Monday, November 05, 2007

Barnyard Trio

I'm participating in a SAL to stitch and finish a grapevine wreath for Christmas. Many participants are stitching The Prairie Schooler's Twelve Days of Christmas, but several have chosen to stitch from other leaflets.

I chose to stitch Barnyard Christmas and I just finished my 3rd animal yesterday. I've got five more to do. I started the sheep last night. Here's what I've done so far.Thanks for stopping by and taking time to see what I've been up to. Happy stitching to you all.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A Couple of Things to Share

I participated in the SBEBB's Grateful Hearts Exchange and received an absolutely beautiful biscornu from Carol. She stitched the "Four Little Hearts" by Indigo Rose on both sides of the biscornu and she edged it with delicate seed beads. It is so pretty! My picture just doesn't do it justice. You can also see the wonderful goodies that Carol included with her lovely exchange piece. Thanks again, Carol for a lovely gift that I will always treasure.

My partner for the exchange was Chris and I chose to stitch her JBW's French Country Love. I finished it as a small project keeper with a pocket. It arrived safely in the UK and Chris liked my choice.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your taking time to visit my blog.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Autumn's In The Air

This is the exchange that I sent to Marie for the Autumn portion of our seasonal exchange. It is another Prairie Schooler design and I just loved the colors in it. It is supposed to be finished with a flat bottom, but I haven't mastered that technique.

I'm very pleased that Marie likes the exchange! It is so much fun to put an exchange package together. I always try to give things that I would love to receive myself. I'm just thrilled that Marie likes scented soaps because I love shopping for those types of things.

I hope you are all enjoying the cooler, shorter days of autumn. I know that many of you are very busy stitching Christmas gifts. Enjoy your stitching time and thank you for stopping by to read my blog. :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I'd Love to Stitch This

I found this project pictured on a French website and I really would love to stitch it. I especially love the little dog. Isn't it cute? From what I can understand, this talented lady designed these patterns. I've tried to contact her but I have not gotten a response. If anyone can direct me as to how I can purchase these charts, I'd be very grateful.

Thank you so much for your compliments on the wall hanging for Marie. I really appreciate your taking time to read and leave comments on my blog.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Summer Exchange for Marie

I received the nicest e-mail from Marie letting me know that she received the summer portion of our seasonal exchange. I was so happy when Becky sent out the names and I saw that Marie would be my recipient. I enjoy stitching Prairie Schooler designs and I knew that Marie was fond of them too, so I decided to stitch one of the Summer Samplers.

This was a really fun project to stitch and sew. I bought a new Pfaff sewing machine this summer and it's really great for these quilted projects. My daughter and I had a good time selecting the fabrics together and I relied heavily on her superb eye for color. The photos are clickable and you'll see a much sharper picture if you click on them. My daughter's boyfriend lent us his new Sony digital camera. It sure takes nice pictures!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Two Recent Exchanges

I've been busy stitching and finishing some exchanges and now I can finally share them with you.

The first one was given to Nancy K. for the "And A Forest Grew" exchange on the USEBB. I really fell in love with this design from Cross Country Stitching magazine and I knew that Nancy was a fan of primitive designs. I really enjoyed stitching this one and my daughter came up with the novel idea of using twisted paper and raffia as the edging materials.

The second exchange that I made was for Chris
for the "Freebie " exchange on the SBEBB. I chose to stitch Little House Needleworks Garden Gameboard. I made it into a tote bag. This was a challenging and time consuming project and I'm proud of how it turned out.

Thanks for reading my blog, and please know that I really appreciate your comments.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Introducing The Amish Couple from France

My wonderful friend Arcadia is an exquisite doll maker. When I found an old book of patterns for Amish/Appalachian dolls I knew it would be something she would make use of. Well, you can see for yourself that she went to work creating this lovely couple. They arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago and have found a new home in my bedroom.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A Myriad of Gifts from Arcadia Part 2

Hello fellow stitchers. I have finally made the move from Xanga to Blogger.

If you would like to see my old blog, it is located here.

The following pictures are a continuation, as promised, of the gifts given to me by my friend Arcadia from France.
This is a cute doll (Isn't she adorable?) and a little rooster that I received. The tray in the background was Arcadia's first work of the art of Cartonnage. The tray came packed with tea, coffee, French baked goods, and other yummies.

I have a penchant for French needlework magazines. I am incredibly fortunate to have a friend like Arcadia. She has spoiled me silly with so many wonderful magazines. I cannot read French, but fortunately, cross-stitch charts need no interpretation.

These are some cute needlework racks. Arcadia sent just the right things because I have a love for chickens!

Of all Arcadia's gifts, this one is my favorite. It's not actually one whole pattern. She took hens from different patterns and combined them herself! Très magnifique!