Saturday, 31 January 2009

A Finish!!!

I cannot possibly tell you how much I detest the weather at the moment. It looks like another hot week ahead of us and a very hot weekend. The worst part is that Amelie is having her baptism on the following Sunday and I have nearly thirty people coming for lunch. With weather predicted to be 43C (109F) we can no longer have the lunch outside, so I will have to squash all these poor people into the house. Most of them will be in the kitchen with the remainder spread throughout the house. I dread having to prepare the salads and meal with all these people milling about the kitchen. I booked everything over a month ago, but never thought it would be this hot.

This is my January biscornu finished for the Basket of Biscornu SAL. I have chosen a Halloween theme because I just love the colours and it was a quick and easy stitch.

Design: Halloween Biscornu (freebie found here)
Designer: Barbara Ana Designs
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Dirty Linen
Thread: DMC
Finish: Biscornu

Friday, 30 January 2009

Exchanges Received

Edited: Thank you Cathy, I now know who this exchange is from. Judith thank you very much for this lovely piece and for the wonderful threads.

I received two exchanges the last two days. Firstly I received the Lizzie Kate Exchange from a mystery person in The Netherlands. I am not sure who sent it, but I really love the design. This is the first Halloween themed piece that I own, so I am really excited. I also received some lovely DMC threads in colours that I always use. So whom ever you are exchange partner, thank you!

The second parcel that arrived was the Fair & Square Round 11 squares from my partner Daniela. She has stitched the most wonderful designs from a German sampler. I quote from Daniela's blog,

"The designs on both squares are from a northern German reproduction sampler dated from1820. They are done in classic Biedermeier style, as many samplers are, that are found from that time in Germany and Austria."

Thank you Daniela, I really love the squares and I really look forward to doing a beautiful finish with them.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Lizzie Kate Exchange

The weather hasn't improved this last week, although next week, at this stage, seems to be improving somewhat.

Now that Lisa has received her Lizzie Kate exchange item, I can show you what I have spent most of my time stitching.

Design: Spring Sampler
Designer: Lizzie Kate
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Cameo Rose
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pillow

I have been stitching just on exchanges since late last year and have spent very little time stitching for myself. I think after my Fair & Square piece and Praire Schooler exchanges are sent I may take a break and just concentrate on my own personal stitching. It's fun to stitch for others, but lately I seem to have little time to stitch and I am just not enjoying it as much as I would like.

Finally, I would like to leave you with photos of my beautiful daughters.

Friday, 16 January 2009


I know that my Mother always taught me never to use the word hate, but this has to be an exception. Yesterday the temperature hit 43.5C (110F) and it was windy. We took refuge inside the house for the entire day, but even the air-conditioning struggled to keep the house cool. Bush fires sprang up all over the place, with one not too far from where we live, burning sheds, machinery and vehicles.

Thankfully a southerly change came through late last night dropping the temperature significantly and bringing a tiny amount of rain. We had about 15 minutes of rain, which wasn't much, but given that we haven't had rain for several weeks, it was welcome.

The good news is, as the house was air-conditioned all day, I was able to get a whole lot of stitching done. I finished my Lizzie Kate exchange and made an excellent start on my Prairie Schooler exchange. Unfortunately I can't show any photos yet, but it shouldn't be too long.

Monday, 5 January 2009

I am trying!

As those who read my blog regularly know, my hands sweat terribly in the hot weather and there is nothing I can do about it. This means I have not been able to stitch very much.

In the few moments of the day when my hands don't sweat I have been stitching on my Lizzie Kate exchange for Hooked On Exchanging, which is most of the way there. I have also started the first biscornu for my Basket Of Biscornu group. I have chosen a Halloween design by Barbara Ana Designs.

I have also coffee dyed my fabric for the Me, Myself and I RR and I now just basting the edges by hand. I must say that I am not really happy with the fabric I have, I was hoping to use 40ct and not 32ct, but I just could not find anyone that stocked it in the brand I wanted. Lakeside linens and R & R Reproduction fabrics are almost impossible to find here in Australia. Here is the layout I have chosen. It's about 337 x 333 stitches in size.

My LHN RR piece seems to have gone missing, so this is disappointing. I am hoping that the lovely lady who has it is just very busy and has not been able to post to the board.

Finally, this is an ornament that I finished for my daughter Aurelia. When stitching the initials, I realised that both my daughters now have the initials AP, so I have to stitch the initials of their first and middle names instead. Amelie's ornament is still awaiting a silver moon charm before I can finish it off.

Design: O Tannenbaum
Designer: Fancy Work (Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue, 2007)
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Sand
Thread & Beads: DMC, Gloriana, Gentle Art Sampler Threads & Mill Hill beads
Finish: Ornament