The Bookshelf Progress

Almost done! Just a few more stitches to put in on the top half, and one last quadrant on the bottom and I will have a finish on my hands!

I am contemplating changing the design in the bottom quadrant as I am not entirely crazy about the four girls for Little Women. I have something in mind but haven't entirely decided!

In other news, I am STILL waiting on my order from Stitching Bits and Bobs, placed at the end of June. *Sigh.*

Adventures in Sewing: Pillow Success!

I am teaching myself to sew on my new sewing machine and it is so much fun! After searching everywhere --without success-- for a frame that would fit the Paper Whites finish (below), I decided I would make it into a pillow. This was a brave decision, as I was giving it as a gift and had never attempted this sewing magic before. But I had purchased some sewing 101 books and understood the basics. I found some pretty matching fabric and ribbon in the dollar bins at Michaels which were just perfect. After several practices, I felt fairly comfortable with it and...
Ta da! Behold - a wee giftie pillow!

While I was at it, I made up another little finish as an ornament, a freebie called "Cozy Christmas Wishes" from Lizzie Kate:

"Paper Whites" finish

I have finished this little sweetie by LHN and switched the alphabet for the names of my freind's children. I can't decide if it should be framed or stitched into a wee pillow, but I am pleased with the way it turned out. On 28 ct. linen, it is about 6" x 6". I used DMC threads, although slightly different colors than were called for by the chart.

Quaker Garden SAL on hold

I am eager to get started on the Quaker Garden SAL with Karen (and 27 others!), which officially begins today, but am still awaiting my order of supplies from Stitching Bits and Bobs!! I do not know when they will arrive, so I'll just have to stitch quickly to catch up with the rest of the group. :)

This lovely chart has already been completed by the talented Nicole, whose rapid progress I've been following. Her blog also led me to the link for this adorable Freebie Heart, which I'd love to stich into a pretty sachet with some recently acquired variegated silk. The free offering is from Better Homes and Gardens, Australia- which lists a surprising number of other really nice freebies. So much to stitch, so little time!