Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I am SO blessed!!!

I truly am befuddled at how long it has been since I last posted!! Oh well, good intentions, crazy-time-speeding-faster-then-light days is my only excuse! It won't be long until Autumn, my favorite time of the year, hope it doesn't move so quickly, as the summer did.

I have been busy with designing and trying to get some organizing done around the homestead. Don't have much to show for it, the organizing that is, since most of the organizing is going on in my head only. Anyone else do that? I really need to get busy though with some of it, I have out of town company coming weekend after next and much to do!

I did start a new blog, for my design business, Tree of Life Sampling, if any of you would like to visit, the blog addy is: I will be posting updates, sneaky peaks, etc of the designs as they are released. I did post a sneaky peek of my newest design Quaker Silence. I will post a pic just as soon as it is framed and photographed! Hope you like what you see! I also have another one at a model stitcher's house now, and hopefully will have something to show you in a few short weeks!

The reason for the title of this blog post, is because I recently have been gifted with some beautiful framed needlework, from a very loving and dear friend. Robin (no blog) gifted me with A Bitter Flower Sampler from Birds of A Feather and I do believe that she sent the piece to Terri to have framed! That is before Terri lost her framer, bless her heart! It is glorious, as you can see below:

And another of the beautiful molding, close up:

Also not long ago, she stitched and framed another lovely for me, Black Willow Tree Farm by Carriage House Samplings:

I have been, between designing, formatting and packaging up patterns, doing Only One Ewe business and trying to keep the house somewhat presentable, trying to whittle a little away at some of my wips! I managed to finished LHN's Seasonal Saltbox series, and here is a pic:

And another straight on shot:

Little House Needleworks Seasonal Saltbox Series
40 Ct Lakeside Vintage Lentil
Crescent Colours fibers

I am close to a finish on La-D-Da's A Right Spirit and will share my finish very soon. I also hope to start La-D-Da's You Are My Sunshine, for my Allie Bug, so very anxious to start this one. Also hope to get a stocking started and finished for her, but with the way times moves so swiftly, I may need to burn the midnight oil to get it done! Also have put in a few stitches on Seven Days of Creation by Plum Street Samplers. So, I am managing some stitching, thankfully for model stitchers! You are the bestest!!

My lil Allie Bug will be coming for an overnight visit the 3rd of October! I am very excited, it has been since early August since I saw her last, and I know she is growing like a weed!

That's about it for now, hope to catch up with your blogs to see what you all have been up to. I am a couple days behind on my reading and commenting, but hope to remedy that very soon!

Thanks for stopping by, thanks for commenting, and thanks for visiting my new blog, second home away from home!!

Take some time for you, and put in some magical stitches!!

Love, Jan


BeckySC said...

Absoutely stunning pieces from Robin :) WOW!!
And your LHN finish is awesome!! You go girl :)
Can't wait to see more of your wondeful designs :) Such talent you have my friend :)
hugs and love,
Bee :)

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

YEAH!!!! I'm so happy to see your post, Jan!!!! I had THE MOST FUN picking out that frame for Robin, for YOU!!!! I swear, I wanted to tell her it must have gotten lost in the mail - I had seen that pattern before but hadn't LOVeD it until I saw it in person. Spectacular. Isn't the color of the frame PERFECT with the stitching! Robin is something, isn't she? I hope I get to meet her, and you, face to face one of these days but the truth is, I don't need to do that to love either one of you more than I already do! I'm glad you loved your gifts!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your seasonal saltbox finish, my friend! And love your new Tree of Life Samplings blog! Awesome!

Gosh, you are making me blush! But being blessed is a two-way street and your gift of friendship has blessed me over the years!

Love EWE much!

Melissa said...

Those are beautiful pieces from Robin. Lucky you!

You've been busy Jan and your little Allie bug is looking so sweet. How wonderful she is coming for a sleepover soon!

ps your new design sneaky peek looks great!

Jackie said...

Robins stitching is gorgeous as is yours! Tell Robin she needs blog!

Margaret said...

Oh wow! What wonderful pieces Robin gave you! And your LHN pieces are wonderful as well! I'm going to check out your new blog and add it to my reader. I can't wait to see your new designs! And BTW, I can't believe Allie is 10 weeks old already?! Wow! She's sooooo adorable! Glad she's coming for a visit!

Brenda said...

Oh man, those framed pieces from Robin are sooooo gorgeous. What a wonderful friend she is. The saltboxes are lovely, congrats on finishing them. And I am so impressed with your designing, you are amazing.

Jeanie said...

WOW ! Stunning pieces from Robin !! and the frames are just perfect !!
Love your LHN Saltbox finish, awesome !
Thanks for sharing :)

Nancy said...

Very gorgeous samplers you have received, and also what you have stitched! I have always loved the BOAF design, and the frame is just perfect for it.

Enjoy your visit with your little Allie Bug! I get to babysit Gretchen tomorrow - aren't baby hugs and kisses the best?

Andrea said...

What gorgeous gifts you've received Jan! There must be something about that Bitter Flower sampler....I stitched that and gave it away too ;-) it's just meant to be shared! But I loved it so much that I stitched it again for myself, it is the only thing I've ever stitched twice!
Your LHN piece is lovely, love the fabric you're using!
I'm off to check out the other blog!
Give that grandbaby an extra kiss from your bloggin' buddies!

Mylene said...

wow! those are beautiful framed pieces you received and congrats on the lovely finish.

Nina said...

Wow, absolutely perfect framing works!! My fav is that frame on the BOAF sampler, it's so lovely :)

Alice said...

Lovely gifts and frames. With all your designing I am surprised you still get time to stitch. Nice finish on LHN. Of course that little girl is growing like a weed!!! : )
Have a great time with her. I also tend to clean my house in my head. Its more difficult to put it into practice. : )))
Love the name of your new blog. I love everything about tree's.

Siobhan said...

I think the friends that a person has speaks about that person. That your friends love you as much as they do speaks volumes! Lucky, lucky you, Jan--Robin and Terri together--a talented team.

Your finishes are incredible!! Wow! I love the Saltboxes, they are so nice done on the 40 ct. Great job. I will add your new blog to my list--I am so excited to see your ideas come out in needle and thread.

Tammy said...

The finished pieces are just gorgeous-stitching and framing! The frames are great!

Cari said...

You updated your blog - it looks great!

What a wonderful gift from Robin - the stitching and the frame are just beautiful!

How exciting that you have more releases coming soon - can't wait to visit your new blog and see what's in store!

How fun to have your granddaughter coming to visit - I'm sure you are counting down the days (hours). She is just precious.

It was so good to catch up with you and hear how life is in your little corner of the world.

Glenna said...

We've missed you! You are amazing--all the stuff you accomplish, and so beautifully and artistically. I've emailed you about ordering some stuff...

Tracey said...

Beautiful pieces! And I will have to add your new blog to my list! Can't wait to see what you have coming up!

Carolyn NC said...

These are gorgeous pieces you've been given, you've stitched, and the ones you're designing! Love that frame, too! Cool blog name!

Ranae said...

What nice pieces from Robin, tha frame is beautiful.
Congrats! on the Saltbox Series, it looks fabulous.
Now to go check out your blog, before I forget, lol.

Jennifer said...

Congrats on your finishes. I love the frame!
LHN finish is awesome!


Katrina said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful friend! Both pieces are gorgeous. I especially love Bittersweet, that molding is stunning.

Congrats on the finish, what a cute piece.

woolwoman said...

I've sure been missing your posts Jan but I know how busy you must be with shop business and now the design company not to mention the time it takes to spoil one little baby girl as a new grammy should !

Love your finishes as well as the gifted finishes from Robin - they are all awesome - Love you new design - so glad I have my copy! Hugs mel

Chrissie said...

I love those two framed pieces you were given. Just lovely. Isn't it wonderful being a grand mother and having the little ones come to stay. Have a great time with that darling baby and have lots of sweet baby cuddles :))


doris said...

Well, I think we all need a friend like Robin. The pieces she gave you are beautiful.

How are you able to get all of the things you're doing done? You're amazing. The saltboxes are adorable. Can't wait to check out that new blog ...

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous pieces from Robin! She's such a wonderful stitcher and a wonderful person. Terri's choice of frame is just perfect for the piece! Way to go, Terri!!

I've been trying to convince Robin that she needs a blog for 2 years now. Maybe if we all bug her, she'll cave! LOL

So glad to see you pulled out your LHN Seasonal Saltbox piece. I absolutely love it!

Love the changes to your blog, too! Welcome Fall!

Suzanne said...

They are beautiful pieces from Robin. Great finish on your LHN piece.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, those pieces Robin stitched and framed for you are just gorgeous. I have these patterns too and seeing them stitched makes me want to start them right now.
Congratulations on finishing the LHN piece!

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing the Saltbox series. The pieces from Robin are stunning

Kathy said...

Beautiful pieces that Robin stitched for you. The frame Terri chose is perfect for the piece.
I love your Saltbox finish.
I'm sure you can't wait to see Miss Allie again.
Heading to you designing blog now.

Natasha said...

I always do the orginizing in my head and then DH ask " What did you do today" LOL "Cant you tell" I say.

Beautiful pieces you recieved from your friend. The frame is so pretty fits the piece nicley.

I love your LHN Finish. looks fantastic. Looking forward to seeing a picture of your sweet grandaughter after she comes for a visit.
Take care
and Happy Stitching

staci said...

Enjoy your stunning gifts! You have a very talented and generous friend :)

Love your Saltbox finish!

Michelle said...

Oh the framed pieces are stunning! I love the frame on the BOAF piece!! And your saltbox series is looking beautiful!

Loraine said...

Such darling designs! So wonderful to have dear friends.
I want that pattern! The frame is perfect as well.
Hope all is well with you. I have been such a bad blogger lately. No time to sew, no time to stitch, and no time to blog. I'm getting cranky!
Good luck with the designing. Can't wait to see what you stir up next.

Paulette said...

My goodness, what lovely, generous, thoughtful gifts - and the moulding is PERFECT!! I need to send my stuff to Terri! LOL


Deb said...

Jan, How the heck did I ever miss this post. I think I know why - Blogger sometimes throws blogs down to the bottom and doesn't bring them up when there is an update. I was wondering what was going on with you.

First off, I knew that Terri was having something framed for someone, but didn't know that it was for you. How wonderful is that. The frame is perfect and it really is too bad that Terri lost that framer.

It sounds like you have been tremendously busy with your stitching and your new business and with family. It's great that you have some model stitchers so that you can enjoy stitching things too! I'm going to have to add your new blog to my blog list (and hope that it doesn't end up at the bottom).

Have been missing you!