First, I have to say thank you to all of you that responded to my last post. I was, at first, a little apprehensive about blogging about a colonoscopy but figured hey, if I can help maybe one person get over the trepidation they feel for having to do it, it'll be worth it. And, it was! In addition to all the blog comments, I got quite a few emails from folks that said they were going to make their appointment, that they appreciated the reminder and the humor behind (no pun intended) my experience and that I helped to make it easier for them. I'm glad of that. Now, moving on....
I picked up Elizabeth Savilles from Hobby Lobby yesterday. I had picked what I thought was a perfect frame (which was not the one I thought it was going to be) at the "new" framer I had found. When the owner was writing up the order I said to him, "Now remember, I want you to give me the "We want Terri to come back to our store for all her framing needs price." I guess he didn't realize how much I get framed (although I tried to tell him) because the price he quoted me was $318.00 (before tax). What? Uh, no. Not gonna do it. So, I left and went to Joann's where Cathy does great work for me. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a single frame that I liked. Not one. So... off to HL I went. Their frame selection is minimal but I found something I thought would work and when the gal wrote it up, the total was $83 (pre tax) so I'm learning to love the frame. What do you think (you can click on the pic to enlarge the picture):
The frame is more silver but has a faint hint of green and with the leaf shape in the frame I thought it mimicked the border of the sampler pretty well.
Sandra, your last comment was that you'd changed your mind and thought it might need a greenish frame. When I read your note I laughed 'cause that's exactly what I had already picked. This doesn't show the green cast too well but it's there and I think, quite pretty. Also, I had mentioned when I finished this that I had stitched it on 32 count fabric but it was in fact, stitched on 36 count magnolia which I tried to stain with raspberry tea that looked really pretty initially but the color didn't hold.
Now for the FUN! My very first blog post was on February 10th, 2009 which you can read here:I can't get the link to work for some reason... Anyway, at that time, I never imagined that I'd get to know so many wonderful people and that many of them would become friends. The most amazing thing to me has been that anyone would actually read what I wrote about and then take the time to comment - how GREAT is that? I've always been the kind of gal that looks confident on the outside but inside I'm really not. I'm always afraid that if I throw a party, nobody will come so imagine my trepidation with starting a blog and putting it out there for the world - yikes! Anyway, it's been a year of wonderful! Wonderful friendships made, wonderful stories shared, I've gotten wonderful inspiration from all of you and I've had one heck of a wonderful time. Now, it's my turn to give something to you. The first finish that I blogged about was a The Goode Huswife A&E chart that I just loved. It is still one of my favorite finishes. I thought some of you might like to do it as well. So, that, along with a few other charts that I have stitched (plus one I haven't) and a pretty Longaberger basket that will be filled with stitching goodies is up for grabs.
The rules are simple. You do not have to be a follower - just a reader. You do not have to have a blog. You do not have to do a single thing except tell me that you'd like to win and what you're all time favorite finish is as a cross stitcher (I'm hoping to discover something new and wonderful). If you are not a cross stitcher, I would love it if you would tell me about something you've created that you loved. Everyone will get only one chance. I can't try to keep track of multiple entries so I'm not going there. I will draw a winner next Friday (March 5th) and will try (TRY being the operative word) to get it mailed that Saturday, March 6th. This is open to anyone - it's an international party! I will have a second draw for a smaller prize which will remain a secret.
I will mail, and will insure your package but if it never arrives, it won't be replaced. I don't have two of any of the things being given away. If you are not a stitcher and don't want the charts, let me know and I'll draw again for those so they go to someone who would like them. Make it easy for me to find you - I will not work at tracking you down. If you don't leave me an email address or respond to my "You're the Winner" post, after a couple of days, you'll be out of luck and I'll redraw. Sorry to sound harsh but just being real! You can share this if you want to but if you really want to win, why would you? ~LOL~ I swear, I crack myself up (granted, it doesn't take much).
Thanks so much for all the comments you all leave me. They really make my day! I think there are readers out there that never leave a comment (that is okay) so this will be fun to see if you really are out there. Remember, if you don't have a blog, or a google account, you can enter using the "anonymous" feature. If you do that, be sure to leave me your name and your email addy. You may only enter by leaving a comment on this post - no email entries accepted. Good luck and thanks so much for one FUN year!