Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lots of Wow's ...

Only two more days until Thanksgiving! Now that's a WOW for sure! I know everyone says this, but dammm where did the time go? Seems like just yesterday it was the start of summer! and we are making plans for watching too much football and getting too much turkey.

I've been doing some stitching, unfortunately I can't show any of it because it's all for exchanges or Christmas gifts but I do want to show a new chart that I fell in love with the minute I saw it .. It's Peppermint Twist by Blue Ribbon Designs and talk about WOW! I am definately doing this in 2009, anyone want to join me? On Belinda's website she lists all the supplies need for all the different things you can stitch from this design .. how cool is that :)

Tonight I'm meeting Monica (my dil) for dinner and heading to Barnes and Noble for a book we've both been waiting patiently for ... the last book to the Sign of Seven Trilogy. It's been months between the release of book 2 and 3 .. I'm sooo excited to read this one .. this has been a wonderful trilogy! another WOW and throw in a WOO HOO! lol

And my last WOW is for the fun threadholders and counters that Monique makes ... I've already ordered a couple of her Christmas ones .. I'm sooo addicted to them! functional and fun .. what could be better! Ohhhh and she painted a reindeer on one .. of course I bought it! lol

Hope you are having a wonderful short week!

I'm grateful for new books and new charts ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tagged ...

I've been tagged by Terri to share some information about myself. Here are the rules ...

Rule #1 ~ Link to the person that tagged you.

Rule #2 ~ Post the rules on your Blog.
Rule #3 ~ Write 6 random things about yourself.
Rule #4 ~ Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
Rule #5 ~ Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.
Rule #6 ~ Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Here goes nothing ...

1. You know I LOVE coffee, all the time, except when I'm sick (or when I was pregnant) I can't stand the taste or the smell of coffee .. then it's Tea for me.

2. I love Elton John .. I saw him in concert a few times in the late 70's and early 80's and then again 2 years ago in Vegas. He just gets better with time :)

3. I watch One Tree Hill

4. I'm moody

5. I wake up most mornings with a song worm in my head and don't know why, I don't go to sleep to music or wake up with music. Sometimes it's the same song for days .. last repeated one was Taylor Swift's Love Story and it's been driving me crazy! lol

6. I lust after a 1969 red ragtop gto

Who to tag ...
Carolyn - Carolyn's Stitching Chatter and More
Cindy - Lonestar Stitcher and her Ramblings
Karen - Stitching and Sharing
Natasha - Living in a Palmetto State of Mind
Nicole - Carolina Dreams
Shelleen - Shelleen's Musings

I heard that my Christmas Fair and Square squares arrived at their new house, Janice's house ... she doesn't have a blog :( I had a blast stitching this for Janice .. It's from Lizzie*Kates newest Tiny Tidings ... I had a great time exchanging with Janice, hope we can do it again!

I'm grateful for my kids just dropping in ...

Monday, November 17, 2008

We have winner and a turkey ...

Thank you all for visiting my blog and making my 2nd year of blogging a great one! The list randomizer selected Natasha as the winner ... I hope you enjoy what I stitched for this blogiversary giveaway :)

There were 24 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

Cindy F.
Kathy A.
Becky K
Mel in Dubai
mainely stitching
Carol R
Teresa S
Teena in Toronto
Timestamp: 2008-11-16 17:49:06 UTC

Here's the squares that I received from Jayne for the Thanksgiving round on the Fair and Square blog .. isn't he the cutest turkey :) Thanks Jayne for stitching him for me .. I love both the squares :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was spent stitching some Christmas ornaments most of the weekend. Friday night we watched the original "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "American Graffiti" with Chris and Monica, what a hoot to see those old movies again :) Saturday I had lunch with Lisa and Yvonne and then home to do house stuff. Sunday was laundry day and watching the last Nascar race of the season .. won't be back until February :( and of course watched a bit of the football game .. my poor Seahawks are having a very sucky season :( All in all it was a good weekend .. got lots accomplished :)

I'm grateful for weekends ...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Red reindeer and my blogiversary

Look what came to my house today ... the cutest red reindeer you've ever seen! Janice was my partner for the Christmas round on the Fair and Square exchange blog. I can't wait to finish him .. I think he'll become a pinkeep ornament .. he'll fit right in with all the other reindeer :) I wonder how Janice knew I liked reindeer and red?! lol

I've stitched a few reindeer for myself over the years and I've received lovely stitched reindeer from my friends over the years, but honestly I don't have any duplicates .. never knew there were sooo many reindeer patterns out there :)

My 2nd Blogiverary is this Saturday (15th). In keeping with blogiversary traditions, I have a little something stitched and finished by me (yes you read that right, finished by me! lol), that I would like to give away. Leave a message on this post between now and Sunday, November 16th and I'll drawing a lucky winners name.

Hope everyone has had a great week!

I'm grateful this week is almost over ...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Just checking in ...

Just wanted to pop in and say hi ... I was sitting here at work during my lunch hour, surfing the net and look what I found straight from Drema's (Needlcraft Corner) website ...

The first double-flip series for 2009 will be Halloween themed!!
Linda says: "This Halloween series is one of the MOST FUN things I have ever graphed and stitched!!! From bats to cats, frogs to Frankenstein, monsters to haunted mansions, this series is a lot of creepy fun."

Oh what fun this series will be!

My Blogiversary is in 3 days!!! oh my! There have been a lot of blogiversaries lately and I'm so glad to join in on all the fun! I will be hosting a drawing .. I'm putting the finishing touches on my stitched piece .. so keep watching my blog, I'll be posting soon about the drawing :)

No stitching to show .. but I've been stitching like a mad woman! lol .. all my best plans about starting early for the holidays has done awry, but of course none of you know what I'm taking about .. right? lol

Happy Hump Day and I hope you are all doing well. It's raining like crazy here, the rivers are rising and it's just plain icky out there!

I'm grateful it's Wednesday ...

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I love the fair and square exchange ...

I've have had so much fun participating with other stitchers on the fair and square exchange blog. Each round has been a treat, from meeting new stitchers to planning what I was going to stitch for my partner to receiving the squares my partner stitched ... and making friends along the way, what a plus *smile* This round was called Autumn and my partner was Sonda in Oregon. She stitched Elizabeth's Designs "Four Fat Friends". I just love it! I keep wanting to name the birds! lol ... she also make me a lovely scissor fob ... and it's red! lol ... the red is a very deep shade, very autumny looking.
And here's my stitching for Sonda. I chose Lizzie Kate's Fall .. this was a really fun stitch ... I enjoyed all the fall colors ... I'm glad you liked the squares Sonda :)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far and getting lots of stitching done :)
I'm grateful for a new direction ...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

More Pals Fall Fling ...

I had the pleasure of taking a class from Jane Timmers of Fancy Work. I've admired her designs for some time now, so when Amy said that Jane was going teach at the Fling, I jumped at the chance to take a class from her. I actually signed up for 2 classes with her. If you ever get a chance to meet Jane and take a class from her, I would really recommend it. She's a lovely person and I really enjoyed her teaching style. Here's my progress on the
Maderia Tin Class ... I say progress because no, I'm not done with it. I ran out of time and patience with the over one stitching, but I will finish it .. I love the pinkeep! Jane didn't want anyone to miss out on how to finish the pinkeep, so she taugh us how to finish the back of the pinkeep, in case some of us weren't done with our fronts!

Here's what the front of the pinkeep will look like, along with my finished back.
The other class I took from Jane was the ornament finishing class. What a valuable class for me! I ok finishing ornaments and other stitching, but I really learned so much from Jane in this class. We were to stitch our ornament and bring it to class. I had been working on this name tree ornament by MDesign for my girlfriend Lisa. I had started it last year, forgot about it, and I'm really glad it's finished now .. I just love it! Lisa real name is Elisa, that's the name on the tree :) Jane taught us how to stitch the two sides together using the ladder stitch and then taught us how to make cording. She then showed us how to attach cording by stitching it on instead of glue. I've stitched cording on before, but never left like it was really secure .. not until now. This way of finishing is definately labor intensive but I will use the techniques again in other finishes. Note to self .. get those finger pads ... I had one sore finger from pushing the needle through all that fabric.

Here's the fabric I used on the back ...

Here's a picture of Jane showing how to attach cording ...

And here's a picture of Jane with the girls that sat at my table with the finished (well almost finished, right Ruth Ann??) ornaments.
Speaking of ornaments, every year at the Fall Fling there is an ornament exhange. Bring an ornament, then you get a raffle ticket and when your number is called, you get to choose an ornament from all the lovely ornaments everyone brings. I took 3 ornaments .. here's the three I got ...

And here's the three that I took ... all three are from this years JCS Ornament issue .. Christmas Bluebird from MDesign (KarenAZ) got this one ...

Lizzie Kate Christmas tree ... not sure who got this one ...

Be Merry by MyMark ... my friend Laurie got this one.

All leave you with some pictures of all the ornaments that were at the Fling ...
I'm grateful for Christmas ornament stitched by friends ...