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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Retirement gift for a friend....

....Happy Thursday all.....


....Well,.... The time comes when one has to say good bye to a dear, dear friend and colleague.... Good news: she is retiring in excellent health, has a fantastic outlook and a retired husband waiting at home to travel with....Sad news for me: she's my BFF here at school.... We lean in each other.. We have laughed, cried, nurtured and stood by each other for MANY years.... Really, I am SO very proud of her!!!!

A special friend deserved a special gift from the heart.... So I made her this~
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
Mary Valentines Handework by With thy Needle & Thread.... We cried this morning when I gave it to her~ she's always been appreciative of hand made goodies....

I took an old chalkboard... Stained, painted, distressed and mounted handles to make a tray.....
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
My favorite chenille surrounds the stitchery... It reads: "Forget me Not Sis".. ( I added the word Sis because she IS like a sister to me~)

~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
Coffee stained ( we share a cup if coffee each morning to start our workday..), with old buttons.....

Hand tatted lace.....with our names as a rememberance~
~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
(My bird is Weeks Aged Pewter instead of the called for GAST Sage)..

~ Mary Valentine's Handework ~
All backed with wool felt ~

Here's to lots of fun and relaxation Jean! Let the good times roll, be safe and know I love you Sis~

Always..... Faye



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Thursday, February 13, 2014

~Ladies Prim Society & A Colonial Gathering Club~

Greetings my wonderful stitching friends...

Dyeing to Stitch of Virginia Beach VA, has kicked off the 2014 stitching season with two winners in their exclusive Stitching Clubs~~

Ladies Prim Society hosts designs by Threadwork Primitives and Blackbird Designs while A Colonial Gathering Club has designs by Plum Street Samplers and Scarlett House.. These are awesome leaders of the industry~~ These are fully kitted designs coming with the chart, linen, threads, fabrics for finishing and all embellishments.... A Complete package~

I'm actually a member of one, however have been fortunate to be finishing for those of you in each club..... Take a look at the first kit of each club....


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Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers (left) & Growing Love Stitchers Wallet by Threadwork Primitives (right)...


Ladies Prim Society has come out with...

Ladies Prim Society
A uniquely finished wallet with my slightly distressed linen... Growing Love Stitchers Wallet....

Ladies Prim Society
The back is as cute as the front..... I have incorporated the closed button stitch around the wallet.... Nice finishing touch~

Ladies Prim Society
Isn't the Mother of Pearl heart shaped button just perfect??

Ladies Prim Society
I love the three mirrored hearts....

Ladies Prim Society
The inside has an attached wool pocket and sweet wool heart pin catch... The gorgeous wool is perfectly matched with the Schneckley cotton thread~ I just love this perfectly designed goodie....

The Colonial Gathering Club has come out with....


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Colonial Candle Pocket.....


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Edged with a nicely aged twill tape piping..... Uniquely special~

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Comes complete with rusty pins to attach the handle~

A Colonial Gathering Club
I always fully line my finishes... (Lining not included, however; I provide if finishing for you...)

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I love these two pieces.....

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Thanks to Ann and Pat of Dyeing to Stitch, Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives and Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers for wonderful collaborative projects for us to enjoy !!!

**** We are slowly restoring power, shoveling ice and snow and coming back to reality here in the Carolinas..... I long to be at Market in Nashville~ hopefully one day I'll get there......

....It's nearly TGIF....

Faye









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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A quick freebie~ thank you Primitive Hare~

Hello friends and stitchers.....


.... I fell in love with Isabel's latest freebie.... The Primitive Hare is so generous with free charts.... With my "red" obsession lately, this one was hard to resist!

Love never fails by Primitive Hare
32count linen using Victorian Faded Red~ stuffed with sawdust~Isn't that heart in hand motif too cute???

Love never fails by Primitive Hare
I just HAD to stitch the hand again and make a small project bag to hold my scissors, needles & supplies...

Love never fails by Primitive Hare

Love never fails by Primitive Hare

Love never fails by Primitive Hare

Love never fails by Primitive Hare
I even stitched that hand on the back of the pin pillow... I told you I liked the heart in hand......

Love never fails heart by Primitive Hare
And, finally, I tried making a carolinastitcher style fob using the red hand.. But, it's not for me~ It's halfway across the country by now......

Get ready for the Super Bowl folks.... Tomorrow is the big day!

Smiles~
Faye

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