Monday, August 23, 2010

Lots to Share

Happy Monday to you dear friends.  My apologies for not commenting on your blogs has been very stressful, the sort of stress that knitting and stitching doesn't soothe and thus I've resorted to washing the walls.  Do you ever resort to stress cleaning???  Well, never mind the clean walls, let's move on to much better things!

Lynn B and I did a private exchange.  Lynn does extraordinarily gorgeous work, and mine can't hold a candle next to hers.  So I made Lynn a pair of pincushions because they're dead useful and one can never have too many ;)

A Needleworker's Pocket
by With My Needle
JCS Ornament 2003

Quaker Pinkeep
by With My Needle
JCS Ornament 2006

fabric:  32ct Lambswool linen
fiber:  DMC 115
filled with crushed walnuts

And look at the exquisite exchange I received in return!  Like I said, Lynn's workmanship has to be the most stunning I've ever seen.  Her attention to detail is second to none.  Thank you so much Lynn for this gorgeous exchange...I will treasure it forever!

My dear friend Wendy Jo is in town again (well, in Denver...thank you Rex's job!)  And we were able to get together last week.  I enjoy Wendy's company so much and we had a really great time.  She brought me the sweetest gift.  Check out those darling button magnets she made!  Thank you so much Wendy Jo for your friendship!

I guess that'll do it for me today :)  And I never thought I would, but I've joined Facebook, lol!  No farming for me though :)  Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a fantastic week ahead of you!!!


Lynn B said...

Oooo thankyou Staci, I really enjoyed receiving the lovelies you sent me, they are gorgeous, and I thoroughly enjoyed making the ladybird set for you - enjoy!


Lynn B

JelliDonut said...

You both do absolutely gorgeous work.

Melanie said...

These are all so great!!! :)

Berit said...

How pretty! I love it all--and your work is DEFINITELY comparable--don't sell yourself short! ;)

I'll second you on that stress; except that I haven't gotten to the cleaning yet. It's more like "Oh No and I have to clean, too! I wonder; is it the need to clean that adds to the stress, or does the cleaning just seem more imperative and overdue when the stress is around, lol!

At any rate, you're in my thoughts for more peaceful times soon!

Michelle said...

You have both done some lovely stitching. Michelle x

Kim B said...

What lovely pieces!

Annie said...

All the stitching is lovely. Very successful exchange and great little buttons too!

So now you have another time-waster to play with. Facebook can be addicting, so watch out!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous exchanges! I did facemuck but then I left as it caused me too much grief in so many life areas. (Not that you can "actually" leave). I am a happy blogging, stitching, crocheting bunny now. x

angelasweby said...

This really is a lovely exchange. No wonder both of you are thrilled. And you've got nice clean walls too Staci! At least some good came out of the stress :>) I think that when things are a bit out of control in our lives we always look for something to do that we do have contol over and cleaning usually fits the bill :>)
I love that really pretty Summer cushion. I'm still trying to decide whether it's a slice of yummy water melon or a delicious strawberry pie in a green dish :>)
Angela xx

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Virginia said...

Oh yeah. I stress clean all. the. time.

In fact, when I stress clean I even kick my husband and daughter out of the house so I can obsessively scrub something. :)

The swap looks fantastic. Everything is really gorgeous.

Elaine said...

The exchanges pieces from yourself and Lynn are just gorgeous Staci!
Sorry your so stressed sweetie, hope you feel better soon, hugs.

Karen said...

Love your the red! Lynn's is pretty...lucky you. The pink in the Summer design is darling...need to make a mental note of that one! It is perfect with the watermelon slice.

BTW....I wish stress did cause me to clean!!! It just causes me to be mean....

Theresa said...

Wow!!!!!! Both your exchange pieces are gorgeous!!!!!!! DMC 115 is just a beautiful color!!!!

Sorry about your stress on cleaning. I do not have that problem right now cause it's just hubby and me, and I'm not the one who's messing up the place. So no complaining from my hubby is allowed!!!!!

I have finally gave in to facebook recently as well..... Never thought I would do it!!!

Anonymous said...

The little daisies on the pinkeep are so precious.

Jackie said...

I get the same way when I'm overstressed. Knitting, Stitching, Quilting will not soothe me and sometimes reading won't either. I'm coming out of a 2 month long stress period and am glad to be back to the things I love to do. I hope things settle for you soon.

Wonderfully lovely exchange pieces!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Both exchanges and the gift are pretty and useful.
Hope you have a better day tomorrow.

Kathy A. said...

Ahh stress and cleaning! It sure helps! I hope your stress level has decreased considerably.
Your exchange for Lynn is wonderful. I like your pincushions very much.
Lynn did a lovely exchange in return.
Your gift form a visiting friend is very sweet.
Take care!

Sally said...

The pincushions that you stitched for Lynn are gorgeous Staci. Very nice pieces she sent you too.

Love the gift from Wendy Jo.

Carol R said...

Love the little red pillows. Lovely gifts from Lynn and Wendy Jo!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your pincushions are cute! I love the little flourishes on the back.

What beautiful stitchy gifts you've received!

Julie said...

A lovely gift from Wendy Jo.

Lynn's pieces are stunning but i do like your pincushions

mainely stitching said...

What a great exchange! :D Hope that life will be (or already is) much less stressful.

Blu said...

Gorgeous stitching! Both yours and Lynn's.
I definitely don't understand the stress cleaning business. My natural tendency (like the universe) is towards chaos. When I'm stressed I just hole up in a corner with a pile of books and escape.

Brigitte said...

Oh wonderful! The exchange pieces are all very special, and they are so creatively finished with a lot of details that attract the eye.
I know the sort of stress that can't be soothed by stitching or reading. I start decluttering the "hot spots" in our house in these cases. So, you're not alone with your stress cleaning, lol.

Lois said...

What lovely exchange gifts you stitched for each other. Stress cleaning, yes, I can find myself doing that too.

Shirley said...

Both projects are lovely.
kind regards, Shirley

Siobhan said...

I was glad to see that you're the Staci on FB that sent me the request! :) I don't do the games, either, but it's fun to read what people choose to post. I'm more of a reader than a poster.

Hope things are better soon. It's bad when you have to resort to cleaning to soothe the stress! I've done that more times than I care to admit. Hang in there!

Beautiful stitching and exchanges!

Solstitches said...

Lovely gifts both given and received in the exchange.
I love the little pincushions you made Staci. I especially like the special little touches on the back of them.
Lynn does beautiful work and I love what she sent you. I am lucky enough to have something made by her too.
Wendy Jo's little gift is gorgeous. Love those buttons she has made.

Sharon said...

Both are beautiful exchanges!

Tatkis said...

Such a sweet designs and I love them all! Great work!

Best wishes,

WendyJo said...

Lovely exchange from Lynn. I have been lucky to have Lynn in an exchange and she really is so very talented!

You are most welcome for the gift :)

I was so happy to get together again...we always have a great time.