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.