Friday, July 18, 2008

TGIF!

Happy Friday everyone! It feels like I've won the lottery since the surprise envelopes outnumber the bills :) AmySC stitched up this cute Blackbird Designs stocking......it's absolutely perfect because I love BBD (and we all know how I feel about attempting a stocking finish!) Thank you so much Amy, my tree is going to be so well-dressed this year!!!

"Candy Cane Stocking"
by Blackbird Designs
JCS 2003
stitched by AmySC


Here's one of the projects I've been sporadically stitching. I find embroidery to be a nice change of pace from x-stitch......it's great to stitch without a chart ;)


I've had quite a few questions about where to find the colored rings. The package on the left can be found at Wal-mart (with the office supplies.) The package on the right is from Office Depot (Target sells some exactly like these too.) Neither Office Max nor Staples stock the colored rings on a regular basis...I guess they sometimes carry them as a seasonal item. I've never seen colored rings at any of the craft stores around here (ie. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann's, Hancock's Fabrics.)



The charms I find anywhere that has a beading/jewelry section. The star charm is from Hobby Lobby. And the star eyelets are from Michaels; they carry a wide variety of novelty eyelets with the scrapbooking supplies.
Thanks to everyone for the compliments on my header. I have absolutely no idea how to do it......my clever and creative sister does it and then emails it to me and all I have to do is load it. I am completely inept at techno-stuff like that!
Hope I haven't missed anyone's questions~~if I have, leave it here in the comments and I'll try to get to it :) Have a great weekend everyone!

28 comments:

Annie said...

Thanks for all of the good source info. I'll have to check my Michaels for the eyelets. I did find the colored rings at Target.

Pretty stocking.. you have talented friends! And your embroidered piece is charming.

Barbara said...

Your embroidery is simply stunning!

Michele B. said...

You embroider too? Staci, you are so talented! How could you have gone without a blog for so long. Please say hi to your techno-brilliant sister for me, another recipient of her wizard-like computer skills!

Big Sis said...

Hey little Sis...
I was just showing Charlie all your cute little ornies...and Wa Laaaaa another one! Too cute...We'll deffinitly have to get some great pictures of your tree this year! And now I WANT THOSE HEARTS too!!! I think those would look wonderful on a sweatshirt! I know we have different tastes a lot...but I don't know...I think you're getting warmer!!! Next it will be glitter????? Ha... I wont hold my breath! Oh and psssst...I almost have my 1 & only newest little project done! So you might see it soon!?!?! Keep up the wonderful work!
XOXO :)

Yuko said...

WOnderful and gorgeous stocking from AmySC!
And thanks for sharing the information about coloured rings!
There is office depot in Japan, too, so I will look for coloured rings there was the chance to visit there!

Carol said...

Such pretty ornaments - I am really looking forward to when it is my turn to receive :-)

Linen Stitcher said...

Your embroidery is lovely!! It looks so even and perfect!! Very elegant.

Thanks for the tip on finding the rings. I had been thinking about stitching a floss tag, so I appreciate the info.

Mel in Dubai said...

Gorgeous embroidery, Staci!

I've seen those rings on quite a few blogs and they look quite handy. Not sure if I'd find thems here but I must remember to have a look when we are in Ireland/Scotland/UK in a couple of weeks.

karenv said...

I love your red and white embroidery, so fresh and crisp!

Great stocking too, it must be fun getting all these nice packages through the door :)

Rima said...

That embroidery on the pillows is beautiful!

xstitch.nl said...

And those bautiful ornies just keep coming!! Another stunner!! Your embroidery work is amazing...!!! Have a great weekend!!

anna said...

Oh..... I need to catch up with your blog... soooooo many gorgeous pieces!!! I have a curious question also about your embroidered pillow cases and such... do you use high temperature when you wash them (like for usual bed clothes you use at home) or do you treat them as decorative only? I find that for white to stay white, it needs high temperatures... but what happens to the colored threads, don't they get worn out after some time? I always think of that when seeing vintage pieces and that's what's holding me off from embroidering house items... :)

Lisa said...

I love your lil stocking and your embroidery. Great job!!

Dianne said...

Your pillowcase is beautiful! I would be lost without a chart! Great job :)

Sandra Ree said...

Love the stocking that AmySC stitched! Isn't it nice to stitch without a chart, Staci. That's why I think I'll give embroidery a try. If I can ever put down my camera! lol Your pillows are beautiful! :)

Melissa said...

Your embroidery is sooo beautiful. Something I would love to learn, but haven't yet. I also love the ornament Amy made for you.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Staci, there is always so much beauty to see and behold and wonder at the marvelousness of it all at your blog! I'm sorry I don't come by and comment every day. I just love your embroidered pillowcases. Amy's stocking is lovely, too, what a nice treat. And thanks for the info on the floss rings; I have yet to try those but hope to in the future.

Jeanne said...

Love the stocking Staci! And thanks for the sources for the colored rings - wouldn't you know I checked both Staples and OfficeMax for them this week and of course couldn't find them. I'll be off to Walmart this weekend!

Carol R said...

I love your red embroidery but like Anna am wondering how you launder them - does the red run?

Laurie said...

Love your embroidered pillowcases. Where do you find them? Do you buy plain white pillowcases and stitch your own pattern on them or do they come pre-printed? I bought some myself at a local antique show a few weeks ago but now I want to buy more. where do you get yours? thanks!

Sally said...

I love the stocking! It's so cute! Also love the ornament from Jill. This is a must stitch for me too as I love sheep! One day I'll get around to it!

Andrea said...

Wonderful stocking from Amy. Beautiful embroidery too.
BTW...I have you on my list for a Kreativ Blogger Award.

Wendy said...

I love your embroidery - the redwork is lovely! As is the sweet little Christmas stocking!!

Solstitches said...

The little stocking is adorable.
What a sweet little gift.
Your embroidery is absolutely beautiful. I'm getting into embroidery a lot more these days and love it.
I agree it's a real treat to be able to stitch without looking at a chart.
I hope to see more of this project soon.

tkdchick said...

What a beautiful ornament to receive!

Thanks for the tips on the rings, I'm going to the states for a few days in a week and was hoping to look for some.

Kathy said...

You are receiving some really nice ornaments. Your tree will be special this year.

Your pillowcases look perfect.

I got the rings at Wal-Mart like you told me, but had never seen them anywhere else. Love them. Going to give them as gifts to my stitching friends. They tried to take the ones that you sent me.

Lelia said...

Thx for sharing. I have not found the rings (yet). I will try wal-mart & office depot. Seems where I am looking, they are not available.

This is something I would like to try. I did get the thing [looks like pliers] to put in the metal round things -- LOL my mind is lost & i cannot remember what they are called.

Kim B said...

What a great little stocking!