Friday, July 29, 2011

Finish, Finish, & Finish-Finish

(Does this title remind you of a "Pete and Repeat" joke as much as it does me?)

What I've been up to (crafty-wise). :)

Finished the quilting on:

Fig Tree Quilts
Scrap Lab Table-Topper Quilt

The angle of my shot exaggerates it, but some of the colored bands ARE definitely longer than the others. lol! Good thing they are my favorites. ;)

This is my first-ever quilt finish: Machine pieced, hand-quilted, turned-bound, washed and machine-dried. It really does get nice, scrunchy, and wonderfully quilty after drying.

A Stitching Finish:

Nighttime Hearth Motif from PSBk150 "December"
Linen: 28ct. Natural by Wichelt
Fiber:DMC to spec.

Usually, I consider stitching Christmas ornaments to be a pain, b/c there are only 50 I want NOW and I don't feel Christmassy stirrings in the slightest until after Thanksgiving. I do look forward to stitching an ornament alongside the tree however. I'm ALL ABOUT The Tree. So, I'm pretty happy to be on a bit of kick for it lately. I consider PS with its easy-to-read graphs and good ol'
DMC to be the ultimate comfort stitching. Otherwise, I can't say I find stitching particularly relaxing. I'm too excited to own what I'm making!

This needs ironing and finishing, now. I'm so excited b/c I know exactly what fabric to if only I could decide HOW.

Oh, P.S., I am SO excited about the new PS "Santa's Night"!!! I'd be stitching it right now if my order were in. :D But, what to do about the fabric??? The models us 18 ct. Aida to make them both small and black. How I wish Wichelt had a high-count black linen! What are you doing about the fabric choice? (All you other gotta-make-this-one stitchers.)

"The Finish-Finish"

Mary's Pin Pillow by Indigo Rose
Linen: Belfast Natural 32ct.
Fibers: DMC 4210 and AVAS unknown ruby color.

Some of you may recall this as a biscornu I was working on in the early days of this blog. I finished the stitching in 2009, and only did the finishing recently. You see, I LOVE this biscornu pattern, and I love biscornu, and LOVE (or did at the time) love that DMC variations color...but i didn't love them all together as much... Until I tried putting it with these items in my display case. <3

The spider web rosettes were really fun to make with silk!

A view with the door closed. You can see some of my "treasures" on the shelf above.

The Whole, recently reorganized to contain most of my tea implements which were just knocking around. You can see a teacup and saucer set is missing right below the biscornu; I need to wash it after my tea! (Yesterday's, shhh!)

I'm not really a drunk, btw. Nope. Not even because my treasure cabinet is full of empty liquor bottles. That's because I'm a little crow! lol! I love shiny things, and things made of glass, and packaging and typography. The St. Germain and Domaine de Canton are pretty good ( I used them; the St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur--wonderful as a syrup with soda, yup! And in Whipped Cream, too. DdC...well...I bought it because it was from the same Co. and with a parallel was just meh. But it was great in hot chocolate all winter! lol! I loved the Sapphire bottle as a kid, and swiped this from a friend who can't live without his "GeeAndTee". It IS good with the St. Germain and Soda, however.

Haven't convinced you, have I? Please, just check out the St. Germain bottle next time you're in a shop before sending them to take me away, m'kay? :D I still need to re-work this cabinet above the biscornu.

I'm also:

• Woefully behind on Blog Reading
• Compiling the final kits for FenceCat's Hallowe'een; Thanks to everyone who picked one up! If you are still "on the fence" (lol!) I've only got enough supplies for 12 more. As far as I know this linen is disco, so once they are gone there will be no more. :(
• Breaking in a new computer

Stay cool, enjoy your summer, and sink a few stitches into a project! :)

Yours in Stitching,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Scissors Case Giveaway Winners!

Hello Everyone! Thanks to all the faces new and old who stopped by for my giveaway party! :D

I do apologize that I'm getting these winners posted up late; it has been quite busy in me-land lately, but above all the ruckus was the arrival of my new computer late last week! I was SO overdue for an upgrade and transitioning to the new system is eating my computer time. In a good way, though. :D

Without further ado, the Scissors Case Giveaway Results:

For the "Purchasers" Case, there were 5 people who bought a kit, and the winner is Barbara Sturtz! She will get first pick on the colorway (original blue or variant plum).

For the "Partiers" Case, Parsley wins! She will receive the other case. :D


Ladies, I've emailed you to request shipping addresses.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter and Special Thanks to my kit purchasers!!! You guys are the best!


P.S. Hope to see you soon with a small stitchy update!