her feet up for a bit.  :-0

In the next installment I'll share some of the silliness that went on and introduce you to some wonderful people I met.  I've also got lots of pics of exchanges I've stitched and finished that are reaching their new homes so I'll be able to share those with you soon.

Thank you for stopping by and I so enjoy your comments.  Until next time.....
Keep on stitchin' on,

And the Winner is.........................


Thank you to everyone who stopped by to enter my blogaversary giveaway.

I also apologize for taking so long to draw a winner.  I've been off to a wonderful stitching retreat and I'll be posting pics soon.

Congratulations natalyK!

Keep on stitchin' on,