Stitching progress on Elizabeth Clayton has been slow this week :
I started going down the side and then got bored with that and went into the house. I'm bored with that too, but I'm almost done. I do see a stitch that I'm going to have to go in and fix on the house though. UGH. I love the bright colors in this piece. I still have some things to do on the trees, but figured I'd catch those up when I got to the trees on the other side of the house.
I also started Hannah Lancaster. This poor chart has been in the stash pile for years, and I decided that it was time that she got some daylight:
Not too much stitching on this piece. I am actually doing this as a SAL! Yes, you read right! Me - who absolutely stinks at SALs - is going for the gusto and trying to do this. I'm stitching this on Sundays with Sandra and Tawny (no blog). It's going to take me a long, long time, but at least the dust is off her now! This is a good compliment piece to Elizabeth above, because the colors are much drabber. I'd probably have a hard time working on Hannah day after day.
I received some wonderful packages in the mail the past week or so. From Ranae I received the cutest ornament. Don't you just love it!!! I think that it's absolutely adorable. So perfect for the time of the year it came around - Easter, but so sweet it will be displayed all year round. Thank you so much Ranae - I just love it!!
On Diane's blog, I won a giveaway that she recently had. I think that great things come in small, sweetly wrapped packages:
32 ct. Natural Linen w/ NPI Silk
Diane's stitching and finishing is absolutely beautiful. I just love it Diane. Thank you so much for picking my name (she also put her initials and date on the back).
Okay, one more. For someone who was barely home this week and unable to stalk the mailman (and he was probably very happy about that), he was busy delivering things. I also won a giveaway on Terrie's blog. She is the owner of The Stitch Store (formerly the Dogwood Patch) and is just the sweetest person to talk to.
Terrie had emailed me and told me that I had won her giveaway, but also left her phone number. I thought it would be great fun to actually call a person that I had won something from. Email is nice, but to actually hear the voice of the person was wonderful. We both had a few minutes of chuckling over our different accents - she being southern and having the voice to prove it, and me with my hard Northern talk. But she is a sweet, sweet lady and I think that if you're looking for stitching supplies, you should give her a shout.
On Saturday, Terri and I met up at a high school that was having an antique show. From there we went to a few different antiques shops. We actually had a little route that I kind of planned out. Although at one point my routing skills went awry and we almost ended up lost. Stopping at a convenience store in a very small town is sometimes a scary thing!!! Anyway, we had a great time and we did have an encounter with a small homeless dog. I'm going to leave that story to Terri, but it has a wonderful ending. Anyway, I found a few goodies:
This beautiful blue bowl. I love, love the color blue and I just had to have it. I'm almost kicking myself now because one of the booths we visited had a lot of plates that matched this. I wish that I had gotten them now or at least a place setting of it. I love tables with different place settings. But I thought that perhaps this bowl may be frog-worthy....and it is. I happened to have a top that fits perfectly into it. But to tell you the truth, I almost like this bowl without the frog.
Then I found this old lunch pail - it does need some cleaning:
Actually, I wasn't going to buy this, but Terri convinced me that I needed it!! Like a hole in the head! LOL But I'm glad that I got it.
Some sewing supplies (except for the key). The scissors are supposedly from the 1880's. They look like it with the dull patina. Never can turn down a pretty pair of scissors. And I love the scene on the tape measure - and it actually still works.
I loved this thimble. One booth had it for double the price I paid for this one, so I couldn't pass it up.
Then some pincushions. Actually the only one from the antique show/shops is the one on the right. The backing fabric is very faded - you can tell that it was a wonderful blue at one point. The other two pincushions are ones that I found at an antique barn that we discovered - although they're definitely not antique.
Along the way, we stopped into a quilt store. Now, even though I keep telling myself that I don't need a darned thing, that I'm in a crafting slump and don't need more stuff, I caved.
I just couldn't resist. I've seen a lot of these Schnibble's patterns on different blogs, and finally decided to buy a couple. Along with the Tuffit pattern and a needle case pattern. Now, will someone get a prod under me and get me down to the sewing room?????
Then to top it all off I had to buy these - the newest Gingher scissors (and of course, I've forgotten the name and I'm too lazy to talk downstairs for the case). The teacup and saucer was my grandmothers. Just gotta love those 50% off coupons at Joanne's.
Well, like I said, I think that I never really have anything to blog about, but then I discover that I do. But I wish someone could shake me and get me out of the crafting slump. I think the weather has just been too nice here in Michigan for me to want to stay inside much!! Which means - more antique shopping. I still have more pictures to show from my previous jaunts but I'll save them for another time. Have to fill up my posts with something since stitching is at a minimum.
Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving what wonderful comments that you do. I truly feel blessed at having met so many wonderful people through blogging. And thank you again Ranae, Terrie and Diane for the wonderful goodies that arrived in my mail this week. I hope that everyone has a happy and stitchy week.