Sunday, December 30, 2012

Final Finish & Year Tally

I hope all my wonderful stitching friends and followers had a great Christmas.  Mine was lovely.  We had a quiet get together with my parents and they bought me a bottle of my favourite perfume "Angel" and from my husband and son I received some CD's this year, my favourite being Ed Sheeran. 

The weather has been sweltering hot here with temperatures reaching 40 degrees and it will be like this for another couple of days yet.  (In Australia we measure our temperatures a bit different to other areas of the world, so 40 degrees is extreme heat to us, anything under 10 degrees is very cold, we dont get snow here in Western Australia and very rarely if ever temperatures would reach under 2 degrees).  That being said I have put away my big stitching projects "Sarah Spurr" and the CHS Alphabet as it is just too uncomfortable to be sat in my chair moving around all that fabric on these hot days.  Even though I have air conditioning it still gets sticky when you are sat in a confined chair with fabric all over your lap.  I will work instead on some smaller stitching pieces for upcoming exchanges or ornie finishes.

Here is a picture of my last ornie finish for the year.  I stitched this for a dear friend of mine as a thank you gift.  I only met her a few months ago but its like we have known each other for ages, she was also wonderful enough to get me a job where she is currently temping (I am also a temp worker and had been out of work for going on 5 weeks), so she helped me out big time just before Christmas.

Lizzie Kate's "Friends"

Here is a picture of the gift I sent to my good friend Lisa S for Christmas.  Its similar to what I sent to Angela in that I included the Santa wine bottle cover, felt ornies, stickers and labels and I gave Lisa the Glory Bee ornie I finished off in a previous post.

Well now for my 2012 tally!!

39 finishes this year.

11 - Exchanges
8 - Gifts
15 - ME finishes
5 - Work on Round Robin pieces

I'm soo pleased with the ME stitches this year, I really wanted to make more things for myself and I definately achieved that. 

Next year I am still planning on getting stuck into some more ME stitching with some larger projects I have been thinking about.  I will definately be carrying on with exchanges as I do thoroughly enjoy them.
I also have a SAL piece that Angela and I have decided to work on starting late January aswell.  I will also send out some RAK's during the year which could be a mixture of stitched items, charts or other stitchy goodies.
And last but not least, I plan on doing a giveaway in the New Year for my followers.  I have reached over the 200 mark and as a huge thank you for your friendship and following I would like to put something together.  It will be a mix of stitching necessities and something stitched and finished by me so please make sure you come back and sign up when I have got everything together.

Thank you all for your visits and comments and I hope you all have a safe and Happy New Year!!
Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, December 24, 2012

Our Yearly Ritual

One more sleep until Santa arrives!!!  Hope he doesn't find flying over Australia too hot for him in that heavy suit, we are expecting a sweltering 39 degrees for the big day.

My dear friend Angela and I have again exchanged gifts for the Christmas season and below is what we made for each other.

I gave Angela the Homespun Elegance ornie that I showed in a previous post, as she is a snowman lover I thought this one would be most suited.  I also made her a small pillow with the Primitive Hare's "Sister Stitcher" design.  The large Santa item is actually a wine bottle cover and I also included some other Christmas essentials like stickers, a snowman charm, felt ornies and a hanging silver ornie.

Angela sent me a lovely pinkeep finish, Prairie Schoolers "Songs of the Season" and my ornie this year is a Homespun Elegance design "Festive Redbird".  She also included some fabric, scissors, a PS chart and a little tape measure.  Funny how we both went for a Homespun Elegance design for the ornie!!

Thank you Angela for another great year of friendship.

Merry Christmas to all my dear friends and followers, thank you for visiting with me throughout the year and I look forward to another wonderful year of stitching with you all.
I will leave you with a picture of my tree this year.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Exchange & WIP Progress

My last exchange of the year has been finalised and we are now able to show you the pictures.
For the Stitched With Love Christmas exchange I had to send to Kaye this time and this is what I sent in her package.

I stitched "Happy Ho Ho Day" by The Trilogy.
I found this cute set of plastic knives and forks with baubles on the end and included those, along with some felt ornies, fabric, ribbon and some other Christmas essentials.

I received from Ellen this year and here is what she sent to me.

I just love this ornie that she stitched for me and the gorgeous felt robin decorations.  Thank you Ellen for such lovely treasures.

I have also been stitching away on my new WIP Carriage House Samplings "Sarah Spurr" and using 40ct for the very first time.  It takes a little getting used to but I love the way it looks on the fabric.  I'm stitching it on a piece of Newcastle Days Gone By.

Next post I will share some Christmas gifts received from friends.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blackbird Exchange Round 10

My first round as moderator of the Blackbird Designs exchange group has turned out fantastic with a hassle free exchange.  All members that took part made such beautiful items for their partners and I would like to thank them all for making my first round as the new moderator an enjoyable one.

My partner to send to in this round was Lisa P and I stitched her "Love Letters" from the Joyeaux Noel booklet.  I have always liked this design and was soo happy to get to stitch it for Lisa.

Finished as a round coaster style pinkeep I added some bling with two shiny flowers on the bottom.

I received from Mayte and here is what she stitched for me.

Its "Our Home Sewing Box" from the "For My Friend" booklet, she used 32ct Belfast linen "Rock Quarry" and the suggested threads.  Its a lovely box topper and I was soo super pleased to receive it.  Thank you dear Mayte for this wonderful treasure.

I stash dived after my last post and came out with Carriage House Samplings "Sarah Spurr".  I'm using 40ct for the first time ever and actually quite enjoying it.  I will post a progress picture on my next post.
Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Robin Returns & A SAL Finished

My needle has been smoking this week as I have concentrated solely on stitching the Merry & Bright SAL, and instead of showing you a progress picture I can now show you the finished product.  I enjoyed this SAL soo much, at times I just couldn't pull myself away from it.

I only used DMC in my piece and stitched it on a piece of soft green linen that was in my stash.  I dont know what I will finish it as, I have a few ideas though and when its all sorted I will show you it then.

As the title suggests I was also lucky to receive my robin home last month.  A huge thanks and big hugs go out to Angela, Michelle, Elisa and Lesleyanne for contributing to my robin, I'm soo pleased with how it turned out.  This was stitched using only 3 DMC colours and its finished on a piece of cream evenweave.

Well what to stitch now!!!!!  I think I have to go stash diving and see what takes my fancy.
Until next time, happy stitching