Saturday, October 10, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Home sweet home... Well, it's almost two weeks since I came back home and have been fighting jet lag since then. I think most of you will agree with me that when you go back home, the trips do not seem so long and boring especially if you meet pleasant people. Talks helped to make long flights shorter but they did not put too much stitches into Mary Wigham sampler. Next time I will show you my progress on the sampler, now I have so many other things to blog about.
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During my stay with the family I could find some time for meeting with my friends, cross stitching, designing and even for blogging a little. If you remember in my first post from Russia, I posted some pictures of my home town and asked you if you could say what part of Russia I am from. I got only one answer to my question. But what an answer it was!
It turned out that H. ( she does not have a blog yet) lives in my home town! And, of course we met ( not once) and exchanged e-mails and telephone calls. We used to live so close to each other for such a long time, we have so much in common but our lives were going parallel to each other. Thanks to my blog we met, at last!
The new designs "Sunflowers" were inspired by H. 's personality.There are already three items in this collection but I can't show them all in one picture because two first items I gave as tokens of our friendship to my new friend. The collection started with this pinkeep:
then followed the Zigouigoui:
and the scissor fob:All three "smalls" can be used as seasonal ornaments, place them somewhere at your computer table, in the kitchen or in your car - they will sure bring a smile on your face.

The camera does not do justice to the pieces - the weather has been so rainy here. The colors are more true to life in the scissor fob pictures. I will replace the pictures when I get better light conditions.

The design for this ornament was inspired by Quaker patterns. At first I wanted to make it blue to match the "Snowflake" ornaments which I had made before but being so far from my stitching room I could not find the right shade of Blue and stitched the ornament in Red. To my mind it looks very festive in this color:
All the "smalls" that I designed and stitched in Russia stayed there. I gave them to my friends; and my mother loved this ornament - now it is in her room.
If you are interested in buying any of my designs, please contact me.
My e-mail address is in my Profile.

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Lately I've made some beaded Scissor Fobs and matching Count Needles. The fob collection which you see in the picture is called Autumn Colors. It includes (from left to right):
"Autumn Leaves" - first two fobs; "Autumn Colors" - next three fobs; "Pumpkin" -the sixth fob; "Halloween" - last two fobs.
You can place an order the fobs and count needles with me. Send an e-mail to me please.
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Now to the fun part :-)....
My little frog Froggy is willingly helping me with some more designs.
I'd like to thank my customers and followers of my blog for staying with me.
This is also a good chance for the followers to come out of hiding and say "Hi" :-) . This "Halloween" design is a gift for you. The offer will last till October 24.

The first stitcher who will finish the design as charted and send me pictures of the completely finished project (an ornament, flatfold, pillow, etc.), will get a beaded scissor fob as a reward from me.
In order to get "Halloween" design e-mail me, my address is in my Profile.

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"Pumpkins" Biscornu is a complimentary design with purchasing any of my designs in October. The first stitcher, who will finish the design as charted and send me pictures of the complete biscornu, will get a beaded scissor fob as a reward from me.
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I also want to show a gift which I recieved from hohla , Olga . Back in April she had a Blogaoniversary give away and I was one of the lucky winners. Look at what I got.
Olga designed and made this very pretty scissor pocket. She is very talented!
The fabric which you see in the picture is hand dyed by her too. I am going to stitch something very special on it.
In the pictures you can see the extras which hohla also sent for me.
Olga, thank you very much for your generous gift, I love them all!

I'd also want to thank Violette for passing me an award. It's a great honor to receive it from this amazing stitcher and such a great artist. I love Violette 's
water-colors very much.
Oh, I know, this is a long post. here are some wild flowers for you to enjoy.
I will show you pictures from my trip in my next post.
Stay tuned!Happy stitching to everyone!


Nancy said...

As always your designs are so lovely! I love your gift, and her finishing in the cup shape is wonderful! The wildflowers are gorgeous, and I would love to take a walk through them.

Ponechka said...

о, сколько красивого!!! Оля, очень рада твоему новому показу, у тебя всегда все так красиво! и с подарком поздравляю!

Smily said...

Сколько всего красивого и интересного!

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Mylene said...

I love your sunflower designs, all perfectly finish.
Lovely red ornament too.

Faby said...

How lovely to see your new charts !!!
You've been very busy, Olga. Very nice work too !!
Take care XXX

Annie said...

So many beautiful things! What a great blog post. And it must have been so much fun to re-connect with an old friend!

gazette94 said...

Olga, I love your new sunflower set ! so lovely as all your creations..
I like your Alloween designs too !
I am so happy for you , that you met your Friend; Blogs are really magic for that..

hohla said...

Оль! Какие ты красотули вышила!!! Очень нравятся и подсолнухи, и снежинка!

Рада, что тебе понравилась кружечка! :)

Olga said...

so lovely to have you back blogging and designing, your work is stunning as always, the sunflower is absoloutely beautiful!
luv from olga (uk)

Malele said...

Hello Olga !
encore de bien jolies broderies pleine de soleil ! quelle jolie tasse
Bises de Malélé

Janaina said...

Absolutely adorable, like always!=)

Cindy F. said...

Olga!! I have missed reading your blog and I'm sorry I'm so behind.
How wonderful your trip home!
So many gorgeous designs and!!
LOVE the sunflowers and fobs!
As soon as I get out of this $$$ crunch my son has left us!
I will be shopping with you again:)

flom said...

So beautiful thing !!
Your design are so lovely

Michelle said...

Glad to hear that you are home safe and sound! What a surprise it must have been to meet "H" from your own hometown. The ornament certainly does look very festive and the other designs are also lovely.

Carolyn NC said...

Love your new pieces, exchanges and stitching!

Joei said...

Wow, feast for the eyes!!!

Brigitte said...

Your new designs are so beautiful again. Just adorable. Your mom and friends must have been delighted when you left the smalls with them.
Such a creative gift you received from Olga. Very nicely finished. Enjoy all the goodies.

Malele said...

Hello Olga
un très bon dimanche à toi
Bises de Malélé

Lhassa said...

Que de belles créations ! Tout est superbe, un grand bravo à toi.

brodstitch said...

un si beau soleil aujourd'hui que je ne vais pas rester longtemps devant l'écran :o)
Un bol d'admiration
une cuillère de Bonjour continue mon chemin.

Pumpkin said...

I know I'm late but welcome home Olga! I see that you were quite busy while in Russia :o) How wonderful that you met a new friend. It's amazing what the internet can do.

You new designs are wonderful! I'm sorry I missed out on your freebie :o(

Wendy said...

so nicwe to hear you had a good time, and even met a new friend in an old place !
isn't it funny how life works ?