Saturday, August 09, 2008

Gifts, New Framings, and a New Start

Finally I was able to get outside to photograph some things while the weather was nice today!

Edda was my partner for the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club this year, and while she had already sent me a lovely package of gifts for my birthday, she followed it up with this second package that is just amazing! Along with a pretty book of Icelandic designs, Edda stitched this gorgeous little stitching set for me - it is adorable and so well done! And, inside that scissor pocket is a pair of the silver swan scissors I have been coveting! Thank you so much Edda!
I also received a really nice package from Joan. She stitched me the cutest birthday candles fob :-) So cool! And she also sent me one of her lovely pincushions, as well as some beads for stuffing and some flower shaped eyelets. Thank you so much Joan - I love it all!

My DH had some of my samplers framed for me for my birthday. This is a bit of a traditional gift from him. I really like my framer. We get such quick service and a personal touch... these came home this week...


Be Kind and True

Blackbird Designs

Stitched in 2008


House Samplings

Hillside Samplings

Stitched in 2008


Summer Sampler

Butternut Road

Stitched around 1997 or so, the chart had just come out, I think. I chose to use Putty Cashel linen and Caron Wildflowers. I think it was charted for 10 ct linen (??) and Caron Watercolours... I wanted mine smaller and more delicate - it is still a large sampler!


And - a new start today! Terrible photo. I need to figure out how to best photograph this. I know I should be finishing Acorn Sampler first, but I could not resist. I had time alone today while DH had a commitment to take care of... and I decided my Silkweaver Phantom Belfast would be good (cannot tell by the photo, the fabric is much darker) and while I am still waiting on two braids and a packet of beads, I started Nora Corbett's Halloween Fairy. I could not put her down! I still plan to finish Acorn Sampler this month.

Stitched on today: Started Halloween Fairy

29 comments:

Rachel said...

Beautiful finishes - they look lovely all framed. Great start on Halloween fairy.

Nic said...

Your finishes look great - I really like the simple framing, it makes the stitching the star!

And your gifts are great too - and well deserved!

Rowyn said...

Great start on Halloween fairy. I really like the fabric you have chosen.

All your framed finishes look great too. No wonder you really like your framer! :-)

Pam said...

What a great post! Beautiful gifts you received, they are all so wonderful! Love your framed pieces, can't wait till I have some, guess I need to finish some first though eh? LOL. Love your start on the Halloween fairy, I think the fabric is a great choice. Look forward to seeing more of her.

Barbara said...

What delightful gifts (I nearly bought that same book on Icelandic stitching!) and gorgeous framed projects. You have wonderful taste both in designs and in frames!

Enjoy a lovely (dry?) Sunday. :D

Georgie said...

Great gifts! Love the start on Halloween Fairy. The fabric looks perfect

karenv said...

Wonderful framing Carol, particularly the frame you chose for Be Kind and True.

The gifts/exchanges you received are lovely too!

Becky K in OK said...

The set is gorgeous, as are your framings.

fireflydreams said...

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What beautiful gifts you received and the framed pieces are stunning.

Heather

Jill said...

Carol,
I love all of your samplers. I am glad to see that others still do frame some of their stitching. Great birthday gifts. Go USA!
Jill

Karoline said...

Great framing Carol, they all look lovely. Nice start on Halloween Fairy

Andrea said...

Beautiful finishes. I love the framing, the Butternut Road piece is a real eyecatcher.

Daffycat said...

Edda sent you such nice gifts~you lucky girl! The birthday fob from Joan is a riot!

Oh my your framed samplers are wonderful...that's a nice tradition DH has!

I LOVE the fabric you chose for the fairy...it's perfect! Nice start too!

katrien said...

What a nice gifts,i like the pincushion very much,because i collect them.
And all your stitchworks are great,like the houses very much.
Higs from Belgium.

Shelleen said...

beautiful framed pieces and I love your packages that you received.

Marika said...

You have so wonderful things in your blog again !! That islandic book looks very interesting and Silkweaver Phantom Belfast looks just fabulous. Can´t wait when the fairy is finished.

Little Cat said...

What a lovely gift off your DH. The samplers look beautiful!

Tammy said...

Your Halloween lady is absolutely gorgeous! And what a nice DH you have there.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Carol,
Your samplers are wonderful. And I love your start on Halloween fairy.

Margaret said...

Carol
No wonder your framer is your friend - they are superb. I'm sure you will enjoy these hanging on your wall. Your birthday was great fun for me too - watching the arrival of all the presents on your blog!

tkdchick said...

Your framed pieces look great!

Juls said...

I've been reading your blog for a while! I love it! Your gifts are amazing and I absolutely love your framed finishes!!!!!!! Lovely stitching!!!!!

litlaskvis said...

Edda is super sweet, and such a great stitcher! Enjoy your goodies!

Love your framed pieces, and that Halloween Fairy is coming a long great. Love the fabric you are using!

Carol R said...

Beautiful framed pieces. I especially love Butternut Road's Summer Sampler - stunning!

Janaina said...

I just LOVE the Icellandic book and goodies Edda sent you! What a great stitcher and finisher she is! =)
Congrats!

Katrina said...

I love everything, the frames are so pretty. Have fun picking out spots to hang them!

Sharon said...

Beautiful gifts and the framing is gorgeous!

Teejay said...

These pieces are just wonderful!

Michelle said...

Your framed pieces are gorgeous! Great choices!!! And what a wonderful birthday tradition.