Thursday, November 26, 2015

On Santa's Sleigh

All these parcels are now on their way to Santa for special delivery.

Wonder where this one is off to!!!!

Oh, and this one to.

These are for Chooky's SSCS 2015 - wonder which country they are travelling to!!!

And these are for my partner in the Santa Sack Swap, I just didn't take a photo of the sack they are in as I didn't want to spoil it.

I love Christmas time, it's so exciting being in these fun exchanges and sending off gifts to special friends.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ornie from Cindy

I was in a private exchange this year with Cindy.  We were to send each other an ornie finish.
Here is the lovely ornie that I received from Cindy.

Cindy sent nice and early, whereas I will be posting this week.
Thank you Cindy, its lovely.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Exchange Update

Here are some photos of what I sent and received in the SCE Anything Goes exchange.  This exchange you could make whatever you wanted for your partner, there was no theme.
I chose to make my partner a needlebook and the design is by "The Snowflower Diaries", I just altered the word from Spring to Sewing.  I sent to Kathleen.

And look at this amazing package of goodies I received from Lisa M.  I got three stitched items and I was truly spoilt with all the trims and extras she sent.

Thank you Lisa, I love them all.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christmas Pudding

Here is my latest finish.  A design by Erynne Chard from her "Merry & Bright" chart, I made this one into an ornie finish.  Some lovely white felt for the background and backing and light blue blanket stitch to finish it off.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, September 19, 2015

On The Mend

Thank you for all your lovely emails and well wishes.  My finger is on the mend, all swelling and bruising is down and I have full movement back.  I'm not really sure what is going on with it, some days are better than others.  I think it is still repairing itself as the skin feels tight some days and I don't have full strength there yet, if I squeeze with that hand it is weaker than the other.  I think I bruised the tendon and it's taking it's time to repair itself and get back to normal.

I did get another finish done though.  Here is another ornie for the Christmas gift basket.

He's a Heart In Hand design and one of their monthly mania cards.  I just didn't stitch the month in.
I'm linking with Anthea for CTTY September.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, September 5, 2015

B is for Bird

Another block finished on my CHS Alphablocks.

I haven't been able to do a lot lately as I have injured my middle finger on my right hand.  It is very bruised and swollen and I think I have either damaged the tendon or knuckle, have to wait for the swelling to go down a little more to determine.  So, very slow typing and no stitching for me.  It soon comes to light what you do actually use that finger for in life aswell.

Here is also an ornie I finished off before my injury.

Sorry it's short and sweet but my hand starts to ache and my finger becomes numb after a while and it's just taken me a good amount of time to just be able to type this post out, not to mention correct all the errors.
Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Baby Gift & New Family Member

Here is a photo of the gift I made for my Cousin's new baby.  He was born last week and they have named him "Xavier".  They live a couple of hours away from where I live, so I posted this to them so they could start using it straight away.
I told them that they could use it as a coverlet for in the bassinet or car seat, change mat or tummy time mat, whatever they wanted to use it for.  I wish it could have been bigger, but I just don't have the ability to make larger pieces as my sewing machine is not a quilting model and I'm not that talented enough to even know where to begin when it comes to fancy quilting.  I simply stitched in the ditch of all the squares on this one.

I have just stitched up another block on my CHS Alphablocks, photo next post.

Some of you may remember my post last year here, where I told you how we had to say goodbye to our beloved 15 year old Staffy "Jed".  I thought I wouldn't ever want another dog after losing him as my heart was broken and I didn't want to experience that pain again.  Well that feeling lasted for 6 months and then I felt that the house just seemed so empty without the patter of paws on the tiles and someone to greet us when we got home.  We discussed it at length and decided that we would like to rescue a dog and to my surprise my husband said he would prefer to rescue a senior dog, as we were just too set in our ways now and didn't want a puppy all over again or juvenile dog that may come with some bad habits.  I had my concerns about an older dog, but then we saw "Ellie" on a rescue site and just fell in love.  My husband was saying how she wouldn't get a home because she was older and a little overweight, yet we loved the breed (yes Ellie is another Staffy) and we could provide her with a loving home for her final years.  So I agreed to go and meet her, and yes of course she came home with us.  She is a purebred blue Staffy and she is 10 years old, she had papers that came with her providing these details, we actually bought her home on her 10th birthday.  She is a sweetheart and has settled in extremely well, we couldn't have asked for a more placid, relaxed dog.  Yes she has some issues, weight was one but she has already lost quite a few kilos with us, she also has what they call a "cherry eye" where some of the pink of the inside of the eyelid sticks out a little and some lumps and bumps in places so she's definately not pretty, but she has the most gentle soul.  She is not very photogenic, but I managed to snap this photo of her as she lay asleep.  

You either like the breed or you don't, I LOVE them.  
What most people do not realise is that Staffies were called the "Nanny Dogs" in England and America in the 1800's due to their affinity with children.  They were chosen for their loyalty, love of humans, and desire to protect their human children and were often left alone to watch the kids!
These dogs were considered the perfect family pet ... those of us who own such breeds can definately understand why!  She is amazing with my Son and he absolutely adores her.
Until next time, happy stitching