Back to school & so am I?

Best of intentions as usual, let’s see if I can stick with it. But I know you all will forgive me. Know why? Because I’m super busy stitching for you! That’s right, the big Halloween giveaway will be repeated this year. And it’s going to be huge! Bigger & better than last year. So watch this space (and one other, if you’ve been paying attention on Facebook & Twitter you probably know the other place too), the big announcement with all the details will post the last week of September. As of right now I have 6 projects stitched for Halloween and have the extra goodies for everyone’s package figured out. I am taking suggestions for what you all would like in the way of candy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ok, but what have I been doing?

I made a box for Kathy’s birthday.

Box top is stitched on 30ct. blue murano, the design is block #1 from Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings. The exterior of the box black Kona cotton, and the inside cotton is from Timeless Treasures. ย The scissors are Lighthouse by Uncommon Scissors and I made the cabochon needle minder myself. ย Directions for making the box and removable tray are from Jackie Woolsey’s book, which I’ve recommended probably a hundred times. Fair warning, sooner or later box making is going to catch on and you all will be sorry you didn’t buy this book when it was cheap. Jackie’s lacing instructions are also the best I’ve ever found.

I made a pincushion for Ellen via Hooked on Exchanging.

From Prairie Year II by Prairie Schooler. Stitched on 32ct linen using DMC. The verse “They shall go flying with musical speeches” is from Nest Eggs by Robert Louis Stevenson (thank you Summer for finding this poem for me). ย And I added HOE 2010 to fill out the rest of the space.

I received a beautiful little needlebook from Nicole via Hooked on Exchanging.

Love this! It’s so tiny and perfect. Birds by Heart in Hand. I think Nicole used some mat board for the inside of the book, it’s very sturdy and is going to hold up to being used. And she put a lot of work into the finishing, it’s perfect.

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27 Responses to Back to school & so am I?

  1. jenn says:

    You have been busy Missy! Everything looks great.

  2. Kathy A says:

    Missy did not just make a box. She made the most beautiful perfectly done gift anyone could ask for. Her stitching is perfect and the box – WOW! I consider myself very fortunate to call her friend.
    It was a remarkable and greatly appreciated gift.
    Your mattress pincushion is gorgeous.
    Love your needlebook from Nicole.
    Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for the Halloween giveaway.

  3. Annette says:

    Not sure I can make a box as wonderful as this (though I do have the book, now). You rocked the box!!

    And the pincushion ain’t bad either.

    Bring on Halloween!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Shannon says:

    Everything looks wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Silverlotus says:

    Fabulous! And I so looking forward to your Halloween giveaway. (Pick me this year! I won’t tell anyone it was fixed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  6. Valerie says:

    Sounds like you’ve been busy. Love the SoHRH box you made for Kathy…it’s stunning! I love the interior fabric. It all fits together so well. Cute HOE exchange…both the mattress pincushion and the needlebook!

    Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the Halloween extravaganza!

  7. Suzanne says:

    LOVE the box you made with the Shores block… it, Love It, LOVE IT!!!!

  8. Myra says:

    I admired this beautiful box over on Kathy’s blog. Such a wonderful gift, it is just lovely. The PS pincushion looks great and adding the verse just put it over the top! Clever you. :o) I love anything with birds and that little needle book is just tooooo cute. Looking forward to your Halloween fest – I have been stitching on Halloween pieces too. Have a great weekend!

  9. Blu says:

    That box is incredible!
    Woohoo. Looking forward to Halloween!

  10. Nicole says:

    Great finishes! That box is incredible, well done!

    And I cannot wait for Halloween, last year’s giveaway was so much fun!!

  11. Jinger says:

    Gorgeous box!!!!!!!!

  12. Siobhan says:

    Wow! Everything is seriously awesome. Great job!

  13. Measi says:

    The box is absolutely gorgeous! I can’t stop looking at it.

  14. Cheryl says:

    I want to be you. I have the book and the supplies. Just have to find/make time to read and reread so I can boxify.

    Can’t wait to see all you have done for Halloween this year!

  15. Robin says:

    Wow, Missy!!! That box is awesome!!!! Seriously. Great finishing!!! Kath is one lucky lady. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great week!

  16. Raven-Missy says:

    The box looks fantastic! I love that needlebook you received also, it is gorgeous!

  17. JenJen says:

    Love Kathy’s box and the pincushion. You always do such a nice job pulling things together for gifts and exchanges – I’m jealous of the recipients. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Melissa says:

    Your box is so freakin’ awesome. It’s gorgeous.

    I ordered the book. Not sure when I’ll get around to learning box making but I will be ready!

  19. Michelle says:

    Wow – what lovely things you’ve been making!!! Love love love the box – it’s too fabulous. And I know from experience those HRH blocks are a lot of work for an exchange or gift! Can’t wait for Halloween giveaways – I love seeing what you have up your sleeve!

  20. MarieP says:

    I want to be Kathy! How lucky is she to get this GORGEOUS Box and how lucky am I that I got to see this in person. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got the book and fortunately if I run into problems I know where you live. ๐Ÿ˜€ I know I told you this but I must say it again….You did an amazing job on this.
    As for the Mattress Pincushion….AWESOME. Talented, yes you are.

    From one of the future winners of your Halloween Giveaway…I am thinking positive!

    BTW: I am hoping to get out of bed early enough to go sew tomorrow…how ’bout you?

  21. Carol says:

    Missy, your box has to be one of the prettiest finishes I’ve ever seen! Lucky, lucky Kathy ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Sally says:

    Oh wow the box you made for Kathy is stunning! Love the pincushion too and your needlebook from Nicole is lovely.

  23. Sara says:

    Beautiful stitching! As always, I am in awe of your finishing skills!

  24. Mary Jane says:

    Wow! I “found” you through Kathy’s blog, and you are one amazingly talented lady! If I need any inspiration I’ll know just where to look – thank you for sharing all your beautiful creations!

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  26. Anne S says:

    Love the box finish – I have a book which is in French, which is a bit difficult seeing as I don’t speak french (and Google translate doesn’t help too much!) … I might have to check this one out as an additional resource to my French one … hmmm ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Sonda in OR says:

    That box is amazing! WOW! Love the other stitching, too! Halloween…can’t wait!

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