Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July Finish & 2 Giveaways Received

Wow 4th of July this week already. Why did I think I had more time to prepare? It's my sister's and Nannie's birthday on 4th of July. I always like to do some decorating around the house. My grandmother turns 99yrs old. From Nannie's front porch we can see the cities fireworks display down by our Delta River. Can't wait to see the fireworks.
Front side of my new calling card

Thank you, Thank you to Sharon! In May I had been the lucky winner of Sharon's Business Card Giveaway on her blog - It's Daffycat. I am so fortunate and grateful to have won. I think this is so cool and a really fantastic idea. I've not had my own cards before. No I don't have a business but I have learned its very classy to have a calling card:) My son designed this for me. They (250 of them) came in yesterday. The card is printed on both sides. And I even have the scan square on the backside. This is way over my head but when you have a son who is studying to be a Graphic Designer - it's very nice.
It's here! I got it Vickie:) And today in the mail I received this super cute Bunny chart from Vickie's traveling pattern giveaway from her blog - A Stitcher's Story. Vickie had received it as a traveling pattern. And now I get to stitch this little guy. Looking forward to do so. Thank you Thank you Vickie. I plan to keep this chart traveling as well.
This July pillow I stitched the last 2 days. It doesn't take long but I worked on it when I was able to. I combined a few patterns. The main heart is from a chart by Pat and Pam -Designer Sampler II. Printed in 1993. It sure felt good to use a chart from my stash long ago:) Then I used Country Cottage - January & April, changed the letter Y, made it up as I stitched. Made up the number 4 and the "th" & "of" letters.
Threads Used: Dragonflylotus Designs
Special Edition #1221 (Dark Blue)
Snow Dna (White)
Snow Moon (Med Blue)

Have you heard of Dragonflylotus Designs threads? These gorgeous threads are Handspun by a super nice and talented lady named Liz. Liz's threads are used for many types of needleworks including Cross Stitching. So to share with you , her handspun threads can be stitched on smaller counts of linens. She has a petite silk line of AMAZING colored threads. The Special Edition #1221 I used has beautiful blend of different wools and different silks and it also has flecks of sparkle. So pretty in person. I did my best to photograph it for you. I was able to buy a thread and fabric pack at the time. The fabric is 32 ct linen. But I plan to stitch something else with that. For this project I used the 14ct adia I had in my stash. I also bought petite silks from Liz to stitch on 40ct linen as well as I signed up for her Monthly Petite Club. Every month I will get 2 silk threads sent to me automatically. Talk about convenient and fun. And very affordable.

Close up of Dragonflylotus Designs Threads.

Thank you very much for visiting me. For those of you living in USA - Happy 4th of July. And for those lining in Canada - Happy Canada Day (July 1). I wish you all have a wonderful time.
Always with much Love and Appreciation, Annette

12 comments:

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday to your Nannie and your sister. How wonderful to be able to watch the fireworks from your front porch!

gracie said...

I have always had what I all my calling cards. It makes it easier for giving address/phone number and web info. Your son did a nice b=job in the design for you. Congrats again on winning.

Vickie said...

I am glad the bunny arrived. :)
Your 4th pillow turned out great!
Your son did a great job on your cards from Sharon.
Happy Birthday Nannie and Sister!!

Liz Westlake said...

Super cute finish, Annette! Thanks for mentioning my threads :)

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Very beautiful !
bisous from FRANCE

SoCal Debbie said...

Hi Annette, Thank you for becoming a new follower of my blog, and now I'm following yours too! You did a great job combining an old design with letters from other charts and designing some letters yourself. The description of the floss was wonderful and you were able to capture the shimmery threads in the photo! Fantastic finish!

Carol said...

Oh, that is so wonderful that your grandma is turning 99!! I always thought mine would make it to 100 herself, but she missed it by two years... Enjoy the fireworks from her porch on the 4th...


Love your little pillow, Annette--you did a great job combining patterns :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you've got some celebrating coming up! What a great patriotic finish.

Great wins your son did a great job with the calling cards.

Lynn said...

Oh, I love your little 4th of July pillow! You did a wonderful job with it. Some lovely wins too!
I hope you enjoy a lovely 4th celebration with your Nannie. A very happy birthday to her!

The purple crazy lady said...

My dear Annette, I love your
work soooo much. I really need to get into needle work. You inspire me. I also love the idea of having a calling card.Your right, it is classy. as YOU ARE. Hope your doing well. Miss you
Mary Fitzpatrick

Brigitte said...

That little hanging pillow is beautiful. You finished it so nicely!

Daffycat said...

You are very welcome, Annette! I'm so glad you liked the cards!