Monday, February 25, 2013

Sampler Guild Tea and More Stitching!

There has been stitching going on at my house.
Here is the latest-

Birds of a Feather
Night Before Christmas
1998 JCS Christmas Ornament issue
I finished the 2nd one of these (on the right). I kinda like the larger ornament better. I like the pale blue background and I think it is easier to see.

Stacy Nash
Chrismas at Hollyberry Farm (pic is clickable)
35 ct natural linen
Called for threads
This is several days work on this sampler.  Just love this border!  The house is going to take a few more days of work.
Yesterday was the annual Northwest Sampler Guild Tea.  The theme was houses.  I took DD#1 and we had a great time!  Here is our table with our favor bags.

Here is what was in the favor bags-a little house with a scoop and an opening roof. And a pattern to cover the house with stitching and 1 each cotton/silk skein of thread.

Here is the example of what the little house will look like-

And the other side--

What a spread of goodies!

The tea table--

Examples of stitching done this year (many with houses)--

Some of my favorites--someone was thinking out of the box on this one below!

Another view of the inside and some smalls of Miss Hannah's House designed by Carolyn Standing Webb- lovely!!

There were two examples of the Sally Munro sampler and I loved them both!

DD#1 stitched the Love One Another below-
Here we are--

Our guest speaker was Amy Mitten.  What a lovely lady and she brought examples of her own designs or reproductions for us to admire.  She also taught 2 classes.

Finally, I want to invite you to visit a new blog by Kim.  It is Wisdom With Needle and Thread.  And she has already posted a free pattern of one of her own designs!  Check her out.

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations, Barb, from the Wicked Stitcher!  You are my giveaway winner!
I'll be emailing you for your snail mail address.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Third Blogoversary Giveaway!

I have updated my For Sale page with lots of new items--check it out with the link at the top of the page!
Only my 2nd finish in 2013, but I'm proud of it...

L'Atelier Perdu 2012 Mystery Sampler-Patches of Life
 This color palette is much softer and muted than I usually stitch with. But I decided to trust Natalie's instincts.  A couple of changes-as I mentioned before I changed the large center motif to represent my 3 daughters and my 2 grandkids, I changed the lady's dress to dark blue in the bottom left corner (dh says that corner looks like 2 women-see what I have to put up with) , and I didn't fill in several motifs with the ecru background.  I thought this linen was light enough.  Great design, Natalie!
Dont know which project will catch my interest next.  I'll keep you posted.
Now onto fun business, it's my 3rd blogoversary tomorrow (2-20) and I am so very grateful for all my followers and friends made thru this blog.  I want to celebrate with a giveaway!

Here is what the giveaway contains-
1. Brightneedle's Needlework Shop pattern
2. Shepherds Bush Summer pattern
3. Stacy Nash's  Love Pinkeep & Heart KIT-this was an exclusive to the members of the Stacy Club thru Country Sampler-this includes linen, threads, and fabric for finishing
4. Lizzie Kate Flip-It F26-July-charm included
5. Mary Englebreit Happy Day tin

Very, very easy entry rules-
1. Please comment on this post only.
2. You must be or become a follower of my blog
3. Please post on your blog about this giveaway for an extra entry (if you do this be sure to post about it here on a separate comment)
4. This giveaway will close on Feb 24th and I will draw a winner on Feb 25th.
5. Includes all followers (yes, out of the USA also included) 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

CA shops, Updates & More Big News!

I completely forgot to share with you the stitching stores I went to while in California-
First up is Needle in a Haystack. What a great store!  It is located in a semi-commercial area, thus the tall ceilings. It has a huge inventory of patterns, thread, accessories, and a fabulous wall of fabric.

Next is 2 the Point needlepoint store.  Threads galore, great selection of painted canvases and one-on-one stitching help if needed. There was a lesson going on while we were there.

We also went to a quilt store called Thimblecreek close to our hotel in Concord.  And I found a real bargain.  It is a Crabapple Hill kit of the Pieces of the Past quilt pattern.    I struggle with fabric selection and the fabric in the kit is perfect for me (dusty/shabby rose selections).  It was on clearance-marked down from $249 to $130!! That is my kind of deal :)

I also found a book by Red Brolly a designer I admire from Australia. 

After spending all day this past Saturday and Sunday at a sampler guild stitch-in, you'd think I'd have more to share stitching-wise, I got a lot of border stitching done.  Here is the latest-

2013 Grills de Maryse SAL
February section is completed.  It's hard to tell from the photo but the fabric is a chocolate-cherry color.  I'm using Gloriana Fresh Snow silk thread.  My first monochromatic project.
More Success!
I was able to find Miss Hannah's House by Carolyn Standing Webb.  This is so cute!  Feel free to click on the pic to enlarge.  It is the kit, not just the pattern.  So I'm tickled.

**I'm still looking for Thistle Threads A Sailor's Blessing Etui and Merry Cox's Swan Lake.**

I wanted to share this photo with you.  The little girl on the left is DD#1 wearing a smocked dress that my mother made in 1982.  She was 18 months old. The little girl on the right is Amber wearing the same dress a couple of months ago.  It has been stashed in my cedar chest all this time and is still in beautiful shape.

Which brings me to the Big News as stated on the post title-
Amber's mom and dad announced at her first birthday party that she will be a big sister in September!  Woo Hoo!
They are hoping for a boy this time.  DH and I are hoping for another healthy baby-either sex is fine with us. That will make grandchild #3.

Grandson is turning 8 this week.  Here's the latest with him-

Duct Tape Super Hero!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mary Ann Hutton update

It's been a busy week.
I flew to California for 2 days for training for my new EGA treasurer position.  It was warm and sunny there.  It is neither here in WA  :)
I came home and pulled out Mary Ann Hutton to work on for my Super Bowl project. And once I get started on her it is hard to put down.
Here is the latest--

By the way, I don't watch the Super Bowl.  No, I don't even listen to the Super Bowl. 
This year I watched a new set of DVD's called Land Girls by Acorn Productions.  It is a British TV series about the women in Britain who went to work on farms during WWII when all the farm boys went to war.  It's a bit of a soap opera.  I bought Seasons 1-3 at Costco and enjoyed them all.
Since Sunday I have been fighting that awful flu bug that is going around.  Luckily it was the 48 hr variety and I'm feeling back to normal today. As a result, I am sorely behind on reading blog posts and hope to catch up soon.
This weekend I get to attend 2 all-day stitch-in's with the Northwest Sampler Guild.  Looking forward to it!