Monday, November 24, 2014

Been There, Done That, Offered the Giveaway (Part 1)

Hi everyone! I hope this finds all of you fat and happy...or maybe just happy.... as Turkey Day approaches.  Thanksgiving truly is my favorite holiday.  How wonderful to have a day set aside just for family and counting blessings. 

November is always a busy, happy month for me, starting with my birthday and ushering in the holiday season at the end.  This month, Jim and I have been gallivanting all over the state on two different occasions, I have two stitching finishes to share and as a result, I have a giveaway to announce, thus the title of this post.  As for "Been There", Let me share some pictures taken  earlier in November at the Egmont Key Alliance's Discover the Island Day.  The weather was cool with a lowering sky and a brisk breeze, which made some very dramatic lighting for photos.  This is the lighthouse as we approached it from the ferry.

We scrambled the dunes and hiked the pathways....

....and explored the beach in all it's late autumn beauty. 

Jim, as always, took pictures, but I managed to get this one of him.  Love you!!

It was my favorite sort of day and I only wish there were more of them!

So that's "Been There". and now for "Done That".  After lingering away in my stash closet for more years that I'm even willing to admit, I finally and for good got my Armchair Necessaire done!!  Remember this recent post?  

Top done....

...but the backside still needed a little love,

The deal I made with myself was that as soon as Sarah Tuel was finished the poor abandoned little lovely would get the pathetically small amount of time needed for it's long over due finish.  And guess what?  I finished Sarah Tuel!!  But I've decided to save her for my next post, which will aptly be titled "Been There, Done That, Won the Giveaway (Part 2).  Anyway that brings me to another
picture, which is of my necessaire, hanging - where else but - on the arm of my stitching nest.

The other part of the deal was that as soon as this little project was finished, I would offer the chart and any leftovers  up for a giveaway, so that's what I'm doing now.  If you'd like to enter the draw, please just sign on as a blog follower if you aren't one already and leave a comment on this post only.  Maybe you can tell me which of the samplers on my stitching bucket list you like the best? 

I'll announce the winner next Sunday or Monday, depending on how ready I am for the return of the usual work week. 

But wherever  been or whatever you're doing this week, I'm wishing you a festive and relaxing week full of good family, fun, and food.  Happy Thanksgiving!


llknbillburg said...

Congrats on your finishes!! I know how it is to procrastinate that end finishing. It can be so tedious!! I have a friend who likes to do the finishing so now I just send them on to her. A win-win for both of us!! I have that piece languishing in my stash somewhere too. I haven't started it though so it is still on my someday list! Can't wait to see your sampler finish!! Laura

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

You have been busy and productive--beautiful finish.

woolwoman said...

congratulations on your finish ! beautiful but I am going to pass on this giveaway and hold out for the Sarah Tuel giveaway - I love that sampler and have enjoyed watching your progress. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving holiday and maybe have extra time off to enjoy - Mel

Margaret said...

Hooray for finishing Sarah Tuel! Can't wait to see her! Hooray for finishing the necessaire too! Love it! I actually have it in my stash, so no need to enter me in the giveaway. :D It's so nice to see a pic of your DH. He takes wonderful pictures! My father was always the one taking pictures in our family when I was little. Handsome guy, your DH!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mary, I love the lighthouse picture and that you caught one of your honey. Mine is camera shy too. I'm so thrilled for you that you finished the necessaire! You go girl!!!

Barb said...

I love seeing all the pictures from your trips. It is fascinating to see lighthouses in Florida, I usually think of New England but they were truly built all over our coasts and the Great Lakes. I would love to enter the give-away! Lovely stitching and I look forward to seeing the finished Sarah.

Carol said...

Mary, your husband's photos are as beautiful as your stitching!! I sure wish I was in FL right now--I'm dreading the frigid winter days ahead :)

Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Lois said...

Well done on finishing Sarah and this beauty! Given that I'm still trying to find my stitching mojo I'll pass on the giveaway so that someone who will definitely stitch this has the chance to win. Have a lovely Thanksgiving tomorrow.