Sunday, March 24, 2013

Prairie Schooler Winter

Having recently taken part in the SWL Cosy Winter Stitches exchange, I can now share with you all what I made for my partner Nataly.

As most of you would know I live in Australia and our seasons are the opposite of the US and UK, so when I joined this exchange we were in the height of Summer.  So to find some Winter themed extras I had to do some online ordering.  I found a lovely fleecy scarf and some ribbon and brads with winter mittens on them, I also included some Cappuccino sachets and stencils (no hot chocolate this time of year) and a hanging candle tutorial.  My stitched piece is from the booklet "Winter Wind" and I took the top portion of the larger design.  I was lucky to have some matching polka dot fabric and a piece of green dyed chenille for the hanger, and I used two shell flower buttons and a bow with beaded pin as a feature for the top. 

I really loved putting this exchange together for Nataly, but making the pillow was my favourite, again I had to sew it by hand, but I was just soo delighted that the colours and embellishments came together soo beautifully, that it has to be my favourite finish of the year soo far.

I am currently helping Lainey out with the Spring exchange and really enjoying myself.

Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, March 18, 2013

A Blackbird Treat

Just look at this beauty that I received from Catherine in the Blackbird Exchange.  I was soo excited to unwrap it.
Its from the "Thank You Sarah Tobias" booklet and Catherine finished it as a box topper, inside its filled with crushed walnut shells so I can use it to hold my pins.

Thank you Catherine, its soo lovely and I will treasure it always.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Pumpkin Blossoms

This gorgeous small design is what I decided to stitch for Catherine in the Blackbird Designs exchange.
I love the subtle colours in this one and I had the perfect fabric to match in with it for a pillow finish.  I ran a simple piece of lace trim across the front.  I didn't want to embellish it too much and take away from the lovely design itself.
I was really pleased with the end result and I'm pleased to say that Catherine loved it.  I had to finish it all by hand as my sewing machine is still broken.

The next round over at the Blackbird Designs Exchange Group is due to open any day soon, so hop on over and visit with us, we are open to new members.
Until next time, happy stitching