. . . or how I stitched across country. Before I left on vacation - I cut pennies. Lots of pennies. I needed something somewhat portable to work on while on the plane. I figured sewing pennies would work, and it did (but I did get some very strange looks). I was even able to take my little scissors with me. Regulations say scissors with less than a four inch blade can be taken aboard but it is also at the discretion of the TSA. My carry on was pulled aside and I was asked if I had anything sharp in it. Thankfully they let me keep them (and the pumpkin rolls).
Of course I didn't get nearly as much done as I had hoped. You'd think for all the time spent in airports and the thousands of miles in the air, I would have gotten so much more done. I did finish about 75 pennies.
I had cut the backing and sewed these few pennies before leaving, figuring I would get them all done and start on the cross stitch sampler I had taken with me. HA. Not even close.
The only mat I finished was the one at the top. Since returning home I have finished two more of those and the one on the bottom of the picture.
I am half done with this diamond shaped one. I hope to finish soon because I am getting really sick of stitching pennies :) I haven't picked up a hook in probably six weeks and am having withdrawal symptoms. Hopefully this long weekend I will finally start a hooking project. It's not like I don't have lots of patterns already on linen to choose from.
Finally the reason for all this "penny talk". I promised a give-away when I wrote my 800th post, so it's finally time. I will give away one of the little penny mats (third picture, top mat). As always, my rules are simple. Leave a comment on this post or send me an email with give-away in the subject line. If you are not one of my "regulars", please know that YOU MUST CONTACT ME within three days or I will choose someone else. A winner will be chosen on Monday or Tuesday. Please do not share this on your blog or Facebook page.
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