Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Framed finish and giveaways!

Hurray!  I actually finished this birthday gift and got it framed on time!  I started The Sorcerer way back in 2011 for the first Crazy January Challenge, and I started The Sorceress for the UCJC this year.  My best friend, Colleen, has always liked castles and dragons and wizards.  Our dads have been friends since they were in kindergarten and our moms met in high school.  They got married around the same time and she is only 2 days older than me, so she is just like a sister!  Now she lives in Texas and I'm still in California.  I will see her tomorrow for a visit!  My son is coming to her house too, and we'll all go to my daughter's graduation from Army boot camp together!

Here is her handmade birthday present!  You can click on the picture to see it bigger.
The Sorcerer and The Sorceress - FRAMED!


This was framed by Beth at Wilson's Frame-Up in Riverside, California.  The purple mat is linen and the gold and red mats match the stitching colors perfectly!  It was Beth's idea to get a charm and I found this wizard pendant on eBay.  The frame is brushed silver metal.  It's bigger and heavier than I expected.  The full size of the frame is 16" x 25" so it's 1 inch too big for carry-on.  I will wrap it in bubble wrap and surround it with all the clothes in my luggage.  Hopefully it makes the trip in one piece!

Here is a picture from a few years ago of both of us:
Colleen and Debbie
I'm also waiting until the very last minute to finish Alice from Resident Evil for my son's belated birthday present, since I'll see him tomorrow too!  I have a frame ready to pop it into tonight, or maybe tomorrow after I get off the plane!  LOL
Alice from Resident Evil update #8
Parsley of Seasons of My Mind blog is having a giveaway of this beautiful project bag to celebrate becoming an EMT!  Enter HERE and drawing is on July 21.

Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a summer floss giveaway!  Enter HERE and tell Nancy that I sent you.  Drawing is on July 30.

Sadly, I have no YOTA update this month on Universal Unity, since I was stitching every day on the same thing (The Sorceress and Alice).  I'll get back to all my SALs after I come home from vacation.  

Happy Stitching, everyone!

36 comments:

Linda said...

Wow your friends birthday present looks amazing - the stitching is fantastic and the frame and mount is incredible.

Linda said...

Fantastic birthday present for Colleen. Your son is going to love Alice. Have a wonderful vacation Debbie.

Linda

Mii Stitch said...

Wonderful presents for your friend and your son!!! They both look fantastic :)

Keebles said...

That framing is absolutely amazing! What a great friend you are!!

cucki said...

Wow the birthday present is looking so beautiful...
And the framed pieces are sunning..
Big hugs x

AJ said...

Wow the pair turned out quite nicely. The charm in the middle looks great too. Your framer always makes your pieces look wonderful. Have fun viting your family!

Jacquie Morris said...

They look stunning all framed up :)
Smiles :)

Sasha said...

They look amazing! Great job on these!

RuthB said...

Congratulations on all fronts -- I'm sure she's going to love it forever!

Where was Wilson's Frame Up when I lived in Riverside for years and years????? lol

RuthB said...

Congratulations on all fronts -- I'm sure she's going to love it forever!

Where was Wilson's Frame Up when I lived in Riverside for years and years????? lol

Claudette497 said...

What a treasure for your friend! The stitching is wonderful and the framer did a great job complementing your work!

Shebafudge said...

I know I have already told you, but the look amazing framed up like that. She is one lucky friend. xx

Southpaw Stitcher said...

What wonderful gifts for your friend and your son! Have a wonderful trip to see them! Congrats on your daughter's graduation from boot camp!

Justine said...

The Wizard and Sorceress look absolutely stunning, your framer did a great job. I love how Alice has come together. What lovely gifts. Enjoy your trip!

Christiane Garcia said...

Debbie, It's a wonderful gift for your friend. The stitching is wonderful and the idea of the frame is amazing! Congratulations! \0/

Cajun Mama said...

It looks amazing! Great job!

Busy Lizzie said...

an amazing beautiful gift, such a sweet pic of you two

Julie said...

WOW!!!! what a super framing job, so intricate and detailed, its amazing, your friend will be lost for word when she opens this beauty.
Well done Debbie.
Sons finish looks super too.

Brigitte said...

That's an absolutely gorgeous birthday gift for your friend. She will be thrilled!

gracie said...

Fantastic birthday gift...

Pull the other thread said...

What an Absolutely stunning piece. Wow I'm sure your friend will love it. Good luck on finishing off Alice. Will look forward to seeing Universal Unity next month. I had nothing on Elegance this month either.

Pat said...

Wow, what an awesome job!
Love it :0)

Angela P said...

The framing is perfect for the designs :) It is a lovely special finish that I am sure will be treasured!

Annie said...

Fantastic framing for these fabulous pieces! I'm so glad you did something awesome with them. They are way to beautiful not to! You must be so thrilled:)

zenuwpees said...

Felicitation les broderies sont magnifique ,votre amie et votre fils vont étre heureux avec ce cadeau bonne soiree Marie-Claire

Vicky L said...

The Wizard and Sorceress is gorgeous! The framing is perfect. Alice looks great too! Have a fun time on your vacation!

sharine said...

Wow! It looks awesome:)

Katie said...

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous frame to honor your beautiful pieces. Wow. Breathtaking. If you happen to do a 2nd one it would go perfect on my wall too haha.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Congratulations on such an absolutely AMAZING finish!!! The pairing is gorgeous together and the framing is genius - especially the little charm :) A true heirloom to treasure for any fantasy fan - I'm sure your friend will be thrilled!! Happy travels ;)

Annette-California said...

WOW I bet Colleen wasn't excepting this incredible & amazing gift from you. Framing & Matting for Sorcerer & Sorceress is Spectacular!!!
Have a safe trip.
love Annette

Linda K's Stitching Corner said...

Wow Debbie...I love your Beautiful Fantastic Finish...oh my gosh...that is so neat the way you framed those two pictures. I know that your friend will just love it when you give it to her.

Your WIP is looking good...you are almost finished with her. Good for you.

Have a Beautiful Weekend
Happy Stitching
Love Linda K, Railroad

Penny said...

What a wonderful framing job and fabulous birthday gift! Love the little wizard pendant. That's going to be a great gift for your son, too! Hope you had a wonderful visit and congratulations to your daughter. :)

Astrids dragon said...

OMGoodness, that is amazing! Not just the stitching, but the framing just makes it perfect! What an awesome birthday present.

Heather said...

Wow! What an amazing framing job! And such a nice gift for your friend.

Alice is looking great!

Rachel Tomkins said...

I've just read so many "wow" comments and am going to add my own "wow" to them! There are not enough words to described how fantastic, stunning, wonderful, gorgeous etc the framing is. Congratulations to you and your framer. It's so intricate and unique and unlike anything I have seen before or could have imagined. How can you bear to give it away??? I hope she loves it. :)

Faith... said...

Very lucky friend you have there! Your gift to her is simply beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful vacation.