Not too busy for a little tea

Tea with Jane by The Sampler Girl
28 ct. Gray Flannel Jobelan by Sassy
WDW Cadet Blue, Palomino, DMC 3750 and 4220

Hello friends,

So sorry for the long absence ~ I have been super busy of late keeping up at work and school ... and looking for a new job. As of last Saturday I have accepted a new position doing mental & behavioral health therapy at a community clinic. This job will give me hours towards the counseling license I am seeking to acquire, yay. It's also a 30 min. commute instead of the 1 hour commute (one-way) that I have been making. I should be starting there within a few weeks. I will be doing some counseling in Spanish, which should be interesting and challenging.

On Sunday, I had the privilege of meeting some great ladies at the most delightful tea that Anna organized at her home. It was lovely to meet Jennifer, Jenna, and Lee, and remember that we all have first names and not just blog names. :) I did take a picture but was asked not to make it public for all the world to see . . . so you will just have to come to Philly to meet us in person to satisfy your curiosity. :)

We had delicious tea, scones, sandwiches, lime marmalade, petite cupcakes, interesting conversation (read Anna's much more entertaining description here) and a bit of stitchery. I worked on Autumn Song by BBD and finished up the bird in the middle. I don't have any real life buddies who stitch so this was an extra special treat for me. The day before, I made up the little pillow pictured above, to thank Anna for getting us together. I am a sucker for color and couldn't resist giving it with this beautiful tin of tea and Anna informed me that the whole ensemble coordinated with her bedroom and outfit, so ... bonus.

I am only managing to get this item posted as it is the middle of the night and I am having trouble sleeping tonight. I'm sorry I haven't been commenting on many blogs lately. Hopefully life will slow down soon! Thanks for stopping by.

Giveaway Contest Winners!

Hi everyone,

THANKS for all your fun comments this month. I enjoyed seeing a number of new commenters on the Giveaway post. I'm going to have to do this again!

And the winners are .... drumroll please:

#1: Yuko (Be Happy)

#2: Ranae (The Needle & I)

#3: Shari (Shari's Sharings)

#4: Annemarie (Orts and Ends)

Thanks to everyone who entered!
Winners, please email me (rachelvendsel AT yahoo DOT com) with your snail mail address so I can get your charts in the mail.


Autumn Harvest

Hello all, I am having so much fun stitching Autumnal things. Here is a bit of my harvest:

"Autumn Song" Needle Keep by BBD
32 ct. Bay Rum Jobelan by Zweigart
Recommended WDW fibers

I added my initials over one at the left and right and plan to sew into a little pillow.

These gorgeous threads are by Victorian Motto and are for the upcoming Beatrix Potter SAL. I ordered two different sets of Pumpkin from Nancy and have a lot of rusty reds and oranges and golds to choose from!

"Autumn Harvest" by Little House Needleworks
Started 9/20/08 Finished 10/9/08
28 ct. Creamy Cocoa Jobelan by Sassy
Recommended DMC threads

Don't forget to enter the 100th post giveaway! You have until Monday October 13 to leave a comment. Bye for now~

Fair Square Round #9 & RAK for Vonna

I had a great Fair Square partner in Joan. She stitched part of Strawberry House by LHN and did a beautiful job. I love it, thanks again, Joan!

I stitched Tanya's adorable Pumpkin House freebie for Joan on 32 ct. Lambswool. I changed the roof to a bright blue since Joan loves blue, and used Crescent Colors' Fallen Leaves for the house color.

Also, I had fun with a little RAK for Dame Vonna of the Generous Heart. I made a Floss Tag/Needle Rest for her from Blackbird Designs, changing up the colors a bit to make them more autumnal. There are a few pins in this and I used my favorite technique of painting the pins with nail polish to match. It works like a charm. Vonna does so much for everyone (organizing the Fair Squares site for one, hello!) that she deserves a little kindness every now and then.

Bluebird's Needles and Pins by Blackbird Designs
28 ct. Pearl Linen Natural Light
DMC and CC Fallen Leaves
Finished as a Floss Tag

100th Post **Giveaway!**

Hello all! I have lots to show you from the last two weeks, but it will all have to go into the next post, since I promised a giveaway for my 100th post here.

I have 4 choices for you!! Two autumn and two Christmas ones.

#1 The Sweetheart Tree: Jack and the Silver Spider

#2 Calico Crossroads: Cat-o-Latern

#3 Homespun Collectibles Christmas cards

#4 Leisure Arts Christmas Patches

Please leave me a comment and tell me if you would like to be entered to win. You can specify one or more or all charts but each person will win in only one group. In other words, you can say, "please enter me in #1 and #2" but if you win #1 then I will give #2 to someone else. Hope that makes sense! Have fun and good luck! I will do the drawing one week from today and announce the winner by Tuesday, October 14th. Thanks to everyone who visits here and comments - be back soon.