Thursday, December 31, 2015

SSCS - Sent

Here is what I sent to my partner this year for Chookyblue's SSCS.  I had to send to Anne Heidi.

My first stitchery that I made into a pillow and a cross stitched ornie.
Until next time, happy stitching.

Santa Sack Swap - Sent

Here is what I made for Fiona for Cheryll's Santa Sack Swap 2015.

In the little green bag were some needles, thread and gift cards.  The large square Santa was a pack of flat pack boxes.

Cross stitch ornie

Fabric panelled tea towel

Strip pieced table runner

Thank you for being my partner this year Fiona, it was great getting to know you.
Until next time, happy stitching.

Friday, December 25, 2015

SSCS - Received

Now I get to share the amazing gift I received from Florence for SSCS this year.
Here is another look at the gorgeous Tilda trees she made for me, and now the amazing gift that was inside the main parcel is ....

I was speechless when I opened it.  It is the prettiest bag and i'm going to make my Mum so jealous this afternoon when I take it over to show her.  She loves to see what I receive at Christmas through my exchanges, but I think I might have to keep a close eye on this one as she may try stealing it.  I also received a lovely cross stitch kit aswell.  Thank you for being my Secret Santa this year Florence.

Santa Sack Swap - Received

What an exciting morning - opening my Santa Sack goodies from Fiona, and my SSCS from Florence (I will do a separate post with pics for this).
Just look at the lovely things that Fiona made and sent.

I have always liked these style tea towels, and now I have two.  The little cross stitch was tucked inside the lovely blue floral pouch, and that amazing bag that Fiona has made out of fabric edge labels is chockers full of little eclair type lollies, mmm yummy!!

Thank you Fiona for everything you made and sent, I shall treasure them always.  Also below is a photo of the little mini quilt she had already asked me to open, on display with my collection of ornies this year.

Until next time, happy stitching and Merry Christmas everyone.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Catch Up

Hello dear friends and followers,
I finished all the shopping this morning - yes I braved the shops but got in super early and out before the mad rush.
All gifts are wrapped and now it's a relaxing evening - hope there will be some good Christmas shows on tv tonight.

Here is a catch up on some stitching.
First up this is what I sent to Cindy for our christmas ornie swap.  I also included some small charts and thread for Cindy to rebuild her stash.

Here is a photo of all the ornie's I made up for friends, family and swaps this Christmas.

I shall return soon with photo's of my Santa Sack swap (I'm holding out till the big day), and my SSCS main parcel pic.
Until then, Merry Christmas to you and your family and a Happy New Year.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, December 18, 2015

My SSCS Has Arrived

My lovely SSCS parcel all the way from France has arrived.  My swap partner this year is Florence and for the ornie that I was allowed to open straight away Florence made me two Tilda trees, aren't they lovely!!
I can't wait to get into the main squishy parcel, but I will be good and wait till Christmas Day.
Thank you Florence for being my Secret Santa this year.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Yearly Exchange With Angela

Yes, it's that time of year again!!  Angela and I chose to stitch a freebie design again and send to each other unfinished.  Along with extra christmas goodies here is what I sent to Angela this year.  The freebie design is by Plum Pudding Needlearts - Blessed Be.
We also always exchange ornies and this year I made a fabric snowman.

And here is what I received from Angela.  Got a great owl theme going on here.  This freebie is by Erynne Chard and is Owls of Autumn.  I love it, just have to put my thinking cap on to come up with a wonderful way to finish it.
Angela's ornie is a lovely cross stitch finish "Merry Merry".

Thanks for another great yearly exchange Angela, they are always so much fun.
Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, December 7, 2015

Santa Sack arrived

I'm so excited as I have received my Santa Sack from my swap partner Fiona.

Fiona wanted me to open one of the parcels so I could display it for Christmas.  She made me a sweet stitchery ornie for the tree and a gorgeous mini.  I have displayed it on my pot cupboard this year.  We are not putting up the big tree this year as it takes up a lot of room and I have to be prepared to list our house for sale soon and didn't want it making the room look small, so I am using an ornamental tree on top of the pot cupboard and will display all the ornies I have received this year on it.

Thank you Fiona for such a lovely sack, mini and ornie. I can't wait for opening day so I get to open the others.

This is the sack I sent Fiona's gifts in.  Silly me forgot to put the red ribbon around the top of it before I posted it off.

Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On Santa's Sleigh

All these parcels are now on their way to Santa for special delivery.

Wonder where this one is off to!!!!

Oh, and this one to.

These are for Chooky's SSCS 2015 - wonder which country they are travelling to!!!

And these are for my partner in the Santa Sack Swap, I just didn't take a photo of the sack they are in as I didn't want to spoil it.

I love Christmas time, it's so exciting being in these fun exchanges and sending off gifts to special friends.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ornie from Cindy

I was in a private exchange this year with Cindy.  We were to send each other an ornie finish.
Here is the lovely ornie that I received from Cindy.

Cindy sent nice and early, whereas I will be posting this week.
Thank you Cindy, its lovely.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Exchange Update

Here are some photos of what I sent and received in the SCE Anything Goes exchange.  This exchange you could make whatever you wanted for your partner, there was no theme.
I chose to make my partner a needlebook and the design is by "The Snowflower Diaries", I just altered the word from Spring to Sewing.  I sent to Kathleen.

And look at this amazing package of goodies I received from Lisa M.  I got three stitched items and I was truly spoilt with all the trims and extras she sent.

Thank you Lisa, I love them all.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christmas Pudding

Here is my latest finish.  A design by Erynne Chard from her "Merry & Bright" chart, I made this one into an ornie finish.  Some lovely white felt for the background and backing and light blue blanket stitch to finish it off.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, September 19, 2015

On The Mend

Thank you for all your lovely emails and well wishes.  My finger is on the mend, all swelling and bruising is down and I have full movement back.  I'm not really sure what is going on with it, some days are better than others.  I think it is still repairing itself as the skin feels tight some days and I don't have full strength there yet, if I squeeze with that hand it is weaker than the other.  I think I bruised the tendon and it's taking it's time to repair itself and get back to normal.

I did get another finish done though.  Here is another ornie for the Christmas gift basket.

He's a Heart In Hand design and one of their monthly mania cards.  I just didn't stitch the month in.
I'm linking with Anthea for CTTY September.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, September 5, 2015

B is for Bird

Another block finished on my CHS Alphablocks.

I haven't been able to do a lot lately as I have injured my middle finger on my right hand.  It is very bruised and swollen and I think I have either damaged the tendon or knuckle, have to wait for the swelling to go down a little more to determine.  So, very slow typing and no stitching for me.  It soon comes to light what you do actually use that finger for in life aswell.

Here is also an ornie I finished off before my injury.

Sorry it's short and sweet but my hand starts to ache and my finger becomes numb after a while and it's just taken me a good amount of time to just be able to type this post out, not to mention correct all the errors.
Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Baby Gift & New Family Member

Here is a photo of the gift I made for my Cousin's new baby.  He was born last week and they have named him "Xavier".  They live a couple of hours away from where I live, so I posted this to them so they could start using it straight away.
I told them that they could use it as a coverlet for in the bassinet or car seat, change mat or tummy time mat, whatever they wanted to use it for.  I wish it could have been bigger, but I just don't have the ability to make larger pieces as my sewing machine is not a quilting model and I'm not that talented enough to even know where to begin when it comes to fancy quilting.  I simply stitched in the ditch of all the squares on this one.

I have just stitched up another block on my CHS Alphablocks, photo next post.

Some of you may remember my post last year here, where I told you how we had to say goodbye to our beloved 15 year old Staffy "Jed".  I thought I wouldn't ever want another dog after losing him as my heart was broken and I didn't want to experience that pain again.  Well that feeling lasted for 6 months and then I felt that the house just seemed so empty without the patter of paws on the tiles and someone to greet us when we got home.  We discussed it at length and decided that we would like to rescue a dog and to my surprise my husband said he would prefer to rescue a senior dog, as we were just too set in our ways now and didn't want a puppy all over again or juvenile dog that may come with some bad habits.  I had my concerns about an older dog, but then we saw "Ellie" on a rescue site and just fell in love.  My husband was saying how she wouldn't get a home because she was older and a little overweight, yet we loved the breed (yes Ellie is another Staffy) and we could provide her with a loving home for her final years.  So I agreed to go and meet her, and yes of course she came home with us.  She is a purebred blue Staffy and she is 10 years old, she had papers that came with her providing these details, we actually bought her home on her 10th birthday.  She is a sweetheart and has settled in extremely well, we couldn't have asked for a more placid, relaxed dog.  Yes she has some issues, weight was one but she has already lost quite a few kilos with us, she also has what they call a "cherry eye" where some of the pink of the inside of the eyelid sticks out a little and some lumps and bumps in places so she's definately not pretty, but she has the most gentle soul.  She is not very photogenic, but I managed to snap this photo of her as she lay asleep.  

You either like the breed or you don't, I LOVE them.  
What most people do not realise is that Staffies were called the "Nanny Dogs" in England and America in the 1800's due to their affinity with children.  They were chosen for their loyalty, love of humans, and desire to protect their human children and were often left alone to watch the kids!
These dogs were considered the perfect family pet ... those of us who own such breeds can definately understand why!  She is amazing with my Son and he absolutely adores her.
Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A is for Angel

Here is a progress shot of my Carriage House Samplings Alphablocks.
I have just completed the A block.

What next, B block or a Christmas ornie design, mmmm decisions, decisions!!!
Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Christmas In July - Sent

It's time to show you what I made for my partner Peg in the Christmas In July swap.

This came as a kit, I just wish that the reindeer were fussy cut better so each hexie could display one.

A cross stitched pillow.

And the vintage teddy wall hanging piece I showed in an earlier post.

I have started stitching on my Carriage House Samplings Alphablocks again and am currently working on the "A" block.  I have also recently finished a small baby change mat/coverlet for my Cousin who is expecting a baby next month, I will share a picture in my next post.

Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas In July - Received

I was the lucky recipient of my Christmas In July goodies from Noela.
Words cannot describe how thrilled I am with what she made for me, they are all gorgeous and will be cherished as special Christmas pieces every year.

A sweet stitchery hanging ornie

Mini wallhanging

Amazing table runner

Thank you Noela.
And thank you Cheryll for all your organising.  Another fun year!

I will wait to show what I sent, as my partner is unable to open her parcels until today, due to her attending a retreat, so I will be back with another post shortly.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, July 11, 2015

CIJ Sent & More Stash

My Christmas In July parcel has been safely delivered to the post office and will be making it's way to my partner over the next week.  
This swap I had to seriously get my butt into gear and drag that mojo back .  Three pieces had to be made, and I did it!!! A mix of cross stitch and sewing pieces.  I really hope that my partner will like them.

I also used my birthday gift certificate that my parents gave me for 123stitch and purchased these stash goodies.  I'm starting to get into the Christmas mood.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another Lovely Gift

I was lucky to receive another belated birthday gift from my friend Cindy.

Isn't it sweet, with the little bell hanging from the reindeer's collar.  Thank you my friend.
Cindy and I are also going to be doing a private Christmas ornie exchange with each other in November, so I will be lucky to have two ornies from her this year.

Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June CTTY Linky

I have recently completed a little fabric stocking ornie.

I am linking up with Anthea for the June CTTY.

I have also recently bought some stash from Barbara who was having a clear out of some unwanted charts.  I'm getting in the mood for some Christmas stitching.

Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gorgeous Gifts From Friends - Part 2

Here is another wonderful gift I received for my birthday from my dear friend June.  It was also June's birthday the other day, Happy Birthday dear friend.

The smell as I opened up the parcel was divine.  Thank you June.

I also managed another finish on the weekend.  I stitched this freebie design by Brightneedle, just chose to stitch the lady only, and finished it off as a tin topper.  It's quite an appropriate design for me as I was born in the UK and lived there till I was 9 and then my family emigrated to Australia.  So I am still proud of my English heritage.

More soon.
Until next time, happy stitching