15 May 2013


Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a giveaway on her new 1795 threads collection. The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous.  Go over and enter for a chance. Please mention my name, and I will get extra entries. Please enter.

10 May 2013

Stash and More Stash

My birthday gifts from 123 Stitch came in. Of course I love everything.

American Pride
by AuryTM

One of my gifts were a duplicate pattern. I replaced the pattern with My Big Toe Building Block Faith and I added the threads.  I love the colors too.
Next I got Nora Corbett Pixie Ivy.  She is gorgeous and I had to get the metallic threads and beads.

Last I got a crown needle minder. I love using needle minders.

This past Monday I went to my LNS and I got to shop in a real store. Thistle Needleworks is in Glastonbury, south of Hartford and about 40 minutes away from me.

First I got 2 pieces of 28 count opalescent lugana.  The sparkle couldn't be captured. I am not sure what to stitch on the green piece yet.
The other piece us Midas Gold and I love it. I am going put Ivy on this piece.  I put the pattern on the fabric and I could "see it" on the fabric. The piece is big enough that I might be able put another pixie on it.

I am kitting Snowmen A La Round and calls like 10 spools of Krenik threads. I only pick up 6 of them.

Threads ala glore!  I pick up a bunch overdyed threads mostly Weeks Dye Works.  The threads are going be used for Lizzie Kate Spring String, Waxing Moon Summer Sampler and Simply Spring.  This pile is only half of the colors, I had the others in my inventory.

Some small patterns, Mill Hill Star Crystal, LHN Hometown Village My Home, Sheep Virtues Courage and Saltbox Village ornament.  The beads are for the snowmen.
Of course I couldn't leave without getting a pattern from my favorite designers.  I got CCN April Showers, LHN School of Needlework and Nora Corbett  Letters from Nora Letter V.

In my group, Stitching Sisters I am hosting a Spring Exchange and I got one of my exchanges. InnkFreakk dyes her own threads and they are gorgeous. I can't wait to use them. She included beads, ribbon and piece of Annabella fabric.
Inside the needle book, included the needles (2 different sizes) and counting needles InkkFreakk made herself.

Close up of the outside of the needle book. She did a wonderful job on the exchange.  Thank you so much InkkFreakk.

I had started a new page on my blog and it will be about my weight loss journey.  I am hoping it will encourage me. You are invited to read about my journey.

Have a good week


05 May 2013

Birthday Gifts, 1st Communion and Exchanges

These lovely gifts are from Angela for the Hop Into Spring exchange on the Stitched with Love Exchange blog.  I love these exchanges. She send me Lizzie Kate Spring String Snippet with the fabric, 2 overdyed threads, beautiful white eyelet fabric, spring color trimming and fat quarters, and gladiolas bulbs. I passed the bulbs to my aunt because she will grow them. I don't even have room for a plant container to grow them myself.  I am not sure what to call the finished item.  I never seen a stitched item finished this way. The only way I could describe it, it's in a shape of a light gift box with sides about an inch wide, and the back is covered with fabric. It is very beautiful and is displaying on my bureau.  Thank you Angela for these beautiful gifts.

Egg Hunt by Barbara Ana
16 count aida, DMC threads

Since my partner didn't have a preference of Spring or Easter, I made two items, representing both Spring and Easter.  The picture above is Egg Hunt from Barbara Ana Designs, done on 16 ct pink aida.  I finish it off in a wall hanging but I think I put too much batting on.
 Lizzie Kate Easter Sampler 
28 count cream lugana
DMC threads
I added threads, fabric, Easter candy, a new pattern from VeeandCo. and a notepad for C.J. She said she liked everything.  I really don't have anything new or updates to show that is worth while.  However, I do have birthday gifts to show. Plus my nephew made his First Communion and he had a speaking part during the mass too.  I am so proud of him.  The following pictures are not in the order I want them in , so I just label them in their order.  

Anthony with his proud parents.

Anthony and his godparents.

Anthony is a chocoholic so his mom got him a chocolate pizza. It was a cool idea.  There was cake too.


Anthony reading his cards out loud with a little help with his dad when it was needed.

Here is some birthday floss arriving after my day.

This exchange was the Theme exchange In Stitcherhood group. My partner send me a patriotic theme.  It ws awesome package. Thank you Tonya!

These gifts are from Shelley in the ILCS Birthday Club (ILCSBC). The gift is CCN Red, White and Bloom with the threads, fabric, highlightrs, and Victorian purple scissors. Thank you Shelley!

This gift is from Penny in Stitcherhood group.
Little House Believe kit. Thank you Penny!

These gifts are from Graceann in the ILCSBC.  She send me LHN Sheep Virtues Peace and Love, and huge piece linen in a cream color. It looks it may fit all 12 sheep, but I have to do the measurements still. Thank you Graceann!

Tonya from Stitcherhood send me Mirabilia April Blue Diamond Fairy. Thank you Tonya.

Mark from ILCSBC send me Lizzie Kate Our House kit plus the fabric. I can not wait to start this one. Thank you Mark!

Val from ILCSBC send me August Cat pattern plus the floss. Isn't this pattern so adorable!?  After I finish my Spring exchanges, I will be stitching this one too.  Thank you Val!

Cards and floss from the ILCSing group.

More cards and floss from the other ILCS group.

From Debbie Jo in ILCSBC, I got LHN Virtue Sheep Love with the floss and material. It would make a lovely ornament. Thank you Debbie Jo!

 From Shaunterria, she gave me Mirabilia Sweet Pea Prixie with the beads.  I just got the perfect fabric for her. Thank you Shaunterria!
 From Heidi I got 3 Mill Hill kits, Cool Cat, Willow Wings and Black Swallowtail. Plus she included a cord maket to make cords. I will be using it very shortly. Thank you Heidi!
My brother brought me The Bomb for my birthday. It is a 3 layer chocolate cake with chocolate pudding in the bottom layer and chocolate mousse on the top layer. The whole cake is covered with chocolate ganache. It was so good!
I went to my aunt's for a birthday dinner. She made chicken parmigna, mashed potatoes and green beans. My aunt made me a cake. It was a coconut cake with strawberry sauce between the layers and cover with cream cheese frosting.  It sounds good but the flavors didn't really go together very well.

This bookmark was stitched by Mab from ILCS group. She added some tea with the exchange . Thank you Mab!

The final gift is from Ann in Stitcherhood.  She send me LHN Autumn Sampler and Mill Hill Victorian Christmas House. Thank you Ann!

I also received $50 worth of gift certificates at 123 Stitch. I already placed my order and will show you what I bought next time. I should have a stitching update too.  Thank you everyone for the birthday gifts and wishes.   It sure made my day special due to my wonderful stitching friends.

Hugs, Vicky