Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July

Greetings everyone. I have loved seeing photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their new baby boy. I was checking the internet constantly for updates after it was announced that the Duchess went to the hospital. Such an exciting time. When the birth of their son was announced, I was (and still am) soo happy for the royal couple. Our weather here has been in the 90's and really its been humid and muggy the last few days. I'm still not used to it, but I have been stitching:)

I received from Grace (Needles Pins and Dragonflies blog) this beautiful little bunny chart. As soon as I got it. I pulled my supplies and stitched it. All done. The gold frame was one of my finds from a thrift shop before they closed. I love it. Thank you Grace. I have the package of the chart that Grace sent to me & its still kitted. I didn't use any of the threads, 14ct aida piece of fabric or the card. IF you would like to stitch this next, leave a comment here on this post. If more than one of you are interested, I will draw a name.

 As you know, I had been the lucky Grand Prize winner of Terri's (Dixie Samplar blog) - 4 year Blogaversary giveaway, a $50 gift certificate. What a fantastic treat! I wanted to share with you what I ordered. 

                       "Bee Happy" by Homespun Elegance                                 "Old Nantucket" by LHN
                               32ct Smokey Pearl Belfast Linen                                 35ct Cocoa Linen size 17x26
       recommended 3 specialty threads & I have the DMC threads

 I had seen "Bee Happy" on Beth's Blog & loved it. She stitched this and I knew I wanted to stitch this. "Old Nantucket" is another design that I had been wishing to stitching. And thanks to Terri my wish came true. 

I also got some needed threads and a packet of beads for a chart I already have: "Pumpkin Blossom Needle Case" by BBD. I have been wanting these threads for so long for this project. I have a wish list on 123stitch.com.  That really helps me keep tract of what I need and want:) I received my order on the 4th business day. 123stitch.com  is located in Utah and I'm in California. I love their service.

 Also I ordered: 32ct Sea Storm linen for my chart "Mermaids of the Sea" by With my Needle.  32ct Light Exemplar linen is for another project (can't recall which one at the moment). What a TREAT! For me this was Christmas in July. Thank you sooo much again Terri.

 A little bit of progress on "Fairy Hill" Bothy Threads Cut Thru Monday SAL. I did the top left - green and the yellows for the wind chime. Too many interruptions last evening while I was stitching.
But I did work on it some this morning and completed another page. So thats 2 pages of 12 done:)

   "Candy Shoppe Ornament" kit by Dimensions
14ct adia I had in my stash.
This is a wip from beginning of last year. I had started it but put it aside till last week. I am doing well on getting some old wips done. So this one goes in the pile of "to be finished". Sorry I don't know why some of the spacing is so far spread apart. I tried to fix it but it won't co-operate:)

 "Gingerbread Street" by Sue Hillis Designs
As soon as I finished "Candy Cane", I pulled my next wip - "Gingerbread Street". I'm almost done stitching it. Then I have to go back and add the sparkly filament thread and of course do all the backstitching for this house. I can't wait to get this done, I'm so close. This is a series of 4 houses and this is my last one. I have the perfect frame just waiting for this project to be done.

 Here is the little kit and chart of the bunny I stitched from Grace. If you would like to stitch this next, just leave a commit on this post. Again if more than one of you would like "Birthday Bunny" next, I will draw a name. Hope you enjoy are enjoying the Summer.
With much Love and Appreciation - Annette


Chris said...

Fabulous update Annette! I love your sweet bunny finish and all your other projects too. The stash is wonderful!

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely post with great updates & a pretty finish! So cute :)

Vickie said...

Merry Christmas then Annette!! ;)
Wonderful things you were able to get yourself, that's great.
Such nice stitching. It feels great to get another one done doesn't it?!
I love that little bunny. Please include me for the chance to win him. Thank you!

gracie said...

The bunny looks cute. Love the projects and great stash.

Melissa said...

What a haul of goodies! I'm finishing up stitching Old Nantucket now myself... although I'm waiting on some more thread as I didn't quite have enough of one colour to polish off the sampler. I went with recommended over dyed floss but had a couple of problems with them matching up with the model picture so beware if you choose to go this route! DMC colours work fine however!

Happy Stitching!!!


Unknown said...

Doesn't it feel just wonderful when you move something from the WIP pile to the DONE pile. Especially if it has been awhile.

Love your stitching.

Margaret said...

Wow, great haul from your win! What fun! Love all your stitching as well! I was glued to the TV two days in a row for the royal baby. lol!

Tricia said...

Lovely stitching and what a fun stash shop you had! I really like the Dimensions Candy Cane piece... it's gorgeous!

The bunny is SO sweet. I'd love to be in the draw!

Carol said...

Such a lovely bunch of stash you bought with Terri's generous gift certificate, Annette! It's not hard to spend that amount, is it?!?!

Lovely stitching and nice progress on your WIPs...

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun post, Annette! I too have been royal watching. I'm so happy for the new parents. What a special time. Your new stash looks like a lot of fun is soon to be had. I just recently got "Bee Happy" too! Hugs

Simply Victoria said...

Oh, Annette, what a lot of fun things you had to share. I love the things you picked from your shopping gift, especially Bee Happy. Your finishes look great as well. Have a sweet day!

dixiesamplar said...

So glad to see that you were able to put the GC to good use Annette, LOL! Love all the wonderful things you chose, and look forward to seeing some lovely new finishes down the road. Love that sweet little bunny too!

Anonymous said...

beautiful pictures and stitches

SoCal Debbie said...

Oh you picked some wonderful things to buy with your gift certificate! The bunny is so cute. I would love to stitch it too! I love the gingerbread house. It is adorable!

I added you Fairy Hill pic to the SAL page, but I sure was surprised not to see a Tinkerbell this time!

Melissa said...

How lucky you won and you got some lovely things you wanted! Great stitching, especially the bunny one is very cute, and the frame is perfect for it.

Enjoy the continuing coverage of the royal baby!

Linda said...

Everything looks great Annette. Congrats on the finishes and great progress on the others. Of course, Fairy Hill is my favorite.
I would love the chance to win the little kit.


Catherine said...

Wonderful goodies!!

Anne said...

Yay for Christmas in July!! You picked up some really lovely charts to work on. That little mouse with the heart balloon is adorable. Well done on the finish! Great WIP's too! The Cut thru is really coming along nicely!


Karoline said...

Cute finishes and great progress on your wips
You got some great stash with your GC

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Annette, you were really spoilt by Terri. That's a great addition to your stash, wonderful charts and linens and threads you chose. Have a lot of fun with them.

Kaisievic said...

Lovely stitching, Annette. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I love the bunny but please don't put me in the draw as I am not a huge fan of actually stitching Margaret Sherry designs, although I do love to see them finished.

Hugs, Kaye

Penny said...

That little bunny is so sweet! And wow - lots of wonderful goodies from 123 Stitch! They do have great service. I think you made very good use of your gift card. :)

Hetti said...

Hi Annette, I have enjoyed the photos of the special birthday, your Nannie is looking so good and healthy!

What a nice blogpost and congratulations with your goodies.
Also I order from the 123Stitch and most of the time I received my pakkage within a week :-))in the Netherlands.
Your stitching is beautiful and now we have the same hot wheather, puh puh, so stitching is for inside the house by the fan :-))
Have a fine xxxx week, Hetti

Giovanna said...

Great new stash, and lovely stitching!

Shirlee said...

Congratulations on your win! Your bunny looks cute : )