Monday, July 25, 2011

A RAK, Some Satsh, A Finish and a Start

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends Friday passed and now I am back to my new computer on Monday morning.  Hoping that things go much smoother today and that I can actually function at a level higher than a saltine cracker!!
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Last week I was sent a really lovely RAK from another stitcher...


I had been looking at this chart for a long time - I do love a red bird - and you can't get more red-birdier than this wonderful sampler.  Included in the RAK was a wonderful Stitchville bag - Thank you so much Evie!!  Your kindness just made last week so nice!!!!  You gotta love her note card!!
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About 10 or so days ago 123 Stitch was having a sale on Christmas things- and since I was in the Holiday mood and I needed a couple of skeins of floss - I thought what the heck - and got a bit o' stash along with my few skeins of floss - I also picked up the newest Blackbird Loose Feathers  - Part I.  One of the pieces I got I have been circling for a few years like a drooling vulture -  the LK ABC's of Christmas.  I have resisted this piece because I just hated that it came pre-kitted.  I personally prefer to get just the chart as I will usually change up a colour or two.  Since i first saw it and was so stubborn about buying the kit -  I have searched all over the net to find just the chart, but they never come up. Since this was on sale I finally decided to break down and so I picked up the kit.  I also got a couple of PS charts to keep filling out the collection - and speaking of Prairie Schooler I saw that the newest 4 charts have been released - of course I really like them and will get them, but I do think that they are looking mighty familiar/similar to as some very recent past charts.....  makes me wonder??
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On Friday I finished up the Mystery Sampler - and it was a great piece to stitch!!  Here is the snap of my version....


With thy Needle and Thread - Birds of a Feather Mystery sampler
35dt WDW Confederate grey - 
Using mostly the recommended flosses - except the grass I used GAST Dried Thyme, the alphabet I used GAST Kale (Limited Edition), the key I used GAST Grecian Gold.
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My new start is a small little sampler I have had in my stash for years.  The 12 Blessings of Christmas by Lizzie Kate.  I first saw these little Flip-its and had to have them,.  It is not so much that I am a fan of LZ but sometimes she puts out something that just hits a note with me and these did the trick!!  I have been meaning to stitch them up but just never got around to it - so Saturday afternoon I found a piece of 36ct creamy linen in the heap that the whole piece would fit, changed up some of the colours and made this little start.
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Not much else over the weekend, no sales only a little shopping at the Going out of Business sale that Borders is having.  I'll save that little tid-bit for tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again.

Take care,
edgar



37 comments:

Erin said...

What lovely stash, Edgar! The red bird is adorable, and I too have been drooling over the Blackbird design. I keep telling myself I have plenty in my stash already, I don't NEED to buy more... *sigh*

Julie M said...

Cute LK start and beautiful finish Edgar! Love your RAK and stash from 123 too!!

Have a good week!

Vonna said...

Oh Edgar I love your Birds of a feather finish :) My Mama ordered this for her Christmas present this year...I've got to get ON it :)

Gabi said...

What a gorgeous stash Edgar. Love love love the RAK you received.
Your Mystery sampler turned out just gorgeous. Love your changes. How cute that you stitched the E in a different color. Such a neat idea.
I ordered the newest BBD as well, couldn't resist this one, and try now very hard to resist "Feather your Nest"!!!! SO tempting.

Deborah said...

Your finish is beautiful! Great stash.

Karen said...

wonderful RAK, great finish on the mystery sampler and great start on LK piece.

BrendaS said...

Your Mystery Sampler is beautiful!

Great stash and wonderful RAK. Looks like you had a great week:))

Jules said...

Beautiful finish!!!

Elisa said...

Great Stash and RAK....Your HD is wonderful too.
I am just going to start the L*K 12 blessings too...but as 12 separate ornaments...good luck with it xx

Berit said...

I LOVE the card which arrived with your RAK!

Beautiful Finish (and start!) I agree with you that LK is not my thing but once in a while she gets one I really like!

Also, agree with you about kits (which is why I think it is funny that I'm offering one myself right now! But I DID make sure that ppl could get the pattern w/o having to go for the kit! And I will do so in the future if I make any other kits!)

I am disappointed by the New PS Halloween piece (though there are 1 or 2 motifs I like.) I am IN LOVE With Santa's night however and have already placed my order. I wonder how large those "ornaments" will work up at various linen sizes; champing at the bit to find out!

P.S. I'm still lol'ing at the "Saltine". :)

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on finishing your Mystery sampler... it looks wonderful. Great new stash and RAK haul too. Enjoy it all.

Mouse said...

ooo nice RAK and stash shopping is brill isn't it ..lol and mmmm might just have to pop over to 123 stitch again *sigh its a hard life ..lol love mouse xxxx

Margaret said...

Oh nice! Love the mystery sampler finish! So gorgeous! Love your stash too. Nice picks! I hear you on the PS pieces. I do like some though. I've had a hard time deciding whether to get them or not. Nice new start and nice RAK too! So is Borders closing altogether now? So sad. I thought they had a better selection than Barnes and Noble. And all the small mom and pop local bookstores closed here years ago.

Nancy said...

Your Mystery finish is beautiful!

Jeanne said...

Congrats on your mystery sampler finish Edgar and a great haul there with the RAK and new stash! I'll have to take a closer look at the new BBD charts and see if I should add them to the never-ending list. I looked at the new PS charts online recently and was relieved to find I don't feel the need to get them. I have over 75 PS charts and while I love them they do get repetive. The 'month' ones they have been putting out - I like the pictorial scenes but I don't like the little rhymes too much. (Don't ask me how many of my PS charts have actually been stitched LOL!)

valerie said...

I love that line..."function at a level higher than a saltine cracker". That's how I feel without coffee. Lovely RAK and stash! Your finish is gorgeous!

Lynn said...

Congrats on your Mystery Sampler finish. It looks fantastic!!
Love your new stash, in particular that PS chart.
I've been on holiday and having just returned I found a new load of stash waiting for me as well. One of the items was Feather Your Nest. I couldn't resist that red bird either! It was so nice of Evie to surprise you with it.

Kathy said...

Oooooooooo, what yummy looking stash. And I just love the RAK pattern. Lots of fun new things to stitch.

Love your LK start too.

Deb said...

Just love all that wonderful stash, but what I love more is your finish! It looks great and you finished it up quickly!

Deb said...

Just love all that wonderful stash, but what I love more is your finish! It looks great and you finished it up quickly!

Rachel S said...

The finish is beautiful and your WIP is going really well.

I hit the sale too. No stitching books or anything, but it was nice to get new books, right away without waiting, at a little discount.

Lana said...

Well, hello, Salty! Or are we on a better level today than a Saltine cracker? LOL You crack me up!!! I LOVE your finish and your new start!! So beautiful!! (As always!) Can't wait to see more progress on the 12 blessings pices!! the RAK is lovely!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Great stashing, finishing, and starting! Look forward to seeing how you complete the Mystery!

Ellen said...

Love that Red bird and your stash! Congrats on finishing the Mystery Sampler, it's gorgeous! Love the changes in the colors!

Hugs,

Myra said...

Your mystery sampler is gorgeous Edgar. I really like the changes you made. I agree with you on the new PS charts - they do look so similar to ones in the past.

mdgtjulie said...

It's so nice to receive an RAK, Edgar. Glad you got to have the experience!! And good for you on the new stash. New stash is always wonderful. Grats on your BoaF finish. It's lovely. I don't usually like samplers, but this one rings my bell!! Your LK start is cute too. Keep up the good work, and be nice to your new PC!!

Sherry :o) said...

Love your mystery sampler finish - I have just turned the first corner on the border myself. I hope to get a good pic or two and update soon.

Your RAK is sweet - how nice. And your stash update includes a couple I have coming to me, mostly excited about the BBD.

Our Borders had mostly 10% only for the whole store so far. I am so, so sad. I almost could support our area Borders on my own. I remember many field trips to the original Borders in Ann Arbor while in middle and high school with the art club. I loved that store too...not far from me at all.

Have a good week, Edgar. Look forward to seeing your LK finish!

Sherry :o) said...

Love your mystery sampler finish - I have just turned the first corner on the border myself. I hope to get a good pic or two and update soon.

Your RAK is sweet - how nice. And your stash update includes a couple I have coming to me, mostly excited about the BBD.

Our Borders had mostly 10% only for the whole store so far. I am so, so sad. I almost could support our area Borders on my own. I remember many field trips to the original Borders in Ann Arbor while in middle and high school with the art club. I loved that store too...not far from me at all.

Have a good week, Edgar. Look forward to seeing your LK finish!

Melissa said...

Congratulations on the Mystery Sampler finish - it is so pretty! The RAK and stash are double bonuses for a start to a great week!

DonnaTN said...

The Mystery Sampler is gorgeous! I love your finish. Nice new stash and new start too.

Christine said...

Great stash and a beautiful finish on the Mystery sampler. Still chuckling at the "circling it like a drooling vulture" simile

Patty C. said...

Love the Finish
Congrats on the stash &
Great new start ;)

Pointed Stitcher said...

Nice RAK you received. I LOVE your finish, what a pretty piece. I'm the same as you regarding L*K, not typically the type of design I would stitch but once in a while she puts one out that I have to have ;)

Akila said...

Love your new stash collection. Mystery sampler is so pretty :)

Katrina said...

What fun stash and a sweet gift!!! I do love that new Loose Feather. Your mystery finish is gorgeous too. Love your substitutions, the alphabet really pops now.

Alice said...

I am so behind in my blog reading because I've been away. Sooo glad I didn't bypass this post! Your mystery sampler turned out beautifully! I've been waiting for it. Love your new stash.

Jan said...

Did you use more than 1 skein of floss for each color on the Mystery sampler from With thy needle and thread. I'm starting mine on 40ct. Thanks. I really enjoy your blog...
Jan