Saturday, July 17, 2010

Secret Stitcher and a Giveaway Win

I am currently fighting a whopper of a summer cold which I managed to share with most of the family.  Temperatures here have  been HOT - high 90's, and we are making due without the comforts of air conditioning.  The mornings are cool, thank goodness, so I can get some housework done.

The guild I belong to Tudor Rose Sampler Guild had a secret stitcher program going which concluded in June.  We were to stitch two things for our secret stitcher during the year - here is what I stitch for my secret stitcher.

I apologize that I do not have a better picture of it - don't know what I was thinking.  Its a freebie from A Mon Ami Pierre, stitched on 40 count linen, trimmed with a silk ruched ribbon.   The second thing I stitched was a floss tag to match an Olde Colonial kit that I knew my secret stitcher had bought because she really loves turtles.

I attached a large skein of silk floss that matched the colors of a turtle as much as possible.

Here is what my secret stitcher stitched for me.  A BBD Strawberry and

And a lovely BBD House which was one of the extras in the Loose Feather series of from last year.

I love both of them.  

I also won a  wonderful, patriotic giveaway from Jules.  It arrived here right before Independence Day - how very appropriate.  I really was tickled by the items Jules included, all packaged in a beautiful box:

The theme of the giveaway had to do with the armed forces,  so Jules included candy from the USO, dog tags and a fantastic biscornu of which I have close- ups below.  The candy was gobbled up by the kids, I got to hang on to the mints, the wonderful hand sanitizer ( can't have enough of that these days), and the scissors - although it the girls really wanted then.  My oldest daughter collects postcard, my youngest got the cute charm bracelet and the boys wrestled over the dog tags .  The fab biscornu now sits in my DH's office and you will see why.



Side - It says "Army" so cool

Jules, thank you for such a wonderful package, we all had a lots of fun with it.

My three large projects are coming along - Catherine Theron's Americana Sewing Roll & my Peaceful Kingdom Sampler and ATS.  I also started stitching EftH Evil Serpent so I can actually finish something.

It is stitched on a piece of 40 count Zweigart linen that Margit gave me with my own selection of HDF colors.  I accidentally reversed the border and alphabet colors, but it is staying this way.  

Please give your air conditioners a kiss from me and stay cool.


  1. ROTFL, Sylvia! I will definitely kiss our ac for you! I couldn't live without it!

    I love the exchanges! Both the given and the received. That must have been fun to do. Your prize package is really nice too. Love your Evil Serpent so far as well. Another on my todo list.

    Hope you're not too miserable in the heat. Seems to be hot everywhere!

  2. Poor Sylvia, no a/c... that's not fun at all. Wonderful exchanges and prize package. Enjoy!

  3. What wonderful secret stitcher gifts, both given and received! Can I ask the source of the little turtle chart? My aunt collects turtles and that would make a perfect little gift for her. Stay cool -- bummer that you don't have a/c :-(

  4. I wouldn't be able to live in FL without AC so I can feel your pain! I am so glad you all enjoyed the giveaway package.

    Your stitched items are very beautiful and the strawberry you received is "berry" cute, lol! I look forward to seeing more of your work...

  5. Some days I get out of the shower and just lay under the ceiling fan. Some days, there is nothing better than that. ; ) The heat here is giving me a headache, but thank God we have a/c. I will kiss it for you. Your Secret Stitcher gifts (both given and received) are fantastic. You are a master rucher. And Evil Serpent is so pretty - I just love the colors in it. Can't wait to see progress on Kingdom too. Love the giveaway from Jules - how perfect!

  6. Of course, I'll kiss my a/c for you - how could I live in Texas without it:) The secret sister items are wonderful! You rouche beautifully and the turtle is super cute. I didn't do the secret sister in TRSG this year, but it looks like fun. Congrats on winning the patriotic giveaway!

  7. I hope that you are feeling better, colds in summer are unbearable.

    Wonderful exchanges you stitched and received.