Monday, July 12, 2010

Pumpkins in July


Greetings to those of you who are still following this blog despite my absences! I have wanted to post over the last few weeks but with kids and DH underfoot it has been near impossible to get near the computer or to stitch either, for that matter...

I am on the countdown to Halloween : ) much to the amusement of my family. Everyone seems to think my pumpkin frenzy is a bit premature but once the solstice has passed and the 4th of July festivities are done I am ready for fall--as evidenced by my recent stitchy choices:
Pumpkin Pete by The Trilogy--minus the words, colors tweaked a bit in accordance with what I had on hand. His shirt bears a scary resemblance to one of my DH's shirts which I am convinced is the world's ugliest

And Boo to You by Homespun Elegance, using some great hand-dyed thread from an eBay seller I recently discovered. I am working on another pumpkin from an old cross-stitch magazine and started Witch's Hill from Notforgotten Farm, but not enough progress to warrant a picture yet.
Do you like my eerie Casper pumpkin shot above? I wanted to show how big they have become, --I have four now, hoping for more by fall...

A few recent exchanges have been received by my partners. As usual, I forgot to photograph them before they were sent so the photos were all borrowed from the recipients. First off is my biscornu for June sent to Mayte at MagicXS (picture better than any I could have managed : )) This pattern was a freebie from the My Aunt's Attic blog, one of my favorites, done on antique white linen with Carries' Creations Phantasm. This thing turned out HUGE, the biggest biscornu I have ever done, but thankfully Mayte likes it..


Next is my offering for the Seasonal Exchange/Summer. This is the LHN pattern "Heart and Home" which I changed by replacing the berry basket with a flag, and the row of hearts on the top with a star, photo borrowed from my partner Tanya of the Friendship Crossing blog.



Finally, this is my exchange for Blyn for the Holiday Exchange (4th of July)--Happy Flag Flag Day by The Trilogy. This was my first attempt at a pinkeep and I am pretty happy with how it came out.

Thanks everyone for letting me borrow the pics, I am really going to try to remember to photograph my next exchanges before the mailman takes them away : )
I also wanted to thank Staci (Snippets and Stash) for her 400-follwer giveaway which I was lucky enough to win and which I received over the weekend.
There are some cute buttons, rickrack, napkins and note cards, among other things. Thank you Staci, this really cheered me up!
Until next time, happy stitching!






16 comments:

Rene la Frog said...

Love the Halloween stitching! I can't wait for Fall and the cooler temps.

Carolyn NC said...

Great stitching for yourself and your exchanges! Congrats on winning the giveaway, too. :)

Margaret said...

I love all your pumpkins, both stitched and real! That real one is really cool! Love your exchanges as well. And congrats on winning that prize!

Pumpkin said...

Those ghost pumpkins are just too gorgeous! I'm SO jealous ;o)

Lovely pieces you have finished. You've been very busy! No wonder you're not posting. LOL!

Catherine said...

Love all your stitchy pumpkins! And the real one is beautiful!

All of your finishes for exchanges look great. Nicely done - any one would be thrilled to recieve one!

Congrats on your win too! Looks like a great bunch of goodies!

valerie said...

Great Halloween Stitching! The biscornu is gorgeous!

Meari said...

Wonderful stitching and exchanges :) Congrats on the win, too!

Emily said...

Pumpkin Pete is too cute. Congrats on the giveaway, you got some nice things.

Berit said...

I too have started Hallowe'en/Autumn stitching (okay, only Autumn, but there's a jack-o-lantern in it!). I have no idea how I'm gonna finish "this year's pieces" in time--I may just keep going 'till I wrap around to the following year, lol! :D

Angela P said...

What great Halloween stitching! It's never to early to start Halloween as far as I am concerned. All your exchange pieces look wonderful and that giveaway win is too cute.

Katrien said...

Beautiful exchanges! Great halloween stitching.

Mayté said...

I love my biscornu!! In my collection stands up like the father of my other biscornus LOL.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Marjorie, great blog you have and beautiful stitching, you're stuck with me now! Thx ever so much for the mention on the Blueberry Pinkeep:)

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching and exchanges, too! I love Halloween stitching... great idea to start now, so you'll have it ready for when the temps cool a bit. :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love pumpkin Pete he's so cute! All of your exchanges are wonderful!

Sherry said...

I love all your pumpkins and Pete is so cute! Great exchanges too.