Wednesday, June 30, 2010

OMG Moments and Other Stuff

It's been another OMG week!  Seriously!!!   I've actually had a stitching finish which is surprising because I've been in a real slump with that lately.  So there was a Happy Dance involved this week.  And I've been overwhelmed by the generosity of my dear blogging friends which meant more Happy Dances.  I'll start with the finish since you've pretty much seen it before:

Sarah Seifer
The Goode Huswife

Another fun stitch and it should have been done much sooner, but I was kind of going through that darned stitching slump.  Next project up will be another Adam and Eve, of course.  And I've got a few to pick from.  I get to those in a minute.

During the course of the week, the mailman has been working overtime when he comes to my house.  He scowls every time he can't leave something just in the box at the road instead of having to come to the door.  He actually told me one time that I did too much online shopping!   LOL  Poor man!  Well, not really - he needs to get out of that truck and get some exercise, don't you think?  I caught him with a donut box in his truck one day.  Anyway, this is what appeared at my door this week.

From sweet Loraine, she sent me the most wonderful ironing board cover and pincushion for my birthday made by her own two hands:

Isn't it wonderful.? Sampler fabric!!!!  Be still my heart!  And then along with that she sent a matching pincushion:

I just love them.  Loraine let me in on a little secret that the base of the pincushion is made up of CD's.  Now whoever would have thunk!  But I think that it's just wonderful and too pretty to use, but I will.  Thank you so much Loraine.  And Loraine - I am getting up the nerve to try those Dear Jane blocks (I think.....LOL).

Then a very sweet friend who reads my blog, but doesn't have one of their own sent me this A&E chart:

I just love it and it's one that I don't have, but had on my list.  I'm so happy that it's definitely going to have to go on the scroll rods soon.  Thank you so much Kevin!!

Then in today's mail I received a birthday package from Cari:

Cari and I have had multiple discussion about A&E's - the ones we don't have and the ones we want!  Well, she must have known my list pretty well because I didn't have either one of these and they were on my wish list!  Thank you so much Cari and I think that we should do a SAL on one of these.  What do you think?

Then to top it all off, I won a giveaway from Amy and received this chart:

Thank you so much Amy for picking my name.  This will be a fun one to stitch I think.  I'm been getting into smaller lately - probably because of the warmer weather so this will definitely work

On the crafty front, not much has gone on really with that.  I've been weeding in the craft room - a long process - when I've had time.  But I've managed to put a little work into my red, black and white quilt:

This quilt starts from the center and works its way out which is a real foreign thing for me.  I had a dose of paper piecing for the sawtooth section and that was a real experience.  I kept slicing and dicing all the wrong things.  It took a little bit of time to get my piecing chops back - it's been a few years since I've done any paper piecing at all, and about four hours to just get two sides of the sawtooth border done.  I was about pulling out my hair, but I wasn't leaving the room until I got it finished up!  I'm sure that there were a few expletives spoken during this time (well, in fact there definitely were!!!). Then I cut out the next section:

I love, love, love these fabrics.  I can't wait get to the next section.  But I've got to be fully awake for this because it involves some things I've never done before.

Then I cut out next blocks for the Farmer's Wife Quilt:

Oops, missing one set - there are seven this month.  But do you see that pink and brown - ymmmm!  I love me some pink and brown!  These little blocks take up a lot of time to cut out though - a lot of template cutting involved - not one of my favorite methods, but so worth it when you think of the end result!

Then the next installment of Women's Voices.  I like piecing these blocks because the pieces are large (even though they don't look like it), and they go fast.

Then I was going to cut this out:

Fig Tree Cottons' Jelly Parfait quilt with Fresh Cottons Fabrics!  These aren't normally my colors, but I figured it was time to break out of the box.  But I didn't get there - I crashed and burned.  The sleep issue got to the point where I didn't trust myself with a rotary cutter and scissors any longer, so I didn't get to them.

For two weeks, I've barely gotten three hours of sleep each night.  Walking zombie to say the least.  The night before last, I finally got a full night's sleep.  Oh, it felt so good.  So much so that yesterday morning my poor daughter woke me up totally dressed to go to her Summer Music Theater rehearsals.  It was 8:50 and she had to be there at 9:00.  I flew up so fast, I almost fell over, ran down the stairs and out to the car - in my pj's no less - and got her there just in time with my hair flying all over the place!  The sleep felt so good.

After I got myself  back home and poured myself a cup of coffee, I looked out the kitchen window and saw this sweet creature:

He/She was all alone.  No parents around which is very unusual.  Occasionally we will have a family come through, but never a little one all by itself.  The poor little thing took off when it saw me in the window and I hope that it finds it's family.  We have a very high car/deer accident rate around here so I hope that didn't happen to it's parents.

That's what I've been up to this week.  My appliances did come, but I'm not taking pictures - I think that I've put enough pictures in this post.  Let me just say that they are visions of loveliness and cook like a dream.  DD is making cookies as I write this.  It's a wonderful thing to have working appliances again.  So anyway, not a lot accomplished, but I guess enough!  I have to thank Loraine, Cari, Kevin and Amy for the wonderful surprises in the mail.  I still am in awe of all the wonderful people that I have met through blogging and their thoughtfulness.  It really touches my heart.

I see that I got my 299th follower today, so I'm going to be having a giveaway much sooner than I thought - those new followers kind of crept up on me - but I'm so happy that you're here.   Now I better get my rear in gear and work out the giveaway details.  Anyway, whether you just look at the pictures or comment, I'm so glad that you stopped by.  Blogging friends are truly the best.

Hope that everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!!


Patty C. said...

Congrats on all your generous gifts - They are just wonderful. The A&E finish looks great !!!

valerie said...

Congrats on your wonderful finish! It looks great! How fun to find stash in your mailbox...or in this case, delivered right to your door! lol

Love the photo of Bambi...poor thing. I hope it found it's family. And glad to hear you finally got some sleep!

Parsley said...

I think I drooled on my keyboard over all the nice things!

I saw a lonely baby deer run across my yard a little while back. CUTE!

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Ranae said...

Your A&E is awesome, looks like a fun stitch
And those gifts are fabulous, happy fun things
I love my new appliances so much I hate to use them and get them dirty, lol JK
The fawn is beautiful
Thanks so much for your kind comments they make my day

natalyK said...

Your A&E finish is beautiful. I love all the gifts you got. Those surprises are the best. I also enjoyed the picture of the fawn. What a cute baby deer. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

Sarah Seifer is beautiful! I'm glad you're over your stitching slump.

I've never seen an ironing board cover like that. Love it! I would never in a million years have guessed that the pincushion bottom is cd's. People are just so creative that it boggles the mind.

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear you've gotten some sleep. I don't know how you've made it though the last 2 weeks. I must say, though, that I've enjoyed seeing what you've been up to all night when you can't sleep!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Deb ~
Whoulda thunk there are so many A & E samplers out there??? Not me.
Congrats on getting one done. I know how good it feels to finish a project though I don't feel it very!
A safe and happy 4th to you, too.
Pug hugs :)

Andrea said...

Lovely finish Deb, one of my favorites! Can't wait to see yours framed :)

Great gifts from sweet friends! Love those A&E's!

Such wonderful quilty goodness too, love those jelly rolls!

Glad you got a good night's sleep finally! This week has been rough for me...hubby had an accident at work, long story short, he's ok, but I got about three hours sleep during a 48 hr. period, then slept so long last night that now my back is screaming! Oy! Sleep deprivation is NO fun though!

Congrats on so many followers! That's cause your blog rocks girl! Seriously!


Margaret said...

Beautiful Sarah finish! Love all your presents too! And all your quilt projects -- yum! I love that new fig tree pattern so much, it's funny that you are going to make it. Like minds and all that! I'll just enjoy yours, ok? lol! Such a sweet deer too -- hope its mom turned up eventually.

Sue-Anne said...

What a huge post with lots of beautiful stuff! Your cross stitch is divine and so are your new patterns and I love your new quilt you are starting (the medallion). They are great because when you put that last border on, it is all finished, no joining up the blocks.
I hope the little deer is ok, it is so cute and glad you are getting some much needed sleep.

WoolenSails said...

What wonderful goodies and beautiful pieces that you will be making. I still need to chart mine over, but working on those next. This week has been busy with cleaning and moving things around to make room for my daughter.


Brynwood Needleworks said...

Oh, my gosh! Where to begin??? I love your completed sampler. It really is lovely. Then, there's the pincushion and ironing board cover. What a lucky girl! They're fabulous!

I love all the sampler kits you received. The Scarlet Letter has always been one of my favorites. She lives in Wisconsin, and anyone who collects log cabins and barns is swell in my book. ;-)

I hope you'll visit Brynwood this week. I'm closing out my Where Bloggers Create giveaway tomorrow at midnight. If you haven't entered, you can click on the strawberry rose on top of my right sidebar. Then, I'm going to launch another giveaway on Friday. Love to have you enter.

Til then,

Myra said...

Sarah looks fabulous! I know you appreciate all your lovely gifts and I just love the ironing board cover. Cute little fawn (great picture), we have herds of them that come through our property and we too see many of them hit by cars.

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

What a wonderful day ~ all those goodies (and new appliances, too)! Where in the world do you find time to do all that? Love the ironing board cover and pincushion!

Moonpie primitives said...

Hi Deb:
I love your blog your work is amazing!!!
Thanks so much for the kind comments you left in my blog....
Happy stitching, Nancy

Lana said...

Love your finish!! It looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing all your stash!! Lucky girl, you!

Loraine said...

Awesome finish Deb! Looks like I'm not the only one that is late on my birthday wishes! (Good, I like being in good company!)
Love your quilts, and that Fig Tree is wonderful! I can't wait to see you work on that one.
Have fun with your appliances, you are so deserving.
Sweet little deer, I hope it's Mama shows up soon!
Take care dear friend. I would love to be in your drawing. Count me in.
More later. Hugs.

carol fun said...

Hi Deb - Oh it makes me feel that we are kindred spirits when I see your cross stitch and quilting --I love the piece you just finished. You do beautiful work! and your qulting is wonderful too! I love how you have multiple projects going like I do. So many crafty things I want to do.... so little time!

Happy stitching -

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

SS is just gorgeous, Deb! You've got quite the collection now for that A&E wall.

The gift from Sweet Loraine is awesome. Great ironing board cover and pin cushion. They'll look great in your craft room.

You have some lovely gifties from all of your friends!

The blocks you're working on are so pretty - I just don't know how you do it all!

Love the pic of the fawn! How sweet she is.

Have a good 4th!

Sylvia said...

You have just been showered with gift - what a wonderful week for you. Love your finish. I lent my Sarah Seifer chart to a friend, because I am nowhere near ready to stitch her. But seeing yours.... hmm, I am really itching to stitch this.
Your quilt block looks amazing.

Annemarie said...

I don't know where to start, there's so many goodies to see in your post!!! Fabulous finish, Great GREAT birthday gifts, lovely fabbies... I do hope you get plenty of good nights sleeps now!

mbroider said...

Congrats on your finish!! It looks great. I am so happy to see the A&E charts you are getting... The ironing board too!! How sweet is that...

As for sleep issues, i had read somewhere taking poppy seeds in a glass of milk at night time, will induce sleep. Probably you can try that? Poppy seeds have a lot of medicinal value too.

Jane said...

Fantastic post Deb and what lovely gifts you've received. The A&E finish is lovely, the ironing board cover is gorgeous, so gorgeous I would be scared to use it and the little deer, so sweet!
As for your cheeky Postman, tell him from now on you want your mail delivered to the back door so he has to walk further!!!! xxx

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the finish, it's so pretty! And what a huge amount of new stuff - lovely!

Kaaren said...

Lots of neat stuff happening over at your house, Deb. Wonderful gifts and another great finish.

Annie said...

The sampler is beautiful. Great stitching job.

Love that ironing board cover and the cute pin cushion. What a great ideas. I never thought about making an ironing board cover, but I do need a new one so I'll look into that.

Sounds like life is good with all those fun things in the mail, new kitchen machines and super quilties in progress!

The French Bear said...

Your stitching is wonderful!!! You are finishing something when I come here, so I don't know what you are talking about!!!! No wonder you never sleep! I love the quilts, oh my you are amazing....I can only work on one thing at a time!! I love your gifts, isn't that so awesome to have surprises like that come in the post?
Have a happy fourth!
Margaret B

Bertie said...

Fantastic your A&E, it's a beauty.

Love all your patchwork fabrics, the one with the samplers is just gorgeous and managed to get some myself.

The fawn is so beautiful, we have them too but live quite rural so they survive and prune my garden :o)) They do tend to run of by themselves though, and mum will find her, I am sure.

Katrina said...

Great gifts!!!! And congrats on the finish. Wasn't it just a fun piece to stitch :-).

Love the deer pic too, it's so sweet.

Nancy said...

Your sampler finish is just beautiful! I can't wait to see more blocks of your red, white and black quilt. The fabrics create such a stunning effect. All your gifts are just great and must have brought you lots of smiles!

Isn't that little fawn the sweetest?

Catherine said...

What a beautiful finish!

All those goodies are fantastic! Love the ironing board cover and pincushion! Enjoy them all!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your finish! Stitching slumps are no fun.

My quilting and stitching wish lists grow almost every time I read your blog. I can't wait to see more progress on your red, black, and white quilt.


BrendaS said...

Love your finish!

You got some great A&E charts. What are you going to start next? decisions, decisions!

I love the fabric for your red, black & white quilt. heck, I like all the fabric you've chosen for your quilts.

Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

KarenV said...

Glad you got some sleep at last Deb!

I love your Sarah Seifer finish, it looks wonderful! That ironing board cover is amazing - I really want to make a new cover for my board, I just need to see if I have enough fabric before I take the plunge. The pincushion is lovely too, with the doily top, how clever!

Michelle said...

Wow wow wow!!!! Lots of fabulous A&Es...I may have to come visit your house so that I can sit and stitch them too! And your Sarah is beautiful...I have that one at the top of my to do pile - just need to figure out my fabric. Can I do her on white, or do I need something a bit darker? Your quilting is killing me - so many pretty things. I love the black and red, and I can't wait for you to start on your Fig Tree quilt - love love love that pattern. Whew - I'm exhausted from your post!

Isadarena said...

My God DEb !!! you really are the most lucky woman : how many gifts you received from your friends in stitches : it is just marvellous !!!
Many congratulations on your last finish : really, really nice !!
The little creature you could see when you are poured your cup of coffee is such a gift from our Lord:so sweet , so elegant .
I so enjoy stitching the Sampler you offered : it's so beautiful:-)
Wishing you a very nice day ,

Elaine said...

Your sampler finish is gorgeous Deb and what beautiful gifts you have received, the ironing board cover is just amazing!

Mylene said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish, Deb and what lovely gifts you received. Enjoy!!

Melissa said...

Love the new finish, Deb!

Those are lovely gifts. The sampler fabric is the first I've ever seen. How cool is that!

Your quilt blocks are lovely!

Missy Ann said...

I have never in my life been jealous of an ironing board cover before. lol

Love those fabrics right above the Farmer's Wife cuts. Are those poppies on the big dark piece? I love poppies. I channel The Wizard of Oz and start singing. Poppies, poppies, poppies.

Siobhan said...

Fantastic post, Deb! Sarah looks FANTASTIC! Congrats on the finish. I love love love all the fun surprises that you received. What a neat ironing board cover! I imagine that it ALMOST makes ironing fun. ;) I said almost. Love the quilt block WIPs, too. I am in love with that Jelly Parfait--it's definitely on the short list to do!

Carol said...

Another awesome finish, Deb and what fun gifts :)

But, the photo of that darling little spotted deer is my favorite--so sweet (until he makes a breakfast of your flowers!!)...

Karoline said...

Sarah is gorgeous, congratulations. You got some great gifts and the quilt pieces look lovely.

staci said...

Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

And how awesome is that ironing board cover? It definitely must make that chore a joy! And I love that wonderful pincushion too, it's lovely!

Enjoy all your lovely new treasures!

Love to Stitch said...

LOVE your Sarah finish!! Looks like your A & E Wall is coming right along :) Fantastic ironing board cover, I have seen that fabric before, but never thought out it for that!! PERFECT!!!! She did a great job on it. Cant wait to see what you start stitching on next. I ordered the Threads thru Time A & E, cant wait to start that one too! Cant wait to see your new appliances. Happy 4th of July!!!!

mainely stitching said...

Oh what a wonderful post, Deb! Lots of eye candy, but that ironing board cover and matching pincushion just swept me away!

corinna said...

another beautiful sampler finish

and what a fun ironing board cover
makes one want to plug in and iron

and the red white and black quilt is stunning-the fabric designs are
looking forward to its progress

have a great wknd celebration

Brigitte said...

I'm completely behind with blog reading and have just gone through your posts of June. And oh, what a great deal of stitching and block piecing to admire! Have fun with that jelly roll!

Sally said...

Well done on a fantastic finish! Lots of lovely gifts you received. Gotta love that ironing board cover!

Littlebit said...

I'm going to have to get a cup of coffee next time I drop by your blog. Wonderful post! What a FANTASTIC finish..I LOVE your red and black quilt square!!!

Karen said...

Beautiful finish and I love the pincushion from Loraine!

Nancy M said...

I'm trying to catch up, so my comments may be coming backwards! Looks like you had a great birthday with all the goodies in the mail. Your sampler looks great and I love seeing your quilts come together.

woolwoman said...

Deb - what wonderful things you have recieved from friends - that's because you are an awesome friend to so many. Love all your quilting projects - so many beautiful fabrics and your work is always wonderful. Glad you are getting back to sleeping again. Hope nothing is weighing heavy on your mind and keeping your from resting. Hope you had a happy 4th

Sherry said...

Boy do we have similiar tastes in fabric. I love your b/w/r quilt and can hardly wait to see the progress. And pink & brown - love the chocolate and raspberries/chocolate and strawberries look! Sounds like you have been busy, that it's hot here, maybe lots of inside work is on order - it sure is on my side of town.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

Linda said...

What a wonderful finish Deb and I love all your gifties.

I love to iron and with that darling cover it would be even more fun...and what a cute little pin cushion it is the sweetest....have fun with all your treasures...hugs, Linda

Suzanne said...

Beautiful finish on Sarah Seifer.

You received some beautiful gifts. You have great friends. Love the quilt fabrics.

teresa said...

I LOVE your blog and I am a follower. I have been looking for frog for my scissors so this is a great giveaway! I already have the scissors LOL


Sognatrice said...

compliments for your gift.

Alice said...

I am commenting way late, sorry. I'm still on holiday with limited computer minutes. I love your finish and the quilt fabric. Great ironing board cover!

zenuwpees said...

you make beautiful things my compliments