Monday, October 15, 2018

October Gifted Gorgeousness

Good Morning!

It's a crisp and cloudy fall day here today.  Seems we've had a lot of those lately.  I really miss the sunshine, but I'm thankful for the cooler days.  Don't you love curling up with a warm blanket, a cup of something warm, and your stitching in hand?  I know I do!!

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness, a challenge organized by Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching.  Here is where we showcase gifts that we have either given or received.  If you want to know the rules, you can read about them here.  Or if you want to see what folks have been posting about, you can see who has contributed and visit their blogs from here.  As always, I give a big shout out to Jo, who creates all these lovely challenges and who makes blogging fun!  Thank you Jo!  

I've been so busy getting ready for the retreat, vacation (which I still haven't blogged about, shame on me!!) and now another exchange I'm working on, that I haven't had much time to stitch for myself.  S0...I don't have much I can show (as some are gifts) but I can show a few things.  

First off (and I was hoping I would finish this year) is a gift my husband gave me for Christmas a few years back.  This is Winter's Majesty a Maia kit.  She still has a lot more to do, but she's getting there.  She was my WIP Wednesday piece for most of the year, but I think I'm going to set her aside next month, just for a break.  I'll show before and after pictures here of my work for the past month.




Next is a gift a stitch friend gave me that she picked up at the Silver Needle.  It was an exclusive to their shopt.  This friend goes all over to retreats (isn't she a lucky duck??) and when I heard she was going there I asked her to pick up this pattern.  Then she wouldn't let me pay her for it!!  It really has "ME" written all over it.  This is Stitching in the Garden by Blackberry Lane Designs.  There are two sides to the finished pillow, here is the first side and I'm working on the second side.



Next is Through the Window by Ship's Manor.  It is a SAL my husband bought for me last Christmas and each piece comes out at the beginning of the month.  I can hardly wait to stitch the next installment when it arrives!




Next is Blue Poppy Learning Sampler, a SAL by Tempting Tangles.  I just LOVE this piece!  I am a month behind right now, but I was a month behind last time too.  It comes out on the 10th of the month so I never have time to get it ready for this post.  This was also a gift from my husband for Mother's Day.  This is a SAL offered by Tempting Tangles which is only $12.00 while the SAL is going on.  You can find this here.




I think I may have shown this in a previous post, but this is Holy Nativity, a gift from another friend of mine.  It was a gold collection petite kit.  I finished this while I was at the retreat.  I have plans how I want to finish it, and have all the materials to do just that, so hopefully by next month I'll be able to show you the final finish!



I am participating in an exchange in December.  This is one of the things I'm stitching for her.  It isn't finished and I don't think you can tell from this what the finished piece will look like, so I'll be showing this here.  I won't be able to show the finished project until maybe January.  


I have a friend who is having a "milestone" birthday next month.  She never looks at my blog...but just in case....I'll have to show what I'm making for her next month, but here is a little snippit....



I have a few things that were gifted to me that will probably be finding their way on the hoop soon.  Here is a gift from my son for my anniversary, 

a gift from DH for our anniversary (a Chatelaine Design you can view here) which I'm itching to start VERY soon,



and a finished gift and some kits from my exchange partner at the retreat.  Can't wait!!



Don't forget to sign up for the giveaway in the last post!!  I have found more fobs, so there may be more than 2 winners!!  

I think that's all I can show for the time being.  I hope you all are enjoying your fall weather and looking forward to some lovely stitching days at home, curled up in your favorite stitching spot!  Happy Stitching!



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Giveaway!!

And as promised, I'm here with a giveaway!!  I've made two scissor fobs...that means there will be two winners!  So here's how you enter.



Make a comment below telling me when you had your last breast exam.  It can be from your doctor, your annual mammogram, or even your self exam.  If it's been less than a year, you are entered!!  I will hold the drawing on the 31st of the month.  That gives you 19 days to get your exam and enter!  Ready....set....GO!!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Retreat!!


Where do I begin?  Let's start by saing....I had fun!!  I can't believe I didn't get much stitching done, I was too busy running around like a crazy woman!!  There were vendors galore, and I couldn't help but add to my stash, I'll explain in a minute.

Before the retreat we were given a stitch exchange partner.  Mine REALLY outdid herself and I was truly spoiled!!  She made this lovely pouch, stitched the piece on the front and finished it herself (I think I need sewing lessons from this lady!!).  It was full of all kinds of goodies, a needle case, a pair of scissors, and this snow buddies stitch etui.  I can't wait to get started on that, but I will have to wait until I get my Christmas stitching done first!  She also threw in 4 kits, you can see one of them there.  Aren't I a lucky duck??



Mine that I gave paled in comparison, here is a picture of the box I gave her.  There are a few things in there, like my name tag, that weren't hers.  I hope she liked it!  There was a stitched stand up, a pair of scissors, a scissor fob, a project bag full of a pattern, fabric and floss to complete it.




I was flabbergasted when I won TWO prizes.  Whoo hoo!!  One was a gift certificate to Needleworkers Delight vendors....ironically I had just ordered some fabric that I have had a hard time finding.  They laughed when I won, but I was able to treat myself to these goodies!



The second was this zippered hooded sweatshirt...it was even my size!!!  I had contemplated ordering one, but decided to save my money for goodies at the retreat.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed I would win.  Yay me!!



I took a class from Pat Carson.  She retired after these last two classes that she gave.  Here are the goodies we got from her class.  I am going to stitch the kits as soon as I finish Christmas stitching.  I learned some really valuable things in her class, picked up this lovely needle nanny that was specially made for our class, and got to meet the designer of the first projects I ever stitched.  She is such a lovely person!! 



Ok, the ladies from Stitching from Stash only are going to blow a gasket, but I just HAD to order a few things.  I saw these fabrics from Under the Sea Fabrics, and fell in love.  Can you see the glitter?  These ladies were so nice, and even offered to go home and dye more fabric if I wasn't happy with this piece.  I'll make do!!  I have a project in mind for these....To be seen AFTER Christmas.....haha  I have some patterns that I want to stitch on one piece of fabric and didn't have one that was just right.  Am I forgiven??



I also saw my buddy, Peggy who is one of the ladies who owns BFF pouches.  She and her business partner hand make these lovely stitch bags.  I bought some at the first retreat I attended and just HAD to get more!  Aren't they lovely?  And they practically sold out at this retreat!!  People know quality when they see it!!  I made some ornaments for her and was able to give them to her then too!  Can you see all that glittery goodness in the one bag?  That was a bag of bits we got from Kreinik who happened to stop by with those for us!  I used some of them to stitch my pumpkins!



At the retreat they had what they called "a pumpkin carving station".  This lady sold her charts and if you brought a pumpkin she would drill holes for you to stitch her patterns on your pumpkin.  I brought 3 pumpkins, but only had holes drilled for two.  I'm hoping my friend's husband will be able to drill holes when he gets his new dremel!  Aren't they awesome!!



Whew....so with all that going on, I really didn't have much time for stitching.  I was able to finish Holy Nativity...and now I'll be looking for fabric to finish it as a flat fold.  I'll be able to decorate for Christmas with it then, and tuck it away easily when the holidays are over.  



I started on this pattern from Nebby Needle and finished it when I got home.



I also finished another Nebby Needle pattern after I got home, I've had both of these in my stash forever!!



While I was away, the rest of my materials to start a Chatelaine Design Mandala arrived.  Here are all the lovely fibers and beads.  It's going to be spectacular.  And I got to meet Meanne from Bush Mountain who actually had the 32 ct. Black Lugana I have been searching for.  She brought the fabric to the retreat and I was able to pick it up from here.  It's all here now (a gift from my husband for our Anniversary in August).  You'll be seeing this on the hoop soon!!  Can't wait!!



I guess that's all the news that's fit to print.  I'll be back soon with pictures from our vacation soon.  Happy Stitching everbody!!  PS....did you get your annual breast exam?


Monday, October 1, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness 2018



Hello my friends!  It's the first of October, and you know what that means!?!?!  Yes, I'm here to nag you about those pesky exams.  Every year someone writes that they WON'T get squished.  I know it's uncomfortable, believe me I've been poked and prodded, cut and sewn (believe me I would love to give a certain surgeon some lessons on sewing!!) so I get it being uncomfortable.  But  (you knew there would be a but, right?) I kind of enjoy walking on the earth, smelling the roses, listening to the birds sing and kids laughing.  

I don't know where I would be today if it hadn't been for them finding my breast cancer early.  I wrote about my experience when they found the cancer.  Now I kind of hesitate to share the post again, but I have to say, the initial mammogram was NOT this uncomfortable.  When they called me back to confirm their suspicions was when the procedure got more uncomfortable.  If you want a laugh, you can read my original post here.

I usually have a give away in October.  I haven't quite decided what to give this year.  It will probably be a scissor fob.  There will be something, and when I decide what that will be I will post it, so stay tuned!  In the meanwhile, please, for the sake of those you love and who love you in return, go and get your annual exam and perform your monthly exam!!  Your loved ones will thank you!  And please, share this post so others will be encouraged to keep checking!  Here is a link to  a page that will tell you how to do a breast exam.  

Stay healthy, my friends!!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

September Gifted Gorgeousness



Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today is the day we show all our gifted gorgeousness, things we've been given, or things we are giving away.  It's been a busy month here at DJ's Digs, though I don't have a lot to show for it.  Anyway, if this is the first time you've heard about Gifted Gorgeousness, you should bop over to our hostesses blog and read all about it HERE.  Jo, over at Serendipitous Stitching, can tell you much better about it, and you can sign up if you are interested, it's never too late!  OR, if you just want to see what everyone else is stitching this month, you can drop by HERE and check out the other gorgeousness going on around the web!

As I said, I really don't have much to show as far as stitching goes this time.  I have been making ornaments for a retreat I'm going to.  Pat Carson will be there, and she asks for donations every year of ornaments to give to children who have lived through a tragedy.  Could be a natural disaster, or other man made disaster...and since she is retiring after this retreat, they thought it would be grand to send her off with a LOT of stitched ornaments.  These are the last four I'll be making.  Some of the previous ornaments I have posted will be going to her as well.   Three of the patterns are from Christmas Memories by Sue Hillis Designs.  The last is a Precious Moments Christmas ornament that Pat Carson designed.


I was given a kit from a friend a few months ago.  I love it and had hoped I could finish it before Christmas, but I'm not sure I'll make it that far.  Here is Holy Nativity a Dimensions kit.  I love the little animals in the foreground.



I've been working on Winter's Majesty for a few years now.  I had it on my list to finish this year.  So many things keep getting in the way, so I doubt I'll get it finished before the end of the year...but here's where I am now.  The last time I worked on it I mainly did backstitching so it really doesn't look like much progress.  I'll show before and after pictures so you can see the difference.

Before:


After:


I've been working on Through the Window, a SAL through Ship's Manor.  I've barely started on September, but I have done a little.  I'm hoping, now that I've finished Christmas ornaments, that I can catch up on SAL's I've been working on.  


I have put together a box of goodies for my retreat exchange partner.  Because she has my blog address I'm not going to show it to you now, but next month (if I remember) I'll post a picture.  

My friend who is going with me (we share the same first name so are calling ourselves the Double D's) and I have put together a basket of goodies to raffle at the retreat for a wounded warrior and his family who have gone through some rough times.  Here is a picture of the basket.  There are two stitched pillows (I made one and Ms. D made the other),  a patriotic pattern with fabric and floss to finish it, a needle nanny, scissors and fob to match, a painted wooden star, and the basket was handmade by Ms. D's husband.  We are going to put it together better soon, and make it more presentable, but I thought you might like to see what was in it.  I made the needle nanny and the scissor fob too!


That's all for the gifted gorgeousness portion!  I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks, I'll save that for another post.  We have also been having our deck repaired, so perhaps I'll show pictures of that progress too.  Sadly, Florence got in the way of finishing it up.  I'll have to show before and after pictures when all is done.  That is what has been keeping me busy!!  And now I'm off to spend the day with DH.  I REALLY have missed stitching...haha.  Hopefully I'll have more to show next time!  

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Summer Postcard Blog Hop


Hi!  And welcome to my little corner of the world and the Summer Postcard Blog Hop that Jo, over at Serendipitous Stitching, is hosting!  

This postcard comes from Vickie of A Stitcher's Story.  


And here is her message:

Hello sweet friend! I am sending you a little bit of the beach and a tiny star fish too! I hope you are out enjoying the sunshine this summer. My family enjoys lots of frozen custard🍦all summer long. We live in the frozen custard capital of the world!😋
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Vickie🐩

You can hop on over to Vickie's blog here and continue on your journey.  CLICK HERE

If you would like to start your hop from the beginning, you can start on Jo's blog at this blog entry.  Scroll to the bottom and you'll find the list.  It's fun visiting the other blogs...so enjoy hopping around and it's fun to leave a little message as you go!  I know the blog writers will appreciate a note.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Finishing Frenzy

Whew....now don't faint.  I know it must seem odd for me to post TWO posts in a month haha but I have something to show you!!

Quite some time ago, I took part in a Round Robin where we sent off small projects to members of the group, they stitched them, and returned them to us to finish them off!  I have quite a few of these strawberries, and I've been working on the 12 days of Christmas by Erica Michaels too!  I had asked a friend to teach me how to finish them, and so I finally got to her house yesterday and I learned how.  They are a little fussy, but actually not as hard as I had imagined.  I came home to finish putting the tops on them.  This is what I came up with...


So...the lesson I learned today....don't be afraid to try something new!  I'm thankful for my friend who taught me how to finish these, I really didn't want to mess them up after all the hard work my friends had put in.  Now I just need to find a way to display them.....