Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Finish and an Exchange

Hi, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that you are looking forward to the coming week.  I'm most certainly looking forward to the end of the week because I'll be on my annual V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N for the month of August! Can't wait to have some lazy days in the summer, yea!

Stitching wise, I am so glad to be able to show you my latest finish.  I was away for a few days with my daughters on the island of Puerto Rico.  We had a wonderful time on the island but it was much too short, then again, a little 'time out' is always too short. Though I'd show you some a pic of my daughters shopping at one of the stores in the Mall, Plaza las Americas.  I think the store was Old Navy.

Before I left Barbados, however, I stitched a couple of pieces and an exchange for the HOE Board.  My first finish was a little drawstring bag.  I enjoyed stitching the design which is by Dany, a French designer.  I first saw the drawstring finish done by Carol  (justcarolsplace blog) and I liked the way she did it.  Mine however, was done slightly different.

Design by: Dany
Fabric: 28 count Mocha Jobelan Linen and
matching floral fabric
 Thread:  DMC 3862
Trim: Cream lace and cream ribbon
Finish:  Drawstring Bag

I have another stitched piece but it's just to make a decision on how I will finish it.

I mentioned earlier an exchange which I was a part of on the HOE Board.  That was the ABC Exchange.  My partner was Kathy in the US.  I enjoyed stitching this freebie design from  Zoe I had to change some of the letters on this particular pattern as they were not quite right to me.  Changes were made to the letter V and X. I finished it into a pin cushion.  From all reports, Kathy liked it very much.

Designer: Zoe
Fabric: 28 count cream evenweave
and floral fabric for backing and sides
Threads: DMC 815
Trims: Red ribbon and red button
Finish: Pin Cushion

I received my exchange from Nic in the UK.  She stitched me a freebie pattern from CarolR at istitchaholic blog with a Dinkey Dyes thread called Major Mitchell.  It is a cute little pillow and I love the colour she chose.  As you can see it is a very light pastel colour and pastel colours are my favourite.  She also included a cute post card.  Thank you Nic, great job!

That's it for now.  I have the HoE For the Birds exchange to complete for mailing on August 2 which a holiday here so that means my mailing date will have to be at the end of July, so I'd better get back to stitching and finishing before I am late for the post. So look out for that in my next blog posting.


  1. I love your drawstring bag and pillow finish, very talented.
    LISA V

  2. Hello Sandra,

    Your draw string bag is my favourite, very pretty!


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