Saturday, March 13, 2010

LHN Exchange for Carol

Oops! In my hurry to get my exchange in the mail, I forgot to take a photo of it, so I hope Carol doesn't mind me using hers...
 I stitched Little House Needlework's "Season of Hope" design on 28 ct Country French Linen, using DMC floss.  I had originally planned to finish it as a pillow, like it showed on the pattern, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I went to a local craft store, hoping to find some creative inspiration, and found myself in the scrapbooking/photo album section.  I noticed some 8 x 8 replacement pages, and the wheels in my head started turning...

I didn't want it to be just an ordinary photo album, so I added a piece of Weeks Dye Works wool for a needle-minder, and a band of fabric to hold accessories.  I thought the top-loading pages would be a handy way to hold floss, charts, fabric swatches, sketches, photos, whatever...

I'm so glad Carol liked the way it turned out- she's been one of my favorite customers over the years, so I wanted to do something special for her.  

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

HOE LHN/CCN Exchange Received!

Just when I was feeling bogged down with a severe case of cabin fever, I received a wonderful gift in the mail. Becky K sent me this beautifully stitched piece called "Gardening" by Little House Needleworks.
The back is finished in a lovely print in perfectly co-ordinated colors.

She also sent me some comfy socks, a pair of gardening gloves, and lots of herb and flowers seeds. 

I can't wait for all this Michigan snow to melt, so I can go outdoors and start gardening- come on, SPRING!!!  Thank you for everything, Becky- you really brightened my day!