Wishing everybody a joyous and happy day. I hope that you may all be surrounded with the ones you love. To those who serve overseas and their families we thank you for our continued freedom. Merry Christmas!
I want to thank you all for your emails and comments on my give-a-way. I wish I could give something to everybody, but stay tuned I will do this again very soon!!! As promised it's Hallowe'en and the winner is Allison H! Please email me with your address and the charts you want =)
Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Autumn season. The leaves are changing and we are getting to see a lot more of that change because the weather has been mild and the leaves are staying on the trees longer....that's what the weather guy says anyway... Well enough science... LOL
I have a couple of give-a-ways here that I'm planning on and I hope you will all enter for a chance to win!
I am almost to 2000 members in my Yahoo Group! WOOHOO! I love these stitchers and I am so honored so many like to come togther on our little space on the web. I will be doing a give-a-way when we reach the 2000. So if you are not part of our group where we have exclusive freebies, swaps, challenges, and games click the Stichy Witchy on the right side panel and join us!!!
The second give-a-way is going to be a little different. You will receive an entry for each of the following steps. I will be giving away 6 designs of your choosing..this is for any chart your little heart desires..even the new Angels and Bride's Tree.
Post about my give-a-way on your blog
Comment on this blog post
Like Brooke's Books Publishing on Facebook
Tweet about the give-a-way
refer a friend to our yahoo group
Please email me letting me know which of the above things you've done and I will enter you in the drawing that many times =) I will be drawing names on Hallowe'en!!!!
Thank you all for your continued support of Brooke's Books Publishing!!!
Well....as you can see by my lack of blog posting I have been enjoying SUMMER! We had a very long cold spring. I guess they call it a Dog Wood Winter? I have many other things I call it...none of them sound nearly as nice as that... I personally am holding out for an Indian summer. The last half of July and all of August have been perfect! I think if we would have had a proper summer I would be ready for Fall. It is my favorite time of the year, and it has Hallowe'en!!!! It is what it is...and isn't change the one thing in life we can guarantee on?
I have been doing a small amount of stitching and am really happy with the progress of this piece. I picked it up a few months ago for my cousin Heidi's wedding gift, unfortunately it wasn't done by the wedding because I ran out of floss. Once I am finished with this piece I will have it framed and get back to BBD Anniversaries of the Heart. I have some changing and fixing to do on that, but it is a lovely piece. My plan is to finish it over the winter, and then next year get all of those little things like ornaments and such done before I decide on another large piece. I will keep you up to date with my progress.
I hope you all are enjoying a beautiful June day. It's warm here....finally!!! I've been working on BBD Anniversaries of the Heart. I still have to go back and fix January. I am waiting for some new threads to come in. February is dedicated...so far...to my cousin Heidi (Bear is her real middle name). She is two years older than me and is my sister more than my cousin. I love her more than words. This is a picture of me and her with our Uncle Shawn on his 50th birthday.
My Nany was also born in February, and I may work her into this piece or into another. I tried to go through all of my charts and assign them...well that hasn't worked too well. I will probably end up leaving a few of them blank and going back to fill them in at the end.
I took a siesta from Anniversaries to whip out our latest freebies in the Stitcher's Alphabet, S & T. T was fun...I don't know that it's perfect, but its a really pretty letter. You can get them all on the website - www.brookesbooks.com
Well, I've found my camera! And now I need some advice...I appreciate any comment on this.
Here is my progress on Blackbirds Anniversaries of the Heart. While I will need to rip out part of this...as I am one stitch off...ugh. I added an extra one...but that is not my concern. My concern is color. I must have gotten the most muted batches of these colors! I am stitching with the colors used in the design but see how different mine are? The roof on the house, the front face of the house, the peacock? I've checked and recheck labels to make sure I'm not losing it..=) Click on any photo and you can zoom in on it.
So what would you do? Leave it? Order another batch of these colors and see if the dye lot is different? Use other colors...any suggests? I like the neutrality to this design, but I'm not loving some of the colors that should be standing out more..does that make sense? Any suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you in advance!
In the mean time, I'm on to the second chart...this one is working out well for me so far.
I also wanted to share my little bluebird. I stitched him up quickly last weekend while teaching an embroidery class. I'm trying to figure out what to do with him next.......
And finally....these are the last designs I don't have claimed in my give-a-way. Please contact me...if I don't hear from the winners I will repost these next week.
I have really slacked off on my giveaways! I went on a business trip to Mexico and it required a lot of prep work..and then I went and enjoyed some sun..and worked hard. Now I'm back and I'm trying to do all the work from all the business created in Mexico and still finding little things my husband and/or kids did or didn't do while I was away...it's amazing all the little things that keep popping up. At any rate I am sincerely sorry for not getting these out.
However, I only have 4 of the giveaways on my desk and ready to go. They are to Pike, Mrs MJ in Sheffield, Penny B, & Joyce F. I haven't gotten emails from anyone else with their addresses. I am shipping these out tomorrow and any others that email me I will ship within the week. If I do not hear from you by Friday of next week I'm going to repost the charts not claimed. So if you email me and do not receive a response please know I didn't get it. I will check my comments here just in case you are trying to email me and don't hear back.
My email address is meagan at brookesbooks dot com.
I have some progress on my Blackbird Anniversaries of the Heart, but I can't seem to find my camera...I didn't even take it with me to Mexico. Hopefully, I will locate it soon as I am in need of some opinions!
I hope you all are not having the snow we are. March is roaring like a lion around here. I'm over it =) I am hanging on to the fact that I will be lounging by the beach in Cabo a month from today and for a whole week I don't have to answer the question...WHAT'S FOR DINNER MOM! It's actually a "work" trip...but there will be plenty of beach bumming and ocean swimming.
Last night I finished stitching the Traveling Stitcher by LHN. I now have to back these and sew them on. I may get to it soon...not in the mood today.. LOL
I have myself all set to start Blackbird Anniversaries of the Heart. This first one will be for my Grandma Nellie. I just thought of her when I saw all of the snow as she lives in Alaska. My Grandfather was born in January and I think I may add him here somewhere as well. He passed in 2004. He and Grandma Nellie are my Dad's parents. I'll post as soon as I finish this first piece =)
If you'd like the chart for the Traveling Stitcher...leave me a comment and I'll draw a name next week!
Thank you all for your kind comments and entries. I have used a random generator and these are the winners! Please email me with your address and I'll get it sent out this week!
Cardinal Winter - Mary Joan Joy to the World - Penny B Under the Tree - Joyce Peppermint Twist - Michelle Frosty Flakes - Rhea LHN Thread Packs - Maureen Needle & Thread - Tina Chocolate Box - Ruth Gingerbread Cottage - Pike
I have two more finishes to share! It's for sure a record now! This is Fauna the Fairy Witch. She was a lot of fun to stitch. She's up next to her sister Gwen...LOL. Of course I just realized I forgot her fairy wings so I'll have to pull out the Kreinik ribbon and attach those. And by the way...I think I need a new camera...I can't be this bad of a photographer =)
The next one (which I finished last week) Is Cardinal Winter by LHN it is the first ornament of 2011. I hope to get the finish done on a whole stack of ornaments so I can put them up this year.
Good news! The lovely ladies at ABC Stitch have sent my fabric for Blackbird Anniversaries. So I'll be starting that as soon as it gets here =)
And now...some stash to give-a-way
Little House Ornaments:
- Cardinal Winter - Joy to the World - Under the Tree - Peppermint Twist - Frosty Flakes
I've just finished off P, Q, and R of our freebies The Stitcher's Alphabet. We have a SAL going now and I'm glad to be caught up. Now I think I'm going to whip out the 1st Little House Ornament. I'm still semi-patiently waiting my fabric so I can start Blackbird's Anniversaries of the Heart. Have a happy Sunday!
I'm in some kind of crazy alternate universe...I've finished another piece! Well, I don't deserve to much praise for this. It was all but done...I just had to make a correction. This piece is a freebie from Brooke I started many moons ago. It was the first piece I'd ever done on a fabric other than 14ct Aida or perforated paper. When I finished this project years ago I realized that the right vine was seriously off count and over about 4 more spaces then it should have been. I found this today and decided it was the day to fix it. I frogged out the vine and restitched it. I found several little miscounts in this project...as you can see my 1999 isn't centered =) I've decided not to go crazy and to let it be what it is...not perfect. It represents a beginning. So I'm going to find a frame and hang it proudly. I really do love this design!
I just finished Bent Creek's Big Round Zipper! I am so excited I actually took a picture and voila here you go! My first finish for 2011. Now I'm off to make some felt food for the kids' kitchen...pancakes I believe!
We have a Season's House Series we are giving to our group as a challenge. The next challenge is Winter House. Our members can stitch the design as is, add/change elements, colors, buttons, beads, etc. They then post their finishes and the group does a poll vote on the one they like the best. The one with the most votes wins 6 Brooke's Books designs of their choosing! The Stitch Witch on the right will link you to our group page if you'd like to join in on the fun.