Monday, January 28, 2019

Gifts for Me and Gifts for You!

Hi, stitching friends!

I know many of you are buried under snow or freezing your buns off in your part of the world, and I'm sorry. In Boise, we have "warmish" weather (highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s) and no snow. If I could, I would send our "winter" weather your way. But since I can't, I will send you a big virtual hug and my sincere wish that you stay safe on those roads and stay warm inside, hopefully with lots of time to stitch.

This will be a pretty short post today, as I have been doing a lot of stitching but not much finishing. I started "Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow" last week, and I have the LOFTY goal of finishing it in time to be framed before Halloween. In order to do that, I'm going to need to stitch three blocks every two months. Since January is over on Thursday, I have a lot of work to do to get and stay on schedule!

Here's my progress on block one:

(Don't you just love my needleminder? It's from Mad for Minders - lots more about that Etsy shop later on. Click on their name to visit them.)

I'm stitching Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow on 32-count tea/coffee-dyed Jobelan. The called-for fabric was too expensive for my budget at the time, so I came up with a solution. I bought white Jobelan and dyed it myself. I'm quite pleased with the fabric. Even though I've already made a major mistake that would require a LOT of frogging, I'm having a ball stitching this. I'm not going to rip out my mistake and start over (I don't have time) and I'm certainly not going to tell you where I messed up. If you can't spot it, I'm not going to help you! It's supposed to be a primitive piece, anyway.


Happy Birthday to Me!

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might already know that January is my favorite month. When others are dreading the long, dark, winter days, I'm looking forward to the end of January because it's my birthday! Mr. Wonderful makes it extra special by pretty much giving me free reign to buy whatever my heart desires (as long as he doesn't have to go shopping or pick something out himself, which is fine by me). So, I've picked up a few new things...

Some new patterns, including "The Shores of Hawk Run Hollow" by Carriage House Samplings (and the fabric to stitch it, which has not arrived yet), "Hurray, It's a Snow Day" by Homespun Elegance, and "Liberty Hill Farm" by Silver Creek Samplers. I've also ordered "The Houses of Hawk Run Hollow." (I am ambitious, aren't I? Either that or crazy.)

And...another pattern (not saying which one!), in a book by Blackbird Designs, that I will be stitching this summer along with RJ and Mary of Stitching Friends Forever! It will be my first SAL and I can hardly wait. But I will be busy in the meantime for sure.

I ordered a project bag from DiddlyDaddleDesigns on Etsy, a grime guard from SewMuch2Luv on Etsy, and a blog book from Blog2Print, all of which are currently in the wind.

And these...

Needle minders from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mad For Minders! Aren't they awesome? I am a total Trekkie nerd, and I love this retro snow girl.

Who's ready for a giveaway... or TWO?!?

My birthday would not be complete if I didn't share the love with you. I've put together a couple of giveaways that I hope you'll love. There will be a few hidden surprises with each one as well as what you see in the following photos. Please choose which giveaway you'd like to enter and let me know in your comment by using the phrase I give you. You must be a sidebar follower to win. I'll do the drawings on Friday, February 8.

Giveaway #1: Bless Our Home

The first giveaway includes Country Cottage Needleworks' "Bless Our Home," a cut of 36-count vintage country mocha Edinburgh, and a sweet Betsy Ross needleminder from Mad for Minders. (There will be a few extra hidden surprises as well!) If you would like to enter to win this giveaway, please say "I would like to stitch Bless Our Home" in your comment.

Giveaway #2: Snow

The second giveaway includes an out-of-print chart by Bent Creek called "Snow," a cut of 40-count vintage country mocha Newcastle, and this sweet, vintage Santa needleminder from Mad for Minders. (There will also be a few extra hidden surprises included in this giveaway.) If you would like to enter this giveaway, please say "I would like to stitch the Snow" in your comment.

Again, I will do the drawing and announce the winners on Friday, February 8. You must be a sidebar follower (and hopefully an email follower as well!) to win.

Good luck!

I hope 2019 brings you time with friends and family and lots of stitching time (and NO frogging!). Until next week, be well, dear friends. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. "I would like to stitch the Snow"
    Happy Birthday!
    I hope you know how lucky you are to have no snow and such warm temperatures - enjoy.

  2. Happy Birthday Meg--nice birthday stash. The Hawk Run series are all have your work cut our for you but you have made a great start on the Halloween one! :) Look forward to seeing your progress!

  3. Happy Birthday Meg!! Love Hawk Run Hollow pieces but I cannot stitch on 40 count so I will just enjoy watching others who are stitching. I will not enter the giveaway as I won your last one. The giveaway is great...both charts are adorable. We are hunkered down waiting on SNOW....brrr.

  4. Happy Birthday Meg. I so love your new start and the fabric looks great. I would love to enter your giveaway but I already have both charts. Good luck to all who enter.


  5. Wow, a very nice motive, I rather like the autumn motives, but I like this Halloween very much. Happy Birthday - You have selected very beautiful patterns and I am already curious about what you stitch as a SAL. SAL stitching is great fun, I like to do that too.
    I like to take part in your Giveaway and would like to stitch the snow.
    All the best to you, Martina

  6. Happy birthday, I hope it was filled with cake and happiness. It is my birthday tomorrow and my husband had his last week so we have lots of celebrations in January. Thank you for a lovely giveaway, how kind of you to think of others for your birthday. I would like to stitch the snow. x

  7. Hallo Meg,
    Happy Birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day with your family.
    Your Halloween stitching looks great. I can't find your mistake.
    I would like to be a part of your Giveaway and I would like to stitch the snow.

  8. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday .

    Love your Halloween stitch , looks great to me .

    Would love to stitch snow too.

    Love your Birthday goodies. Have a lovely week.

  9. Happy Birthday!!! Such a fun way to celebrate. I would like to stitch Bless our Home

  10. Happy Birthday Meg.
    I could not find a mistake and I think we have all made mistakes work at some point! You got a good birthday present.
    I would love to stitch Bless Our Home.
    Thank you for a giveaway. What fun!

  11. I always love seeing your stitching because each stitch always looks so perfect. Good luck to all who wish to win your lovely give aways, too. I am only an aida stitcher...I could stitch on the higher count fabrics, well you know, if I had the use of the Hubble and all. I can't wait to see you stitch more on your squares and all the other lovely patterns you got. Happy Birthday, too. :) I will only say that we are to get down into the single digits with the "Polar Vortex" paying us all a visit. I truly hate winter...and I will spare you my thoughts on the polar vortex since it might go a little beyond "G" rated...just saying. I hope your Birthday was awesome. Wishing you a most lovely day. :) ((hugs))

  12. Hi Meg! What a great post to read as the fine flakes begin to fall here. First of all, happy birthday to you! I hope you have had a fabulous birthday month. It looks like you picked up some wonderful items for your birthday. What a outstanding husband you have! I LOVE the fabric you coffee/tea dyed for the Halloween stitch. Well done!

  13. I would like to stitch Bless Our Home. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Happy Birthday Meg! Your husband is a sweet one! You have some mighty fine gifts! Take care my friend.

  15. I would like to stitch the Snow.

  16. Happy Birthday Meg! What wonderful things you have chosen! I love the Hawk Run patterns so it will be a lot of fun to watch you stitch this! And no worries you are not just love to stitch and I think that is great! Enjoy every minute you have for fun to do a SAL with RJ and Mary! I am really looking forward to seeing that!

    Your giveaways are really sweet! I would love to stitch Bless Our Home. I have always loved that pattern 😊

    Sending hugs and liove your way! I still owe you an email...I haven’t forgotten! 😊

  17. Happy Birthday! My husband is the same.....pick out what I want because he doesn't want to go into a crowded store. That is fine with me. Love the new projects you bought. I would like to stitch Bless Our Home. Patty McDonald

  18. Happy Birthday my sweet friend Meg! I told George what Shawn got for your for your birthday and he said "my kind of man". He is the same way and that is fine with me too.

    Black Hawk is coming along wonderfully. Beautiful stitching! I look forward to seeing the progress on this big project.

    Please enter me in the Bless Our Home give away. I have eyed that one for quite awhile and love it. As a military wife for so long, I just love stitching the American flag.

    I'm so excited that you will be joining Mary and me with our summer SAL. It's a beauty. Happy stitching Meg. I hope you had the perfect birthday. RJ

  19. Happy birthday to you! Great presents! It's fun shopping for yourself because you get exactly what you want. :) I would like to stitch the snow. Since we are in the minus digits today, that seems appropriate.

    1. Hi! Thanks! Do you have a screen name? If you win, I will need your email address or a way to contact you. Thanks!

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  21. Happy Birthday.I just stumbled over your blog and what a beautiful stitching and finishing.keep it coming.
    I bookmarked your blog and looking forward to updates.Thanks much

  22. Sounds like your birthday was fun and how nice to pick your own gifts, Meg! You got some great things and I really hope you are happy with your blog book. I know I'll enjoy looking through mine in the years to come.

    Lovely progress on that HRH piece--I have the chart, but haven't started it (and I've had it for years!!). I did the Christmas at HRH and got kind of burned out so I think that's why I haven't started the Autumn one. That IS a cute needleminder. I don't use them myself, but they are very sweet.

    Happy belated birthday, Meg--I hope your birthday wishes come true and I wish you all the best in February ♥

  23. Hi, Linda. Love your blog! I would like to stitch Bless Our Home. Thank you!

  24. Happy Birthday, Meg. I too, am an end of January baby. Just found your blog with a link from Marly and have signed up to follow along.
    Just for fun I will throw my name in the hat, if that is okay.
    I would like to stitch the snow.

  25. I would like to stitch the Snow. Belated birthday wishes!

  26. Happy Belated Birthday!! You made such lovely choices and how easy you made it for Shawn to shop for you!!
    HRH is one ambitious project to get done by Halloween, I'll be encouraging you all along the way!! You better get moving on it with our summer Sal coming up! :) Bless our home would be lovely to stitch. Mary

  27. Happy Birthday I would like to stitch snow. Happy stitching

  28. Happy birthday, Meg. I’m so glad you’ve made mistakes your not fixing. It feels so good to go rogue like that. My current sampler doesn’t allow for much of that, so I’m living vicariously. 😄 Judy

  29. I love your stitching! I'll have to hang out here and get inspired to to work on some of the projects I've got in mind. Happy Birthday!


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