Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter

"A man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others,
including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act."
Mahatma Gandhi
Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful season. I can't say I have been doing much Easter stitching. Not that I don't have several Easter themed patterns that I did have hopes of stitching. Well maybe next year.
I have been working on three pillows for my stitching room couch. I now have them all stitched up and even bought some fabric to use. Now just need to decide how I want them sewed and then find the time to do it.

They were all stitched in the same four colors and the material behind the first one will be used to assemble the pillows, some day.

Are you a sucker like me and love a pattern that is exclusively for a shop and can't be found any where else? Well that is pretty much me. I am also the type of person that is a sucker for anything new in a trial size. I just love the small size. Oh back to exclusively, Just Nan had a pattern just for the Silver Needle in Tulsa Oklahoma. It is Lady Scarlet's Scissor Roll. It has the journey of Lady Scarlet (ladybug) through the garden in spring, late spring, summer, fall and winter. Well of course and it also being a scissor holder just had to have it.


When it is unrolled it is a needle/pin holder. Sorry the picture came out sideways. It was a fun piece to stitch. Being a Just Nan fan I also had to do her little bunny. Of course I had to change the purple ribbon to pink.

I have been working on some other projects to take on a get away. Pam (Confessions of a Southern Stitcher) and I are running away from home. I leave next Saturday to fly to her home in Alabama. She is going to take me around her area and show me some stitch shops there and has also promised me some good bar-b-que. We leave her house on Tuesday and then head over to a retreat in Heber Springs, AR in the Ozark Mountains. It is almost a 500 mile drive and we are looking forward to the drive as much as the retreat. Pam has mapped out several cross stitch shops along the way including some quilt and thrift stores. I am also looking forward to eating (and shopping) in a Cracker Barrel. We both signed up for the "Play with clay" class. The teacher just got back from a class offered by Just Another Button Company and will be teaching us how to make some new fun buttons.
It is a much needed time away for the both of us.

"The resurrection gave my life meaning and direction
and he opportunity to start over no matter
what the circumstances."
Robert Flatt
Happy Easter. Always keep love in your stitches.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Another wonderful exchange!

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
William Arthur Ward
I participated in the stitch with love winter exchange. Once I again I was spoiled with lovely gifts. Mindi at "Joie de Vivre" sent me a wonderful package. She lives in California just like me and said it was hard putting a winter package together. I thought the same thing.
Here is the wonderful package full of goodies I received. I got a beautiful box with a matching fob, some lovely threads ( one is my most favorite shades of pink. I use it a lot and gladly welcome some more.) fun snowflake charms, dyed blue rick rack, my favorite needles and a nice needle minder.
Here is a close of the beautiful top of the box. I love the way she also added beads.
I have never finished a fob like this in the back and I can't wait to try it.
I sent my package to Kathy "Kathy's sit and stitch".
She mentioned that she liked biscornu's so I decided to make her one. I used the them when the cold wind blows, stay inside and stitch. Not that in California I know this.
I have been a bit stressed lately with not only my niece that lives with us but my FIL. He has been in a home and really not doing well. We have been expecting his passing but when it happens it still does not make it easier. On Thursday the 27th he went home to be with the Lord. It really was a blessing and now we will have wonderful memories of him. Pam "Confessions of a southern stitcher" knew about my stress and on Friday the cutest little package arrived. She had ordered it before she knew about my FIL and it arrived at the most perfect moment.  She said how could this little face not cheer you up. Inside this cute cookie jar it was filled with individual wrapped frosted cookies. Some even looked like the little chick popping out of the egg. Thank you so much Pam for brightening up my day.


Always keep love in your stitches,