Well, it's almost 1:00 in the morning before the last day of school before Christmas break, and the teachers gifts just got finished!!
They totally slipped my mind this year... We don't do very much for our teachers, but like to recognize how important they are to our family. Well, my memory was jogged after dinner tonight when my daughter asked me what she would be giving her teacher tomorrow for Christmas. Oops!
So we sent DH to the coffee shop to pick up some little gift cards and coffee cups, while the kids and I rifled through the yarn and button stash to pick out what to use for the gifts. Then I sent them to bed, settled down on the couch with Season 1 of Desperate Housewives and whipped up these two coffee cozies.
I love these!! I think they may be my go-to gift from now on :) They were super speedy (less than an hour each) and the options are endless too!
The pattern, none really! But here's what I did ~ chain 30, four rows of basic double crochet and Lucy's edging on the top and bottom (same as my granny stripe blanket). One side has a loop of 6 chain stitches for the button hole and attached the button wherever it would hold secure on the cup :)
I missed the new moon, again... totally distracted, or just plain laziness, you can be the judge :) Regardless, here is where my TUSAL container sits since the last time I posted an update.
Wow, I didn't realize how crooked that picture is until just now!
Unfortunately, it seems like the creator of the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long has long since disappeared, she's even deleted her blog recently. I believe many of the participants were going to keep their containers going in the new year, but Daffycat decided to make it official. If you'd like to join in, head on over to her blog and get in on the fun :)
Next up is the ornament I stitched for this years Ornament Exchange with the HoE exchange group. My partner for this exchange was Gwen who emailed me today letting me know her ornament arrived.
Prancer by Judy Whitman of JBW Designs
2004 JCS Ornament Issue
replaced beads with Kreinik #4 braid
Funny thing is, Gwen stitched this same pattern for her partner too! Enjoy Gwen, and Merry Christmas!
Wow ~ what happened to November??? Obviously I've been slacking in the blogging department, but there's been some good things happening around here, even if I'm behind in sharing them :)
First up: I was one of the lucky winners in Terri's Halloween giveaway. I couldn't believe it when I opened the bulging envelope I found in my mailbox, there were so many wonderful things inside!
Things like fabric:
And exciting goodies! Do you see the sweet ornie Terri stitched up too? Love it!
Thank you so much Terri, your generosity is astounding!! And if one spectacular giveaway wasn't enough, Terri's hosting another one right now! Hurry over!
And now for the craft happenings :)
My mom and I had a crafting day a little while back... which turned into a crafty weekend! We sewed & baked & I played with yarn... it looked a little like this:
These stockings were a long time in the finishing queue... The "Lynn" stocking was stitched by me for my mom and actually given to her unfinished about 2 years ago for Christmas *hanging head in shame*. It's from The Cross Stitcher magazine, not sure which year, August 07 maybe? The other two were stitched by Mom for my girls. Thanks for a fun weekend Mom, I can't wait to see all these beauties under the tree! XXOO
That's it for this long overdue post. I'm going to click "publish post" now and cozy up with my stitching for my Sunday night t.v. with my girl now.
I've been a delinquent blogger :) Pirjo emailed me (a while ago now!) to let me know that she received the Halloween Giveaway I mailed to her, so now I can share the goodies she received in her package!
Along with the stitched ornament we included some Halloween pencils, ribbon, beads, buttons, Halloween cording (made by my girls) and a spider ring. I think it was record time for the Post too, one week from Canada to Finland! I was so happy that it reached Pirjo before Halloween :)
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On another note, have you ever heard of Swagbucks??? It's a search engine that you use instead of Google or the like, and you earn points that can be redeemed for things like PayPal and Amazon gift cards. My mom just showed it to me this weekend, and she's earned $35 in gift cards since August, just by searching the web! I had to sign up... all I could think of was the extra stash I could buy if I could lay my hands on some PayPal gift cards... LOL! If you're interested, click over on the "Search & Win" icon on the right or you can click here. Have fun!
This past week some wonderful treats landed in my mailbox! I haven't posted them yet due to a combination of having a crazy week and gross grey weather... the weather didn't get any better this weekend, but I figured a posting was due anyways :)
First up ~ I was extremely lucky and had my name drawn as the Day 2 winner in Annette & Missy Ann's 31 Days of Halloween giveaway. Missy Ann's package seemed to take the long way to my house (just like the last time when I sent a package to her!) but it arrived this week, and I just love it!!
You can't even imagine how loudly I squealed when I opened the package and saw this little gem after how I coveted the one Missy Ann sent out for the HoE Halloween exchange!
And speaking of the Halloween Exchange, I also received this package of goodies from Kelrain...
Kelrain chose to stitch me a BBD stocking and she finished it perfectly! She included a package of Piecemaker needles and two skeins of HDF silks, which I haven't been able to stop touching since I opened her package!
Thank you so much ladies, you two made my October! Now to find the right place to show off my goodies :)
I saw on the TTE Too blog that Audrone received the pinkeep I made for her in the Pinkeep Exchange. This was the first pinkeep I had made and I was pretty excited with how it turned out. I think there's a couple of things I might do differently next time, but that's always how it goes :) That's what one of my favorite things about exchanging has been, the challenge of trying new finishes!
The pinkeep is backed with the fabric shown in the last picture. Audrone posted some really nice pictures too, you can see them on her blog here.
I'm glad to see you like it Audrone. I'm so happy it arrived safely & quickly!
I'm amazed to see that I'm approaching 100 followers! Welcome to all my new visitors, I hope you enjoy what you see and will keep coming back for more... I think there may be call for another giveaway after the big 1-0-0 is reached, but I have to finish my piece for the Attic Needlework's auction through the Pumpkin Patch & Co Breast Fund first! That HAS TO hit the mail this week!!
Earlier this week I heard from Amy that she received the HoE Halloween Exchange I sent to her. I chose a design from this year's JCS Halloween issue and finished it as a scissor fob. Amy says this is the first scissor fob she's ever received, so I guess I chose the right type of finish!
Tricks or Treats
by Val's Stuff
JCS Sept/Oct 2010
32ct Queen Anne Lace
hand dyed Jobelin
DMC as charted
And the whole package:
Amy, I'm glad you (and your daughter!) enjoyed the package I sent... Happy Halloween!!
And don't forget to sign up for my giveaway... I'll be drawing a name tomorrow night! Enjoy your Friday and we'll see you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by :)
I've been working on something the last few days, a little something for you, to say thank you for continuing to visit me in my little spot of cyberspace...
By Nancy Boyarsky of Glory Bee
JCS Sept/Oct 2009
36ct Edinburgh cream linen
DMC as charted
The ornament is backed with the fabric shown and has a little twine hanger. There are some little goodies that will be sent with the ornament to the winner of the giveaway, but those will stay a secret for now :)
So, if you would like to give this ornament a new home, anywhere in the world, please leave a comment. You do not have to be a follower of my blog to enter, but if you are leave a second comment to be entered again. Also, if you post about this giveaway on your own blog, leave me another comment for another entry. I will draw a winner next Friday, October 15 and mail as soon as I receive an address so hopefully it will be at it's new home by Halloween. If your profile does not link to your email, please be sure to leave it in the comments so I have a way to reach you.
Thank you for visiting today... I hope all my Canadian friends enjoyed some turkey this weekend! And I hope this week goes quickly for you, those short weeks tend to be the worst!!
I had two people willing to participate in my PIF, Aubree and Casey. This should be fun as both of these gals are practically neighbors of mine! Thanks Ladies!! I'm sending you emails and don't forget to offer the PIF on your blogs...
The rules did state three though, so to fulfill my obligation I will be sending out a RAK somewhere from the addresses I've collected from the blogging buddies I've made in the past year. But if someone still wants to sign up, I'll still gladly take one more :)
Thanks so much to everyone who stops by, I appreciate your visits and comments :) And to all my Canadian friends, enjoy your turkey day!! Happy Thanksgiving!
I've been thinking about paying it back and decided that step one would be to Pay It Forward... Thanks to Kelrain, I was selected to be one of her participants and therefore can offer it to you! So, in the spirit of a PIF, the rules:
Three participants (if there are more than three people looking to join in on the fun, I will draw three names next Friday October 8)
The three people selected must host a PIF of their own
I will send something handmade to the three participants sometime in the next 365 days ♥
So ~ is anybody game?
Psst... did you see the 31 Days of Halloween giveaway hosted by Annette and Missy Ann??? Jump over to Annette's blog to enter today's drawing!
I don't normally have much luck, not much at all. Lately though, that has not been the case. Recently Lynn B hosted a beautiful giveaway and I won! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the posting that I had won, I think my heart skipped a beat. This amazing package of handmade goodness arrived at my door last week after it's extremely fast five (five!) day trip around the world.
Lynn's work is amazing and her attention to detail is astounding. Without a doubt, she is an artist! Thank you so much Lynn ~ I do think of you every time I look at this little box of wonderful (which is often!). And I think I may need to try my hand at making a wee box myself one of these days :)
And, since I've been such a lucky gal lately, I've vowed to myself that I cannot enter any more of those lovely blogland giveaways until I give something back. So stay tuned...
We're back in the groove again... for a lot of people September means getting back to school and settling into a routine. For us, it seems to mean that out routine is shot and we spend a whole lot of time at the ice rink.
But I don't complain too loudly, I love watching them play and it also ends up meaning extra hooky time for me :)
Yes, the Granny Stripe is the hockey project at the moment! Remember last year's project? This one will be finished soon, but I have the next one all lined up and ready to go!
There are people that like to tell me that needlework (either crochet or cross stitch) is for old ladies and accuse me of carrying my "granny bag" around. It gets quite frustrating and I feel like yelling "IT'S NOT JUST FOR OLD LADIES!!". So I was tickled pink to see PaisleyJade's new Flickr group "Craft Nerds Going Public!" You can read all about her idea behind the group here. Feel free to join us!
A few posts back I shared some of the adventuring we did this summer. That night we left on one last trip out...
The kids and I, along with my aunt & two cousins, went for a ride on a steam train. It was a blast! We wandered the train, complete with concession cars and a saloon, got held up by bandits and had an all around fun time!
Some quotes from the fellow above:
"Gabriel Dumont's my name and buffalo hunting is my game"
"I'm Gabe Dumont and I'm the law around these here parts"
See, I told you we were held up by bandits, and by gunpoint no less!! They boarded the train, took all our loose change, and then tried to escape. Mr. Dumont won the battle and retrieved our money. They actually donate all the money collected during the robberies and donate them to the children's hospitals in Edmonton and Calgary.
It was about a 5 1/2 hour round trip, getting off in Big Valley for about 2 hours for dinner and wandering around town. We went up the hill to see the beautiful blue church at the top and went through the little shops that sold things like home-made cinnamon buns and fudge, yum!
Hope you enjoyed our adventures, thanks for stopping by and sharing them with me :)
On Friday I received an email from Missy Ann letting me know the HoE For the Birds Exchange I sent her had finally arrived! Usually it only takes about a week for any packages I send to get to the US and this time is took three weeks. But Missy Ann assures me that she likes it and it arrived safe and sound, so all is good :)
As soon as I saw this design I could only picture it finished as a needlebook. I was a little worried when it worked up as small as it did but decided to still go ahead with the finish as planned. It turned out so tiny, it fit into the palm of my hand!
birds by Heart in Hand
32ct Queen Anne Lace
Hand Dyed Jobelin
This was also the first time I used a blanket stitch, before I had just attached the felt with buttons, but I think it turned out okay :)
Truth be told, I was a wee bit nervous when my partner info arrived in my inbox and I saw Missy Ann's name... she's an excellent finisher who has some really neat ideas. I mean, who didn't see her 13 Days of Halloween event last year and all the neat finishes she did for her giveaways? Wow!
I still have lots of good things to share with you all, including some crafty goodness my girl has been up to, but I think that's about all I have for today. School's back in tomorrow and we're looking forward to getting back into routine around this house! Although it may be off to a rough start since it's after 11 now and I still have little people who haven't hit dreamland yet...
This week I received my HoE For the Birds exchange from Sandra in Barbados. Sandra chose a Prairie Schooler design for me and stitched and finished it so beautifully. She added a pocket on the back of the cushion to hold my scissors or a packet of needles.
I don't believe Sandra has a blog anymore, the link didn't work on the HoE blog, but please correct me if I'm wrong! Sandra updated me with her blog address, you can visit her here! Thanks Sandra :)
Thank you so much Sandra! And the postcard you sent also shows me that I think I need to see Barbados one day :)