A red door, new silks, and spring stash

Hello friends! Just thought I'd share a few things from my stitching world with you today.

I am so excited that I finished the stitches in the house part of my Home of a Needleworker. I decided to "paint" my door red for a little punch and I really love it.

I am also really quite happy about my decision to start collecting the Belle Soie silks. They are so soft and beautiful... I received the first three this month from eHandcrafts. If you've been considering these, go for it!

Vonna inspired me to pick up this cutie, although I probably won't stitch it until next Easter:
And I also fell for the new Ericha Michaels "Random Thoughts of Spring." It is pictured next to the prettiest silkweaver fabric, a gorgeous combination of turquoise and green with a bit of blue. I have not been super-thrilled with my silkweaver fabric of the month, but this one really knocked my socks off. Trouble is, I have no idea what to do with it! Size is 18 x18 and it is a 32 ct. Jobelan. Any ideas for what I could stitch on it?

easter exchanges

UPDATE: I received Toni's package this afternoon. Thank you, Toni!
It is a fun Lizzie Kate Easter pillow. I love the fabric you used to finish it and the overdyed threads in the stitching. I'll enjoy putting this out at Eastertime every year!

Some of you may have already dropped by Cathy's blog and seen the easter egg pinkeep I sent her for our USEBB Easter exchange. It is from the Prairie Schooler leaftlet "Just Hatched" and I personalized the back with our names and a little chickie from the same booklet. The fabric is a 28 ct. opalescent and the fibers are DMC.

I also enjoyed sending Cathy some easter colored floss, the new Kelmscott butterfly thread minder (I don't own any Kelmscott for myself so it was fun to see one in person!), some pins, the new PS Spring sampler and a little Homespun Elegance bunny sampler, some Mary Englebreit stickers and Harry and David chocolate covered blueberries! Cathy you are a lovely woman and I so admire your stitching; it was a joy to stitch for you.

My pictures of the actual pinkeep are blurry so I included the scans I made before finishing. Cathy's photos are better.

My easter exchange hasn't arrived yet so I will post those photos as soon as it does (and continue stalking our mailman in the meantime). :)

just bits

Hello all, I guess I'm on about a two week rotation for this blog ... I should post more often but I don't get to do quite as much stitching as some of you "turbo needles" do! Or at least it feels that way. ;) I do maintain two other blogs, one for recipes and one with my husband, so I'm a busy little blogger, but it would be great if I could post here more like once a week.

I'm doing some secretive exchange stitching right now and will be eager to show you that soon.

I have also put some stitches into Home of a Needleworker and another thread pack, Watermelon. When I finish up my exchanges, I hope to get busy on my pay it forward gifts. I only had three people sign up for mine, but I have two more surprise gifts in mind for a couple of deserving ladies. I've selected what I want to do for each person and can't wait to dive in to those projects. I wish I could do something for every wonderful reader of this blog!

I also ordered some floss for the At Home with Jane Austen sampler from The Gift of Stitching magazine. Mary Kathryn has a lovely finish of this already.

On another note, I sent out some St. Patrick's Day cards to a few family members today, and found a lot of delightful Gaelic blessings and quotes online. My favorite Irish blessing ever is, "May you never lack a scone!" but I also like this one:

May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!