Thursday, 17 March 2011


Happy St. Paddy's Day!! I didn't realize until I sat down to start this post that it would be my 200th. Wow, have I really had that much to say over the past few years? Not quite 4 years to be exact. So I would have to say that this calls for a giveaway, wouldn't you? After all, I have a lot to celebrate in the upcoming months. So it's my almost four years blogging anniversary (in June), two hundredth post, not quite 100 Followers, nearly retired giveaway also known as The Almost Give Away or TOGA as I like to call it. I figure it's about time that I give back something in exchange for all the friendship, laughter, stitching tips, gifts and enablement (is that a word?!) that I've received ever since my blogging life began. It's been a wonderful journey and I wouldn't trade it for anything. You have all enriched my life in sooo many ways. So, if you would like to have a chance to win this giveaway, just leave a comment on this post only and you must be a follower to qualify. I will leave the giveaway open until Sunday, March 26 at which time I will draw a name to receive a stitched finish from moi along with some other awesome goodies. A most lucky day to enter a draw, is it not?!

As far as stitching goes here is a pic from Spring Quakers but it's not my most recent one. My DH has left town this past week to visit his mother and took our camera with him. So I'll show you the picture I took just prior to his leaving. As you can see I'm working on the motifs at the upper portion and the upper left. Still loving this one!

In the motif at the bottom right an initial is to be stitched. Up until now I hadn't decided whether to stitch the initial of my first or last name. However I finally decided to go with the initial of my first name. I managed to get a picture of the finished stitching but it was taken with my cell phone and unfortunately it's not all that focused. Sorry about that. I didn't manage to get another pic of Maison No 4 either so that will have to wait until next post. I decided to bring out Cast All Your Cares and spend some quality time with it this week only to end up with some major frogging. So no pic there either.
What I did manage to get a picture of before the camera took off was my recent framed stitch.

Does everyone remember my By The Bay Needleart Halloween Cove? It came back to me in all its glory this week. I love, love, love the frame!! It looks absolutely fantastic with the piece. So much better when you see it in real life. Now I can't wait for Halloween to roll around again so I can hang it. When I picked this one up I dropped off my Jardin Prive Christmas. It should be ready in a couple of weeks.

That's about it for now. Spring is trying so hard to get a foothold around here. The temperatures are starting to climb and the snow to melt. My hubby returns tomorrow and my weekend off promises to be a lovely one. Bring it on!!
Edit: The final date for the giveaway will be Sunday, March 27 not the 26th as stated earlier. I just can't get my dates straight yet!


  1. Hi the WIP and your framed piece is FANTASTIC! Congrats on your 200th awesome milestone to hit!!! Please count me in for your TOGA (love the acronym!)giveaway...any piece stitched by you would be a treasure to have for sure. :) ~hugs~...Alisa

  2. Sorry about Cast Your Cares, but everything else you have to show is beautiful! And since your TOGA is sure to be just as lovely, please count me in. I'd be thrilled to win (as would any of us, I'm sure!).

  3. Hi Lynn, I would so love to be entered into your TOGA draw.

    Spring Quaker is GORGEOUS! I love all of the colours. The monochromatic Quaker samplers are nice, but I just adore the multi-coloured ones.

  4. You picked the perfect frame and fabric for Halloween Cove! Love the WIP!

  5. I love Spring Quaker! I have it in my stash and will have to move it forward. Great framing on Halloween Cove. I would love to be entered in your TOGA.

  6. Oh, Lynn, your Halloween Cove looks just amazing--what a great frame you chose. And Spring Quaker looks so beautiful--I'm sure it is a fun one to stitch.

    I never could resist a TOGA party (well, at least back in my college years in the '70s!!) so count me in on the fun, too :)

    Hope the last of your snow finally melts this weekend!

  7. Lovely stitching . Pleas put my name in for the giveaway .Thanks X

  8. Congratulations to you! Love the stitching and frame.
    as for a foothold on spring, our backyard is a mud-hole for 8 feet so there are plenty of footholds out there and tracking everywhere else also.
    Have a great weekend Lynn.
    Be always in stitches.

  9. Congrats on 200 posts! Spring Quaker looks great and I love the frame on your Halloween piece too! It's been feeling more and more like spring here this week as well. We had temps in the high 50's and almost all but the big piles of snow have melted. I'm more than ready!

  10. Well, you know I love the Quaker Sampler, and the letter looks fantastic. I also think that the Halloween Cove has been framed perfectly!! I would love to be included in your giveaway and you really gave it a cute name! I am actually on my way outside to dig a bit in at least one of my flower beds. We might get into the 70's today!

  11. Beautiful progress on your Quaker sampler!!! Your framed Halloween piece is beautiful!!! I love how bright those oranges are!!!

  12. Lovely progress on Spring Quakers.
    Halloween Cover looks awesome. Great frame.

    Please count me in for the TOGA party~

  13. Spring Quakers is just adorable. Love your framed piece.

  14. Spring Quakers is awesome! Love the colors in it!

    The framed piece looks too pretty to put away for most of the year.

    Congrats on the blogging milestone, and please count me in for the giveaway!

  15. Spring Quakers is looking graet and Halloween Cove looks fantastic all framed up:))))

    Enter me in your giveaway. Thanks for being so generous.

    Have a good weekend.

  16. Lots of congratulations, 200 posts, 4 years, almost 100 followers and a framed piece back at home...sweet! The frame is perfect and I'm so enjoying seeing Spring Quakers come along. So pretty.

    I'd be honored to be entered, and surprised to win as I rarely win anything. Thanks for being so generous and enjoy stitching.

  17. Spring Quakers is looking wonderful.
    Well done on so many achievements I have enjoyed reading your blog over the years.
    Please enter me into your draw, I would love a chance to win something stitched by you.

  18. Oh I am so excited - I would love to be entered in your Giveaway

    I have never entered a TOGA - nor have I ever worn one - lol -

    Maybe I should wear one while stitching - roflol

    This sounds like fun - ;)
    Count me in - I like a great Giveaway & I enjoy a wonderful blogger even more !!!!!!!
    Thanks for all the fun

    Happy Stitching

  19. What a lovely idea for a giveaway, please enter my name for the draw!
    I love love LOVE the frame you've chosen for your Halloween Cove piece, it's just perfect. Great work on your WIP and I hope you are having a thoroughly enjoyable weekend :)

  20. OMG - I almost forgot to enter!!!! Please, please enter my name girl!

  21. I would love to enter your giveaway. I am a follower and enjoy watching your stitching progress.

  22. I just stumbled upon your site. Love your pieces and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    Thank you.

    Peggy H.

  23. Love your Spring Quakers. Just might have to add it to my stash. Enjoy reading your blog. It is one of the few I read regularly. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

  24. Hi Lynn,

    I don't want to miss out so please
    do enter me into your TOGA party!

    More detailed comment in your
    latest post.


  25. I would love to enter your giveaway Lynn! Thankyou!

  26. p.s. im sure i started reading your blog right back when you started...cant believe thats been 4 years!

  27. Your Spring Quaker is looking beautiful and what a great job of framing th Halloween piece. Sorry to hear the frog have taken up residence again. Mine only recently left and I hope they stay away for good.

    Congratulations on blogging for so long, please enter me in your TOGA.

  28. Thank you very much, Lynn, for the TOGA :)
    And I love your quaker sampler so much! Cute flowers!

    Best wishes,

  29. Lynn, Just discovered your great stitching blog, and love all of your beautiful pieces! I have Spring Quaker, but haven't started it yet. Your work is inspiring.

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway, if it isn't too late.

    Crossing in Stitches With You!

  30. *gasp* Am I in time to enter? I am sooo behind in my reader this week!