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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Finish, gift....finish, gift.....

Is that title kinda like, "rock, paper scissors"???  I have an weekly update...

First, may I present to you my sweet little Emma Mills 1839... I made the command decision to NOT frame her nor put her into a pillow....Rather, I will press her and lay her in my prim basket..
Emma Mills 1839
40 count Pearled Barley
Overdyed specified cotton threads

Please do NOT look too closely at the back of Emma...but,I did want to show you that I simply blind stitched her hems...


Another sweet finish I mustered up this week was the first of my Praire Schooler Santas...I made a pledge (fingers were crossed behind my back though....tee hee....) to stitch a PS Santa a month in 2012.. Here is my first forthe year, so I'm already a little behind, but oh well.... I chose the very first PS Santa they published because it was waaaaayyy back in 1984, the year our oldest son was born....

Now, I must, must, must show you what my dear sweet French friend, Marylin has sent me from the French Needlework Market  in Paris, France..... You can probably imagine how blown away I was  to see this fantastic box of fresh goodies, hot off the market from across the ocean..... Merci mon Amie... I simply will not know which stitch to make first for these awesome hornbooks!!!!   I simply love these gifts you have spoiled me with~~~~

Look at the cute detail on these hornbooks...I simply love them~~~



And, I was also showered with a sweet Thank you gift from a follower, Pat.... Pat doesn't have a blog herself, however, many of you see her comments posted on your blogs... Pat had borrowed something from me, and when returning it, she tucked in a sweet surprise....Perfect for my red basket.... Love it~

Doesn't it look perfect nestled in there with my other red goodies??.....
Thanks again very much Pat!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend....
Windy and blustery here in North Carolina today...chilly too!

I plan on sewing tomorrow as I have quite a few project pouches to finish and mail out Monday...
Hope you have a great rest of your weekend!!!


la paix et l'amour
( Peace and love...)

Faye




56 comments:

Beth said...

Faye - Emma Mills is lovely - a clever and charming way to finish her. Lovely gifts from her in the States as well as France! Have fun playing with them.

Chelle said...

Beautiful! I want to move away from the kits I've been doing. I made my first Christmas ornament two weeks ago and did my first finish. It came out pretty well.

I actually did a video slidehow on youtube on the making of it, which is on my blog at www.lifeonthedomesticfront.blogspot.com. I love that I am learning new things from online stitchers!

Really looking forward to my butterfly pouches!

Hugs,
Chelle

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your finishes! I love the final finished Emma Mills - what a great idea! Love what Marilyn sent you and will be excited to see what you end up doing with the hornbooks. I know it will be fantastic!

robindefender said...

Love your Santa and tiny sampler.

Peggy Lee said...

Oh my...now you KNOW I'm a sampler lover and yours is so beautifully stitched. I really like the way you chose to finish her. Very creative.

Nicola said...

Emma is beautiful as are your gifts. I love the Santa.

Karen said...

Such a pretty finish and the finishing is great! Love those hornbooks too....I know you will come up with something great to decorate them!

happy stitching....stay warm!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Faye:
The Emma Mills sampler is gorgeous!
I've been debating how to finish my sampler for my giveaway and I read that most samplers were tucked away in a drawer and used for reference when marking their linens someday.
The Santa is the cutest little stitchery. Your Pin tuck is so pretty and looks perfect joining your reds.
The gifts from Marylin are awesome. I adore the hornbooks.
Enjoy your Saturday night.
It's extremely windy here.
Hugs,
Susan

P.J. said...

Very sweet finish on Emma Mills. I love the simplicity of it. The PS Santa is a great start on your pledge, one down. What a sweet gift from Pat, suites your reds nicely.

Ellen said...

Emma is gorgeous, love the way you finish her!

Wonderful gifts from your friends! I am admiring your hornbooks!

Hugs,

Laurie in Iowa said...

Emma and the PS Santa are lovely. I love the way you chose to finish Emma. Simple and perfect!
Wonderful gifts... enjoy them all.

Margaret said...

I love how you finished Emma Mills! She is so pretty and dainty too! Beautiful! Love your PS Santa too. Lovely gifts from Marylin and Pat! I think it's blustery everywhere. Seems like it!

Nan said...

Absolutely love Emma Mills! I don't know how you do it but keep churning out those finishes. I wait in breathless anticipatin to see what you'll post next.

Melissa said...

I love your new finish. It's wonderful and I'm sure will look perfect in your Prim basket of goodies.

Lovely gifts from the French needlework market - it's nice to be spoilt by such sweetness!

Good luck with the Santa goals. Even if you are a little behind, the first one looks just dandy!

Jennifer M. said...

Emma Mills is really lovely. I love the color of varigated thread you used.

Jen

Myra said...

Marylin is just the sweetest, isn't she? Lovely gifts. Emma is so pretty and looks perfect finished simply for your basket. Cute Santa stitch too - you are so productive.

Catherine said...

Simply perfect finish! And great gifts too!

April said...

I like the idea of Emma finished like you did. Love all that you received!! Enjoy stitching tomorrow!! I will be also stitching!

Anonymous said...

Emma Mills is gorgeous, Faye! I really like how you finished her. Congratulations on getting your PS Santa stitched! Lovely gifts you received as well!

Robin in Virginia
rlbrowninva @ gmail.com

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Absolutely darling finish on Emma, Faye! Wonderful hornbooks from Marilyn! She is such a dear! The red pin cushion is a terrific thank you gift. You've been spoiled and rightly so!

Deborah said...

I love how you finished Emma. Truly lovely. Wonderful goodies from France.

Kruissteekies said...

beautiful stitches, love the sampler

marly said...

Emma looks great. I really like having several pieces unframed to move around and throw where I want. Your little red gift fits in perfectly.

butterfly said...

Lovely post Faye , your stitching always looks beautiful, and what lovely gifts from France.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

I am very happy !!

je suis vraiment heureuse de vous avoir fait plaisir mon amie ! C'est une joie de vous gâter ...
toute mon amitié part vers vous et cela vous le savez ...

mille bisous and peace and love in your heart ......

bad english grrrrrrrrrr

Mouse said...

ooooo lovely finish and nice you have decided not frame her .. she looks just perfect as is .. din't look tooooo closely at the back honest hehehe ... gorgeous horn books and gifts from France and lovely wee cushion for your red basket given too :)
have a great stitchy day :) love mouse xxxx

Krista said...

Beautiful finishes, Faye.

Siobhán said...

What an adorable little sampler! I love your idea for the finishing, too. Very clever! Your PS santa is adorable--I just love those guys! I need to dig mine out again--I have one very close to finish but have been futzing around this past week or two, doing not much of anything. Fabulous gifts from Marylin and Pat!

Vickie said...

You are blessed with some great friends. Beautiful stitching as always. :)

P.J. said...

I know, second comment on the same post; but I just love the colors on Emma Mills. Just yummy!!!

Hazel said...

Such beautiful finishes. I love your Emma Mills and the Santa. I am amazed at how much you get done. Great hornbooks. What a thoughtful gift. x

Katrina said...

Love Emma and what a fun way to finish her :-). Gorgeous gifts and the PS piece is too cute.

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the pretty finishes, and on the lovely gifts!

Fiona said...

Your Emma looks fantastic and what a nice idea to just hem her. Good luck on doing a Santa a month, at least you have made a start. Lovely gifts both from Marilyn and Pat.

doris said...

Emma is so perfect! Great idea to leave her unframed. I should take up your challenge to stitch PS Santas. All of those boys are in my stash!

Shirlee said...

What wonderful finishes ... & what a great gifts from Marylin & Pat! I love the little red stitching you are showing with the stork scissors & alphabet. Do you happen to know the name of that pattern? Blessings, Shirlee

Sherry :o) said...

Love your finish, Faye, on Emma Mills. Hope you enjoyed your long weekend last week - short week too! Have a great upcoming week.

Dona said...

Your Emma finish is beautiful! Sweet sampler.

Very cute PS Santa finish as well! I hope to stitch a few this year.

Janine said...

Salivating over the horn books. They are gorgeous. Lucky girl.

Hugs Janine
http://makingatreechange-janine.blogspot.com.au/

Charlene ♥ SC said...

She looks perfect just that way! Beautiful! Ah, Santa! I have so many collections, and so few stitched! Great way to get'em done. Lovely gifts, and always a treat to see your lovely red collection! Stay warm, my friend.

Chris said...

I love the little sampler finish.
Also of the santa. PS is my favorite designer, I am looking forward to seeing many more santas here.
you received some wonderful gifts in the mail this week!

BrendaS said...

Faye -- Lots of eye candy to drool over! Love your Emma Mills finish and what a very unique idea for displaying:) Great PS Santa to start with -- 1984 was a great year (our oldest daughter was born that year too:)

Lovely gifts from Marilyn and I love all your red goodies.

valerie said...

Congrats on your finishes! I love the simple way you finished Emma Mills. It will look so pretty in your prims basket! And you are so much closer to having your PS Santa tree now! Lovely gifts from Marylin. :)

Sherry said...

Emma is just lovely! I love her name too. The Santa is cute as a button! I want to stitch some smaller Santas this year too.

Robin said...

I'm enjoying all of the pictures today! Emma is so sweet and hope that you'll post a picture of your prim basket once Emma is nestled in there. Love your red basket. Lucky you on receiving the French hornbooks, they are fantastic. I know you will fit them up with some wonderful stitching. You are so creative!

Pat Matejcek said...

Faye Emma Mills is lovely and I like the finish. The Hornbooks from Marilyn are so nice. Can't wait to see what you do with the hornbooks....I am sure it will be lovely!! Love all you have in the red basket...

Cindy in Virginia said...

Faye, I have just become a follower of your amazing blog! What a treat for the eyes! I love your Emma Mills, and your "red" collection-stunning!

Penny said...

Emma Mills is so pretty! What an interesting finish.

Lois said...

I love your finished Emma Mills. What a lovely piece. What a cute Santa, a great one to start off with. Such nice gifts too.

Kate said...

I love the Santa. Wonderful idea for finishing Emma.

Nicole said...

Emma Mills turned out so pretty, Faye!! Beautiful package from Marilyn - that was so sweet of her! :)

Shakerwood said...

Beautiful work. I own about 12 of the PS Santas and made only one - 1987. Don't know why I started with that one. I want to make them all and somehow display them together but could never decide how. Don't know how, don't know what size, don't know what fabric .... so there they sit. Love that you used variegated red in his suit! What thread did you use for that?

Hilda said...

Dear Faye,
your Emma Mills looks gorgeous! Love such alphebet-band-samplers and how you have finished it!
You really got wonderful gifts! Lucky you ;-)

Have a nice week!

Hugs
Hilda

Lynn said...

What a clever idea for your finish on Emma Mills. Love it!
Congrats on your PS Santa finish too!

Wow, those hornbooks are awesome! You are so lucky to have a friend who is so generous. It must be wonderful because anything Marilyn sends you is quite different from what is available here.

Zlata said...

Wow, Faye, you are so fast! Excellent work and finish! )))

Chelle said...

Faye, just got my beautiful butterfly pouches and the hand dyed thread. Thank you SO much! I can't wait to take my sewing project to the guild meeting tomorrow.

I wish I could upload a picture of what you made me. Maybe you can put it in one of your "finished" posts?