Saturday, May 05, 2007

Freebie Gallery Blog

I don't know if any of you would be interested in this, but I have started up a blog called "Freebie Gallery," which I plan to use to post photos of stitched freebies. I am often wondering how a certain freebie chart would look stitched up, so I end up surfing online. Sometimes I can find a photo, but often I cannot. There used to be a nice website up that had a freebie gallery. It is still there, actually, but is no longer being updated. So, I made a blog. If anyone at all wants to contribute to it, please just drop me an email (hit the white envelope at the bottom of this entry to email me) and I will add you as a blog contributer. I put a couple of my finishes in there to start it up, and will continue to add to that. I thought it might be a nice resource - even if only I use it - LOL. Here is the Freebie Gallery Blog link.



Although the houseguests are still here, and it is a bit hectic, and I owe a ton and half of important email responses, I did manage to get back to my rotation for a bit tonight. It was nice to spend a little time again with And A Forest Grew!

My dear friend Karen has opened up the birthday parcel that I sent to her :-) Amongst several other non-stitching goodies, I sent her:

Daffodil Run Biscornu
Just Nan
28 ct Natural Opalescent Cashel Linen, DMC floss
Stitched 4/20/07 - 4/22/07


and....


Apple Harvest Tin Topper
Samplers and Such
36 ct Cream Edinburgh Linen, Needle Necessities, Gentle Art Sampler Thread, DMC floss
Stitched 4/23/07 - 4/27/07


I did remember to take a photo tonight of my stash haul from Celebration of Needlework! It was so nice to buy stash again! Sure, I have gotten a little thing or two here and there, but yesterday was just a huge bout of retail therapy for me - amongst friends, which made it even better! So, I got all of this:


Brightneedle - Grey Goose Sampler
Brightneedle - Libby Q.
With My Needle - Quaker Samplings
Needleprint - Rebecca Jeffcoat's Ackworth Sampler (from the trip to The World in Stitches)
A Mon Ami Pierre - Victoria's Quaker (and wonderful freebie with purchase)
Fancy Work - Whitman's Vintage Red Tin Sewing Set
Picture This Plus 40 ct Heritage linen, fat quarter
Picture This Plus 32 ct Crystal Highland belfast, fat eighth
Gentle Art Sampler Thread - Grecian Gold



And.... here are two of my girls tonight - they found the heating pad my father in law left on their sofa last night before he went to bed... I turned it on low for them, and they have been in seventh heaven ever since!!


Stitched on today: Finished exchange project, started a gift, and And A Forest Grew

42 comments:

Barbara said...

Great idea Carol. Please add me as a contributor!

Annemarie said...

Yep, I'm definitely in! I'll e-mail later today.

Fantasic gifts you made for Karen. Wow! Especially the tin topper. You're really finding new ways to finish your exquisite stitching, aren't you :o)

Kendra said...

I've stitched a handful of freebies and would be happy to share them, if they're good enough...LOL!

Too cute about your kitties and the heating pad. My parents' Siamese, Ethan (RIP), was a "cold kitty" in his later days, but turned his nose up at the heating pad. He preferred the spot in front of the fridge. :-)

Gill said...

Nice, gifts, nice stash, nice WIP....lol. Seriosly though, I really like your new stash. AMAP do give really nice freebies, don't they?
I've been enjoying watching your progress on AAFG so much, I've ordered the chart...so it's your fault! ROTFL

Lavender Rose said...

Fantastic idea, Carol. I don't have anything at the moment to contribute, but I will. I can't wait to visit your site, though. On another subject...if I weren't horribly allergic (asthma) to cats, I'd come up there and lounge with you and stitch amongst all that new stash and the little smallies that you work on all the time!! They are just gorgeous little gems and I know they're always "cookin'." :)) Hugs, Deb

KarenV said...

Great stash! The freebie blog is a good idea too - I used to contribute a lot to Linda's freebie gallery and was sad when she stopped updating it. The blog format means that you won't have to do all the work yourself, which sounds like a better idea.

AAFG is growing nicely!

Hazel said...

A Great idea, I will definitely pay a visit. Absolutely love your gifts you made esp that tin!!! And that stash purchase is wonderful. Love the Ackworth sampler.

Barbara said...

Totally excellent stash haul, Carol! I approve! :D

The freebie gallery is a great initiative. I tried to submit to one a few times - probably the same one you mentioned - but no one ever responded and I assume they were no longer updating it. There are so many cool freebies out there that you only see by accident....

That picture of your furballs is too funny!

Barbara said...

Good grief, it's a brainless day. I forgot to mention how excellent your gifts are. The Daffodil Run biscornu is especially wonderful, IMHO, because I just love running hares!

Rachael said...

Your freebie gallery blog is a great idea.

Your tin topper and is lovely as always- you are so imagnative and creative.

Susimac said...

Oh wow Carol - lovely finishes and I like your stash ahaul.

I've emailed you too as I would love to contribute.

xstitch.nl said...

I think that's a wonderful idea and I would love to contribute what I can!! I'll start rummaging...
Your gifts for Karen are amazing, that tin would have to be my favourite... exquisite!!
Enjoy your new stash!! Your girls looks thoroughly pampered, spoilt and VERY happy... :o)

ollie1976 said...

Great idea with the freebie gallery. Good stash! Love the picture of the girls.

Dolci Fusa said...

Great idea! I'd like to be a member of your new freebie blog,
but I cannot find the email address.
Veornica

Anita said...

I love your Biscornu and the tin topper. I emailed you about adding as a contributor on your freebie blog, hope my email came through.

Susan said...

I love your tin topper - it's a lovely finish.

LOL at the kitties on the heating pad :)

stitcherw said...

I love the little fox in the corner of Forest that you added, and your biscornu, topper, and fob look wonderful too.

Fun Stash, between shopping and visiting with friends sounds like you had a great time.
Sue

Vonna said...

Yep, I'm in the freebie website...I'll e-mail you :)
And those are some super fantastic gifts you sent Karen ! Wow...I'm wiping up the drool as I speak :)
And that is a wonderful stitchy haul....I want to get some A Mon Ami Pierre patterns myself...I really love them! But I don't know where to purchase other than at her website.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Had a chuckle about the photo of your girls, they certainly know where to lie don't they. Great idea about the freebie blog, and a great stash haul. AAFG is looking wonderful

Joanne

Rob said...

And a forest grew is looking wonderful! It looks like you got some great items for your stash. I love how you finish your items!

BeckySC said...

Carol, both gifts are lovely. Congratulations!
AAFG is looking great!
The Freebie blog is a good idea. I know I have a few stitched I can post. It's always nice to see how they looked stitched up and the different fibers/fabrics used to stitch them.

Carla said...

The freebie gallery is a wonderful idea!!! I'd love to be a contributor :)
And a Forest Grow looks great and the biscornus are lovely!

Karoline said...

Your gifts for Karen are gorgeous as usual Carol. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at Celebrations

Karin said...

Karen is a lucky person - gorgeous gifts. And your cats are sweeties - mine don't leave a warm spot if they don't have too either!

Carolyn said...

A Freebie Gallery would be great!
Great stash haul and your kitties are so cute!

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Sounds like you all had a fantastic time at Celebrations this year! You picked up some fantastic stash:)

cathymk said...

I see you had the same idea when you saw daffodil run!! Lovely work Carol. I've got to get back to stitching mine. The tin topper is gorgeous too. Karen would have been thrilled!

Jenn said...

I'll send you an e-mail in a bit about the new blog. I'd love to take part.

It was so good to see you this weekend. I had so much fun.

lena-lou said...

Great idea Carol, I have put a link on my blog for you! Love all that you have been sending out they are all wonderful :-) Great progress as usual on your WIP!

Connie said...

Hi Carol! I have some pictures for your wonderful freebie blog. Would you please add me as a contributor? I can't seem to locate your email address...

thanks!
Connie
The Lacey Thread

Dawn said...

Everything looks wonderful! Stash shopping is the best with friends:)

Sharon said...

Karen is a lucky lady-her gifts are just gorgeous. Great stash haul too, I love the Bright Needle, they are one of my fave. designers.

Sally said...

Very pretty gifts for Karen.

Your cats look so content in the piccie Carol. So cute!

Michelle said...

I love the idea of the Freebie Gallery blog - hurrah! I like to see them stitched up too. Glad you're getting back into the swing of things with your rotation. AAFG is looking beautiful. I love the gifts you made - they are all wonderful!

Toni said...

The Freebie Gallery is a GREAT idea. I just got back into stitching after a long time away, and am just discovering all the great stitching blogs.

Everyone keeps posting finishes, and states that the design was a freebie. But they never say how they got the freebie! I've noticed that a few of the posts on your new blog contain links, but a lot of them don't.

Where are you all finding these projects? I'd love to make some of them!

tkdchick said...

Carol another great gift!!!!

Cindy said...

I have been stitching a lot of freebies! Please add me...I couldn't find an e-mail address.

Kajsa said...

That is such a great idea!

What beautiful gifts you stitched!

Lizzy said...

OMG!!! How beautiful is that Just Nan Biscornu, Carol!!! Absolutely gorgeous! And I love the Apple Harvest tin topper as well! Just beautiful! I know Karen must be over the moon! Your stitching and finishing continues to amaze me, Sweetie!!! :-)

And A Forest Grew is coming along beautifully... I finally broke down and told Drema to add it to my next order for the end of the month... that one and Inspiration! lol Who knows when I'll get to them as my *to stitch* list is already a mile long! ;-)

I'll send you an email about the Freebie Blog as I'd love to contribute... it's such a wonderful idea! :-)

And your kitties are so adorable... I've had the heating pad on my back for several days now, and my Shelley cuddles up behind me so she can enjoy the heat as well! :-)

{{{Hugs}}} Sweetie...

Anne S said...

Your gifties for Karen are awesome! (Just realised I hadn't commented ... I'm a slack tart these days!!)

Lauren said...

The freebie blog is a great idea!

Dentists Rancho Cucamonga said...

Those girls of yours are very cute!