Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Tidying's!!!

Hello friends! This month is flying by. I have a to do list in preparation for Christmas. Thank goodness I had put up the smaller tree "Candy & Gingerbread" when I did. Haven't put up our main tree yet and my stitcher's tree. Our son Nicholas celebrated his 24th birthday. Also ( holding my breath here and not sure if I should mention but WAY TO EXCITED) our son will graduate from college the end of this week. This week is his last finals. He has had us on pins and needles. He doesn't want us to even talk about it till his finals are over. WELL...... more on this later.... but I am so very very very very very excited for him.....

Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Blog has been drawing everyday winners for her 25 days of Christmas giveaways. An on the 9th day drawing - I WON!!! WOOHOO!!! I won a surprise and when I receive it I am saving it for Christmas morning to open. I think that the days which she has not drawn winners you can still leave a comment and have a chance to win still. So if you haven't been to her blog there's still time. Just be sure to scroll down on her posts to find the days she hasn't drawn winners yet! To shop her store on Ebay the link is HERE!

Okay moving on..... we had some unexpected bathroom repairs which turned out that we now have a new bathroom. A few days before Thanksgiving (oh good lord I didn't even cover Thanksgiving) it was brought to my attention that the flooring (linoleum) had a small bubble. Then after Thanksgiving it got to be a HUGE bubble. That was not good. I am not going to get into too many details but did you know there is whats called a ring underneath the toilet. The wax rings should be changed. If not then water leaks. YEP that's what happened. Turns out we had 3 layers of flooring. The most bottom one is the main wood floor, second floor is made of particle wood and thirdly your  most top floor. Our second flooring was all saturated. The most bottom floor was wet ( had heater on it all night to dry) but still the wood was hard and did not need to be replaced. Thank goodness. Now after 1 week of appts all has been repaired. Therefore -  we have a new bathroom. Very thankful but URG!!!!

All during this time of repairs, our son taking over the main table for his projects & photographs I managed to sneak in & take some photos all in between. Much to share....

 Hansel and Gretel FINISHED!!!! Haven't had  a chance yet to hunt for a frame.

OH MY GOODNESS!!! You may have seen on Lee's blog these gorgeous ornaments she made me for my Candy & Gingerbread tree. If you are now seeing them for the first time and would like to make some Lee posted how to make them HERE on her other blog "Other side of the mountain".
I absolutely melted when I opened them.  Lee's talent has no limitations. Honest to goodness everyday I have to touch them and make the tassels move to hear the beads clicking - LOL!!! They are so beautiful and fun!!! Thank you again from my heart Lee!!!

 Here they are on my tree. OH I almost forgot. Can you see the felt candy garland? I made it. I had some of the circles done but needed to make more of them. This was a project from about 5 - 6 years ago. I cut out the circles, used a blanket stitch, chose different colored threads on each felt circle. OH I cut out 2 same sized circles (1 1/2 inch) and stitched them together. After I made enough circles I strung them on one continuous Pearl #12 thread.

 After I had received the gorgeous ornaments from Lee,  a week or so later I get this in the mail from her. I am soooo blessed. She said she had started stitching the pulled thread piece before her eye surgery then had to stop. After she healed she stitched on this incredible gorgeous piece again and its my birthday gifts.  Oh yes I sure cried. The chart is Ellen Chester's "Elizabeth Wood" sampler. I can't wait to start this. Lee bought this in person from Ellen when she took a class from her earlier this year.

 I have never seen anything like this needlework before, let alone now I actually own a piece gifted to me by precious Lee! Thank you so very much Lee - you know I cherish all your needlework.

 Before Thanksgiving I received mail from my friend Hetti from the Netherlands. Hetti sent me a kit -  a design with roses to be stitched in memory of Nannie. The threads are scented of roses (DMC).  I was and still am so touched by her kindness. I am going to stitch/add Nannies name and Hetti's name and where it was sent from. I don't think the scented threads are sold here in the USA. Hetti said in her card that this was her sending me a bouquet of roses in Nannies memory. So loving. And Hetti also had a package & card for my Aunt! My Aunt received her package on Thanksgiving day. I had hosted dinner. I didn't get to take a photo of what Hetti made for her. It was a beautiful ornament & a blue delft tile bookmark. I will see if I can have my aunt take a photo so I can share with you.
Thank you Hetti for all your kindness!!!   Not only to me but also for my Aunt!!!

 Precious Miek sent me this beautiful Christmas card and gorgeous hand-dyed silk threads done by her. Miek is also from the Netherlands. Miek and Hetti are sisters. They now have an Etsy store and sell their silk threads and beautiful cross stitch designs. Thank you so much Miek!

Look what I got from Andrea and all the way from United Kingdom! I had been a very lucky recipient of Andrea's Christmas RAK. I love this snowman ornament she made. The name of the design is called "Frosty Snowflake" by Needle Bling Designs. It's already on my Candy tree:) And she also hand made this beautiful Christmas card. Thank you very much Andrea!

 Earlier this year Shirlee of  The Easily Influenced Stitcher and I had decided to have a Christmas exchange.   During our flooring repairs I was feeling a bit upset & down (yes about a bit of everything, missing Nannie & my mom) and a box arrived for me. When I opened it I cried!!
Talk about feeling loved. WOW WOW WOW!!! I contacted Shirlee right away and thanked her so much for such an abundance of love she sent me and asked if she wouldn't mind if I could open her gifts on Christmas morning. Of course she said yes. I assured her that her ornament will be displayed and left up all year round. Oh yes as soon as I get my stitcher's tree back up it stays up - LOL!!!
Thank you Thank you Shirlee!!!

 My one and only sister, who I say is my #1 and favorite sister -LOL hand knitted me this lovely candy colored scarf. Yep it compliments our Candy & gingerbread tree. How lucky I am!

 The yarn is from Hobby Lobby. I've been wearing it, it's so soft and warm. I love it!!
Thank you sweet sister!

And she also made me this.. Isn't it darling....and she even stitched on 18ct adia which she said she would NOT stitch on anything higher than 14ct - LOL. Bless her heart!
Hope your enjoying the holidays and are getting some stitching done - LOL!!!
Always with my love and Appreciation - Annette

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Some Holiday Stitches!

Well the Holidays have arrived! SO much has been happened that I am going to do my best to bring you right into the loop! This is what I always told my Nannie during the holidays - "Nannie we have to get out and about so we get  into the loop and know whats going on!" Oh how she would laugh!!!
Our weather has finally been nice and cold - around 60 degrees.

One quick reminder - Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe (HERE) is currently having her 25 days of Christmas giveaways. Visit her blog everyday till the 30th of this month and comment daily to be included for her daily drawings starting Dec 1st - Dec 25th!!

After I was done helping my sister prepare for a Holiday Boutique (boy that was too much work),
I have a new project....

Hansel and Gretel!!! 28ct Pink sparkly Fabric Flair (left over piece from my Gingerbread houses last year) & all DMC flosses. The chart is from a French magazine: Creation Point de Croix, September/October 2012 issue #23. It's still available on their website in CPC/back issues.
While stitching with these lovely colors and all the candy I decided to put up a Christmas tree NOW! It's themed Candy & Gingerbread!!

The gingerbread house ornaments are a series from Hallmark that I had collected.

I participated in a EMS (Ellen Maurer-Stroh website) Christmas ornament exchange. I stitched this ornament for Jeannine who lives in France. She has received it and loves it! This design is called "Naughty & Nice" from BBD Christmas Garden Book.

                                                                       The backing!

                                               Other goodies that I included for Jeannine!

Here is what I received from Donna/USA for the same EMS Christmas Exchange. It's a beautiful wall-hanging with three different stitched ornaments. How lucky I am! I love it and Thank you Donna!  Here are some close-ups of each ornament....

Thank you again Donna! 

My birthday was the weekend after Nannie's funeral. There was no way that I was up to celebrating it and skipped it for this year. My friend Lee did make me something very special and I was so surprised when I opened it. 
 Lee stitched this Gorgeous Golden Pear! Isn't the her needlework incredible! The stem is painted gold and you have to see this up close too see all the fine details.

I absolutely cherish this. Lee also at the time was having trouble with one of her eyes. She made this with one good eye - This is very precious to me. Thank you Lee I treasure what you made me.

                  Lee had attended a convention and made this beautiful needroll and she gifted it to me.

 Thank you for everything and for making my birthday special Lee!

This beautiful card and heart ornament was made by Ann who also lives in New Zealand.
It is a Thank you gift from Ann to me for sending a chart that she was looking for.

Ann is another master stitcher and still continues to teach in New Zealand. I was speechless when I opened her gift. So many fine details are in the heart. I tried to get as close as I could with my camera. Thank you so very much Ann!!!

Lee had a birthday in November! You may have seen this on her blog but here is what I made and sent to her. The design I stitched  "Tulip House Stitching Companion" from the book BBD - A Stitcher's Journey. I painted the wood box a med grey color.

 The inside compartments I used lavender duponi silk and some Anna Griffin fabrics.

Little pin cushion.

 I pulled out Ann Dale and worked on her for a while. I finished the last 4 motifs on the bottom row on the left and completed the one row for the band underneath. I also stitched more on the side borders on each side.

Here is a photo of my sisters table (the one with the red table cloth) at a Holiday Boutique at a elementary school she participated in. 
That's me sitting behind the table talking to a person next to us. sister is sitting behind the small Christmas tree, can't see her.  My It was fun and lots of preparation leading up to it. Mostly making price tags, all the packing and practiced setting up how to display. I think her table was very festive and lots of shoppers stopped by. Off to stitch on Hansel and Gretel again.
Thank you so much for stopping by.  With my love and appreciation - Annette

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Christmas Giveaway

Santa Nancy is having 25 Days of Christmas! 

To enter for Nancy's Christmas giveaways she is asking that you leave a comment on each of her daily posts. Each day she is giving-away something.
Nancy will draw winners starting on Dec 1st. 

Nancy hand dyes threads, trims, buttons and has charts & kits. Her threads are lovely to stitch with.
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Blog  - HERE
To visit Nancy's store - HERE

I will be back soon!! 
love Annette

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thank you! Many photos!

Hello friends! I know it's been awhile since I last posted. I needed time after Nannies passing.

 Thank you Thank you so very much for your condolences and kind heartfelt words.
I had read them at least 2 to 3 times. Your comments really helped me get through each day after Nannie's passing. I am so sorry I didn't answer each of you back but I was so drained emotionally and physically. I know you understand and Thank you again.

I do want to share a bit about Nannies funeral. Nannie was incredibly honored at her funeral.

The pastor who led her services is a mayor of a local town. Nannie's niece Susan Rhode Morris sang 4 songs. Susan is a professional singer (including opera) and yes she has CD's. Everyone was blown away with her beautiful voice. One of the songs she sang was Ava Maria! Her voice touched my soul.  Right before the services she came over to me, my husband and our son Nicholas and told us she was going to be singing right to us. And she did!!!! One of my all time favorite singers is Celine Dion. Susan's voice is more clear, powerful and hits notes that I've never heard Celine do. The whole room at Nannie's funeral was impressed, blown away and loved Susan's singing.
Then towards the end of services my Uncle John (Nannie's only son) spoke. The end of his speech, this is what was so special,  - He said "It's a monumental achievement for someone to live to be 101 years old. I would like you to join me in honoring my mom and give her a standing ovation".  Everyone stood up and applauded Nannie. The applause lasted for at least 3 minutes and it was loud and strong.
It was amazing. I've never heard of anyone applauding someone at a funeral and or during the services. It was extremely special, appropriate and I felt in my heart that it was right and well earned by Nannie.
Nannie was and still is incredibly special to me and will always be in my heart.

Frances surprised me by sending me a beautiful card and included two charts of hearts that I can stitch in remembrance of Nannie!
Thank you sweet Frances I love them!!!

Now looking back when Nannie was ill and we were going over back and forth to see her I had some projects that were already done but was not able to share due to the recipient had not received my package yet. Also I was stitching before and after. There were a few days when I didn't pick up my needle.

 These are gifts I sent to Deborah who was my exchange partner when I participated in Terri's Harvest Fall 2014 exchange.

I made Deborah a pillow. The chart is called "Old Witch Mary quite contrary" by Teresa Murgida of Italy. I purchased her chart on Etsy.

 I also made for Deborah a zipper pouch and needlebook.

 Here's what I got in the mail from the Terri's Harvest Exchange.
Wonderful gifts I received from Dawn.

 Dawn sent me 2 charts, October by Heart in Hand and A Halloween Year August by Homespun Elegance, beautiful variety of threads, fabrics and a set of needles. oooh and candy too! I love everything Dawn, thank you so much!!!

 Here's what Dawn made for me. I love the pumpkin she stitched and how she finished it. Dawn said she learned to do this type of finishing from our wonderful Vonna's tutorials.

 Can you see the pretty beads for feet on the bottom?

 I did finish my ornament - LHN from JCS Christmas issue magazine.

 I've been keeping up stitching on Saturdays with Linda honoring Deborah!!!
Just hadn't posted my progress lately.

 This is a very old project from 2006. It's needlepoint. I just completed it in September. My son kept after me to finish stitching it for years. Finally I took it out, finished stitching and then completed it.

 I also followed Vonna's tutorial on this type of finish. It was a bit tricky because of the shape of the egg and not a box -lol. But I did it. It was Dawn's darling pumpkin finish that inspired me to do this type of finish. Everything is all pinned - no sewing or gluing.

Feels great to have this all done. By the way my son does not care for the fluffy ribbons on top. I told him too bad. I used some silk wired ribbons from my moms stash. So it has some special touches. Oh and I made the cording around the front myself. I'm super pleased how it turned out.
Thank you for your patience and for hanging in there in this looooong post.
There's more for me to share with you of my projects I've made but I am going to have to do another post. I miss all of you and feel like I'm back.
Much love and always my appreciation - Annette