Sunday, December 28, 2008

More giftie ornaments

Here's more of the ornaments I stitched. The first one is a Helga Mandl freebie design. I've done two of them, but forgot to get a photo of the first one. The others are some of my smalls. I was experimenting, and didn't get all of them right. But that's what makes them mine and home made. They were fun, and the recipients seemed delighted to receive them. That's what makes it worthwhile.

Merry 4th day of Christmas. Have a great week. Tomorrow, three of my friends and I are taking a day trip to Grove, OK. It's a really neat lakeside town with lots of great specialty shops.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ornaments given as gifts

Here's my primitive Christmas ornaments for this year. I'm quite taken by this form of stitching, so I chose it for theme for 20008. The designers are: Stacy Nash Primitives, Heartstring Primitives, The Sampler Girl, and Primitive Betty's. I'll post photos of my other ornies tomorrow.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Exchange from Julianne

My mail box was full of Christmas joy via Julianne. Here is the Winter Exchange piece for the Seasonal Exchange BB. Isn't it a great little ornie? She included two of my favorite subjects, reindeer and funky trees. Thank you so much Julianne. I love it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Another small finish for me

Here's a small finish I completed tonight. It's the Stag Ornament Pinkeep from Stacy Nash's A Simply Early Christmas. I have just discovered this type of stitching and have found I really do like it. Reindeer, stags, etc. are favorite animals of mine. I love the antlers on them.

Have a great evening/morning of stitching.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

PS Button UP Snow Angel for Julianne

Julianne notified me she received the Winter installment of the Seasonal Exchange BB I stitched for her. I chose her favorite from the Prairie Schooler Button Up leaflet. We decided we would exchange ornaments with no goodies included. I borrowed Julianne's photos. They looked so good on the red background, I couldn't resist them.
I purchased a metal Christmas tree to display my hand made ornaments on from my friend Mary Ann. This ornie was hanging on the tree waiting for me to mail it. One evening I saw it go airborne. My Tobie cat thought it was a great toy to toss around. Luckily it didn't suffer from any "paw prints."
I've been busy stitching gifts this week. None to show as they are not finish-finished. They will be soon though.
Enjoy the weekend. Go Sooners, even though I am an Ok-State die hard. Have to be loyal to the state.
Happy stitching.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SBEBB Reindeer Games for Cathy

Cathy has received the Reindeer Games exchange I sent her. The design is Dash Away All, by Tanya of The Sampler Girl. I fell for this design when I saw it. For the finishing I hand stitched all of it, and then gave it a little crumple to make it appear more primitive. Cathy has a great close up of it on her blog. I also included a reindeer ornament, ribbon, cocoa, and a chart off of her wish list. This was a run stitch. Cathy says she loves it, and I have to admit, so do I.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

SBEBB Christmas Ornament for Gaby

I heard from Gaby that she received my SBEBB Christmas ornament. I stitched "Sugar Plum Tree", by Rosewood Manor using the recommended fibers and some of the beads. What a fun design to stitch. Gaby says she loves it, and so do I. It's on my to-do list along with about a million other charts! This is the second exchange I've done for her this year. What a treat.

Have a great stitching week. Working on tonight: Christmas Partridge Pinkeep Pillow by Stacy Nash Primitives.

Friday, November 28, 2008

SBEBB Christmas Ornament from Goldie and a BD gift

I received a wonderful exchange from Goldie this week. She stitched me a teeny Noel ornament, which I absolutely love. Included in the exchange are some DMC thread, a needleroll chart with embellishment, a notepad, some gingham fabric, and a nifty candy cane pen. Thank you so much Goldie. This ornie is the second one I've received from her. So, now, I have two fantastic stitched pieces from Goldie!

I stitched this Stacy Nash Primitive for my friend Mary Ann's birthday. Albeit, it was extremely late. Better late than never? Isn't that right. She said she loves it. I know I enjoyed stitching it. Primitives have become a favorite stitch for me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hoe Christmas Ornament for Gabi, SBEBB Reindeer Games from Edgar

I receive word that Gabi received my HoE ornament and goodies. I stitched the freebie "Sparkle Jingle Joy" by Midsummer Night Dreams on 32ct opalescent fabric and added some blending filament to the floss I used. I like sparkle in Christmas ornaments! Gabi says she likes it. It was a fun stitch for me.

I also received the SBEBB Reindeer Exchange from Edgar. Oh, my what a treat for me. I've "coveted" one of his pieces, and now I have one. He also spoiled me with lots of reindeer goodies. Thank you so much Edgar! I love it.

Enjoy your stitching evening.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Harvest Time exchange received by Hazel

Hazel notified me she had received the SBEBB Harvest Time exchange I stitched for her. This was a no goodies exchange, so I didn't get to spoil her! I made one small booboo on the stitching, however, I did not notice it until I got ready to mail it. I forgot the tail feathers on the chicken. I told Hazel it was a pullet instead of a mature bird. You may recognize the design. I posted a photo a few days earlier. Hazel assures me she loves the bird, no tail and all. This is one of my favorite designs by Cindy of the Stitchworks in Tulsa. BTW, I borrowed Hazel's photo from her blog. I'm typing this at the Humane Society, it's a very slow day. Have a great stitching day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

HoE Christmas Ornament from Margaret S.

Yesterday the mailbox brought lots of goodies. An order from Stitches N Things, an order from Anita's Little Stitches and my HoE Christmas Ornament Exchange from Margaret S. This is the second exchange I've received from her. She does a wonderful job of choosing what she sends and it's all packed so neatly in a little box. I love the JOY needleroll she sent, and all the other goodies. She even sent sugar free candy since I'm a diabetic. Also in the package was some Christmas buttons, fabric, and frog stickers. Margaret said she included them because she has had an outbreak of frogs in her stitching lately! The little sack contains some neat beads, thread, and perfume. What a fantastic exchange. Margaret did good.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Floss tag received by Gaby

I heard from Gaby M. that she had received the HoE Floss Tag exchange I did for her. I stitched "Prim Friends....", a freebie from The Sampler Girl. It was my first primitive design stitch. Gaby says she likes the exchange. Here's a photos of the FT and goodies I sent:
I've been busy doing exchange stitching, so I have nothing new to show. Hope everyone has a great week. It's supposed to be rainy here. No matter, makes for a great stitching day.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Two exchanges received

Yesterday I received the HoE Floss Tag exchange from Margaret S. It's so great. She explained in detail how she chose the items. It is so fantastic. Here's what she wrote: "On reading your blog I saw you like animals, patriotic, cookbooks from organizations and gadgets. So this package is patriotic (Tartan box = my roots, red, white, & blue = your roots!); has some needlework gadgets; a cookbook I got as local fundraiser; this card is the animal (well bird) --the Tui is a native bird...and last but not least the the Floss Tags - my second attempt only." Now isn't that just the greatest? I love it all. Thank you Margaret. I stitched for Margaret in the HoE Mattress cushion exchange. I think our packages met each other on the way!

Then today I received the SBEBB Pumpkin Patch exchange from Karen K. She thoroughly spoiled me with one of my favorite patterns, Blessed Be, lots of fibers, great fabrics , a package of beads, button, and a pumpkin pattern. Who could ask for anything more? Thank you so much Karen. I love it all.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

PIF from Jen R.

Earlier this year I signed up to participate in Jen R's PIF. I received my package over the weekend and here it is. Another bag makes two. I love it and the goodies she sent. Now, I didn't have anyone to sign up for my PIF, so I'm going to be offering some goodies before the end of the year to fullfil the PIF. Watch my blog for details later this month.

Nancy Pelosi pearls...not

My friend Diane and I like to wear pearls, big pearls. We call them our Nancy Pelosi pearls and wear them everywhere. Our big kick was to wear them at the Humane Society. Needless to say we have fun with them. Yesterday we met for lunch and this is what she gave me for my birthday. Purple pearls, a ring and notepads to have fun with. I'm getting ready to do my my election night SAL with the Stacy Nash group and to celebrate the occasion, I'm wearing my pearls! What fun.

Pumpkin Patch exchange received by Ulla

I see that Ulla received the SBEBB Pumpkin Patch exchange I sent her. I stitched this design while traveling on vacation last month. Check out the pins for the pinkeep. Made them myself and I think they turned out quite nice. I also included a thread winder, pins, and some yummy candy (my opinion!)

Don't forget to vote today.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

HoE Matress Cushion to Margaret

I received an e-mail from Margaret S in New Zealand that she received the mattress cushion I stitched for her on the HoE board. I may have stitched three...first, last and only. For some reason my hands just could not master the corners. She assures me she likes it and the extras I sent. Here's the snap of the entire exchange.

Margaret said she like the acorn. I do too. The design is one of Anita's Little Stitches.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Birthday charts and Harvest Time exchange

Here's some charts I chose using a birthday gift certificate I received from Danielle. I tried to thank her, but her blog link doesn't work. So, thank you so much Danielle. I love the charts and was happy you were my partner on the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Exchange.
Friday I received my Harvest Time exchange from Michelle. I love it. It's my first pouch ever. Didn't she do a wonder job of finishing the design? She said it is from The Cricket Collection "Blessings Abound." It's hanging on the wall about my computer!
Today I've been stitching on an exchange piece myself and listening to college football while I stitch. Have a great weekend. Go OK State!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me and a stitched piece

Yes, all day today has been my birthday. I started it with a good pot of coffee and stitching on a Halloween piece. Then I opened gifts from friends, and what great friends I have. Lynn spoiled me rotten will all kinds of stitching goodies. She's a true stitching friend. Just look what came out my sack. Five charts, a pair of scissors, fabric, cards, pins, buttons, needle minder, a nifty paper cutter, and crocheted dish towel.

My sister gave me a blue bird I admired. Also, my good friend Mary Ann, no blog, fixed me up with some great tasting tea I like, some lavender soap, and body cream. And my secret sister at sorority gave me some toffee, mulling spice,tortilla soup, and other goodies.
And technically not a birthday gift, but it was in today's mail, so I'm a countin' it as a bd gift. One of the first exchanges I ever stitched was for Marie P. We share a love of Community Coffee, so she sent me a collection of the flavored blends and a swatch of coffee themed fabric.

I don't understand what is happening with this post. It's very untidy, but sometimes Blogger and I don't get along. As soon as I get a snapshot of my stitching finish I'll post it too. Have a great evening.

Here's my very first stitched Stacy Nash design. My birthday gift to myself. I love this design.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A nip in the air

Greetings. I don't have stitching to show, but did finish an exchange piece this morning. It's for the HoE Floss Tag exchange. It turned out really well. Hope my partner likes it.

My good friend Lynn has started a stitching blog. Drop on by, I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.

Well, I've searched every three-ring binder, mesh bag, tub, file drawer, hidey hole, stack, etc. that I can think of and still can't locate the chart of my last pinkeep. So, along with the missing button that goes on it...I need to get organized!! I wonder if BeckySC is available for hire?!?

Volunteering at the Humane Society this morning, but it is very slow. Guess I can do some paperwork that needs filing.

Enjoy your week.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A finish for me

Today was a lazy, rainy day, so I took the opportunity to make a pinkeep from a design I stitched several years ago. I love this design and have no idea why I never completed a finish for it. It's one from Cindy at The Stitchworks. There's a pumpkin button somewhere in my stash room. I've run across it at times I've been searching for something else. I have no doubt it will turn up at some point.

The trip to Fayetteville was a full day. I was pooped when I got home. There's a little 88 year old lady that goes on the trips and is a full burst of energy. We never know what she's going to show up as. Last trip she was an Oklahoma State supporter. This trip she was all decked out in her Halloween gear. She's a real cutie, so thought I'd share her photo. Her hat is a pumpkin in case you can't make it out. I let her know I was going to post it. She was ok with it. Our first stop was across the street from the Farmer's Market, so we all hopped over there. The produce was beautiful, and reasonably priced. The flowers were just beautiful. More about the trip in a later post.

I mailed my SBEBB Pumpkin Patch exchange this morning. Hope my partner enjoys it. It's not very original, however I have wanted to stitch it, so took the opportunity. Will post photos when my partner receives. It has a ways to go, so it'll be a couple of weeks.

Have a restful evening.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sister's Birthday Gift

A couple of weeks ago I handed my youngest sister the JCS Halloween issue. I asked her to pick a design she wanted for her birthday and she did. Here it is. Just don't look too closely at the bow. I am so challenged in that department. I guess I should have just left it off. Too late, it's in the mail. She doesn't read my blog, so it's safe to post. Tomorrow's her bd. I kid her that she's what I got for my 6th birthday since mine is a few days later.
Tomorrow my friend Diane and I are taking another bus trip with the "old folk." Trouble is I can hardly keep up with them and I'm about 20-30 years younger than some. We're heading over to AR to see some foliage and stop at a couple of museums and a little shopping. My wake up call is going to be early, so I'm about ready to say good-bye to this day. Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

HoE Mattress Cushion from Annette

I'm late in posting the photos of the fantastic exchange I received from Annette. Her package was waiting for me when I returned from a short vacation. She did a great job on the cushion didn't she? It was her first one and in my favorite color too. She also included some great goodies too.
I have my exchange ready to mail off today. I'm just making the mailing deadline.
It's a dark, dreary day here in Okmulgee today. I'd call that a great stay at home and stitch day! Yea. Have a great one.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SBEBB Autumn House Exchanges

While I was on vacation I read that Leena received my Autumn House Exchange. I tried a new pillow finish for me that I've noticed on other blogs, so thought I'd give it a try. Leena assures me she likes it. I know I enjoyed putting it together and will try this finish again.

The exchange piece is the top portion of LHN's Autumn Harvest. I also included some fibers, a chart from her wish list, fall ribbon and buttons, and a small button container.

I also received my Autumn exchange from Julianne. ( See her blog for great photos of the back. )When I saw the return address, I immediately thought she had sent the SEBB winter exchange and that I was behind! I never thought about the Autumn exchange. She really out did herself and I love the design and finish. She also included some opalescent fabric, finishing fabric, candy (long gone), and some fabulous tea that I love. Thank you so much Julianne.

Monday, October 6, 2008

HoE Halloween received by Edda

Edda has received the SB needleroll I sent her for the HoE halloween exchange. I must have failed to take photos before I sent, so am posting Edda's. I also have a photo of the design before I put it together. I loved the little spiders on this piece. They were so much fun to do. I have to say, this was a hard finish to let go! The tobacco colored fabric was nice to work on. I must get me some for my stash. Well, there's always tomorrow. Have a great week.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Belated birthday gift

I finally got around to putting the finishing touches on my sister's birthday tree. It's only 6 months since her bd. Since we're taking a little trip with each other tomorrow, I thought I should get it done. My mother, two sisters, BIL, and great nephew are all going on this trip. I wonder what we will do? As of this evening we are going into Missouri and Arkansas for scenery and shopping. I hope to get to go to at least one stitch shop, however, I'm the only stitcher in the group, I'll most likely get out voted. Any way, I'll be away for a week or so. Hope everyone has a great week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A small finish for me

Good Wednesday morning. It's bright and cool here in Okmulgee. I received a small kit from Bridgette in my HoE Needleroll exchange. Between exchange stitching I decided to work it up. Here it is. I changed the pansies from yellow to purple since I love purple pansies. Haven't decided how I'm going to finish it just yet. It will probably be a pinkeep, however, I'm open for suggestions. Hope every one has a glorious day. I'm going to finish my mattress cushion exchange piece.

Monday, September 29, 2008

HoE Prairie Schooler received from Mercy A.

I received a fantastic exchange from Mercy A. today.

The pinkeep's title is Rain, rain go away. It is beautifully stitched and finished. Also in the exchange package are two charts, some very vivid orange fabric (I love it), some shiny purple beads and some lotion. I didn't get it in the photo. (Guess I was too excited !)The charts are LK's Autumn Squared and LHN Heart and Home Sampler. Thank you so much Mercy, I love it all.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

HoE Halloween from Marjean



Isn't this a fantastically cute halloween house? Just look at that roof, so many stitches. I received this and other goodies from Marjean today. I find it amazing that she was able to stitch at all since she went through Hurricane Gustav. Thank you, thank you Marjean. I absolutely love the entire exchange. Your stitching is above and beyond the call of duty.

Here's the complete exchange:

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