Well, as Barbara said, "Wow, I rock." What a nice feeling! Thanks, Mary Kathryn, for tagging me as a "Rockin' Girl Blogger."

I completely agree with Vonna that there are so many amazing bloggers out there, that I could honestly nominate dozens and dozens of other rockin' girl bloggers. But, in the spirit of fun, here are 5 of my top gals. Many of my most favorite chicas have already received one of these little awards. Here are a few more...

Isabelle must be the definition of a rockin' girl. Anyone who sews her own wedding gown out of gorgeous silk dupioni totally rocks in my book. Isabelle has mad, mad seamstress skills, girls!

Michelle is my friendship exchange partner for Fair Squares and I am already blown away by her amazing gardening abilities and great needlework sense. Go by The Striped Rose and marvel at this lady's gorgeous roses!

Andrea is one of those bloggers that I truly enjoy reading; she puts a little bit of extra love in each post. She picks wonderful projects, has a fabulous wit, sense of humor, and the most gigantic collection of silks you've ever seen.

Katie - 8 years old and stitching like a pro? 63 comments on your first post? Oh, yes, girl, you rock!

Deborah - I bow before the designing genius that is Midsummer Night Designs! Deborah can I please be you when I grow up?

I hereby nominate all the other worthy stitchers and bloggers in our fabulous stitching community. You all inspire me. :)

Lazy Sunday

I suppose it's not very sabbatarian of me, but I've been enjoying shopping and stitching all afternoon long.

A little start . . .
My husband's cousin is having a baby in one month and her nursery colors are chocolate brown and tiffany blue. I had fun playing in my stash and coming up with this combination for the Lizzie Kate chart, "Bless the Baby." I plan to use these fabrics to frame it as a sweet pillow.

Impulse buys . . .

Hands to Work "I Wait For the Lord"

Carriage House Samplings' "Quaker House Samplers."

I could not resist these two beautiful charts this afternoon. I ordered them on sale at SBB--so who knows when I'll receive them--but I'm not planning to stitch either immediately so, no matter. I went ahead and purchased the silks called for in the CHS chart just as a special treat to myself.

More birds, Updates, and PIF Offer!!

I have been away from blogging for a couple of weeks due to many changes happening in our lives. The biggest one is that I was let go of my full time job at the end of June, and by the Lord's grace have found a new position already which will begin next Monday. My new job is Foster Parent Recruiting/Training in the Community Based Program of a non-profit agency here in Philadelphia. I am so excited to have an opportunity to serve in this capacity. There are 8,000 children in foster care in the city of Philadelphia and I feel so blessed to be a part of helping some of them find supportive and loving homes.

I really want to take this moment also to give God glory for answering prayer. It came as a big surprise to us when I lost my job and we immediately sought His guidance and provision and many dear friends in our church community began praying for us. Within two days I had interviewed for this job and within two weeks they had extended the offer. God does provide --sometimes, not always as we imagine, but sometimes in miraculous ways. :)

Now on to a little stitching news.

First of all, I have signed up with Tanya for her Pay it Forward offer and cannot wait to see what this multi-talented designer Super Mom will stitch for me. Tanya has creativity and hospitality oozing out of every pore and it has been a joy to get to know her online!

Here's how it works:
I will send a stitched handmade item to the first 5 people who leave a comment on my blog under this post. You will receive it within 365 days; you have my word. The only thing you have to do in return is Pay It Forward by making the same promise on your blog! Once you sign up, I will be emailing you for mailing address information and will keep an eye out on YOUR blog to see what designs, colors, designers you like.
Please do sign up; this will be my second time to Pay It Forward and I had a ball stitching for new friends last time.
For the Birds Exchange Pictures

Here is my completed piece for the USEBB "For the Birds" Exchange; I think it is safe to share as I don't believe my partner reads my blog. I stitched this for Toni and selected a design by Bent Creek, changing a few colors. The text reads "One bird having some friends over." This is the exchange for which I solicited all your opinions on choosing a design; thanks to everyone for your input!

I made the bottom birdie a pretty green to co-ordinate with my backing fabric, and stitched the word "bird" in that color; then had the letters of "friends" match the colors of the bird's friends (pictures are clickable if you'd like a closer view). The fabric was a scrap from my Awake the Dawning Day 30 ct. Iced Cappucino by R&R; threads are DMC.

This was my first ever flat fold, and I have the lovely Vonna to thank for her awesome finishing tutorial.

........In other news, I had many comments asking for the Amitie freebie. I'm afraid that Echevette has taken it off her freebies pages, as I cannot find it. I also managed to discard my hard copy. If anyone happens to have this to share with others, please drop me an email (rachelvendsel at yahoo dot com).