Showing posts with label Waxing Moon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Waxing Moon. Show all posts

Sunday, February 14, 2010

January in February!

Greetings from yet another snowy evening here in western Pennsylvania! Is it a coincidence that my finish this week matches the scenery outdoors? If I could just change the name of the sampler to "February" it would be perfect for this record-breaking, snow-filled month! I put the last stitch in the bottom, blue border last night and I'm so pleased with my wintry sampler. I think I'll keep it out all is too pretty to display only in January...

Just in case you're wondering, and if you missed my previous post, "January Sampler," by Waxing Moon designs, is stitched on 32 ct. sage Jobelan using WDW and DMC floss. I love the names for the blue floss in this one: "Deep Sea", "Father's Day", and "Sky"--so descriptive. I wonder if they pay someone full time to come up with such perfect names? Many of you asked if I was going to be doing each month of this series...I don't think so. I think they have only designed the months from January through June, but this was my favorite. We'll see what the rest of the months look like when they are published. I love fall designs the most, so I'm hoping September, October, and November will inspire me to stitch them. Then I could use one frame and just change the finished pieces out each month. Anyway, it was a very relaxing piece to work on and I hope you like it, too...

So, how was your Valentine's Day? Ours has been quiet since my husband came down with a bad cold and I'm beginning to have that horrid feeling that I'm on the way to catching one myself. He thoughtfully brought home this beautiful bouquet of yellow roses for me on Friday for Valentine's Day--aren't they lovely? After almost 33 years of marriage, he sure knows my favorite color of rose... I just love the breath of spring that they've brought into the house--only 33 more days to go until spring is finally here!

I know that you're probably tired of hearing us easterners go on and on about the snow, but it really is a rarity for us to get this much in one week (30+ inches.) Actually, we were among the lucky ones--we didn't lose our power at all! Many poor families south of us were without power for days and a few still don't have it after an entire week... We lost a 50 year old pine tree which toppled over barely missing our power lines and have sprung a few leaks in the oddest places--this morning I found water in the middle of my laundry room closet! Other than these few, fixable, and minor inconveniences, we have been very, very fortunate. But, enough snow already!! I hate to even say this out loud, but more is forecast for Monday and Tuesday :o(

Thanks for all of your suggestions regarding my overdyed floss storage problems. I think I'll be purchasing some of the floss away bags and metal rings and try that solution.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine's Day with lots of hugs and treats. You certainly deserve it because you are the sweetest and most thoughtful group of stitchers around! Thanks for all of your kind comments--I can't wait to visit your blogs and see what you've been up to this week...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I've got the "blues"...but my giveaway winners won't!

All I can say is, it's a good thing that blue is my favorite color because I've been stitching with nothing else all week (oh, okay, there is a bit of white, too!). I was really hoping to be finished with Waxing Moon's January Sampler by the end of the month, but as you can see, I'm not even half done. I forgot to order one of the overdyed threads, so I am at a standstill until it arrives. I'm stitching this one with WDW and DMC floss on 32 ct. sage jobelan and just loving it. I love to stitch I weird?

Here is what January Sampler will look like when I'm all done. It just reminded me so much of my sons sled riding down the little hill in our backyard when they were younger. The photo at the top of my blog is actually our backyard and there is a hill on the left side where they used to sled-ride. If you look closely at the picture, there is also a pond at the back of our yard where they used to play hockey when it was cold enough to actually freeze over. I love the memories that snow in the winter conjures up...

Well, enough about that--on to my birthday giveaway winners! If you're like me, you've probably scanned past all of the above and already peeked to see if you're a winner. Believe me, I wish I could send you all something--you've been such great friends and supporters of my blog. However, the fact is, there were more than 70 entries, but there are only three prizes so, without further ado, the winners, drawn randomly by my dear husband, are:

Giveaway # 1 winner is: Cole

Giveaway #2 winner is: Jennifer

Giveaway # 3 winner is: Lynda

Please send me your home addresses as soon as possible and I'll get your goodies in the mail next week. Interestingly, two of the winners are from Canada. It must be Canada's year with the Olympics starting in two weeks in their beautiful city of Vancouver! And my third winner, Lynda, who is brand new to my blog, just happens to be a fellow librarian. It was nice to have new readers and a few new followers, too. You may have noticed that I didn't require anyone to become a follower with my giveaway. Is it just me or does that "requirement" bother anyone else? I would rather people decide on their own and not be forced. Anyway, welcome to all of my new visitors and I hope you'll return often! Thanks to everyone for the great reading suggestions. I never get tired of having a wonderful, new book recommended to me.

Until next week... stay warm and I hope your days are filled with lots of uninterrupted stitching time. Thank you again for all of your comments--I appreciate each and every one...