Saturday, May 29, 2010

Time on my hands

what a wonderful experience!
My house is clean and organized. I've had lunch dates with friends and some thrifty shopping time. And, I have had lots of stitching time - hooray! It's a wonderful start to my summer.
I started Jean Rattray (another A&E) - it has lots of green and apples with white centers - not sure what that is about.

Jean Rattray
Threads of Gold
40 ct something, recommended threads

I also finished my May ornament (SAL with Siobhan and Lois). This is a Shepherd's Bush ornament from the 2006 magazine. It was a fun & easy project.
Mary & Joseph
Shepherd's Bush
32 ct something, recommended threads

I received a wonderful surprise package from Terri. It was so prettily wrapped and packed in a cute, cute basket (that I failed to photograph). Aren't these strawberries so very sweet - I love each and every one of them! Terri, thank you so very much - it was such a delightful surprise to receive something handmade from you - I will treasure these always!

I received a package from Deb and, once again, she worked her magic. Deb, you are the best!

Cross-Eyed Cricket
Recommended Fabric & Fiber

The Prairie Schooler - 2006 CS Ornaments
Unknown Fabric & Recommended Fiber

And lastly, I was the lucky winner of one of Becky's wonderful giveaways. If you have not visited her blog, please do so. She is a talented woman with a big heart. So many wonderful charts - I am in stitching heaven. Thanks, Becky!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. To those who have loved one in the armed forces, we are most grateful for their service to our country. My grandfather (WWII), father (Vietnam), and brother (Air Force) served in the military.

Happy Stitching!



Margaret said...

What lovely stitching! I'm going to have to look up that Threads of Gold A&E. I love A&Es. lol! Love your ornies too. And what lovely strawberries from Terri, and wonderful finishing from Deb! Lucky you to win some stash too. :D Enjoy your extra time!

Anonymous said...

Your ornaments are wonderful! Love the finishing on your rabbits and the PS Winter!

You are off to a great start on your latest A&E! Go Cari!

Enjoy your weekend and the coming week!


Cindy's Stitching said...

The strawberries are adorable. The bunnies are so cute love those. I like the piece your are working on. Congrats on winning some charts.

Nancy said...

Such beautiful stitching, and I love your strawberries! The rabbit and winter house are finished beautifully!

Hope the rest of your summer goes as wonderful as the beginning!

Susimac said...

Wonderful ornaments, love those rabbits. What gorgeous strawberries you received from your friend.
Congrats on winning one of Becky's giveaways she always does such wonderful ones.

KarenV said...

Your finished ornaments look wonderful - Deb did a great job with the finishing, particularly on the bunnies! Nice progress on your A&E and I like your May ornament too.

Siobhan said...

Your latest A&E start looks great--you've made wonderful progress! Love the packages from Terri and Becky--lucky you! My mouth fell open at the pieces from Deb--always fantastic!! Wow. Great job on the ornaments, too!

Solstitches said...

Wow! What a lovely post full of delightful eye candy.
Those little bunny ornaments are so sweet and your Adam and Eve sampler is going to be magnificent.
What a fantastic prize you won in the giveaway too.
Congrats on your graduation and happy summer to you.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your A&E start looks great. Threads of Gold has some wonderful samplers. The ornies look great and all those strawberries from Terri... wonderful.
So many lovely packages in the the mail.
So glad that you're enjoying your 'down time'.

Katrina said...

Isn't it nice that your time is your own again :-). Everything is gorgeous, love the ornaments and sampler and what a fun gift.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What an awesome start on the A&E sampler - hte green color is gorgeous! Great new stash from Becky and the SB finish is wonderful! You're welcome for the strawberries - I hope you can put them to good use. The finishes Deb did for you are awesome - absolutely perfect!

Have a great day, a great weekend and enjoy your much deserved free time!

Michelle said...

Great start - that's some quick stitching - it's going to be a beautiful piece!

Deb's finishes are certainly stunning!

Enjoy the lovely charts :)

Deb said...

Jean Rattray looks wonderful. Perhaps I should start her - Ann and I aren't getting along lately. Love your ornaments too. And the strawberries from Terri are great too! And love your Rabbits. Deb did a wonderful job on them for you.

Glad that you're getting so much done now that you have the time!! Stitch up some of those wonderful charts that you received!!!

Lois said...

Sounds like you're really making the most of all that extra time on your hands - enjoy!!

I love your new start and look forward to watchng your progress. Love the SB ornament finishes. What a great package of finishing from Deb! The bunnies are so cute and the ornaments are great.

You've been receiving some very nice packages in the mail. Love the strawberries from Terri and a ver nice giveaway to win.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on your graduation! It must feel so great to have time for your hobbies after the long period of learning and working. Enjoy your stitching.

Loraine said...

Your samplers are looking great! Congrats on your win, and as for Terri, I don't think there is a nicer person! What a darling set of strawberries!
Have a great holiday.

JOLENE said...

Hi Cari,

Your JR is looking fabulous! You finally have some well deserved time on your hands. I am sooo happy for you, you are so deserving of them. Cute bunnies, sweet strawberries and ornies, not to mention your stash winnings!! Congrats!! Have a lovely week my friend. Smiles....

Myra said...

So much eye candy for me to see here today! Love, love, the bunny finishes and what a great start on your sampler. Congrats on your win - Becky is a sweetheart and so generous too.

Raven/Missy said...

Your sampler and ornie stitches look great!

You received a bunch of wonderful gifts and stash! Congratulations.

staci said...

Lucky you~~clean house, dates with your hubby, lovely stitching projects and gorgeous finishes!!! Not sure which of these things I'm most jealous of, lol!!!

Sally said...

Lovely stitching and finishing! Those strawberries you received are gorgeous:)

MyLifesAStitch said...

So much eye candy, I don't even know where to start! :) wonderful start on Jean Rattray! She's going to be a beauty. And, yay you on the win and the strawberries from Terri!

So glad you've been getting more quality time with the people you love now that your schedule is freed up. Have a great week! :)

Hazel said...

Wonderful stitching and what great gifts you got. Lovely stash haul from Becky too. Thanks for visiting my blog. x

Kajsa said...

Jean looks just lovely! I like the green and red. And your finishes looks so great. Deb did a wonderful job too.

Congratulation on the wins and nice packages. Those strawberries are so neat!

marylin & poussy said...

hello it's very lovely !

best regard, in FRance

Melissa said...

It's the weekend and I can do some catch up on blogs!

Cari, I love the piece you are stitching! The colours are just wonderful! The ornaments are lovely too and how lucky are you to win all those goodies.

But most of all, congratulations on your graduation!

Cindy said...

I absolutely love how those bunnies are finished!

Michelle said...

Oh my!!! What beautiful things. Your new A&E is gorgeous - love all that green and red. I've never seen this one before. I wish I could stitch faster so I could collect A&E patterns to do. I've never seen this one before! And your finishing from Deb is fabulous as well - what a great job she does. Terri sent you the sweetest strawberries! I'm going to have to make some of these myself one of these days. Too cute!

Valerie said...

Oh, Cari! I am woefully behind in my blog reading but imagine my suprise and glee when I read about your graduation!!! I know how proud you must feel! I graduated a year ago with my B.A. in History and I must say it was the proudest day of my life. I hope you savored every moment and are very proud of your hard work! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I am so glad that you have more time for friends, family and stitching! I love your new A&E and look forward to more progress pics! Hope you are staying over the mountain we are sizzling! Take care!

Vinniey said...

Hi Cari, beautiful start on Threads of Gold. I adored Terri's handmade strawberries, all of them are so cute! :) And the rabbit ornaments are cute too, Deb have done a great job, I love the finishing. Congrats on the wins and happy stitching, Cari! :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Congrats on the graduation! I missed that post. You must be so thrilled - well done!!!

Love the new A&E sampler. The colors are really bold and pretty. Awesome little SB finish and the ornaments are fabulous.

I was looking at those strawberries thinking I made some similar to that a while back - forgot all about 'em. Hope you can use them for fobs or something.

Hugs from Michigan!