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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Are You Ready for some..... Eye Candy?!

I love to stitch; you all know that! I love my family; you all know that! I love my friends and I love chocolate; of course, you all know that. But, did you know that I love my Sampler Guild!? I mean really, you could not meet a group of more creative or talented women anywhere. I always come home from Guild on a bit of a high. Very excited about what our next project is going to be. Giddy over the efforts of folks like Judy and Nancy and MarLynn (you'll see why in a minute). It's a good feeling. Everyone brings so many beautiful things to share that I feel blessed, and insecure all at the same time. Finishing, as you know, if you read this little blog of mine with any regularity at all, is not my strong suit. I'm not sure what is but it isn't finishing. And I'm not just saying that to be modest. My mind doesn't think the way it needs to think to finish things. I'm not a patient person which is, I think, one of the keys to being a great finisher. Anyway, I digress. If you belong to the Kindred Spirits Sampler Guild (KSSG), you have access to some wonderful projects. I am determined to finish at least a few of these special things this year. Let me apologize for the poor quality of these pictures. We were in a gym and the lighting is terrible and my photographic skills aren't much better. Just imagine each of these projects about 1,000 times prettier than they look here.

First up is Judy's KSSG basket. We can all order these baskets at a fairly reasonable price. And yes, DEB and I both have them but do we have the bands done? Noooooo. But, we are determined to do so. Isn't Judy's basket gorgeous? I love the colors she chose to stitch her band with; what do you think? Of course, the inside is lined and lovely, too.



The band says, "When I count my blessings and my riches, I count my friends who count their stitches". Awwww... how sweet is that?

This is Nancy's basket - she did hers in more of a blue colorway which is equally as beatuiful. Plus, check out all the accessories. Can you believe it? Another of our KSSG projects will be to make the little draw string button bag which I just love.



Back to Judy for a minute - check this out:


Yep, the KSSG is going to make one of these gorgeous dolls that Judy designed! Don't you love it? Don't you want one? Do you want to join our guild yet? Seriously, I can't wait to make her and put her in my craft room with the gal I got at the SA store. Remember her?

Won't they be great together? I'm giddy with anticipation!

Here's another of Judy's projects. I am not sure who the designer was so my apologies for that but this little case is just breathtaking. Judy did such a good job and has such a treasure with this pretty piece.

All closed up:

The outisde:

The inside:

Giddy I tell you, I'm giddy! Is this an overachieving group of women or what?
Finally, Nancy has not only that one goregeous basket with all the accessories, she has another one as well, for another guild she belongs to. I took these pictures last October but didn't post them, so here they are now. Two special baskets? Are you kidding me? Can you say overachiever? ;-)




Here is a show and share from another KSSG member, Paulette. Check out all the breadcloths she has made. Aren't they lovely?


These are so pretty, can you really imagine using them for the named purpose? Not me!

The last bit of eye candy for today is a stunning piece designed and finished by MarLynn. She's another super talented gal that always has a smile on her face and is just as sweet as can be. Hold onto your socks cause this is incredible:
Left side of bird:

Top of bird:

Right side of bird:

Birds belly:

And Here's beautiful MarLynn her own sweet, little self, holding her stunning creation. It sits on top of the thread bobbin and is just so pretty. You all want one, don't you? Are you ready to join our guild???? LOL!

I just really wanted to share this with you today. Some things just can't wait. Thank you ladies, all of you, for making the KSSG such a joy! To all of you at KSSG who have told me you read and enjoy my blog - thank you so much. I appreciate you taking a moment to say something far more than you know.

Thank you too, to all my dear readers, who take a minute or two out of your own life to leave me a note. They're special, they're so appreciated and I thank you!!! You, my wonderful readers are just the best and I send you lots of love, hugs and wishes for an outstanding week ahead. It's coming up on a year of blogging soon so I'm going to have to find something special to do for that. Stay tuned. Until then...

Peace,
Terri

59 comments:

Melissa said...

Wow, that is some guild you belong to! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful finishes from all the talented ladies!

Deb said...

Hey Terri - weren't all those beautiful things enough to get your blood boiling with creativity? I felt just like you - giddy with excitement, but at the same time wondering where in the heck I'm going to find the time to fit them all in? I think the pictures came out just fine. Now it's going to be hard to wait until next month to see what other things they come up with!! Did you start your band tonight? LOL

staci said...

Wow! That is some Stunning Eye Candy! Thank you for sharing those gorgeous finishes!!!

Marjo said...

Well, all of it is just too gorgeous for words. I love all of them and can't wait to see what else you guys are doing....WOW

The Evening Stitcher said...

Terri...I thought of the KSSG this morning. I love Mary Lynn..she was one of my favorites. I think Sharon is a wonderful president for the guild also. Nice pieces...so inspiring! Your pictures are beautiful! I love that basket. I had purchased one with the group back in 2006 when i was a member, but of course, it sits in my closet. Now, if I could only quit my day job or win the lotto...I might be able to stitch more! Thanks so much for sharing..

Bobbie

Heather said...

Wow, those are amazing projects, so lucky to be a part of this

Glenna said...

Thank you for sharing this, Terri! Makes me want to join a guild. Wow--especially the bird. And no, those bread cloths would not come within 100 yards of a loaf of bread and a greasy knife...

Stephanie said...

You've certainly got some very talented guild members! So glad you shared their beautiful projects with us.

Marion said...

Such beautiful stitching!!
I could not even imagine doing something as gorgeous as any of those projects! Thank you for sharing all the ladies wonderful works!
Marion

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Cari said...

Honorary membership into your Guild would be a great one-year giveaway :-)

What beautiful, beautiful pieces - you do have a talented bunch of ladies in your group.

Can't wait to see what you do with your lovely lady!

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

Karen said...

Does it hurt the keyboard if you drool on it? Wow, what gorgeous stitching! Thanks for sharing it with us, Terri.

Cari said...

Oh my gosh Terri - eye candy for sure. The pieces are stunning! Thank you so very very much for sharing. Have a great week and stay warm!! HUGS

JOLENE said...

You are so fun Terri....of course I woulds LOVE to join your guild. I am not sure if there are any in my neck of the woods or not. I should check it out. Yes, those are some talented ladies you know. Oh and that bird is out of this world!!!! Thanks for sharing such a fun post with us.

Margaret said...

Wow, so you get to make all those things?? Wonderful! That one in pink with the flowers is by Jackie duPlessis. :D You're so lucky to have such a wonderful guild to go to. We don't have a cross stitch guild close by. :( Enjoy yourselves! (You too, Deb!)

Chrissie said...

Wow, Wow, Wow!!! Thanks so much for showing us those beautiful treasures Terri. Absolutely wonderful. Such talented ladies.

Chrissie

Karol said...

What a great guild. Isn't it fun to be surronded by friends who love to stitch also. Thanks for sharing!

WoolenSails said...

Wow from me too, beautiful pieces and unique peices.
I love the sewing items and that bird.

Debbie

Debs said...

Terri, if you practice your stitching finishing, you'll get as good as your guild buddies. But, your furniture finishing is the best I've ever seen! So, don't ever sell yourself short--I think YOU rock, girl!
hugs
Debs

Sandra said...

What amazing finishes, I love all the baskets and the bird is wonderful with it's 'needle weaving' tummy, which I thought at first was a piece of fabric. Treasure your Guild and it's members.

Christine said...

Beautiful things you showed us ! Thanks Terri

KarenV said...

Wow! All your guild projects are wonderful, but that bird is something else! Fantastic :) Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pieces!

Mylene said...

WOW! such beautiful pieces! Thanks so much for sharing them.

Bertie said...

Ohhhhhhhh, those baskets are divine, I managed to get some myself, but you can never have to many LOL.
The bands are gorgeous and all the other projects too.
The one you mentioned that you do not know the designer of is by Jackie du Plessis, in May she is teaching us in the UK, you might like to see her website http://www.itsfineallyfinished.com/

A great Guild indeed and can imagine you come home on a high.

Jane said...

I really admire people who can finish their needlework off into something creative. What a fun group of ladies in your Guild, and such talent. No wonder you're full of inspiration after a session with them!

Annie said...

That is some kind of show and tell! It's amazing what great imaginations produce these ideas and the workmanship is fantastic!

FayeRaye said...

eye candy for sure!!! Nice job everyone!!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Your right Teri, there certainly is something wonderfull when a group of stitchers gather and share their talent, finishing and all. It gives life that extra smile we all desire.
Be always in stitches.

anna s. said...

Not awake enough this Monday to write something clever but wow! what a source of inspiration!! Thanks for showing all these.

Catherine said...

I had to rub my eyes and look again! I thought I was still dreaming! Those projects are amazing and yes, I am ready to join your guild! I do wish I was close enough to do so!

Giovanna said...

Wonderful stuff! And that little bird... wow! Kudos to all of you talented ladies.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Lucy you! What a great group of talented women! Thanks for sharing, Dawn

Julie M said...

Oh wow Terri! What wonderful finishes from all your friends! Just beautiful! You must have an awesome guild! Have a wonderful week yourself.

Shelleen said...

I love those baskets!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Terri! Thanks for sharing! Guess my favorite is that bird! Stunning!

Robin

samplerlover said...

Hi Terri - What a wonderful lot of eye candy. By the look of it you belong to a wonderful guild with some very talented ladies - Sandra.

Patti said...

WOW that is some stitching. You have such talented friends. We are having Jackie duPlesis come and teach us next May here in the U.K. and I can't wait.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Karoline said...

Thanks for sharing your guilds gorgeous finishes

woolwoman said...

Finishing is definitely a talent Terri but I think you can also do simple finishing if you just jump in and give it a try - I'm giving myself a pep talk here too - I have a little BBD piece I stitched before christmas but have yet to take the plunge and try finishing it. Love all the photos from your guild members finishes - WOW WOW WOW - what a talented bunch. I belong to several "away" guilds and they too are very talented ladies - just wish I could be more active - I keep thinking that creativity might rub off on me - I love your blog and it always feels like a visit with a good friend when you post. happy stitching Mel

Michelle said...

What beautiful eye candy! Wow, those ladies are talented.

grace said...

Wow! I was blown away by all the talent! What a wonderful guild you belong to! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!

P.S. Oh yes! Making kimchi is a bit of work. hahaha

Kajsa said...

Wonderful finishes from everyone. What a group of talented ladies!!

Stitching Cat said...

Terriboog,thanks for sharing these beautiful creations from KSSG! I am an *away (far away)* member but only for the past year so I love to see some of the past projects. I love the basket band and all the little accessories and hope to be able to get the kit for the doll. Thanks again for sharing! Deb

Kathy A. said...

WOW WOW AND WOW! I have never seen so many beautiful things at one time. I don't know where to look first or which one I like best.
Heck, they are all beautiful. What an amazing guild!!!

Isadarena said...

Oh My God Terry, I feel speechless before so many wonderful accessories and stitchings . Howh lucky woman you are to have such a wonderful guild close to you : I am a little jealous :-))Everyhting is so marvellousand the light is not as bad as you say : we can see everything very well .
Thanks so much to you for sharing these beauties with us .
Have a very nice day ,
Isa

Sherry said...

OMG! Look at all those beautiful stitches! I never knew bread cloths could be so knock dead gorgeous! And the baskets are awesoome. That little bird and the lady are just too much! I would love to be close enough to join your guild just so I could see all these treasures in person! Thank you for sharing!

Michelle said...

Wow! Tons of gorgeous things. I know just what you mean though, when I go to my guild I feel excited and awed but also insecure. So many lovely things!!

Siobhan said...

Oh Terri, wow, what gorgeous eye candy that is! Thanks for sharing--it's fun to be able to live vicariously through another stitcher who actually gets to see this stuff in person! Lucky you. :)

Love to Stitch said...

I am blown away from all these goodies! So many wonderful treats. That basket is to die for!! Exquisite work. Cant wait to see your skirt you add to your thrift store find. I remember when you got that last year, how clever! Glad you are keeping busy, awesome to get together with the group!!! What have you been stitching on these days?

Jill said...

WOW! Those are all so beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a great comment! Happy Stitching!

Tammy said...

Oh man Terri, what great stuff!! Those baskets are just gorgeous and I bet you are looking forward to that!! The little bird is amazing-seriously. I admire people who have those mad finishing skills! I'm a stitch-it-and-stuf-it-in-the-closet kind of woman.

Danielle said...

All gorgeous--especially the baskets! The pictures make me want to sit and stitch and ignore everything else...wishful thinking!

Susan said...

These are amazing projects! I'm sure you're inspired every time you get together with these ladies.

Jackie in UK said...

Hi Terri,

Thanks for the comment on my blog, I always love to hear from you! I am very behind on blog reading as well as posting, so it is a while since I have visited you and there is so much to catch up on! :-)

The ladies at your guild are very talented aren't they? Such beautiful things! I really enjoyed seeing your sewing room - what a joy it must be to sit and there and peruse your stash! :-)

Hugs,

Jackie x

Annemarie said...

Hey Terri, long time no see/hear, but what a treat your blog post was! Oh, how wonderful to live near so many talented, like-minded stitchers! Thank you so much for sharing!

Loraine said...

Hi Terri~
Wow, wow, and double wow! Yes I would love to join your guild, and it would be worth the long flight every month!
Such great projects. I love the basket. I've always wanted to make one of those baskets! Someday...
When my life is less busy (Do I not say that to myself everyday?)

Hope all is well. Thanks for sharing!

Hope Ellington said...

Hi Terri~
I met you at the Country Living Fair...we were all at the front of the line. I have tried to post on your blog...but it has never worked to my knowledge. Your blog is lovely and I especially like the stitched bird. Blessings sweet friend.
XOXO~Hope

Brigitte said...

Oh Terri, this is truely some eye candy. These ladies are all so creative. Isn't it wonderful to see all these beautiful things all together? I'd love to visit such a guild meeting but there is nothing like that around here, no guilds, no stitching expositions, no nothing. Enjoy your guild.

doris said...

What gorgeous treasures! I'm especially wild for the baskets, and I'm assuming that each stitcher decides how to make their own band. That'd be fun. It's great that ya'll have such a motivating place to go hang out.