Okay....I struggled with my blog title today....What can I say....
Thanks for all the compliments about Sarah Eliz.Brooke! It truly is a beautiful sampler which I enjoying every single stitch....
When I arrived home this morning from my little beach sabbatical, I hopped it on into the craftroom and popped my latest finish into the chocolate brown frame that was waiting...
The Country Cottage Needleworks SAL is in full swing and they are so tiny and quick, I planted my last stitches in "January" and framed it to enjoy throughout the month...
40 count Lakeside Exemplar
Silk threads (email me for the conversion)
Added vintage lace at top....
Then I began opening mail that had arrived over the last week...Sheesh, I don't need anymore credit card applications, junk mail marketing leaflets or bills....tee-hee...BUT, I DID need a couple of envelopes that were laying there staring at me!!!
First off, from France, my dear friend Marylin had sent me the most darling of gifts....
Feast your eyes....
A perfectly stitched ornament with red checked ribbon, fabrics AND buttons....Is that not the cutest?? And, she knows my love for red silk thread so she included a couple skeins along with some wonderful french linen...It will truly be a special piece when I use that linen!!
Thanks so very, very much Marylin! You are truly a wonderful friend from across the oceans~~
AND...as if that were not enough, I was totally surprised to see another envelope with special international markings on it...hmmm...no clue what this was going to be....
The "Stitch it and Pass it on" Exchange had peaked my interest earlier in 2011 and so I had decided to participate...Long story short, things got bogged down and I was not to receive an ornament even though I had stitched one and done my part....no problem...I know these things happen... BUT, evidently Tracy and Hazel wanted to make things right...so, they sent me this...!~
They included some beautiful Christmas fabric and metallic DMC along with a finished ornament..
Guys, you didn't have to do that...But, I love it that you did~~~ Thanks so, so much!!
Even the back has my name stitched on it...I LOVE it~~~
Many of you commented that you can't wait to see my to-do list for 2012...Well, I think I may have gone a little overboard, but one can dream...right??? So, here is what's on my mind to stitch up this year...in no particular order.........
Plum Street Samplers- Sergei
Carriage House Samplings- Fredrick
Little House Needleworks- My Dwelling Place
The Scarlett House-Sarah Elizabeth Brooke 1842 (WIP)
Primitive Traditions-A Petite Huswife
Tree of Life- Emma rose Freedom
Carriage House Samplings-The Gilded Cage
Marjorie Massey- Sous Mon arbre
Sampler Company- The Hetty Child
The Scarlett House-Emma Mills 1839
LHN- The Family Sampler (WIP)
Threadwork Primitives-Autumn Majesty Needleroll
La-D-Da-Yellow Bird (in blues...)
Hillside Samplings-Be You to Others
With thy Needle-Birds of a Feather
CHS-Shores of Hawk Run Hollow (WIP)
Pineberry Lane-Autumn on Marigold Lane
Stacy Nash Primitives- Netty's Sampler Pinkeep Drum
and....of course my monthly CCN Cottages.....
AND.. I am embarking on something a little new...I have every single one of the Prarie Schooler Santa charts from 1984 through 2011....I want to stitch at least one each month and over time have all 28 stitched to finish up as ornaments....What would be nicer than a PS Santa tree one year..?..
I told you it was an aggressive list of want-to's.... If I get half of them completed I will be a happy camper... But, I like to set my bar high just to see how close I can come to it~~
If you are still reading, sorry for the long post..... Thanks for hanging in there with me...
Until next post.........Happy Stitching everyone~~~