Sunday, January 17, 2010

Not The Usual MLK Weekend

For 20+ years, I have been attending some sort of Stitching Retreat on this Martin Luther King weekend. This year, I stayed home (except for going out to watch the Vikings football game). But I am still stitching--ALOT! I did however, talk to my friends, Joan and Lori, in Aberdeen via Skype. Have you ever done this? It was awesome! I'll be doing that more often. Don't you love technology today!

I already started and finished 2 projects, both of which I cannot show pictures yet. The first one is my piece for the HoE Stitch Red For Your Heart Exchange. The second one is a gift for our August Retreat. This fulfills my goals for January.

So, I decided to do something for me that I REALLY wanted to do. I started this last night and just finished it after coming back home from watching the Vikings game.


This was extremely fun and relaxing to stitch and I love how it turned out. The red and green are the silks from the pattern, which are Splendor. I had not used this thread before and I have to say, I like it. It doesn't snag on dry hands like some silks do. Thanks to Carol R. for sharing this design with me and introducing me to Splendor Silks. Now I have to decide what to work on next!

On a much different note, do you love a good bargain? I sure do. My brother got me a super-bargain. A couple of weeks ago, he called me. Where he works they were having an antique show. He called to tell me he was walking around looking at some of the stuff, and he came across some floss that was in bags on a ring. I asked him how much it was and he said it was $20. I just said oh, thinking that is alot for floss. I then asked him about how many bags were on the ring and he said about 50. I was still thinking that was alot of money and was going to change the subject. He then said, oh wait, it says on here, Sampler Threads. Ok, now he had my full attention and said, it does? And how many are there? He said just a minute. He came back and said 47. I couldn't speak fast enough. I asked him if he could buy it for me and I would pay him back. He said yes. He called me back about 5 minutes later to tell me he got it for $15. I was very excited.


They are all fairly full skeins. What a deal! Thank you Gene!

He also got me this pin. He bought it as it had a red heart on it.


This gives me the opportunity to plug a new blog of mine. Stitch Red for the Heart. Please visit it and read what it is all about. February is American Heart month and Febrary 5 is Wear Red Day.

Thanks for visiting my blog and all the wonderful comments I have received. I was overwhelmed with all of the comments left on my Isa Vautier piece. THANK YOU!

Well, I think that is it for now. I need to get back to stitching.
Hope all is well with all of you!

21 comments:

Deb said...

What a wonderful finish. It's so cute. And that bargain your brother got for you is great!! You can never have enough thread, especially Sampler Threads. And I use Skype all the time and love it. It's the next best thing to being there!!

staci said...

Your brother is the best :) That is an awesome deal!!!

Very pretty stitching on your istitch finish. Your Isa V Sampler really turned out gorgeous. Congrats on a stunning finish.

Vicky said...

Your finishes are great Jill and what a great bargain.

Shari said...

I love the peace piece..I had hoped to win it in Carol's giveaway, but oh well!
GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are a Viking family!! You should see our triplet grandsons in their Viking outfits!!!!!!
Great deal your brother found!

Blu said...

Very pretty finish.

That was incredibly nice of your brother!

Kim B said...

Wow your brother had s good find there! So sweet of him to call you about it. And I love your finish. I haven't tried stitching with silk yet, but thats on my to-do list this year :)

corinna said...

lovely sampler
and what a fun find for you
sweet brothers are wonderful
smiles

valerie said...

Beautiful finish! Great find on the GAST too...

Michelle said...

Great finish!
What a great find your brother had. That pin is interesting with so many charms and the red heart on it.

Nic said...

Congratulations on the finish - it looks great!

And you got a good haul of GAST there - should keep you in stitches for a while!

Sandra said...

A lovely finish, and what a good brother, finding you such a bargain. Enjoy your new threads!

Robin said...

I love Carol's designs and have downloaded all of them. Haven't stitched one yet! What a great brother and great finds he had for you. I have Skyped with my husband when he travels. I need to get my girlfriend in North Carolina to do it!

Happy Stitching
Robin
http://stitchingwitch.blogspot.com/
red1974@hotmail.com

Carol R said...

Lovely finish of Sew Peaceful Jill. There will be a Sew Joyful for Christmas 2010

Nice brother to think of you when he saw stitchy related items and then getting them for you!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your cute finish. You have a awesome brother... how very sweet of him.

Karen said...

love your finish! what a smoking deal for the GAST and love the pin! what a sweetie your brother is!

Melody said...

Jill, What a wonderful find from your brother! Don't you just love a good deal?? I do. I was glad to hear you got to go to the Vikings game. We watched on tv. Since 'our team' wasn't in the playoffs, we were rooting for the Vikings. It must have been an exciting one to watch. I haven't tried skype yet, but have heard some good things about it.

Happy Stitching.

Brenda said...

Great finish. Wonderful bargain on the thread and I love the pin. What a great brother to be thinking about you when he was shopping.

BrendaS

Suzanne said...

This is a lovely finish. I have never given Splendor silks a go, but maybe I will now.

Skype is the best, we use it all the time. We even have the webcam, so the grandparents who live far away can see the children.

What an excellent bargain your brother found. Isn't it just the best feeling when you find a bargain like this?

Shelleen said...

wow, your brother found you an awesome bargain. Love the finish.

Danielle said...

I love how Sew Peaceful turned out! I just love Carol's designs.

Robin said...

WOW!!!!!! what a great find that your brother got for you! How lucky you are!!!