Thursday, February 9, 2012

A WIP, A Giveaway Win, Gifts, & Other Stuff

Frosty & I would like to thank everyone who has come to attend his week long celebration party!  I thought I would break away for a moment to share some long overdue photos, a stitching update, & other stuff   : )

When I finished stitching the January Trip Into Hell (the designer calls it January Word Play) I immediately took it out of my Q-Snap hoop & replaced it with this ...

This is the start of my February ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL group.  This month's subject to stitch is a Christmas tree.  I decided to stitch a Homespun Elegance ornament pattern, Joy & Peace.  I stitched what you see here in a matter of just a couple hours.  What a difference when compared to the January Trip Into Hell!  Not only is there a difference in the time it's taking to stitch it & how smoothly it's moving along, but the white floss  the designer suggests has got to be the best white floss on the market!  It is Crescent Colours' Bamboo.  Just look how nicely it stands out ... & the end stitching result doesn't look like a piece of bread with penicillin growing on it!  I could've finished the stitching by now but I've had some other things needing my attention.  I do have that big snowflake finished & maybe 1/3 of the tree.  What a stitching joy! 

Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has had a string of giveaways over the past few weeks.  If you aren't familiar with Nancy's trims & patterns you really need to pay her a visit.  She has the loveliest things!  Anyway, I was lucky enough to win one of her Black Crow Spice Bag kits last month!  I am using one of Nancy's photos of 2 of her finished spice bags rather than horrify you with my photography when it's not absolutely necessary.  I chose her Cinnamon spice bag since I have a "thing" for cinnamon   : )   I'm really looking forward to stitching it   : )
A week or so ago I received a lovely gift from my blog friend Trace ... one of her fabulous woolly creations, 3 fat quarters, a valentine, & 2 little packages of candy which disappeared before the photo was taken   : )
And here is a very cute magnetic photo frame gifted to me by my blog friend cucki.  I have a tiny pumpkin chart to stitch that will fit this frame perfectly ... or maybe I will look for a small autumn leaf to stitch for it?  Decisions, decisions   : )
Today I took John to Louisville to see a dentist.  I don't know about you but thus far 2012 seems to be The Year of the Dentist.  Several blogging friends have mentioned since the beginning of the year that either they or one of their family members are dealing with toothaches, infections, & even the need for oral surgery, dentures, partials, etc.  I am dealing with dental problems myself & now John is as well.  Of course things could be worse.  Heaven knows I'm not complaining ... just making an observation.  

Uh-oh ... the party sounds like it's getting a little out of hand!  I'd better get back in there   : )


Kendra said...

I know! It is the year of the that a part of the chinese calander? It's crazy. Knock on wood, no one in my family has needed to go yet this year for anything other than a cleaning!

Project looks great so far and lovely treasures you recieved, aren't blog pals wonderful?


Michelle said...

Lovely gifts received Shirlee. Looks like HE Peace and Joy is going tobe wonderful. I must think about looking at those snap frames to hold your stitching. Hope John got on ok at the dentist - we all went last week for a check up! x

Nicola said...

You are right about dentists. I have to have root canal surgery (:(:

bettyj said...

Love everything you stitch! The one you are working on now is beautiful. congrats on your goodies. You deserve it all and more. Take care my, friend it is cold and going to be colder here in ET.

Sally said...

Your Joy and Peace is looking gorgeous Shirlee. I think this Christmas All Year Round SAL is brilliant! At least it's making me get an ornament a month stitched:)

Lovely wins and gifts. You definitely deserve them:)

Vickie Niggemann said...

It looks like you picked the right ornament to work on- JOY AND PEACE! Glad they have come to you. :)

Cleejoow said...

how lovely you won a giveaway, and what a nice frame you got there :). The pumpkin would match... but an autumn leaf would as well... guess I won't be of much help for your decision there...

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Glad to hear that Frosty is finished .Wonderful goodies you have recieved. I Love the spice bags. I too, recieved some goodies from Trace. Wonderful girl she is.
I've been puttin off going to the dentist for awhile. I need a tooth pulled. Seems like I'm not going to be able to put it off much longer. I have a fear of dentists. Bad experiences in the past. Enjoy your weekend

cucki said...

aww very sweet gift received..everything is so lovely..
cute wip..i love the colors so much..
big hugs cucki xxx

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Your creations is looking great so far!!!
Such wonderful goodies you won and received!!! Enjoy!!!
Happy Stitch'n
Prim Blessings

Kaisievic said...

Lovely wins and gifts, Shirlee. Great new start, too.

hugs, Kaye xoxox