Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Winner!

Look at this gorgeous piece stitched by Michele of the Striped Rose. It's a CHS chart called "As Life Wears Away." Michele had a drawing giveaway for it, and I won the chart!! I'm so delighted and can't wait to see it. Thanks so much, Michele. I think your stitched piece is fabulous! Look how perfectly she laid her threads for the greatest sheen.

You must know by now that our dear Vonna has suffered a loss in the family. It's so horrible to lose a close relative, especially one who is a brother. I hope we'll all send cards and well-wishes to her in the coming weeks.

Did I tell you about my sweet, youngest son who actually went into a stitching shop over Christmas and bought me some threads? He looked at my blog wish list and saw that I wished for some Belle Soie and went to get me some!! David, I'm now posting the threads, with such pleasure. Thank you for being a real man in going into places dark and unknown to most men for your mom!! :] This shop is in Juls' (Fairy Princess) neck of the woods in Las Vegas.

This is a dark picture of them, but wasn't that darling of him? :)

I'm off to the bookstore! It's a kind of dreary day here today and I have to break out of my rut in the house. Somehow, book shops always make me feel cozy. Hope all of you have found the Paperback site by now. It's such a great thing to be part of!

Hugs, Deb


tintocktap said...

Lucky you Deb winning such a gorgeous chart! And clever David obviously knows just how to keep his mom happy! LOL

Joke said...

What a beautiful give-away you've won! And I read about your darling son, those are the greatest gifts, isn't it, when DH or DS dares to visit a LNS for you!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Deb,

Love it when I read your blog and
you mention that you're off to the
bookstore that day. You're a gal
after my own heart that way.

How sweet of your son to brave
the unknown like that at Xmas
so that he could pick you up some
Belle Soie threads. He got you
some yummy colours, didn't he?

I try to keep my blogging/computer
space fairly clear since I also
sit here to stitch and to do
book keeping and other such stuff.
And the cats nap here too when
one of us is here.

Sometimes the piles of stuff grow and grow and then I have to get tough with myself and sort, weed and either toss or store. Don't blog in the altogether though. Don't want to traumatize the cats.

Read your posts about the peeping
Tom and am horrified to imagine
such a thing. Hope that you're
still being very careful when
home at night. And I hope that
this nutcase gets caught soon
and gets his ass put in jail for
a looonnnggg time!

I love those Quaker designs that
have come out of the Nashville
market too. I'd love to do the
basket top but wouldn't have a
clue how to finish it, or where
to find the appropriate basket.
And that Long Dog design is
gorgeous!! Sigh! There's just
not enough stitching time in one
short life time.


Von said...

Congrats on your fabulous win!
Have a really nice day all cozied up at the bookstore. For a change I'm enjoying the sunshine. :)

Annemarie said...

You're lucky all around, Deb! The chart is FABULOUS (at least the finish you've shown here is), and your son is amazing for finding these threads for you. Hope you have fun at the bookshop. If you find something worthwhile, be sure to tell me!

Patti said...

Congrats on your win - it is super lovely and I love the way it has been done. I do envy you going to book store if for nothing less than if you are going to Borders you can have a Starbucks!! Lots of Love Starbuck starved Patti xxx

Cindy F. said...

Congrats!! That is an amazing piece! Can't wait to see you stitching it:)
Such a sweet thing for your ds to go into a shop for threads for his mom!!

Lynn said...

How lucky of you to have won that gorgeous pattern! Are you going to start in on it soon?
How awesome that your son picked something from your wish list! The floss are beautiful.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on winning such a great giveaway!
And yes, going to bookstors is like balm for the soul. I go there very often although we only have a very small one, and even when I leave without buying a book (which rarely ever happens) I feel very fine after my visit with the books.

Brigitte said...

... and I forgot to say what a wonderful son you have. Mine also once went into a quilt shop in order to get me some fat quarters for my birthday. I loved his gift so much.

mainely stitching said...

Congratulations on a wonderful win!

Cindy said...

Congrats on your win! That is a beautiful chart.

How sweet that your son bought you threads :)

Michele said...

Will you send me your address?

Thanks! ;)

acereta said...

Your bargello is absolutely gorgeous!
Irina (Moscow, Russia)

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a GORGEOUS chart to receive!

Craft-i-leigh said...

You seem to have a very interesting life and great talent.
I am new to the world of stitching and have been browsing various blogs to try and gain some knowledge and get some tips / ideas. I originally started with a stamped, then counted “kits”. I’m working on my 2nd chart and have noticed some big differences in floss types and quality.
My Cross Stitch Mentor has told me that I’m ready to graduate from Aida, but I really like Aida. Maybe it’s just beginner’s comfort???
If you would answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
Linen seems to be very popular.
I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Craft-i-Leigh, Using Aida is great to start with. There are different counts of Aida, and they're good to master, IMHO, before you start with linen. Although, once you are very comfortable with the Aida, you could move to some of the clearly counted linens.
I use all brands of linen..I love handdyed linens and usually 36-40 cts., though I will use 32& 25 ct. if a chart calls for it. Have fun! Hugs, Deb