Wednesday, October 7, 2015

From the ashes...

Hello dear readers!

I hope this post finds you enjoying this first full week of October!  I was just saying today that I cannot believe that it is October - it seems like yesterday that it was July!

I am hosting a Halloween Giveaway on my blog!  If you would like to enter, click HERE to enter!  I am giving away the entire set of Lizzie Kate Halloween Rules charts AND a piece of Picture This Plus linen to stitch those cuties on!  Head on over and check it out!

Now, on to other things - I need some advice!

A couple of years ago, I started this piece - Matter's Choice by Carriage House Samplings.  I saw a model of it stitched at Haus Tirol in Williamsburg and fell in LOVE with it!



I started stitching the larger pattern on a 36 ct Lakeside Linens Sand Dune - with NPI Williamsburg Blue - a gorgeous combination!




But I put it aside but kept it on the scroll rods in case I got the urge to stitch again.  Well, last winter our furnace started to malfunction.  We have an oil burning furnace - and it began to spew little bits of soot EVERYWHERE and over EVERYTHING.  It was not pleasant, especially because the soot was so difficult to clean.

Enter my Matter's Choice.

I thought that it was safe and sound - but I was wrong.  Because it was not covered, some of the soot made its way to my sampler.  You can see some of the black bits in these pictures....




So, I am trying to figure out what to do!  As soon as I touch the stuff it smears and will never come out.  I am thinking about using the vacuum cleaner on it to see if I can get the soot off that way first.

Any ideas???  I am willing to try just about anything to salvage my sampler!!  Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Hope you guys are having a great week!  And remember, stop by my post HERE and enter the Halloween Giveaway!!


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Let's Celebrate Halloween with a Giveaway!!!

Hello dear readers!

I hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and ready for a new week!

As many of you know, I have been going through my stash and clearing out the old to make room for the new!  It has been fun going through things - and I have been amazed at what I have accumulated over the years.

I have also been going through my blog list and have found that a lot of people have left the blogging world.  However, I have also found some great new blogs!

So, I got to thinkin' - how 'bout I have a give away!!  That way I can find new blogs to read but I can also reconnect with my loyal, tried and true followers and their blogs!

Since Halloween is upon us I decided to give away ALL SIX of the Lizzie Kate "Halloween Rules" charts AND fabric to go with it!  The fabric is 32 ct. Picture this Plus - it is little over a Fat 8th (I measured 10 x 22 and a fat 8th is 9x21) - but I do not know the color, sorry!  What I do know is the color is perfect for a Halloween stitching!  I have pictures below...



The deadline is Sunday, October 18 at midnight!  I will draw the winner on Monday, October 19.

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment with your email on THIS post for one entry.
2. Leave a comment, and post on your blog about this giveaway for at total of THREE entries!
3. Don't have a blog?  Leave a comment, then tell a friend with a blog about my blog!  Email them to check me out and also put a link to their blog in your comment.  That will give you THREE entries!
5.  Have a blog and a good friend with a blog?  Then leave a comment, post this giveaway on your blog, email a friend and leave a link to their blog in the comments, and you will have a total of FIVE entries!!!

I am limiting the number of friends to ONE.  However, if you have more than one friend with a blog (which I am sure you do!) then tell me about them!  The more the merrier!

I look forward to reconnecting with my old blog buddies as well as meeting a ton of new ones!  If you have any questions about the giveaway - don't hesitate to email me!  valiehokie@gmail.com

Till next time - keep stitching!
Valerie