Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine Exchange For Irmeli

Irmeli e-mailed me that she has received my Valentine exchange. I stitched Irmeli a pattern by JBW Designs called French Country Love and used the recommended sampler threads and finished it into a door knob pillow for her. I included lots of extra goodies (fabric cuts, chocolate, a scissor sack and fat quarters).

I am so pleased Irmeli loves her exchange. I really enjoyed doing this exchange with her.

I am about done with Suzanne's rr. I need to stop watching so much t.v. when I stitch! I tell ya, I don't get as much stitched watching t.v. as I do when I listen to music or just sitting quietly. Anyone else have that problem? Plus the Olympics ceremony starts tonight so I know I will be watching the Olympics, the winter ones are my favorite.

Anyone have any special plans for Valentine's Day? Rex and I are going to Stitches n Stuff (my LNS) tomorrow as I have a few things on hold there :) and then we are going out to dinner. Its still up in the air where.

On Sunday, Rex is going to finish painting the kitchen. We wanted something brighter for the kitchen as its rather drab and only has a few windows over the sink area so we went with yellow and it looks really good so that is the plan for Sunday.

I hope everyone has a good Valentine's weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Heart is Heavy Tonight

I received a sad note in the mail today. It was from a lady named Pam, a friend (actually Pam said more like a sister) of Mary Jo's. I had Mary Jo's name in the Lizzie Kate Round #3 exchange. Pam wrote to tell me that Mary Jo had passed away on January 14th from metastatic cancer. Pam said from the diagnosis to her passing was only 3-4 days. Pam went onto say that it was peaceful with her husband and daughter at her bedside.

Pam said one of the things that gave her the most joy were the needlework exchanges. Her eyes just sparkled with excitement when she spoke of the exchanges and how much pleasure she got from them.

So I ask that if you are reading my blog entry that you keep Mary Jo, her family and her dear "sister" Pam in your thoughts and prayers. Our needlework community is alittle smaller now.

Pam said Mary Jo would have treasured my LK's "Love" pillow I stitched her.

Rest in Peace Dear Mary Jo.

Wendy Jo

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Few Things to Share

My mailman has been very busy filling my mailbox with a few goodies and its time to share what I got in the mail!

First up, is my birthday present from my friend Lynne (no blog) in California. Lynne knitted me a pretty scarf for my winter coat that I really needed badly and just love it. She also sent some wonderful chocolate along with a handmade card. Lynne has a side card making business and is so creative and I never throw a card of hers away, they are just such works of art and great to display!

Thanks so much Lynne for the wonderful birthday present, chocolate and adorable card!!

I participated in a Valentine exchange on the ASOE blog and received my exchange from Karin in South Africa. Karin stitched me a pattern from the book "Made in France". She also put some dried lavender from her garden in with the stuffing and it smells so good! Karin also included some wonderful chocolate as well!

Thanks very much Karin for a wonderful exchange! Yours should be there any day now!! (Fingers crossed!!)

Another exchange I participated in was on the Lizzie Kate blog. I received the following from Michele. She looked on my blog and saw I love anything Americana so...she stitched the freebie "Liberty". A really cute finish by Michele with the beading.

Thanks so much Michele, its on display at my house!

I then wanted to do a personal Valentine exchange with Irmeli in Finland, whom I met through Hooked on Exchanging and we have become blogging friends. Irmeli sent an obsolutely delightful package.

The scissor case Irmeli made is a design from The Workbasket and the design on the fob is from a French magazine Ge fil a aguille (I hope I have spelled this correctly). She stitched both on 25 ct. floba one over one with DMC thread. Irmeli's stitching is beautiful and her finishing is perfect. The pink scissors are just so cute too!!

Irmeli included things by Finnish designers (some chocolate, overdyed threads, a cute little sheep accessory all tucked in a cute heart shaped tin).

Irmeli, thank you so very much for an absolutely lovely exchange. Hoping my package arrives in your mailbox very soon!!

I have finished working on an exchange and am now working on Suzanne’s Emblem of Love round robin. Its been perfect stitching weather here in Iowa as it snowed on and off all day today and tomorrow...again...more snow so another day of stitching is planned.

I think I will close for now. Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching.

Wendy Jo

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Darling Fob from Cathy B.

I had a birthday recently and received a pretty fob from Cathy in the mail a couple of days ago.

The colors and the stitching Cathy did is just gorgeous! She is such a beautiful stitcher!

Cathy and I have gotten to know each other through blogging and the Friends Through Threads blog. I am going to have the opportunity to meet Cathy in person this April when my stitch group heads up to Minneapolis! I am really looking forward to meeting her.

So thank you so very much Cathy for the gorgeous fob! My scissors are very happy:)

On the stitching front I have been working on an pinkeep exchange which is about done so no pictures for now.

I also received in the mail from Margaret, Suzanne's Emblem of Love RR so I will begin working on that in the next week or so. Suzanne has chosen to recommended colors and it is absolutely gorgeous!

Well, I think I will sign off and get busy with some stitching.

Thanks for visiting and happy stitching!

Wendy Jo