I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Girls' Day Out

Hey Blog Buddies,
Yesterday I met my GF Joyce (who lives 60 miles away) at a new (to both of us) needlework shop:  Tomorrow's Heirlooms.  My "excuse" for visiting the shop was to pick up some kitting supplies for a couple of classes I will be taking at my needlepoint guild, which I did.  I guess Joyce's excuse was when I said "Let's meet at Tomorrow's Heirlooms before we have lunch."  While I was there, I decided to kit up a chart I've had for about a year now, Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself:

The fabric (on the right) is 36-count lambswool linen.
About 2/3 of the called-for floss is shown.
I had the other 1/3 in my stash.
I can hardly wait to start on this beauty.
It's a BAP:  300 x 270 stitches!

I was also looking for a very specific frame
for the piece I started on January 1st
and which is now almost finished.
The frame had to be approximately 5" x 6"
and I strongly preferred white.
How often do you actually find that kind of specific item?
Never, in my experience.
But lo and behold, after looking through a few of their frames,
I found this:

Now this might not be a very exciting photo,
but I was beside myself with glee
when this little frame jumped into my hands.

My last purchase was--dare I say it--an impulse buy:

Two Lizzie*Kate Snippets
which I will simply have to make time
to stitch this year.
I am particularly fond of
Good Things.

While we were having lunch,
I gave Joyce a little ornie I had made
and which I can now share with you:

This is Little House Needleworks' Baked Goods
stitched on 40-count Abercedarian linen.
I had finished stitching the ornament back in early December,
but put off actually making it into an ornie
until Monday of this week!
I grumbled so much about finish-finishing it
that DH suggested I just give it to her as a kit.
I thought that was a splendid idea!
But I bit the bullet, and she got a finished ornament.
Yes, she likes it--she bakes quite a bit.

Here is the back.
The cording was purchased at JoAnn's.
Since the finishing of this ornament
straddles both 2012 and 2013,
I have arbitrarily decided that
this will be a 2013 finish.

That's it from here.
Hope you have a groovy weekend,
and thanks for visiting!


cucki said...

very sweet ornie and new sweet charts..
happy stitching dear x

Giovanna said...

That's a gorgeous new project you're about to start. And a very cute ornament, well done.

Julie said...

A very pretty ornament for your friend, i bet she loved it.
Great items you purchased, you new start is going to be lovely, i'll enjoy seeing that one come to life over the coming months.

Chris said...

What a great day of fun! It looks like you found everything you need, esp. that very exciting frame. I can't wait to see what goes inside.
The ornament you made is just lovely.

Karen said...

Love the ornament! You did an excellent job finishing it off. It sounds like you had a great day with a friend.

I look forward to seeing A Tree by Itself come together!

Melody said...

Very pretty ornament. Also, your new purchase will be beautiful.

Where is Tomorrows Heirlooms located?

McKenna C. said...

Great new stash! I LOVE your ornament!!!


Linda said...

What a pretty ornament. Great new stash.


Carla said...

Love the ornamet you made for your friend! The design is lovely and the fabric and cording you used for it is perfect!

Great stash!

Emma/Itzy said...

Nice new stash and your finished finish looks great! :)

Anne said...

Your new project looks like lots of fun - I'll enjoy seeing your progress as you stitch! I'm also very impressed with your ornament -the finishing is very well done. Great work!

Carol said...

I just love your Baked Goods ornament--really a fabulous finishing and stitching job! I just bought that chart last week--hope to stitch it this year as one of my monthly ornaments...

Sounds like a perfect get-together for you and Joyce! Nice new stash--enjoy :)

Sally said...

Nice new stash. Looking forward to seeing your start on the Rosewood Manor chart.

Love the ornament you stitched for your friend.

Lelia said...

Goodness, what an exciting project! It does look BIG - tho, the motifs look awesome (in your photo). Lucky Joyce! Beautifully stitched and finished. I confess to purchasing cord lately, too - it seems easier to buy than to make.

enjoy the day - stitch well.

Sarah Beth said...

Love the rosewood manor design.

Creativity Station said...

You too..Lelia had a chart jump into her hand and now you had a frame jump into your hand...hahaha. Very pretty ornament finish. I also have a Rosewood Manor in my stash...was advised to review the designer's website on the chart before starting...just passing that along. Enjoy!

Caitlin Jordan said...

Lovely finds at your needlework store. I love your finished ornament.