Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hello Spring

Hi friends! I finished the gift for my mom's birthday coming up next month. It features her cat "Cutie".

This is a freebie you can find RIGHT HERE Have a look around the site. There are many freebies available that are not all cat related.  I stitched this one over one on light blue 22count evenweave with DMC. I finished this as a flatfold. I used pale blue crepe from my stash as the backing material and finished off the edges with pale blue satin ribbon. 
Several of you wanted to see my pink pansies. Well here you go!
I have a cross stitch chart to giveaway. Hello Spring by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations is a chart that is ripped out of the current Just Cross Stitch magazine. I will be folding the two pages so they  fit into a business size envelope to save on postage. You must be a follower of mine and you must leave a comment on this post telling me you want to be entered into the giveaway. I will draw the name of the winner on Monday, May 1st.
I had planned on going back to work on Forever Be My Always by Emma Congdon.  However, I absolutely, positively MUST work on my brother Jonathan's overalls. I have to embroider those signatures. Have no idea what I am talking about? I don't blame you! I posted about the overalls and the whole YUCKY project a year and a half ago HERE. The last time I posted any progress was HERE. You can see what the embroidery is going to look like on that post. There are 31 autographs!!!!!! I have precisely one and a half done!!!!! Just what kind of sister am I? 😞 This is NOT going to help my headaches. NOPE.

So, unless my head explodes, I shall be back at the end of the week. Take care of yourselves til then my friends! I am thankful for YOU!

Stitching and praying,
Vickie


41 comments:

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I would love to entered for the charts. I am in the UK so I'm not sure if we are included, I know postage costs are high. Thank you x

Astrids dragon said...

What an adorable stitch for your Mom, I'm sure she'll be thrilled!
Your pansies are beautiful, such colours!
Well, at least you started on the autographs (think positive) ;)

Julie said...

Such a sweet stitching for your mom, she'll love it.

Melinda Forbes said...

What a great gift for your mom. So pretty. You always share the best freebies. Thank you so much.

I would love to be entered for the Nikyscreataions charts. Thank you

gracie said...

Your mom will love that gift. I almost forgot about your brother's overalls! Show an update soon. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog.....a true friend.

Dirty Martini Queen said...

I know your mom will love your stitching of her Cutie. I had forgotten all about your brother's overalls but I can understand why you hate working on them since the material isn't the easiest to work on. Good luck!

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I was lucky enough to meet Niky last month at our new local cross stitch store and she was a delight. She helped me locate her charts, pick fabric and just chatted away like we were old friends....such a sweet lady!

diamondc said...

Hi Vickie: Oh my what a project, but knowing what kind of stitcher you are from your posts I know you can do it and maybe even enjoy it.
Love the pattern from the magazine, please do not include me I have the magazine.
What a lovely design to stitch for your Mother.
Love the pansy's so pretty, please cover them up there is a possibility of cold weather this week.

Blessings
Catherine

Barb said...

That is such a lovely gift for your mom. I'm sure she will love it. You pansies are great. I'm having a problem with slugs eating the flowers on my pansies. I have to check them every morning. I almost always find one munching away!

marly said...

Please don't enter me. I'm just catching up and see you are still doing beautiful stitching over one!

Christina said...

Not entering the contest. Nice job on your finish. Pretty flowers. Oh wow. I remember those overalls. Best of luck on them.

Beth said...

What a sweet stitch for your Mom. I am interested in your pattern giveaway - birds and rabbits - what can I say!

Robin in Virginia said...

Not entering your giveaway, but wanted to say that your Mom's piece is super cute. Thank you for providing the link! You can do it on the overalls.

Justine said...

I remember those overalls. Good luck! Your mum's gift is beautiful, I'm sure she'll love it.

Marilyn said...

A very cute finish.
Your Pansies are so beautiful, such happy faces. :)
Marilyn

Stasi said...

Your Mom's piece is adorable! The overalls with signatures is a very cool idea and I'm sure your brother will greatly appreciate it. However, I know how hard it is to motivate yourself to work on something that doesn't "call" to you. I started something similar when I had my daughters friends sign their names on an American Girl quilt at her 10th birthday. That was 29 years ago and I've never completed it!!!

Mii Stitch said...

A great stitch & flat fold finish for your mum! I'm sure she will love it :)

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Lovely stitching. I know your Mom will love it! Ok, don't enter me into the contest, but I wish all who are entering good luck! Your flowers are lovely. Spring is such a lovely time of year. Blessings to you always sweet friend. ((hugs))

Wendy Fossa said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing - thank you so much!

Jenny said...

I love your gift for your mom Vickie! It is just lovely. I love the cat in this one with the sunflower and little fence...hmm I think I will add this one to my stash...lol. Beautiful job in finishing it too!

I went back and reread about the overalls...what a good sister you are! I am not sure I would have the patience for that...lol...but you will do a beautiful job and actually it is a very clever idea and will be a wonderful momento when it is finished! I too have had stitching projects along the way that weren't exactly enjoyable so I balanced them out with something I loved...just like you are doing...grins...and was always happy to reach the end...lol!

Sending lots of hugs and love!

cucki said...

Hello spring and hello my dear friend
Love your stitching so much
Sending you love and hugs x

Maggie said...

Lovely stitching for you mum, i'm sure she will love it :-)

Lesley said...

What a beautiful gift for your mom and your pansies are gorgeous,especially the first one.I am becoming more of a fan of pink as time goes by and your lovely flowers would be a great addition to any garden :)

Manuela said...

You have made a wonderful birhtday gift for your mother. She will love it.
Beautiful flower photos.
Best wishes Manuela

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Vickie and pretty flowers.

Linda

Carolien said...

Oh such a lovely finish! Our Fietje is miauwing and nodding too ;) Such a sweet present for your mom ...
Good luck with the overall!!!

Hugs and prayers, Carolien

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for the link to the freebies. Did you see the monthly wreaths? Only 20x20. You could stitch them on 40 count over one and they'd be half an inch square!
She did have a chart of dog faces but none of them looked like a poodle to me?
I do remember those autographs and how much you loved working on them!

Penny said...

You did a lovely job on your mom's gift! And your pansies are beautiful -- such a cheerful little flower! Good luck finishing your brother's overalls. I have every confidence in your abilities. : )

Carol said...

What a sweet gift--your mom will love it! I have never seen pansies that color, but they sure are pretty.

Good luck with all of the autograph stitching--I don't envy you!!

RJ said...

Vickie, your Mom is going to love the beautiful stitch and finish you did for her. And those pansies are gorgeous. Thanks for showing us. RJ
stitchingfriendsforever2

butterfly said...

Love the pansies how pretty.
Your lovely stitching will be so loved by your mother .
Would love a chance of the chart so cute, thats if you post to the UK , with the cost of post !

Lili said...

A lovely stitching piece for your Mom!
Thanks for showing us this gorgeous pansies!!

Hugs!!

Vicki said...

The piece for your mom is so cute, I like the finish you chose. Your pansies are lovely. Praying that your head does not explode (well, not literally, but I am praying for pain relief and healing from headaches!)

moreofhim said...

I love your gift for you Mom! I think it's so special that you include her kitty in her gifts. You're so sweet! I can understand your dread of doing those overalls but you can do it! When I have to do stuff like that, I try to tell myself that I'm doing it for Jesus, too, and that propels me along. I'm cheering you on!

Many blessings - Julie

Bethan said...

What a gorgeous gift for your mum - it really caught my eye in the Blogger reading list. And your pansies look wonderful - such a great colour x

Sarah in Stitches said...

Gorgeous stitching for your mom! Don't enter me in the giveaway please - the chart looks lovely but I've got more than enough on my plate right now! :D

Pam in IL said...

The gift for you mom is adorable and I'm sure you mom will love it! Thanks for the link to the freebies. I went back and read your posts on your brother's overalls. I chuckled because one of my very first embroidery projects for myself was embroidering on my jeans. I also went to many area fair concerts one summer and got signatures on my favorite denim jacket. Those signatures were also done in sharpie marker, lol. And, yes, I embroidered them on my jacket too. I really hope you the signature embroidery doesn't make your headache worse. Maybe work 15 or 30 minutes on it at a time and eventually, they'll all get done :)

Barbara said...

Vickie, I love your stitching over one and I envy you being able to do it. Your pansies are so cute....remind me of little faces looking up at you from the garden.

Andrea said...

A beautiful piece for your Mum. The pansies in your garden look wonderful.

Kaisievic said...

Cute stitchery for your mum and I love those pink pansies.

Margaret said...

Good luck with your brother's project. I hope it doesn't make your headaches worse! :(

Cindy's Stitching said...

The is just adorable vickie. Love the pansies. One of my favorite patterns. I am catching up on my blogs. hae a blessed weekend.