Stitching, Paper, and a Trading Card

It’s been awhile….The first photo shows the bluebird sampler that I purchased from Charlotte Lyons  in her Etsy shop: .  She has this sampler as well as two others in her shop.  I am having to sharpen my embroidery skills as I’ve forgotten how to do some of the more intricate stitches. I haven’t done any stitching, except counted cross stitch in many years.   There are several online sites that show how to do stitches. Charlotte’s website is House Wren Studio.  This photo also shows the denim jacket I have been working on for several weeks…I am stuck because I don’t know what to do to the sleeves.  The crocheted flower I picked up at a yard sale, I think it’s perfect for this jacket.

A few days ago, I received an ATC in the mail.  It was from my new friend, Brigitte, who lives in The Netherlands.  She told me she wanted to send me one but I’d forgotten all about it, so, it was a wonderful surprise.  It is all hand painted and detailed. I am getting quite a collection of Artist Trading Cards. I plan to send her one back in return…after all, you are supposed to trade.  Thanks Brigitte!!  Pay her a visit at her blog:

This last photo shows some papers I got from Lee at  We both took part in a paper swap for September…Lee and I exchanged papers.  I got lots of great papers that I can use for collage.   Thanks Lee!!!  Lawendula at Woven Letters is the one who coordinated the swap.  She has another for November….sign ups will end soon.  The theme of the next paper swap is postage and mail.  Go here to find out more: