Monday, December 31, 2012

End of 2012

 Gift from Lee
 Hi Bloggers. Well this is the last post of mine for 2012. We had a lovely Christmas. I got sick that evening and have been since. Now its the cold part that's left & I can't wait to for it to go away:)
But I want to share with you some beautiful gifts that I have been blessed with. Back in November I won a  prize from Lee's Blog. The parcel came very late, even though Lee mailed it the next day back then. The hold up was due to our postal service (came from all the way from New Zealand). But never the less it's here. Wow!!! Lee sent me a book (above photo) that to my HUGE surprise - SHES IN IT:))) Yes Lee was published in a embroidery book. I was given a precious copy and inside she included 2 of the designs that she is the original designer and her original sampler. GORGEOUS!!!  Also included in the book are more of Lee's designs as well as 4 other ladies who contributed to the book. There are 10 projects overall. Yes the book does include how to finish the projects also.

 Can you see Lee's name? 
This is a great book. It covers different forms of embroidery and some very lovely designs.

 Lee also included this fantastic Mug Rug. Like as if I would ever allow anyone to place a mug on this beautiful gift. NO WAY! The back is absolutely stitched perfectly. No knots or mistakes...I'm in AWE.  And she included  2 overdyed threads from South Africa - they are beautiful & some pretty postcards of New Zealand. Thank you so very much Lee. I love everything and will treasure them.

Angel Ornament from Bea in Canada
On Christmas Eve day I received a card & this pretty ornament from Bea. I was not expecting this. What a lovely surprise. I met Bea through EMS forum over 1 year ago.  Her beautiful ornament was place immediately on our tree. Thank you so very much Bea for your kindness and you are an Angel!!!

 Beautiful card & beaded pins from Vickie. Thank you Vickie so much.

 Gifts from Jean who is also in New Zealand.
This was another surprise. A parcel from Jean who sent me these lovely gifts. I love the National Park calendar 2013 of New Zealand(I needed one). She also enclosed photos of her beautiful farm and land that are in New Zealand. It's so amazing to get to meet people who love and have a passion for needleworks. Jean is also a member of EMS forum. And look at this........

 Crocheted bookmark from Jean. I am using it as a ornament:) TOO PRETTY.
Jean I could never do this type of work. It's truly breathtaking. Thank you so very very much.
So far Bea and Jean don't have a blog....hmmm....

 Book from library I checked out. By Trish Burr.

 I embroidered this flower as per instructed step by step from the book. This is a wonderful book as to learn coloring with threads.

 Gingerbread Street by Sue Hillis

Finished house #3. Have 1 more house to go. I didn't finish in time for Christmas but thats had it turned out. I truly didn't stress. This pattern is like stitching each house 3 times. Once for using the DMC threads, then twice for going back and stitching over with a blending filament, and the 3rd time for backstitching. But in the end it will all be worth it.

 Large zippered project pouches - made by me:)
Here are some of the Christmas gifts I stitched that I gave to family members. They all loved them. My Uncle even slipped his new tablet in to his zippered pouch - perfect.  2012 took my mom, and she will always be loved and remembered. For 2013 I wish you a very Blessed, Healthy and Safe New Year.  With Love and Appreciation - Annette      I'm off to have some much needed hot tea...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa - Little House Needleworks
28ct Gingham Linen
suggested threads used 
Hi Bloggers! This elf has been busy busy busy. I just accepted on late last Monday that Christmas is next week. Too crazy. Much yet to do, but I'm not stressing. I made this ornament Hot Cocoa for our tree. The tree is now fully decorated. Still have yet to take a good photo of it. When I snapped this photo of Hot Cocoa Ornie - the tree was up and only had lights on it. In between regular house chores, I've been sewing many projects for Christmas gifts. Can't show them till after Christmas.

 "Winter-ize" - Lizzie Kate
 I was a very lucky winner of one of Shirlee's 12 days of Christmas giveaways from her blog "The Easily Influenced Stitcher". When I opened her envelope I was so surprised. I thought I only won a chart. Not only did I win a darling Christmas chart but it came with the fabric, buttons and needles. It's my very first Lizzie Kate design ever. Thank you so very much Shirlee - I can't wait to stitch this:)

 I participated in EMS Holiday Ornament Exchange ( you may recall the Santa ornament I sititched in a earlier post that was my gift to Alexia) , and this is my Christmas Ornament I received  from  Judith all the way from Germany. Isn't it Beautiful. It's most definitely stitched one over one.  I already have hanging on my tree. I love it - Thank you for all your beautiful work Judith. 
Below is a photo of the pretty fabric that it's backed with. I love that the fabric is from Germany:)

And here is a photo of lovely gifts I received from Kelly - also an exchange from EMS called "Holiday Secret Pal".  More lovleyness that I can't wait to stitch:) I feel so blessed by the kindness of all these generous ladies. I'm almost done stitching Gingerbread House #3. I still have to stitch House #4. I am doing my best but if I don't get it done it time for Christmas -- OH WELL! Just much yet to prepare for Christmas, as I know all you are striving to get done to. Happy Holidays to YOU!
Thank you for your visit and I do love reading all your comments. 
Love and Much Appreciation - Annette

Friday, December 7, 2012

Winners of my Giveaway!

Congratulations to the following winners for my giveaway:

Prize 1 "Snow Happy" - lynda

Prize 2 "Stitching Buddies" - Lee

Prize 3 "Christmas Joy" - Denise 

I have all your email addresses from your comments when you had entered. You will be getting a email shortly from PattiCDesigns including your winning PDF chart. Thank you all for praticipating!
Happy Holidays - Love & Appreciation - Annette

Sunday, December 2, 2012

My Holiday Giveaway

 Prize 1 - "Snow Happy" PDF Chart by PattiCDesigns

Hello bloggers. To celebrate this holiday season I am having a giveaway. These beautiful and fun designs are by Patti of PattiCDesigns. Her store is on Etsy. These wonderful designs or patterns are PDF Charts, these are the prizes. I have prepaid Patti and only have to submit to her 3 winning names and email addresses. Again the prizes are only the charts. Not giving away the charts done and or framed.
I have loved Patti's designs from the first time I saw "Stitching Buddies". I have been wanting to do a giveaway with her designs as a prize for awhile. Only I didn't know how to go about it. So I'm diving right in and really its not difficult at all like I thought it would be. Patti is so nice and talented, shes been a huge help to me:) Also you may know Patti from "Hanging By A Thread Blog" our stitching blogging world. Yep she's one of us. Thank You Patti and thank you for giving me permission to post these lovely photos of yours. 
So have a look at these prizes to see which ones you want to be entered for....and the best part is that they will be emailed to you when I draw the winners. So no having to wait for them to arrive in the mail:))))

 Prize 2 - "Stitching Buddies" PDF Chart by PattiCDesigns

Prize 3 - "Christmas Joy" PDF Chart by PattiCDesigns

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on this post and tell me which one's you would like to be in the drawing for or for all three of them. I will enter your name for each one you tell me. I will draw the winners on Dec 7th Friday late afternoon 4:00pm California time. I plan to have one different winner for each pattern. Meaning if you have your name entered for all 3 of them and your name gets drawn for one - you will not be the winner of the next prize if I draw your name again. So there will be 3 different winners.  I plan to have 3 different bowls that I will draw from. One bowl for each prize.  Today we put up our tree and got the lights on it. That's as far as I got today. Hope you have started to decorate some in your homes.
Don't forget to leave a commit on this post. Thank you for your visit. Good luck to you - Love & Appreciation - Annette

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Beginning to look like Christmas!

 2 over 2 threads and with DMC & blending filament thread on the candies.
Gingerbread Street by Sue Hillis Designs
Fabric - Sparkly Pink (The one made for this chart- no other name was given, sorry)

Hi Bloggers! Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. My son Nicholas cooked the turkey, made the stuffing, and peeled the potatoes:) His turkey was fantastic - very moist. I'm so proud of him. He asked me if he could do most of the cooking....What a lovely mothers dream...Of course I said "Yes". We had Nannie come over for our dinner and we had her sit at the head of the table. We all missed my mom. I didn't go out shopping the day after. Had all the ad's from the newspaper, then turned on QVC on the TV. Yep that was fun:) They make shopping so easy. So I got to stitch this whole week end. Finished "Gingerbread Bread Street" House #2. I used my new Q snap frame and I did order some Q-Snap Huggies from Christine - her website  here. She is so nice, I look forward to getting them.

 My two Gingerbread Houses so far - 2 more to go.

 This stitched piece was done by my sister Nicole. She made this 2 years ago. I finally took it out and decided I would make it a pillow for her. This is completely her own design - Nope No chart what so ever. She drew it out then stitched it as she went. Just choosing colors what ever she felt like. Came out darn cute I think. I know it's 14ct Adia fabric because she cringes at 16ct and Lord forbid if she even sees 18ct -LOL. She's so funny. She just can't believe I stitch on 28ct and up:))))

So why did I wait so long to make something of this for her???  Just look at how close she stitched to the edge... I mean "REALLY???"  Nicole has the most LA DE DA attitude when crafting...But shes really the best sister. Okay my only sister but I love her.
 Cute snowmen - Nope no faces-lol. Lucky their wearing hats.

 Darling Candycanes!!! 

 Love her ornaments...

By the Grace of the Lord I think it looks pretty good considering I didn't have much of border to stitch. Had no clue what I was doing - I just went for it. I would ask Nicole "Do you like this fabric or this one? She would answer "Yes". She's so easy going. And she loved the pillow. Thank Goodness.
Today I sewed up 3 zipper pouches. 2 are for my sister to give away as gifts. I am making a bunch to have on hand for unexpected visitors during the Holidays. At least this way I will have something nice to give. Now I really need to get on stitching some ornaments that I hoped to get on the tree this year. Lots of charts to be stitched but stitching does take time. Well you know!  Have a great week.
With Love and my appreciation for you stopping by - Annette

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Pincushion & Christmas Planner 2012

Hello Bloggers! It's only 2 days away from Thanksgiving here in the US. Yesterdays mail brought me a surprise package. This beautiful PINK pincushion from Vickie (her blog is "A Stitcher's Story" can be found here). Vickie makes these adorable bottle cap pincushions and made this "Just for Me".
Thank you Thank you Vickie - I love it:) Isn't her stitched Roses gorgeous?

 There are so many roses all around and they are tiny...So very Pretty. And look at the pins she made.
Vickie you are so talented and a pro at making these. I tried my best to capture the beauty of the colors and stitches. I've seen Vickie's other pincushions she's made and let me tell you it is so much prettier in person than the pictures. But I tried to take good photos for you.
 My beautiful card that came with my new treasure. Love you Vickie:)

Have you been to Shabby Art Boutique's blog? The artist is Kerryanne and she is in Australia. I discovered her blog last year. I made this book as my Holiday Planner for 2011. I used some scrapbook papers and trims. Kerryanne offers a Free PDF of all the pages for the planner. And not only did she have this for 2011 - She now has Simply Christmas planner pages for 2012.

 I had bought a old book from a used book store and removed the insides. It became my Christmas planner.
 Here is the inside of my planner. I just took odds and ends, punched holes and stuck them in.

 This is the first page of the FREE PDF PAGES that Kerryanne has designed. Isn't it beautiful? This is great eye candy for me and I really use my planner. What I did was: printed on  8 1/2 x 11 regular computer paper. Trimmed around the pages and glued them in. You can use tape or I used a glue stick. And I only applied the glue in the 4 corners to adhere to my book. That way I can remove them for next year and replace them.
 This years pages that Kerryanne is offering are in color and themed "Victorian".

There are 8 pages total. They are very pretty. You can make your own planner. Kerryanne gives suggestions on what type of notebooks you can use. The link to Kerryanne's 2012 Christmas Planner is HERE  and be sure to look at her blog - It's Gorgeours.

Today was grocery shopping for the big dinner on Thursday. OH MY! The parking lot at the grocery store was full. I mean EVERY parking spot was taken - packed. Of course I got a front spot of the store:) And you know I had a blast. Even with all the people - it was fun. Everyone was in a great mood (except for some husbands that got dragged along). This Thanksgiving, well I really don't know what to expect...our 1st big holiday without my mom. But I am going to make this a great day, dinner and fun for all. I truly am Grateful and Thankful for sooooo much love. That's what means the most to me is the "LOVE".
God Bless you and enjoy your time with family and friends.
With Much Love and Appreciation - Annette
p.s. I forgot to mention I'm now stitching on Gingerbread House #2 - about 3/4ths of the way done:)

Friday, November 16, 2012

One Week Till Thanksgiving!

The Holidays are just about here. It's crazy and yet very exciting. I've been stitching away on Gingerbread Street by Sue Hillis Designs. Yesterday I had a scare...Can you see the very top left corner above the candy cane? Oh yes, I needed to move over my hoop and discovered the grey markings.. I couldn't believe it. This has never happened to me before. I think its from the hoop. This is the sparkly pink fabric.
So today I did my best to clean it. I first wet the fabric (only that corner) and took Dawn dish soap, deluded the soap then applied it to the fabric. Next I rinsed it, rolled it in a clean dry towel, then ironed dry. It looks much better but I can see some light markings left. My hoops have always been clean and I don't EVER allow any liquid or food near my fabrics or threads. So I went today to Michael's and bought myself a Q Snap Frame. I'll see how that works. I really do love my Susan Bates hoops. I've not ever had a problem in the past. Didn't get to stitch today but sure hope to this weekend.

 Participated in EMS Holiday Stash Exchange. This is my favorite exchange. No stitching projects needed. I couldn't but help stitch this little pincushion for Julia though. We got to chose if we wanted Christmas or non-Christmas Stash and EMS recommends a limit of $10. Julia chose Christmas. She liked Adia fabric and pastels. I found this chart of Jar Toppers that offers lots of small designs. They don't have to be stitched for Jar lids. They'd make great ornaments. So what I did was select one of the designs and bought Julia all the threads for that pattern (the Merry Christmas one). I mailed it on
Tuesday and she got it Wednesday. That was very fast. And she told me she loved everything...

35ct Linen (also the name of the color) by WDW

This is my book that I used for the Deer design. It was a great quick stitch.

I ordered this book from ABC Stitch Therapy. Remember when they had the on-line trunk show. I think that's what they called it. I looked and was so happy to see this book listed under Dinky Dyes. It's a great book. I have looked thru it and it really has great step by step illustrations. I know it will prove a great reference for me.

New Christmas stash.
I wish you a wonderful weekend. I will be stitching and planning our Thanksgiving Menu:)
Always with Love and my Appreciation - Annette

Monday, November 5, 2012

25 Days of Christmas & a Giveaway everyday!

Just wanted to share with you if you have not heard - Nancy of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting 25 days of giveaways in December. If you have not had the pleasure of stitching with her beautiful flosses this would be a great opportunity for you to win some and try them out.
I have in the past ordered some of her flosses and they are beautiful and a pleasure to stitch with. So head on over to her blog and leave a comment to be entered. Good Luck.
love Annette

Happy Birthday Lee

The Victoria Sampler - "Where Stitchers Gather"
Threads: Rainbow Gallery Silks, The Thread Gatherer Silk, NPI silk, Gloriana Silk, & Belle Soie Silk
Weeke Dye Works, Sampler Threads
28ct Lambswool Linen

 Lee at Notes from the Mountain has been celebrating her Birthday. A very Happy Birthday to you Lee and many many more my friend.
This has been one of my secret projects that I could not share with you till now. I am happy to say My parcel to Lee has been dispatched & more importantly elegantly received by her and opened. As you have seen my other pouches in previous posts - those where practice for me leading up to making these pouches for Lee.

 Close up of some of the MANY different specialty stitches.

 Large zippered pouch made using Anna Griffin Fabrics. The rose garland on the bottom is a trim. The top border of Rhodes Hearts and Satin Stitches was very challenging for me. After much frogging and prayers - finally got it right (I think).

 Middle sized pouch also made with Anna Griffin Fabric.

 And a small pouch I made to coordinate with the others for Lee.

 Making these pouches were so much fun and it was all my pleasure to make these for Lee. 
The ribbon, trim and lace I hand stitched.

Sue Hillis Designs -  "Gingerbread Street"

A new WIP. I  started & worked on it this weekend  - "Gingerbread Street" by Sue Hillis Designs.
This is the pretty sparkly pink fabric that was specially made for this design. It has been slow stitching for me. The lollipops and candy require 2 strands of DMC and 1 strand of Filament Blending thread. Therefor it takes me more time to thread my needle and I'm careful when stitching not to have it knot on me. It is very pretty in person. I snapped this photo late this evening so I don't think I was able to capture its true beauty (I tried). I will share my progress of it in the future. Lots of back-stitching also. This is one of 4 gingerbread houses (aka Gingerbread Street). I am stitching them all in one row.
Well that's it for now. I wish you all a wonderful week. Happy stitching.
Always with Love and my Appreciation - Annette