Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hugs to All

A big thank you for all the happy birthday wishes on my last post. You sure know how to make a girl feel special! Dash does too ~ look at the gifts he got me:


Both seasons of Downton Abbey and a companion book...plus the first season of The Walking Dead and a book about it as well. I'm half way through The Walking Dead Chronicles already ~ very interesting!

I had a lovely day out on Friday. We had a lovely lunch at a brick oven pizza place in downtown Tulsa called Joe Momma's. I won't bore you with the craptastic pictures I took there. We had a basket of fried button mushrooms, a fat calzone and each had a couple of beers. It was lovely! Then we went shopping:


I bought some finishing fabrics. I especially like the red striped mattress ticking. I found loads of new charts. Absolutely had to get La D Da's A Bird in Hand because I was chosen by Nina to stitch this using her over-dyed threads. I could have borrowed Nina's but I wanted my own copy anyway. The Prairie Schooler ones both had partridge-in-a-pear-tree designs and I could not resist. Yes, I was able to control myself during stash shopping...I only had two beers!

A little close-up of the Just Nan pin I bought:


I can't resist ladybugs either! Counting pins are too handy. One can never have enough. Here are the ones on my desk:

Forgive the stray thread clippings...this IS a work area, after all! 

What are counting pins and how do you use them? Easy...say you have a long border to stitch and you want to be SURE you have it counted correctly. Or you are counting for center placement on a new start. Use your counting pins to mark every 10 or 20 stitches so save the place. No more mis-counting! You don't need fancy pins of course but they make it fun. 

I am still having a great time for my birthday weekend. I've been catching up on my blog list, doing some stitching on  projects for Theme-a-licious and WIPocalypse and even a bit of housework. *gasp* I can't believe I just said the h-word!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

53 comments:

Vicki said...

Sounds like you had a terrific birthday! I just bought some counting pins a couple of weeks ago. I love them, they are pretty and functional. I'm definitely going to purchase some for my DD and DIL who are also stitchers.

Blu said...

Sounds like an awesome day!

I used to be all "bah, I don't need no stinkin' counting pins" until I had to do stitch this horrifyingly long straight line and now I'm complete convert!

McKenna C. said...

I'm glad you had a great birthday. The ladybug pin is precious!!!

~McKenna

Myra said...

Happy belated birthday! It looks like you enjoyed every minute.

Christine said...

Wow - Great Birthday Day! Congrats!

And thank your for the explanation of "counting" pins!

Claudette497 said...

What a fun birthday you had! I've always wondered when to use counting pins - thanks for clearing that up!

Jan said...

Happy belated Birthday! Great idea with the pins. I am loving your new stash and your DVDs.

Catherine said...

Sounds like a perfect day! Love all the goodies!

Lei said...

Happy belated Birthday! It sounds like you had an awesome time and ended up with some wonderful goodies. Hope you have a great day!

Lisa said...

Many happy returns. Looks like you had a lovely day & received some lovely gifts.

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely birthday. You have some wonderful new things.

Barbi said...

oooooo what great gifts and great stash! Isn't it amazing that us stitcher's think Christmas all year round? LOL

Ellen said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Glad you have a great day, love all the goodies!

Hugs,

Jackie said...

It sounds like you've had a wonderful birthday weekend! Lots of goodies. The Downton Abbey companion book - I just didn't think they might have books about the show. It looks good!

I don't own any counting pins. But I was thinking the other day that I need to get some as I know they'd make counting a lot easier.

Enjoy your last few hours of you celebratory weekend!

Mindi said...

Sounds like it was a great birthday, and you picked out some fabulous stash to celebrate it!

Rhona said...

Sounds like you had a great day! Love that ladybug pin - so adorable. I've never heard counting pins before, but I will certainly use them from now on.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Great new stash, love the pins too. CJ in OK ;-)

Astrid's dragon said...

I don't know which I like better, your dvds & books or stitchy stuff! You really got the best of both.

So glad you had a fab birthday and didn't get into too much trouble! Happy Belated!

Ziggyeor said...

Looks wonderful, I'm glad you had a great time for your birthday.

Kruissteekies said...

sounds like you had a great birthday, great stash of designs

Christine said...

Glad you had a great birthday, you got some wonderful stash there, the ladybird pin is adorable

mbroider said...

Hey belated birthday wishes to you! I have been way too busy, so blogosphere is rarely visited:)

Wishing you a great year ahead
Regards
Sharmila

Bekca said...

I'm glad to read you had such an enjoyable birthday, calzones are yummy! Great stash enhancement too, thank you for sharing lovely picture.
Best wishes.

Toffe said...

Lots of happiness on your birthday!!
I see you had lots of wonderful presents;)
Hugs

Chris said...

Sounds like your outing was great! What wonderful stash you picked up.
The DVDs you got are wonderful too, perfect for stitching afternoons!
Continue the celebration!!!

And This Little Pig said...

Missed you birthday post, but it looks like you had a wonderful day... so happy belated b'day Daf. I must say Downton Abbey and the Walking Dead... interesting :@
LiBBiE in Oz

Ann said...

A picture perfect birthday + stash aquisition and DVD's while stitching ... Is there anything else we stitchers desire (maybe a piece of chocolate to go with - although this can make stains on our stitching ;-) Don't think so!
Have a great week!
Ann

P.S.: My daughters and I are also fond of ladybugs! :-)

Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day!

Annette said...

Happy belated B-day!!!

Teresa said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You purchased some nice new stash. I love counting pins too. They are becoming as addictive as scissors.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Dana said...

Sounds like a great birthday weekend. I am jealous because there is no local place to buy stitching goodies. I have both Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead on my netflix list, but haven't watched them yet!

Vinniey said...

Thanks for sharing the counting pins idea. :) That ladybug counting pin is too cute! Beautiful charts you've bought. Enjoy your new stash, Sharon! And happy stitching.

Terry said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. Love all the stitchy goodness you purchased for your birthday. Since you didn't go crazy when shopping, perhaps have a couple more beers next time. ;)

Happy belated Birthday!!

Michelle said...

Glad you had a lvoely day - truly deserved x

Penny said...

What a wonderful day! Pretty pins.
Love the red ticking or ticking of any color. :)

Julie said...

Gorgeous birthday celebration, food and goodies.

Pumpkin said...

Look at all that fun stuff!!!! I've heard good things about both of those series.

I'd say you were quite restrained with your stash shopping though ;o) LOL!

Chantelle said...

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TinaTx said...

Sounds like you are getting treated right!
I've heard so much about Downton Abbey I may have to search it out and give it a look.
Nice additions you made to your stash! Happy stitching!

Jo said...

Glad you had a lovely birthday. Wonderful stash and you'll be able to sit and stitch whilst watching Downton...what more could a girl ask for :-)

Joysze said...

What a fantastic birthday you had and all those gifts!! :D You well and truly deserved each and every one of them.

The ladybug pin is adorable. :D I find that I like to keep mine pristine cos it makes me heart sick to use them. LOL!!!!!! So just use stitching needles instead, HAHAHAHA!!!

Margaret said...

Sounds like you're having a good birthday celebration! Love your stash and presents. The counting pins I love too. I need some of those for sure! lol! Love Downton Abbey!

Wendy said...

Sounds like you had an awesome birthday! Great gifts! Especially Downton Abbey, so love that program.

Robin Hager said...

Sounds like you had a great birthday! Great stash addition! Don't you just ADORE Downton Abbey?

Melanie said...

Ooooooooooooo, lovely stashing!!!!! Sounds like a great birthday. :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Looks like you're having a lovely birthday couple of days! Mines coming up on the 27th and I hope my family and friends make it special!

Lynn said...

Okay so your husband needs to talk to mine about how to pick out birthday gifts. All those DVDs are ones that I'm pining for. My hubby doesn't watch movies or much TV so he really doesn't have a clue when it comes to this sort of thing.

Love the stash additions too! I can't wait to see your La D Da stitched with Nina's floss. It sounds and looks like it was a marvelous birthday celebration and so well deserved!

You had to go and mention the H word! It reminds me that there are some things that need doing here. Drat!

lily said...

Happy belated birthday wishes Sharon, looks like you were thoroughly spoilt with all those gorgeous cross stitch supplies. xx

Mary Ann said...

Lovely pressies and some lovely stash buying. I love that counting pin...I'm a lady bug fan too:) Did you see the Dowton Abbey paper dolls I posted about?:)

Carol said...

What great gifts from your husband as well as great stash you picked out, Sharon!

Congratulations on winning Nina's overdyed threads to stitch A Bird In Hand... I won some from her last year and they are just wonderful--enjoy :)

Meari said...

What a great birthday you had! Happy Belated Birthday to you. :)

I'm glad you explained the counting pins. I never really was sure what they were. After you explained it, it was a "DUH!" moment for me. I just used regular pins last weekend to keep track of the border on JG.

Congrats on winning Nina's threads!

Judy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday...Happy, happy to you!!!
Love your stash and those pins are just so cute. I love counting pins, I have 3 and they are so much fun to use.
Judy in Kansas

Brigitte said...

That Downton Abbey thing seems to be so popular, so can it be that I haven't seen or heard anything about it here? I'll have to check this out.
Veeeery nice new stash!