Friday, January 17, 2020

"It's a Major Award!"


In December, Zappy Dots held a Twelve Days of Christmas giveaway on Facebook.
I entered this photo of how I used one of their needle nannies in a finish.

I was absolutely thrilled when I found out that I won the grand prize!
I felt just like the father in the move "A Christmas Story"
and wanted to shout, "It's a Major Award!"
When the box arrived, it didn't say "Fra Gee Lay" ("It must be Italian") on the side, but I knew that it contained precious cargo...
It wasn't a leg lamp, but it was even better... 


Look at all these wonderful treasures! 
I just love all that they sent and am going to enjoy them so much!
I'm sure you will see them all in future posts.
Thank you  Zappy Dots for your generous grand prize!

Just a few days later, Mom and I each received another unexpected box in the mail.
This one was from Rebekah & Kelsey Smith.
In early December, Rebekah & Kelsey hosted
in Ohio to celebrate a book launch of their newest book.
Mom and I were unable to attend, so they sent us the table favors!


Aren't they so sweet?
Wonderful homemade potpourri, a sweet ivory bottle brush tree to enjoy all winter


the prettiest cookie that I ever did see and


Me - a contributor?! So special!
You can see more about where Rebekah & Kelsey will be by checking their website here.

Most of the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters decided to participate in an ornament exchange this Christmas and I thought that you might like to see them:


From Nicki to Linda


From Wendy to Nicki


From Carla to Wendy


From Linda to me


and here is what I stitched for Carla.
"Yuletide Shanty" by Plum Street Samplers
Since she doesn't put up a tree any longer, I decided to finish hers as a pincushion


in a little tart tin.
  

It was my first time doing this type of finish, but 
Vonna of The Twisted Stitcher walked me right through each step with her tutorial here.
Thank you so much for sharing Vonna!

Well I promise that this is my last Christmas post and I will be moving on now ;)

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, 
which were just as they had been told.
~Luke 2:20

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A final Christmas Finish


"Singing on its Way"
by Blackbird Designs
from their book 
"The Bells on Christmas Day"

I pretty much bought this book to stitch this piece :)
I fell in love the moment that I saw it.


The colors are so soft, it's hard to capture them in a photo.
That was my final Christmas stitching for 2019.


Now I've moved on to snowmen 
for January 2020 :)

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
~Luke 2:17-19

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A Prairie Schooler Christmas


when I found this frame, I knew exactly what pattern that I wanted to stitch for it!


The Prairie Schooler #175 Santa's Night
Lucky for me, the ornament would fit perfectly,
so I stitched it right away.


The frame is battery operated and I just love the soft lights!


I think that this frame was made for this pattern!
I haven't packed it away yet and am going to have a hard time doing so...

Since I am sharing my latest Prairie Schooler Christmas finish, I thought it would be fun to share some vintage finishes that I photographed before packing away for another year...


I stitched this over one on black 22 count back in the day.
Still a favorite :)
It's framed as a shadow box with glass and hard to hide the glare of the glass.


This quilt was a gift from my Mom


she personalized it


and signed and dated it


I love the antique mother of pearl buttons in the corners.
Amazingly she made a second one for my sister that year!
My sister and I were both expecting that Christmas and our sons were born three weeks apart a few months later... Such wonderful memories!


Mom also made these for my sons one Christmas when they were little.
Joe loved trains and Alex loved fire trucks - so they were perfect!


Then a few years later Mom made my sister and I matching gifts again!


again signed


and dated!
Aren't they amazing?!
I am so lucky to have such an amazing Mom!
Love you Mom!

I have one more Christmas finish to share in my next post...

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, 
praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
~Luke 2:13-14

Blessings, Patti

Friday, January 3, 2020

A Belated Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Where does the time go?!
We hosted several times in November & December and the months just slipped away...


I hope that everyone had lovely holidays.


I did get to the Christkindlmarket once this year.


And enjoyed it thoroughly.


Most of my stocking stuffers were purchased here.


The Christkindlmarket  feels so magical each year.


So many lovely treasures.


Such beautiful craftsmanship!


I am always so happy to put out my collection of miniature nativities.


And I enjoy the pretty sights in Chicago as I Christmas shop.


So pretty by day and night.


Leia was a big help in putting the lights on the Christmas Tree


And she is good at unwrapping gifts too! LOL!


 Meanwhile, as soon as Peanut's Christmas gift was unwrapped (a calming bed)...


he climbed right in and took a nap!

I did a bit of stitching through the holidays and have a few finishes to share soon...

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
~Luke 2:8-11

Blessings, Patti

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bittersweet Sisters 2019 ~ Part 3


Time is flying by and I haven't finished posting about the Bittersweet Sisters adventure!
Not only is Osage, Iowa home to so many wonderful shops, it is also home to Jacquelyn aka Waxing Moon Designs! We were so thankful to our Bittersweet Sister, Nicki and to Liz & Shari of The Stitchery Nook for arranging for us to spend an afternoon with Jacquelyn!

It was great fun to get to know her and to hear about how Waxing Moon Designs came to be and the stories behind the designs. 


 The Stitchery Nook has an amazing selection of her patterns and most of her models as well.


Her house trio series is my favorite!
Summer House Trio


Spring House Trio


Autumn House Trio


Christmas House Trio


The new Turkey Trio


and my personal favorite the Winter House Trio!
I love everything about this especially the amazing finishing that Liz keeps coming up with!


You know that I had to come home with several of her patterns ;)
And do you see the neat charms next to the Halloween House Trio?! They are so great with lots of detail on the front and the back.

If you are interested in any Waxing Moon Designs, be sure to contact the Stitchery Nook and visit Jacquelyn's Etsy shop here.

I still have one more post for the Bittersweet Stitching Sisters and then I'll move on to Christmas...

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. 
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, 
and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
~John 6:35

Blessings, Patti