Monday, October 25, 2010

Words to live by.....

Hi everyone! I put the final stitches in La D Da’s Live Laugh Love earlier today.

La D Da's Live Laugh Love stitched on 32ct Exampler Lakeside Linen using alternative colours - CC Blackbird, English Ivy & Red Currant

I have enjoyed stitching this piece, I love the words and how true they are. I think sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in things and really, what nicer sentiments are there for life but to live, laugh and love.

Then, this is what I stitched for my October Christmas ornament …..


the Blackbird Designs ornament from the latest JCS ornament issue. I received this all kitted up and ready to stitch as a birthday gift from a dear stitching friend. For the second month in a row I’ve managed to not just stitch my chosen ornament but finish it also!!!! The lace trim I added as an extra, it just seemed to be calling out for something else added and I thought that would work. I loved this one, from stitching with the Belle Soie silks, the colours and the design itself.

And last, but by no means least. Look what arrived for me last week! Melissa over at Words and Blooms held a 2nd anniversary giveaway on her blog not so long ago and I won! I have to tell you, I don’t consider myself ‘lucky’ in the slightest when it comes to winning anything so you could have knocked me over with a feather when Melissa emailed me to say congratulations. I now have the lovely Polly Whitmarsh Sampler by The Exemplerary – chart, fabric and linen – and I am very much looking forward to stitching this one. Thank you Melissa! If any of you haven’t visited Melissa blog do drop by. You can click on her name above, find her in my blog list or click here. She stitches the loveliest things and visiting her blog is a real pleasure.


Well, I do believe that is it from me this time round. We’ve had some very heavy frosts in this part of the world the last couple of nights. I don’t know that I’m overly fussed on having to scrape ice off the car in the mornings in October but, the up side is that while it’s felt chilly the sun has been splitting the skies and that is good to see.

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last blog post. Really Deb is the one who deserves the praise, she does some wonderful finishing. Thanks for dropping by and remember …… live, laugh, love!!!!

Until next time ....

21 comments:

Margaret said...

Your finish is just gorgeous -- and you're so right! Live, laugh, love are words to live by. Love your ornament as well. Congrats on winning Melissa's giveaway! Lucky you!

Annie said...

2 finishes! Yea! Love the La Di Da piece and you did an awesome job on the ornie. I have that one marked to stitch also!

Karen said...

I love your La D Da....I definitely need to move this one up in the To Do pile. Your colors are beautiful. Great job on your ornament and extra finishing details. Lastly, I hope you enjoy such a great win!

Denise said...

I know you are proud of your finishes - the colors are amazing!
I love the lace edging you used on the ornament, just the right touch.
I can't believe you have had frost already! We finally got rain today and thunderstorms along with it.
We'll be watching for the new sampler to take shape....

Lee said...

You rock, Lois! You're already done and this design is still just banging around inside my brain!

Both finishes are lovely.

Jennifer said...

This is beautiful and I just love the hearts in your previous post. Beautiful stitching here! I will be following .

Deborah said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the lace on the Blackbird Design.

Bertie said...

Lovely sampler Lois, you are a fast stitcher :)
Congratulations on your win, look forward to the result LOL.

You make wonderful ornaments too, beautiful finished.

Stay warm, it's freezing here too, but not quite as bad as where you are .)

Myra said...

LLL is beautiful Lois! I agree with you on the sentiment - great words to live by. Your BBD ornament is lovely as well. The lace trim really does add a lot to the finish. Great work!

Jackie said...

Two beautiful finishes and a wonderful win! I love the bits of lace you added to your ornament. Nice!

Carol said...

Love your latest finish, Lois--and those three words are wonderful indeed :)

This is so funny, but I almost picked the exact ornament to stitch for November--I still may after seeing how nicely yours turned out!

I know you'll love every moment of stitching your wonderful giveaway from Melissa--it is so pretty--enjoy :)

Katrina said...

Love your finishes!!!!! Everything is too cute :-). And congrats on the win! Its a pretty sampler.

staci said...

Congrats on the beautiful finishes Lois...I am drooling all over your gorgeous BBD ornie.

Congrats on winning all those goodies from Melissa too!

Natalia said...

Lois, I love your La-D-Da piece. You are right, the words are just perfect. Your BBD is beautiful too !! I am glad I saw it finished. I have been thinking of stitching it too as a gift and I love your finish. How is The Shores going? I have the first square stitched (only the border !!)

valerie said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the color conversion of your LLL. And that BBD ornie is wonderful. I've been meaning to stitch that one up!

Giovanna said...

Absolutely lovely finishes, and congrats on winning the giveaway!

Karin said...

Love the finishes Lois and congrats on the win!! You sure are having a good week!

KarenV said...

Great minds think alike - I'm stitching that BBD at the minute ;) Love yours, it turned out great and the lace is a nice touch.

Your LDD finish is really pretty, great colour choices and lucky you for winning Melissa's giveaway! :)

Cari-in-VA said...

Congratulations on winning Melissa's giveaway!

Your ornament is lovely - and the finishing is beautiful - great work!

Live, Love, Laugh is fabulous - can't wait to see what you pick up next.

Valerie said...

I love your LDD finish! I am stitch one of their designs right now, too! I just love the simplicity and you are right, the words live, laugh, love are words to live by!

Congrats on a fabuluous win! I look forward to seeing progress on that amazing sampler!

Siobhan said...

ACK! I am so late with my commenting. Your finish is FANTASTIC!! I love it. I have a collection of La D Da charts but haven't stitched many, and need to rectify that. Their designs are so pretty. I love, love, love how you finished your ornament! Lois, you rock with finishing! Congrats on the win, too. :)