Sunday, 26 February 2012

Exchanges, WIPs and Starts

My first finish this month was for Cathy for the Stitch Red Exchange on the Friends Through Thread blog.

Design: A Trifle For A Friend (freebie)
Designer: Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Cashel linen - Ecru
Thread: Gentle Arts Sampler Thread - Raspberry Parfait stitched over one
Finish: Pinkeep

The next finish was for Ellen for the Santa Exchange on the Hooked On Exchanging blog.

Design: From Old World Santas II
Designer: The Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 28ct Cashel linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC
Finish: Christmas Ornament

I have also been working hard on Hannah Lancaster by The Porcupine Collection again. I really wanted to knock over that house, but even after two weeks of stitching, I am not quite done. Perhaps tonight may finally see it done. Ellen of With My Needle fame is also stitching Hannah. Ellen has done more in a few months than I have done in two years. Sadly I just don't get the time to stitch as I used to.

I also made a start on the Birds Of A Feather Friendship Sampler. I haven't got too far on it, because I have been concentrating on Hannah.

Finally I have Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow all ready and kitted up to stitch. I found that I had most of the NPS in my stash and I am now only missing four threads. I have more than enough to make a good start and the rest I can get when I get a chance. I have chosen 40ct Antique Cotton by R&R Reproductions because I have a cut in the exact size I need for this piece and I think it should look quite good on this piece of fabric. Now all I need is a little time to get started!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Mail Arrivals

This week I have been pleasantly surprised by what has arrived in the mail. Firstly and quite unexpectedly, I received this gorgeous pillow from Sally. A while back I sent Sally a copy of a magazine and as a thank you she stitched this pillow. The design is by Blackbird Designs and is from their book A Schoolgirl's Work. Thank you Sally it's beautiful and you knew just the right designer to pick.

Yesterday I received an exchange from Carol for the Santa exchange on the Hooked On Exchanging blog. I have always wanted to receive a piece from Carol and now I am lucky enough to have one. Carol stitched the Santa Rides ornament from The Prairie Schooler. Carol picked a sunshine design because we are in our summer here. Thank you Carol, I love the design and the finishing.

Sadly our weather here is not like summer at all. We have barely seen sunshine for a long while and we have had more rain than I would like. We have had so much rain in fact that the ground can no longer absorb anymore and we keep getting mild flooding around the neighbourhood. Yesterday we were hit by an almighty hail storm and lost power for a few hours, right in the middle of dinner. Thankfully, I cooked dinner early so that it had enough time to cool down for the girls.

I have been stitching quite a bit on Hannah Lancaster this week, so I will definitely have a post about her next time. Till then, happy stitching!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Look Who's New To School

On Thursday Aurelia started school for the very first time. She absolutely loves school and on the first day exclaimed that she never wants to come home again. She was most disappointed that school is not on Saturdays and Sundays. Let's just hope this enthusiasm can last for the rest of her school days (Who am I kidding!!).