Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rounding out February with a Giveaway!

Today is my 2nd blogoversary! This calls for a giveaway! Comment on this post to be entered to win a fun package from me in the next year. I will leave this open until at least a week from today: March 4th.

And I have one more finish for February, making my total stitching finishes for February a mere 2. Oh well. It was a very busy month! And let us not forget the quilt finish! This piece really should have been finished last weekend, but we got distracted with other things. That's pretty much how February went. Next month I will have more to show - including an exchange piece :)

Santa with Tree Crescent from Santa Moon by Prairie Schooler
DMC on 28 count black cashel linen
Stitched 2/18/10 - 2/24/10

Happy stitchy wishes to everyone!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I've Been Stitching!

In all the mayhem the past few weeks, I haven't had any time for my beloved cross stitch. But Tuesday afternoon I got started on a small project and last night I put the finishing stitches in it.

Wool Needlebook by LHN
DMC thread on 32 count coffee-dyed linen
Stitched 2/16/10 - 2/17/10

And I forgot to mention the sweet gift I got from a wonderful friend who is also a stitcher. My dear friend Renee - who is actually my twin sister's best friend - got me Lavender and Lace's "Angel of Light." While Renee and I were enjoying a girls day last November, I set eyes on this one as a model in our LNS Stitches Etc. I was instantly in love! This particular piece deviates from my usual, simpler projects as it has a lot of color changes. But I was so taken with her, I considered purchasing the pattern on the spot. My incredible self control won over and I left without her. Renee remembered and gave me the chart for my birthday. Don't you just love a thoughtful friend like that?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Finishing a Finish

Thank you all for your nice comments on the quilt I made LadyBug! I appreciate them so much! That will definitely not be my last quilting adventure. And to those of you wanting to try it as well - go for it! It is a huge learning process, but very fun and I felt incredibly accomplished.

This morning while Cuddle Bug was at preschool and LadyBug napped, I finished a very old finish - I stitched this in 2008. Like many of you, I am hoping to make a big dent in my pile of "Fuppies" (as Monique calls them) this year. Mark this one off the list!

I hope everyone is having a delightful week!

Monday, February 15, 2010

My First Quilt: CHECK!

I did it! I finished my very first quilt! I put the last stitches in the binding at about 1:30 Saturday morning and pulled it out of the dryer just in time to get it wrapped for LadyBug's birthday party Saturday afternoon!

Today I finally got a second to get some pictures of it to show you. I couldn't keep LadyBug off of it though. She insisted on dragging her toys on top of it and plopping her diapered butt right in the middle! Had I known she was going to want to be part of the photo op, I would have dressed her in something cuter :)

"Garden Blossoms"
Wild Thing pattern by ThimbleBlossoms
Sandi Henderson's Ginger Blossom fabric with snow Kona cotton
Finished February 12, 2010

It still needs a label, but I am calling it finished!

Hugs and happy stitchy wishes to you all! And thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes for myself and the LadyBug!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

And Breathe.....

I know, I know, I disappeared for about 2 weeks... These past 14 days (give or take) were jam packed! Somewhere between 2 exams in Anatomy and Physiology class, nursing a migraine for 2 straight days, working on LadyBug's birthday quilt, making wedding invitations for my brother's wedding this summer, planning LadyBug's birthday party, dealing with Cuddle Bug's pink eye, and basic childcare, I managed to turn 27!


Oh and I managed to miss the drawing for own giveaway... Someone please pass the Hershey's Pot of Gold! Sigh

I am happy to announce that I finally did get around to drawing a name for the Abecedaire ornament chart! Karen is the lucky winner!

I woke up this morning dedicated to being stress free. Today is LadyBug's first birthday and we are celebrating! I still can't believe it's been a year already! Happy birthday to my sweet girl!! We're having her party on Saturday afternoon, so there's still work to be done (including the finishing touches on her quilt).

I do have a few pictures to share. First up is the little messenger bag I made for Cuddle Bug's friend for her birthday. I used this tutorial again, but this time I made a few changes. Most importantly, I added an extra inch to the length of the lining fabric to compensate for the trim. We put a little workbook inside for the birthday girl too.

And this is the darling little kit I won from Marjorie! This is at the top of my "to start" list :) Thank you Marjorie!

I hope you are all enjoying a care-free week! Thank you all for your sweet, sweet comments! I cherish them :)