Friday, February 22, 2013

IHSW and Lovely Gifts!

Be prepared to look at a lot of photos! Get yourself a cup of tea, or coffee or whatever your choice of drink is because I will bombard you with loads of photos!!

First signs of spring:

A delightful evening at the symphony with my hubby:

IHSW Stitching:

I had to add some motifs on Hannah since stitching borders makes me restless.  I love that little basket of fruit!!

A quick freebie stitch from the Primitive Hare that I started and finished in one evening. I used HDF's Barnyard green silk.. an utterly delicious green! (Click on the link and it will take you to the freebie chart)

Found a better fabric choice for Baked Goods:

Picked up another thrifty treat to match our other orange 40's glass bowls:

My RAK I sent to Angela was received, so here it is:

Stitched on Navy Blue 32ct. lugana with Kodak Blue HDF silk
I'm glad she liked the package! I found this lovely freebie pattern from Whispered by the Wind website.

I received another order I made in January and was told by my hubby that I have ENOUGH FABRIC AND STRINGS TO LAST ME A LIFE TIME! DO NOT BUY ANYTHING MORE   :(  So now I can't....
40 ct. Newcastle linen in Mirage and Sand
Trying out Crescent Colours Threads
My first ever SANQ it!!
And finally....the mailman/woman has been very good lately delivering me all sorts of gifties.  I received my beautiful giveaway wins from Angela and Lynn.  Thank you so much ladies! Your finishing skills are exquisite and both pieces I cherish so much and have displayed already in my living room.  Dear Lynn sent me a few little extras and threw in some crinkle toys for Titus to play with! There are two crinkle toys but one has disappeared somewhere! He loves them and sends you a big purr Lynn!!

Angela's box is so amazing! I will be trying out her tutorial one day and try to make one of my own!! Thank you again dear Angela!!

Lynn's pillow is so pretty and I love the little buttons and threads she added to the package.

 Hugs to you both!! 

Blessings to you all!!


Carol said...

Looks like you've had a lovely week, Anne :) Can't believe your flowers are pushing up already! What a welcome sight... I do love your newest fabrics for your Baked Goods finishing :)

No more fabric? Ever? Ha ha--he doesn't know us stitchers very well, does he!! I think your choices are gorgeous and I know you'll love CC threads--they are my favorite overdyeds. The coverage just seems to be better.

Such pretty giveaway goodies from Lynn and Angela--enjoy :)

busyhands said...

Looks like a perfect week.
No more fabric? I am sure he meant you have enough fabric in that particular count or color, that's all!! :) :D
Enjoy your goodies

Annie said...

Great post. All good things. I do like the new fabric choice for the Baked Goods much better.

And we'll see about that lifetime stash thing!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

The two pieces you are stitching look good. Hannah is a very pretty design. I love the photo of the snowdrops.

Giovanna said...

Loads of lovely stuff in this post :-) Great stitching! I envy your signs of spring, we're right in the middle of a heavy snowfall right now...

Margaret said...

Just pretend the new stash you order is presents from friends. He'll never know. :D I know, so dishonest. :D Love the presents! Love your stitching too! Hannah is of course the one I love most. So pretty!!! Ok, I'm dense. Can you explain what Slan is??? lol! Love that freebie though. If I knew what Slan was......

Barb said...

A very interesting post! Love seeing flowers. We have some too! I would guess our weather is very similar. Your WIPS are so pretty and the gifts wonderful. Your poor hubby has joined the ranks of the husbands of stitchers. Long ago mine said," If you live to be 100, you will never get this all stitched."

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching. Gorgeous gifts both sent and received. Great photos. No more stash - yeah right lol.

Karoline said...

Your wips are looking lovely, great progress

You got some lovely stash and gifts

My snowdrops are out as well, I'm always so glad to see them every year

Nicola said...

A beautiful post Annie, I love lot of photos. So pleased that you enjoyed SANQ. If you email me your address I have a duplicate copy of a past issue that I will send you. It is fun to collect them all.

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely post Anne! Thanks for sharing all these pic with us :) Love all the goodies you've received!! You'll have a come up with some serious good excuse for you next stash purchase :D

Catherine said...

Wonderful post of goodies, Anne! I know what you mean about adding some motifs when you need a break from a border! Love that little bird motif!
Silly husband, stash is for stitchers! He'll eventually get it....
Beautiful gifts ~ enjoy!

Vickie said...

What a great happy post Anne. The symphony hall looks gorgeous. Brian asks when I want to purchase more fabric, "Do you really NEED it?" Such beautiful projects AND gifts. Hooray for you!!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Pretty finishes and great progress. Great new stash, too. Nice gifts and wins. Enjoyed your posting.

Lynn said...

I think my DH has given up on trying to control my stash addiction. It keeps me out of his hair, lol!
BTW, I've been meaning to ask where you're purchasing your linens from.

It was so refreshing to actually see some flowers. There is hope! It's snowing here once more this morning.

Love your two finishes but I'm really hooked on Hannah. Thanks for enabling me, lol!
You're so lucky to be the recipient of one of Angela's box finishes. It looks gorgeous! Once again I'm so glad that you're happy with my package. Titus too!

Teresa said...

Wonderful goodies both sent and received.
Funny how fast those cat toys fanish.
Tell your hubbie most of us have enough stash to last five life times so you need to catch up.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Sarah in Stitches said...

Wow! Everything looks fantastic. Congrats on your wins! And your stitching progress looks amazing :D

Sally said...

Lovely stitching and finishing.

Well done on your wins and new stash!

Melissa said...

There's sunshine out there! Can you believe it, Anne?

Lots of lovely stitching. I love the border of Hannah.

Tell your hubby he's doomed - there is NEVER enough stash! ;-) I see some lovely recent releases too coming from Nashville Market! (Keep on working!)

Rita said...

So many beautiful pictures!! And so many finishes! You don't stop!
They're all just lovely! But i think my favourite is the Bakergoods! Love the colours;)

You tell your Hubby that there is not such thing as enough stash! It is never enough!! ehehe I already teached that to my hubby lol

kisses and a have a great sunday;)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Gorgeous gifts.
At least you can promise not to buy any more "string", thread or floss is definitely not string!
I'm tempted by SANQ because I'm stopping one of my UK mag subs but it's an extra USD 20 to get it delivered to the UK.

Shirlee said...

Everything is beautiful!

Stitching Noni said...

Lovely stitching :)
Gorgeous gifts given & received. Even a pressie for Titus :)

Melissa said...

Awesome stitching as usual Anne! Curious what 'Slah' means actually and I can't find anything on the internet!!! The one time google has failed me haha.

Truth be told I'm quite jealous of those flowers! Still tons of snow down here... which sucks!


Melissa said...

Pretty flowers! What are they?

Great job with all your stitching!! I love your fabric, and the box is awesome :)

Carla said...

Great post! Your stitching looks great!

valerie said...

What a gerat post. Your smalls finishes are cute! I love the irish one! I know I won't get my act together to stitch it in time for St. Patty's Day tho. And what wonderful gifts from Angela and Lynn!

♥ Nia said...

Wonderful photos :D love the first one! snow drops are so pretty and lovely =)
Your works look so pretty! and your gifts too! lucky you :D

The Maiden said...

Stitching and the Symphony, what a perfect weekend!