Saturday, July 21, 2012

Patriotic Exchange Reveal

Hello Everyone,
The wait is over for the Stitched With Love Patriotic Exchange. My package came from Lynda. She stitched this lovely Brittercup Designs pillow. She did an amazing job finishing. Such tiny stitches, and the star button sets off the trim beautifully. But that wasn't all...
Look at all the amazing goodies she included in my package! Colorful patriotic ribbons, buttons, needles, beautiful Crescent Colors hand dyed threads, hand dyed  fabric, patriotic patterns (that I can't wait to stitch), and a Sudoku book.

Lynda,  you spoiled me so much! I love everything you sent.

My partner was Becky. I chose to stitch for her Happy 4th Pinkeep Pattern ©2009 Threadwork Primitives
Fabric: 32ct Vintage sand dune
Thead: WDW and DMC
Stitch Count: 57W x 58H, 2 over 2
Filled with walnut shells

** I loved this finish so much that I had to stitch another one for myself.

And here is Becky's complete package.

Stop over at the Stitched With Love Exchanges to see all the pretty packages.

That's it for now, I have a few more stitches to put into my garden exchange piece.

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 13, 2012

An unexpected visitor and a bit of beading

Hello everyone,
It's been crazy. We had an unexpected visitor on our back porch in the wee hours of  Thursday morning. It was a very large (over 150#) black bear. It stayed for about an hour... then finally wandered off after we made a lot of noise with pots and pans. We are fine. This was the second time that we've had a black bear on our back deck. This time it's only minor damage - a broken rail post. Last time was July 1999. We ended up with a broken casement window and broken steel fan.

I also finished a beading project recently. I contacted the designer and she gave her permission for me to post. Here is Eagle Flag Ornament © Pinjinsa, 2004 The Stone Badger. I found the pattern here.It is done in Brick stitch using Silamide thread and Miyuki Delica beads.This is a Christmas present for a dear friend. It will also make a nice sun catcher.

DH had to have some dental work, so I grabbed my go bag and finished the first half of one of the winter biscornu stackers by Jeanette Douglas Designs, I also worked on a bit on Prairie Grove Peddler's Little Candle mats - Lighthouses (hopefully another present for a friend). I'm working on the fourth lighthouse now, and then it's just some outlining ,clouds, and gulls to finish.

Also earlier this month,  I started my next beaded project, called moose in pond. It will be an amulet bag for a dear friend. you can see it here. I also finished a Prairie Schooler freebie (the eagle that is part of mini card set B) and put a few stitches in my HAED Forest Walk storykeep. Oh, and I started my Stitched with Love Exchange. 

So, that's enough teasing for now. Hopefully  I'll put some time in my craft room to get some of these finished up - cousins arrive next week, so I'm not sure how much will get done.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Some Patriotic Finishes

Hello Everyone,
I finished off a few patriotic smalls this past week. First up is an oldie from The Prairie Schooler Book No 100, American Strawberries.

Pinkeep © 2002 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Fabric: 32 ct Antique White
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 30W x 48H, 2 over 2
I used 4mm Bicone Crystals to add some bling.

Next up is another Prairie Schooler Design. This time from  Book No. 154, July.
Inset Ornament © 2009 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.

Fabric: 32 ct Lambswool

Threads: DMC

Stitch Count: 28W x 36H, 2 over 2
Finished as a floss tag.
And finally, I made some twisted cording to finish last month's Rosewood Manor Ornament.
Land That I Love © 1999 Karen KLuba.

Fabric: 32 ct Vintage Sand Dune

Threads: DMC

Stitch Count: 38W x 46H, 2 over 2
I backstitched around the stars to make them  'pop'.

Have a wonderful day!