Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Post of the Year

GR&DF here we are at the end of the year with 2010 looming blank before us......

I got a chuckle out of the comments yesterday... the controversy that is Krispy Kreme (loverley pillows of heavenly deliciousness) or Dunkin Donuts (not as loverley or delicious) - IMO - I have only have DD a couple of times and they were sadly wanting and the coffee was less than spectacular - were as KK Koffee - pure nectar - well maybe not nectar - Stumptown Coffee wins that award - shear black velvet liquid loveliness!!!! I guess it is what you are raised with and what you know and like - each to his or her own!! :) I do love me a good donut - but I much prefer a good bialy or onion bagel and schemer any day over a donut. In fact as I sit here and type away my little thoughts I am crunching away on an everything bagel with cream cheese and a'washing it down with a cup of not so great coffee.

Oh well - I should probably wrap up my Christmas posts......

I will end it with some of the presents I received ....... I usually don't buy any cd's for myself as I have wide and varied tastes that would keep me broke - and this stitching thing does that fast enough - Rico got me a couple of super cd's - Andrea Bocelli's "My Christmas Album" which is just wonderful!!! He also got me the "I Dreamed a Dream" album form Susan Boyle - such a personal album and such great songs she chose. We can only hope for a Christmas album next year!! Here is a snap of some of my other gifts...

For me the movie fan - my mom got me the 70th anniversary GWTW set - woo hoo!!! From a dear friend the Claudette Colbert Collection. Rico also got me the newest Harry Potter - yes, I am a nut about those silly books!! - and I really enjoy the flicks made from them. From Dale came the ECU sweat shirt and t-shirt and the cool Jack Skelington bobble head - I also got some major bucks for stitching stash - which I was spending in my head as I was fondling the bills - now how sick is that!!!! I will leave off the Christmas snaps with one last snap taken Sunday evening - after we watched "The Wizard of Oz" - 1939 - and before I sent her to bed I got a nice picture of Katie in her new monkey PJ's...

Now for some stitching - For a Christmas present I made a sampler for my DS and BIL - and here is a snap....

The design is from Primitive Needle - I think I used the recommended colours mostly but the linen I do not remember - the frame came from an estate sale - I sanded it down a bit and then sealed it with a clear shiny finish. I changed up the letters a bit by picking out the first letter of each family member. This is a great stitch and I can totally see my self making another one. I also worked a bit on my CHS Alphablocks - here it is as of last night....

As you can see I am still wussing out about the fill - I know I will fill the boxes as it looks a bit undone to my eye. I personalized the J block - it represents the three of us - Me - the oldest as the big boy, my brother the middle and my sister jumping. I got the idea from the change that Terri made on hers.

Here is a request........ I have become obsessed with finding an OOP chart or I should say charts - they are by Sheepish Designs - the three Alpha charts - Alpha Birds, Alpha Menagerie and Alpha Sheep. I saw a finished sampler with all three together a few months back and have been on a search since then...... no luck - they never seem to come up on eBay as a group or in any stash sale. I found one part recently but it is really pricey for a single piece. If anyone knows where I could pick these up, trade for them something I might have or if there is a set that is not being used that I could borrow..... I would be forever grateful - and I would be super careful - just email me - thanks. It is odd that I will obsess on something, I usually don't, but for some reason I have lost it over this darn set and it is driving me crazy that I can't find these anywhere.

I think that's about all for today - Thanks for stopping by!! I will be out tomorrow but back up posting next Monday - January 4th, 2010 - and I think I need to start of the year with a give away........ Until then dear ones - have a great New Year!!!!!

Take care,


  1. Wonderful stitching! I particularly love the Primitive Needle sampler and like the idea of picking out family initials in a different colour. I have enjoyed reading your blog this year, thank you for all the inspiration.
    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda! (Happy New Year!)

  2. I was given the Andrea Bocelli's Christmas Album too - isn't it great?

    Love the sampler you stitched for your DS and BIL and how your personalised it by changing the colours of the relevant letters of the alphabet.

    Sorry I can't help you with the charts you are searching for. I hope someone in blogland is able to help.

    There's a giveaway on my blog for my 2nd blogoversary which finished at midnight (GMT) - don't want you to miss out!

    Happy New Year to you, Rico and the pooches

  3. Read 'finishes' not 'finished' in my previous post - you have until the clock strikes 12 Cinders! ;-)

  4. Same to you, Edgar - Happy New Year and thanks for all of the daily pleasure you give us!

  5. I too love Andrea Bocelli. What a voice that man has! How lucky you are to have that wonderful GWTW set! I love the sampler for your sis and bro-in-law. I'm glad that you have someone who appreciates your gift (meaning talent as well as giving of the gift) You cracked me up when you said you were spending the cash in your head while you were fondling the bills. FUNNY! About the monkey pj's.They're all the rage aren't they? I've seen so many monkeys this Christmas season, I'm surprised I haven't been dreamin' about 'em! You mentioning "The Wizard of Oz" will probably start that monnkey dreamin'! Happy New Year to you and Rico!!

  6. Try herre for the charts :)

    Just started reading you and am loving your blog :)

    Happy New Year!

  7. Andrea Bocelli's Christmas album was my favorite 'listen' for the season.
    Your CHS Alphabets sampler looks fabulous and I love your sampler gift for your DS.
    Happy New year!

  8. Love the pics of your Christmas presents and your niece. Who doesn't love Harry Potter? Well, I guess my DH doesn't -- he's only read up to book 4 I think. Your present to your sister is beautiful, and your Alphabets -- you're really speeding along on that! Have a wonderful New Year!

  9. I have enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your lovely stitching throughout the year. Thank you.

    Happy New Year!

  10. Great stitching. you are really moving on the alphabet sampler.

  11. Happy New Year to you, too Edgar!

    Alphabet series is really coming along, and that gift was truly lovely!

    As for the charts you're looking for, I'm sorry to say that I don't even know them much less have them, but if what goes around comes around then I think you'll be getting them soon! :D

    On my blog right now is a tiny bit of progress on Fox Forest if you'd like to see it. I started with my "favorite" fox!

  12. Hello,

    I think I have one--maybe starting with W

  13. Your stitching looks wonderful as always. It amazes me how quickly you move along on a piece.

    I received the Susan Boyle CD and really was surpised how much I like it.

    That is a great picture of your niece she's beautiful!

    Happy New Year!

  14. Lovely gifts you received, and both stitches you have shown are beautiful! Katie is adorable! And, as for the doughnuts, KK gets my vote too.

    Have a wonderful last day of 2009, and best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

  15. Wonderful stitching, as always. I too would rather have a good Bialys anyday of the week over a donut.

    I still need to pick up the Susan Boyle CD. I have heard olny wonderful feedback about it.

    I'm so happy you had a wonderful holiday. It's truly all about family!!!!


  16. Edgar -- wishing you all the best in 2010 -- Happy New Year!

  17. It seems you had a wonderful Christmas. I ran upstairs to check my stash as I have some of the Sheepish Designs, but I did not find the ones you were looking for. I so wish I could have helped you out!

    Happy New Year!

  18. Great gift for your sister and her family!

    Hope you have a happy and joyous year in 2010!

  19. What a great sampler! I love the personalization you did on that one and on the alphabet blocks. I will search for the Sheepish Designs you are wishing for.
    Happy New Year!!

  20. I love all the pictures! Let me check my stash because I think I have one of those charts. I will get back to you and let you know. Happy New Year!

  21. Edgar, Happy New Year! Sorry I don't have the charts you are looking for. You are really making progress with your alphabet.

    Looking forward to reading more posts from you in 2010.

  22. Happy New Year Edgar! Look forward to another year of stitchy goodness on your entertaining blog.
    LISA V.

  23. Wonderful stitching as always. I love that Simply Live piece and the frame is perfect!
    You made me laugh with the photo of your niece in her monkey pj's. I have a pair of monkey pj's that I bought in Target a few years ago - I thought I was the only one that liked monkey pj's LOL
    Happy New Year,

  24. I didn't translate, but think these are what you're looking for:

    Hope these are what you're looking for.


  25. It looks and sounds like you received some awesome gifts this Christmas. I am really wanting that Andrea Bocelli CD. Did you happen to see the PBS special with him & David Foster? So wonderful! (now available on DVD)

    Your progress on the alphabet blocks is amazing!!!

    Sorry I can't help you with the chart search. Hopefully someone else out there in blogland will be of better service!

    Have a wonderful New Years! All the best in 2010!

  26. Have a wonderful New Year and I still love ya even if you like KK better...LOL

  27. The PN sampler is wonderful, Edgar! Your CHS Alphabets are coming along beautifully! For my sampler, I chose an overdyed (whiskey, I think) for the fill-in to give it a bit of texture since I used DMC for the blocks. Whatever you decide will be perfect, I'm sure! Happy New Year, Edgar - I hope you and Rico have a fantabulous 2010!

  28. What a wonderful gift for your sister. I really love the idea of highlighting family initials with a different colour. Great.
    It seems that you were having a lovely Christmas holiday.
    Happy New Year!

  29. Best wishes for a wonderful new year, Edgar, and thanks for a wonderful blog.

  30. Happy New Year Edgar

    ((hugs)) Su

  31. Hi Edgar
    I've started a search for the Alpha charts over here in Scotland. I'm waiting for a reply from a lady who lives in Scotland but haven't heard back from her yet. I too would love to stitch this design so if I find the charts then I will gladly share them with you. I did this once with an OOP P Buckley Moss chart and people were so kind - I eventually ended up with two copies. Good luck. Ann Noble

  32. What lovely stitching going on. Your gift for family is beautiful personalized and framed.
    Your alphabet sampler is going along very well.
    I hope you find the charts you are searching for.

  33. Wonderful finish by the Primitive Needle. I have this in my stash and might have to pull it out and seriously consider starting it.

    Good progress on your alphabet!

    I love your blog! It always makes me smile!

  34. Dear Edgar, Happy New Year! I enjoy reading your blog so much and would love to comment more often. I listened to Susan and Andrea all holiday season. Still listening to them. Your needlework is incredible. I don't know how you do it all! I'll keep an eye out for your Sheepish Designs charts...



  35. Hi Edgar, I just wanted to come and say thanks for your lovely blog. I've enjoyed reading your posts last year, even though I don't comment very often. Your stitching is always beautiful and inspires me!

    The sampler you made is beautiful and it's great to follow your progress in CHS piece. It's beautiful. I'm looking forward to Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow and I'm sure that will be the first CHS piece I'll stitch :) Have a happy new year!


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