Thursday, July 02, 2009

A couple more finishes ...

Finally an end to a long week at work ... but a good week. I love being busy and having a few challenges thrown in the mix ... makes the days go fast and you actually feel like you've accomplished something. Speaking of accomplishing something ... I actually finished 2 more patriotic designs this week. They aren't finish finished .. but they are stitched and I'll get them finished before the end of the month to enjoy next 4th of July.

The first was a freebie by Shepherd's Bush, called Free. I bought it kitted up from Needlecraft Corner ... it was a really fun quick stitch ... I think I'll finish it as a pinkeep ...


The next one is an old pattern by Bent Creek called Patriotic Cracker. I have all the crackers they released back in 2001, but this is the first one I've stitched. After taking the picture I realized that I left off the buttons .. there are 4 off white buttons that are supposed to be on the four corner squares. I'll attach them before I make this into a pinkeep too. I did decide to leave off a larger border around the design. It was full of satin stitches and I'm not a huge fan of satin stitch ... so I left them off lol ... I think my little roosters look great with the designs ... when I bought them I wasn't thinking about them for the 4th ... but don't they look great?!


What are your plans for the 4th? We usually stay home, bbq with friends and then go to our local fireworks display ... but this year we are actually go out of town! We are leaving tomorrow and coming back on Monday. We are meeting up with friends and family in Twisp, about 4 hours from us. My friend Cheryl, who lost her husband Larry last January is having a bunch of us up to her cabin for the long weekend. 4th of July was Larry's favorite holiday, even more than Christmas and New Years Eve ... we are having kind of a memorial whoopla in Larry's memory and will sprinkle some of his ashes on the 4th at his favoriate places around Twisp. I am really looking forward to getting away ... away from the house, the computer, just out camping and hanging with friends. Should be a great time!

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments about my finishes and my decorating around the house and my new blog look. I really enjoyed reading all of them.

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July with your friends and families and get lots of stitching done ... can't wait to see all you accomplishments when I return. I'll leave you with one last pictures ... this is our kitchen table ... I really love changing things up :)


I hope you find your joy in your stitches ...

I'm grateful for long long weekends ...

20 comments:

Cheryl said...

I hope you enjoy your weekend, look forward to hearing all about it! Obviously we dont celebrate the 4th (1st was Canada day for my DH mind you) but i do have an American friend over here who is gonna have a BBQ to make her feel like shes at home!
Your finishes are lovely

Kathy A. said...

Oh hon, I love your new pieces. They are lovely.
The roosters - just too cute.
You have a real decorating flair. Everything looks so nice.
Have a great day with your friends.

Vonna said...

I love your little hens playing Vanna White :) How CUTE are they?!
And your table...LOVELY!
And your two finishes...GORGEOUS!
I have the SB kit too...not finished, but I have it, and I have plans on finishing it with prairie points like they did on theirs :o)
Someday....
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, like every year on the 4th and the days before and after (to cover for my supervisor's vacation....) I'm working, but at least I'm caring for people that don't want to be there either :o)

Nancy said...

I love your patriotic finishes. I was thinking the very same thing - how pretty your roosters look with your red, white and blue! Have a very Happy 4th.

Chris said...

Have a great 4th of July weekend. Love your Patriotic stitching. I usually am stitching on Patriotic pieces by the end of June, but have stitched only once since getting home from my recent trip. Now I'm torn, work on Patriotic UFOs, or start Nora Corbett's Poppy (which I'm itching to start).

Tracey said...

Great finishes!! We usually don't have any plans on the 4th, except going to see the fireworks, but this year I have to take DD to a birthday party and then we're going to some friends' house for dinner, and the kids will swim in their pool. :)

Deb said...

Hope you have a wonderful 4th. And I love your two new patriotic pieces!

Linda said...

Hi Michele, I love these patriotic stitches...you've inspired me to get busy and stitch some. Cute decorations on your table and I love the little roosters.
Happy 4th, your weekend plans sound like fun....we will BBQ and head to the houseboat one of the days. Enjoy your get-away...Linda

p.s. Thank you for your sweet comments, the picture in my header is my house. It is the wood work above the front door and some folk pieces I bought years ago..L

Kim B said...

What fun little patriotic finishes! Love them! And that sounds like a wonderful way to remember your friend who passed.

Happy 4th!

Michelle said...

Hi Michele,

Happy Fourth of July and enjoy your well deserved getaway!

Michelle

stitcherw said...

Lovely finishes both, and your chickens do set them off wonderfully. Your earlier finish of the patriotic heart was great too, and the frame was perfect for it. Have a wonderful time on your 4th of July outing, it sounds a perfect way for your friend to honor and celebrate her late husband.
Sue

Carolyn NC said...

Love the finishes - they are so cute! Love the table decorations, too. Sounds like you have great plans for the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Sally said...

Hope you are having a great weekend Michele. Nice patriotic finishes:)

Brigitte said...

Both are very nice finishes. And your header with the basket full of patriotic stitching looks great.

DaisyGirl said...

Girl, I want to thank you for your prayers and hugs! Every comment has made my day brighter and I'm blessed to say you are a true friend!
Hugs,
Donna
ps:I wished we lived closer! You remind me of my mom before she got sick!

Michele said...

I absolutely adore the picture in your header! That collection of patriotic smalls is fantastic!

Suzanne said...

Lovely patriotic finishes!

CindyMae said...

Lovely finishes!! Everything looks fantastic!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I just found your blog from reading your comments at Blackbird's. Very nice stitching!

Carol R said...

Lovely finishes Michele!