Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Review

I have 38 finishes under my 2014 finishes tab.  I listed each part of the Sorpresa SAL I was in as a finish as they were quite large parts each but I have only placed the completed stitching in the picture collage below.   It's not the best collage but its the first time I had a go at one, so for now it will have to do.  I finished a lot more quilted/applique pieces this year than I did cross stitch.

Exchanges = 16
Gifts = 7
Things for ME = 12
Charity = 3

Happy New Year to all my dear friends and followers.  May 2015 be a joyous one for you all.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, December 27, 2014

SSCS & Travelling Pirate Treasures

I was so excited to unwrap my SSCS gift on Christmas morning.  This is my first year participating in Chooky's SSCS and it has been rather enjoyable.
My Secret Santa turned out to be Tonje from Norway.  Here is what was in my parcel.

I just love the gorgeous table mat that she made for me, it has such lovely colours and its just perfect.  She also made me a little fabric basket that I am going to use for putting my threads in when I am at the sewing machine or when I am stitching, also the colourful dishcloth she knitted reminds me of sherbet.  And there were some Norway souvenirs for me aswell.
Thank you Tonje for a wonderful first SSCS swap, I shall treasure all that you sent me.

Here is what I sent to my partner Lyn in New Zealand.  The decoration I showed earlier, the larger gift was a pieced stocking.  I received a lovely email from Lyn on Christmas Day just before she was heading off on a plane to fly to Sydney to spend Christmas with her Mum.  I'm glad you liked your gifts Lyn.

I have also just received the Travelling Treasures Pirate Chest of charts.  Here is what I chose to keep from the chest.

The Brightneedle design included linen and threads aswell.
I have now added in quite a few charts to the mix and it will now be making it's journey to Kaye over the other side of Australia.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve & Santa Sack Swap

As I am typing this post it is now 8.25pm.  We are keeping an eye on the Santa tracker and watching where he is in the world and shortly we will head out for a short walk around the neighbourhood to see the Christmas lights.

I again took part in Cheryll's wonderful Santa Sack Swap and this year my partner was Kaye.  I was going to leave some of the gifts until tomorrow to open, but I gave in.  Here is what Kaye made for me.

Gorgeous double sided tote bag.

Check out all those lovelies!

Here is what I made for Kaye.

I decided to send Kaye my stocking that I had made earlier in the year.

Extra gifts included a fabric bon bon I made, a Christmas house shaped pin cushion, appliqued tea towel, cross stitch kit, some present toppers and labels, novelty frame, tree ornie and beads.

Here is a close up of the tea towel.

Thanks Kaye for such a fun exchange, I enjoyed putting the swap together for you throughout the year, and a huge thanks to Swap Mama Cheryll for all the organising.

Before I leave I thought I would show you my tree and display set up for this year.

There's my SSCS parcel waiting patiently to be opened tomorrow, cant wait!!!

A close up of some of my ornies from dear friends over the years.

My side table dressed with all my sentimental ornaments.  My light up tree in the middle, a cross stitch box from Angela, my wonderful mini quilt I received from Sue for Christmas In July and also my tree is sat on top of the runner she made for me.  I am accumulating such beautiful items each year to add to this display.

Thank you for visiting with me throughout the year.  I will blog again before the year is up, but I just wanted to thank you all for your friendship.  It has been a tough year for me with health and also losing my beloved Jed so I am looking forward to a bright and joyful New Year for 2015.
Merry Christmas to you and your families, enjoy the festive break and please take care.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, December 20, 2014

For Angela

Angela has received the parcel with our freebie design private exchange inside.  As mentioned in a previous post we decided to stitch each other a freebie design and leave it unfinished, so we could then choose our own finish for it.

I stitched Angela the Barbara Ana's "You Melt My Heart" design.  WOW was this design colourful or what!!  I loved stitching it as it was so bright and cheery.  I used a piece of hand dyed evenweave called Hydrangea and that was so pretty aswell.

I also made Angela an appliqued tea towel to use for her Christmas celebrations and I also included a shop bought ornie for her tree.

We enjoyed the theme for this years private exchange so we might just repeat it again next year.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SSCS - Received

This is a quick post to let my Secret Santa know that I have received my parcel.
This is for Chooky's SSCS 2014 and we are to make an ornie for the tree and send a larger gift that cannot be opened until Christmas Day.

Here is my parcel from my Secret Santa.

She also included some extra little ornies aswell, one created in the traditional technique used in Sweden and Norway, a little gingerbread man and a very cute felt cupcake.  They are all now placed on my tree with the larger gift sitting under the tree waiting patiently for Christmas Day to arrive.

I have sent to my partner Lyn and she has already received, so I can show you the ornie I made.  The other parcel will have to wait until after Christmas when Lyn has opened it.

I blanket stitched on the dove and added a little red heart button as a feature.

I have also posted off my Santa Sack Swap parcels to my partner Kaye and she has received them now.  I included a mix of handmade and bought items for in her stocking, so I hope she enjoys everything.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Monday, December 8, 2014

Private Exchange

My dear friend Angela and I have completed our private exchange this year.  This time we chose to stitch each other a freebie design and leave it unfinished, so then when we receive the surprise we can finish it however we would like.  I thought that would be rather exciting.
I have received my parcel from Angela and here is what she stitched for me.

I love this design.  Now my mind is boggling thinking of how I am going to finish it.
Angela also stitched for me a gorgeous ornie for my tree and included some wonderful extras to.

My parcel to Angela is still winging its way over, but should hopefully arrive soon and then I can share that with you all.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thank You

to all my dear friends and followers that sent me such lovely emails and comments after the loss of my boy "Jed".  Your words brought a smile, and at times a tear to my face, but to know that so many of you cared was just soothing and helped so much.
He returned home yesterday in the vessel that we chose from the Pet Cremation centre. It's nice knowing that he is home with us again.

Due to those recent events I have been remiss in posting photos of the recent Halloween/Fall exchange that I completed.  Here is the parcel and stitched item that I sent to my partner Colleen (no blog).

I stitched two small squares of a Prairie Schooler design and made a hanging plaque for her to display.

I received a Fall parcel from Lisa K (no blog).  Thank you Lisa for such a lovely assortment of Fall goodies, I received not just one stitched item but two, a hanging pillow and a cute little mini pinkeep that Lisa put a magnet on the back of.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Been A Sad Week!

On Tuesday I had to say goodbye to my dearest friend and best buddy "Jed".  15 years he was a special part of our lives, we bought him home as a 9 week old puppy.  He was 5 years old when I came home from hospital with my newborn son and they both grew up together.  
We were all with him together as a family as we said goodbye, as heartbreaking as it was we know he went peacefully.  I have lost my dear friend, a Staffie that we were so proud to call our own, a loving companion, a beautiful soul, my "Boof".

Our Best Buddy
1999 - 2014

God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around him and whispered, come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched him slowly fade away,
Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, playful paws were put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM #1

I decided to bite the bullet and join in on Jacquelynne Steves, Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM's.  I really need to learn more quilting and patchwork techniques and this tutorial for the BOM's encourages you to try it out as the blocks are not too hard!  Oh dear, I hope not anyway.
This is my first attempt at flying geese blocks and a snowball block.  I was able to use the wonderful square templates my hubby bought for me last Christmas to cut out all the squares needed, and the instructions are soo clear and easy that I found I didn't want to put it down once I got started.  You can choose to applique (hand or machine) or embroider your centre motif.  I have decided to go with applique and I am doing it by hand, as I rather enjoy blanket stitching.

So without further ado, here is my first ever BOM.

If you would like to discover this free BOM tutorial for yourself, please click on the button in my sidebar and it will take you to Jacquelynne's website.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blanket of Love #2

My latest finish is a small quilt for the Blankets of Love group run by Cheryll.

I had this cross stitch piece that had been stitched for me as part of a robin.  My dearest friend Angela stitched one of the teddies for me.  I found some fabric that matched in with the hand dyed aida that the teddies were stitched on and the more I looked at it, the more I felt that it would be perfect as a mini quilt.  The colours of the wings just pop right off the fabric and really stand out.  I kept the quilting minimal by adding a triangular frame around the aida to make it stand out, and used a striped fabric for the binding.

I am donating this finish to Blankets of Love on behalf of my dear friend Angela as well as she did contribute to this piece.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Little Reindeer

Here's a little Christmas ornament that I finished the other day.  
He was a little kit that I had got from Ebay a little while ago.  The backing fabric for the applique and the back piece of fabric are a lovely soft flannel and the reindeer body is felt.  I blanket stitched him in place and then went around the outside panel with some red french knots and green lazy daisy stitches to fill in.
I am really pleased with how he turned out.  He will now go into my Christmas gift giving box.

I am linking up with Anthea for CTTY.

Until next time happy stitching/quilting

Friday, October 10, 2014

Words & Sayings

I recently organised a Words/Sayings exchange over at SCE and here is what I sent and received.

I sent my parcel to Lisa K.  I chose a Lizzie Kate chart called "Plant Love" and made a pinkeep for Lisa.  I was also pleased when I found a great tea towel with a lovely inspirational saying.

Here is my lovely exchange parcel from Kay.  She stitched LHN's "To thine own self be true" and made a hanging pillow for me.  Look at the fabulous cushion cover she also included.  I found a small cushion insert at home (its a little small but for now it works till I buy bigger) and I have it sat on my spare lounge.  Everything is lovely and thank you to Kay for making and sending me such lovely items.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Happy Dance

My SAL Sorpresa 3 is finally complete.  I put the final stitches in and I have to say that I am soo happy to have it finished.  I'm surprised nobody heard me singing and carrying on as I took it out of the q-snaps and got it ready for the photo.  This is the largest cross stitch that I have stitched so far.

Started - June 2013
Completed - September 2014

I'm going to have a break from the larger WIP's for now and concentrate on getting some smalls stitched.
I have a private exchange with my dear friend Angela, a Halloween exchange with my SCE group (this one is nearly stitched up), and then I have lots to think about for Christmas.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Stocking Is Finished

Hello dear friends
I am here to show you my finished stocking.  Yes I actually managed to get it to work and finish up looking like a stocking too!! hehe

It didn't come with instructions so I really had to think through the assembling process.  I wanted it to be lined aswell so I made it extra hard on myself.  I also used some padding on the front panel to give it some body.  Now looking back that is the only thing I would change, I would now put padding on both panels because it gives substance to the top rim and helps the rim to stand up nicely instead of bowing slightly.  Live and learn as they say, I know for next time!
I also added a lace trim to the top and a ribbon for hanging, so without further ado here it is:

I'm close to finishing my Sorpresa 3 SAL, hopefully a happy dance next post.
I have also joined in this year with Chooky's Secret Santa Christmas Swap, its my first one and i'm really looking forward to it.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, September 6, 2014

On My Cutting Table

Here's a little project I thought I would try.
I had a panel with this little teddy stocking design.  I haven't made a stocking before so I thought I would just go for it.  The panel comes with two stocking designs so if I make any boo boo's on the first, I have another one just in case. hehe

I have recently finished a small cross stitch for an exchange piece, so I can't show this until my partner receives.  I have also been stitching on my Sorpresa 3 SAL and am now up to the final part. I'm excited as I really cant wait to see the end of this one as I have been stitching away at it for over a year now.  One final large pine tree to complete and the word "Winter" and it will be over.

It's Father's Day here in Australia tomorrow so we are all prepared with gifts wrapped for my hubby and my Dad.  We usually spend the evening with my Dad and have dinner at his house and I am picking up my Grandad on the way so he can join us aswell.  My Grandad turns the big 90 this year, he is going really well with only a few small issues with his heart, he has had some stents put in, but other than that he is going strong.  

I lost my other Grandad at 78, he was also very fit for his age, but due to complications with a surgery he had and diabetes, he wasn't strong enough to pull out of it and I lost him back in 2005.  He was a beautiful man who I miss dearly.  I consider him to be my soul mate, he was meant to be my Grandad and I am the only person lucky enough to have been able to call him Grandad as I was his only Grandchild.  I truly loved him with all my heart and I know he loved me the same.  My Mum always said that he was a changed man once I came along and he doted on me right from the beginning, we had a very special connection.  Love you and miss you Grandad.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Belated Gift & Some RAK's

Hi dear friends,
I just received a lovely parcel from my dear friend Angela.  It was a combination parcel of a belated birthday gift and some lovely RAK's.

Angela had taken up knitting recently, when she lost her stitching mojo.  She knitted me two lovely dishcloths as my birthday gift.

I also received these lovely completed cross stitch.  Angela asked me if I would like them to be able to finish into something and I leapt at the chance.  The Lizzie Kate Snow Belles still has to be completed, but I have the charts and I will finish it as my own little WIP soon.
I'm not sure yet what I will be finishing them into, but I'm excited to start thinking about how I can incorporate them into my new found love of patchwork and quilting.  Maybe some wallhangings, pillow finishes or table runners.  How exciting!!!

Thank you Angela, they will be treasured.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On The Move

The Travelling Treasures will now be off to:


Thank you for those who signed up, please follow them to Illene's place and pop your name down there when they are next ready to travel.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Roll Up, Roll Up

For the Travelling Treasures.

Open to all Australian and New Zealand bloggers, you must have an active blog to participate.

If you would like to be the next recipient of the Travelling Treasures then please leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winning name on 15 August.

Here is a recap of what was on offer when I received the Travelling Treasures.

Now here is what I chose to take from the treasures.

And here is what I am putting into the treasures.

I have included a felt pincushion kit, fabric, ribbon trim, charms and a large piece of sand coloured aida.
I hope you will join in on the fun.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, August 1, 2014

Arrival of the Travelling Treasures

I was the lucky person drawn for the Travelling Treasures this month.
Travelling Treasures originated here at Deb's blog.  It basically travels around Australia/New Zealand to quilters and stitchers and they get to choose what they would like from the parcel.  They then place new items into the parcel (the same amount as taken out) and then it gets sent off to somebody new.

Here is what arrived in the Travelling Treasures to me.

I will be sending it on its way to a new destination within the next couple of weeks.  Come visit me again soon as I will be putting up a post for you to sign up if you would like to be the next recipient.
I will also show what I have taken from the treasures and what I have added.
Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Christmas In July - Gifts I Sent

I was lucky to receive Anthea as the person I had to send to for the Christmas In July exchange.
I have to admit that I was a little nervous, as I had just met Anthea at the Perth Quilt Fair and we got along so well, I knew we were set to be long term blogging buddies and get-together friends, so I wanted to make sure that everything I made for her was special and I was 100% pleased with.

There were a few trial items that didn't make the cut.  I either didn't like fabric combinations or it just looked too simple.
I was extremely happy with the final three items though and here they are in the order they were made.

First I wanted to make Anthea something that predominantly showcased a cross stitch pattern, as Anthea had just started back into cross stitching herself.

Secondly I made an appliqued gift tag and blanket stitched around the outside in a lovely hand dyed thread called "Joy Noel".

My final piece was a fabric storage bag.  I thought Anthea could use this for anything from holding the buns on the Christmas table during dinner, to holding baubles or decorative pieces.  It would be pretty multi functional.

She personally called to thank me and I have to say that I am so pleased they have a new home with such a lovely, appreciative dear friend.  Hugs to you dear Anthea, I hope you are feeling better.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Friday, July 25, 2014

Christmas In July Is Here!!!!

YAY Opening Day.
My Christmas Elf this year is Sue and take a look at the lovely creations she made for me.

Aren't they fantastic.
Here is a close up of the lovely table runner and Angel mini quilt.

Thank you Sue for the lovely treasures you included and for my 3 delightful items.  They will all make a wonderful addition to my Christmas decorating.

The lady I sent to might not be able to open her gifts right away due to an unfortunate visit to the hospital, so i will wait to hear that she has and then I will upload pictures here of what I made for her.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How Exciting!!!!

My Christmas In July parcel has arrived.  

Can't wait till July 25th to see what goodies lie beneath the wrapping.

Thank you to my Secret Elf, they have arrived safely!!

Let the countdown begin ..........

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Beautiful Fabric

Thank you for all your lovely birthday wishes and comments on my previous post.  

I received this beautiful piece of fabric in an exchange last year.  I keep getting it out and admiring it and then putting it away because I'm not sure what I would like to do with it.  I think it's to lovely to cut into for use in my cross stitch finishes, so having now got back into the patchwork/quilting side of things it really shouts at me to want to make it into something.  Seeing as I am only a beginner and I don't want to ruin it, does anyone have any suggestions for me on what I can do with it.  Maybe there are some easy simple pattern suggestions you might have that will enhance it and make the best use of it.  Or do I simply add borders in a nice plain matching fabric.
Any suggestions will be much appreciated as I really don't want this beauty to go to waste.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Birthday & SAL Progress

Hi dear friends and followers, it was my birthday yesterday and thank you to all that sent me birthday wishes via the RAK blog and email.
The bonus of my birthday being yesterday was that it was a long weekend here in Perth and so I got to stay home with my wonderful family.
Today I had a lovely surprise parcel waiting for me from my dear friend June.  Look at the sweet gifts she sent me.  

The aroma from the fragrance envelope is wafting through my room as I write this post and its delightful.

I have also been stitching away on my Sorpresa 3 SAL and now have completed Part 10.

In more stitching/quilty news, I have also completed my first piece for the Christmas In July swap and very pleased with how it turned out.  I will show sneaky peeks soon.

Until next time, happy stitching/quilting.