Saturday, October 24, 2009

finishing frenzy and a giveaway

Well, as the title indicates, I have been finishing off things like crazy--quite out of character for me since finishing is my least favorite part of stitching. Since my last post, Matter's Choice, the Bent Creek houses, the Partridge and Farmer's Alphabet were all framed and have gone off to the auction. I would like to show pictures of them in all their framed glory, but that would require a level of forethought that I am apparently not capable of (which is to say, I forgot to take pictures before sending them off). They all looked good in my humble opinion, despite my mediocre framing skills. The one that I could not bear to part with was Christmas Tea by Plum Street Samplers. This is now being added to my own stash of Christmas decorations.

Also finished (but not re-homed) was some of my recent Halloweeny stitching. I think this Blackbird Designs one is my favorite, I loved this design from the moment I saw it.



This is another design from the Trix or Treat booklet which I used for the top of one of my multitude of little wooden boxes.





Another wooden box, not yet finished. I stitched this from a design in a cross stitch magazine years ago.




My DS spotted the perfect frame for Scared Silly at Michael's.



Finally, I turned another piece I stitched a long while ago into a needlebook.
My sewing skills are not even on a par with my framing skills so I
will be keeping this one for myself too. This design is Corn Crows and Cats, an old one from The Goode Huswife.





Which brings me to my first-ever giveaway in celebration of DD's (and her mom's) birthdays. This is not something you would be likely to find in your local LNS (at least I don't think so) since it's been out of print for quite a while, and I don't think the designer has re-released it-- The 1824 Penny Rug Sampler from The Goode Huswife. Penny rugs seem very cozy and Christmas-y to me, so I figured this would be a good choice for the season. This will come to the winner fully kitted up--the chart calls for DMC with no suggested conversions, but I know some of you like to work with silks, so if you want silks instead, let me know and I will try to figure something out. I may add some random Christmas things as well (just don't ask what 'cause I haven't figured that out yet).
To keep things simple, in order to enter just leave a comment on this post, one entry per person. You don't have to be or become a follower (unless *you like me...you really really like me* as the Flying Nun once said) and you don't have to advertise my blog on your blog. I will draw a winner in one week on Halloween!
Until then, happy stitching! Thanks again for all past and future comments!
(*I wanted to add...this chart is "used" in that I have stitched this design, but it is completely unmarked and has been sitting in a plastic baggie for the past few years.)

30 comments:

staci said...

Congrats on all the gorgeous finishes...you've been busy!

And what a wonderful giveaway! I've never seen that chart before...keeping my fingers crossed!

pj said...

You have been a very busy Girl. I love Goode Huswife and would be thrilled to win this chart. Thanks for the giveaway! Fall is a fun time of year and we know what follows very quickly so best we get our needles smoking. pj

Margaret said...

Wow! Lots of lovely stitching and finishing! I enjoyed seeing everything! Thanks for the giveaway -- Goode Huswife charts can be hard to find!

Mel said...

A wonderful multitude of finishes! Just lovely.

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. :)

Jan said...

All of your finishes are truly lovely!!

I would love to be a part of this giveaway, thanks for the opportunity and please add me to the drawing!

TammyK said...

Hi, I found your blog thru the yahoo group & I'm glad I did. Congrats on all of your finishes. I LOVE Scared Silly & The Blackbird finishes. I'd like to be entered in your drawing for the Penny Rug Sampler giveaway. Thanks :o)

blue star stitcher said...

I would love to be part of the giveaway.I don't think I have any Goode Huswife charts in my stash, i've never seen them at my local shop. What great fall finishes too, I love the Blackbird Designs one with the crow!

mainely stitching said...

I've just found your blog. Hooray for me. :D

I'm fortunate enough to already have this wonderful design, but I'd like to wish everyone else good luck in your very generous giveaway. :D

Cindy in MA said...

I love your boo box. I wish I was that creative
Cindy in MA

Vicki in CO said...

Some great finishes here! Please enter me in your giveaway.

Diana said...

I enjoyed seeing all your great finishes! I sure can't pass up a chance to win a Goode Huswife pattern. Please include me in the drawing.

Vonna said...

Oh my :) What lovely finishing you've done! I love everything :)
And I must say, that GH pattern...I've searched high and lo for it, may I please be entered in your giveaway? Thanks!

Carol R said...

Great giveaway please enter me into the draw!

Linda said...

I love all your finishes!

Each year my daughter and I go to Christmas Tea and your Christmas Tea by PSS is wonderful...this is a must have for me...I'm so glad you shared it...hugs, Linda

qsnap lover said...

I love your blog and your stitching please enter me in your givaway thanks Donna

luvmyqsnaps@yahoo.com

JOLENE said...

Hi Marjorie, You have been a busy one for sure. Love all the finishes, especially the BBD, Trix or Treats bird. I love The Goode Huswife patterns, they are timeless, thanks for the chance to win.

Katrien said...

Wow, all those lovely finishes. Your framing and sewing skills look just fine to me :-). I have totally none!

Kim said...

So many beautiful finishes! Please enter me in your wonderful drawing, would love to stitch this chart- Thanks!
kimberlybreid@hotmail.com

Nancy M said...

Great job on all your finishes!! I have a couple of boxes I need to try and finish into something!

~~~Melinda said...

Nice finishes. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for offering a giveaway. Where do you auction your finished pieces? Do you get very much for them?

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - your fnishes are awesome! Very impressive work!

Sadie said...

Congratulations on so many lovely finishes! I have 'christmas Tea' in my stash and hope to stitch it in time for this christmas.
Please enter my name into your draw.
Thank you x

Meari said...

You had some awesome finishes, Marjorie. Love the boxes!

Congrats on your first ever giveaway... and happy birthday to your Mom and DD!

Vicki's Stitching In Oz said...

Hi Marjorie, I would love to be entered in your giveaway! Love the pattern, love all your finishes. I'm gonna have to get some of those boxes now I've seen your finishes on them! Well done.

Lelia said...

Your boxes are awesome!!! Please include me in your giveaway : )

leliaevelyn(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenna Z said...

ooh, what a treat just in time for fall! LOVE penny rugs!!

Paula said...

Oh my, We must have the same tastes in designs. I LOVE everything I've seen so far. I just found your blog and am loving it. You must stitch super fast. I would love to be entered in your giveaway (happy birthday) I have always enjoyed looking at the Goode Huswife designs, but have never stitched one.
Keep on stitching!
Paula
pmcfee@roadrunner.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow what a great giveaway. And Happy Birthday to the two of you :-) Thanks for entering me.

~Judy~ said...

I just found you from Edgar's blog. I love all your finishes. Please enter me in your giveaway. I am also now a follower.
Thanks!

judithapoulos@aol.com

Ranae said...

You have such a cool blog. All the finishes are fabulous.
Now to go see what I can find to finish up, lol.
Please don't enter me in the draw, I already have the penny rug in my stash.