Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spooky Fob Giveaway Winner

I guess it's a good thing I had this give away on my Birthday, because in all the craziness that is going on in my life, I knew someone would remind me I'm getting old....and that I would remember to pick a name.

Congratulations, Jo who can't think of a clever nickname, you are the winner!!  I have sent off an email requesting your real name and address, and as soon as I get a minute, I'll get your fob in the mail.  

If you haven't signed up for the Breast Cancer Awareness giveaway, there is still time.  Just comment on the post http://tickledpinkinstitches.blogspot.com/2017/10/its-octobertime-for-bca-giveaway.html and you'll be entered.  And PLEASE don't forget to get yourself checked!  Those who love you will thank you!

I did a little more finishing yesterday...just needed to keep my hands busy...so took one of them up for Katie to decorate her room.  Her mom thought I should have put a beard on the snowman so he would look like Ben...haha


I'll be back at the end of the month for the BCA Fob Giveaway...stay tuned...

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Gifted Gorgeousness

What a crazy month this has been.  There is a lot to share so I'm going to get right to it...

First off, let's start with the Gifted Gorgeousness.  This is where we showcase things we've stitched that was either gifted to us (meaning the chart, fabric or floss) or something we are going to gift to others.  I love this Challenge that Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching started.   It gives me incentive to look for things to stitch, and to acknowledge what others have given to me.  It's a way for me to say thank you!  You can sign up for this challenge here and it's never to late to join in the fun.  If you want to see the links and see what others are stitching, you can find it here.  Make sure you say hello to Jo while you're there!

I have been stitching up a storm since the last time I posted.  I'm getting ready for some exchanges and I don't think most of them view my blog.  So I'm going to post all the Christmas ones, because I know they don't, and I will only post the back of the Halloween one until I know she has received it.  It's in the mail now, I really hope she likes it because I was tempted to keep it myself!!  LOL

Here is the Halloween one....I'll show the front once she has received it.  I found this pattern a few years ago and saved it.  It was a freebie, but I unfortunately didn't save the site I found it on...and now I can't find it.  I've been asked by several so if you find the link (I think it was a Japanese site) please leave the website in a comment so others can find it.  Thank you so much!

The next few ornaments came from the 2018 Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue.  I loved stitching these, and even had fun making them into ornaments.




This one is from "My favorite things" by Sue Hillis.  The fabric it is pictured on is the fabric I used to back it.

This one is a Told in a Garden Angel, I think it's 2005.  This is a gift for a friend from college.  I really need to get more finishing done!!

I made two of these...one on 40 ct. and one on 32 count.  Each will be made into a tea cup pincushion.  This was a free pattern from Just Nan called Christmas Hearts.  I have finished the smaller one into the teacup.  I didn't have small enough beads so I used french knots instead.  UGH!!  Thankfully I didn't have too much trouble with them.




My husband knows how much I love a good mystery SAL, so for my birthday he signed me up for 3 of them from Tempting Tangles.  I have really enjoyed stitching on these.  First of is This Corner of Earth.  We are already on part 11.


The second is Wildflower Woodland Quaker Mystery and we are on Part 2.


The third and last is Springtime Easter Delight Mystery.  They can all be found on Tempting Tangles Etsy site.  And they are all only $5.00 until they are finished.  Quite a bargain if you ask me!!


I've been working on the 12 Berries of Christmas that Erica Michaels designed.  I had the first three done and then decided I would do number 12 next.  So here is 12 Drummers Drumming.


I have stitched this before, but made a couple more for exchange pieces.  This is one of the 4 designs in Christmas Basket by The Drawn Thread.



I stitched this with the intention of making a pin pillow for a Halloween exchange but never got the time to finish it before it was time to send out my package.  I will finish it eventually but I might just keep it for myself...haha  This was a freebie pattern, but I can't recall right now where I found it.


This one is also for an exchange I'm doing.  This is Main Street Depot from the Hometown Series from Little House Needleworks.

Quite some time ago, a lady I've met in our local LNS and have stitched with a time or two was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  A group of us got together and stitched her some quilt squares.  She was presented with the quilt last week, so now I'm able to show you our handiwork, and I can show you the quilt square I stitched.  You may know her as the Stitcherista, or perhaps Danielle.  Here is her quilt.  I am sure it means as much to her as mine did to me while I was in the fight.  I hope it brings you comfort and healing.  Get well, quick, Danielle!



 I'm going to finish with this piece.  This is  a pattern that I changed a wee bit to make it look like my son, Ben and his fiance, Katie.  I think he said he found it on reddit.  He asked me to make one for him and Katie as a "just because" gift.  I didn't know, when I was stitching it, that it would probably be one of the last gifts he would give his Love.



You see, Katie has Cystic Fibrosis and she is in the final stage.  I got this framed for her the day before yesterday and we took it to her in the hospital.  That was when they told us that she only has a few days left with us.  But she loved it, and has it sitting where she can see it from her bed.  The date on it is the day they officially started dating.  They were to be married in April next year.  Our hearts are breaking for Katie and Ben and her friends and family.  We've been spending a lot of time at the hospital, so it's been hard to email or keep up with things here in cyber land.  I'm writing this in the wee hours of the morning because we got back from the hospital after midnight and I found I couldn't sleep.  If you are inclined, please pray for these two and their friends and family.  Katie is a special lady, she touched a lot of lives.  She is a fighter but she is weary....and we are going to miss her like crazy.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

It's October....time for a BCA giveaway!

It's October...and you know what that means!  Time for a little PSA and another giveaway!  So....here goes...



A little over 7 years ago, I went in for my annual mammogram.  Nothing seemed unusual until about a week later when I got a call that they needed to do another mammogram.  I didn't share with anyone that I got a call back.  I didn't really think too much about it.  But then it seemed like the never ending appointment, with three calls back to the scanner for another look.  It was a day that changed my life...they found I had breast cancer.  While they caught it early, it turned out to be stage II with lymph node involvement.  I never had breast cancer in my family.  I didn't smoke, drink, or have any other high risk activities that have been known to cause breast cancer.  It totally came out of the blue.  I'm saying all this so that you will give yourself exams, and get those mammograms as soon as you are eligible.  Those who love and care for you are depending on  you to take care of yourself.  Life would be so different for them without you.  




If you aren't sure how to do a breast exam, here is a step by step description.  http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps 

I learned a lot through that experience.  It changed my life in good ways, so though it was a tough road to walk, I learned a lot about myself and I came out the other side with a different perspective on life.  It drew my husband, son and I a lot closer together.  I learned I was tougher than I thought I was, and that life is uncertain so enjoy the ride for as long as you can. 


Having said all that, I'm offering a give away of one of the scissor fobs shown above.  PLEASE share this post with other women and encourage one another to get those annual exams.  Those who love you will thank you for taking care of yourself!!  And if you would like to win one of these, please comment below and I'll have a drawing at the end of the month.  And if you are wondering, it's been 7 years and no sign of the cancer returning.  I'm grateful...and I hope none of you ever have to experience it, but if you do, I hope you find it early like I did.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Giveaway winner AND ANOTHER giveaway!

Hi there, and congratulations to Vickie!!  I'm excited to be offering this chart to you!  Please email me your address and I will get it in the mail shortly!  Vickie won this chart that I happened to have two of!




If you are disappointed that you didn't win, don't despair, I have another one waiting in the wings.  I will start by saying I am  just learning this new "craft" so please don't expect perfection.  In honor of my feeble attempt at "practicing" I'm going to give one of my new creations away.  


And....since fall is here, I thought I would celebrate that with something that goes along with the season.  It's a scissor fob!  I think I'll have the drawing on October 18.  All you need to do is leave a comment below indicating you would like to take part in the giveaway.  Below is a picture of what you could win...


I've been playing around with these and really enjoying the experience!  I've made one for myself...because I love owls.  


I've made a few for other exchanges I'm participating in...






And I've made a few for friends, but they will have to remain a mystery until I've given them away.

Now before you ask, I'm NOT a professional, and do NOT want to sell them.  I'm just playing around because I like to shake up my world now and then!  Hahaha  So.....if you would like to win this fun little scissor fob, please comment below...and tell your friends....who knows, I might want to make a few more and have some seasonal giveaways?!?!?!

Ok, I'll share a few pictures of projects I've been working on.  I finished up September's portion of the Linen & Threads SAL.  If you look back a few posts, I think I posted which colors I found that will substitute for the vintage Bucilla Thread I am using.  I'm stitching this on 28 ct black over one.  It's not too late to jump in on this free SAL.  You can find the patterns here.  Normally I don't have too much trouble but for some reason, September's portion was giving me quite a challenge.  Lots of frogs came to visit (is it frog hunting season yet, because I'm ready to annihilate those suckers!!) Maybe I need to make some adjustments to my reading glasses?




I finished up the 10th part of This Corner of Earth.  This is a SAL offered by Tempting Tangles.  I love her choice of colors and those little houses are just too much fun to stitch!!  I worked on this yesterday while on a stitch date with Awesome Astrid and the Lovely Ms. D.  What a fun afternoon full of giggles and chatting.  Thanks for hosting Astrid, and let's do this again soon!


 I started another Christmas ornament....I've stitched this one before, but this one is for an exchange.  I Love it, and I think I'll substitute a few little things here and there to make it a little more fun.  This is from the Hometown Holiday Series by Little House Needleworks.



Last, but not least, is the third part of the Summer Schoolhouse Lesson number 3 by With Thy Needle & Thread.  I'm loving this series!   This is stitched over one using the recommended threads.  Lesson 4 should be out soon!  Can't wait!!


Guess that's all the news that's fit to print.  I'll see you back here on the 18th for the reveal of who has won the fob.  Have a wonderful Sunday and happy stitching!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September Gifted Gorgeousness

Well...I'm kinda amazed at how much stitching I've been able to get done lately.  I've actually had more time at home than I have had and it feels good to get some stitching accomplished.  

If you are unfamiliar with Gifted Gorgeousness, this is a challenge hosted by Jo over at Serendipitous stitching.  If you go to her blog you can check out what others are stitching for this challenge where we either use materials that are gifted to us, or we are stitching for someone else.  You can find the rules here and also sign up, it's never to late to join in.  So....sign up here....or see what others are stitching here.  Thanks again, Jo, for hosting this fun challenge.  I just love searching through my stash and seeing what I can find to stitch for this!!

Where do I start?  Hm....well while my friend, Donna, was visiting, I asked her to choose some ornaments she would like me to stitch.  We started searching the freebies offered by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum which you can find here.  Donna picked out two,  from the years 1997 and 2005.  Here are the finished stitching.  They are stitched on 32 count raw Belfast linen over two.  I changed a few things here and there, didn't use all the beads they suggested and substituted a gold thread by Rainbow Gallery rather than the DMC metallic thread.  I'm thinking I might stitch them again on 28 count over one, we'll see.





I stitched a couple of patriotic patterns for an auction in August that went to benefit a program designed to help service members and first responders suffering from PTSD.  They were received so well, I decided to stitch a couple more.  I had so many problems with this pattern though...and still there are errors I didn't want to fix.  I haven't decided yet if I'll donate this one or stitch another but here is Lady Liberty by Blackbird Designs.  I'll  eventually get this made into a drum...and that's another story.  I'll have to figure out how to do that...LOL  See if you can find my mistake in the bottom picture...



My husband generously gave me this SAL for Mother's Day.  He ordered them to arrive when they are released, the fabric and the floss.  I have been trying to keep up, and have finished the first two in the series and started the third.  These are Summer Schoolhouse Lessons 1, 2, and part of 3 by With Thy Needle & Thread.  These are stitched on 28 ct Lugana Light Taupe (the original fabric called for was Mushroom but they were out of it and I took their suggestion and started using this fabric.  I can't say I'm overly excited how it looks, but I'm getting used to it.)



I signed up for a Hallween Exchange in one of the Yahoo groups I belong to, and started stitching just in case things get a little hectic later on.  Here is a tease of two of the patterns I stitched.   Which one will I choose?  I'll show you next time after my partner has received her ornament!


While this next one isn't really considered a part of Gifted Gorgeousness, I thought I would show you my progress on This Corner of Earth SAL that I'm participating in.  I have finished part 9.  This is a SAL offered through Tempting Tangles and I just love stitching on it!


Remember, the drawing for the giveaway is happening on the 24th.  If you want to sign up to be in the running and see what I'm offering, please see the previous post and leave a comment!  Thanks for visiting...see you next time!