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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Sunday!

This was back to work week for me and boy oh boy did it wear me out. Managed some overtime too, so didn't have much time or enthusiasm during the week to get any stitching done.

So I made sure to make some stitching time yesterday! Made great progress on one of the "Christmas In August" items!!! The punching was finished last night... was planning on putting the backing and finishing touches to it today, but got a little side tracked...


It's a Country Stitches pattern that was gifted to me by my friend Pam (no blog) a little more than a year ago. So, I think it's high time I get it stitched! ... I'll give all the details on the pattern in my next post when it is completely "finished". :-)

If anyone has an AC Moore near them... RUN, don't walk there and stock up on DMC floss! They have it on sale this week for 5/$1.00. That's nearly half price! I spent some time picking out some prim colors...


and kept the girl at the register busy for awhile too! :-) Do you know they have to ring them up by color? And, did you also know there were only TWO registers open while I was there? Yep... not a good "friend making day" today... lol! That's OK... I bought enough to last me at least a year... they might forget who I am by then? ;-)

We are also getting a good, soaking, much needed rain today! Local brooks, rivers and the canal are at or near flood level. I can hear the flowers, trees and grass drinking this stuff up though! Should help to make for a beautiful Autumn display of colors this year!!!

With the days getting somewhat cooler and the daylight getting less and less... and the crickets singing in the night... I've had pumpkins on the brain for at least a week now... :-)

Have a great week everyone!

Stay healthy and keep smiling!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Giveaway Winners!!!

Nothing fancy about picking winners here... it's the old name on a slip of paper and into a cup it goes...

A
Friendship Strips & Scraps
goes to
woolensails


B
Rug Hooker's Bible
goes to
weaverpat


C
Simple Home Solutions
goes to
Orange Sink


D
Good Things for Organizing
goes to
Orange Sink


E
Wool Rug Hooking
goes to
Courtney


F
Mercantile Gatherings Magazine
goes to
Joanne

Congratulations to the winners!!!!

I'll be sending you an email requesting your addresses... I'll get them packed up tonight and (hopefully) shipped out tomorrow!

A big thank you to everyone that entered this contest!

My first Christmas~Winter themed finish during the month of August will bring another giveaway... so stay tuned! :-)

Stay Healthy & Keep Smiling!

Finishes and AAPG Anniversary Goodies!

As promised... some pictures of a couple of finishes that were left from July... the first is "Spring Pillow Tuck" which is a design by Primitive Betty's. I chose to stitch this 2 over 2 with DMC 3866 on natural linen. The fabric for the pillow is a piece of the "Whitewash" fabric line that is new from the gals at "Crab Apple Hill". The strawberry was made of same fabric, with the leaves cut from the cross stitch linen... and tied to the pillow with a piece of linen thread. Overall finished size is about 7-1/2" x 7-1/2".

Next up is this Stacy Nash Pattern titled "October 31st Pincushion". I followed the recommended DMC floss colors in the pattern and stitched 1 over 2 on a 28 ct natural linen. The piece finishes up at about 4-1/2" x 5-1/2". The back is a burnt orange colored cotton fabric. All this heat we had during July... stitching an Autumn design was very comforting! :-)

Another package of treasures arrive the other day from Ginger!!! This was due to our online group, An American Primitive Gathering (search USAPRIM on eBay) is having it's 3 Year Anniversary during the month of August. The members that wished to participate in a "Secret Swap" each received a name. The main requirements were that one of the items needed to be a sunflower (and you can see the beautifully hooked rug Ginger made of a sunflower in the picture), and there needed to be 3 pillow tucks or ornies. Ginger made me a mitten from a cutter quilt, a stocking with a snowman embroidered on it and a cute Jack O Lantern on a pillow! She also included a "Smile Often" magnet, a milk glass hen dish (my camera won't pick up the details in this great piece though), some denim blue wool and a snippet catcher that hangs over the arm of your chair! I love all of it, Ginger! Thank you once again!

You see? I told you this week was full of fun stuff! There's more too... but that will have to wait until later today... as some of you already know... there are some winners to be announced for the Giveaway in the previous post! All entries up until 7:00 tonight will be included in the drawing... and the winners announced at 8:00.

Stay healthy and keep smiling!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Follower's Choice Giveaway!

You know what? I'm on vacation this week! And when on vacation... so many things happen that to write them all in one post would make for a very long post!

So, I've decided to break things up a bit into a couple of different posts... this post being dedicated to only the giveaway!

In hopes that people get something they really want... I am going to offer a choice of the following books. These are all great books... I've just had my use of them and they are ready for someone else's reading enjoyment...

Here's what you need to do... Decide which books you are interested in... each person can choose one, two or all of the books. I have each book marked with an A, B, C, D, E or F. You must leave a comment on THIS post that contains your first name and the letters of the books you are interested in. I will then put your name into each container with the corresponding book's letter. And draw one winner for each book. Got it?

The guidelines for this Giveaway are simple... you must be a follower of this blog... you must have an email that I can contact you at when you win (either through blogger, or post it in the comment)... and you must have a US or Canada mailing address. That's it.

Here's your choices...

A
Friendship Strips & Scraps
A Quilting Book by Edyta Sitar

B
The Rug Hooker's Bible
by Gene Shepherd

C
Simple Home Solutions
a Martha Stewart publication

D
Good Things for Organizing
a Martha Stewart publication

E
Wool Rug Hooking
by Tara Darr

F
Mercantile Gatherings Magazine
Summer 2011 Issue

Hopefully you will see something in this post that you like... if not... perhaps the next giveaway will entice you...

I will be picking the winners for this giveaway on Friday, August 5th at 8:00 pm... with hopes that I will be able to ship on Saturday...

Good Luck & Have fun!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Christmas In August

Once again... I am teaming up with my buddy Jacque to accomplish something BIG. We've been cheering each other on through the "Snow Days" quilt and now, we have started...

"Christmas In August"

I know...

I know...

It's hot...

Don't rush the seasons...

BUT

The goal for us is to take the month of August to create our handmades that we will be gifting family and friends during the Christmas season. Because you know what happens every year... rush, rush, rush... last minute sewing the seam closed as the recipient is walking through the door...

Not THIS year though!
(we hope)

This year we have already planned which gifts go to who... purchased our supplies and are ready to get creating!


I do have one or two more items I need to finish from July... and when I return here to post those pics... I will also announce the giveaway I have been promising for a few posts now... next post... promise! :-)

Soooooo, enjoy the days of Summer... I'll be back before Friday...

Stay healthy & keep smiling!




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