God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Photos ... Phinally : )

I have finally gotten around to taking a few long overdue photos to share with you.  This will be a semi-lengthy post so you might want to grab some chocolate or chips & salsa or something   : )

This first photo is the stocking I have stitched for April in the Christmas All Year Round SAL.  The theme for April is snowflakes & there they are falling down upon Santa & his sleigh   : )   This is a Homespun Elegance pattern called Stockings 'A Plenty 1 which features 4 different motifs to stitch on these prefinished stockings.  I wish the stockings weren't so ridiculously expensive as I would love to stitch more.  This design is called, appropriately, Santa & Sleigh.

Now ... we all know how I hate to finish things, right?  Pull my hair, poke me in the eye with a stick, take away my candy cigarettes (yes, they are a bad habit of mine) ...
... but don't make me finish my cross stitched items!!!  You can understand my joy when I discovered quite by accident that Faye at Carolina Stitcher does finishing for people!  I contacted her & sent her 10 items I've stitched over the past couple months for her to perform her finishing magic   : )   I can't post photos of all of them now (some are gifts) but I will post two.  This first one is a RAK I sent to Michelle at Michelle's StitchCraft Place.  If this looks somewhat familiar to you, it's because it was the "mystery project" I posted about a few times a while back.  It is a La-D-Da pattern called Yellow Bird.  I didn't like the yellow though so changed it to WDW Navy which my husband picked out & which turned out to be one of Michelle's favorite colors!  How about that   : )
The photo came out a little blurry.  There is money to be made for someone who can come up with a series of cross stitch item photography tutorials or who would perhaps travel to give photography workshops for these sorts of things ... don't you agree?  Anyway, Faye did a great job on this pinkeep finish & she stuffed it with crushed walnut shells ... one of my favorite stuffings   : )

This next finish is also a Faye finish but I'm keeping it ... I think ... lol!  This was the Stacy Nash Christmas Goose Pinkeep pattern that I stitched half its size by mistake   : )   I just told Faye to do whatever she felt was best for it.  I'm very happy with the outcome right down to the beaded hanger   : )
Speaking of Faye, I recently participated in a Spring Thyme Swap over on Samplermakers & guess who got my name?  Yep ... Faye!  It was funny because she was working on my finishes when she found out that she got my name in the swap ... lol!  She sent me the most wonderful package of goodies which included one of her fabulous project bags (mine has a little bee zipper pull on it), a Threadwork Primitives pattern, 3 rusty jingle bells, & 2 packages of my beloved chenille trim   : )   She also included a piece of linen which just happened to be perfect for a Stacy Nash pattern I just started day before yesterday.  I love this linen, whatever it is.  Hopefully Faye knows so I can hunt some down & buy more of it   : )

Back to Michelle for a moment.  She posted on her blog a while back that she had gone to a stitching show & what did that sweetie do?  She picked up a Bent Creek chart while she was there to gift to me!  It is called God Bless You, a Bent Creek Stoneware Wishes design.  I wasn't familiar with this particular line & I'm looking forward to stitching this   : )
I received another surprise gift as well ... a lovely stitched Easter card from Paula at Cantinho do Ponto Cruz.  This is the one & only cross stitched card I have ever received   : )
I actually won something in the recent TDIPT drawings!  I won this cute chick pinkeep made by Mona at My Old Crow Primitives.  Isn't it adorable?  And she included an extra goodie in the package ... a bottle cap pincushion!  
I hope you have enjoyed the long overdue photos.  There will be more although exactly when is anyone's guess   : )   

17 comments:

Vickie said...

Wow Shirlee! You are blessed to be sure! Great things going on here. Candy cigarettes??!! Really Shirlee? I haven't had those in about 35 years!!! Easter Blessings to you Shirlee.♥

BrendaS said...

Wonderful stitching and beautiful finishing by Faye!

Congrats on the gifts and exchanges. You really scored:)

Carol said...

Really enjoyed seeing all the stitching photos today, Shirlee--you and Faye make a great team :)

Michelle said...

Oh Shirlee what a lovely post - I so enjoyed reading it and thank you once again my friend for my lovely RAK I shall treasure it xx

jennifer768 said...

Shirlee ,what wonderful goodies you received! You and Faye make an awesome team ,you already know how envious I am of your stitching abilities.The candy cigarettes gave me a chuckle as I used to love them as a child.Have a blessed day,Jen

marly said...

That was fun. I like lots of photos!

Michelle said...

Oh my I love everything! There is something about that blue with the white that is so eye catching. Love it.
Have a blessed Easter and stop by for a visit soon.
xoxo

~*Shar*~ said...

Beautiful stitching as always hun; where did you get the Homespun stocking? I love it...I'd like to award you the Liebster Award hun; check it out on my blog..miss you.

Hugs, Shar

Paula Nunes Lima said...

Chocolate cigarretes I'm familiar with. Candy cigarretes never heard of. Try to replace them with apples, or pinneaple cubes!!!! They are sweet also!!Thanks for posting the card and Happy Easter to all!
Hugs

Chris said...

Wonderful post Shirlee!
I love your April ornament, I still need to start mine. GRR!
I love the little pincushion, so sweet.
Happy Wednesday!

Lelia said...

enjoyed your post! Wow - lovely projects ; ) What fun

enjoy your day

Sally said...

Love your stocking finish Shirlee. It's so sweet.

Faye did a fantastic job with your beautiful stitching. The Stacy Nash piece is lovely and I love the RAK you sent to Michelle.

Love the chart Michelle sent you. She is such a sweetie. I got one from her too.

Have a lovely Easter weekend.

bettyj said...

Well, Shirlee, your X stitch items are beautiful. You are certainly one talented lady and that is a gift. Love that stocking! Wow, I enjoyed all the eye candy.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

WOW!!! You busy girl!! Candy cig's love it... we do that on our girls trip each fall! OLM

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

All such wonderful goodness in your blog post!!!
Candy Cigs??? I Love those!!!
Hope you have a wonderful Easter!
Prim Blessings
Robin

renee said...

Well, I like all your projects! You did great with them. I recall the candy ciggys! We used to love them at Halloween.
I have been busy, but getting my computer serviced at the moment, so am not able to post any pictures.
I hope that you have a blessed Easter.
How is the house hunting going?
Renee

TheCrankyCrow said...

They still make candy cigarettes?? Really??? Oh my heck!! What have I been missing! (And hey - they can't advertise cigarettes, but they can still make a candy replica???) ok...ok...moving on.... Love the final reveal of the mystery project. You had me there - would've never guessed. Really liking the blues. And I love your stocking....But my faves are the Stacy Nash....You know I love her stuff.... And congratulations on your awesome win from Mona - that woman does incredible work, no?? What a giveaway that was - such incredible gifts....I could have almost pouted (but didn't) when I didn't win. I do, though, adore Mona's work - such precision and attention to detail - and that one is a gem....love me my little yellow chicks!! (Hey - am I finally caught up?? Any cake left???) ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin