Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Finishes & a bit of paper crafting!

Hello beautiful friends! So much to share with you today. We've had problems again with our telephone lines for both internet and the land line. All from the rain. Long story short we will still be having interrupted service for the next few days (this has been going on from over one week ago). May take me a few days to reply to your comments but who knows. So I am taking advantage of it working right now (thank goodness for cell phones).

I've been working on my new starts from Debbie's Challenge. And I finished a few of them. Here we go....

  Tapestry Heart by Sweetheart Tree
32ct white Belfast Linen, DMC threads and Victorian Motto thread

This chart was gifted to me by Frances. This was stitched in memory of my Nannie (grandmother) and I added her initials and the year she passed away. The beautiful heart charm is sterling silver which came with the chart from Frances.

 I completed it as a flat heart ornament and a pretty trim for around the edging. 

The backing I used a piece of Anna Griffin fabric.

 This photo you can see a bit closer and this was before it was made into a ornament.

 Oh sweet Frances! I had seen on her blog a photo of her purchases she brought home from New Orleans. All I was able to see was the name of the store & a I saw part of the chart she got. Well I had to have this because it reminded me of when my parents went to New Orleans (they are both deceased). Love how they wrapped my purchases.

 Here is what I got. I didn't know that it was named Jazz Funeral. But that didn't stop me ordering it. I described it over the phone and they told me the name. I also ordered the metallic thread DMC E130.

 Here is the second one "Mardi Gras". I also got the pretty gold ribbon from them. And here it is all done...

 I didn't get it completed as a ornament in time for Mardi Gras but at least its done. 
I loved Frances Mardi Gras tree and thought I could have one. Not this year -LOL!

 Here is one all completed - this was a kit and I added "Jesus"! Oh yes I still have up our Gingerbread & Candy Christmas tree - LOL! It's so pretty & love having the lights on in the chilly evenings.

 And freshly completed today - "2008 Pinwheel - Sizzle" by Just Nan. This was my first pinwheel I made. I stitched the ribbon on the sides and didn't use glue. I still have to stitch the top of the tin that this will be housed in.  This side has Bee's & Ladybugs:)

This side has Roses (PINK - I know Vickie will appove!!!) & Ladybugs.

And my memory planner arrived. I've opened it and haven't done anything to it yet - LOL!!!

While seeing how others were decorating and using their planners I learned about "Pocket Letters".
Oh Boy!!! It's a really fun idea and I had to give it a go. It's a baseball card clear pocket sheet 8 1/2 X 11 size. They are a few requirements for making some of the fillers of the pockets. Some of them include: a letter (you fold and stick in the pocket), a tea bag, some goodies (stickers, embellishments etc), a tag mail (I had written some of my favorite things - cross stitching etc). I included in mine that I sent some washi tapes and a cute heart paper clip and even a recipe. My exchange partner has received it so I can share with you.
Here is closer look....

I forgot how to turn the photo...and I couldn't find what blogger friend had told us how to.
Thank you very much for visiting me. Hope your well and get to find time to stitch:)
With my Love and Appreciation - Annette


Lee said...

how busy you have been
your heart is so lovely and what a beautiful idea of having it as a tribute to your Grandmother.

Linda said...

All such gorgeous finishes Annette. I sure wish I knew how to do those finishes. Great new charts. Your pocket letter is outstanding.


Irene said...

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Marilyn said...

You've been busy!
All great projects.
The Memory planner looks interesting, that will be fun.
Cool Mardi Gras projects!
My favorite is the Tapestry Heart, too pretty, and a nice tribute.

Hilda said...

Oh wow! It seems at if there is still an advantage in having no internet - your really finished many wonderful projects, Annette. I do not know which one I love most. Maybe the heart, because it is just darling. Or the "Mardi Gras" because it is so graceful. I never ever heard of a Mardi Gras tree. Sounds interesting.

I hope your problems with your lines will come to an end very soon. I already missed you!


Vickie said...

Nannie's heart is just beautiful.
I was thinking ooOoo! before I even read my name under the pink rose/ladybug picture. Ha! We know each other so very well.
You sure got a lot accomplished!

Carol said...

I think I need to turn my computer right off and get busy--you sure were productive with limited internet service, Annette! Love the heart and the pocket letter looks so intriguing. Have never seen that before, but what an interesting idea!

Melissa said...

Annette, you've been busy! What a lovely heart finish too!

Frances said...

You've gotten a mountain of work done! Good for you!!!
I LOVE that mask finish!!! You did a great job! I had admired that one in the store...and yes, they do wrap their packages SO cute!!!! FUN!
Keep on stitching at this pace and you will have that Mardi Gras tree ready for next year!!!!
Nannie's heart is so sweet...I'm so glad you liked the chart!

gracie said...

As expected, your stitching is lovely. I think I may have to get that Sweetheart Tree is so pretty.

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Gorgeous stitching and crafty gifts. Love your new stash, too.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Lots of pretty pieces. Hope the phone and internet is fixed soon.

Margaret said...

So many beautiful finishes! Frustrating on your phone and internet lines. But look on the good side -- at least your power isn't affected!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love your heart honoring Nannie. I know she would approve! So many pretties in this post. Hope your weekend is good. Hugs!

Beth said...

You have been busy Annette. What a lovely heart! Your memory box is interesting - I hope you show it when you decide how you are going to use it.

Weronika said...

What a lovely heart you've done! Congrats on this cute finish!

KimM said...

WOWEE!! You've been a busy, busy stitcher! Your finishes are all amazing - love the heart ornament and the tribute to your Nannie.
Love and hugs

Andrea said...

You have been so busy. Love the heart in honour of your Nannie. Your Mardi Gras items look like a lot of fun. The memory box idea is great.

Lumiruusu said...

The Sweetheart Tree ornament is very pretty and You did great work with the finishing too!Greetings from Snowy Finaland,Maija !

Marexstitch said...

Great projects. Nice stitching and i love the card idea.

Karen K said...

Hi Annette

I love the stitching in memory of your Nan and the kits to remember your parents, what a great idea. I am sure Debbie would be so proud of you.

K xxx

Brigitte said...

So beautiful, your finishes of some of your starts for Debbie's challenge. That heart is so lovely and so is the pinwheel, both perfectly finished.

I find that pocket letter sheet very interesting, I have never heard about this idea before. A lovely gift idea.

Two very nice charts that you got from New Orleans. Carnival is an important event in the region where I used to live, and meanwhile it's also an event where I live now.

Hetti said...

WOW you have done lot of stitching and finishing Annette!I love the heart and the way of finishing.
Such a nice charts, I'll think you made them with a smile :-))
XXX Hetti