Goodness gracious, I've had a terrific time trying to get an internet connection this past week.. I've been struck with Intermittent Internet Syndrome, I'm afraid, which means my modem will suddenly decide to take a nap at the most inopportune times, and I've had to resort to using my phone to get a few things done, but that didn't bode well for me either.
But instead of rambling further about my personal technology woes, I should take advantage of this small connection window and announce the winner of the Brew Haha kit!
I had so much fun reading all of your comments about what your perfect fall day looks like.. I read each and every line, and smiled at all of the different memories and descriptions. I've put together a little "word collage" below that highlights some of the comments you all contributed; but trust me when I say, this is only a very small sampling of all of the wonderful descriptions! Thank you all so, so much!
Rita, please email me your address so I can get your fabric, floss, and pins sent to you! I hope you enjoy stitching on the Stars Hollow linen.. it's the loveliest color!
Thank you all again, and I'll see you back here soon! I've got the next Serial Bowl Sampler Lesson almost ready to preview!
Oh my, all I've wanted for weeks is for the sun to come out and warm the place up. It finally does just that, to the tune of 100 degrees and wilting flowers, and now all I can think about is fall...
Orange leaves, bittersweet, masses of bumpy gourds on wooden carts at the pumpkin patch, and pumpkin spice lattes... opened windows for sleeping, fire pits and s'mores, new autumn designs, and new linen to stitch on.
Fall is perfect.
And when R&R Reproductions told me about a beautiful new linen color in their lineup, I got a really fun idea: I wanted to come up with a new autumn-themed design to go with the linen! And I wanted to have a pre-autumn celebration giveaway!
This is the little design I came up with to go with this brand-new linen from R&R Reproductions:
Stars Hollow Blend
Isn't that fabulous? Love love love the name!
And here's another fun new item: Just Another Button Company has come up with the most wonderful little coffee bean pins!
Now here is the giveaway part: One winner will receive a piece of 36 ct. Stars Hollow Blend linen to stitch Brew-Haha!, along with the overdyed threads (listed in the post-script) to go with it, and some coffee bean pins!
All you have to do is answer this question:
What does your perfect fall day look like?
The winner will be chosen from the comments left here or on my Plum Street Samplers Facebook page, and will be announced next week - some time after I return from Chicago. Probably next Tuesday. :)
And surprise! The Brew-Haha! chart is yours for the downloading! You'll find the link at the bottom of this post. :)
Good luck, and I hope you all have fun with this little giveaway - even if you're in the middle of a heat wave!
P.S. The Brew-Haha! chart calls for DMC, but Dyeing to Stitch in Virginia Beach has come up with a fun conversion to overdyed threads in these colors: Classic Colorworks' Timber (3021), Eggshell (Ecru), Pumpkin Harvest (3776), Brandied Pears (434), Straw Hat (3863), and The Gentle Art's Gingersnap (400), Endive (3011), Grecian Gold (680), and Nutmeg (3826).
I saw a commercial this morning on the In Touch Ministries website that showed a dad calling each one of his family members down to the living room. They had no idea why he wanted them all together, but they soon found that the reason he took the time to interrupt their routines was so that they could all rediscover why we celebrate such a beautiful holiday... he said "Last year I woke up the day after Christmas, feeling like I'd missed something."
I'm ashamed to confess that I've felt that very thing before.
So before the season is once again past, I'm going to take the time to remember and celebrate what I should have been dwelling on all along: not frenzied shopping and repetitive list-making and seeing to it that all the sticks of butter are at room temperature so I can bake all those cookies, but rather the One whose birth was the first Christmas gift to us all.
Please enjoy this complimentary chart from my heart to yours. And Merry Christmas!
(Pictured below are some different fabric options, just to give you an idea of what you may want to work with.)
And if you haven't taken the time yet to read the "story" of Christmas, here is something else you may want to either pull up on your tablet/laptop/computer, or print out. The link to print is at the bottom of the image.
I'd like to take a moment to thank every single member of our Armed Forces for their service to this beautiful country of ours. You have served and sacrificed, and to simply offer my gratitude for what you've given to protect what I have will never be enough, but I give it with all my heart.
Thank you to our Founding Fathers and to Those who served under them for their faith in God Almighty.
Thank you to Those who gave their lives for the freedom of their generations and ours.
And thank you to Those who would have given their lives. Praise God They are still here for us to honor.
I was privileged to visit Arlington National Cemetery last fall, and what an impact it had on me. I wish every American could walk those solemn grounds and remember what was given.
At the tomb of President John F. Kennedy...
A view of Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee...
This is the view from the porch of Arlington House...
Inside Selena Gray's quarters (a house slave of of the Lee's). The doorway to her family's quarters is to the far right of the above photo.
The gardens at Arlington House were beautiful...
The Tomb for the Unknown Civil War Dead, constructed in the rose garden...
The US Army rehearsed for a forthcoming funeral...
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...Known but to God.
To our Military and their families, God bless you.
In 2011 I posted this free chart for Memorial Day. In case you missed it, here it is again... Please note that the color image you see below is slightly different from the chart, in that the words have been changed to blue.
A couple of years ago, I designed this little chart for my friend Katrina to stitch for her husband, who loves to take his motorcycle out on beautiful summer days. I thought since today was a day for silliness, I'd go ahead and share it here with you all, just in case there are any stitchers out there who like to ride motorcycles themselves, or know someone who does.
Katrina, have you stitched this yet?
Well? Have you?? ;)
Please click on the link below the post to print out your chart, and not on the image. :)
ETA: Both Mary's Sampler and Mary's Sampler II are nearly the same. However, the second version requires a bit more stitching time to complete. Both versions are the same size, but if you'd like a simple quick-stitch project, you may want to opt for the first. If you'd like something a bit busier, then the second version may be the one for you. I hope this helps clear a few things up! :)
Here's a little stocking pattern for you. I designed it for my mom and put both hers and my dad's initials on it. Then I surprised her with it on Instagram (she'll be over for the Super Bowl on Sunday, so I'll give it to her then), and she loved it! It was a fast little stitch, and along with the chart itself, I'm including an alphabet and numbers for you to personalize yours with, as well as a tutorial on how I finished my stocking.
Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with a family member, a friend, or with your own sweet self, I hope the day is lovely for you.
Here are the jpg images if you have trouble printing from the pdf links above. Just click on the page you want to print, and then print from there. (I'm unable to pinpoint why some of you have had difficulties printing out this chart, but I suspect it may have something to do with the MacStitch program I'm using and its translation into Photoshop. I've never had issues before now, so if any of you have any suggestions you can offer, I'd be forever indebted!)
If you still can't get any of the above options to work, then email me and I'll attach the pdf to an email. If it doesn't work that way, then I sincerely apologize, for I'm stumped at that point.