Tuesday, June 25, 2013

2 More Days and IHSW

That's right!!

2 more days and I'm done with school! Thank goodness because the last few weeks have been exhausting.  So glad that my reports came back with no errors and my principal said he enjoyed reading them! Yahoooooo!!! I always worry that I say the right thing about a child. Hopefully the parents and their child will appreciate them too.  I'm pretty happy to be coming back the next year and already have loads of ideas and improvements.  But what I'm really looking forward to is the time to cycle, read, stitch, catch up on blogs, and all that summer brings. 

Lots of things to share with you today.  I have been overly blessed as of late and have been chosen by hubbies, pets and fate to be the winner of a number of giveaways.  First, I was chosen to be the next recipient of the traveling sisterhood's "Life's a Stitch" chart from the sweet Valma! I've followed this chart for awhile.  So glad to be given the chance to stitch it.  I will be literally traveling while stitching.  I'm off to a family reunion this Saturday and will be visiting the family for a couple of days, then back to the mainland the following weekend.  Can't wait! Here's the fabric and floss toss.

Not sure if I will make it into a box or finish it as a pillow.  I'll decide when I'm done.  When I get back from my trip, I will do a post to pass it on to the next person.

Then, I was very lucky to receive one of Lee's exquisite beetles.  I just fell in love with the enchanting creatures when I saw them on her blog.  She is so very talented with embroidery and stump work. The beetle may end up on a magnet or I may make it into a brooch.  Thank you so much Lee!!

Last, but definitely not least, my name was drawn to win Jeanne's, from Willow Tree Stitcher, massive giveaway! I've followed her blog for awhile now admiring her stitching and sewing, which are both impeccable. To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement.  She made me one of her lovely project bags and I've been looking at her sewing skills...wow! My hubby is impressed with her ability to sew straight, unlike me O.O  She sent me loads of charts, some linen, Vikki Clayton silks!, and a couple of kits all ready to go.  I will be tackling a couple of these charts this summer for sure! Thank you again Jeanne!! 

Wow right?!

Now for a pic of my IHSW stitching.  I completed the border and it sort of matched.  I had to fudge it a bit but I don't think anyone will notice at all.  Put in some more blooms and filled in grass.  So nothing terribly exciting. I'll apologize ahead for the wrinkles.

That's all the stitching I have done. Those flowers take me over an hour to do for some reason.  Jane's flowers took my 40.  Hmm.  Maybe I've slowed down a bit.

Onto other news, my hubby and I finally had a day off together with some sunshine, so we booked it over to Stanley Park and enjoyed ourselves smelling roses, eating salmon berries, hiking, talking, just enjoying ourselves.  Enjoy the photos.

I love crows and can't resist a good photo opportunity with the black birds of the sky.


That's all until I get back from the Doll family reunion.  

Thank you so much for commenting on my last post. I didn't have time to respond to all of your lovely comments but I appreciated all of them so much.  Bless you all and happy stitching!!!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Strawberry Delights

I'm back!! 

Today, I took a loooong break from reports to do some finishing.  As I was eating some delicious local strawberries, I remembered that I stitched a sweet strawberry freebie design, (which you can email Cathy for here), a couple of weekends ago. I had my finish in mind and cut out all the pieces to make the pillow but never got around to putting it together.  Well, today I needed some respite (or call it procrastinating) and took out the sewing machine and got to work.  As a side note, Lynn from Kearnel's Korner and me seem to have the same tastes when it comes to designs.  Take a look at her stunning Maisonette aux Fraises finish! The little pin on top of the bow was made by one of my dearest friends since childhood.  It's the cutest little pink mushroom and I think it works perfectly!

I also sewed up that cute little PS Spring design and still need to add some trim to add to my smalls basket.

After my crazy post the other night, I stitched the border Hannah.  When I took the photo, I realized I have a lot of those blooms to stitch! Each one takes about an hour to do.  Really looking forward to finishing this sampler and starting another!

A couple of photos from the past few weeks when the weather has been nice to us.  Can you spy me?!

Of course I can't do a post with out my little report card helper, Titus.  I just wish I could train him to actually write!!

Hugs to you all and thank you all for your support and cheering on!!

Updated twice... forgot to add a photo of Hannah AND Titus?!?!! Where is my mind?!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hectic June

I've never done a late night post before.  Been drafting report card comments and am fairly wired.  

This is me at the moment....

Came across a great Calvin and Hobbes bit about school

Some wisdom from Albert Einstein

I'll be back at an undetermined time in the future if all bodes well

or if I'm up late again.


Monday, June 3, 2013

300 Follower Giveaway Winner!!!!

Good morning!

What a bright and lovely day it is, perfect to announce my 300 follower giveaway winner.  My Quality Control Agent (Aurelia's nickname) and Giveaway eater, oops, picker, Titus chose a name out of the bowl.  I threw some treats in there and even while I am typing this, he's still looking for more treats in the bowl!!

Treats thrown in the bowl...papers almost eaten!
I quickly had to grab out this bit of paper before Titus ate it up! I was laughing so hard I forgot to take a photo of him trying to spit it out!!
Hmmm...why isn't this a treat...where did it go??
There's the winner!!!

EVALINA MARIA from This and That!

Congratulations Evalina! I will email you shortly for your address so I can send your box to you.  

Thank you all for entering.  I'm going to keep all those little snippets of papers in case I do another giveaway in the near future.  I was really blown away by all the entries! 

Poor Titus, still looking for more treats!

Take care and happy stitching!!!

Anne and Titus