Saturday, October 20, 2012

Frog is a Wicked frog!

Yes he is. As I was stitching on Something Wicked
and moving on to another letter, I noticed my counting was off somewhere. So I count and guess where it's at? At 'way -'. And since 'mething' ('so' is not stitched yet) was started counting off from the 'w' on 'way', I had to pull the silk threads I might add, from 'way -' and 'mething' and stitch it all over again! Aaarrggh! I know it's not real major but I didn't want to ruin the silks. I managed to de-stitch and use them over. Even if it takes me to December, I will finish this one!

I had a nice surprise waiting for me at the Post Office the other day!
This was all from Ranae at Stitch by Stitch . She had a naming contest for two of her starts and I guessed correctly on one. There are lots of firsts here! My first scissors fob, my first flat-fold and a cute one at that, and my first win at a giveaway of some sort. So exciting for me.

And the fob and the thread

Love the color of the thread and that fob is so very cute and the Halloween ribbon too! Thanks Ranae!

This post could have been titled 'Adventures in Exchange stitching and Post Office business! Yesterday I finally finished sewing up the stitched item for the exchange after having to totally change my idea for it. My first plan didn't take as my sewing machine stitches were too close to the edge, ending with gaps in the stitches and the fabric of the design unraveling. And this was after sewing the whole thing together! I wish I could tell you what it is but my partner might read this. So I grab my seam ripper and take the whole thing apart. Go back to my bedroomslashcraft room, and look at what other fabrics I have and what other kind of 'thing' I can make this. So back to the drawing room! I chose black woolfelt and sewed it onto the stitched piece along with one of the original Halloween fabrics I started out with originally. So it is the original 'thing' but in a different way! And it looks nice too. Ok, fast forward to this morning. After my shower, I begin wrapping all the items for this exchange. Everything looks nice. fits great in the box. I tape it up and haul it to post office. Off it goes. My mission complete and with a sigh of relief. I sit down at the computer and to my HORROR sits one of the exchange extras before me! I grab a padded mailer, shove it in with a note to said partner hoping that this little package will reach her either the same time as the larger box or maybe earlier. I have 45 minutes left before post office closes, thankfully post office is about half a mile from me. I run in and begin filling out another Customs form (yuck!) and get to the counter. The clerk is thankfully the same guy who helped me before. He says well I don't think we've sent the other package off yet, so let's see what we can do. He finds the box and cuts it open and hooray, there's room at the top to add this other package. I didn't have to fill out another Customs form and it didn't change the postage cost at all! So now it's off to Phoenix and afterwards onto my exchange recipient. Sheesh! What a couple of days that was. Once she receives her package(s)!, I will put up pictures of what I sent. I just hope she receives it all before Halloween so she has time to display it all. I hope she likes what I made and sent.

So I've learned a few things about taking part in an exchange: Buy everything needed earlier, finish items earlier as I stayed up to 11 p.m. Thursday sewing the bigger item, plan how to package this EARLIER!, ship EARLIER so I'm not rushing around!, and do my homework on types of boxes, types of shipping options and costs as they are just as bad as trying to pick out the right feminine pads. Not for me but my daughter, hehehe! I received an email from Elaine as did others about joining up for the Christmas Exchange but I jumped ship! I will probably do some of her other exchanges next year as I enjoyed myself and loved the excuse of shopping for my partner. After this fiasco, it'll go easier next time!

I follow a few Primitive arts and crafts blogs and recently purchased this very nice luminaria
from the Etsy store of Harvest Moon Primitive . Marilyn included a flicker battery-operated candle with it and it's so neat when the lights are off. Today we hit the Spirit store looking for Halloween stuff and I found a lighted skull that changes colors and I've sat it next to my luminaria. I've tried taking pics of the two but they're just not coming out good; more camera drama! We're setting the scene and watching Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and co. tonite!

I managed to finish two of the little patterns that came with the LK Mystery Sampler (see my grinning skull?!)
and here's another pic of them


next to the hard-working sewing machine. The fabric Haunted is on is the correct color as opposed to the pic above. With Spooky, I added that little gold metallic bow at the top left corner and a shimmery velvet-like ribbon in the middle which you can see a couple sparkles on it. Haunted has the black trim around the middle. I have three other Halloween smalls to finish stitching or to finish and I hope to have those done before Halloween comes along so I can display all of them together. Of course I still have LK's Mystery Sampler to finish in addition to Something Wicked. Those I will finish before the end of November or the year, whichever comes first : p! That'll probably do it for my Halloween stitching for this year. Although Halloween is my most-est favorite Holiday, I'm getting a hankering to start stitching Christmas! Bring it On!

That'll do it folks! I've just finished stuffing my face with pizza and I'm getting lethargic! Thank You for checking in and leaving comments, the best part of blogging. Take Care! I'll leave you with a pic of one our cats-Bubba! Oh the life of a well-loved kitty!

6 comments:

  1. Nice exchange. You did a great job on the pillows. Sure wish I could do finishes like that. Love the pic of Bubba.

    Linda

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    1. You too Linda, can finish like me! If I can do it, anyone can. I get nervous when I've finished stuffing and it's time to sew up the bottom where I've left a gap to turn and stuff. Sometimes my sewing turns out good, other times not so good!

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  2. I hope Something Wicked goes more smoothly for you and those are some cute pin cushions you stitched up - i am also making a start on my xmas stitching - lots to be done!

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  3. That is a great exchange. I hope that the frogs don't visit again. Unfortunately, the frog seems to be hitting a lot of places this time of year.

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  4. Wow! I'm out of breath just reading about your adventures at the post office! LOL! How nice that the guy at the post office opened up the box for you so you could include the forgotten item. Your L*K designs look great with the fabric and ribbon trim. I hope you don't have any more de-stitching in the future!

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    1. Me too! I think I was watching a favorite show of mine then because most of the time I'm 'listening' to the t.v. when I stitch and 'Wicked' is on 35ct fabric. That happens to me when I'm stitching on higher count fabrics. Thanks Debbie!

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