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