And more finishes!

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the last post about finishing work.  Here are a few more finishes to round out the bunch for October!  These two were done for an Autumn Exchange – Jodi stitched them and after I finished them I sent them off to Gaby in Germany. The green felt in the needlecase is not quite so green! Jodi sent me a spindle stand a little while back, so I was able to show off the LHN finish properly!
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Check out Bloom Woodworks to see the other gorgeous things Jodi’s dad makes:

http://www.bloomwoodworks.com/

I stitched this amazing LK monthly into a pillow for Diane – we went with a funky finish with fabrics representing the 4 different seasons around the edges. 
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And this cutie was stitched by Pauline in Malta, and is now a quilted wallhanging on its way to Australia!
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How is that for an international flavour today??

13 years ago

last Thursday, DH and I were married in the apartment we were living in in London Ontario.  Two close friends were our witnesses, as was our cat, as the Justice of the Peace conducted the ceremony and we spoke the vows we had written.  I remember that day as being one of the three happiest of my life – the other two were the days I gave birth to our two children.  Thirteen years, 4 moves, some illness, a little heart ache, and  lots of laughter later, here we are, still together, still trying every day to be kind to each other and to make life just a little easier.

The traditional gift for the 13th anniversary is lace. DH is a very smart man, and agreed that lace weight yarn qualifies! So I steered him toward Yarn Chef on Etsy, and he purchased Twinkle – and aren’t those skeins just gorgeous? He also bought 3 waterlily silks, and lots of wonderful dark Callebaut chocolate. I think I am well and truly spoiled 🙂

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In turn, I bought him a golf magazine and stretched the definition of lace a bit and made him a pair of felted slippers. I always think the before and after felting pics are a hoot!
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Along with a homemade cake and take out Chinese…… I could not have asked for more.  I look forward to the next 13 years!

Finishing Frenzy!!

Finishing work always gets very busy in the fall – people are coming back to their stitching as summer vacations end and the kids head back to school, or they are thinking ahead to fall exchanges and christmas. Here are pics of some of the things stitchers have sent to me to have finished over the past 8 weeks or so:

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These are pieces that Jodi stitched – aren’t they gorgeous?

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And these beauties were finished for Peg 🙂 That little ghost pillow is adorable!

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This delightful wallhanging is Lynn’s – I just love the Heritage Stitchcraft dogs 🙂

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These are Susan’s pieces – and that Carriage House Primitive Stocking is simply amazing!

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I got caught up on my own ornament a month pieces – there are a few in here that are from an ornament RR I am in.

I have finished 4 more pieces, but they must remain confidential for a while yet 🙂 And I have a gorgeous LK monthly piece to finish into a pillow for a special stitcher – once that is done I am waiting for the next packages to arrive in the mail.   I guess I can sew up those curtains my son has been waiting for for the past two months!!! One thing at a time…….

The Joy of Socks – and another knitting finish

It is snowing again today – just enough to make wearing a jacket and gloves a necessity.  Dreary, cold, unpleasant.  Enough to make one think of staying snug and warm, and wearing good handknit socks.  Just like these:
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I finished these up last night and had DD take pics for me this morning – and yes, I did put my pants on after the pics 🙂  These are Ann Budd’s Ambrosia Socks – a free pattern available at http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/
Knit with Brown Sheep Wildfoote yarn in Ragtime – I love how autumny this wool is!  The darker pic is closer to the actual color.  They were knit toe up with a butterly rib pattern.
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And these two scarves are for an online friend – using yarn from my stash and the Cat’s Paw Lace Scarf pattern available here:
http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/scarves/kidm-catspaw-scarf.html
The huge picture is so you can see the detail. Sure hope she likes them!

Cheryl M’s gorgeous Peacock Chair

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This is the piece that kept me busy last week – isn’t it gorgeous?   Cheryl stitched this on a pale green Belfast linen using Moorgate Silk’N’Color – didn’t she do a marvelous job?  I painted the bead legs a wedgewood green.  What do you think?  I think these chairs are absolutely delightful – altho a bit fiddly to finish 🙂  This one went together a bit quicker than the one I did for myself – I guess I am capable of learning thru experience!!

I am anxiously awaiting the next furniture release from Cat’s Whiskers Designs to add to the collection!