Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Controlled Chaos is Your Gain

Tuesday, I took a little time out from cutting fabric and went on a Creative Excursion with Heather.  She's participating in a mystery project at our most local cross stitch shop, The Stitching Post in Catonsville, MD.  This is a lovely shop, and it's right next door to Seminole Sampler Quilt Shop, which is right next door to Cloverhill Yarn Shop ~ It's kind of the little strip mall from Heaven :) 

So of course I had to bring some goodies home.  I didn't partake in any yarn this time, and I was good and only bought one 2 yard cut of fabric that I needed.  But I did buy some cross stitch items.  Do I have time to be cross stitching right now you might ask...no, I really don't ~ but that didn't stop me!

Even though I'm not actively cross stitching right now, I'm thoroughly enjoying this copy of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly that I picked up.  This is a new magazine to me, and I LOVE IT!

And I'm salivating over this leaflet from Blackbird Designs.  I follow their blog, and I think I love everything they do!

And I picked up two more of the Prairie Schooler Santas patterns.  This is my current collection (they come out with one of them every year).  If you look closely at the first picture, you'll see that the ones I just purchased were 2005 & 2006...and yes, I already had them in my collection.  (Remember those pictures of my stash the other day...the same kind of "controlled chaos" applies to my books and patterns too). 

So, my "controlled chaos" is your gain ~ and I decided that I'd have a quick Christmas In July Give Away:  Just leave a comment on this post if you want a chance to win these two counted cross stitch patterns! I'll draw one random name on Saturday. 

Also, if anyone has any Prairie Schooler Santa Patterns dated prior to 1998, or the 1999 Santa that they no longer want...I'd be interested in taking them off your hands :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

15 comments:

Pat said...

I hope you find someone with the Santa patterns you need. There was a time I did lots of counted cross-stitch but then it became too tiring for my eyes...even when I went to Aida cloth that was fewer stitches to the inch. So...while I love your patterns, I will not be throwing my name into the "hat". Good luck to those who do enter! (WOW....3 shops in a row that have such goodies!!! I'd be in heaven, too!)

luv2quilt2 said...

What wonderful patterns! Please put my name in the hat, and thank you for the opportunity.

Barbara said...

your collection of Santa is stunning - wow ! they are beautiful !

PR said...

Delightful to think of Santa when we are in a record heat wave.

yorkie mom said...

Love the Santa patterns. count me in!! gougeonathome@charter.net

sosarahsew said...

I'd not seen these before. What perfect designs for those who love Christmas and all things stitched. Thanks for the chance. Sarah

Kathleen said...

Christmas in July, huh? It would probably take me until Christmas 2012 to finish these but I'd love to try!

Monica said...

What fabulous goodies! While I embroider A LOT, I've always wanted to try my hand at needlepoint. This would definately give me the chance. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Prairie Schooler makes the greatest Santa patterns. I would love to win one.
Theresa W
foleywestrup(at)hotmail(dot)com

~*~Harvest Moon by the Lake~*~ said...

I love these Santas! I just did my first Prairie Schooler Santa last year and would love a chance to win...anytime I can add to a collection.

Enjoy your day,
Leanne

P.S. I love how you have your fabric stash displayed in cubbies. You can never have too much fabric!

Rita said...

Hi Dawn, I've visited The Stitching Post and Seminole Sampler many times. Both stores are great. Can you believe I have collected all the Prairie Schooler Santas? I worked in a cross stitched store in the 80s when they first started and I still look forward to them every year. I have rediscovered cross stitch recently and have really been enjoying it. I love to work on reproduction samplers.

Nancy said...

Those are great patterns and would make lovely a lovely addition to my holiday decor. Have the floss just waiting for some patterns to do and would be nice to start cross stitching in between quilting projects. I do not have any prairie Santas yet. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

Linda K said...

Thanks for the chance to win!! I'll have to check my patterns and see if I have the ones you are looking for. Hopefully I'll be able to find that pattern box in MY "controlled chaos" of a sewing room!!

Nancy E said...

When you mentioned the Stitching Post, it brought back memories of the the Stitching Post I used to frequent in NJ. It closed many years ago. Love those Santa patterns so please enter me in your drawing.

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