Hi, all! I’m back for another update. I do want to let you all know that when I don’t update very often, please know that it’s because life is crazy. School and work have both been extremely busy lately, and have taken up a good majority of my time as well as my energy. And just as a reminder to myself that I do what I can…I still have my Blogging Without Obligation button over there in my sidebar. I love blogging, and I love being able to do it regularly, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. So that button is over there to remind me to take it easy on myself. I also have a wonderful opportunity later this month which is going to take me away from work and school for several days – so I’m doing what I can to get ahead of the game before then.
So…what’s up? Well, I have no stitching updates to show you on anything. Reason being is that I signed up for the Secret Stitcher program at my guild last year. We stitch two things for our secret stitcher during the year, the first of which is due in (you guessed it) February. Guild night was on Tuesday of this week, so I was stitching my little heart out on the gift for my partner all weekend. I’m very pleased with how my piece turned out, and I think it was well-received. I won’t be able to share it with you guys until the reveal later on…because I never know who’s reading. The next piece is due in June…so I’ve promised myself I’ll start stitching on this in April. So…remind me!
What I can show you though (albeit in super blurry-late at night-I must’ve been taking photos with my eyes closed-while Eric was yelling at me to “use the lightbox”-photos) is what I received from my secret stitcher. How gorgeous is this??? My stitcher stitched this beautiful piece for me and finished it into a flatfold. I have no idea what the design/designer is, but I love that it has 2010 on it and TRSG (for our guild)***. Little berry baskets are one of my favorite motifs in samplers, so this one was a perfect choice for me. And how cute is that little swirly Q? Love it.
The finishing on this is just perfect, love the little bow on the corner made with the cording!
And I believe the fabrics here are BBD Moda fabrics (Madeira maybe?). So pretty! I thrilled with my gift and my Secret Stitcher has really been good to me. You may remember that I also received the crown needleminder that I showed you previously? I also received a highlighter for when I’m stitching (my love of pens will never die) and a bag of chocolate that was inhaled enjoyed at one sitting. And it’s so fun to see what all the other participants received from their secret stitchers. My guild has a blog, and the new person that has taken it over has done a fantastic job so far. The link is in my sidebar, and hopefully she will have photos of all the secret stitcher pieces up soon, so you can see them all, if you’re interested (but go look now…there’s some good stuff including a completed Dutch Beauty and the cutest pumpkins I’ve ever seen and wanted to put in my purse and take home).
I started reviewing my latest book club book in this post, but as it got lengthier and lengthier…I decided to save it for another post. I hope you don’t mind a post of just a book review? Oh, AND I have some more gifts to show you…so, next time! I am one spoiled girl!
I’ll be working this weekend (not at work, but in regards to that wonderful opportunity I mentioned), so I’m hoping I’ll still be able to fit in a little stitching for myself.
I am grateful for a beautiful secret stitcher gift (and for getting mine done – whew!)