Saturday, 29 May 2010

Blackbird Designs Mystery Bonus #1

I am happy to say that I have finished the Blackbird Designs Mystery Bonus #1 and I am just about ready to start the second one. Danielle and I have been working on this project together and I think she is almost done as well.

Design: Where My Heart Blooms Mystery Bonus #1 (Loose Feathers #31)
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30ct R&R Reproductions - Korty's Blend
Thread: Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works

The weather has been miserable the last few days and tomorrow should be the worst of it, although it is supposed to rain the rest of the week. Looks like tomorrow is a great day to stay home and sew. I have a mountain of washing to get done, but I am only washing the barest of minimum to get us through the week. My house looks like a laundromat, with clothes and towels hanging around all over the place. I have used the drier a bit, but with the cold temperatures in the house and the high humidity, everything starts dripping with moisture. Can't wait for the sunny weather at the end of this coming week.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Emblem of Love RR Completed

Today I have completed the last stitch on Carol's RR, which brings to an end the Emblem Of Love RR. I love the silk that Carol has used and have been completely sold on Vicki Clayton silks. The colour is Magpie Tears and the silk is amazing to work with, although when the weather has been as dry as we have had and there is static electricity in the air, I find the silk sticks to everything and can make stitching very frustrating.

I am kind of sad that it is all finished, but I am sure that I will be involved in another RR again one day. I would like to thank Edgar for being so fantastic in organising this RR, your patience is amazing. I would also like to thank Wendy Jo, Margaret, Deb, Carol and Edgar for all stitching on myy RR, I can't wait till it arrives home.

Monday, 17 May 2010

A Flurry Of Finishes!

As the title states, I have had a few finishes in the last two weeks. I pulled out some old WIP's and decided that they needed to be finished and "finished". Both of these are ornaments I started for Amelie, one the year she was born and one last year, I am terribly slack! I decided to give some different finishes a go. The Shepherd's Bush design is my very first attempt at stitching a pillow finish with the fabric border. It wasn't as hard as I thought and once my sewing machine and I had made peace, I found it quite easy in the end. I just need to practice at accurate cutting now.

Design: Sweet Baby (JCS Ornament Issue 2007)
Designer: Shepherd's Bush Printworks
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - Coffee baked and basted
Thread: Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Sampler Threads, DMC;
Charm: Shepherd's Bush silver charm
Finish: Christmas Ornament

The Carriage House finish is a velvet pillow I made and the piece has been blind stitched onto the pillow. I then used some generic seed beads and made the decorative hanger. This was a very satisfying finish.

Design: Running Stag (JCS Ornament Issue 2004)
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct Newcastle linen - white
Thread: Needlepoint Silk & Mill Hill beads
Finish: Christmas Ornament

I have had a large quantity of tapestry wool hanging around and I haven't been able to sell it or give it away. I was reading Staci's blog a few weeks back and was inspired by her granny squares she was crocheting with tapestry wool. This is my first attempt at joining motifs and if you don't look too closely, it's actually not too bad. It's a long scarf and a little bit stiff, but not too bad at all.

I have been working furiously on Carol's RR and it's almost ready to post to her, so by the next post, it should be on it's way and there will be a photo to share.

My Mother's Day was quite good with a family lunch at an Italian restaurant. The day before we went out for a picnic and a bush walk. My DH took the children to the park while I went to my LNS. I was under strict instructions to purchase whatever I wanted as a Mother's Day gift. Here is my stash haul, although I think I was rather restrained.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Chart Giveaway Winners!

I used the random generator and for some charts there was only one taker and the following people received the charts:

Lanarte - AboutMe
Holly Days - Pike
Kimono - xstitch2009
Iris - Aussie Stitcher
Hugga Bears - Penny B
Bears Reunion - Chiloe
Celebration in Cards - Pike
Amish Quilt - Chantel
I Love My Garden - Chiloe
If you could please email me your address and I will get them into the post as soon as I can. Thank you all for finding new homes for my charts. I still have some left and will be putting them on my Trade/Wishlist blog. If you want one, just ask!

Monday, 3 May 2010

M.I.A and Giant Giveaway (Picture Heavy Post)

I know, I know, I have been a bad blogger...

The last few weeks have been crazy with new carpet installation, building furniture and sick children. I have done some stitching, but it hasn't been very much.

Last week we had new carpet installed in our office and my craft room, which is such a relief. The floor feels so much warmer and cleaner! We also took a trip to Ikea, where we had to leave the children behind with my parents so that we had enough room in the car to take everything home. We purchased some new office furniture and best of all, I purchased new furniture for my craft room. I decided to go with Ikea's kitchen furniture and what an improvement it has made. All my craft stuff is organised in draws and boxes and can be easily found.

Several weeks ago I had finished stitching Margaret's RR, but had delayed the posting because of the airline issues. Nobody wants an RR to go missing! As it turned out, I ended up posting late, but not due to the airline issues, but because I just got too caught up with everything else going on. Anyway, here is a photo of Margaret's RR, only one more section to stitch.

We have all had the most horrible cold for the last few weeks. We had sore throats that lasted a week and now still the have the blocked noses and sinuses. I wish it would just go away!

My long forgotten crochet hooks made a show again these last few weeks. I crocheted Aurelia a cute little hat, but she stretched it so big, it almost looks silly on her. I used a French mohair/acrylic blend that's very soft and fluffy but a pain to crochet with.

Design: Vintage Rose Cap
Designer: My Little City Girl
Fibre: Welcomme - Le Super Mohair

I also tried my hand at making a wash cloth. This was very quick, easy and fun and I see lots more in the future as soon as I can find some more cotton or bamboo fibres.

Design: Washboard Dishcloth
Designer: The Crochet Cottage by Priscilla Hewitt
Fibre: Cleckheaton Natural Cotton 8ply


Whilst cleaning up my craft room, I have come across some charts and magazines that I would like to share with you all. There is nothing complicated to this giveaway and is open to everyone. Just leave a comment of which charts you would like and then I will draw names for each of these charts on the 15th May. Sorry, these are charts only and I don't have any supplies left for any of the kits or if I do, I don't know where they have disappeared to.

Teddy Bear's Reunion

Angel Of Harmony

Holly Days Stocking

Amish Rainbow Quilt

Country Bouquet

I Love My Garden

Classic Kimono

Floral Artistry - Summer

Hugga Bears

Patons 14Ply Chunky Knit Pattern

Lanarte - Flower Vase


Celebrations in Cross Stitch - Cards