Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May ORT Report

My ORT jar for the last moon. I've been stitching like a fiend! So many of these ORTs were travel-saved...carefully preserved to place in the jar when I arrived back to my stitching desk. The weather has been perfect for outdoor stitching and when I get the chance I plant my rear!

As always, TUSALers leaving a comment here receive an extra entry in the giveaway at the end! Happy New Moon everyone!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

And The Winner Is...

Sorry for the delay announcing the winner of the business card giveaway. Life has been absolute hell these days. I'm trying to cope but not doing a good job of it. Forgive me if I am not around much for a while...

Big congratulations to Annette who blogs at California Stitcher! Thank you to everyone that entered.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Business Card Giveaway

I love business cards! I have started including one with my information on it in with exchanges, RAKs and giveaways. On mine, I have my name, mailing address, email address and blog address. Isn't that a great way to keep in contact with your online friends? I'm using homemade ones now but I'm really, really looking forward to receiving some professional ones from PrintRunner very soon ~ I hear they have awesomely fast turnaround time!

Did you know you can Print online with PrintRunner?  They print business cards that look professional and expensive at an affordable rate. PrintRunner is a full service, high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California.

I was so excited to receive this offer from PrintRunner this week. They are providing a set of 250 business cards to give away to one of my readers AND a set to me for hosting! The offer as follows:
  • Prize: Business Cards
  • Business Card Size and Style Business Cards - 2x3.5 (Standard)
  • Quantity:  250
  • Colors:    4/4 Color Both Sides
  • Paper:   14 pt. UV Coating on Front, 14 pt. UV Coating on both sides,
  • Proof:    NONE
  • Rounded Corners:   NO
The Fine Print ~ *Giveaway is open to US Residents only, ages 18 years old and above.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post. I will need your name and email address to send to PrintRunner (if you are the winner) so be sure I have a way of contacting you.
Hurry now ~ I've found my giveaways do best if they are quick (meaning = hardly anyone enters after the first couple of days lol) so I will choose the winner next Wednesday, May 17, 2012. The actual prize gets awarded on May 31, 2012. Be aware you can only win one giveaway prize from PrintRunner in a two-month period. You can also "like them" on Facebook like I did!
The Disclaimer ~ Thank you to PrintRunner for providing us this giveaway. I will receive a set of business cards for hosting this.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Try, Try Again

I meant to post again last week but I kept getting sidetracked. Then, I meant to post on Sunday for WIPocalypse full moon but sat my butt on the back porch and stitched instead. This really wouldn't be a problem but circumstances prevented me from WIPocalypse last month so it's about time I make a WIPocalypse post!

Now that my traveling patterns are all finished I've been concentrating on my Prairie Schooler 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. I finished 10 Lords-a-leaping! Isn't he handsome?

Wait! He looks kinda funny. Oh no...I forgot his eye and golden buttons!

There, that's better! Hmmmmm, still looks odd. Is something missing?

Holly berries! GEE ~ Is this one done yet? How long have I been at this hobby? I think I'd better check all the other ones I've already "finished" too...

I made a really good start on number 11 as well:

Traveling Pattern? You mean the Shepherd's Bush one? Oh, heck...I nearly forgot that as well! Sorry, sorry, sorry! That is heading out to Kathy of Kathy's Sit and Stitch. Congratulations Kathy! Those of you really, really wanting to stitch this please bookmark Kathy's blog and be watching for her finish!

I'm trying to arrange a treat for you. Yes, that was cryptic, wasn't it?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tweet Heart

Well, you didn't think I'd get anywhere near Tulsa on a Saturday and not visit The Silver Needle, did you? Of course, almost the second I walked through the door a few Blackbird Designs things got stuck to my hands. I couldn't get rid of the stuff and I ended up having to pay for them! Can you imagine? Then after I got home this little project kept calling my name, begging to be stitched. Chalk this one up as the miracle project...one that Daffycat stitched AND finished with 24 hours, beginning to end. This never happens!

Design ~ Tweet Hearts, Exemplar #1
Designer ~ Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs
Fabric ~ 32 count tea-stained Belfast Linen
Fiber ~ DMC

A darling project. It is from the book For My Friend. I'm fond of mildly prim finishes like this ~ very forgiving of my inexpert sewing skills! This shaped bit of sewing was somewhat a challenge to me ~ I had a little trouble catching both fabrics in the seam. Not like a square pillow, is it? I neatly covered my doofy seams with a buttonhole stitch using # 12 Perle Cotton. The green plaid fabric shown was my backing and since a sweet pinpillow needed some pretty new pins, I made four to go with. I'm just tickled with it. Be aware...99% of the credit goes to Barb and Alma for the lovely detailed finishing instructions in their books. 

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Yet Another Traveling Pattern

Boo ~ I completely forgot about posting for Theme-a-licious yesterday! I blame it on having finishes to show and not actually showing them! Our theme for April was to work on our biggest projects. You might remember, I got drawn for three Traveling Patterns at once so I re-arranged my goal to include the Amazonian task of finishing 3 TP designs before the end of April. I'm tickled pink to say I did it!

The first Traveling Pattern, Thankful.
The second Traveling Pattern, The Busy Needle.
And presenting the third Traveling Pattern, Tending the Blooms:

Design ~ Tending the Blooms
Designer ~ Shepherd's Bush
Fabric ~ 32 count Daffycat-Dyed Belfast Linen
Fiber ~ DMC

I screwed up the row of satin stitches somewhere. I never could figure out where or what I was doing wrong. So, I shrugged my shoulders and went on. Funnily enough, life didn't end.

When Gracie sent me the Traveling Pattern she included this little RAK of wonderful goodies. Sweet counting pins, silver charms, a fun bumblebee design and the coolest vine- shaped trimming ever. Thank you Grace! I love it all!

Oh hey, you know what this means? Yup, I have to send this design on it's way to the next stitcher! If you would like to be the next to stitch this design leave a comment on this post asking to be included. I will choose someone in the next few days ~ so hurry!

Next up for Theme-a-licious is:

May Memories
Remember when you took that class? Or decided to commemorate that event? And then abandoned your poor WIP? Take a stroll down memory lane by working on it again.

I'm at a loss. I really don't have any abandoned projects, unless you count Peacock Tapestry? It's not abandoned ~ just disliked ~ lol. I have to be really "in the mood" to stitch on that ~ so not gonna happen. Maybe I will work on my Prairie Schooler 12 Days ornaments and/or my Finery of Nature instead? Or maybe something else?  I guess I will surprise you...

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