Friday, July 02, 2010

From Sea to Shining Sea....

Hello Again.....
my dear friends! At the culmination of our July 1st Canada festivities, I knew I was *this close* to wrapping up my current WIP that I kept a secret from you all. So I awoke this morning bright and early and got to work and finished this beautiful, wonderful project. Without further ado, may I present to you:

"From Sea to Shining Sea"
Collaboration Thread Pack Series
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams
Silk Threads Provided by: Crescent Colours ~ Sharon Crescent
Stitched on: 28 ct. Belfast color: Summer Sky




I started....
this beauty while travelling to Florida on our summer vacation. The reason I chose it was because, as you stitched you travelled from West to East Coast and although I wasn't travelling that direction, I was travelling from the Midwest, to the mountains of the Appalachia and on to the sands and water of the beach. I thought it poignant. You know me and my deep thoughts....
I also decided to pack these thread packs because....
ease of travel. I only had six little packs to take that already contained all the threads and the patterns ~ all I had to provide was the fabric, needle and will power to stitch it. EASY! I put everything inside the same little bag that each individual pattern came in and I was good to go. So when you are travelling this summer...give the idea a whirl. The collaboration thread packs are perfect travelling companions.
Crazily....
like all of us mad hatter stitchers that have this idea that "Oh that's not so much to stitch..." or "I'll be done with this in a snap" I thought (stupidly) that I could get the majority of this done by the time I returned home from vacation. Why don't you all join me in a round of maniacal laughter!? What was I thinking? I didn't even get the border done prior to our return trip home cause I was too busy....vacationing! :)
However....
no matter, because once I got home and this beauty started coming to life as I finished pack after pack, I slowly started falling in love. By the last X made just a few short minutes ago, I can firmly say, I am totally in love with this piece. Does it not just scream "Vonna"? Does it not just say, "Hang me there on Vonna's wall"?! Oh I've got ideas for you my precious....many ideas. And the first is to get you all framed up using my coupon from Michael's. Soon my pretties....soon.....
So....
that's a wrap! Now its off to herd my kiddos into bathing suits, pack a cooler and slather on some sunscreen because we're off to the pool, baby! It's FRIDAY! Yeah!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my "hands to work and heart to God"...
P.S.
This great land of ours is varied and wonderful. A site to behold, but just for the record books - I'm proud of my little piece of the pie and my Mid-Western roots. There is no place like home!


Love and hugs,

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66 comments:

  1. Love your finish! Everytime you look it you will be reminded of your wonderful vacation to Florida with your family. Even though you finished it later it's still finished!

    I think we all think our fingers can move faster than they really can. That's why we have such large stashes!

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your family!

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  2. Vonna, it's beautiful. And so perfect for the 4th of July weekend. Enjoy your masterpiece and enjoy the weekend too!

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  3. Love this finish!! Amazing work as always.

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  4. thank ypu for sharing such beautiful work...have a great 4th

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  5. Oh boy Vonna! This is a darling finish. Your description of finish it on vacation had me laughing "manically"! I remember starting a sampler on vacation one year, thinking I would have it mostly finished by the end...well it was 3 years of vacations before I got it done!
    This piece is darling! It has my name written on it too.
    Glad you had a great trip!

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  6. Beautiful Vonna!!
    It makes me want to pull out mine and start it :) One day soon!

    Glad you had a nice vacation down here in Florida!

    Hugs

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  7. i can hear the roar of applause for you of stitchers from sea to shining sea

    love the canadian celebration festivities too---FUN

    happy summer
    to you and yours

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  8. Your finish is amazing! I love the fabric you chose!

    I dare say, this is my favorite LHN. I was so honored and proud to have been the model stitcher for this piece. And, I loved it so much I stitched it twice!

    I also know what you mean about taking a special piece for your travels. I always try to take something special with me so that I can be reminded of my trip every time I look at it.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how you framed it.

    Have a Happy 4th!

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  9. What a beautiful finish! The colors are so rich ~ can't wait to see it framed up & hanging on the wall :)

    Happy Friday!

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  10. Great finish, Vonna and a great narration to go with it! I have this in my stash - will get to it one of these days and will hang it in my office. One day.... Congratulations on your lovely finish!

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  11. Gorgeous Vonna!

    Happy 4th to you and your family!

    Smiles - Denise

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  12. Vonna, I love your finishes! I do agree, thread packs are so easy to bring on during the holidays!
    I can't wait to see it framed. I enjoyed so much stitching mine too!
    Have a nice 4th of July LONG Weekend!

    Sara in Italy

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  13. What a great piece Vonna. Makes me want to buy it and stitch it right now and besides....you make it sound so "easy-peasy".

    Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.

    Linda

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  14. That's a pretty design. Very nice work!

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  15. Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful!

    Happy 4th of July.

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  16. Congrats on your beautiful finish! Those little thread packs are ideal for travel, I have to agree. I never stitch as much as I think I will on vacation either. :) Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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  17. It most certainly does scream Vonna! It's gorgeous, I love it! Okay so you realize now you're enabling me!

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  18. Oh, isn't it lovely! Thank you for sharing it with us!!! :-)

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  19. Vonna it's so lovely!

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  20. Lovely little finish!
    I think we all hope to stitch more than we accomplish but the wishes keep us going.

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  21. What a beautiful finish! Love it! I'm originally from the midwest as well! In fact, I've lived on both coasts and the midwest, so I've covered all bases. Except for the desert southwest. lol!

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  22. Your finish is so lovely and LHN designs are so fun to stitch! I'm sure however you frame it--it will look fabulous!

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  23. Gorgeous finish Vonna, I really love the fabric you used!

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  24. I love it!!
    Have a great holiday weekend! :)

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  25. Beautiful work Vonna...I always loved this design. It will be a wonderful reminder of this years' vacation!

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  26. Beautiful finish Vonna!

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  27. LOVE IT!!! Sea to Shining Sea is awesome.

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  28. WahOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Congrats on a beautiful finish. I hear you on thinking you'd get something done faster than it actually happens. That is always the case for me, as is not getting much done on vacation. Fantastic finish, and very timely for the 4th!

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  29. It looks wonderful Vonna! Just in time for the 4th! Funny how we always think that we'll get something done long before we do. I'm surprised that you can stitch at all on vacation. I used to try, but I'd get a couple stitches and one of the kids would need something. It just never happened. Have a wonderful 4th!!

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  30. This is gorgeous!!! I love this design and it's definitely on my must stitch list!!! I'm sure everytime you see this beauty you will remember the wonderful time you had on your vacation~~~~

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  31. Hi Vonna
    It's my first comment here!!! I follow your blog but my English is not so good... I was I little shy, LOL! I love your "Sea to Shining Sea"... great job! And your description make me laugh a lot, because I always think I can finish my stitches during vacations... only in my dreams, LOL!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great 4th of July weekend!!
    Hugs, Monica

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  32. Vonna, BEAUTIFUL! I know I, too, fell in love with mine when I stitched it. I can't wait to see how you finish it, clever girl! :D
    Well-done. Cathryn

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  33. That is so beautiful. It looks like tiles in your fine photos! I love it when falling in love with a piece as it's stitched! Great job.

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  34. Absolutely beautiful!!!

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  35. Great finish! I've always loved this piece...

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  36. First of all - the comment that was deleted on your previous post was mine. I had uploaded the same comment twice. Sorry about that.

    What a great finish Vonna and so appropriate for both your vacation and the Fourth.

    Like you I plan to do loads of stitching on a vacation and then never get at it. Can you imagine not bringing anything along though and finding time to stitch? No way we want that to happen!!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  37. It really is beautiful. Great stitchingas always. Hoep you ahd fun at the pool.....Nancy

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  38. That is just wonderful. I love LHNs. You did a great job as always.

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  39. Beautiful piece!! Can't wait to see it framed. I, too am from the midwest, Illinois to start now in Kentucky. But, I have traveled to all 50 states because I believe in how blessed we are to have such a beautiful country.

    Stitching ALWAYS takes me way longer than I think it shoud - LOL

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  40. Beautiful stitching Vonna!!! Can't wait to see it framed! Hope you enjoyed your swimming! Meredith

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  41. Oh, what a perfect finish for this July 4th weekend, Vonna... I just love it--congratulations on a beautiful piece AND on keeping it a secret from us all. It is a wonderful surprise :)

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  42. I love the choice of fabric for this design Vonna! It's just beautiful. And I agree with everyone else who said this is a perfect finish for this holiday weekend.

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  43. Beautiful finish Vonna!
    Hope you had fun at the pool, the idea of jumping into a pool right now chills me to the bone as I am shivering my little bones off here at 5 degrees this morning. Oh the gas heater is calling me!!!!
    Hugs
    LISA V

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  44. Great finish Vonna...can't to see it framed.

    happy 4th....

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  45. Beautiful finish Vonna, and so perfect for this approaching holiday! I can't wait to see what the frame will look like.

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  46. Vonna, You Rock! I love it! Beautiful stitching as usual.....have a happy fourth of July!

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  47. So beautiful, Vonna, And I love your blog, it so cheerful and colourful.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  48. Beautiful stitching Vonna, it's going to look wonderful hanging on the wall. Happy 4th July to you and your family.

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  49. What an aboslutely wonderful finish Vonna!

    Enjoy your weekend! Have a wonderful 4th July!

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  50. It's gorgeous Vonna, congratulations

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  51. Gorgeous finish Vonna! I'm amazed that you can stitch in the car...I just can't do it, thank goodness I have other needlework I can do there ;)

    I'm originally from the Midwest, but have lived in Colorado for 25 years now...so my heart belongs to the mountains :)

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  52. Absolutely beautiful, Vonna! I have this as one of my WIPs and really should put in some more work on it.

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  53. Congratulations on your finish, Vonna - it's really beautiful!

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  54. That is really lovely dear heart.

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  55. love love love your finish Vonna! Now I want to stitch it! I bet you can't wait to get it framed and hanging for all to enjoy!

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  56. Wow! it is beautiful, Vonna. Hope you summer is going great for you and your family.
    tammy

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  57. Sea to Sea turned out wonderfully, what a lovely and fun piece. Congrats on this finish and your so cute block finish. Happy Birthday.
    Sue

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  58. I just love, love this design too and your finish looks just wonderful :)

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  59. It's gorgeous Vonna! Congrats!

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  60. It's beautiful Vonna. Love the fabric you used on this piece. Please post when you get it framed. Would love to see it. Don't have a start date for mine yet. LOL.
    Hugs.
    Jackie

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  61. Hi Vonna,

    I'm going to finish my "From Sea to shining Sea" ....

    You have done a great job ... wonderful!!!!

    Happy stitching ^___^

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  62. This is such a fabulous piece! I have had it on my wish list for ages. I had to chuckle about your initial plans for its completion- too funny! I do the same thing!

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  63. A beautiful finish!

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  64. This turned out great! I love all things LHN.

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