2 exchanges

I did a Sock it to me santa exchange in a group i’m in.  I forgot to take a photo of what I sent.  Here is what I received though.

I am doing an exchange for a different group- an advent exchange. Here is what I have received so far.  This is days 1-14.   Missing from the picture are Piecemaker needles, which I have already opened.

Here is a picture of the best looking laundry ever!

Sierra

2011 wrap up

2011 was a good year for me stitching wise. I did a great job on my To-do list. I finished all but 2 things. Those two things I knew would be a stretch to get done.

I started and finished the Garden series by Country cottage Needlework. I have it ready to take to frame shop soon as possible. I gave up finding a frame second hand, it’s just too odd a shape.

You’ll have to take my word that I participated in 4 exchanges- I don’t have pictures of most of them. I did get an few memorable things.  A pair of valentines day socks (I LOVE funky socks), Snowflake Serenade chart, and my first Round robin.

Do 2 ornaments-

Although I didn’t finish this as an ornament it is an ornament.  Came out of the Halloween issue of JCS from 2011.  

 Also not technically an ornament, but again I am okay with that. I was going to do this as an ornament….. then along came a Round robin and well….. You can see the finish product not to far down here.

Start and finish 1 additional small

This was in my To do pile for awhile. I got it in an exchange a few years back.  I loved every moment of stitching this. 

Finish 1 page of Japanese Garden
Finish Stitching on Japanese Garden (I added this goal part way through the year)

I way over accomplished the first goal of stitching a page.   Pages are hard to count on this one as it is stitched in parts…… but. anyways.   Part way through the year I added the goal of completing the stitching, but that just didn’t happen.  I am still so very pleased with this one.   My big goal for 2012 is to get this stitched and beaded. 

3 pages on Mistress or another HAED- has to be on 1 design not a combination.

  What to say on this final goal………. I intended this to be my focus piece for 2011, but that just didn’t happen.  I stitched most of this piece during a very difficult, painful part of my life.  And i’ve moved on from that, so stitching this became very hard, and took me back to that past which I don’t have a desire or need to revisit. I am unsure whether I will stitch the rest of this or just the top half of the design. 

Two finishes

I’m back. I’ve been back for a week actually, but since I didn’t stitch at all while away, I didn’t have anything to post.  I won’t bother with the trip, it was as terrible as going back to a city of great pain is, and cleaning out your beloved grandparents house can be.    Anyone truly curious can read more at my other blog.

Now onto the real reason you read- stitching.  Okay it’s not Japanese Garden which is the real reason you read this, but hey it is stitching, and there are pictures so………….

I have two finishes that’s right two. The first I am counting though it is only sort of a finish-   Mary’s RR for the krafterskorner rr2011.  I really had a great time stitching this up and it stitched up really quick.   Normally I don’t stitch christmas trees (long story I’ll spare you)  but I decided to go ahead and stitch the tree, it was fun. I enjoyed it.

I believe this is from a UK magazine, though I can’t recall which one.

I started strawberry house……… then got decided part through the week to start a halloween ornament (quickly becoming my favorite holiday to stitch). I managed to start it and finish it.   I am hoping to get to finish it later this week, or the weekend. I know how I am going to finish it, but have to go get some stuff first.

Pirate Sock Monkey-Raise the roof Designs
JCS Halloween 2011 issue
18 ct pink aida
no floss changes.

I normally don’t use aida, but I had a piece the perfect size and color, and soooo…….. It was actually an enjoyable stitch.  I still don’t like aida for bigger pieces, but for ornaments I would use it again.  Those of you who have been long time readers may remember I did the christmas sock monkey last christmas from JCS ornament issue.  Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE sock monkeys??? I have two.

In other news- I was at the LNS shopping for an exchange partner when I came across—- LK’s new 6 fat men.  I picked up 2 charts, and of course the halloween JCS book. I already have 2 picked out to stitch. This week is JG but next week I will stitch on them.  I hope to have them both done before halloween, since they are small that shouldn’t be an issue. 

I do have a photo of my stash trip but since it included the charts that are for the exchange— I can’t show it.

Up this week—-   JG. I am getting so close. Time to order the bead pack. I have priced it and ordering the bead kit is cheaper.  I have the specialty stitches on the 3 o’clock corner ornament to do, then onto the next one I go.   

Sierra

exchange Recieved

I received my exchange today.  I am so pleased with the colors.  Thanks Georgena.

Spring Exchange

The mailman brought me a gift today. My exchange from the spring fling exchange in one of my groups.  My partner Jennifer, sent me lots of goodies. 

I forgot to take a pic of what I sent to Jennifer, so you won’t get to see that, sorry.

Japanese Garden Update- Exchange Recieved

Japanese Garden Chatelaine 1/21/11

Valentines Day exchange from Katie

I finally got the 12 o’clock rock garden completed. I have started the bonsai pots on either side and hope to have them complete by early next week.   Expect the next photo then.

Today’s mail brought my valentine’s day exchange from one of my groups.  I love it all Katie. Thanks so much.  Sorry that the picture is sideways, I can’t figure out how to change it.  Isn’t the card cute? It is handmade. 

Sierra

Exchange Received, WIP, Troy

I received my exchange yesterday from Theresa. I loved everything.    Here is a picture-

Thanks Theresa.

I FINALLY got working on my christmas ornament from this years ornament  issue of JCS. He is small so I hope to have him done tonight or tomorrow.

Since I talk about him I thought you may like to see a picture of my boy- Troy. He is 10 months.