Saturday, December 31, 2011

Winding Up 2011!

Here we are at the last day of 2011, and I really dont think I will have another finish by tonight, so I thought I would tally up my finishes for the year.

27 Finishes

Exchanges = 17
ME stitches = 4
Gifts = 6

Huge difference in numbers from last year.  I had 50 finishes last year and 23 of those were exchanges.  I think the difference came down to our financial situation and money crunching.
Next year I will still carry on with my exchanges as I really do enjoy them and I have also picked out an assortment of ME stitches to work on aswell.

In my last post I showed a sneak peek pic of the ME stitch I am working on now.  Well Melissa guessed correctly, its Marion The Librarian by LaDDa, however I am only stitching her I will not be stitching the wording down the bottom.

When our mail service resumed on Wednesday after the Christmas break I received a lovely surprise in the mail.  It was a parcel from my dear friend BeckySC.  She sent me two flower frogs.  Now I have searched antique stores here in my home town which incidentally has a main street lined with antique stores as its one of the oldest suburbs in Perth, and I have never been able to find a single flower frog ever!!!  So to receive two from dear Becky is such a treat.  She also sent me a gorgeous stitched finish, a little tree design with star buttons on its very own hornbook (my first ever hornbook too!!) its soo small and beautifully finished, what a treasure!  And last but not least she filled the box with ribbon trims, another wonderful treat to grow my ribbon collection.  Thank you soo much Becky, it was like Christmas all over again.

Until next time, happy stitching everyone, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

PS. Here is a picture of my son having a blast on a giant blow up water slide.  His friend across the road got this for Christmas and he invited my son over to try it out.  This was on Tuesday and incidentally our temperatures reached 39 degrees and it was stinking hot.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

O' Christmas Tree

I thought I would post a photo of my Christmas tree and display this year.  It seems that each year it grows with cross stitched decorations from soo many of my wonderful stitching friends, decorations lovingly made for me throughout the years in exchanges and as special gifts.  I get soo excited as I take them out of storage and go through them all.  I dont use tinsel on my tree, I have never been a fan of it, so its just lights and my decorations.

This year I placed my tree in front of my bureau and used the top to display my collection of larger ornaments.  I have had to use a chair to hold onto the stockings though as the bureau edges are bevelled and they dont hold up my pewter stocking holders, so I have had to place them on the edge of the chair and two others hanging from the chair top.

I'm hoping to expand on my reindeer collection after receiving the gorgeous silver one from Kim, however I have had the gold pair for a few years now.  The Santa statue is a newer addition from about two years ago but I love his old appearance (I love the old time looking Santa's) and the hanging velvet advent calendar I have had for quite a while too.

I hope you have enjoyed a peek inside my home during this festive season.

In my last post I promised a start up picture of the ME stitch I am working on.  Well here is a teaser pic, can anyone guess which design it is?

I also managed to sneak this little ornie finish in before the big day too!

I wish all my readers and wonderful stitching friends a Very Merry Christmas and JOY in abundance for the New Year.  I shall be back soon with an end of year tally.
Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Exchanges

Hi everyone, I hope you are all ready for Christmas.  We finished up over the weekend getting one final gift and we are now all set.  Its just too hectic to go anywhere near the shops during the last week, so I stay far away.

I can now show you the lovely exchanges from the Stitched With Love Winter Wonderland Exchange.
Here is what I sent to my partner Rowyn.

And here is what I received from my partner Kim.  Kim sure did spoil me, opening up the parcel and seeing all these packages was soo exciting.

Here are the goodies that were inside those gorgeous wrapped gifts.  I was spoilt with gorgeous reindeer goodies.  Thats a black shopping bag down the bottom right corner with reindeer across the front, and a sparkly silver statue and teatowels, WOW I just cant believe my luck, what beautiful and thoughtful things to receive.

And the wonderful stitched piece I received. 

Kim said in her card that "sadly the xs piece is not one of my best", well Kim I say your wrong because its absolutely gorgeous and I love it to bits.  I have always loved this reindeer design having stitched it for another exchange myself and always wanted to do one for me, now I dont have to as I have a lovely sparkly one of my own and the colours match in with my Christmas decorations perfectly.  I think this will be a piece that I will treasure for many years to come, I just love it.  Thank you Kim - Merry Christmas.

I will be back soon with a starting shot of my ME stitch to see if you can guess what it is, along with a picture of my tree this year.
Until next time, happy stitching.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Christmas Gift For ....

Lisa S.  I received an email from Lisa letting me know her parcel had arrived.

I stitched a small hanging ornie for Lisa's stitched gift.

The Trilogy "Santa Ornamentology"
Stitched on evenweave using DMC and beaded edging.

And the extra goodies included a Christmas garland of Santa and his washing on the line (too cute!), Xmas bag, Bent Creek chart, floss, stickers and a little reindeer charm that I didn't get a photo of.

I have finished stitching another beaded edge ornie (photo soon) and have now started work on a ME stitch.  Its a design I took a fancy to when I visited my friend Pokua.  I just need to pick up one more DMC colour and I will be ready, I will show you a progress photo soon and you can try and guess what design it is.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bluebird Ornie

I heard this morning that Conny had received her ornie I sent her for our Ornie Swap group.  This is the last year for our little group and Conny was the last to receive.

M Designs "Bluebird of Christmas Happiness"
2008 JCS Ornie Book
Stitched on hand dyed blue evenweave using DMC.

I'm soo glad that you like him Conny, he was soo much fun to stitch up and finish.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stitching Between Friends Exchange

A group of 6 stitchers got together and formed the Stitching Between Friends Exchange group.  Our first exchange is a Christmas themed one.  I was partnered with Pokua who happens to live here in Perth WA only a 20 minute drive away.  So we decided to get together and have afternoon tea at her house and exchange our goodies.

Here is the beautiful exchange I received from Pokua.

Bataille des Anges by Chez Mounette.
Stitched on hand dyed linen using a variegated thread.
Finished as a cube/large pinkeep.

Extras included a piece of 32ct Belfast natural raw opalescent fabric, a packet of thread drops, heart tape measure and some chocolates.

And here is what I made for Pokua.

Snowman by Tralala.
Stitched on Light Blue 28ct evenweave using DMC.
Finished as a wallhanging.

Extras included a star shaped Christmas plate, a pair of Christmas ornies and a sheet of Christmas stickers.

We had such a delightful day, it was so nice to spend time with someone who enjoys the same hobby and has similar tastes in stitching.  I look forward to our next get together Pokua, and thank you for inviting me over.

I am currently working on some ornies at the moment, two are finished and ready to go so I should be able to show them soon.

Thank you all for the comments you left and the emails I received in regards to my last post and my kidney stone issue.  I am delighted to say that when I went in for my ultrasound there was no sign of it anywhere.  So I am one of the lucky ones that didn't even feel it pass.  WooHoo!!  It still took a few more days for the bruising and swelling to go down after being poked and prodded by the ultrasound wand and I also have a large bruise where they placed a drip in my arm (which is still quite dark and purple) but I'm happy to report that I am now pain free.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall Into Halloween Exchange

I particpated in the SWL Fall Into Halloween Exchange and again had such a wonderful time stitching and finding things for my partner and also receiving such a wonderful parcel from my partner.

This exchange I sent to Mel who chose a Fall parcel.
Here is what I stitched for her.

LHN "Acorns"
Stitched on beige/coffee evenweave using required threads.
Didn't stitch the snow and used leaf embellishments instead.
Finished as a pinkeep.

Here is a picture of everything I included in the parcel.

I was lucky to receive my parcel from June and here is what she sent me.

I felt soo very spoilt receiving all these lovely items from June.  She incorporated my love of hedgehogs with a little ornament and a wooden button, there was a beautiful hanging ornamental leaf, fabric, notepads and other little items and check out that gorgeous wildlife calendar.  Thank you soo much June, I love all you sent.

Now onto my bad news.  I had a little scare at the beginning of the week and ended up in hospital not once, but twice!  First at midnight on Sunday/Monday I had to have my husband take me into the Emergency Department as I was suffering excrutiating pain in my side and abdomen area, after some tests, fluid and pain relief I was sent for a scan in the morning and the culprit turned out to be a kidney stone.  Well let me tell you that they are not wrong when they say these things are extremely painful, the pain is basically the stone coming from your kidney and moving its way down the tract to the bladder.  Holy Moly, I have never experienced pain like it, and hope to never again.  The doctor said it was only small and I could pass it myself and sent me home with meds.  I was fine the next couple of days, only experiencing drowsiness from the meds, but Thursday nights I was hit with a massive migraine and nausea and my husband took me back to the hospital after phoning them first to see what he should do.  They said I could have an infection or side affect from the stone and it was best to get me back in.  After more fluids and pain relief they decided that it was probably just a one off migraine and sent me home again.
Now I have to wait until Monday to go back to the Doctors for a new scan to see if the stone has passed.  I havent felt anything, but today has probably been the best day I have had soo far.  I'm hoping that it has gone and I havent noticed and then I can get to my normal life again.  I havent even been able to stitch much, because when I concentrate too much it brings a headache on and I dont want to get another severe one.

So wish me luck everyone, I'm hoping its made its way out and "somehow" I havent noticed.  It can happen, I've been reading stories, just hoping I'm one of the lucky ones I guess!

Until next time, I hope you at least get to enjoy some stitching time.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lisa It's Your Birthday!!

Well its actually my friend Lisa S's birthday tomorrow (Oct 31) but I thought I had better get this posted today as I might not get a chance tomorrow.

I loved getting this parcel together for Lisa's birthday.  I wanted to make her a small item and then a more main piece aswell.  So for the smaller item I decided to try a new finish.  I had some wicker coasters, so I sanded one side slightly and attached my stitching to it with a smaller round cardboard frame, then when that was all in place, I trimmed it with some cording and used a small flower and pins at the top to disguise the cording join.  You could add a hanger aswell if you wanted but I chose to leave it as a stand up ornie.
The design is a Homespun Elegance one taken from the pamphlet called "Stitching Things".
The main item I stitched for Lisa is a Prairie Schooler design and its one of the Prairie Fairies.  I finished this one as a pinkeep.  I love the lace and gold trim I found for the bow detail.

All of you that are familiar with Lisa's blog already know that she raises butterflies from their caterpillar stage through to them hatching and them lets them go free when they are ready.  Well my son was soo fascinated by this that when he found out I was sending her a birthday parcel he wanted to include something himself.  He is only 7 years old and he walked into my study room with this gorgeous multi-coloured picture he had coloured in for Lisa.  He said to me that he wanted the butterfly lady to have this picture to keep as she couldn't keep her other butterflies.  I was soo proud of him and the way he had come up with this very thoughtful gift.  Lisa wrote to say that she loves her paper butterfly that flew all the way from Australia to her and she has it next to her computer.  He was thrilled to bits when he saw the picture of it on her blog.
I also found a company in France that makes wooden plaques, thread holders, door signs and other stitching accessories and I asked them if they would make a thread keep in the shape of a butterfly and paint it for me in Lisa's favourite colour purple.  I love how this one turned out.  I also included in Lisa's parcel a butterfly necklace, some fabric, threads and a magnetic plaque which says "Its A Wonderful Life".

So dear friend, I wish for you a lovely birthday tomorrow, enjoy yourself and hugs from me.
Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3, 4 & 5

No. 3 Ornie arrived from Lori.

Val's Stitchin Stuff "Be Merry"
Stitched on 32ct opal cashel with WDW and DMC.

No. 4 ornie arrived from Sharon.

Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings IX "Deck the Halls"
Stitched on 32ct Belfast tea-dyed using DMC

No. 5 and final ornie arrived from Lisa D

Four Winter Wishes pattern from GOS Issue 23
Stitched on dyed 28ct evenweave using GAST floss.

Here are all my ornies together.

Thanks to all my lovely friends Angela, Conny, Lori, Sharon & Lisa D for the wonderful ornies you made for me this year.  They will all be treasured.

Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, October 9, 2011

2nd Ornie

Here is the 2nd ornie from my Ornie Swap group and this one is from Conny.

Designer is Isabelle Vautier.
Stitched on 32 count Zweigart linen using DMC115.

I love heart shaped finishes.
Thank you Conny, cant wait to get this one onto my tree this year.

I am currently working on exchange pieces at the moment, so nothing really that I can show.  I have another birthday parcel about to go out to another dear friend who's birthday is at the end of October and I just posted off my Stitched With Love Fall exchange.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Friendship Bag

It was recently my dear friend Angela's birthday.  This year I wanted to surprise her with a finish I had never tried before.  I had a vision for the design I had chosen to stitch and I was determined to see it through.  First up I went on the hunt for a tutorial ... Now some of the tutorials were way beyond my skill level, they looked so intricate with buttons and zippers and way too much going on, I just knew I would never master them, so I eventually found the one I was looking for and got all my supplies together.  Out came the sewing machine, pinned the fabric and placed it under the little foot and "Clunk" - the sewing machine didn't want to work.  No matter what I tried I couldn't get it going.  However, I was not going to let this hunk of plastic ruin my vision, I would just have to do it all by hand - and that is what I did.  Now it took me a lot longer to get to that final point where it all came together, but boy was it exciting!!!!  Talk about the most exciting finish I have ever done and with my own little fingers slaving away over it too, it made it that much more special to me.  Granted, its not perfect, I wish I had given it abit more material at the top, but I know this for next time.

Without further ado may I present to you my first ever bag finish.

Design -Danybrod "L'amitie"
Stitched on 32ct white linen using DMC
The lady in blue is supposed to represent Angela as it is her favourite colour and she has lighter hair, and the other lady is me.  The little heart in the centre has the words "Made With Love" engraved on it.
Here is the whole parcel I sent out to Angela.

I'm happy to say that Angela really was surprised by my gift, a finish she never expected. 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear friend.
Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bent Creek Piece for Angela

As mentioned in my previous post, Angela and I did a Bent Creek exchange as this year's private exchange theme.

Here is what I made for her.

Stitched on 32ct Belfast Millenium Blue
Made into a hanging pocket perfect size for cards.

I am pleased to say that Angela loved them.
Angela also received the birthday gifts I sent her aswell, but I was going to leave that until the next post.
So until next time, happy stitching

Monday, September 19, 2011

No. 1 Ornie Swap & Bent Creek Exchange

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and happily stitching away.
September is my month to receive in the Ornament Swap group.  I'm soo excited, I cant wait to see what I will be receiving from my dear stitching friends.
This is my first ornie to arrive and its stitched by my dearest friend Angela.

LK Tiny Tidings 15
Stitched on 28ct Bone Jobelan using floss as charted.

What a cutie!

I am also in a private exchange with Angela at the moment, we do one every year and the theme for this one was any Bent Creek design.  Well I also received mine in the same parcel, lucky me!!
Here is the gorgeous piece that Angela stitched for me.

Bent Creek "Signs of Winter"
Stitched on 28ct Mushroom Evenweave using DMC.
Finished as a flatfold

Absolutely love it, dont you!!! 

Angela's piece from me is still making its way to her along with her birthday goodies, so I will have to wait till she receives that before I can show you here.
Thanks Angela for another enjoyable exchange.
Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, September 12, 2011

Summer Exchange

Another wonderful exchange with the Stitched With Love Exchanges.  This time was the Summer Exchange.
I stitched for Barb and this is what I sent to her.

Design by Sylvia Kuhnert (freebie on-line)
Stitched on 27ct Linda Evenweave using DMC
Extras Sent

And here is what I received from my partner Heather.

Sorry my posts have been so few and far between.  I am currently job hunting for a new job and it has taken up all my spare time.  I have still been checking out all your blogs and leaving comments though.  I have really been waiting on this exchange to get the go ahead to post about as everything else I have been stitching or working on are for birthday gifts and I cant show them until the end of the month.
Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Plant A Little Sunshine

For the Seasonal Exchange Summer Round I stitched for Ruth.
Here is the piece that I sent to her.

Lizzie Kate "Plant A Little Sunshine".
Stitched on 28ct Silkweaver "Gelati" using DMC.
Finished as a pinkeep.

It seems a little strange participating in these Summer themed exchanges lately seeing as its wet and windy here in Perth, Western Australia.  However, I shall not complain as I love Winter and dread our Summers here.  It gets very hot and humid and I spend all my time inside with the aircon on.  So "stick around rain for as long as you like"!
Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, August 8, 2011

Exchanges Received

I have some exchange pieces to share with you that I have received recently.

Firstly is the Blackbird Exchange that I participated in at Michelle's blog. I received from April. She stitched for me a stocking from the Halloween Stocking booklet, it is stitched on 30ct linen and utilises WDW, GAST and CC threads.  This is my first stocking finish and I love it.  Thank you April.  April also included a LK chart for me and also the JCS Ornie preview mag.  Thanks again!

Second is my exchange piece from Kathy A for the Seasonal Exchange Summer round. 
The design is "Strawberry Biscornu" from The Gift of Stitching magazine in June. She also used one of the strawberry motifs to make a matching scissor fob. Kathy added beads around the outside of the biscornu and actually stitched our initials and the date on the underside.  Kathy used Zweigart's 28 count Cashel linen "Adobe".  I have displayed them both with the strawberry box that I received from Christina early last month for another exchange.  They all sit perfectly together.  Thank you Kathy, I love them to bits!!

Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lizzie Kate Exchange Round C

Well it seems that Jill (who sent to me) and I both had the same idea when it came to this round of the Lizzie Kate Exchange.  We both chose one of the Word Flip-it's, just different words.

Here is what I received from Jill - her word of choice "Create".

And here is what I sent to my partner Melissa - my word of choice "Care".

Until next time, happy stitching.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ornie for Lisa D

July is Lisa D's month to receive in our Ornie Swap group.
Here is what I made for her this year.

Lizzie Kate - Snowman 2010
Stitched on cream evenweave using DMC

A fun stitch, and Lisa really enjoyed receiving him.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Blackbird Design Exchange

Michelle organised a Blackbird Design Exchange over at her blog.  There were 7 people taking part and my partner to send to was Kate.
Here is what I stitched and finished for Kate.

"Summer Iris" stitched on 32ct antique white linen using DMC.
Finished as a pinkeep.

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my previous posts.
Lisa asked a question regarding the pillow I made for Lainey (as she loves watermelons).  It is a Prairie Schooler design from the booklet "A Prairie Year".
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Picnic Theme Exchange

I recently participated in a Picnic Theme Exchange.  We had to stitch an item relating to picnic's or a tea party, include a recipe and 5 other items.
Here is what I sent to my partner Lainey:

PS Watermelon design stitched on 28ct Silkweaver "Rhapsody"
finished as a long pillow.

Extra's included

And here is what my partner (Christina) sent to me:

Cupcake design from "The Historical Sampler Company"
finished as a small pin pillow.

Extra's included.

What a fun and exciting exchange, I really enjoyed it and have already signed up for the next one.
Until next time, happy stitching.