Saturday, December 18, 2010

to anyone who is still following this blog...

Thanks!! My postings are becoming more and more, er, random.
I have not had any traumatic life event that has kept me away from the computer...just good old-fashioned laziness and a bit of distraction. You see, I'm in, not with some guy. I bought myself a Kindle for my birthday a month ago and he (his name is Alastair) and I have hardly been apart since. So, as I've read about 15 books in the past month, very little stitching has been going on around here. Also for some reason, I cannot sign in to my blog at work any more (which is where I do most of my blog reading and commenting) and have had some difficulty accessing other people's blogs, so I feel quite out of the blogging loop now :((

One of the (very) few things I was able to finish this past month was my BBD exchange piece for my partner Patty, the Summer House pincushion from the Honeysuckle Manor booklet. This was the first time I had made a pincushion of this type and I'm afraid that I was a bit overenthusiastic with the ground walnut shells--the thing weighed about 10 pounds when I was done with it--but thankfully Patty liked it anyway (failing all else she can use it as a paperweight).

And this is what I received from my partner Lisa in the same exchange--the smaller piece is a motif from Blessings and Kind Wishes, and the larger pin pillow is the "Now I Know My ABC's" freebie--both beautifully stitched and finished!

No other new stitching--but I did finish a few things I had stashed away in a drawer for xmas gifts.These little quilt squares had been sitting around forever (so long that I forgot the name of the pattern/designer) so, since I was not about to put down the aforementioned Kindle and stitch something new, I finished them as ornies for the kiddies' teachers this year.

For me mum and dad I finished my Goode Huswife Pennsylvania Pillowe into... (gasp) a pillow, and
finally got around to completing my Carriage
House Pennsylvania Dutch stocking (yes I know it's a bad picture), which has been sitting in a drawer unfinished for so long I don't think it's ever made it onto this blog.

I am finally feeling the urge to pick up needle and thread again, so hopefully I will have something to show for it next time.
For all who celebrate it, I hope you all have a great Christmas!


Shelley said...

Alastair must take a break from your heated relationship so that your needle and thread do not get lonely!!

All your stitching finishes look awesome.

Merry Christmas

pj said...

Love my Kindle too and agree we go everywhere together! Glad you found a gift for yourself that gives you so much pleasure...BUT please don't give up on flying needles too...ha1!!! Love your finishes. Merry Christmas! pj

Hazel said...

Beautiful stitching. Glad you have found your way back to blogland. x

Jennifer said...

hey I can so relate, I got a new Kindle too and my stitching is not as much but got my mojo back this week. I LOVE the pincushion and all the designs from that BD book. I just gave one of those books away and I am going to order myself one too now. It's beautiful!

Have a great Christmas week.

Feathers in the Nest

Margaret said...

Nice stitching! You're so funny about the walnut shells. I bet it was fine. Love your pillow and stocking and everything! It's a bummer about your not being able to access blogs from work. But congrats on Alistair! Is it the new small kindle? It's so small! Lucky you!

Meari said...

Congrats on your finishes. Wow, 15 books... You and Alistair have it goin on!

Cath said...

Happy Christmas to you .
Love your stocking ,and the quilty ornies are gorgeous .

Kathy said...

I know how you feel about reading. :) I am an avid reader too but still only read my books the old fashion way. :)

Love your finishes. Especially the stocking. Awesome.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Deborah said...

I never leave the house without my Kindle. It is best thing I ever did for myself. All of your stitching is beautiful.

valerie said...

Wonderful stitching! Love your Summer House pincushion...I really should get that BBD book! Merry Christmas!

Cindy's Stitching said...

You have been busy. Very pretty. Have a Merry Christmas

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Catherine said...

So good to see your still around! Sounds like you've been busy! I adore your BBD finishes!!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Pumpkin said...

Good to see you posting again Marjorie!

I'm glad you're enjoying your new toy but at least it hasn't taken away from your stitching too much ;o) I saw the pin cushion on Patty's Blog and thought it was stunning!

Hope you have a Happy Holiday season :o)

Lyn said...

I love to read too, but I read the old fashioned way. Your stitching looks great! Congrats on the finishes!