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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Garden Club Series & Santa's Hat

Let me tell you... we're having 60* F temps with sunshine today thru Monday!!! While I'm enjoying it... I'm just a little torn between decorating for Christmas, or starting my Spring cleaning? lol!

And, while it's nice out... I thought I'd share a new (and only) start for (technically) 2016. When I read about the Garden Club Series from Blackbird Designs, I could not resist signing up for it! Twelve gardening themed 4" cross stitch pieces... a variety of background linens... final finishing will be to stitch all 12 pieces together into one scrappy, flowery piece!!! Of course, you could finish each piece separately into a pinkeep... but, I really liked the idea of one big patchwork of small cross stitches...

Here is my first finished square... Basket of Cherries...

I signed on as an auto-ship offered by The Silver Needle. Each shipment arrives with the chart and the square of linen. No threads... which works for me since I have plenty in stash! :-) And for the two that I was missing to complete this one... I substituted something close.

And now... on to Santa's Hat! :-) Many thank you's for everyone that took the time to share a positive story! Always a great part of the day to hear about happiness and funny stories from the past (and present)! And, I agree... it is a beautiful time of year when people seem happier and more willing to share a smile with a stranger. Is it the lights? The decorations? Or the enormous amounts of sugar (and chocolate) in all of the festive cookies and candies?!?!? Whatever it is... I wish it could last all year!

After all entries were tossed into Santa's Hat and given a good toss about... the name that was chosen for this growing giveaway is:


Congratulations to Julie! Know that the medium sized flat rate box still continues to be stuffed with quilty goodies... and will be on your way as soon as it is filled to the rim! :-)

Thank you again to everyone that commented... I hope to offer more giveaways during 2016!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!



  1. I love that cross stitch piece. you always choose the most pretty patterns.
    Congratulations to Jullie. I'm so glad that she won. She does amazing work and she's very much deserves to win.

    Have a great weekend coming up.

  2. Congratulations to Julie!

    The cross stitch project looks like a lot of fun. How long did it take you to complete the Basket of Cherries? One down and eleven to go :)

  3. Hi Sharon,
    Hooray!!! I am so excited, I am doing a happy dance!!! Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity and I will look forward to receiving it........an early Christmas gift!!! I Love your new stitched piece and what a fun project/club!!! That will keep you busy and can't wait to see the finish!!
    Take care and Thank You again!!
    Christmas Hugs~

  4. ohwow...a BOM for you. What a big surprise! haha...and flowers! huh. LOL You're too predictable. But, fun! I, myself, need to finish a ton of things. Ya know? Only two new projects coming up as far as I know. Yeah, right. Love your work. You know that, right?

  5. You always do such beautiful stitching and I treasure all of the pieces you have given me. Congratulations to Julie!


  6. Congratulations Julie!
    Love your work Sharon!

  7. The stitchery is so pretty--it will be fun seeing them completed in the coming year!

  8. The Basket of Cherries is beautiful !
    Oh, I need more hours in my day to be able to delve into all the beautiful stitcheries!
    Your work is lovely, Sharon.

  9. lovely design...no wonder you couldn't resist! even with the warm temps I'm feeling the spirit this year...nothing like listening to Christmas carols as you rake the lawn one last time...hugs

  10. Your BOM cross stitch project will be loverly!
    Congrats to Julie.
    Oh, I'm lovin' these temps, too, but have no desire to spring clean...lol!
    Hugs :)


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