Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another Lovely Gift

I was lucky to receive another belated birthday gift from my friend Cindy.

Isn't it sweet, with the little bell hanging from the reindeer's collar.  Thank you my friend.
Cindy and I are also going to be doing a private Christmas ornie exchange with each other in November, so I will be lucky to have two ornies from her this year.

Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June CTTY Linky

I have recently completed a little fabric stocking ornie.

I am linking up with Anthea for the June CTTY.

I have also recently bought some stash from Barbara who was having a clear out of some unwanted charts.  I'm getting in the mood for some Christmas stitching.

Until next time, happy stitching

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gorgeous Gifts From Friends - Part 2

Here is another wonderful gift I received for my birthday from my dear friend June.  It was also June's birthday the other day, Happy Birthday dear friend.

The smell as I opened up the parcel was divine.  Thank you June.

I also managed another finish on the weekend.  I stitched this freebie design by Brightneedle, just chose to stitch the lady only, and finished it off as a tin topper.  It's quite an appropriate design for me as I was born in the UK and lived there till I was 9 and then my family emigrated to Australia.  So I am still proud of my English heritage.

More soon.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Gorgeous Gifts from Friends - Part 1

I have received some wonderful presents from my dear stitching friends for my birthday this week.
From my wonderful blogging friend Anthea, she made me one of her wonderful pouches and gave it to me at the Craft & Quilt Fair the other Saturday.  I was so excited opening my parcel.
The fabric is a lovely vintage style and I just love it.  She also included a Kelmscott needle minder (my first ever!) and a cute little tin.

Thank you Anthea, I shall treasure it always.

And from my wonderful blogging friend Angela I received 3 finished cross stitch pieces.  I know all the work that goes into these pieces, so for Angela to send this to me is amazing.  Thank you dear friend, I love them all and I will think about the special ways in which I can complete them into finishes.

I will return soon with some more gifts to share.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Vintage Teddy Panel

Hi dear friends, hope you all are enjoying your weekend.  In Western Australia it is a long weekend here and I also get an extra day off on Tuesday as the kids have a student free day, so I need to stay home with my son (this is an added bonus as it also falls on my birthday).  I don't very often get the day off work on my birthday, so it will be a lovely change.

I had a little vintage teddy panel in my fabric stash and it was a circular design as the teddy was sat on a wreath.  I had this idea to use it and finish it up as one of my hanging wicker finishes, the circle design fit perfectly in the middle.  I used one of the trims that I bought at the Quilt Fair and a candy cane button as the feature at the top instead of a bow.

At first I was a little concerned that to much of the wicker was showing around the outside, but then again if I started putting things on it like beads or charms it might start to look to busy.  I need to stand and stare at it abit longer to make sure I am happy with it.

Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Craft & Quilt Fair 2015

It was that time of the year again, and I made my way into Perth for the annual Craft & Quilt Fair.  Met up with the lovely blogging girls again and this time got to meet some new ladies to.  It's always so lovely to catch up, as it's my only chance to talk stitching and sewing with some like minded friends.  They are always great fun.

The Fair seemed a little smaller this year, not as many rows of booths as before.  Most disappointing of all was the one cross stitch booth, and the majority of merchandise on offer were old designs and kits. No wonder us cross stitchers resort to online shopping for supplies, they just don't have the wonderful supplies and designers here like over in the US.  
Some great fabric stalls, trims and embellishment stalls and tools and gadgets though!
Here's a photo of the goodies I bought.

A set of strip piecing rulers, hexagon tablemat kit, Rosalie Quinlan bunny kit, trims, unpicker tool, snowflake charms, a cross stitch kit with hanger, Winter themed cross stitch book and a cute elephant themed bunny rug kit complete with gorgeous minky fabric.

I have some more photos on my phone which I have to work out how to download, they are of some of the lovely quilts on display at the Fair.  My blogging friend Julia had a quilt in the show and she won Second Place in the "Professional Traditional" section with a gorgeous Dresden, she was also recognised with a "Retaining The Tradition" award.  Congratulations Julia, it was just stunning to see it in person.

I forgot to show you all a completed photo of my Prairie House stitchery.  I decided to do it all in red.

Until next time, happy stitching/sewing

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Next Little Project

I'm slowly getting myself back into the swing of things and coaxing that mojo back from its extended leave. hehe
Thought I would try my hand at this little project.  A cute little stocking banner.  I cut out the stocking shapes from the muslin and wadding today.

I also have been going through my stash working out what I want to make for the Christmas In July swap this year.  It's getting those creative juices flowing again.

Until next time, happy stitching