If I could manage to blog more often, my posts wouldn't be so overwhelmingly long! LOL
So, where to start?
In my last post I forgot to talk about the goodies that Jen sent me. First, she sent back a birthday present that my ribbon-eating cat had eaten the ribbon off of (and she was nice enough to fix it for me!) - it's the cutest Britty Kitty from Brittercup Designs (from Britty Kitties III) that she made into a needlebook, and I didn't show it the first time I received it because I didn't have my blog then.
She also sent me a birthday present for this year - another kitty (LOL), this time from Prairie Schooler's Barnyard Christmas and made to cover a tin. This was her first tin finish and I think it looks great!
And last, but certainly not least, was my PIF gift - and yes, it's another kitty! It's the kitty from EEKology by The Trilogy. I LOVE how she finished this - such a good idea. I've filled it with kisses for my desk at work (then my ribbon-eating cat can't get to it!). Thanks again for all the kitties Jen!
Now, on to the color exchange. I sent to Nancy, and her color choice was green. I found all kinds of fun green goodies (even nail polish! LOL)
My stitched piece was a little turtle pin cushion from Quaker Turtles by With My Needle. Isn't he adorable? He's stitched with Forest Glade Sampler Thread from The Gentle Art. And the fabric is a 32 ct Silkweaver Solo.
Here's the underside - I have to admit, I felt bad turning this little guy on his back! LOL
I also sent her a piece of muslin and a skein of thread that I dyed last spring at our Get Together in Wisconsin. And I made her a little beaded "frogger".
Even though it's summer and Nancy lives in a very warm climate, I decided to knit her a scarf as well. I used some yarn that Jodi sent me last December - it's really soft! And I used my stand-by Elongated Brick pattern - LOL -I think this is the 5th scarf I've made with that pattern. And since my neighbor was admiring this one while I was working on it, and I have quite a bit of yarn left, I've started another one for her! I also tried my hand at stitching a pot scrubber with strips of nylon netting. I have one that my dad gave me that he bought from a lady who makes them, and it works really well. Hopefully this one will too!
At our May Stamp Club meeting, we made the cutest card and altered pop-top can - and I thought since they had green on them, they'd be perfect for the color exchange. The can is SO cool. You can see the instructions for making one here. The can has gummy worms inside of it and Kathy commented that "a can of worms" was a clever idea - I hadn't even thought of it that way! LOL
The color exchange package I received was a beautiful red one from Gaby! Isn't all this red striking? Included in the package was one of her beaded scissors fobs (a good excuse to get a new pair of scissors, don't you think? LOL).
And she stitched me the most beautiful biscornu! The pattern is Rhapsody in Red part II from Sampler Cove.
Here's the front...
...and here's the back
And look at this amazing edging! I just love the beads with the ribbon threaded through - and the bows on the corners! Thank you so much Gaby for the fun package!
Some other stitching I've finished lately is Marilynne's pick for the Kit Exchange - a Prairie Schooler freebie - and a Zippie kit from Bent Creek called 123 Blackbird that I got from Jodi. Since it's stitched with perle cotton on 18 ct, it was a nice change from all the over-one I've been doing lately! LOL
For Father's Day, I gave my dad the June projects from Stamp Club - this bag of peanuts and card. Now, the bag was suppose to say "I'm nuts about you!", but I really wanted to make something funnier than that - and I dad is a great sport with a wonderful sense of humor! Our club coordinator, Dana, just started a website that shows the projects we've made, upcoming projects and other ideas - you can see it here.
And on top of the stitching, stamping and knitting, I've been able to squeeze in some beading! I bought these beads last July at the Gem Fair in Salt Lake City. They are Lapis, and I bought them specifically to make something for my step-mother. Her birthday is this week, so I'm thrilled to have these done for her. I got the inspiration from a lariat necklace in the January 2008 issue of Bead Style Magazine. You can see the original project here.
I think that about covers it for now - LOL. Now let's see if I can do the next post a little sooner :)