Friday, 28 August 2009


First of all I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful comments on my stitching progress. I feel much better about my whitework project and I think I might even stitch another one again.

For my giveaway last week, I had Aurelia draw a name (sorry no photos as the cameras are packed away at the moment) and the winner is Cheryl. If you would like to email me your details and I will get the chart in the mail to you as soon as possible.

Today is my birthday, so in celebration, I am having a giveaway. I am giving away the Prairie Schooler chart "From The Heart" and a needlework small stitched by myself. If you would like to be entered in the draw, please leave a comment on this post only. I will be drawing a name on the 5th September.

The laundry renovations are going well. They are doing a fantastic job and my laundry is now almost twice it's original size. The tiling and cupboards go in this coming week and it should be finished by Thursday. There is dust all over the house and the washing is piling up high, I think I will definitely be kept busy with housework once it's all completed. At least I have accomplished a lot of stitching while this is all going on.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Stitching Progress

I managed to finish some stitching during the week. The dreaded whitework project that I fell out of love with is finished. I think if I had used evenweave fabric I would have liked it better as the stitches would have looked better. I tried a new finish by stitching the twisted thread around the outside of the pillow. I think I may have needed to twist it a lot more than I did, but for a first attempt, I am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Design: Beginner Whitework Ornament(freebie found here)
Designer: Teresa Wentzler
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Platinum
Thread: DMC and Mill Hill beads
Finish: Pillow

Next is a piece that I stopped only because I don't stitch on Aida anymore. I figured that since I wanted to get my WIPs out of the way, I should get it finished. I think I may finish it as a pinkeep.

Design: Victorian Blooms
Designer: Sally Gilpin
Fabric: 14ct cream Aida
Thread: From kit

Now that I have finished this lovely design, I thought that someone may like to give it a go as well and on linen I think it would look great. So if anyone is interested please leave a comment. I will include the leftover thread as well, because there is no specific thread brand given and only generic colour names. I will draw a name on the 28th August, when I will be having another giveaway to celebrate my birthday.

On Thursday my order from an ONS arrived and I received the missing threads for Earth Sampler. So on Friday night I was very busy stitching away to catch up to Ranae. I think I am a little behind, but nearly finished. I am hoping to get it finished by next Friday.

A while back, Lisa had received her RR back, but not all the fish had been stitched, so I offered to stitch a little on it for her. I have really enjoyed stitching on the two little fish and loved it so much, I am stitching the last fish for her at the moment. I hope you don't mind Lisa, your RR will come back completed. It was a bit strange feeling to go from stitching on 40ct to stitching on 14ct Aida. A lot easier on the eyes, that's for sure.

The last piece I have to show is my start on the new RR I have joined. Edgar very kindly sent me an invitation to join An Emblem Of Love RR. I have decided to stitch it on 36ct Ivory Edinburgh linen, using the polychromatic version. I am using the recommended threads with only one substitution for the Olde Willow Stitchery thread that I have been unable to source. This is such a wonderful piece to stitch, very relaxing and such wonderful colours.

Well, that's all for me for a little while. The laundry renovations have begun and my craft room and study are off limits from tomorrow until the dusty demolition work is completed. I think I have piled up enough projects on the dinner table to keep me busy for the week. I should get plenty of stitching done with no washing or ironing to do for two weeks and very limited household chores. My next post should be on Friday, my birthday with the announcement of the giveaway winner.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Birthday Wishes for Aurelia

I can't believe my little girl is three. Aurelia turned three on Saturday and despite having a cold and fever (yes again!) she had a great day. We bought her a doll that drinks from a bottle and then does a wee in a potty. Well, there was water everywhere and all she wanted to do is watch this doll wee. Children are so obsessed with bodily functions!

Yesterday we had a birthday party for her and again she had a wonderful day. Her brief for the birthday cake was pink with fairies and flowers and a castle. I came up with a plan made the cake and my DH did a wonderful job of decorating again. He loves this part and really enjoys the decorating. I only had to put in the last finishing touches.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

All my progress

Here is what I have been up to this last few or so. I have been continuing to stitch 'Earth Sampler' by The Primitive Needle every Friday night and here is where I am up to. The gaps are because I am still awaiting some threads that I ordered. I wish I could stitch more, but I just can't stay awake any longer than around 11pm on Fridays. I start to make lots of mistakes, so I just waste my time that way.

I have made progress this time on 'Flax Fields' by Carriage House Samplings. This one has been difficult to stitch as the weather has been very dry and my hands even drier. Even though I have been using some great hand cream, I am finding my hands catch the silk thread.

'My Needle and My Floss' by Waxing Moon Designs is coming along as well. Not as fast as I would like, but I really just can't get into this one. I am not liking the fabric or threads. Her face blends into her cuffs which blend into her dress. Her dress looks like she had a terrible accident with the coffee pot.

I have also been working on more secret stitching and hopefully, when I have more than five minutes without the help of my almost three year old expert, I can finish them and send them off. Some are PIFs, some are just gifts. But who needs an almost three year old who wants to snip and glue everything she sees helping??? Aurelia just wants to help with everything and always says she won't touch, but those little fingers seem to be on everything all the time.

Monday, 3 August 2009

The slow down...

What a week, it's rushed past so quickly and I don't think I have had a chance to stop. My DH took the week off so he could spend some time with us and we really had a blast. Unfortunately Amelie came down with a fever at the beginning of the week which turned out to be a case of roseola. So I had a spotty princess for a few days.

I had a chance to visit my local patchwork store and picked up a few fabrics. I grabbed some beautiful flannels that I am going to use to finish Amelie's Christmas decoration from last year (I know I am very bad!) Thankfully the lady at the store was able to help me pick out a few fabrics that went together, I am terrible at this part.

On Wednesday we spent the day shopping at some Italian grocery stores where I picked up many, many kilos of pasta and many tins of tomatoes, yummy cheeses and cold meats. We had a lovely lunch of pizza and then yummy gelato and cannoli afterwards. (Sorry no pictures!)

On Thursday I made a trip to my LNS where I met up with Sandra (Sampler Lover's Blog) for the first time. Sandra and I have been keeping in contact for a few years now, but never had a chance to meet until Thursday. Sandra brought along her samplers Elizabeth and Betsy for me and I was so thrilled. It's great to see them on her blog but in real life they are amazing. Her stitching is so precise and these samplers are really intricate. My DH and daughters were very patient as Sandra, Karen (owner of The Stitching Post) and I talked for over an hour. I have to say thank you again Sandra for making the time to meet up with me, especially at such short notice. Whilst there, I couldn't leave without a small purchase, so I picked up the two latest Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers, a few threads and some ground walnut shells.

After that visit, we went for a lovely trip down the scenic railway and did a little bush walking. It's great to be walking in the fresh air, where it is nice and quiet, except for a almost three year old who has to give a running commentary on everything she sees. I think the whole of the Jamison Valley also heard about everything she saw. At least both the girls had a lot of fun and both slept pretty well on the way home.

Lots of Goodies

A while back I had lent Margaret a copy of one of my charts so she could stitch a basket band. When Margaret returned it this week, she popped in a little handmade gift as a thank you. She sent this wonderful pear which is so beautifully stitched. I really hadn't expected anything, so it was a wonderful treat. Thank you Margaret, it's absolutely delightful.

I also received a beautifully stitched gift from Joan. I signed up for a PIF from her earlier in the year and she has already stitched them. This is a long pillow with a design from the 'Thank You Sarah Tobias' book. I really love this design and it was the reason I bought the book in the first place. Thank you very much Joan, I really love this pillow as do both of my daughters.

Finally, the last is a chart that I won from Paulette of Plum Street Samplers. She recently had a blog giveaway and I was lucky enough to be able to choose one of her beautiful designs. I decided that I just couldn't go past 'A Handwork's Pace’. Thank you Paulette for this wonderful gift.

PS. The beautiful Scissoroo scissors you can see in the pictures have severe corrosion on the handles. I have only ever used the pair once using clean dry hands, otherwise they have been stored in their case. I am so disappointed that they have deteriorated so quickly (I only purchased them in March). Does anyone have any ideas what I can do?