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Monday, May 30, 2011

Family Sampler and blogger problems....BIG time!~~

First I would like to vent a little....Blogger has been very unkind to the Carolinastitcher~~I have 2 posts floating out there in blogland somewhere from the last 2 times I tried to post....gave up trying over the last few days....Now I am seeing that my comments to many of you did not post either..grrrrr....  So, I will try this yet again and am crossing my fingers this time that things go through with a successful post....

I have been in the mode of exchange pieces these last few weeks, so I can't show them right now..but soon....a couple have been mailed and one is mailing out tomorrow.....

My latest stitch has been a true labor of love....Not only is Dianne Williams a genious, but she created an absolute stunner last year in the "Family Sampler".... In true Littlehouse Needlework fashion, the colors are just beautiful and I am afraid my wrinkled pictures do not begin to do it justice...I promise to iron next time!!!

Oh my!!! The wrinkles are worse than I thought...sorry... Click on the photo for a better up close look..

This project is design size 14 by 20 on 32 creme Belfast....So, It will be a pretty good size when finished...Another of my "up for a challenge" pieces to finish this year~~~

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I also wanted to show you the finished product of the french piece I stitched up and showed you a couple posts ago.....It has made its way to my friend Barbara....a birthday gift for her....
Happy Birthday Babs!!


Well, hope everyone has had a great Memorial Day....Honoring and remembering those who fight for our freedom...I know I have reflected on that sentiment alot today....

Hope everyone has a great week! I am so looking forward to a stitch-in at the French Hen in Manning SC this coming Saturday...Always fun to gather with stitching friends!!

Take care,
Faye

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pumpkin Farm and more....

This week has been over the top at work....If you think the end of the year in a first grade classroom is crazy,...it is! We are "x-ing" the days off at this point~~

I did put a few finishing stitches in my ongoing BBD AotH project...

I went ahead and personalized this block with my MIL's maiden name to honor all of my DH's aunts and uncles that we have such fond memories of....All but 1 aunt has passed away but we still have memories of fall afternoons raking pecans in the yard and canning pumpkin for Thanksgiving pies...



I had the biggest surprise today....Myra had tucked a handmade goodie in my envelope when she returned a chart I had let her borrow.... This darling coin purse is just too cute!!




You are a genius Myra~~~

Well, I will leave you with a couple parting shots of some of "the group" from our reunion last weekend...We all had a blast and it was hard to believe we still act and look pretty much the same as we did back in college...We shared stories and tears and laughs..It truly was an amazing weekend!!!


North Carolina State University
Class of 1977
Reunion~~~May 14, 2011
(I'm on the back row in the solid pink....)

Hope everyone has a great relaxing weekend~~

Faye

Friday, May 13, 2011

TGIF and some framing....

I know I have been somewhat missing in action, but the end of the school year is a total engery zapper! I am more pooped than you can imagine by the time I get home from work each day....

But, I did have a chance to go to my framers and pick up a couple sampler finishes I had completed earlier this year.... If you live in or around central North Carolina and need a top notch framer, I sure can recommend Hobby Shop in Sanford, NC... He is efficient, reasonable priced and knows how to stretch linen...He has been my framer exclusively for over 25 years~~~

 1738 Scottish Sampler
Threads of Gold



 Elizabeth Emma Bice Wade Sampler
Threads of Gold



....Molding detail....

Well, my college reunion is this weekend....Finally, I will get to see many of my friends that I have not seen in a very long time....Where does the time go???

Hoping all of you have a great weekend and get some stitching in!!!

Always,

Faye

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Giveaway winner!!!

*****Quick post today to announce the May giveaway winner.....So, without further delay....*****

Colleen, Congrats!! Your name has been pulled out of the hat!!!!  Please email me so I can get your goodies on their way~~~~~

Thanks to all that entered!!  From the looks of things, I need to have another little giveaway soon...Just two followers away from 500!! 

Happy stitching everyone,

Faye

Monday, May 9, 2011

"instant d'ete"....a French gift...

Le Passe Compose has a winner in this mid-size french inspired design....

It was a fairly quick stitch although I have to admit, I stretched things out just because the Belle Soie silk thread was such a joy to use...  This will actually be a May gift to someone I cannot mention since they read my blog....But, in the next 2 weeks, I will be finishing this finish so stay tuned...

 Instant d'ete
Le Passe Compose
36 ct creme linen
Cranberry Belle Soie thread




My favorite motif is the little birdie at the base of the birdhouse...pecking seeds....

Tomorrow will be my May Giveaway drawing....so, you still have time to enter...(see previous post)...I have added a couple little goodies to the other items mentioned....  Thanks to all of you who have entered... Your comments have meant so much to me!~~

Until tomorrow's drawing.....

Happy Stitching,

Faye

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

~~My May Giveaway~~~

I consider myself to be very fortunate when it comes to exchanges, gifts and winnings...

I want to give back...May is my blogaversary month, so I think its about time to pass on a little goodie to one of you guys....Nothing crazy, but a little pinpillow I have made along with a few HDF silk threads and a bunch of trims.......
So...If you are interested in throwing your name in the hat for this springy, cheerful giveaway, just comment on this post only and I will be having a drawing on May 10th......

Happy stitching everyone~~

Faye

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Meeting Myra in the middle....what a treat!

**a quick edit....I know you will all want to participate in Edgar's giveaway...so go take a look..
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Yesterday I had the chance to meet our blogging friend ~Myra~....I was thrilled to get to meet her in person and honestly, it felt like we had known each other forever... I quickly saw that she is down to earth, funny and very knowledgeable about anything pertaining to sewing...  Meeting at Lynne's Fabric Shop in Siler City was a perfect location~ Not only is it about the half way point distance wise for both of us, but Lynn has tons of goodies to sift through! Myra has several photos on her blog that explain...

We even swapped a couple goodies after some shopping.... Myra totally showered me with these lovelies....

Myra gave me the prettiest fabric tote to use as my lunch bag at school....I absolutely love summery shades of green and blue...perfect~! And, she had waxed up a box for me to use with my BBD finishes...Need that! And, can I just say, Myra even makes home-made lotion! Sheer talent I tell you....


This lotion has the most wonderful fragrance and it is just as cremey as you could ask for! Her buddy Betty Dekat has the"recipe" on her blog...So, go check it out~~...here...

As I drove back home (about an hour or so) I ran across scenes of rural back roads of North Carolina...It really is quite a lovely this time of year..So here are a few shots off the country roads....

 a lake with a view..


a horse drawn buggy or two for sale...


a corner antique store that has long since gone...


just a lazy drive back home through the back roads....

Needless to say, I had the best getting to know an already good friend!! Thanks Myra~

Faye