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Sunday, January 15, 2012

My French stitch, yesterdays project and giveaway winners~~~~

First off, I  would like to thank each and every one of you who has commented and/or emailed me about my project pouches.....WOW~~ I am truly humbled and inspired that so many of you take the time to follow me and shower me with these compliments...I appreciate it and lifts me so!

One of the most often asked questions, was "Where do you find the zipper pulls??"...Well, the little charms were found at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe...Nancy had them shown on her right hand side bar and I took a look...She has it set up where you can buy individually and by the set. Once I found what I liked, I just emailed her direct...  The bird zipper pull actually was found at Michaels crafts...And the metal hooks I used to attach the charms were found at Hobby Lobby.

Before I announce the giveaway winner...suspense, suspense....I wanted to show you what I stitched this week.... Another that was on my list to stitch in 2012.... So here is my second completion for 2012..

Sous mon arbre
40 ct white linen
Atalie red silk thread from Marylin

This was such a fun stitch...I loved the silk thread and against the while linen, it simply pops!
Thanks again my sweet French friend......((Hugs))

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Yesterday I embarked on reorganizing the garage and rather than bore you with before and after photos, I thought I would share a few of the unfound delights I ran across..... Quite a bit of the makeover involved repacking and storing many items of my dearly departed MIL, Mom, I called her...I still miss her to this day and I will admit I was reduced to tears more than once yesterday as I stood in the freezing cold garage sifting through the last of her valuables. She and one of her sisters did in fact crochet and tat some.....I ran across of box on these lovelies, and decided to pause and carefully fold each and every one filling a big basket.....



I was quite taken back when I ran across yards and  yards of this hand crocheted 1,2 and 3 inch lace. Some flat lace, other ruffled...Saving this, no doubt, for upcoming wedding gifts or baby showers to use...Aunt Carrie even had done some hem-stitching on linen for napkins and pillow cases. These items I will always treasure.

I also uncovered other sentimental items such as....

 Her husbands military photos...so proud to serve in WWII..


 One of her ledger books..15 x 6 inch size...You don't see these anymore. But, when you are a bookkeeper for the University of North Carolina, many manual entries surely would have been documented over her 32 year career......
This old fashioned suitcase has seen many a mile...I know she said she "courted" her husband for over a year traveling back and forth by train or bus between Burlington and Chapel Hill..I bet this beat up suitcase logged many a mile..

Now wasn't that better than seeing my neatly stacked shelves and spit-shine clean garage floors? I must admit, I am SO happy to have that 7 hour project checked off on my to-do list!!!

Now for the giveaway winner..or winners I should say....With 178 comments and 27 email requests to enter, I couldn't giveaway just one little project pouch....so, I decided to pull 2 names for goodies...

Giveawy of the red project pouch with a few goodies inside will be...

Carol of Sampler Farm

Giveaway of another pouch with a few goodies inside will be...


Way to go ladies...If you could email me with your mailing address, I will be mailing out your goodies this coming week..........

If you are still reading, thanks for hanging on for todays ride....I want to end by saying as we all strive to live in harmony amongst each other and as we all approach our day with peace in mind; be mindful and caring that we are all equals in every way. Instead of pointing a finger, hold out a hand.

Many blessings,

Faye

56 comments:

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Isn't it neat to find such treasures from the past. Beautiful work. Cong to the winners.

Denise said...

Congrats to your winners! Oh, MIL had treasure in her boxes. You were blessed to have her and now to have her stitching. Lovely finish!

Teresa said...

Such wonderful treasures you found in the garage. Can't wait to see what you do with the lace trim. Your finishes are always so lovely.
Thanks for the info on the pulls.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

PegC said...

What a treasured find in your garage of all places. Thanks for sharing all this lovely work. Congrats to the winners too.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Another lovely red finish!! What wonderful treasures - perhaps some day they will adorn baby heirlooms!? Thanks for sharing them with us! Congrats on finishing that task, tears and all. And thanks, more, for the closing sentiment. If we could all do just that... Peace, my friend.

Margaret said...

Love your stitching! And the treasures from your MIL -- wow! Such beautiful handwork! And the ledger and suitcase. Treasures indeed. Congrats to the winners too!

Chris said...

I love your recent finish. I haven't seen this design before.
What wonderful treasures!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Nicole said...

Beautiful finish Faye!! Congrats to Carol and Laurie!! :)

Nicole said...

P.S. The lace is beautiful. Your MIL (mom) would have been so happy to see how much you love it I'm sure!

Giovanna said...

Congrats to the winners, and to you for the lovely stitching!

Laurie in Iowa said...

OMG I won... thank you so much. I'm very lucky indeed that you decided to pick two winners. I'll be sending you an e-mail.
You've found wonderful treasures while going through your MIL's belongings. I'm sure you'll find the perfect use for the handmade lace.
Congrats on your finish... I love pieces stitched all in red.

Mindi said...

Your finish is absolutely stunning! I love the pop of the red thread on the white fabric.

It must have been sad going through all your MIL's things, but you found some lovely treasures. It will be nice to use them in some special projects as a way to carry on her memory.

Congratulations to the winners of your lovely project bags!

Beth Pearce said...

Faye, you are amazing!! Cleaning out your garage in just one day. So glad that you found your "buried treasure".There is no one in the world that would love and treasure it more. Your stitched piece is gorgeous and I can't wait to see how you finish it! Congrats to your winners, and thank you for a wonderful parting thought. Wow, if we could all say that to ourselves on a daily basis, it would be a far much better world.

Mouse said...

ohhhh well I made it to the end so I shall start there ... congratulations to the winners :)
love your red house and bird ... simply gorgeous and I just love the lace and gloves and everything else you found while doing your clean up .... may be you could use some on a special project as it would be a shame not to have a wee bit on display :) love mouse xxxxx

BrendaS said...

Faye --
Great finish to add to your "red" basket. I love all the wonderful treasures you found from your MIL. They will be wonderful to add to future projects and sewing items.

Congratulations to both winners! You are so generous to giveaway two:))

Karen said...

What treasures you did uncover! Makes the day of work a a little easier.

Love your red finish... perfect as always! happy stitching....

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely finish. Congrats to the winners. Great finds.

Pat said...

Love your new stitch. It's lovely.
Oh, what treasures you found. I am sure with your creative mind you will find a use for some of them. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Deborah said...

Congrats to the winners! The hand made lace is stunning and what a wonderful treasure.

Peggy Lee said...

So many memories...so glad you keep them close to your heart.
Love the finish. You are right, the color just POPS!
Thanks for the final thought of your post today.

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Congrats to both ladies!!!!
Faye you work is beautiful I love the red with the white background. It is just PERFECT!

You found such wonderful treasures in the garage!!! You are so very lucky!
Have a blessed day.
Tricia

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

coucou mon amie !
je suis heureuse de vous avoir fait plaisir avec la soie rouge !
je vous embrasse de la France ...
et pense beaucoup à vous mais vous le savez !!!

bisous bisous for you my friend

marylin

Elisabetta said...

Wonderful stitch and what a treasure you find in the garage!!!

Sherry :o) said...

Congrats to your winners...

What wonderful handiwork you found. I am sure you will find just the right projects for the lace someday and will remember, fondly, your mother-in-law. My MIL passed away this spring and she definately is missed. I feel especially sad because I was in the hospital for five weeks during the end of her life and couldn't be "present" for her.

And the clean garage has to be a good feeling, even if it was cold.

Have a good week, Faye - I love your thoughts at the end of your post. If only half the people in the world did that, just think what we'd be like!

CalamityJr said...

I'd do some cleaning (for me it's the basement, though, not the garage) if I thought there were such beautiful treasures to be found, lol!

Fiona said...

Congratulations to the winners. The treasures you found from your MIL are stunning. Your French finish is very nice and I look forward to seeing how you finish it.

Fiona said...

Congratulations to the winners. The treasures you found from your MIL are stunning. Your French finish is very nice and I look forward to seeing how you finish it.

Kathy H said...

You really do have some wonderful treasures from your MIL. Great memories for you.

Krista said...

What wonderful treasures you found. I love sifting thru old photos from my grandparents and ancestors. I love red, and your second finish is so beautiful!

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Now you've made me cry!!! What gifts she left you! You always stitch such beautiful designs and this on is no exception!
Enjoy your clean and organized garage!
Linda C.

Michelle said...

I love your red finish its wonderful. What a lovely post and congratulations to the winners x

Myra said...

What treasures you found in your garage Faye! I know you hold those dear. Lovely finish - that red is gorgeous.

Congratulations to your winners. Aren't those project pouches fun to make?

catherine said...

It's nice to find things that bring such lovely memories to you and you have them to treasure forever. Your stitching is fab and congrats to the two lucky people receiving your gifts
x catherine

Jennifer M. said...

Such gorgeous treasures you have. It is so hard to let go of the things our loved ones treasured so much. Kudos on completing your garage!

Congrats to the winners. I really reading your blog.

Enjoy your week :)
Jen

Kathy said...

I know it was hard to go through your "Mom's" items Faye but you found some treasures you will surely hold on to and cherish forever. Now go to the basement and relax in your chair and make a beautiful creation only you can do:)

Catherine said...

Your finish is so pretty! Love the red!!
Wow! What wonderful things you have from your dear mother-in-law! Things to be treasured...
congrats to your winners as well - lucky girls!

valerie said...

Congratulations to the winners! How lovely to have found some treasures amongst your MIL's things.

pam said...

The tatting is lovely, my grandmother and great aunt tatted and I have some of the treasure as well. It is amazing to study.

I think your most wonderful treasure is your relationship with your MIL. That is a gift now one can ever match. I am sure she deserved the memories she stirred yesterday.

robindefender said...

What cool treasures you found during your cleanup! And the red piece is lovely, you're so right about how it pops on the white linen.

Ma Teakettle said...

Oh Faye, what gorgeous treasures you found, your MIL was so talented. What a blessing to have been so close and to have such wonderful memories.
High five on your garage reorg, a tough job well done, tears and all.
Your finish is beautiful, I love it.
Congratulations to the winners, what lucky girls they are ;)
Thanks for the charms info....headed over now to have a look see.
Hugs
Ma

Vickie Niggemann said...

Wow! What fabulous treasures uncovered! Good for you. I am sure they will be put to good use. :)

Maggee said...

Hi Faye! Love the French finish! Gorgeous! I have been the keeper of all things old from the family, so I know what you felt when you were going through your MIL's things. I am working my way up to getting into my box(-es !!) of things to organize a bit more. It has been a few years... Congrats to the winners of the bags! Hugs!

marly said...

Congratulations to the lucky girls! Your finish is stunning. I saw a shadow box at my framer's that showcased pieces of lace, tatting, old needles, even seam bindings, of her mom's sewing room. It was beautiful!

Penny said...

What a pretty finish! So many wonderful treasures from your MIL.
Congratulations to Carol and Laurie! :)

moosecraft said...

Congrats to the winners! All that handworked lace is simply gorgeous! Luck you!

Joy said...

Oh, to find such lovely treasures! Beautiful finish!

Kellie said...

Love your found treasures. Congrats to the winners. Love, love, love your project pouches! :)

Carol said...

Wonderful memories of your dear MIL, Faye--I'm sure you'll treasure those laces and trims forever...

Lovely red finish and thank so much for the information about the little charms.

Congratulations to Carol and Laurie!!

LaDonna said...

I love going through old stuff. It is amazing the photos and handmade items that get packed away. Such beautiful items I am sure you will treasure.

Cristina said...

Congratulations to the winners and congratulations to you for treasuring those details so delicate and full of memories.
I really like this sus mon arbre design..and with silk... lovely!
Hugs ^^

Tatkis said...

What a beautiful finish with red silk!
And all those vintage laces and treasures look fantastic!
Congrats to the winner :)

Hugs,
Tatyana

GerriG said...

Just found your blog through Edgar's blog...my favorite pastime is viewing everyone's beautiful work!
Thank you for sharing! Will become a follower...
Gerri. a Rhode Island stitcher

GerriG said...

Just found your blog through Edgar's blog...my favorite pastime is viewing everyone's beautiful work!
Thank you for sharing! Will become a follower...
Gerri. a Rhode Island stitcher

Deb said...

Congratulations to the winners. And I just love your found treasures. That lace is sending me over the edge! Gorgeous! As well as your red stitched piece. I love it.

Simple Pleasure said...

Faye
You are indeed blessed to not only have wonderful memories of your MIL but also the fabulous treasures. I, too, look forward to seeing the finishes you create with these lovelies.
I have become the keeper of two cedar chests filled with crocheted bedspreads, dresser sets, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, doiles, gloves, and YARDS of lace, that was once used to adorn sheets and pillowcases. With the passing of both dear grandmothers, no one in the family wanted these treasures...they would have been tossed!!!
I do decorate my home with many of the items...it pains me to cut into pieces to repurpose.
I continue to enjoy following your blog.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

Lynn said...

Congrats to the lucky winners!

Such gorgeous lace treasures! You are so lucky to have these remembrances. Some of that lace trim will look lovely on your stitching finishes.