Saturday, December 26, 2009

And The Winners Are . . . . . .

Hello everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful and very Blessed Christmas. Ours was wonderful. We had a quite Christmas this year. Not a lot of running and going and that was really nice. We have sweets running over though. I did not do a BIG meal for Christmas but I made deserts like I was cooking for 100 people!! LOL That is ok, it will get eaten in this house!!

Looky looky what I got for Christmas!!!! I know, I know, I am always complaining about never getting snow here in West Texas and of course never having a white Christmas, but guess what we woke up to on Christmas Eve!!SNOW!!! It was amazing. By that afternoon it was melting a bit and by Christmas Day there was only small shaded places left snow covered, but I will count that as a White Christmas for sure!!! So this was a fantastic present that I received this year!

I finished one more ornie on the 22nd and gave to my mom as part of her Christmas. It is the Brittercup Designs out of the JCS ornie edition this year. I took off the words and added my own touch though.AND now for what you have all been waiting to hear . . . .The Winners of my giveaways!!! I done these drawing the old fashioned way, by just drawing names out of a hat (a bucket was actually used for this drawing!). I did not think to get pics until it was way to late though and for that I do apologize.

The first giveaway goes straight to JULIE!!!!! Congrats Julie, I will email you soon!!!

The second giveaway which was the religious themes items goes to SUE!!!!! Congrats to you too Sue!!! I will email you shortly as well.

Now Ladies, both of these prizes included something stitched and finished by me. So, it may take me a week or two to get these mailed out!

Well that it about it for me this time around. I hope that you all have a nice and relaxing weekend filled with stitching!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pics to Share!

I have been really bad lately with my commenting and responding to comments. I want to thank everyone who visits my blog! I want to thank each of you for all the comments that you leave and the visits that you make. It means so very much to me!

I am so excited about Christmas being just next week! I just love this time of year and of course most of you know that Christmas is my favorite Holiday!!!! It does not matter how tight money is or whether there will be many gifts under the tree. Christmas is the best. We try to always make sure that our kids know and understand the True meaning of Christmas. My mom is the type that feels the more gifts the better but I try to really stress to my kids that the gifts are not what is important.

I pray that each and every one of you have a wonderful Christmas full of lots of love and Blessings!!!

Now on to pics!! I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from Beth. She made me this gorgeous Christmas card and sent the cutest ATC along with it. This was such a nice surprise, I just love them both Beth, thank you!!

I got word from Penny that she received my ornament. This was for the "Ties That Bind X- Stitch Exchange" We knew our partners in this exchange so I was able to stitch up something that I felt Penny would really like. She said she liked Lizzie Kate, Snowmen, Cardinals and a few other things. As soon as I read that, I knew that this was the right ornie to stitch for her. Speaking of Penny, please keep her neighbors in your prayers. Their house was destroyed in a fire not long ago and they have lost everything. Thankfully, they have a great neighbor who has been doing her best to help as much as possible.

I have actually gotten some stitching AND finishing done this week!! YA!! I have finished the gift that I have been working on for one of my friends and her family. Can not show it yet though. I also finished stitching and making my mother - in - laws birthday card but can not show it either as her birthday is tomorrow and she does read my blog.

I also met my first months goal in the Christmas Designs SAL. I have stitched this wonderful little freebie from HERE . I just LOVE this design. Now, I did mess up a bit though. I started in the wrong place of the fabric and did not have enough room for the snow flake on the nose, but it still looks cute! The was my second piece to finish in this way. I am pretty pleased with the result.

Remember this one that my son picked for me to stitch, well I finally got the finishing done. This was the first one I finished in this was. I still need some improvement on my finishing skills but they are getting better.

Well that is about it for this time around. I do want to remind you of the giveaway that I am having. I will pick winners on Christmas Day! I have added a couple things to each giveaway as well! So stop by and sign up!!!!

I hope that you all have a wonderful week while preparing for Christmas. If I do not have a chance to post before then, I wish you and your families the most wonderful Christmas ever!!!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

New Goodies

I have added three more colors of Handmade Blended Cording to my Shop as well as a great Grab Bag!

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Finally my turn for a giveaway!!

I have received so many wonderful blessing from giveaways that I have won that it is now my turn to host a giveaway!! I am have 2 separate giveaways.

Giveaway 1 will include all the items in the pic below plus a special something stitched and finished by me. There is no theme to this giveaway just random charts and kits from my stash that I know I will never stitch or have duplicate copies too.Giveaway 2 is a Christian/Religious themed giveaway. It will include the items from the pic below plus something special stitched and finished by me.To enter these giveaway's you MUST COMMENT ON THIS POST ONLY. Please leave a comment letting me know which giveaway you want to go for (YES - you can enter both of them) and your email address!!! IF you would like a second entry you can post about this on your blog and leave me another comment letting me know and your name will be put into the pot again!!! I will draw a winner on Christmas Day!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Lots to Share!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week full of many blessings!! I am having a good week but had an Excellent and Awesome mail week last week!!!

First of all, you can click here and see the giveaway that I won from Becky! Becky has had many giveaways lately and I was the lucky winner of one of them. It was a HUGE one! That is why I am using her pics, LOL) That is also the reason that I have not entered a bunch of your giveaways lately. I have entered a few but not many. I feel that I have already been so blessed from the ones that I have received lately that it was time to give others the chance to have a little better chance. Anyway, I received it this week and it was like Christmas for sure!! Becky, thank you so very much for your friendship and your generosity!!! You are amazing!!!

I also received this gorgeous ornie from a Christmas Ornament Exchange at Stitcher's Showcase. I just love it!!I also recieved the finished piece of the Quaker Sampler that I released a few weeks ago. It is Beautiful!!!!! Mylene done such wonderful and gorgeous work on this piece. I can not wait to frame it and hang it on my wall. Mylene graciously sent this piece to me to keep after stitching and said she would stitch for herself again.

I also won a wonderful giveaway from Valarie. Even though this one has nothing to do with stitching, I just LOVE it!! I hoped to win this one so bad! Thanks so much Valarie!!! I love it and will treasure it!!
SEE! I told you it was a wonderful mail week! On the stitching front, there is not much to share! What little time I have had to stitch has been spent on stitching a Christmas gift for a friend and since that friend reads my blog, I can not show you a pic of it! I am going to start on the stitching for my MIL birthday card this week but won't be able to show it until after the 20th. Hopefully I will have time for some other stitching between now and then though!

Many people have been posting photos of some of their favorite onries from their trees, so I thought that I would join in. I don't have hardly any stitched ornies but do have a few. Hopefully with that Christmas Designs SAL, I will have many more next year! Anyway, so lets get started.I purchased these first two many years ago. Can you figure out what is is made of? Yep, it is an upside down light bulb! Really cool idea and I just love these two. Anyway, they were purchased the first year that my husband, daughter and I were together for Christmas. Of course, our son was not though of at that time. The Rudolph is my daughter, Candice's and the Grinch is my husbands and mine. As you can see, they are a bit worn.
This was the Christmas ornament that my daughter made in Kindergarten and I guess that I was the last year that they made ornament in school around here because I don't have any others from her or any from my son! SAD!! My mom has all the ones that I made in grade school!!
This is actually not one of my favorites but I it was the first cross stitch ornament that I made. I always complain about not having finishing skills, but when I look at this one I realize that they have improved over the years! LOL I still like this one though, even though it was not the best finishing job in the world!

I hope that you all have a wonderful rest of your week. I will be trying to get caught up (again) on my blog reading in the next day or two! You guys are so awesome and I am so blessed to know each and every single one of you!!! Thank you for your friendship!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas Designs SAL

I have joined the new Christmas Design SAL that Yoyo has started. This SAL is get us to stitching that special something for ourselves for Christmas. Well I am going to be a bit different than most people. Most are choosing 1 design to stitch through out this next year. Not me, gotta throw it all off! LOL Anyway, for my part in this awesome SAL, I am going to stitch a Christmas Tree ornament a month for my own tree!! I know that it sounds like this one is for the entire family but it is for ME and not them! LOL I would like for my tree to only have handmade ornies on it and I have added a few this year and will still receive a couple from exchanges but its not enough to fill the tree so this way I know that I will have at least 12 more to add next year!!

The first one that I will stitch for this month is this cute Reindeer that you can find HERE as a freebie!!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wow, how it flies!!

Time that is!! I just can not believe how fast time is flying by! Some of my family got together Wednesday night with my grandmother to have a Thanksgiving dinner. I was talking to my aunt about her granddaughter (my second cousin) and she was talking about how much she has grown. I said, "well I just seen her at Christmas". Then is occurred to me "Holy smoley, that was almost a year ago!!!!!" Even though we were sitting there eating our Thanksgiving Meal, it just hit me how fast time goes when I said that!

I do so hope that you all had a wonderful and very Blessed Thanksgiving!!

I am soooo excited that it is Christmas time though! I could seriously decorate the day after Halloween but DH says that is too soon. I love this time of year, I love the reason we celebrate Christmas! We put up our tree last night. I realized just how few stitched ornies that I have for our Christmas tree and it made me sad. I gotta work on that this next year for sure!

Anyway, the last week and a half have been really hard on me as I have not had internet on my own computer!!! It has been driving me nuts. I don't like to spend a lot of time on the computer in our bedroom as it makes me feel disconnected from everyone. So, I have been having to use my daughters adapter every once in a while to check in and get a little done. I can use her lap top from school some but since it is the schools property, I don't really like to do that. So it has made me feel very disconnected from you all!! I have really missed ya'll!

I have been doing a little stitching though. My son picked one of my Lizzie Kate patterns for me to stitch for an ornament for our tree. Since it is a bit hard to say no to that sweet cotton top freckled boy, I stitched it right up! Even though he is only 7, he really appreciates and loves my stitching. Lisa sent me some of the cutest little charms when she sent the Christmas Quaker Ornies to me and I used one of them on here. I still have to finish it into a ornie but here is the finished stitched.
My moms birthday was Tuesday and I made her a birthday card but forgot to take pics of it as a whole card. I do however have a pic of the stitched piece. Since I just used double sided tape and could take the piece off, I asked my mom if she would like for me to finish into an ornie for her. So here it is not finished yet.If you have not checked out my Handmade Blended Cording, make sure and do that now. Don't forget that my Thanksgiving sale ends tomorrow on all my patterns if you buy 2 you get the third one free!!

Hope you all have a wonderful and Blessed week and hopefully I will have my own internet the first part of the week and can get back to my blogging and keeping up with all my dear friends!!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Take a Look!

Cindy Mae Designs now offers Handmade Blended Cording!!! I have it all up and going now and am excited to see what you all think about it!! I even got the shopping cart issues that I have been experiencing for weeks fixed with the patterns!!! So my shopping cart works and I have a new addition to my shop! Of course, I have spent all day working on it all and so I have not been able to catch up with blogs or stitch for that matter but maybe tomorrow! We will see!!!!

Don't forget, the sale this month; buy 2 patterns and get the 3rd free. See my shop for more info.

Anyway, stop by and take a look and let me know what you think!!!

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Big News and More!!

I would like to thank you all so very much for your recent comments! Those about the Christmas Quaker Ornaments as well as the comments on my finish for the Stitch it and Pass it on exchange. Your visits and comments mean so very much to me!! I have made so many wonderful friends through my blogging and stitching!!

I did not get much response to the Stitching Accessories Exchange so we are going to put that one on hold a while and try it again next year sometime.

I have to send a HUGE thank you to Mylene. Remember the quaker sampler that I had done a pre-release on because I totally messed up the model stitching on it!!! Well, it is now officially released because Mylene offered to stitch it for the model!! She rocks! It turned out beautiful. I just love the way it looks all stitched up. She does gorgeous work as well!! So, without further ado . . . Here is Quaker Sampler (officially released)!!If you would like to purchase this design you can visit my shop!!!

Now, you wanna know what the big news is . . . Well, Cindy Mae Designs is expanding! Cindy Mae Designs is soon to be more than just cross stitch patterns. I am working on getting it all together now and hope to have everything finished up in the next day or two. I am going to start selling specialty blended cording. This is cording that I create. Berry Bliss, Pumpkin Spice and Raspberry Cream are a few of the colors that will be offered. I will only be starting with about 5 or 6 colors to see how it goes. So, keep on the lookout!

Well gotta get to bed for the night. We have a weekend without the kids as they are spending the first part of their Thanksgiving break with my dad and second mom! So I should have plenty of time to get caught up on blog reading, get some stitching done and get my expansion on Cindy Mae Designs going!!

Hope that you all have a wonderful and Blessed weekend!!!!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Quaker Ornaments are HERE!

The Christmas Quaker Ornaments are now for sale!!! CLICK HERE to purchase them. Don't forget that this month there is a buy 2 patterns and get the 3rd free!!! Great time to take advantage of it!!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Would you be interested?

I was thinking today that I am going to spend some time making my self a few things for my stitching. I love stitching accessories but don't have hardly any. I would love to have a big collection of fobs, cushion, and all kinds of stuff. Then that got me to thinking and I had a bright idea and would like to know if there is an interest in it before I pursue it!

I was thinking of starting a "Stitching Accessories Exchange". It would be an exchange where you stitch and finish a stitching accessory such as a scissor fob, pin cushion, scissor case, ect. It would also be a NO EXTRAS exchange. It is just to hard for some to send extra's. I am thinking of starting the first round on Jan 1st and the mail date being March 1st.

Maybe it would inspire some of us (especially me) to try making something that we don't normally make!

So, let me know what you think and if you are interested. If I have enough people interested in doing this, I will create a blog for it and get the sign ups going soon!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Ramblings!!

Happy Saturday all!! Thank you to everyone who understands about my HUGE booboo! LOL

Guess what, Lisa has completed the Christmas Quaker Ornies!!!! Yep, that is right, they are completed and now I am waiting to receive them, take a pic and put them up for sale. I have considered putting up the pics that she sent and allowing people to pre-order them but not sure if anyone would really be interested in doing that. So I am thinking about it.

I have already created some Valentines Quaker Ornies too! April is stitching and finishing them for me. Her and several other people from 123 stitch has offered to do some model stitching for me. So I figure that between Lisa, April and the others I should not have a problem releasing a couple new designs a month, if not more!!

Anyway, Hazel received my package with her "Stitch it and pass it on" exchange. She seems to be very pleased with it and I am so glad. I stressed over the finishing of it the entire time I was stitching it! But I must say that I am pleased with how it turned out and the fabric that I came across for it (out of my moms goodies) looks great with it! You can check her blog to see the back of it and get a good look at the material if you want.I received my win from Shel this week too! I am using the pic off her blog because I just could not get a good pic for some reason! Anyway, there are some great charts here! Thanks Shel for this great package of charts!!!I guess that is about it for this time around! So I hope that you all have a wonderful and Blessed weekend!!!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I made a BIG BooBoo!

Yes, I did it! I made a HUGE BooBoo last night! I was about 450 posts behind on my blog reading and i was going along trying to get caught up and guess what happened. I hit a button wrong or something on my google reader , still have NO idea how it happened but I ended up deleting my New Updates!!! EEEEeeeeeeekkkkkk!!! I almost cried . . . I hate not keeping up with all of you. So many of you have become such wonderful and dear friends to me. I look forward to your updates and I am just not sure how the heck I am going to figure out who posted what without going through every single blog. If you keep up with more than almost 300 blogs, you know that is not easy!

So, that being said . . . I AM TRULY SORRY if I have not come by your blog in a while and if I just totally miss some of your posts!!

Hope everyone is ready for thier weekend!! We don't have anything special going on around here so I am hoping to have lots of stithing time!! I have not had much lately!

OH and thank you to everyone about your compliments on my scissor fob!!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Teasers and My First Fob!!

Hello my stitching friends!!! I do hope that this week has been going well for you all!! So far so good here! So who all visited the NeedleShow? I had a "booth" and it went pretty well. But I had a wonderful time looking through all of those other "booths". I went through a couple times drooling over several items!!

Christmas Quaker Ornament Set should be up for sale very soon!!!! Lisa is in the process of getting them finished up now! The set will include 5 Christmas Quaker Ornaments. So, just to give you a tease. Here is a tiny peak at 2 of them!!
Speaking of Lisa. I was a bit upset with myself last week because I had a surprise birthday package for her but did not get it mailed in time for her to get it for her birthday. I had it ready for about a week and still sent it late. BUT she did get it and said she loved it. I sent her several patterns, which you can see on her blog. I also stitched her a Biscornu Scissor Fob. This was my very first Scissor Fob! I know, can you believe that!!! I have just recently gotten into wanting a collection of scissor and fobs for them all! I only have three pair of scissors and one is so dull that I don't use them and one of those is surgical scissors . . . Hey, they are sharp and cheap and I can buy them here! LOL Anyway, back to the Scissor Fob, here is a pic!I actually went back after this picture and put some cording on for the hanger part but forgot to take another pic! You can see it on Lisa's blog though!! I was over all happy with the final product!

I am a bit behind on my blog reading . . . I am so sorry!!! I will try and caught up soon though! My daughter and I have had to share the internet though. Remember our new puppy, Noah. Well like all puppies do, he likes to chew! Yep, you guessed it . . . he chewed right through the either net cable to my computer!! My daughter has a USB network card on her computer so when she is not on the computer (basically when she is at school or asleep) I take it and run with it! LOL

Well, I feel like I am forgetting something . . . . but I have no idea what! So, I will close for now!

Have a wonderful and Blessed rest of your week!!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Lizzie Kate Exchange Arrived - Love it!!

I received my Lizzie Kate exchange from Lilang! I just simply adore it!! I have never seen a piece finished like this! LOOK!Yes, it is a tissue holder and it is gorgeous! It will be very useful in my purse as well. Anyway here are a couple others views of it!

Thank you so much Lilang!! I truly love it and will treasure you!!

The Front
The Back

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Door Prize Winners!!

I held two Door Prizes at the needleshow. I had one for visitor's which the winner will receive a pattern of choice from my web site. Then a door prize for anyone who made a purchase the chance to win another pattern from my web site as well as a few surprises as well!

So the winners are:

Visitor Door Prize Winner: Debi C. from Alabama

Purchaser Door Prize Winner: Deborah M. from Massachusetts

Congrats to both of you!! I have sent you an email and look forward to hearing back from you both!!!

I want to thank everyone who stopped by my Booth and left comments as I received some really awesome comments and compliments that were very encouraging to me!! Also thank you to all who too the time to enter for the door prize drawing and of course those who made a purchase!! You all ROCK!!!!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last Day!!

I just wanted to remind everyone about the needle show! Today is it . . . the last day of the needle show. It will end tonight at Midnight. So, if you have not stopped by and checked it out, you should!

You can also go directly to my link to see my "booth"!!

Stop by and sign up for the Door Prize! I will draw a winner tomorrow!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful and Blessed weekend!!!

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Finish to Share!

First of all, don't forget to visit the online needle show!! It is now open and will be until Midnight Sunday night (EST).

I have finished an ornament in a new way. Well ok, new for me but not to most of you!! LOL I have finally made a padded ornament. This ornament if for my great-nephew, the one that I watch during the week, Adam. Anyway, I am not thrilled with the way it came out, but I will learn it. I did not use enough backing and do wish it was more padded. I also cut the back piece a bit to big. Other than that, I am happy with it.Well, that is about all for now!! Yep, thats right . . . I don't have a lot of ramblings at this time!! Unusual, I know! LOL

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday to . . . . . . .

Please make sure and stop by and tell my dear friend Lisa a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Lisa is such an amazing friend to me. Ever since I asked her if she would model stitch a piece for me, she has been by my side and helps me with my designing in so many ways. She has became a very dear and special friend to me in a very short time, and I am thankful for that!

Happy Birthday Lisa, I pray that you have a wonderful and Blessed birthday with many many more to come!!!

Oh and today is also her dads birthday . . . So a HUGE HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Lisa's dad!!!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thanksgiving Sale

Just wanted to let you all know that I am having a Thanksgiving Sale!! For the month of November, you can buy 2 patterns and get the 3rd for FREE!!! We all love something free, right?
Just visit my Shop for a few more details!!! I DO want to let you all know, that I will be releasing a new pattern in a couple weeks and it involves Christmas and Quaker and Ornaments! LOL So, if you would like to wait until then to take advantage of this sale you can!!!

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