Another Birthday Gift

My friend, Maggy, is having a birthday on January 20th. Here is a little gift I made for her.

The pocket calendar pattern is from Drawn Thread and done on 32ct natural raw linen.

Happy Birthday, Maggy! May you be blessed in this New Year with Laughter and Joy.

Amities, Averyclaire

A Framed Finish

I finished this needlework back in June 2010, but I finally have finished framing it. Closeups of the stitching can be found on my June 12th post.

My framing was a bit of a “cheat”, but I love the way it turned out. Wish all of my pieces could look as nice! It is impossible to find a ready made square frame. The fnished needlework is 6 inches by 6 inches. One day I happened upon a sale at the store with framed art pieces for half off. I managed to find this frame for $10. The insides were quite glued together, but I carefully did away with the “ready made photo” and redid it to use for my Sophia’s Sampler. Just great….don’t you think? Will have to look for more finds like this!

Amities, Averyclaire

A Gift for Judy

My sister-in-law, Judy, has ALWAYS been more like a sister to me. I don’t get to see her as much as I like, because she lives in Iowa. But when we are together we sure have such fun and NEVER run out of things to say. Her birthday was December 17th and I just finished this little gift for her. It finally found its way into the mail last week, nearly a month late! Sorry, Judy…but, better late than never. She just received it and LOVES it. I’m so happy. I LOVE to surprise people. She actually used an alias name and tried to win my give away a while back. She didn’t win, but little did she know that I already had something similar in process for her!?!

The pattern is from the 2010 December Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue, done on Misty Blue, 32 ct. linen.

Happy Birthday Judy! May your days be filled with laughter and may you have MANY more birthdays!


I have a wonderful collection of scissors, now I guess I must make myself some fobs. This is the first cross-stitched one I have! Isn’t this Santa cute?

Amicalement, Averyclaire

A Gift Received

In December Hillery from North Country Samplings had a give away and I won her first prize! [She actually has a new blog now called This and That.] Please stop in and visit her.

Some lovely threads, a cross-stitched santa book, a very interesting motif cross-stitch book, four pretty pieces of 28 ct. linen and not shown in the photo, a lovely card I can use for a small cross-stitch. Thank you so much Hillery.

What fun to win something so nice just in time for the holidays!

Amities, Averyclaire

A Very Special Christmas Gift

I received the most exciting gift this Christmas.  My son handed me a very small green gift bag when all the family was gathered together on Christmas Eve.  It contained a photo. The tiny photo was an ultrasound of my new grandchild to be born in mid-July.  I was thrilled, quite overwhelmed, and cried a lot of tears of happiness, right along with everyone else.  Mike and Michelle live in Boulder, Colorado and I already have at least two trips planned this year since receiving this amazing news.  It’s a long way from Chicago, but since I’m now “retired” we will be able to travel without encumbrances.  It will be a truly blessed year. We are ALL SO EXCITED about this new life.   He/she is SO welcome to our family.

Now it’s time for a trip to the specialty shops and find some wonderful, unique, special, amazing, tiny, perfect gifts to put in the mail for this baby.  Mike and Michelle are beaming and I am going to have some really fun months ahead of me.

ALL of the Grandchildren!!

Thanks for always coming back to be a part of my world.     Amities, Averyclaire

2010 in review

This post was sent to me by WordPress and I was SO fascinated that I thought I would share it with everyone.

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

I always wondered how things looked from the other side.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 28 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 102 posts. There were 208 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 154mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 251 views. The most popular post that day was Happy Halloween .

That’s the strangest thing EVER?….on January 5th???

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Thank you VERY much!! It is much appreciated!

Some visitors came searching, mostly for averyclaire, avery claire,, canvaswork, and old fashioned ornaments.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Happy Halloween October 2009


Wedding Quilt Completed August 2010


About August 2008


100th Post Giveaway November 2010


Sophia’s Sampler June 2010

I can see that I have a LOT of work to do to make my blog better and more interesting this year. So…..guess I’d better get busy writing real quick!!!

Wishing ALL of you a blessed and wonderful New Year. I hope your lives are filled with love and laughter and that you have lots of time for quilting and stitching and knitting and reading and whatever else strikes your fancy.

Amities, Averyclaire