Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy Weekend!

I hope everyone is enjoying the start to the weekend!  It's cool and cloudy here but at least it's not raining anymore!  My thoughts and prayers go out to those in the South that were affected by all the storms that moved through earlier this week.

I have a small finish to share with you.  This is Let Freedom Ring by Little House Needleworks.  It is attached to an exclusive pillow made by Impie Hattie and Bea.  I think this turned out pretty cute and will look nice with my other patriotic finishes.



I've also made some progress on Mary's Handework by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I'm doing this on 40 ct Pearled Barley with DMC.  I'm loving this piece and all the red colors in it.



Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world.  I appreciate all the comments you take the time to leave.

Have a great week.

BrendaS

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Just a quick post to announce that Lynn (Kearnel's Korner) won the giveaway:))))

Thanks to everyone for all your nice comments about my finish.  I am taking it on Saturday to my LNS to have it framed.  Can't wait....

Have a good rest of the week and a very blessed Easter!

BrendaS

Sunday, April 17, 2011

BIG HAPPY DANCE AND A GIVEAWAY

Hello Friends --  (****edited to add that the giveaway is already finished and ready for enjoyment****)
I have a BIG happy dance to show you.  Last night I put the finishing stitches in Victoria Sampler's Heirloom Stitching Sampler:)))   This is stitched on 32ct Natural Belfast with the recommended silk, over-dyed cotton and perle cotton.  I started this on January 1, 2011 and so enjoyed stitching all the different bands with the many various stitches.  I plan on taking it to my LNS next Saturday to have it framed. 

It was so hard to take a good picture of the entire piece as it measures about 30" long but I tried:))))





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Now on to the GIVEAWAY.  In celebration of my big finish, the end of tax season and EASTER.  I am going to have a drawing for this FINISHED and FRAMED punch needle design.  This was a small Pine Mountain design that I thought would be perfect for Spring and Easter.  If you would like a chance to win leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you and I will draw a name on Tuesday, April. 19.  Good luck!!!!

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I also have a new start.  It's Mary's Best Handework by With thy Needle and Thread.  I'm stitching it on 40ct Pearled Barley with 1 strand of DMC over 2.

I will be back on Wednesday morning to annuonce the winner of the giveaway.

Hope you all have a very enjoyable Sunday.  As always, thanks for all the wonderful comments you take the time to leave as I truly appreciate them all.

BrendaS

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gathering Basket

Today is a beautiful summer-like day here in Chicago.  It's supposed to be in the low 80's!  We go from Winter to Summer in one day.  It won't last long though because tomorrow it's supposed to be back in the 50's. 

I finished this Blackbird Designs Reward of Merit this week.  It's called Gathering Basket and is stitched on Buttercream by Lakeside Linen with the called for threads.  I used some old buttons that I had from my Mom to add something to the side. 



Not much else going on here.  Tax Season will be over on Friday!  I can hardly wait to have a whole weekend with no work and to be able to take some days off.  Big Happy Dance from me:))))))

Thanks for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments.  I so appreciate each of you.

Have a great week.

BrendaS

Sunday, April 3, 2011

5 Little Eggs

Hi --
I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday and it's Spring-like weather in your neck of the woods:))

I have one small finish this week.  This is a new kit by Shepherds Bush that came out at Nashville.  It's stitched on a hand-dyed evenweave that is so pretty with the colors of the silk.

Yesterday after I left work I made a trip to Inspired Needle in Lemont, Illinois for some retail therapy!  This is a great cross stitch store and Cathy is so very friendly and helpful.  If you are ever in Northern Illinois I would encourage you to go.  I got some great stash and here are a few of the charts I bought:
I also found this cute little design that is just perfect for me because I have two precious Scottie's of my own. 
 Here are Bailee and Fiona just relaxing after getting up very early this morning.  Tough life they have:)))
Thanks for everyone's comments last week about the qsnaps and scroll rods.  I received some great ideas to use for future projects.  I am continuing to work on Heirloom Stitching Sampler and see a finish in the next couple of weeks.  Now to decide what large project to start next..... (Ann Grant, Plenty and Grace, Hillside Travelers or.....)

Have a great week and thank you for all the great comments. They always make my day:))))

BrendaS