Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Baby it's Cold Outside! And I'm smiling:)

Hello friends! Crazy that we're already near the middle of November.  Looking back at October our Halloween was fun. This year we only had about 40 trick or treater's come to the door. Towards the end we handed out 3 pieces of candy to each in order not to be stuck with lots of candy - lol! Thank heavens our weather here is finally cold, in the 60's during the day and in the 30's at night. LOVE IT!

Our friend Mouse has received what I sent her so I can share with you.

"Little Mouse Stitcher" The Tailor of Gloucester
Apple Green Co. - Book 540
Fabric - 28ct Evenweave, DMC threads

Some goodies I included with the stitched piece for Mouse's project.
At the top is a matchbook needle holder I made her. Also sent her some planting seeds but they didn't
make it into the photo but she got them.

 I participated in EMS 2015 Holiday Annual Ornament Exchange. My exchange partner lives in France - Corrine. This is the back side of the ornament I stitched for her.

 "Merry Christmas With Love" by Tempting Tangles Designs
2015 JCS Christmas Ornament Holiday Issue
28ct Lambswool Linen
Some thread changes I used: WDW - Louisiana Hot Sauce, Moss,  & GA - Blue Jay. Remaining threads DMC. I loved how the bicycle turned out. I added a tiny bell and a star cookie cutter mini from a package of buttons. Oh she liked everything I sent her.

For the same EMS Holiday Ornament exchange Jeannine (louison) - who is also in Frances, had my name.
Jeannine stitched me the cute Santa cat, a beautiful skein of thread (from Germany) and pretty post card. Thank you Louison! The ornament is already on my Christmas tree.

 I was so lucky and honored to receive from Alison - beautiful orange colored linen that was her grandmothers. Alison had a giveaway on her blog and I got it! WOOHOO!!!!

Alison also crocheted me a beautiful heart & rose sachet filled with lavender farmed from France. Smells heavenly. And a magnetic lavender bookmark - already in use:)
Thank you so much Alison. My plans for this fabric is to stitch "Midnight Ride" by Blackbird Designs. Plus I have a few other projects in mind.....  Thank you Alison!!!

 Tried to get a better photo up close of this pretty linen. It's gorgeous in person. 
Very deep orange with red undertones. And it was Alison's Grandmother's!!!!

And lastly our carved Halloween pumpkin.
My husband and son carved it 1 week before Halloween. On the morning of Halloween we had to toss the pumpkin out. Yep there's a very good reason why the pumpkins are NOT to be carved more than a few days ahead of time!!!  
With my Love and Appreciation - Annette


Linda said...

Lovely exchange gifts Annette. They did a great job on the pumpkin.


Barb said...

At least it was a cute pumpkin! All the ornaments are lovely! I especially like the mouse!

Irene said...

oh la zucca è favolosa!! E i ricami tutti bellissimi

Marilyn said...

What great treasures, given and received.
That orange linen is just beautiful.
The pumpkin turned out cute!
Glad to hear it cooled down there.
Have a great weekend!

Annie said...

Love your little mouse. And so appropriate for Mouse to receive!

Great trades for the EMS exchange. That bike really did come turn out to be adorable.

Poor Jack! He just didn't get a chance to spook and he was so ready.

Jackie's Stitches said...

Cute exchange pieces! I'm looking forward to seeing what your project looks like on the orange/red fabric. It's such a pretty color!

Unknown said...

Reading your blog post was a great first start to my morning. Thank you for sharing - your stitching is beautiful

Vickie said...

I am glad you are enjoying cool weather my friend. That is the weather we had last week. Now it is about 10º cooler than that here.
I love that mouse you made Michelle. Perfect!
What great exchanges!

Lumiruusu said...

The little mouse is very sweet Lovely swaps !

Hilda said...

Oh Anette, those are all so pretty gifts! Both the ones you made and the ones you've got!
I am so excited to read that you are part of the EMS-Comunity. I am not, I do lead another stitching forum in the web but Miss Maurer-Stroh is living in Austria. This is my homeland too! It is such a small world, since we all meet in the www, isn't it?

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


Penny said...

Your stitching is beautiful! Love that little stitcher mouse and there is something about your Merry Christmas ornament that makes me very nostalgic! Your husband and son did a great job on the pumpkin ~ ours never did get carved. :)

Le trame della Galaverna said...

All is so beautiful
Great stitching

Mouse said...

I Loveeeee my wee mouse .. I keep smiling at it every time I look at it ... it is sat on my unit near my stitching seat at the moment :)
lovely exchange pieces you did and received , that fabric will be fab for midnight ride :)
loved the carved pumpkin ... didn't have one this year .... love mouse xxxxxx

Anne said...

I love your pumpkin! I missed doing one this year, but for sure next year. I have wanted to do the little mouse stitcher for a while now. Where did you find the book with pattern? :)

Anonymous said...

love the gifts, the mouse is so cute

gracie said...

We have started to feel a bit cooler here.... nice after the very hot summer. Wonderful exchanges.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

That little mouse is gorgeous and I absolutely adore the Christmas bicycle. Your touches for finishing are beautiful. Take Care, J

Margaret said...

Love the exchange pieces. Beautiful work! Love what you stitched for Mouse -- Beatrix Potter is one of my faves! Glad you have cooled off!

Carol said...

I don't think you could have chosen a more perfect design to stitch for Mouse, Annette--it is just delightful! And your other piece with the Christmas bicycle is perfect--just what every child dreams of finding under the tree on December 25th!

Hope your nice weather continues!

Karoline said...

All your exchange projects are gorgeous and the little Mouse is perfect.

Beth said...

Annette - What a wonderful mouse you stitched for Michelle! I really like your Tempting Tangles ornament too.

Andrea said...

Wonderful gifts, both sent and received. Love the Tempting Tangles Designs ornament you stitched. Had to check in the magazine for it.It looks so different! Much better than the banana fabric, :) sorry to offend anyone.

Stitching Noni said...

I love that Mouse - perfect for Mouse!! :o)
Your Christmas Exchange package is gorgeous - love the ornie you sent :o)
The kitty your received is so cute!
Great exchange!
Hugs xx

Justine said...

What beautiful gifts both given and received. Your exchange ornament is almost as lovely on the back as it is on the front!

Frances said...

I love that sweet mouse stitch! And your lovely exchange--I know she loved it! What special gifts you got!

Brigitte said...

So sweet what you stitched for Mouse and for Corinne in these exchanges. Love the little mouse sitting on the thread bobbin and reading. And that Christmas ornament looks so delicate. You are right, the bicycle attracts the eyes immediately. Great little mouse Santa that you received.

Weronika said...

A lot of gorgeous gifts! Mause is sooo sweet. Christmas ornament looks so magical.

Sally said...

I love what you stitched for Mouse. It is so cute!

Beautiful exchanges both sent and received.

Smily-Света said...

Oh, what nice exchange gifts you had! I like them!
Here, in Hungary, we don't have much deals with Halloween, but there's a All Saints' Day too, to celebrate