Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stashing and Framing (But Barely Any Stitching)

Woo Hoo!  I finally got some framing back from Joanne's.  It took forever, but they had one of their great sales again, so I was all over that!  Usually it only takes a week or two, but it took four weeks this go around.

Cape Cod Girls
The Primitive Needle
36 ct. Highland Fabric
GAST Threads

I just love the frame for this one.  This picture doesn't do it justice, but it looks like fish scales with small flecks of gold in real life!  Very perfect for the piece!  Sometimes it surprises me that Joanne's actually has some great frames.

I also picked up Queen Bee by Shepherd's Bush:

Queen Bee
Shepherd's Bush Kit

I love the framing on this one too!  These are not the best pictures.  It's been cloudy as heck with little bursts of sun.  Taking a picture inside is hopeless, and just as I'd get outside, the sun would go away again.  Michigan weather for ya!

Stalking of the mailman proved successful this week!  He hates when boxes or large envelopes come because our mailbox is at the curb.  If he has to get out of his truck and walk up the drive and walkway, he gets cranky.  Poor man - he'll get over it!  The day he brought this package, the squirrels were in our Oak tree tossing acorns down at the poor guy.  He came up rubbing his head telling me we had vicious squirrels!  HA!

But I was doing a happy dance.  I love getting stash in the mail!  The box included Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers, A Mind Independent and Free by Carriage House Samplings, In the Garden by Milady's Needle (and Lois from the Elegant Stitch also included the Little Gems scissors with it), and the Kelmscott Adam and Eve Needleminder.

Then I just had to have The Multiplication Table Examplar (although I don't know if I'll dish out the $80.00 for the hornbook - may have to be a project for my FIL), and Sarah Woodham by Shakespeare Peddler. 

Then, of course, I just had to add to the scissor collection, so I got the Tudor Rose Scissors, and then while picking up my framing, I found the new scissors by Gingher which I had to have.  I have a lot of flower frogs to fill.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I won a Giveaway on M Designs site:

Sisters Needleminder by Kelmscott Designs

It was a great giveaway that included the JCS Christmas Ornament Issue (which I was tickled over because I couldn't find it in my neck of the woods), four of her Angel Charts, Miss Mary Mack's Pincushion and Miss Mary Mack's Needleroll.  She also included the Sisters beautiful Kelmscott Needleminder.  Okay, now don't you think that's enough?  Well, I guess I didn't.  I must be getting really itchy for some stitching on something else besides Ann.  I ended up ordering three more charts from The Strawberry Patch yesterday because they were having a Wacky Wednesday sale and all Country Stitches patterns were on sale.  I definitely think that my DH needs to take that smokin' charge card out of my hands. Either that or he'll divorce me when that bill comes!  But hey, 30% off is 30% off, right?  I'm saving money, right?

So lots of stash, and no time to do any of them.  Once again, stitching has taken a backseat to everything else - basketball games (DD's team 3-0 - Go Vikings), parent/teacher conferences, DH being out of town so for some reason I don't sit down until late, so no pictures of Ann this go-around.  I know you're all probably getting sick of her like me!  Okay, I'll give you one - does this thing not look like some kind of Pterodactyl?  It seems huge in comparison to the rest of the piece.

I actually tried to get myself to stitch something else the other night.  I pulled out a cute Halloween piece by Mary Garry, found some fabric and the threads and thought that it would only take me a night or two to stitch.  Did I?  Of course, not!  I started to pull the threads out and that danged bird above started screeching at me!  Dang!   Ann is relentless, let me tell ya!  Although, quite truthfully, I think it's me.  I really want to see her done and hanging near And They Sinned.  I started her December 31st 2005.  I'd really like to (if I'm not lucky enough beforehand) to put the last stitches in before December 31st 2009.

Well, that's it for me.  Thank you everyone for the wishes about my cold/flu thing.  I'm feeling much, much better now.  My SIL said that it had to have been Swine because the regular flu hasn't even hit the State yet.   I'm still coughing and sniffling, but that's nothing compared to what it was.  All I know is that it was miserable. But thanks so much for the wishes and for your comments. I love every one of them. 

Have a great weekend and make a lot of X's.


Jan said...

Dear Deb, so sorry you have been so ill!! Flog me with a wet noodle, my blog reading, has definitely be amiss as of late! Even my email answering, but we won't go there!!

Gosh, I just love those frame choices, they are way cool, just perfect for those special stitcheries!! Lucky you!!!

Love your new acquisitions, you scored big and good on those! I am itching to do most of them, but since they arrived at the shop, I have been good and not even kitted them, cuz I know when that happens, it is a dangerous thing! LOL

Hope you feel MUCH better really soonish!! (((hugs))

Cari said...

Oh, your frames - love them. The one for Cape Cod girls is just perfect - I am going to go google the closest Joann's right now.

Haha, that bird is monstrous - good thing you stitched him as he might have given you nightmares squawking 'finish me, finish me'

Love all your new goodies - the mailman was my best friend yesterday too (not sure I was his).

Enjoy your day.

Tracey said...

Gorgeous finishes and framing! And your stash mail makes me soooo jealous! Great gifts!

valerie said...

Joanne's? Like the fabric shop? Beautiful framing...they don't frame at the Joann's near me. Look at all that fabulous stash! all the new charts and scissors!

The French Bear said...

Wow, that's a lot of goodies at once!!! Woo hoo, how much fun to have new things!!! Love the needle keeper, that looks so interesting. I am so impressed by the different and lovely things you found from all over the country!!!
Your stories about the mailbox situation are so funny!
Margaret B

Alice said...

The Cape Cod girls frame is just PERFECT!! Both frames are lovely. Nice stash and scissors, your collection is growing. : ) What fun it is to win goodies. You have stitched "And they Sinned"!!! Awesome sampler and HUGE. Glad to hear you are as good as new. ; )

Patti said...

Both pieces are gorgeous and I love the frames you chose for them. Sorry about the dang bird calling you but there will be time to do Halloween ornies. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Missy Ann said...

Wow! Great picture, great haul etc...

Queen Bee is beyond fabulous.

Siobhan said...

Oh wow, what fabulous framing!!! They are both perfect, but the frame for Cape Cod's Girls is just perfect. Love the stash, too! YGG! And you ordered from my beloved LNS, The Strawberry Sampler. :) Love those gals! Your Ann is looking fab. I'm glad you're on the mend!

Margaret said...

Love your framed pieces! That fishy one is fantastic! And your stash -- I think we got the same package in the mail. lol! Or at least we ordered the same things! You lucky for winning that M Designs too! Glad you're feeling better. Ick -- Swine Flu!!

woolwoman said...

Oh Deb - I love your choice of framing for these two pieces and I am astounded that JoAnn's did them - I'm not sure if the one by me does framing - I actually avoid that place like the plague - the traffic over that way is horrendous - however if they have gorgeous stuff like that and great coupon prices - ummmm - might need to check that out.

Love your stash and your prize winnings are nice too.

Ann - gorgeous - well what can I say - you have to be strong and be diligent to finish those huge hulking pieces - apparently I am neither LOL !

Have I encouraged you to pick up the knitting needles yet? You know my whole agenda is to bring my stitching friends over to the wool side - LOL - Enjoy! Mel

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

The frame for CCG looks just like fish scales - I love it - it's PERFECT! The frame for the Queen Bee is beautiful as well.

Ann is something else! I wish everyone could feast their eyes on it in person - believe me, it's something special!!! That bird is pretty wild!

GREAT stash haul and I loved the story about your crazy squirrel.

Have a great evening - see you Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Your framed pieces are gorgeous as usual! I see you have obtained Paradise Lost, my favorite out of the needlework market this season.

Nancy M said...

Since you live in the big suburbs, you get the good BIG Joannes. The ones in BC and Kazoo don't have framing and the one in Angola has to be the world's smallest Joannes. It's almost comical! Go Van Hoosen!!!!
Looks like great stash too. Love the new scissors.

Jackie said...

Your frames look fantastic! What a great mail must be wonderful to see your mail man coming towards the door.

Melissa said...

Hi Deb,

Wow what great framing and all that great stash. Oh the excitement of it all! I can feel it from here!

Cyn said...

Hi Deb,

Glad to hear that you are feeling better!

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the new framed pieces. The frames really add to your stitching, especially the one for the Cape Cod Girls! :-)

I also enjoyed seeing your new stash and the ones that you won. Congratulations!

Windy Meadow

Gabi said...

Good to know that you're feeling better. Great frames and ...*drool*...great stash too.
Love that squirrel of yours too. Poor mailman.
And Ann Medd looks of course fantastic.

mbroider said...


You really are an expert stasher!!! I agree your postman *has* to learn a thing or two. He has no choice, LOL

Anonymous said...

Waht a loot ! I love love love the charts you ordered - we share the same taste in this direction. How on earth are you going to find the time to stitch all these remain a mystery.
Hope you recover soon.

Doris said...

the frame are so pretty,i like the one who llok like the skin of fish.

lovely stash,and yup,you save money.

i hope you feel better, and your health back soon.

oh,,the bird,,is big!.

Giovanna said...

Great framing, and well done on the stash too - what fun!

Vonna said...

I absolutely love, love, love your newly framed pieces...and the fins with gold flecks frame...LOVELY!
I had those Mia's in my hand with a 40% off coupon and put them back because the pair I had looked ugly. But your pair there looks maybe I need to go back to that store and search the pairs they have.
I'm glad you got over the flu. Type A flu is in Indiana...I've been testing it positive for the past 6 weeks on patients. If you had H1N1,then good for you! It's overwith and you survived :)

Brigitte said...

Your framed pieces look fantastic. And boy, all the new stash ... my mouth starts watering, my fingers start itching and I feel the urge to go over to an ONS and place an order ... immediately ... now! Lol.

Kellie said...

Debbie, Glad you are feeling better! Your framed pieces are gorgeous. Love the detail on the frame of Cape Cod Girls. Perfect! That is some great stash that you have been collecting! :) And Ann looks beautiful. I am rooting for you to get that last stitch in before the end of December. :)
Have a great weekend!

Loraine said...

Oh Wow, you lucky girl! I love the stash. It's always a great day when stash arrives.
I have to get that Plum Street pattern. It is my favorite Adam and Eve sampler! All of you Adam and Eve lovers are finally rubbing off on me, and I would love to start a collection.
I love you frame of Cape Cod girls, and Queen Bee! It's nice to get them past that point for sure.
Take Care! I'm missing our chats.

RuthB said...

OMG -- Attack Squirrels! lol Now there's some really covert home security. lol They'll teach that mailman to whine about stash deliveries. lol

Congrats on all the stash and framing and winning and and and...

Laural said...

I'm glad that you are feeling a bit better now. I hate being sick (of course who likes it?).

Great frames on both projects!! I've been wanting to get Queen Bee for a long time but have been putting it off.

Susimac said...

Well what beautiful frames they to match your beautiful stitching.

Great stash you received too

Kajsa said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! Great framing, you really picked well.

Ranae said...

Pretty frames fpor gorgeous stitching.We have vicious squirrels too, lol.
Nice stash you got there. I feel the same way, no time to stitch, lately. I seen the show Hoarders on the A&E channel, for some reason it makes me feel so good, lol

Marion said...

Great on the framing!!
I love getting stash in the mail....I must go look at what I can order to perk up my mailbox!
Take reading your blog by the way!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Everything you stitch is wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration.

Jennifer said...

It looks like Christmas at your house!!! Wow! That's alot of goodies. I love those needleminders. I've almost bought one....almost. I know I will cave eventually.
I love your framed pieces. They are stunning! So, so pretty.
Now, you have alot to keep you busy.
So do I and I need to get on with the Heart of America one so I can stitch another one. Right now I"m working on the Peace block and so ironic because of the Obama thing yesterday.....I will always remember this one. hehehehehe

Feathers in the Nest

Charlene said...

So, the framing was worth the wait; yes? Lovely choices! Ah, isn't stashing just SO much fun? And the screaming needlework - how can one tolerate without obliging? I don't know, either. Glad you're feeling better!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Hi, Deb,
What horrible news about that flu. So glad you're over it. And, what a stash you've accummulated. I have a sneakin' suspicion that there's more around the corner...and a poor lumpy-headed post man soon coming to your door! Don't you just love the "Adam & Eve" needleminder and the Tudor Rose scissors? They are my favs of the market.
Stay well dear friend,

Anonymous said...


Those framed pieces are beautiful. And you new stash additions are LOVELY as well! I am wondering which one you will stitch first... ;)

Tanya said...

I love your new stash!! And your framing. I missed the post where you met Lori, too cooolll! I am so envious. Bummer that the show was to pricey.

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb, just wanted to tell you that your framed pieces look lovely. The frame with the snake skin look is amazing.
What another great collection of stash that you have acquired. Love the A&E needleminder. I have the 2 Sisters one as well. - Sandra.

JOLENE said...

You are too funny girl! My DH just doesn't understand why you have to spend money in order to save money. I look at it as I am going to spend it anyway so why not save some money while I am at it. That way there is extra to buy something else. LOL
I LOVE your Cape Cod Girls, the frame is absolutely PERFECT! Queen Bee is sweet also. I think I stalk the mailman at my workplace. Every time he comes in I say is there anything for me? Especially if there is a large envelope, I have alot of my stash sent to my work address, this way the hubby doesn't see it and I can get it a few hours earlier than I would if I had it sent to my home address.
Great giveaway gifts and love the scissors, is the milk glass frog full yet???

Sorry to hear your nasty bug has clung onto you for so dang long. Hope you get feeling your best real soon!!! Take care.

Annemarie said...

Well, I can't add much more to all of the comments above. Everything's been said, so go and read them again :o)

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

Deb, I just found your blog and can see that my entire afternoon will be spent drooling over things! Love the framing that you show on the most recent post but I have a question about something in your September 30 post. What is that lovely, yummy, to-die-for white ceramic piece that your scissors are shown in and where can I find one? I'm always looking for a way to display my needlework pretties and this is so perfect for the scissors that I can't stand it! Thanks so much.

Deb said...

Carol - I couldn't find an email address so that I could email you privately. That is a flower frog that I found at an antique store here in Holly, Michigan. I have tried to find others like it both at antique stores in my area and on Ebay and some other sites to no avail. I would love to have another one as I've just about filled this one up. If you went through my blog, you can see that I also have found others, just not as unique as that. If you are interested in any of the other ones, let me know. My email is in my profile.

Suzanne said...

The framing looks fantastic. You certainly picked out frames that match perfectly with the stitched piece.

I love your stash haul, almost all of those items are on my wish list for my next stash purchase.

Nivaira said...

Thank u very much for your comment in my blog.

I just discovered yours and it's very, very beautiful... I add in my favorites !

Huggs :-)


Cindy F. said...

More amazing framed pieces and LOVE the stash! Scissors included!