Monday, 30 June 2008

Exchange Received!

Look what arrived in my mailbox today, my LHN exchange item for Hooked On Exchanging. Terry has stitched the most beautiful needlebook from the LHN design "Wool Needlebook & Fob" and it's stitched on a gorgeous hand-dyed opalescent fabric.


Terry also spoiled me with all these other goodies. Some beautiful fabric, ribbon, threads and two LHN silk thread packs from my wish list. Thank you so very much Terry, I really do appreciate all the effort that you have gone to, to make this exchange very special.


I can now show you the squares that I stitched for Clare in the Fair & Square Round #7. I just love Chatelaine designs, so I decided to stitch one of her freebies. I also carried part of the design onto the second square.


Designer: Châtelaine
Design: Martina's Roses (freebie found here)
Threads: DMC, Kreinik VF Braid #4 and Mill Hill beads
Fabric: 32ct Linen from Zweigart - Ecru

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Better late than never...

I have to apologise, I have been very slack and have not posted for a little while. I have been really quite busy. For the first time since Christmas, my ironing pile has disappeared completely and the laundry is back to it's tidy self. This has been a real sore point with me for a while, but the task had become so huge that I just kept putting it off all the time. Well, last week I had a real boost of energy and a little enthusiasm, so I finished the job once and for all.

Consequently, I haven't really spent a lot of time stitching. I have finished my square for Debbi's LHN RR. Debbi asked for a neighbourhood theme and asked us to stitch a house and garden just like our own. Now living in Australia, that's actually quite difficult as most LHN designs include animals and plants not found here. But with a little creativity, here it is.



I took a bit from 'Colonial Homes', 'Gourmet Garden' and 'City Stitcher*Country Stitcher'. The house is as close to my house as I could get. The trees represent the gumtrees around my house, we have a few blackbirds that visit, although they are most definitely not welcome in my garden as they dig all the mulch and plants up. The purple flowers are for all the lovely native purple flowering plants in the garden and the tall plants are the weeds that grow in the reserve next to our home.

Debbi has used beautiful Silkweaver fabric in a colour called 'Days Gone By'. It's the most wonderful fabric to work on. I have never used an Silkweaver fabric before, but it's so incredibly soft and easy to work on.

The only other stitching I have worked on in my LHN exchange for Hooked on Exchanging. I can't show a picture of it yet, not until my exchange partner receives it.

By the way, if you haven't left a message yet for my blogavesary giveaway, you still have a few days left. I have picked the design and finish I am going to stitch for the first name drawn, a great pattern and thread package for the second name drawn and a pattern for the third name drawn.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Blogaversary Giveaway

I have had a good response so far to my blogavesary giveaway, but for those who haven't left a comment yet, my one year blogaversary is coming up in a less than a months time, so I would like to have a giveaway as a thank you to all those people who regularly visit my blog. So if you would like to receive a gift, perhaps a surprise chart and thread or a stitched item, please leave a comment on my blog indicating your preferences and I will be drawing three names on the 4th of July and then posting the names of the winners on my blogaversary date.
Good Luck!!

Monday, 9 June 2008

The June Long Weekend

We have been very fortunate the last week as we have received some much needed rain. Throughout the month of May, we received no rainfall, so last weekend after having thoroughly cleaned our garden it began to rain on the Sunday afternoon. I don't think the weather could have had any better timing.

On Friday night, our poor little girl, Aurelia, developed a terrible cold and fever and spent the night in bed with us. Ever since she was born, as soon as she becomes a little congested, she gags and chokes, then throws up. So as much as I hate to give her any medication, at least it helps her breath, stops the runny nose and she doesn't throw up any more. Mind you, Friday night she threw up all over the carpet and for the first time I was very thankful we chose a hard wearing and easy cleaning carpet.


By Saturday afternoon she seemed to have improved somewhat, so we planned for a lovely drive and picnic on Sunday. We travelled down to Mittagong, Berrima and Bowral and had a look around there. The weather was a little bit on the drizzly side and cold, but just perfect for us. Aurelia wore her beanie I made and was the talk of the town. Everyone we passed commented on how great her beanie was. After a good look around, we headed a little further along to Fitzroy Falls, to see the beautiful waterfall. Although the fog was really thick, we still had a great view and there was where we had a lovely picnic lunch. On the way home, we decided to stop in at the train museum at Thirlmere. Aurelia was just so excited and wanted to ride on the train. Unfortunately this weekend the trains were not running, but she climbed up into one of the steam engines and sat at the drivers seat, turning the wheels and pulling the leavers and 'driving' the train.


Over the last week I have also been able to get a whole lot of stitching done. I completed the squares for my Fair & Square Round #7. I tried a very different design this time and I found I really enjoyed stitching it. I will post pictures as soon as my exchange partner receives them. I also dedicated the last week to catching up on my Bent Creek Red Thread SAL. I am almost caught up. I have completed my January, February, March and April squares and have almost completed my May square. These are really fun to stitch and I just love the colours.

My one year blogaversary is coming up in a less than a months time, so I would like to have a giveaway as a thank you to all those people who regularly visit my blog. So if you would like to receive a gift, perhaps a surprise chart, thread or a stitched item, please leave a comment on my blog indicating your preferences and I will be drawing three names on the 4th of July and then posting the names of the winners on my blogaversary date.