Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2nd BlogaversaryGiveaway Winner!

Greetings Friends,
I apologize for the delay in announcing the winner of my 2nd blogaversary giveaway!.
So, without further delay the winner is Lynn!  Congrats Lynn!  Please email me with your address so I can get your package in the mail asap.

Keep on stitchin',

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Stars & Stripes

Greetings Friends,

I hope this post finds you all well and finding time to stitch.  Thank you to everyone who entered my 2nd Blogaversary giveaway.  There is still time. 
I'll be drawing a a winner Monday evening.

This week has been a busy week for our mailman. 

My little black sheep spoils me once again with a wonderful exchange.

Thank you Edgar!  I love everything!

Here is the exchange I sent Michelle.
I stole Michelle's picture from the Friends
blog as I forgot to take one myself.

Karen and I always do a 4th of July exchange.
As usual, Karen spoils me with another great exchange.
I love it all Karen! 

Here is what I sent Karen for our 4th of July exchange.
While visiting Karen in March a came across the Long May She Wave
 piece in her WIP basket. Knowing we were going to do the 4th exchange
I whisked the piece back to Indiana with me to finish.
Although fun, now Karen thinks there is a WIP fairy and wants
 to know when she can expect the next one.  :-)

The Tree of Life Samplings retreat was this weekend.  Work commitments kept me from registering for the retreat and I was super bummed.  As it turns out, my schedule changed and Jan so graciously allowed me to crash her party for an evening.  It was great to meet some of my blogland friends in person.  I took my camera but wouldn't you know it....I took no pictures.  I'm sure everyone is on their way home and you'll start seeing some posts soon.  There are a few posts and you can find them here and here.
Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my Star Spangled Garden. 
You always make my day and as I read your blogs I find inspiration.

Keep on stitchin'

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Blogaversary To Me Giveaway

Greetings Friends,

It is hard to believe my blogaversary is only 3 days away.  Two years have gone by so quickly.  My blog has been a pathway to meeting so many wonderful people. 
I can never express how much my stitching friends mean to me. 
Thank you for being a part of my life and following my journey of crossing stitches.

To celebrate, I'm having a 2nd Blogaversary Givewaway.
There are no special hoops to jump through just leave a comment
on this post that you'd like to be entered.

What's up for grabs you ask?  Well the giveaway is a surprise but I will give you a hint. 
It will contain a stitched piece and lots of Red, White & Blue.

I will use the random number generator to select a winner on Monday June 25th.

Thank you again for your sweet comments and stopping
by to share the joy of stitching with me.

Keep on stitchin'

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Come To The Sea....

Greetings Friends,

This beautiful day in Southern Indiana has produced another WIP finish.

I started this piece in Myrtle Beach last October.  My dear friend Michele was stitching this and I fell in love with the idea of stitching this piece while actually at the beach.  Michele was kind enough to loan me some of the WDW's she was using and the rest is history. 
Thanks Michele! 

I finished this design into a quilt square and love how it turned out. 
I will probably finish more designs this way in the future.  This piece will always remind me of the great week spent with friends in Myrtle Beach.  I personalized the piece with 2011, DA (my initials) and MB (Myrtle Beach).  I'm starting to get a little better at stepping outside the pattern to make it personal. 

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments on my last finish. 
Wherever your journey takes you this weekend I hope it leaves time for stitching.

Happy Father's Day to all!

Keep on stitchin'

Friday, June 15, 2012

Star Spangled Garden

Greetings Friends,
Thank you for your kind words on my WIPs from the last post.
Your words of encouragements helped me keep the
needles flying to finish Star Spangled Garden.
Star Spangled Garden
Country Cottage Needleworks get the rest of my patriotic designs out and decorate for the 4th of July.
Thank you for stopping by to spend a bit of your day with me.
Keep on stitchin'

Monday, June 11, 2012

My Own Throwback

Greeting Friends,

It seems as though school is winding down for the Summer.
The kids have been out for over a week but I've been working to wrap up the year.
I have been finding some time to stitch and have been working on the pieces below.

Ann Lockart 1842
Blackbranch Needlework
Star Spangled Garden
Country Cottage Needleworks
I hope to have Star Spangled Garden finished this week. Ann Lockart is my in between projects, project. I enjoy stitching it but don't mind when my attention gets diverted to another project.

I also have 2 pieces at the framer.
They should be ready this week and I can't wait to show them to you.
Karen of Karen's Handiwork is showing us some of her older pieces in her Throwback Thursday posts. I love looking at her bin of stitched pieces from way back when.
It is amazing how our tastes change over the years and how patterns evolve with the times.
Reading her blog started me thinking about the first piece I stitch.
I started stitching in the 80's when I was about 13.
I can clearly remember the first thing I stitched so many years ago.
Over the years I lost track of the piece and have often wondered where it ended up, which started to make me wonder if I could find the kit. So, to eBay I went....
Sure enough after a few search tries I found it, bought it and it was delivered today.
High Kick
Good Shepperd
I'm not sure if I will stitch it again, maybe....
But it does bring back a lot of memories of stitching it while my dad
watched IU and Celtics basketball games and mom worked her puzzle books.
I hope you are all finding your own time to stitch. I appreciate your visits and kind comments. They mean so much and keep me motivated to keep on stitchin'