Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Great weekend!

I went away this past weekend -- actually from Thursday through Sunday. Went to visit a dear friend who used to live in my neighborhood but moved away a long while back. She's a knitter, not a stitcher, so I didn't get any stitching done while I was gone. But since I got back, I made this little French beauty.




This, of course, is the freebie from Blackbird Designs' new blog. If you stitch it up and submit a picture before April 27th, you can be entered in a contest drawing for some French goodies that Alma and Barb are bringing back from France. I couldn't resist, even though I probably won't win. But here's hoping! Even if you don't want to enter, you should bookmark their blog -- it's wonderful! Oh, and I should mention that my name, date and the swan aren't part of the original design. The swan is from the freebie from Gigi and Carinne Quaker 6 a Mains.

Anyway, back to my weekend. We had a grand time, doing lots of antiquing, some yarn stashing from WEBS, who is having an annual sale (you can get the savings online here as well), eating lovely lunches out and generally having a ball. Here is a picture of some of my vintage threads, lace, and other items from the antiquing.



I also found a bolt of a lovely large print which was from the Anna's Starry Night collection by Blackbird Designs on sale for 25% off and promptly got 5 yards. :D

Sadly, there's not much more progress to show on Rachel Hyde since last time. Not enough to warrant a picture anyway. Hope the rest of your week is great -- enjoy the springtime that is finally starting to show!

25 comments:

Deb said...

Wow Margaret - great antiquing haul! Those laces look great. Do you know what you'll do with them? I've heard about WEBS (only through the web though) and didn't know that they had a store! That must have been like going to heaven! Great finish on your BBD freebie. I like the bird you put into it. I wasn't going to do this, but then I realized that there was a drawing (which I'll never win, but not the point - someone has to, right?), so I started on one too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get it finished. Sounds like you had a wonderful time though visiting with your friend. I think we all need times like that - friends, food and stash! Hope to see more progress on Rachel soon.

Sherry said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time visiting your friend! I love your BBD freebie! The swan looks right at home on it!

Tanya said...

I love your stash. I had never hear of WEBS until now. I like the swan in the BBD. Good luck with your entry.

doris said...

Love your little BBD sampler ... nice swan. I've started mine, but who knows if I'll get 'er done? Judging by your fabulous prizes from the antique stores, you had a great time.

samplerlover said...

Hi Margaret,
Love your French freebie. It is lovely. The swan makes it your personal design. I love French samplers. They are lovely. I found a lovely new 12 part antique French sampler a few weeks ago. The sampler is called Victorine Berger 1897. I was going to send you the link but it is too long. But if you type in = clarelis.canalblog.com = the link to this sampler is on the left hand side of the blog. We are up to part 2.
What a great collection of antique stash. Sandra.

Littlebit said...

That's just beautiful, Margaret. And your stuff from antiquing is fantastic. I wish you have taken a pic of your new fabric! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

cindy said...

Love the little sampler. You are a quick stitcher. After our get together I picked up my old sampler and did a bit of it.

I hope you will blog about your Rowan knitting. Perhaps you'll create a separate knitting blog!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Great haul, great stitching (as always!). My BBD is almost done.... probably another couple nights worth of stitching. Can't wait to see who wins! Good luck!

Clarélis said...

Hello Margaret!
Your blog is wonderful!I've just discover it, after your comment into mine's one.I'll send you the first letters of "abécédaire XXL" by mail. Welcome into the little blue butterfly's world!
Please, forgive my bad english!
Kisses from France,
Clarélis

Kim said...

Great finds, Margaret!!!!! I love the BBD freebie! I hope you win...I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! ;o)

The Scarlett House said...

Margaret, I love your version of the freebie, especially the swan. The colors are really great in it.
Glad to hear you had a fun time and made some awesome finds.

Giovanna said...

Nice finds! And congrats on the little sampler, it's charming!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woo.... great antiquing finds and BD fabric find. Glad you enjoyed your weekend.

Siobhan said...

Great antiquing haul, Margaret! Woo! It sounds like you had an incredible weekend. :) Love your BBD sampler!

Jan said...

Love your personalization of the french alphabet, Margaret! Really pretty! I will stitch this sweet design, but won't get it done in time for the drawing. Boy the winner will certainly be a lucky one!

Love your antiquing acquisitions, sounds like you had a most enjoyable time!

Diana said...

I love your freebie stitched with the swan, makes it really personal.

Cari said...

Margaret - your BBD sampler is beautiful. I just love it. Great design additions!! Hugs

woolwoman said...

Margaret - I am SOOOO jealous you went to WEBS - WOW - tell me what ya got kiddo??? I have ordered from them a few times - they offer great discounts on most items. Since I have enough yarn to open a shop - seriously - I have been trying to ban myself from online stash shopping LOL -

LOVE your BBD French sampler - I only saw this 2 days ago and I'm sure I won't make the contest even if I stitched night and day which of course I can't do - however it is precious and I hope to stitch it one day and maybe dedicate to my dear grandmother who passed way 10 years ago this month.

Hope you get more quality time with Rachel this weekend - Is spring coming to NY? Enjoy! Mel

Dona said...

Margaret, I love your BBD. What a great idea to use a swan - it's very lovely. Sounds like you had a great time collecting stash, too!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, I love the swan addition to this sampler! I just finished mine, but as it's a gift, I'm not showing it on my blog.

Carol R said...

I've been checking out the Petites Lettres Rouges - love your interpretation with the swan!

Moreen said...

I have just found your blog and seen your BBD sampler its gorgous I absolutly love that swan. I added a blackbird to mine but I adore that swan he really looks as if he should be there.

lena-lou said...

Your PLR really suits the swan, very different and nice :)

Lelia said...

Wonderful stitching on the BBD PLR -- love yours!

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