Thursday, August 30, 2012

Some shares and happenings...

Hello dear followers and readers~

The month of August is getting near it's end and I smell Autumn in the air! I have stitched most every day, but have little to share, as they are mostly smalls and I plan to share them after their trip to Faye, that extraordinary finisher! Although the next time I post I might just change my mind and share them anyway, just so that you know I do put needle through my linen as often as I can!

In the meantime I do have a few pictures to share of things that I brought home from the framer today. I am pleased to introduce Praise God in all of her finery...I am pleased as to how well she turned out with the molding that we chose to showcase her beauty:
 Praise God by La-D-Da

Praise God top left close-up of frame
(colors of molding, linen and fiber much more true in first picture)

Also picked up at the framer's was a project stitched for me by my dear Lori. It is by Shepherd's Bush Santa and Stockings and I am seriously thinking of hanging it up before Christmas and then forgetting to take it down. I LOVE it!!
Shepherd's Bush Santa and Stockings 

Close up of frame
Many of you already know of Faye Riggsbee (The Carolina Stitcher) and her extraordinary talent with creating lovely finishes...and lately she has been putting her own touches on some fabulously constructed and embellished project pouches! I wanted you to see the lining color, because I just love how it complements the outside of the pouch and the sweet felt embelllishments! I love it, Faye, thank you so much!

 Project Pouch by Carolina Stitcher

Thank you all so much for stopping by! I am just thrilled with myself for getting another blog post in August....I certainly have been lax about it this year! All I can do is my best though, and hopefully maybe in the future be better with getting here more often! 

I will be traveling to the northern part of Indiana this weekend to be a part of celebrating my granddaughter Addison Rose's 2 nd Birthday! Of course she is my Addi Bean and I just pray that the sweet years of her life are many and blessed. I know she is a blessing to me and I love her with my whole heart! Isn't she a cutey?
Addison Rose Mojica
Turning 2 years old on September 2, 2012

Until next time, may your days be blessed and your stitching time fruitful!

Love, Jan

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It is SO time....

for a blog post from moi! An incredible amount of time has elapsed since my last post and I am feeling a bit of shame! I think my biggest hangup is I see this as my personal stitching blog and if I don't have any pics to share of my recent stitching, then I might just as well be silent. And I know that isn't always the unwritten rule, so I am going to try to do better!

I do have a couple finishes, yay!

First is Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin 'Peace', which I finished and had framed, right before Retreat in June and just didn't have the chance to share it with you all here. And then after Retreat, I just kind of forgot that I didn't show you...but here she is...I made a few small changes in the design, but not many.

Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin 'Peace'
32 ct R&R Antique Cotton Linen
NPI Silk 636

 Second, which I just finished stitching last week, but took to the framer today, is La-D-Da's Praise God:

 La-D-Da's Praise God
Stitched on 32 ct Linen (the name leaves me at the moment)
Recommended overdyed fibers by Weeks

I had the pleasure of SAL-ing the Praise God piece with my dear friend, Robin (she enjoys being referred to no-blog Robin, because she has no blog, but has several blogging friends and visits many of your blogs). It is always fun stitching along with another friend, don't you all think? Makes me a bit more accountable, and helps me get to the finish line quicker. Thanks, Robin, it was fun...when are we going to do the next one? lol

As for what I have been doing other than stitching the last couple of months, I can pretty much narrow it down to 2012 ToLS Retreat and visiting with my grandbabies and family! I have been getting the groundwork done a couple of new designs, as well, two original and a reproduction.

I will leave you now with two of my favorite people in the world, and this moment caught by their mother, shows their excitement, don't you think?

Alexandra (3 yrs 1 month) and Addison (23 months)
August 2, 2012

Thanks so very much for stopping by and leaving a comment! I understand how busy life gets, so when you visit AND leave a comment, I appreciate it more than you know! And I will be back sooner then the last time, promise!

Love, Jan

Just a postscript, if some of you aren't followers of my Tree of Life Samplings blog, you may not yet have read my interview at Norden Crafts! I am the designer feature this week on their blog: It was fun and I feel very honored!

Monday, April 23, 2012

I am ecstatic!!!!

Greetings to my faithful readers! I am thrilled to announce that my Time and Season Sampler by Moira Blackburn that has been a wip for more years then I care to even think about, is finally finished! Also it is framed, so without further ado, here she is:
Moira Blackburn's 
Time and Season Sampler
32 ct Antique Ivory Linen, DMC threads called for
Whole piece given a very strong coffee bath after stitching
 Top left corner showing the frame molding
Bottom left corner

So, yes e.c.s.t.a.t.i.c.!!!! But not just about that, also I have been blessed with another new grand baby! This time a boy and all boy he is! He is 6 weeks old, but this particular picture of him, is my favorite so far, and he was 3 weeks old! Presenting....

Joshua Thomas Mojica
(My Lil J Bird)

AND tomorrow morning, I will be going to visit him and his sweet big sisters, who adore him, as well! I thank you so much for your faithful visits and posts to my blog, even when I haven't been visiting blogs for a few weeks! I appreciate you stopping by, I do, and your encouraging words that mean far more than you even know!

Till next time, have a most grand week!

Much Love, Jan

I am so thankful for the abilities and gifts that the Lord God has given today!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Announcing Giveaway Winner, Etc!

OK here we are a short time AFTER I have drawn the name of the winner...anyone care for a drumroll?

Congratulations to...........DEBORAH of Cranberry Samplings fame

Thanks so much to all that participated, I am so sorry if you didn't win, wish I could send everyone something! Anyway, I did take a picture of the piece that will be going to Deborah...but the rest of the goodies, will not be divulged, because of two reasons...I still have some things I want to add...and also she should be the first to see, don't you all agree?

This sweet little pillow was stitched by me and finished by dear Faye who does absolutely gorgeous finishing work and she always, always makes every little finish, so unique to herself and whomever she is finishing it for. Anyway, I hope that you enjoy this small pillow, Deborah...I so wanted to include something with a bit of a heart theme, since this is Valentine's month and my birthday all rolled into one! So....there will be more goodies, and the goody package will be on it's way next week, so please email me, Deborah with your mailing info at my email address, please! tree of life Thanks for playing!

Well, I have been trying my best to stitch every day, and have been true to that, for these first six weeks of 2012, with the exception of maybe three days, when I didn't pick up the needle. And not every day, did I put in very many stitches, but I am pleased to say that even with the minimal stitching, progress is made. I said I wouldn't share another picture of Time and Season Sampler by Moira Blackburn, until it was finished, but I just feel that I need to go back on that statement and share my progress. Still lots of stitching left to do, but feeling pretty confident (maybe I shouldn't say that) that T & S will be a finish for 2012!! I can only hope! Here are a couple pics:
Do you see that word TIME? There will be a TIME that I get this sampler done, framed and on the wall, right? That is why the year is not yet stitched in the upper right hand border! lol This is stitched on 32 ct Antique Ivory with DMC threads.

And our dear Margaret suggested I start sharing some pics, of my sweet, sweet companion and darling kitty, here is Boo (aka Sugar Smack) my 7 year old calico.
That is it for this week, dear readers! I appreciate you stopping by for a visit and posting a comment. It is a joy to read them!

Love, Jan

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let's try this again....

PLEASE know how sorry I am for not following up with the post, concerning the giveaway. Time has just gotten away from me lately. If you would like to be entered in my giveaway, to end and name to be drawn on February 18th, one week from today, please post a comment on this post, even if you posted before. All comments will be counted in a random generator draw OR I will draw names, midnight of that day!

The 18th of Feb was my dear grandmother's birthday and I know that she will be smiling down on the winner! I have lots of plans for the package, so I hope that everyone that visits does take part. Remember to list your email address, especially if you do not have a blog, if you do not, I will have to not count your comment as valid, since I will be unable to contact you, via email, if you do win. Only other requirement is to make sure you are a follower of Belfonte Notes! Thanks so much and I can't wait to share what I will be including in this, my 3rd Blogoversary Giveaway! Stay tuned!!

And maybe one of these days, I will be able to share some of my personal stitching....time is limited for that, but hoping to have something to share soon!

Love, Jan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Holy Cow...Three Wonderful Years!!

This one really snuck up on me!! I just want to say two things:

I want and desire to do a giveaway! But not time today to post specifics....just be watching in the next few days to a week, for the post about my giveaway! Over 300 followers and would love so much to see that number grow, so if you aren't a follower yet, please make sure you are following, before you post! You don't have to have a blog, but if you don't, make sure that you post your email address!! I promise, this giveaway, is going to be extra-extra special!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My next thoughts are to say how much I have loved having you as a reader, follower, has meant so much to me, and I hope that you will continue in the future to read, follow and comment!! It is and you all are, a true blessing!!!!!!


Love, Jan