Thursday, December 18, 2014

SG Advent Day 18 and I WON A PRIZE!!!

Today I opened a package at the BOTTOM of my Advent box!!  I really had to go in search of finding today's present. hehe  Lynne gave me another themed day.  She gave me Alma Lynne's Patriotic Sampler Teenies chart, Americana notepad and matching Americana magnet, some anchor fabric and beach scene fabric.  YEAH!!!  Another great day of advent presents!!



I was able to get our skirts sewn yesterday for our Christmas outfits, and then I xstitched on the iStitch Advent SAL last night to give me a break from everything.  I will try to take a picture later today if the sun comes out to show you where I am at on the SAL.

I went to checking Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe this morning very quickly, I saw where I won today's giveaway from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe!  WOOHOOO!!!!  I won a $25 gift certificate from Nancy to shop in her Ebay store for charts, trims, floss......OR I could choose to have fabric.  I had such a hard time deciding WHAT to get for charts, trims or floss so I went with fabric.  I gave Nancy my color choices and asked her to pick to send to me so it would still be a Christmas surprise!!!  HOW EXCITING IS THAT???!!!!  I tell you what.....IT'S EXCITING!!! 

I need to get back to sewing our jackets for our Christmas outfits!  Just needed a quick break from sewing!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SG Advent Day 17 and Christmas outfits update....

Today, Lynne gave me a gift that I was trying to guess what was in it.  It was soft and cushy feeling and I was thinking it might be more finishing fabric.    I was wrong.  It was 2 Americana coasters and LHN Old Glory chart!!!  Yeah....a new project for me to stitch up for my Americana room and I can use the coasters in there as well.


Grace and I did manage to cut out our Christmas outfits yesterday.  I wanted to start sewing on them but in between cooking dinner and doing the 5 loads of laundry, I didn't get around to start them.  I wanted to get started first thing this morning but as you can see, I'm here on the computer and not in my sewing room.  That's ok.  I need to still change the serger threads anyway to a color that will match so I will get that done first thing before starting.  I pray before changing them as if one color slips off in the threading, it can become a nightmare of a mess.  :-)

On the iStitch Advent SAL news, I am coming along but still not quite where I want to be which is .... CAUGHT UP with the daily posting from Carol.  I did get to stitch on it last night since I was not sewing on the dresses.  I figured I could do that and it most definitely did relax me.  It's all those other household chores that get in the way of me stitching and getting into the sewing room this morning. 

Happy Stitching everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SG Advent Day 16

Oh today's gift was wrapped in a small cute stocking!!  And boy was it filled to the brim!!  I received 4 spools of ribbon in pink, lavender, purple and a plaid and a Kelmscott MOP Heart Threadkeep!!!  I have wanted this heart threadkeep for the longest time.  Now....I need to stitch up a new needlebook to keep my new threadkeep safe inside!!!  I'm afraid it might get lost in the sewing room so for now I will put it in a special place until the needlebook is stitched.  I have a couple that are already kitted up just waiting to be stitched.

 
Well I don't know what happened with the computer and I apologize right now if you got duplicate postings from me today. I'm so sorry.  One can never tell what computers have in mind when we use them sometimes. 
 
Yesterday was a productive day.  My daughter and I found our fabric for our Christmast dresses this year.  It will be a royal blue skirt with matching jacket.  I did buy the white dressy lacy tank to wear with it to help in completing the outfit.  So....my work today will be cutting out the outfits and start sewing on them.  I will post a picture when the are all finished.
 
Happy Stitching!

Monday, December 15, 2014

SG Advent Day 15...

Today's gift was wrapped with an adorable Chocolate Keychain on the front of it.  Little did I know it was a hint to what might be inside.  Lynne gave me MBT Death By Chocolate chart with the buttons to sew on it.  This was on my Wish List too!!!  I also got inside the package a Hallmartk Keepsake Queen of Chocolate ornament!!!  It's tooo cute!!  It's so right though!  Also in the box, I found another Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa mix!!!  So today's theme was CHOCOLATE!!!


Today my daughter and I are off to JoAnn Fabrics this morning to see if we can find some new fabric for me to make matching Christmas dresses.  I am SO BEHIND this year as last year I had hers made by the time she came home from college so that all I had to do was the "fitting/tailoring" to her size.  Now wish me luck on getting both mine and hers cut out and sewn up this week for us to wear to church next Sunday!  If not, then we'll wear them to the Christmas Eve service if I'm running behind and not finished them.  I hope not.  I want them made and finished by next Sunday.  Looks like it might be a Fountain Pepsi for me all this week to get them done but she did say she would help cut them out with me.  Whew!  That's a big help!

Happy Stitching everyone!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

SG Advent Day 14.....

Today's package may have been small in size but boy did Lynne REALLY PACK it full of goodies!  I got 2 packages of Dress It Up Christmas buttons, some Gingerbread buttons which I always seem to use each year, some MOP little buttons and an Eiffel Tower charm!!!



I did manage to get my sewing finishing work done yesterday, but I can't show you those goodies til later on as they are all gifts for Christmas.  But one gift I'm going to have to sew again because of the colors I used in this present and I really wanted to keep it.  I knew I could make myself one later though.  :-)

I hope you are having a great day today.  We are very late this year in decorating our house for Christmas so we made the kids start on doing that while we went grocery shopping.  Of course....come November 1, I did pull out my Winterberry Christmas dishes and started using them as I like to use them from November through Jan 31 the following year.  I just LOVE them and try to use them as long as possible. 

I'm off to stitch some and rest for the evening.
Happy Stitching!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

SG Day 13.....

Today I opened up some much needed high count linen.  I received a beautiful piece of Picture This Plus 40ct Doubloon linen and a P. Buckley Moss Inspirations book to read!!!  I will be reading this while drinking some hot chocolate today.



Still no photo to show of my iStitch Advent SAL.  Sorry.  I had left it downstairs when I came upstairs to open my Advent gift for today.  Maybe tomorrow......

However, if you still need to stitch up a quick Christmas ornament, I suggest you go over to iStitch's blog and have a look at Carol's new freebie ornament for 2014.   You an find it at the link I just posted and go to her "CHARTS" link.  You will see it there finished.  Just use whatever stash you have on hand or make a special trip to your LNS and buy a special fabric and special thread to stitch it up for someone special.  I think this is a perfect ornament to stitch for someone special as you can customize the ornament to their favorite color.

I also follow another blog called It's Daffycat.  Sharon has an adorable new ornament that she has designed up for her reindeer series of ornaments.  You can find her at the link that I posted and email her to request the chart.  I emailed her last night after I saw it on her blog as I just HAD to have it!  He is such a cute reindeer.

That's all I have to share for today.  I hope you have a wonderful stitching day today!!!

HAPPY STITCHING!

Friday, December 12, 2014

SG Advent Days 5-12 and iStitch Advent SAL update

Ok.  I'm playing catch up with posting my Stitcher's Garden Advent Days 5-12.  I went out of town to visit with my family a few days before picking our daughter up from college after she finished her finals.  I'm not going into a lot of detail for all these pictures but you can tell that Lynne, my Advent giver, has really spoiled me each and every day!

I'm going in order of the days the gifts were given.










As I had said in the beginning for the iStitch Advent SAL, I was having problems getting the charts to download.  I signed up for a Dropbox to put them into and I can now save and print the charts from there.  I got way behind on my iStitch Advent SAL as I did not take the computer with me nor did I have internet connection visiting family.  And I did not want to go to the library just to save them each day and print them off.  I said I would do that when I got back.   I just stitched on some other things.  I've now saved them all and have printed them off.  I am stitching on the iStitch Advent today trying to play catch up.  Tomorrow I have some sewing to do so I will not be able to xstitch until I get those projects finished.

I hope to show some progress on my iStitch SAL here soon.

Happy Stitching!