Tuesday, 29 July 2008

A drama filled week!

Well, I am pleased to say that I received my two beautiful squares from Dani for Fair and Square Round #8. She has stitched a freebie from Plum Pudding Designs. Thank you Dani, I love them and the design is just the style I like. I am not sure what I may make from them, but at the moment I am leaning towards a pinkeep.

The week started off well, with my DH almost completing the painting in the baby's room. He decided to take a few days off at the end of the week, so he could complete it all. On Wednesday on the way home from purchasing more paint, a very old man turned into the side of the brand new car (only 4 weeks old). Thankfully no one was injured, so that's very important. However, Aurelia was sitting in her car seat on that side of the car and her door is quite smashed up. My DH said that she didn't cry or complain the whole time. However, when she came home she was very quiet and laid on the lounge under her blanket while her Nanna rubbed her feet. After a few hours she was back to usual self, so we suspect she may have suffered a little shock. Every now and then she goes silent and has this far away look. If you ask her whats wrong, she says 'Daddy new car, bang.' I think it must be on her mind quite a bit still. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the car has been taken off the road by the insurance company and we will be without a car for three or four weeks. This is very annoying, as we are only covered by our insurance to have a hire car for two weeks and we could be out of pocket hundreds of dollars at the end of it all.

Back to interesting and happy news, I have completed my square for Joanne's LHN RR. The design is made up of the house from 'Day and Night' and the basket of flowers from 'Necessities Sampler'. I have stitched it using the recommended DMC threads.

Finally, I have also completed a Christmas ornament this month for the Christmas Ornament SAL. It's a beaded Mill Hill kit and I must say, that I was not really enthused stitching this one. The beads wouldn't sit quite right, so all the beads were attached using cross stitch. The stocking was really difficult to back with felt and finally, it was a massive pain to cut out the perforated paper. I don't think that I will be stitching another one of these for a very long time. However, I am pleased with how it turned out in the end, I would say a satisfactory finish.

Design: Holly Days Stocking
Designer: Mill Hill
Fabric: Perforated Paper
Thread & Beads: DMC thread and Mill Hill beads and charm
Finish: Christmas Ornament

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Blogger Awards!

Well, how lucky am I to have been nominated for two different awards by four different people.

I received a Kreativ Blogger award from Moni, Dani, Sonda and Kathy and I really appreciate you all awarding this to my blog.

Here are the rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

The 5 Kreativ Bloggers that I will pass the award on to are (and this was hard, because so many people deserve this award):

  • The Twisted Stitcher, because Vonna is always stitching the most beautiful and inspiring pieces of work, with the most wonderful finishes.
  • Garden of Stitches, because Carol, I have never seen someone stitch so many and such a variety of items.
  • Sampler Lover's Blog, because Sandra stitches some of the most wonderful samplers I have ever seen.
  • A Kiwi Stitching, because Katrina has inspired me to stitch quite a few of my projects.
  • I'm A Little Teapot, because Michelle has a great gift of picking up bargains at garage sales that I only wish that I had.
I have also been nominated by Itching To Stitch for the Brillante Weblog, so thank you very much for this award as well.

Friday, 18 July 2008

I'm a lucky stitcher

Look what arrived in the mail yesterday. Clare, who was my last partner for Fair & Square Round #7, sent me two very cute baby designs from her personal stash. These are actually the very first baby designs that I have, so I will be working on the Lizzie Kate 'Bless The Baby' for the new baby as this is a unisex design and I would like to complete the Twisted Threads 'Baby Blessing' for my daughter. I know that she is almost two years old and this will be a very late finish, but better late than never.

So thank you Clare for your thoughts and kindness. I am continually blessed with meeting such wonderful and generous stitchers.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

I have been busy!

You may remember, way back, when I started Black Willow Farm. Well, I had the urge to stitch on it again and spent the entire week stitching. This is my progress so far. I think that I am about three quarters of the way through, so I can feel a happy dance coming up.

I also forgot to post some pictures of my 12 Blessings of Christmas last month, so here is my June square.

Finally, I have also been working really quite hard on my Bent Creek Red Thread. I am almost at the halfway point with the squares as well as the border. I really love this one and hope to finish it soon, so that I can then make a new start on their new series called Snapperbet.

I still have had no takers for my PIF offer, so if there is anyone out there who is interested, please let me know. I have some wonderful ideas and beautiful patterns to stitch for the three lucky people.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Look what arrived in the post!

Late yesterday afternoon, the postman made a delivery of a parcel and look what I found inside. Clare stitched the most wonderful squares for me for Fair & Square Round #7. I just love the colour and the tiny little gold beads. I am going to finish these squares off as a little pillow.

Clare also sent me some fantastic gifts. Some book plates, so I can label all my cross-stitch books and they should never go missing again. Some lovely little mother-of-pearl buttons. Needles, of which you can never have too many. A Little House Needlework chart 'Schoolgirl Lessons', which was on my wish list and the beautiful Belle Soie thread to stitch it.

Thank you very much Clare for your fantastic exchange, I absolutely love it all. I look forward to maybe stitching with you again in future rounds.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

PIF and another Exchange Received

I recently signed up for a PIF on Sonda's blog and now I would like to make the same offer on my blog.

If you would like to receive something stitched by me within the next 365 days, please comment on this post to say that you are interested.I will take the first 3 people...or if there are more than 3, then I will do a draw. In return, you must offer to do the same on your blog.

I will announce the special recipients on the 18th July, so you have until the 17th July AEST to post your interest.

I can now show pictures of the floss ring tag that I finished for Sharon in the Hooked On Exchanging, Little House Needleworks Exchange. I had a lot of fun stitching this, but putting the eyelet on was a horror. I started to make a little hole and then the hole got bigger and bigger and then I started to sweat. I had to walk away about four times. In the end it turned out perfectly, but all I could think of was ruining it completely and having to start all over again.

Designer: Little House Needleworks
Design: Small House Sampler
Threads: DMC stitched 1 over 1
Fabric: 28ct Linen from Zweigart - Antique Ivory
Finish: Floss Tag

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Happy Blogaversary!!

One year ago today, I discovered the wonderful world of blogging and started my very own blog. over this year I have met some of the most amazing people and made quite a lot of great new friendships. I have expanded my stitching repertoire and with the inspiration of all those wonderful stitchers, have built up the confidence to try new and more challenging techniques and designs.

I would like to say a very big thank you to all those wonderful people who read my blog, you lift my spirits on the days that I am down and give me the encouragement and confidence to tackle almost anything.

As promised, I had a draw of names from all the people who left comments about joining my anniversary draw. I used a random name picker and here is how the draw turned out:

1st Prize of a hand stitched item : Sandra in OR

2nd Prize of a chart and thread : Nicky

3rd Prize of a special chart : Aussie Stitcher

Could these lucky people please contact me via email, using the email button on my sidebar with their snail mail details and I will be sending them their prize very shortly?

Thanks again to everyone who entered!