Tuesday, 31 August 2010

A Little Stitching

I can finally show some finishing I have completed recently. The first is a pinkeep I stitched for Nic in the Hooked On Exchanging For The Birds exchange.

Design: Wee Rooster
Designer: Heart In Hand
Fabric: 36ct Sew-It-All linen - Brown Cloud
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pinkeep

One last little push and here is my very first hardanger piece completed and finished into a needlebook. It wasn't anywhere near as hard as I thought and once I got over the fear that I was cutting the fabric so close to the stitching, it was a breeze.

Design: Beginner's Hardanger Course (HC101, HC102, HC103)
Designer: Meg Shinall (The Gift Of Stitching Magazine Issues, 51 April 2010, 52 May 2010 & 53 June 2010)
Fabric: 20ct linen - cream
Thread: Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread
Finish: Needlebook

Here is a cute little pillow that my MIL stitched for me on my birthday.

My DH gave me some money to make a purchase of some items from my favourite ONS. I made this order and I am now just waiting for items to come in. I have picked up some threads, Blackbird designs charts and a few JCS issues, including the ornament issue. Can't wait till it all arrives! On a sad note, my DH had to leave for Japan for work on my birthday. He will only be gone for 10 days, but I must say that I have been a little on the lonely side and the girls and I are missing him. On the upside, the house is spotlessly clean and I am super up to date with all my household chores.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Aurelia's 4th Birthday

As you would have read in the last post, Aurelia turned 4 on the weekend. I will leave you with some photos of Aurelia and Amelie enjoying the party.

Monday, 16 August 2010

This and That

First I would like to say sorry to Gwen, she sent me a beautiful exchange piece for the Hooked On Exchanging For The Birds Exchange. It had been held up in quarantine for a week or so and I finally received it last week. I promised to post a picture straight away, but with cleaning and organising a birthday party, time slipped away from me.

Here is the pillow Gwen sent me. It's a design called Pumpkin Blossom by Blackbird Designs. Gwen sewed some beads on to it and filled it with crushed walnut shells (that's why quarantine held it). It's such a beautiful pillow and I love it. Thank you Gwen. I also have to thank the quarantine officer whom I spoke to. She very carefully unpicked the stitching of the pillow so that she could examine it's contents and then taped it back up. When the pillow arrived it took me five minutes to sew the pillow closed and you would never know that anyone had touched it.

Yesterday was Aurelia's 4th birthday and we had a lovely big party for her. I cooked a mountain of food over two days and I must say that I am now exhausted today. She had a wonderful time and was the perfect child, with lots of thankyou's, please's and making sure that everyone was fed and happy. I can see her being the perfect party hostess one day. My DH hasn't downloaded the photos yet, so I will post them in the next day or so.

In between all this work for the party, in the evenings I made some time to sit, relax and sew. I finally finished Aurelia's Christmas ornament. I am mostly pleased with how it turned out, although I had a really hard time turning this piece out once I had sewn around it. I had to unpick and restitch some of the inside corners, so I don't quite know what I did wrong. Does anyone have any advice on how to sew this odd-shaped pillow ornaments?

Design: Noel
Designer: Prairie Moon (JCS Ornament Issue 2008)
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen - Platinum

Threads: Belle Soie Silk
Finish: Christmas ornament

My Emblem Of Love RR made it's way home on Friday and I am so excited. The piece looks beautiful. Sorry it looks so wrinkled, but I want to finish stitching the date and then I am going to give it a good iron. I would like to thank Carol, Margaret, Edgar, Wendy Jo and Deb for stitching on my piece, you all did a fabulous job.

Design: An Emblem Of Love
Designer: With My Needle
Fabric: 36ct Edinburgh Linen - Cream
Threads: DMC, The Gentle Art, Olde Willow Stitchery

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Exchange Received and a Little Trip

I received this beautiful ornament from Marie in the Friends Through Thread LHN exchange. This is a beautiful design and I love the ruched ribbon edging Marie has stitched on. Thank you Marie, I really love it.

We took a little trip to our nations capital Canberra on the weekend. We spent two lovely nights in a great hotel and saw some great sights. The girls were particularly excited that they were able to sleep together in a double bed. However, Amelie migrated out of the bed and onto the floor so many times. I can't begin to count how many times I got up and put her back onto the bed. When I tucked her in she crawled under the covers to the foot of the bed.

We took the children to the science museum Questacon and the girls loved it. I think the thing they liked the most is that they could touch most of the exhibits and there were lots of buttons to press. Aurelia was most impressed with the animatronics dinosaurs they had on display. The two of us went for a ride on the roller coaster simulator and I don't think I have ever heard her laugh so much.

We also went for a drive out the the Canberra Space Centre. Aurelia loved all the small models of the space exploration satellites and needed to know the name of all of them and their mission. She loved the display of the Mars Rover as well, although Amelie was a little scared of it for some reason.

The day we took them up Black Mountain Tower, the weather had turned particularly cold and a very strong wind was blowing. The wind was so strong, it was almost difficult to walk up on the tower. Aurelia though it was great and I think she liked the feeling of the wind blowing her along.

Our final destination was the Parliament House. I explained to Aurelia that this was the place that the people who run the country come talk about what they want to do. She exclaimed back "Oh, this is the house where the people who talk to much come from". When parliament is sitting, it is broadcast on TV in the time slot before the children's afternoon cartoons. If there is something very important being discussed or someone important is speaking, the cartoon are often delayed. Aurelia is always upset and tells me to "make the man who talks too much stop talking". At least she knows what she's talking about!