Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Jardin en Liberte" my French project & Winners of my Blog Anniversary

Greetings to you! Well I have heard the saying that April brings April showers and this year its true. Lots of much needed wonderful rain today. Actually the rain started over the weekend. Perfect weather for stitching.
I want to thank you blogging friends for all your sweet comments and for participating in my giveaway.
We have a winner of my 2nd year Blog Anniversary.
My son drew the winner (I write down on a piece of paper all the names and assign a number. Then the numbers are written on individual pieces of paper and put into a crystal bowl).
The main & first winner is:
Congratulations to
So Cal Debbie of "Debbie's Cross Stitch Blog"

but wait........I decided to have 2 more winners:) These winners will each receive a medium sized project pouch. Sewn by me!

Congratulations to
Melissa of "Words & Bloom Blog"
Vonna of "The Twisted Stitcher Blog"

Please email me your addresses ladies so I can mail your gifts.

If you recall I had mentioned that I was waiting to share my French secret project with you. And now I get to. It's called "Jardin en Liberte" in English it means "Garden of Freedom". This beautiful chart is designed by Irene Marsat Piquet who generously donated the chart to "ICEBERG ated Association". ICEBERG is a charity that raises funds for Children with Autism in France. the lady who I ordered the chart from is Patricia Trinquesse. All communication was is French. And I don't speak or write any French. I use Translator Google - Thank heavens for this very helpful site!  How did I find this beautiful design? Blog hopping one day. The link for the original listing of Jardin en Liberte is HERE.  AND if you go to that link, scroll all the way down and Irene lists 2 darling free charts that compliment this design. It will say "diagramme a telecharger: Jardin en Liberte". Click on the white lettering  "Jardin en Liberte" for the free charts. 

Also on Jura Point de croix website: on their March 18th 2014 listing they showed other stitcher's work who also have stitched this project. I am so impressed with the ladies stitching and at all the different colors that were used in their projects.

Okay after giving you all the links - (I've been waiting to share with you ) When I first saw this incredible design I knew I wanted to stitch it for Lee. It's a birdhouse and a pretty lady on the cover holding a bird. Inside you enter her garden. I will let the photos speak for themselves.

Jardin en Liberte 
32ct Natural belfast linen - threads: DMC & WDW
 Front Cover

 A pocket & if you look every piece of felt for the flowers, leaves, birds are all individually cut by hand - ME! over 68 pieces total.

 Thread fob & Scissor fob - one side. The huge thread rings crack me up but they were what I had in my stash and they are mother of pearl. Lee said their great!!!

 Opposite sides of Fobs to show you the designs


 Sorry the photo is turned sideways. A needle keeper page of rose wool felt

 The back cover & magnets in the birds are what keeps the birdhouse closed.
Lee just loves it! I cannot tell you how much I learned while making this project. It wasn't so much the stitching of all the individual pieces but it was the assembling of the project. I also improved while moving on to each section. For example the vines on each roof - Cover page I was to chain stitch but so difficult to do on felt, second page I tried just laying threads and couching them down (a hot mess), third & forth page I decided to make thin cords - success. Oh I could go on and on but I think you get the gist of it! I do plan to stitch this project for myself but not NOT NOW!!! LOL.

 Chart by Nancy Turner of "The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe"
 I was a lucky winner of one of Nancy's beautiful charts & I choose "Leave No tender Word Unsaid".
Thank you for your visit!
With my Love and Appreciation - Annette


Justine said...

Wow. That is amazing. Congratulations to your lucky winners and to Lee.

Lee said...

I love the Bird house you sent me and I love the way you wrote up about it in this posting Thank you dear friend for stitching it for me

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats on your win & also to the winners of your giveaway!! Take care x

Vickie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Totally awesome Annette. I mean really impressive!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow that is just really cool! Beautiful finishing!

Catherine said...

An absolutely beautiful project!! Congrats to your lucky winners and to you for winning one of Nancy's beautiful charts!

Melissa said...

Wow, that is some fantastic project you finished. There are so many intricate pieces to it. Well done!

I'm so excited I am one of the winners! Thank you! I will email you my address.

Von said...

I am in awe of that amazing project - so delicate and intricate! Congrats!

Linda said...

Congrats to the winners. That project is absolutely stunning and you did a fantastic job of putting it together.


SoCal Debbie said...

What a gorgeous gift you made for Lee! Every little detail is amazing.

I'm so excited to be a lucky winner of your giveaway! I can't wait to use a pretty project bag for one of my WIPs! Thank you so much!

Congratulations on winning a chart from Nancy! She is so generous and kind, just like you!

ricketyjo said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching and crafting, it's gorgeous!

Rowyn said...

Congrats to the lucky winners.

Wow Jardin en Liberte is beautiful. And so well put together! You are a talented finisher.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Oh my goodness, goodness, goodness! That finish is stupendous, glorious, fabulous and all together wonderful! You go girl! Gorgeous :)
And can I say a big WHOOP! WHOOP! I never win anything...I'm tickled pink!

Teresa S. said...

Absolutely gorgeous project, Annette! Love the wool with the cross stitch. I translated the instructions. Will they let us send Paypal? Or is it all by snail mail? Thanks!

Clare said...

The `Jardin en Liberte (Garden Freedom)you have stitched this so beautifully and a lovely finish too. What a lovely gift for Lee. I hope you make yourself one! I tend to make for others but not myself but learning to do so. I love these patterns too so must see how to get one for me. Happy Stitching.

Margaret said...

Wow, what a beautiful finish! You are so nice to make it for Lee. Gorgeous! And congrats to the winners!

Cindy's Stitching said...

A really pretty project you did. Love the details.

CalamityJr said...

Wow, what intricate designs. I'm sure Lee will enjoy this amazing gift! Congratulations to your winners and to you for winning Nancy's sampler.

Simply Victoria said...

Congrats to the winners.
Your gift for Lee is stunning! The detail and little touches are really awesome, Annette.

Marilyn said...

Congrats to the winners!
That Birdhouse is soooooooooo terribly cute!

Chris said...

Oh Annette! What an amazing gift for Lee! You are amazing :)
Congratulations to your winners!

Kim said...

What an amazing project - it is so detailed and turned out beautifully! Your stitching is wonderful.

~Narita said...

Well if that isn't just the cutest thing!!!!!!

I love it. And I love Lee's blog, too, ty for sharing it with us.

Love that little bird cage. LOL

I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for showing us the photos of your Bird House project, it's amazing and so beautiful.

I have shared the link to the French page on the FB page for the NAS (National Autistic Society) in the hope that someone will ask me to make one for them and raise some money that way.

Shebafudge said...

Oh my word! Your birdhouse is absolutely stunning. Love it!!! xxx

Giovanna said...

What a sweet finish - congratulations!

Karoline said...

Your birdhouse is stunning, congratulations

Stitching Noni said...

Congratulations to your lucky winners :)
Oh wow! I am loving your gift.... The stitching is lovely and the final! So much work involved but a wonderful finish :) Amazing!
Hugs x

Carol said...

Wow! I'm sure Lee was absolutely thrilled, Annette--what a work of art you've created! Congratulations to all of the lucky winners, too...

Brigitte said...

OMG, Annette, this is just stunning. Such a great project and you finished it so perfectly. Very impressive. I can easily imagine how much you learned while finishing it. it has become a real beauty and Lee must have been thrilled with it.
Congratulations to the winners of your give-away gifts. They are lucky ladies.

Parsley said...

The birdhouse is a true work of art. So lovely!!

LUNA said...

Wonderful pattern everywhere looking for him ...

Zeb said...

Congratulations to the winners!

And oh my! Your Jardin en Liberte is amazing! The stitching and finishing, magnificent!

Now I need to try figure out how to order it :)

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