Tuesday, April 06, 2010

PIF Arrived and a Birthday!

Wow...a post...with some actual stitching. Miracle of miracles! I finally set my mind to doing the finishing on my PIF pieces this weekend and I just received an email from Natasha letting me know it arrived and she loves it. Whew!! Here is what I sent her.

I stitched her the Ewe & Eye & Friends Basket Scissor Weight with the recommended DMC and Blackbird Designs Small Token with Crescent Colors and DMC. Both are on 32 count Lakeside Linens Vintage Light Exampler. I so love this linen!! And I figured that Natasha could always use a pair of good embroidery scissors so I threw those in.

Natasha, so sorry it was late!! I hope it was worth the wait! Funny thing is I stitched her something completely different in January. First, it was the silk I hated, I picked another silk and then I realized I hated the linen and that just made me hate the whole thing and I can't send anything that I hate! What sense does that make? So I tossed it and brainstormed and came out with this. I'm glad I did. The scissor weight and cording was a breeze but that pinpillow was challenging. It was the first time I made anything with fabric backing vs. linen. The first attempt at blindstitching wasn't that good. I could see that some crushed walnut filling might fall out so I had to go through it again and blind stitch closer together. So Natasha...be careful! lol I think I have to practice the fabric backing finish a few more times. Either way, I'm happy with the results. It was also my first time using fabric dye...for the pinpillow lace. It was super easy!

Nothing much else going on...same old stuff. I'll have another finish to share soon though so stay tuned.

Today is a super special day...it's my sister's 50th birthday!! Happy birthday Karen! She checks in on my blog so if you can wish her a happy birthday, I'm sure she'll be both surprised and happy!

I've been blog giveaway stitching but I think I need to treat myself for a couple of days and pull out Boo Club. It's just so mindless and the colors are so cheerful. I think I could use it!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Holiday!

Until next time...

21 comments:

Natasha said...

crushed walnut shells, I was wondering what it was in there. I think you did a terrific job, I love it :) Sometimes it takes me two or three times when working with fabric/linen casue alot of times I sew inside out LOL

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAREN!!!!

Melissa said...

Beautiful stitching, Valerie! Lucky Natasha!

Happy Birthday to your dear sister Karen! 50 is a big one, then you stop counting! ;-)

Theresa said...

Such a wonderful PIF!!!!! Both pieces are gorgeous!!!! All your efforts did paid out~ Natasha is really lucky~

Happy birthday to your sister!!!!

Elaine said...

Beautiful PIF gifts for Natasha.
Happy Birthday Karen!

KarenV said...

Lovely PIF, both pieces look great!

Happy birthday to your sister :)

Carol R said...

Both pieces you made for Natasha are lovely but the pin pillow is gorgeous! I've not been able to get crushed walnut shells to use for filling but I think I would have made a little 'inner' machine stitched pillow and then stuffed with that.

Happy Birthday Karen!

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday Karen!

Beautiful pieces you sent! The pin pillow is one of my favorites.

Vonna said...

Happy Birthday to Karen :)

And I love your finishing and stitching of the birthday gift for Natasha...wow Valerie! You outdid yourself :)

Margaret said...

Happy birthday to Karen!!!!

I just love the PIF you sent out! Wow wow wow! Just gorgeous! The finishing on it is wonderful! Congrats on getting that done. Now have some fun with the Boo Club. :D

Julie said...

Happy Birthday to your sister!

A very beautifully stitched and finished gift, everfyone seems to be trying the crushed walnut shells, might have to give it a go myself.

Carol said...

You did a wonderful job on Natasha's gifts, Valerie--I know she will treasure them!

Happy 50th to your sister :)

staci said...

Happy 50th bday Karen!!!

Love the gifts you sent Natasha...they are stunning!!!

Deb said...

Send a big Happy Birthday to your sister!!!

And your PIF to Natasha is wonderful. I'm sure that she love it!!

Branlaadee said...

Happy Birthday Karen! I hope you have a great day.

Your PIF is beautiful. You did a wonderful job on it! Finishing always needs practice, no matter what you use.

Ranae said...

Beautiful PIF!! Lucky Natasha!


Happy Birthay!!! Karen
Have a wonderful day

Andrea said...

A lovely PIF. Happy birthday to your sister.

Missy Ann said...

Happy B-Day Karen!


Love the lace edging you did on the pincushion.

Katrina said...

Oh fun, happy, happy birthday to Karen!!!! Hope it's a great day with lots of presents and no cooking :-).

Love the exchange too. I can't post it now but your piece helped me figure out how to 'fix' my mailart exchange!

Meari said...

I think you did a really nice job on your finish. :)

Catherine said...

Wonderful job! Your finishes are beautiful! Natasha is a lucky lady!

Happy Birthday to your sister!

Daffycat said...

Beautiful finishes! I really like the crushed walnut when I used it but I also worried it would sneak through the seams.