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Saturday, December 4, 2010

My October Gift and a Free Holiday Pattern for You!

December greetings! I hope that everyone had a fun Halloween and a Happy Thanksgiving. I have missed spending time here. I am so behind posting, reading, and commenting, that I may never catch up. I guess I'll move forward and hopefully do a better job of keeping in touch. Thank you to all that commented on my last post about the pumpkins. I'd be glad to share how easy they were to make if anyone is interested. Let me know by commenting on this post or just send me an email.

I missed posting my October finishes, but I just have to show the gift that Julianne (one of the sweetest and most generous stitchers around) sent to me. I received her little "just because" gift in October. Thank you again, dear Julianne. 

Lovely surprise in lovely packaging from Julianne.
 Don't you just love the rose embossed gold bag! And the "pear" card was perfect for October. Inside the bag was the sweetest ornament. Julianne stitched the robin design from Prairie Schooler's "Signs of Spring". I collect robins and I just love it!!! It is hanging from the lamp by my stitching chair so I can admire it whenever I sit down to stitch. (I plan to send a little something Julianne's way after the first of the year.) 

Robin from PS "Signs of Spring"
Here's a pic of Miss Zoe, my very own "Dora the Explorer" checking out the new gifties that came in the mail.   

Zoe (doing her best Vanna Whiskers impression.)

Since I am "between employment" at the moment, I decided to pursue one of my long-time goals: designing. Back eons ago when my Mother and Aunts was collecting dollhouse miniatures (70's/80's?), I designed and stitched quite a few mini samplers and linens for their dollhouses and displays and I designed and stitched an extended family tree in honor of my grandparent's 50th Wedding Anniversary. All designed on graph paper with colored pencils. About five years ago I purchased charting software. Until now, I have only used it to customize little bits and pieces of charts that I was stitching, but haven't taken the time to start fresh and let the creative juices flow. 

So over the last several weeks, I have been charting and stitching, recharting, frogging, and restitching and today I put the finishing touches on my first original ornament design, "Holiday Spirit" from Samplerbird Stitchery (that's me). 

 I included words that evoke the spirit of the holidays for me. I wish I could stitch one for each and everyone of my blogging friends and the wonderful shop owners that have kept me supplied over the years. You are all very dear to me and make even the roughest days a bit brighter. Since I can't stitch that fast, it is my pleasure to gift the chart to you. I hope that you like it.

If you stitch it, I would love to see how you choose to finish it. There are so many possibilities. The matching trim and ribbon that I used were purchased at Michaels (this year) to add lots of bling! I like bling at Christmas. It's a quick stitch, especially if you leave off the beads and just use a simple cross stitch. Enjoy!
Click on the picture to make it bigger.
If you have any questions, you are most welcome to email me at robinndlwk@aol.com. Happy Holidays!

Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the world today! 


"Holiday Spirit"
Designer: Me!
Copyright: Samplerbird Stitchery 2010


28 comments:

KarenV said...

What a sweet design! Thank you so much for sharing :)

Faye said...

Oh Robin!! You most definitely should be designing!! I love this little pattern and hope to stitch it up in the next week....I appreciate you sharing it with all of us...Best of luck! Take care, Faye

Chris said...

Hi Robin,
Thank you so much for the sweet design.
Thanks for sharing.
What a beautiful exchange you rec'd.
Chris

Daffycat said...

Oh, Robin! This is a PRECIOUS design! I love it...it is PERFECT! Thank you very much!

Myra said...

What a sweet gift you received from Julianne. I have had the pleasure of receiving something she stitched and they are real treats. Thank you so much for the sweet design. Looking forward to seeing what you design in the future. :o)

Joy said...

What a lovely gift and thank you for your gift of designing! Look forward to seeing more...Happy Stitching!

Carol said...

Hi Robin! I just discovered your blog and want to say hello :)

Your design is beautiful--I just printed it off and I'm sure I'll be stitching it at some point. Love your PS from the sweet Julianne--just darling! I'll be visiting again soon...

Catherine said...

I just found you thanks to Daffycat!! What a lovely design - I just printed it off and hope to stitch it soon.
And what a sweet finish from Julianne!! We've hit the cold weather here and I am already thinking about the robins of spring!

Annie said...

Found my way here from Daffy. Your new design is so perfect for the season. Thanks so much for sharing it.

You have a good friend in Julianne. Great gifties!

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a pretty pattern. Thank you for the pretty stitch idea.

gracie said...

thank you Daffycat for sending us here...thank you Robin for the lovely freebie. Best wishes for your new design business, I am sure you will do well.

Jan said...

Robin that is a great little pattern. Thank you for gifting all of us with it and good luck on your designing.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for sharing your pattern with us

Angela P said...

I popped on over from Sharon's blog (my first visit to you) and I'm so happy I did! I love your Holiday Spirit design and plan to try to stitch one for myself and as gifts for next Xmas too.

Maria said...

Thank you so much for the design. It´s lovely!!!
Greetings from Spain.

Julianne said...

Robin,

I left a comment but I guess it didn't go through.

I am so happy you like the little ornament. I hope looking at it during the long winter there will remind you of the promise of spring.

Thanks so much for the ornament pattern. I love the way you finished your model.

Jennifer said...

Greetings from Canada! Thank you
for this beautiful freebie Robin. I plan to stitch it at some point. As for your P.S. Robin , I just looked at my pattern this morning and thought how lovely that one would be to stitch.

Andrea said...

Wonderful ornament. Love the freebie chart, thank you for sharing. Another to add to my folder.

Berit said...

Lovely post! That PS from Julianne is a real beauty, and that's a lovely freebie! I'm having fun working on making one myself right now, actually--though I've hit a bit of a sticking point! Off to sort that out now. Hope you're having a great season.

Oh, Just realized! I'm so behind on email, and still owe you one to thank you for sending along the chart cover--you REALLY didn't have to, but thank you! :D

Siobhan said...

Robin, what a great pattern! Thanks so much. You are so talented. :) I love the gift from Julianne, too!

Karen said...

Thank you, Robin, for the lovely little free chart, I'm sure a lot of people will enjoy it, including myself!

Janice Boucher said...

what a sweet design. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Shari said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!
I love stitching 'alphabets', so this is perfect!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Lyn said...

Your ornament design is beautiful, Robin.

Blu Stitcher said...

I love it and can't wait to start it. I depend on free patterns and it's hard to find some really cute ones.

Linda

Carolyn NC said...

Lovely gift and such a sweet pattern - thanks!

Maria said...

Thank You for the pattern. I have photos in my blog marianhuoneessa.blogspot.com
Greetings!

Tünde said...

Dear Robin! Thank you very much for this lovely pattern!
Tünde

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