I received this beautiful Thread Keep from Raffaella. We participated in a private exchange on BeckySC's. In her note she said this was her first "cartonnage" finish, and I'd say she did a fantastic job. The design is "Roses d'Automne" by Tralala. She used DMC and Atlie threads on Magnolia linen from Lakeside Linens. I had the privilege of stitching for Raffaella for an Arbor Day exchange. She said she still has the exchange on display! Thank you Raffaella, I love my Thread Keep!
Anita was my exchange partner on the Autumn Exchange hosted by BeckySC. She read on my blog that I liked Prairie Schooler Designs so she chose to stitch from #65 Acorns. She used 32 ct. Autumn Fields Lugana and DMC threads. She finished it as a "Mini Stitcher's Box." I must say, she outdid herself. Anita has more wonderful photos of this exchange on her blog, Hooked on Stitches. Pop on over to see them. Unfortunately, Anita is not in good health, so she will be discontinuing her exchange stitching. I am the proud owner of two of her "works of stitch" and will cherish them. Thank you so much Anita!!
Blogger and I are having problems this morning. I wanted to show the inside of Anita's box, but never could get the photo to upload. GRRR!!!
I am stitching some. Right now I am working on a gift and that's all I can say right now! It won't be long till my next bus trip, so I do need to complete a couple of exchange pieces before I leave.
My weight loss journey has hit something of a snag. I've eaten everything in site plus a lot, lot more. I haven't exercised much because I think I have a shin splint which is painful. I don't want to aggravate the injury any more, lest it keeps me from my trip!! I will probably try exercising next week, just to see how I do.
Well, it's almost 3am. I believe I had better try and get some shut eye. Thanks for stopping by.
I heard from Julianne that she received my exchange piece. We have been exchange partners on quite a few exchanges. I feel like I know her well even though we've never met. Here's what I stitched for her:
The biscornu is her exchange piece. I stitched the matching fob as a belated birthday gift. There were other birthday goodies, but I forgot to take a photo of them. I used DMC 4130 and a design from Anita's Little Stitches. I also stuffed the pieces with ground walnut shells. The shells made the biscornu look so fantastic. My photo doesn't do them justice. I know Julianne's photo will much better.
Here's my latest finish. It's a BlackBird Designs and I used DMC 121 and some beads I bought at Michaels. It is stuffed with ground walnut shells and lavender I bought on ETSY. The background is the fabric I used to back it. The gift is for my Beta Sigma Phi secret sister. I hope she likes it. Our reveal is next Tuesday.
Thursday is the first bus trip in what seems like ages. It is part of the Cherokee Tribe History tours and this one is The Outlaw Tour. I'm looking forward to it. We are supposed to see Pretty Boy Floyd and some other famous outlaws. I hope it isn't raining too much, although we sure need the rain.
I'm still doing my Y classes and going to Weight Watchers. This week has been a bad one for me though. I've eaten everything in site. My part-time job is still going well. The only part that gives me grief is the financial side of it. I am so math challenged!