Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What A Treat...

To open a box from Paula C. and find all of this….

I could not get over her generosity. How lucky I was to win her Blogiversary! Would you believe that I remember reading Paula’s very first post? I have enjoyed it ever since! Thank you so much Paula for this amazing Give-A-Way, I especially love the stacked pincushion that you made and shall treasure forever.

Can you believe that I also won one of the 2nd place prizes on the Blackbird Design Blog?

Yup, I was one of the 133 people that entered a picture of my stitched Petites Lettres Rouges sampler and my name was drawn. Seriously, I can’t win a cake in a cakewalk maybe my luck has changed. Can you believe that 133 people stitched up this sampler? 132 of them probably linked to it from Vonna’s blog! Thanks for sharing Vonna; you are always so good about that. I shall post a picture of the card from Paris that I won when it arrives.

I am very happy to say that four of the stitched pieces that were almost accidentally discarded by my DH are now at the frame shop being framed. I decided that, for their protection, they needed to be framed and mounted on the wall. I still have about five more that need some form of finishing; they have been safely tucked away in my sewing room where no “man” dare enter!

There’s a new blog in town: Cross Stitch in the Garden by Beth…you may know her from Fanci That Designs. Actually, Beth is not new to blogging; she is returning to the blog world so stop on over and take a look... Welcome back Beth! :D

I was reading Heather’s blog and she mentioned that she has been doing far more quilting these days than cross-stitch…I remember those days, I had put down my tapestry needle in exchange for the tiny quilting needle and gave up on cross stitch for a number of years (so very hard to believe). In 2007 I switched back and have done very little quilt making, however, I am seriously considering starting this quilt:

Spinning Wheels Quilt

What is holding me back? Could it be the many unfinished quilt tops and bags of quilt blocks that I already have? Why YES! I don’t know, this quilt is calling my name and I am not sure how much longer I can ignore it~ time will tell.

Have you visited the All People Quilt website? There are some great quilting/crafting freebie projects, video instructions, tips, and much more. I have found instructions for projects that I can modify and use in my cross stitch finishing. I printed out the instructions for this Sewing Roll so that I could use it to finish one of my cross stitch pieces:

Instructions for Sewing Roll

Thanks to those that shared with me their “dog” stories, I found them helpful and encouraging. Lily now has her crate and does not seem to mind going inside when I leave but then again who knows if she is howling while I am gone…let’s hope not. As for the messed up wall ~ well, it is being fix thanks to my DH and his million gadgets and tools.

Have a great day!

Until next time...


Natasha said...

Paula C has a wonderful blog. What a generous gift she sent you. Very nice.

As for the crate I found that by putting a shirt that me or my husband had worn in the crate it gave Samson comfort... Wishing you the best of luck. It will get easier.

staci said...

You better buy a lottery ticket!!! That is quite a prize from! And congrats on being a 2nd place winner with your BBD finish!!!

Kathy said...

You are quite lucky and Staci took the words out of my mouth. 'You better buy a lottery ticket.'

Very newsy post. I love reading ones like that.

That is a beautiful quilt. I have done some too, but the tapestry needle fits better in my hand than the quilting needle. That has not stopped me from buying fabric and patterns. LOL!

Glad Lily is doing better. After having one uncrated dog and now one that has know nothing but the crate, I would crate every time. It sure makes it easier to take them visiting too. You can always take the crate and use it where ever you are.

Heather said...

Oh, wow, that is a great prize you have won! Lucky You :D

I love that quilt, it is gorgeous. I dare you to make it!!

Good luck with your dog, ours likes her crate, and sleeps in it every night on her own. I am glad you have been using one, it makes everybodys lives easier.

mainely stitching said...

What a great box of goodies! And congratulations on your BBD win!

Becky K in OK said...

Wowza, what a great win. Enjoy every bit with a cup of CC coffee.

Ronel said...

Wow! You are so very lucky. Enjoy all your new goodies! Thanks you for the needle roll pattern. Kind regards, Ronel

Siobhan said...

Lucky you with all your winnings! Love your recent stitching, too.

Cindy F. said...

Marie! How did I not have your blog on my google reader??!! I can't believe I found!
Love your blog and beautiful stitchings. Congrats on your winnings!

Michelle said...

Hi Marie,

Congratulations on your wins!


Deborah/LavenderRose said...

My Goodness, Marie! You should have gone and bought a lottery ticket that week!! LOL Good for you, I'm so happy that you were happy. It's such a great thing to know you won that stitching contest. :)
I have a Brightneedle chart..want to send it to you. It's "Sunshine and Shadows Sampler." Do you already have it or not? Email me, dear friend. Hugs, Deb

Brigitte said...

Marie, you're such a lucky girl. Enjoy all your goodies.
I love the quilt that you intend to sew. And the sewing roll pattern is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.