Friday, January 30, 2009

Quakers & New Stuff to Show You

*Bumps in the Night has to wait until next blog entry!!!! I mean it!!!

I love this Crown & Thistle chart "Quaker Seasons!" I'm thinking I'll use this opalescent fabric with Gloriana "Winter Brook," and DMCs Variations in 4070 and 4045. Not sure, but if I make the purse, it will definately be an evening purse. I'm going to start with the beeskeep first as a needlebook.

From our Quaker Friendship Sampler RR, this is my work on Martha's (Gone Stitchin' Instead of Just a Wishin') piece. She has chosen to use simply DMC 310 black on an antique beige ground. It's very strong and quaker looking, actually. I'm enjoying working on this one.Here is the Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler SAL piece I'm working with our group, formed by Hazel. I've had fits with getting a fabric that can make me happy! This is just a temporary one...I'm waiting for a shipment from Silkweaver's which is backordered from Wichert!! UGH! I'm noticing that this fabric looks lavenderish, but it's actually white.

Now some stashing and gift pictures! French designs just slay me! I couldn't resist the "Ballade aux fraises" in particular by Tournic Ot On. It has most of my favorite elements: a little person of the girl persuasion, strawberries, a house of yellow and blue, pinks and reds..... It's just about perfect! :) And, isn't the flimsy little Christmas tree adorable, too?
I got such a health boost to find I had won on Barbara's (Mainely Stitching) site a few weeks ago in her verrrry well attended/participated draw. Lookie, lookie at my preeties from her. She sent some of the DMC linen floss which is so delicate and yummy in pinks and lavenders, don't you think? Thank you so much, Barbara. It all made me feel so good at heart....and your sweet note meant a great deal to me. I cherish our friendship. Kisses..
Patti (Tapestry of Dreams) is another long-time friend, and such a constant one to me. She sent me a gift certificate and I got the 2 above Mirabilia beauties in her honor. Thank you so much, Patti!! I just love them and you! Your notes and everything has been a big part of my recovery. It's like "As the World Turns" with us!!! LOL
PS: The necklace is one of my new designs using Swavarski crystals, crystal baqettes, faceted glass beads, Chinese cultured pearls, and Mother of Pearl with delica beads.
More new stash in these Dickens charts which I couldn't resist. If I ever get a chance, I want to stitch all of the "mitten" series from Cricket. I just don't want to make ornaments of them. If anyone has an idea of how we could stitch some piece out of them, please let me know. There are so many going back years! They're adorable.
Giulia of GPA has this amazing sewing set out with a Halloween motif and it's so special and different I had to have it. When I placed an order for it and her "Adam and Eve Etui" she spoiled me with more gifts. She is always spoiling me!! Thank you again, dear Giulia. :] In the center is Giulia's "Adam & Eve Etui" chart which is so beautifully charted. She also sent these other two as gifts. Aren't they great? I think the Santa looks very Italian with his bargello base and medallion sides.
Oh....I have more pictures and more stories to tell you, but not tonight. Please do stay tuned because I have a MYSTERY to share with you about a stalker !!! Hereby giving notice to all stitching Nancy Drews!!
Hugs, Deb

Friday, January 2, 2009

First Surprise of the New Yesr

My eldest son, Frank, and his special girl, Coco, decided to elope on Christmas! We were delighted for them as they are so sweet together. Coco is a really wonderful young woman.
Here they are with my little grandgirls at Halloween 2008. My Amelia, whom you have seen other times in my blog decided to be Supergirl! And, Frank and Coco's new babygirl, Ella, was a butterfly! They live in NYC so the surroundings are a little strange. LOL
Here they are having a swim last Summer. Amelia loves to swim and it's good for her learning to control her movements. The cerebral palsy gets more manageable with her therapies and school every year. She's 7 yrs. old now. I adore my grandgirls!
Did you have any holiday surprises????
Hugs, Deb