Thursday, January 03, 2008

Dear Diary...

Dear Diary,
Today I got a fantastical surprise package from my friend Cathy B.! She sent me the most wonderful of gifts, it is the Blackbird Designs pattern "Their Song" and all the WDW flosses and fabric to do the design with! Isn't that spectacular?! And here's a picture of it:

I'm so excited to start this and "feel" I may start it *really* soon...so I guess I'll have to change my goals because of this...or maybe I'll just add it to my list ;) I've earmarked this project as the gift I'm stitching for my Mom's birthday on Feb. 25, do you think I can get it done Dear Diary? I sure do hope so!

Well yesterday it was *very* cold here in Indiana, the mercury never rose above 7 degrees, and the wind blew all day and made it feel in the minus 10 degree range...yikes Dear Diary, my tootsie and bum were cold! So we stayed inside all day and all I did was make a big pot of chili and finish this:


My second "completion" of the 2008 - Patience Pillow by LHN from the Abigail Winslow pattern. I decided yesterday that each 'patterned' piece of my Dear Diary Sampler, I will consider a finish...I believe this will give me many small victories along the way!
So was this all that I accomplished, heck no! I went on and did this:

The border outline and bottom vine of Abigail's Dear Diary chart! I'm getting VERY excited as I see it "coming" to life! I don't want to put it away...what shall I do? Well, I put it away anyway, because to day is laundry day and CDC stitching day. Let's see what I do with it and I'll show you tomorrow!
I still have one more spot on my PIF list....any takers?
I hope today that I stitch with nimble fingers :)


32 comments:

  1. You are on the go early today Vonna! Your Dear Diary project is looking great. What a super project for the new year.

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  2. Oooh Vonna that's looking just wonderful! Aren't gifts a wonderful distraction, you just want to start them right away!

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  3. What a wonderful gift! I just finished mine and it's such a lovely piece to stitch - you'll have fun :) And your diary piece is looking just great!

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  4. Very wonderful gift :)

    I would love to sign up for your PIF if you still have a spot!

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  5. Lovely gift, Vonna!

    You're making a great start on Dear Diary - those smokin needles are on the go!

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  6. What a great package! I loved stitching that design. You are making great progress on your DD sampler. I love it!! :)

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  7. Dear Diary is looking great !!

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  8. Awesome gift from Cathy B! I think you could finish in time for your Mom's B-day. Your Dear Diary is looking fab-great progress and congrats on your finish!

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  9. What a fantastic gift! You seem like a fast stitcher, so you could probably finish it in time. I love seeing your start on the Dear Diary Sampler. It is going to be stunning. I like the idea of counting each "mini-project" a finish...very motivating.

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  10. That's a great gift! I have that loose feathers waiting in the wings also :) Your progess on your sampler is awesome, too! I'm also excited to see how it progresses.
    ~Dianne

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  11. Your Patience is pretty Vonna! I really can't wait to see what this looks like in the end.

    Enjoy your Blackbird Designs gift!

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  12. What a wonderful gift you've received Vonna!
    And Dear Diary is coming along beautifully...can't wait to see more of it!

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  13. What a lovely gift :)

    Your Dear Diary is looking lovely

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  14. I can't believe how much you have gotten done already here in 2008! That Dear Diary is going to be really pretty!! I haven't done the little pillows but think I may have to do some after seeing how pretty it worked up!! Great Progress!! And also you are right, you really are cold up there as is everyone else north of me. Debby :)

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  15. It's cold here, too. Feels like 10 degrees in Pennsylvania. Winter is definitely here. Stay warm!

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  16. What a wonderful surprise! Can't wait to see more of your lovely diary.

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  17. what a lovely gift your stitching looks great

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  18. Your progress looks great. Stay warm!!

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  19. What a nice gift to receive. And I can sympathize about the cold, it was -2 degrees where I live today, plus windy ;)

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  20. Dear Diary project is looking great.
    It is bitterly cold here too.
    The BBD is an awesome gift.

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  21. Mmm love the colours in Dear Diary, looking forward to seeing your progress on this. Fab gift too!

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  22. Oh what a lovely surprise to get! All the stitchy stuff is lovely!

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  23. Your Dear Diary piece is wonderful. I can't wait to see more of it finished. I would love to be the other taker for the PIF. I don't know what info you need, but I'll post about PIF on my blog.

    Melissa

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  24. What a great gift.It is so pretty and your new project is gorgeous:)


    I know what you mean about cold.I think we have had enough winter and I would be happy if it all went away.

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  25. I am a big fan of Blackbird designs. Have fun! I think you can get it done by your due date..especially if you've already finished two projects and we're only 4 days into the new year! How do you do it?

    Happy New Year and I look forward to visiting your blog in 2008!

    Michelle

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  26. omg Vonna! DD is going to be stunning!!! and what a wonderful gift from Cathy .. I can totally understand why you want to start it .. and you should!

    I'd love to sign up for your PIF .. if it's not full .. let me know. I'm planning to start one on my birthday next week *smile*

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  27. Your needles must be smokin'!! So much progress already. Looks great! I cant wait to start...tomorrow hopefully, im stalking the postman for my linen ;-)

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  28. Wowyou got Patience stitched up really quickly Vonna. It looks lovely.

    Love your gift from Cathy.

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  29. That sure was a nice gift from Cathy.

    I agree with you on counting each of those designs as a finished piece. If you were not stitching them all on one piece of fabric, you would consider them a finish on their own. I started looking at things that way last year when I did several different projects on one piece of fabric.

    You are such a fast stitcher. Keep up the good work.

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  30. What beautiful work you do and what lovely taste you have in patterns. I have to do a Blackbird Design on day, I never have.

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  31. Fab gift and love the start of your DD stitching, it will be gorgeous :)

    Do you go to bed early as well as get up early ??

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  32. Great progress on your Dear Diary piece. Their Song is also a very addictive stitch. Enjoy!

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