Saturday, January 31, 2009

Who Done It?? And Thank You!

Who took January? I can't believe that tomorrow is February first! We are whizzing right along here. Weather wise thats OK with me! I am ready for spring....I bet we will get 6 more weeks of winter. We shall find out on Tuesday. Oh well!

I had two lovely surprises in the mail recently. The first one was from Amy. Amy had a question about a pattern on my blog and I helped her out. She also was a" no reply". I told her where she could go to change it. In turn, she sent me this cute snowman stitchery pattern. The fabric for the background was also included. Isn't he cute?

It is a pattern by Sweet Gatherings. I love him! Amy is new to blogging. She has a lovely blog. I hope that you will stop by and say hi and welcome her to blogland. Thanks again Amy.

My second bit of mail was from Loz. She reads my blog and knew that I love snowmen too. Loz was on holiday recently and saw a pattern that reminded her of me. She scared me! She just told me that the pattern reminded her of me. I thought OMGoodness. Loz has quite a sense of humor. So I waited for it to arrive. I wasn't really sure what to expect. Well, it was a very nice surprise.

It was a Gail Pan pattern of four little snowmen. They are finished in three different ways. Soooo cute I love them. Loz has been around for a while but I hope that you will stop by and say hello to her too. She is a lovely lady. I enjoy reading her blog too. Thanks again Lorraine. I love both of the patterns.

Can anyone tell me why sometimes my pictures can be enlarged and sometimes not. Is it blogger? It can't possibly be ME!

I will chat soon,


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Special Day And A Finish

OMGosh yesterday was such a special day. I went to my stitching group but I was glued to the TV. Watching the inauguration festivities. I don't think that I even got my stitching out. It was a day filled with hope for so many of us of a brighter future. Good luck President certainly have your work cut out for you. We are behind your and are ready for the change you promised. I think that it is wonderful to see a young and loving family in Washington again. God bless the USA!
Now on to other business. I made the BOM Seasons from The Country Loft for a friend for Christmas. I finished it at the very last minute (as usual). I didn't even take pictures of it. So I borrow some from my friends blog. I have one for me almost finished too. I love it. Here are the borrowed pictures of it.

I have to finish the stitchery on the bird block and the words for the fall section of my quilt. I put two borders on my friends quilt instead of the scrappy homespun. I am not sure how I am going to finish mine yet. I am off to do some much needed cleaning today after my very loooong weekend. I will chat soon.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

First Finish Of 2009

This project was supposed to be finished for Christmas 2008. Well a few things kind of got in the way. Everything was done except framing. I was going to keep it and give it next year. If I had put it away I probably would have forgotten all about it. Soooooo I framed it and sent it as a thank you and an early 2009 Christmas gift. I gave the person receiving the gift the option of opening it now or saving it until this Christmas. I wonder what she will do......???

I will chat soon,

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Watch for your Post Man???

I went to the post office on Monday.... I wonder where these packages are flying off to???

I will chat soon.


Monday, January 5, 2009

More lovely gifts!

That Debbie sure was busy this year. I must have been a very good girl! This is a candle mat pattern from Bunny Hill. I saw this on Anne Sutton's blog last year and made one for Debbie. She returned the favor this year to me. I love it!

Every year we exchange a Christmas ornament. This year we exchanged the same one. She also gave me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. Love that too!

This is a pattern by Willow Valley Store. Pop over and see Catherine. She has some beautiful patterns. They are iron on or you can trace them on fabric if you like. I have not done an iron on yet but it is in my pile of to do soon projects. The first one that I am going to do is the Orchard Cottage. I live in the heart of Macintosh country and they are the best apples you will ever eat. When I look at this pattern I can smell the fresh apples and apple blossoms. By the way Catherine has great give aways. I know because I won one.

Another Willow Valley Store Pattern.

This is a little tin that was purchased at Michael's and decorated with scrapbook paper and lace. I thought that it was so cute on its own and then I opened it.

Inside is a new Valdani pearl cotton #592. It's a variegated eggplant color. Two packages of embroidery needles and a beautiful needle minder.

This is a book that was decorated for Christmas. We took a ton of pictures at Christmas. I can't wait to select pictures for the book.

Great job!

Wasn't everything beautiful? Thanks so much Debbie. These gifts and your friendship means so much to me. I will be back to chat soon. I am off to watch The Bachelor.



Saturday, January 3, 2009

Free BOM

While I was out and about in blogland today I saw the cutest snowman. I fell in love with him. Upon reading further I found that he was the first block of a new free BOM from Ellen. She gives the directions in both Dutch and English. She has pictures of him done in stitchery and in applique. Pop over say hi and get a fun new pattern. I am sure that everyone out there is caught up with all of your projects and needs a new pattern. Thanks Ellen!

I will chat soon.



Friday, January 2, 2009

Lovely Gifts

I would like to share some of the gifts that I received for Christmas. For many years I have exchanged gifts with friends. This is the best part of Christmas. I love handmade gifts. First this is a notion bag. I think that it is too pretty to use. I just may stuff it and put it on a shelf. It is crossed stitched. The pattern is by Erica Michaels

This is the cutest little stitchery in the cutest little frame. Debbie made it for me. It is an iron on pattern. I am not sure who it is by . I have been afraid to use iron on patterns. She said that the directions were clear and it was very easy to do. The inside frame opening is only 2" by 3". I love it.

She added some needles, a little gripper and a quilting sign to this package. I forgot to take pictures of these gifts as we were opening them. They were all so pretty!

This is a snowman pillow from Crab-Apple Hill. I love the fabric she used. I bought some too. Just because I liked it. Now I know what I may use it for. I love snowmen! Isn't he cute? I will be back with more gifts soon.