Time for an Update and a Giveaway!

Hello friends!  It's been Christmas ornament week at my house, I think!  First, I received this adorable LHN ornament from Angela as my Pay It Forward gift.  I love it!  It's the first cross stitch ornament I've gotten that was finished this way and it is so cute!!!  I'm inspired to try one myself if I can get up the courage!

Thursday through Saturday I was at a homeschool show for my GraceWorks business.  The attendance was down this year - probably because it was held on Memorial Day weekend - but I had a lot of time to stitch.  I had pulled out this adorable Snowy Pines ornament to take along, and I was able to finish it yesterday.  It isn't one of my Crazy 15, but it was in this year's binder, so I'm thrilled to have had a chance to finish it!

Since my dear husband is off of work today and napping in the chair in the living room, I really didn't want to do anything too noisy (like cleaning the kitchen!) and wake him up, so I pulled out this ornament from the 2010 JCS Ornament Edition to finish up.  This one was one of my 15 and I've put in a few stitches here and there, so I really just had some snow, the berries and the branches to do.  I opted out of putting the berry in his mouth and putting the snow in the sky, so I'm calling this one finished, too. :-)

On June 1st I'll start on "B is for Boy" from the last JCS magazine, but for today and tomorrow I'll probably just work on Morning Lake or my Little Shepherd... we'll see!

Now on to the fun part!  The giveaway for my 101 followers! :-)  I am really amazed at how many of you have stopped by to encourage me in my stitching.  What fun to get to share with you all!  So - here's the rules.  Since this particular giveaway is to honor my followers, you either need to be or become a follower, and you need to comment on this post that you are interested in being put in the drawing.  That's it! :-)

The winner will get the following...

A Banner Year Kit - Winter - Lizzie Kate
(Includes chart, fabric and adorable cardinal button)

Blackbird Designs Rose Garden, Pink Lugana Fabric,  Really Yummy colored Thread!

And one of the cool binders I use to organize my stash.
You'll have the binder AND projects to start to fill it!!
So there you go!  I'll be drawing the winner on Friday, June 10th.  Thanks for coming along on my cross-stitch journey!!



A Little Shepherd

Not much to show on the stitching front this week.  I just couldn't seem to concentrate - probably because I've been a busy beaver getting everything ready for the GraceWorks show at the end of the week.  I'm so excited to talk to the ladies and encourage them in their time and home management and walk with the Lord!!

I pulled out one of my challenge pieces to work on for the week - the Shepherd Boy from an old Stoney Creek leaflet.  Of course, after I did the outlining around his face, I realized that I left out a line.  sigh.  I almost threw it all away, but I think I can salvage it, and it is so sweet that I really want to finish it!!

I see that I've hit 100 followers.  AMAZING!  I'll be swamped for most of the week,  but I'll be gathering some goodies for a giveaway, so keep in touch!! :)



The Winner

Hello all!

I have my husband's permission to rest and stitch today. Sounds lovely!  But before I get started I wanted to share that I drew a winner of the Littles Bunny and it will be heading off to live with Sally.  Maybe she'll pass it on when she's done! :-)

It looks like I'm 3 short of 100 followers, so I'll be looking around for some fun things for another giveaway.  Stay tuned!

Have a blessed day!


Hello Friends!

Finally a stitching update!  I'm still struggling a little with some muscle pain/weakness in my back and shoulders from the accident, so my stitching has been slower than usual, but I did get Mouse's PIF in the mail...
 I chose a sweet "Littles" chart from Bent Creek to stitch for her and then stitched it over one, (what was I thinking?) so the finished product turned out to be about 1" square.  What on earth was I going to do with it???  I decided to make a teeny tiny scissors fob to match some teeny tiny scissors.  It turned out cute if you don't look too hard at my finishing, LOL!!

I'll be happy to pass along the chart if anyone is interested!  I did play with the colors and design a bit, so the actual chart looks a little different.  You can see it on Daffycat's blog here.  If more than one person is interested I'll draw a name on Wednesday. :)
I decided to switch around my rotation a bit and work on another one of my challenge pieces - "Thank God, Trust God" from a Cross Country Stitching Magazine.  I've changed all the colors, and I think I like it... but I'm still not sure.  You can decide! :)  Those are birds and birdhouses, in case you can't quite tell.  LOL!

I'm tempted to start CCN's Bookstore this week, but I'm not sure I have fabric for it.  I'm working on preparing for a Homeschool show that I'll be vending at for my GraceWorks business, so I'll be busy and distracted these next two weeks, so I actually may just pick up whichever of the projects in my binders call my attention when I have time to sit and stitch.

Thanks for stopping by!



A Giveaway of Note!

Hi friends!

There's a giveaway over at the Cranberry Samplings blog that you don't want to miss!  Head on over!

I didn't stitch much last week after the accident, but I was able to finish "G is for Girl", which was a nice way to end the month of April.  Sorry the picture is so dark, but I took it at night so I wouldn't forget.  It will be on its way to its new owner shortly!   I started my PIF for Mouse yesterday, so no pictures of that, but next week I'll start "B is for Boy" so I should have something to show you then!!