Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Big Toe The Lord's Prayer WIP....

I got quite a bit of stitching time in yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it even though I wasn't feeling the best health wise.  However......the xstitching time was very relaxing to me so I just cross stitched the hours away last night.

This is My Big Toe The Lord's Prayer for Becky Bee's  BOP competition this year for her blog.  I'm really loving this project! 

Again, I'm sorry for the wrinkles but I just don't want to keep ironing the threads over and over each time I take a picture for fear of damaging them. 

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog today. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Blogaversary Winner!!!!

Thank you to all of you who entered to win a pincushion and iStitch chart from me!  I wished I could give you each one but there can only be one winner.  Keep watching as I might have other contests down the road.  You never know.

And the winner is....................... MISSY!!!   Congratulations hon!  I'll be in contact with you and have Carol to send your chart to you as well. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1 year Anniversary of my blog!!!

I just love Valentines Day.  I think it is because it's all about love and I'm so in love with my husband and family that I just can't help share love with others too.  I love chocolate, red hearts, pink hearts, and the celebration of the whole Valentine's Day!  My husband and family always makes me feel soooo loved and special each and every day that I feel soooo very blessed!  I could go on and on but I don't think you want to read all that and get on to what the prize will be.  We all love a prize now don't we??!!

As I stated in my earlier posts, I would be having a Blogoversery prize!  I am not sure if that is spelled correctly as I never learned about "blogs" when I was going to school.  So I've been stitching up a small design that will be made into a pincushion but you will also receive a Valentine chart from iStitch Designs.  The chart choices are Sew In Love, Sew Be My Valentine, or Sew I Love you chart.   You can see the designs HERE on Carol's blog.  If by some chance you already have purchased any of these 3 charts, please let me know and we can find one that you may not have already bought.
The rules are as follows:

1.  Tell why Valentines Day is special to you.
2.  Tell me which iStitch Valentines Day chart you would like to receive.
2.  Leave an email address so I can contact you about mailing your prize.

That's it.  Simple rules for my blog's first anniversary.  I will use a random generator to pick at the end of the day and I will be in contact with you after that.

Now....for me to celebrate today also, I'm going to xstitch all day ..... until it's time to give my family their Valentines Day presents this evening!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

WIP photos ......

I have some WIP photos to share with you today.  The sun was out bright today and we are supposed to be warm again here in AZ.  First of all, let me apologize for ALL WRINKLES on my WIP photos.  I will admit I was just too lazy to walk upstairs to iron them all this morning. 

My Big Toe The Lord's Prayer

Shepherd's Bush Her World (from the Dyeing To Stitch retreat last October)

My newest start as of Friday Feb 10.

Shakespeare's Peddler Elizabeth Milner 1848    

This project will be offered from Shakespeare's Peddler from Jan - June as a free chart given out in sections when you make a purchase.  You can see more details of this on her website link here.

I do have another WIP but I can't show you yet because it is for an exchange and I don't want the person to see it ... yet!  :-)   When it is mailed to her I will show you then.

My latest purchase from the Attic the other night was my new LHN Blessed ornament as the Attic changed the thread colors to all Crescent Colors being stitched on 36ct Lakeside Linen fabric.  Here is how I've got it all ready to go to get started stitching.

I just LOVE this ornament and can not wait to get started on it.  This one will be for me though. 

Now I'm off to xstitch the day away!  I hope you get to do the same!

Friday, February 10, 2012

New Hand Dyed Fibers arrived!!!

OOooo I got some new Hand Dyed Fiber silks in the mail.  This was a combination that I did a twist for on the HDF board and we all voted for this Winterberry 1423/1425/1429 combination for a varigated thread.  So while I was ordering, I was able to get a Points Shop order as well of 6 Magpie colors which are the blue colors on the mini spools as well.  The Winterberry I got 3 mini's in single stranded premium silk and 3 mini's in single stranded regular silk.  I will try to get a sample stitched up soon to show you but for now here a picture of the new threads.

I love to use the premium silk to stitch on linen counts of 28, 30, 32, 35, and 36 but with the regular silk I use on 40ct linen.  I just LOVE to xstitch with just one strand of silk. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Upcoming Anniversary for me!

It won't be too long til I will have my 1yr anniversary.  I'm working on a couple of small give aways IF YOU ARE A READER of my blog.  You can pass my link on to others if they want to follow my xstitching news and maybe have a chance of winning a prize.  I will be working on some of them this weekend so until'll just have to wait and wonder.

I got some new Hand Dyed Fibers in the mail today.  A new combination of Winterberry 1423/25/29.  When I get a sample stitched up, I'll be happy to share.  I think this is a great color for when you don't really want to stitch with a red but not quite a pink either.  A "berry" color....hence the name Winterberry.

Ok....enough chatting....I need to get stitching that sample for you to see.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

YEAH my fob finish!!!!

I am soooo excited to have actually made myself do the finishing work on my new SB 2012 scissor fob.....TODAY.  As you know from my previous post that I had received some of the new SB releases just recently.  One of which was their new shop exclusive scissor fob.  I don't get them every year but this years was soooo cute so I had to order it and while I was ordering, I thought I better make my shipping well worth it so I also got the SB Poor Robin's pincushion and an older scissor fob kit called Scaredy Sheep fob.  I only had one halloween fob so I thought I might need another one also.  This was such a quick stitch.  It took me 2 days but that was because "housework" and "errands" got in the way.

This is only the 2nd time I have put ribbon around a fob so I am not as experienced as I think I should be so I guess that means I need to make more!  The ribbon was very "fiddly" with my nails and then trying to get it to lay correctly ....... well the A type personality in me came out where I think it has to look absolutely perfect.  However, Tina does say in the instructions to just take it easy and let the ribbon lay as it will and it will be just fine.  So with that thought, I did the best at finishing my fob as I could.  Maybe I need to have shorter nails when doing the finishing work too. 

Here are the pictures of my new SB 2012 scissor fob.  The first picture is the front and the back is the 2nd picture shown here.

I will try to make sure to leave more room between my loops and not make them so puffy next time as I think I needed more loops toward the ending corner.  But this fob is for me so I'll try to not criticize myself any longer and think of this fob as a "learning experience". 

I have finished my 2nd ornament.  It is a PS design that will be for my dad but I will post that picture of when I actually get it MADE into the ornament instead of just the stitched picture.  I promise....I'm just going to have to have a "finishing day" and then I'll have more pictures to share. 

I did get some new scissors in the mail today so I can share that photo with you.  I love pink and so when I saw these Mundial Pink shears with a 5 1/2" embroidery scissors all packaged together, I could not resist.  Mundial scissors were the very first type of scissors I used when I worked at Piece Goods Shop long time ago.  I just hope these pink scissor cut just great.  I am partial to Gingher scissors when cutting out dresses and outfits.....but it never hurts to have an extra pair in your sewing room.

That's all I have to show and share today.  I hope to show my progress on my huge MBT The Lord's Prayer sampler here soon.

Happy Stitching!