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


Margaret said...

Sorry about the stains on your fabric. Such a bummer! I really can't see them from the pic though so you did a good job cleaning. It's a lovely piece, btw! Nice exchange -- love that little deer you stitched up! Nice Xmas stash too!

Vickie said...

Oh Annette! I am sorry to hear about the markings. You know, you can use pieces of flannel or I use pieces of cotton batting under each piece of the Qsnaps. It keeps the linen and stitches from getting crushed/flattened.
I like your gift choices. =) And you gifties to yourself.♥

Linda said...

Great progress on Gingerbread Street. So glad you were able to get the stain. I don't really see and marks. Great exchange. You did an awesome job of picking just the right things. Love your new charts. I have the PS one.


Lee said...

It looks as if you did everything right with the stain as it is very hard to see in your photo.
Gingerbread house looks great, What next ?

Siobhán said...

Agh about the stain on your fabric, I'm glad you able to get it out! Wonderful exchange! I like your new charts, too.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Denise said...

The Stitching of that cute ginger bread house out shines the mark! No one will know its there except you of course.
Happy Stitching

Jackie's Stitches said...

I'm glad you've been able to get the gray markings out! I'm sure your stomach just sank when you saw it.

We just got back from vacation last night and need to get busy planning our Thanksgiving menu. Everyone generally comes to our house. Major grocery shopping to be done tomorrow!

Dani - tkdchick said...

When you're finished your gingerbread house give it another good wash with a good long soak in soapy water (like all day!). I hope it'll come out or try to finish it in a manner that will cover the marks! How frustrating.

Great exchange and lovely new stash!

SoCal Debbie said...

Your Gingerbread House looks adorable! What a nice choice of goodies for the exchange!

I just did all my Thanksgiving shopping too. It will be a fun day with the family!