Monday, December 28, 2009

Gifts and Stitching

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Rex and I spent part of Christmas Day with my mom and I managed to do a little stitching as well. I worked a bit on Carol's quaker round robin.

First up is some stitching I completed. One thing I made into a pinkeep and the other I just stitched and haven't finished as of yet. Both are designs by Heart in Hand. I just love these cute little snowmen!

I also stitched up a Christmas ornament. The design is by Helga Mandl.

Now the gifts.....every year I always send my friend Lynne (no blog) in California something stitched by Lizzie Kate as Lizzie Kate is her favorite designer as well. So..this is a design that is featured in her latest Tiny Tidings leaflet. I think it turned out pretty good. Lynne also loves flavored coffee, like I do, so I sent her a package of that too.

Lynne doesn't have alot of time for stitching right now as she is a very busy mom and works full time so this year she sent me a gift subscription to any magazine of my choice so I choose the magazine All You. I have been picking it up at the store alot lately and really like it so thought a subscription would be nice. She also sent some lovely kitchen towels, which I love, and some peppermint bark too!

Next up is what I sent to Carol for her birthday. I wasn't able to take a pic of the birthday gift myself as the store packaged her gift for me. So if you copy and paste this link and it will take you to a pic of what I sent.

Its an Isabel Bloom. They are very popular here in eastern Iowa as the company is based in Davenport, Iowa. Its very unique and wanted to send Carol something special this year. I have sevearl Isabel Blooms and just really love them.

I also sent Carol something for Christmas and chose a Blackbird Designs pattern from JCS ornament issue from last year. This was my first attempt at a stocking and I am really happy that it turned out so well. It really wasn't hard at all to do. So I see many more of these in my future! LOLOLOL I also sent a quaker coaster that I know she would also love and its in her favorite color --- BLUE!

Well, I think that about does it for today. I have stitch group here tomorrow so I need to be thinking of a dessert to serve, nothing sounds good right now and do some housecleaning.

I hope everyone has a great week and if I don't check back in..have a safe and happy new year!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stitching,
Wendy Jo

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

An Ornament Received and a Birthday Surprise Sent!

I participated in the Winter/Holiday/Christmas ornament exchange on the All Seasons Ornament Exchange blog and I received my ornament from Tracy yesterday. Tracy made me a cracker from an issue of the Gift of Stitching magazine. I love it! I am going to have to give making these a try, they are so cute!

Thanks so much Tracy and the card is cute too!

I also surprised my SIL, Jane. She is a dog lover and when my stitch group went on our road trip earlier this fall and paid a visit to Lizzie Kate's studio, I saw Linda had this all stitched up and was going to have it in the LNS soon, I knew it would be a perfect piece to stitch for Jane's birthday, which is next week.

This is my first piece ever to frame! I know...shocking! LOLOL (I must give some credit to Rex....he did cut the foam board!) It turned out great...Jane loves it..and I am a happy camper!

Happy birthday Jane!!

I am stitching on "snowy" things right pics yet. I hope to have something to share soon. I also have a couple of Christmas gifts that are on their way to new homes so I also hope to be able to share pics of those as well very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching.

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Scented DMC Floss - Who Knew???

Earlier this year I participated in the Christmas in July exchange on the Hooked on Exchanging Blog and Lynn B. sent to me. Lynn had included in the package some "Secret Perfume" DMC floss! The package says "stitch and release the scent"...mmm I was quite fascinated with this! I had never heard nor seen this before. I mentioned to Lynn that I would like to try some again and....some more showed up in my mail last night! The scents Lynn sent were orange, lemon and toffee.

Thanks so much are such a sweetheart! I can't wait to give these a try too!

In other news....we now have some snow on the ground and a fair amount of it too! I can't remember how much we have gotten so far but we are to keep getting some throughout the day. Here is a pic of our wooded area in back of our home. This picture is taken from our windows in our living room. Its such a gorgeous view. I love that I can sit in my stitching chair and stitch away and look at this, which I think that is what I am going to do today after I do some cleaning.

Happy stitching!

Wendy Jo

Friday, December 4, 2009

Exchanges.& Exchanges & a Birthday Gift!

I have a few to share that have been received and sent onto their new homes.

The first one is from the Stitching Exchange Blog's Anything Christmas Exchange. I stitched for Elisa and she was really happy with the design I choose. I stitched LK's Ready, Set, Snow.

I received my ornament from Maggee and I just LOVE it to pieces! I love snowmen and she couldn't have picked a cuter design. Thanks so much Maggee!

Next is the Christmas exchange on the Exchange Heaven blog. I stitched Joy by LK for Lindsay. I also sent Lindsay some notecards too.I am glad Lindsay likes what I sent.

I received from Carol H. and she stitched a cute little snowman and sent a cute bunny rubber stamp. I am looking forward to adding this to my tree this year. Thanks so much Carol!

Then there is the Holiday/XmasWinter exchange on the All Seasons Ornament blog. I sent an ornament to Tracy and what did I decide to stitch..well a design by LK of course!(Gotta keep that theme going!) The design is from one of her Tiny Tidings. I am glad Tracy likes the ornament, it was fun to stitch.

I believe all I have is one ornament coming my way and I think all the exchanges will be completed for the year.

Cathy had a birthday recently so I decided to stitch a little snowman fob for her. She e-mailed me and said she just loves glad to hear that! Its a design from HIHN from the monthly markings series. Happy Birthday Cathy!

I have been working on some Christmas things for myself and plan to play with my sewing maching alittle bit this weekend and hoping it behaves itself..sometimes it can be so temperamental!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Happy stitching and hugs,

Wendy Jo