Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Gifts & A Scary Christmas Night!

My dearest blogging friend Angela and I always make each other special Christmas gifts each year.  This year I got to add 2 new beauties to my Christmas collection.

First up is the gorgeous ornie - 

Lizzie Kate - Peace Blessing
Stitched on 28ct Mushroom Jobelan using DMC.

And my big stitched gift is -

Carriage House Samplings - Merry Christmas
Stitched on 32ct Autumn Fields Lugana using DMC.

Both are just delightful and that pillow has pride of place on top of my Christmas display table.  Thank you Angela for another wonderful year of friendship.

And here is what I sent Angela - ornie -

Snowman Flatbed
Stitched on natural linen using DMC.

And the stitched gift -

An element taken from Blue Ribbon Designs - Peppermint Twist
Stitched on cream linen using DMC.

This was Angela's first needleroll and I'm soo happy that she loved it.  I also included some other goodies in her parcel.

I hope one and all had a lovely Christms Day.  Our day was great with hot temperatures so we stayed inside most of the day in the aircon.  However, things changed for the worse that night.  We had a strong storm front hit us and what felt like cyclonic winds raging through our suburb, it was very scary and as I put my head down on my pillow to go to sleep I heard an almighty crash and jumped up to look out the window to see a very large patio roof blowing down the street, it was heading straight for us.  It stopped on the verge next door and across the whole road and folded over.  This was lucky as it then stopped it from moving any closer and we waited for the emergency services to come out and make it safe.  Alas, I had a sleepless night as I wasn't prepared to go to sleep whilst it was still out there.  In the morning as the sun rose and we got to survey the damage we had three fences down and our blow up swimming pool was a wreck.  So I dont think I will forget this Christmas for a long time.

It was very dark but here are some pictures of the patio on the lawn and across the road and you can see all the dust in the air.

Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, December 24, 2010

Xmas Swap Rnd 5

Here is what I sent to Laura in the SWAP with Nina Rnd 5.

I made her a hanging pillow with a Renato Parolin design. I could tell from her blog that she liked RP designs and this one was very enjoyable to stitch.
I also included some little Xmas goodies in a bag.

Here is what I received from Mehike in return.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, December 11, 2010

New Stash

WOW, my first post for December!  What a mad month so far, I have spent all my spare time chasing down gifts, shopping around like a mad woman before the real crazy massive crowds get to the shops.  I finally finished everything on Thursday and all I have to do now is wrap it all.
I dont know about everyone else but I find my parents are the hardest to buy for.

Anyway onto the stashy goodness.  I placed an order a little while ago which was delivered yesterday and here it all is:-

Milady's Needle - Christmas Elegance
With thy Needle & Thread - Gathering Acorns
With thy Needle & Thread - Gardener's Pocket
La-D-Da - O Birdy
La-D-Da - Pumpkins Three
Shakespeare's Peddler - Sampler Roundy
Fat Quarter of 32 Count Belfast "Toasted Almond"
Fat Quarter of 40 Count New Castle "Days Gone By"

I will soon have some exchanges to show, they are currently winging their way across the ocean to their new owners, as soon as they arrive I will show you.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Travelling Pattern Is Now Off To ......

NAN - Nan's Needlework Notions.

Congratulations Nan, could you pls email me with your address details and I will pop the pattern in the mail to you this week.

Thank you to everyone who entered for your chance to have her visit you, just remember to follow Nan's progress and wait for her to be ready to travel again.

Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ornie for Angela

Angela is the recipient for the Ornie Swap group in November.
Here is the ornie that I stitched for her.

Vals Stuff - Chilly Willy
Stitched on 28ct Silkweaver "Pixie Dust" using DMC.

I thought it soo appropriate for Angela as she has a great love of snowmen and she also owns a black cat.
Glad you like it Angela!

Dont forget to check back tomorrow for the drawing of the Travelling Pattern.  Good Luck!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Autumn 2 & The Travelling Pattern

I received news that Jan had received the Autumn piece I stitched for her in the Seasonal Exchange.

The Workbasket - Quaker Acorn
Stitched on cream evenweave using GAST "Acorn"
Finished as a cube

I am happy to say that Jan received it safely and loves it.

Next up ..... The Travelling Pattern is up for grabs again!
I finished up this design the other day and had an old frame from an antique store that it just fitted into.  I have mounted it on the wall above my ornie tree.  Here is a picture of my finished piece.

Waxing Moon Designs "My Needle and My Floss"
Stitched on 28ct cream evenweave using DMC

Now it is time for the Travelling Pattern to travel to a new destination.  Here are the rules:

*  You need to leave a comment on this post if you would like to be the next recipient of the Travelling Pattern, email address to please.
*  I will draw a name on 27 November 2010 and post on my blog the person who will next be receiving the Travelling Pattern.
*  The receiver of the Travelling Pattern must stitch it (within an acceptable time frame), finish it and display the finished piece for all to see.
*  Then the receiver must offer up the Travelling Pattern for another stitcher to use and it will be off on its travels again.

So far this pattern has travelled to the US, Australia and Germany.
So if you would love to be a part of this fun journey, dont forget to leave your details.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Seasonal Exchange - Autumn

For my Seasonal Exchange group Autumn round I had Christina sending to me.
Here is the lovely hanging ornie that she sent me.

It's JBW's "Pumpkin Alphabet".
Thanks Christina for a wonderful round, I hope you enjoyed it too as your first round with the group.
The piece I stitched for my partner is still on its way, as soon as it arrives I can share it with you all.
Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Private Exchange With Conny

I recently completed a private exchange with Conny and here is what we made for each other.

My gift to Conny -

Designer - Danybrod "Rond fleuri"
Stitched on 28ct Silkweaver "Rhapsody" using DMC
Finished as a box topper.

Here is my gift from Conny -

Designer - Jardin Prive "Quaker aux clefs" which translates to keys
Stitched on 32ct fabric using DMC
Finished as a pillow.

I really enjoyed our private exchange Conny and hope to do it again one day.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hello, My Pretties!

My private exchange with Angela this year was for Halloween.
I had a vision of what I wanted to do so I ordered the chart specifically for it, and I'm happy to say that it all came together just right in the end.
Here is what I stitched for Angela along with all the goodies I sent as extras.

Plum Street Samplers - My Pretties
Stitched on 32ct cream evenweave using DMC and a Bat charm 
Made into a wall hanging

I cant believe I found a Lizzie Kate chart that Angela didn't already have.

And here is what Angela sent me.

Lizzie Kate - Halloween Sampler
Stitched using 28ct Bone Jobelan and DMC
Finished as a hanging pillow

Another fun exchange we had this year.
I have another private exchange making its way over to Conny in The Netherlands and I have just finished up my Seasonal Exchange piece.  Now I have one more exchange to complete before the end of the year and then its on to making ornie's, along with working on WIPS inbetween.
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More Framing

Hi everyone, today I have some more framing to show you.  I put these two pieces in when I picked up my last lot of framing.
When I saw these two Plum Street Samplers Hare's charts I knew I wanted to stitch them and frame them to go together on the same wall.  However, the Summer chart was in patriotic colours and I really wanted it to match in with the Spring one, so I changed some things around.  I did the mother hare's dress in the same colour as the Spring one and I also matched the flowers to each of the lollypop colours so the designs both tie in together.  I love the finished result, I have the perfect wall for them to go on together.

My next large start is the Hesters Needle chart.  I ordered some fabric for it which should be arriving next week (hopefully) and I have all the floss colours ready.
Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Framed Pieces

I picked up my Lizzie Kate Green Flip Its and my Hunt Sampler from the framers the other day and thought you all might like to see them.

I am really happy with the both of them.  The Hunt Sampler's frame I wanted to look more of an old style and because I had stitched it all in black I decided that a predominantly black frame was best, I picked one that had a wood colour to the edge as it is going to be going above my bed and the wood edge matches my bed frame.

The Lizzie Kate Green Flipits have been put up on the wall in my study/stitching room and it looks super.
I was super pleased with the both of them.
Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Angela's Gift

It was my dear friend Angela's birthday last week and my parcel arrived on time.
I always like to make something nice for Angela as she is such a wonderful friend.  She loves Lizzie Kate designs and had commented on a pillow finish I had done at the beginning of the year.  I looked at the pillow sitting in my stitching basket and thought "Mmm I think that I might take her up on that hint and send this little pillow to a new loving home" so the pillow jumped into her birthday package.  I also stitched another small pillow from The Sampler Girl, the design is quite appropriate as Angela is a tea drinker.
The extras included another Sampler Girl chart, some cherry soap from the Body Shop, two bookmarks, cording and some ring binders.

Glad you loved your parcel Angela.  Next up is our Halloween exchange, YAY!!
Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pumpkin House

I just received word from Raffaella that she received the exchange I made for her as part of the Private Autumn exchange organised by BeckySC.
I stitched this long pillow up for Raffaella, I was lucky to find a fabric that matched in perfectly with the colours.

The Sampler Girl - Pumpkin House
Stitched using DMC on a pale soft green linen.

I also finished up my Lizzie Kate Green Flip Its and it is now at the framers.  I cant wait to get it back along with my Hunt Sampler which also went in for framing.  I have another week to wait.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ornie Swap

In our private ornie swap group, September is Lisa D's month to receive.
I stitched an element of the "Let It Snow" design by JBW Designs.  All the snow drops are white beads and the snowmans mouth, eyes and nose are also beads.  I used a large bow charm that I placed at the base of the hanger.

He was a fun stitch and I'm glad Lisa likes him.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, September 24, 2010

SWAP Round 4

Hi everyone, remember me telling you all about the parcel I sent to Hungary that vanished, well I sent a replacement parcel and guess what?  It arrived within 1 week - WHAT!!! Go Figure, I am confused!!!

Anyway this is the replacement piece I stitched for my partner. 

Design by Carinne - Scissor Pouch design but I made it into a wall hanging.
Stitched using DMC on a piece of 28ct edged linen.

I also included a piece of blue/grey linen and a fabric heart.

The original parcel is the first and hopefully only one I have ever had go missing on me in the years that I have been exchanging.  The disappointing thing was that the piece I made was one of my absolute favourite exchange pieces I have ever made and that is what upsets me the most, that its out there somewhere with no one to love it!!
Until next time, happy stitching

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Private Autumn Exchange

Here are the wonderful exchange pieces I have recieved from Anne S in the private Autumn Exchange round organised by BeckySC.

"A Very Merry Autumn" - JBW Designs
28ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen using Crescent Colours

"Hootzi Humbug" - Just Nan
28ct Antique Ivory Cashel Linen using DMC and Delica beads

I have always wanted one of those cute humbugs and had actually been admiring this Hootzi Owl design on another blog, now I have one of my own, isn't he the cutest.  The pillow is also gorgeous with such a perfect choice of fabric to match making it feel very seasonal indeed.
Thanks Anne, I love them!
Until next time, happy stitching.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A New WIP!

This is a design I have been searching for awhile now for.  As soon as I saw the design I knew I had to stitch it as a memorial piece for my Grandad.  I was on a mission then, looking everywhere, even Ebay to see if I could buy it, but with no luck.  Then a wonderful stitcher came to my rescue - Missy - loaned me her copy of the chart and I am forever grateful.

Hester's Needle
"Hearts Left Behind"

Thank you Missy, this means so much to me, and I cant wait to get that fabric ordered and start on this beauty.
Until then I am stitching away on my Lizzie Kate Green flip its and nearly finished the second last square.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I Like A Challenge!

I entered a competition over at the LK Lovers blog, it was a challenge to stitch a freebie design (we all chose the Friendship Grows freebie) and make a different finish with it.
I had never made a hanging pillow design before so I decided that was going to be my finish of choice.  I had received a similar one in an earlier exchange, so I studied it and worked out how the top part was done and then put it all together.
Here is my finished entry.

The challenge worked on a poll voting system, the participants sent along a photo of their entry and the photos were all put on the blog (with no names attached to them to make it fair) and you voted on your favourite piece.
I am very happy to announce that I came 2nd in the challenge and have won some lovely Lizzie Kate goodies that are on their way in the mail to me.  I was soo excited!!  My congratulations go out to Karen T who came in 1st place with her beautiful creation.  Well done Karen!

I have been stitching but everything has been on exchanges, so I dont have anything else to show at the moment.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Little Bluebird

This is the surprise RAK gift I had been working on last month.  I wanted to send a little gift over to BeckySC to help bring some joy to her during this time .  Some of her family are going through a rough time at the moment and Becky is devoting all her time to looking after them.  I wrote in her card that I wanted this little "bluebird of happiness" to bring some joy into her life at this time and let her know that her friends are thinking of her. 
Becky is truly a wonderful giving person and she has been so friendly and giving to me this year that I have always wanted to make her something from the heart as a thank you, as soon as I saw this little design I just knew I had to stitch it for her.

(Angled shot to highlight and show ricrac detail and buttons)

Designer - Gazette 94
Stitched on 32ct cream evenweave using DMC
Finished as a pillow

I found the perfect backing fabric for it that had little bluebirds on it flying around.
Becky I'm soo pleased that you love it.

Here is an updated photo of my Lizzie Kate Green flip its.  I have actually just finished another square to but havent managed to take a picture yet.  Only two more squares to go and the border and its all done.

I have also started work on a replacement piece for the exchange that has gone missing.  My partner has checked at her local post office and still nothing has turned up.
Until next time, happy stitching

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Surprise Fob!

I was the lucky recipient of this gorgeous scissor fob from dear Mylene.
It was such a lovely surprise as she had sent them out as a secret and didn't tell anyone they were coming.
I have mine hanging on my ornie tree.

Thank you soo much Mylene, it was soo lovely of you to think of me and send me such a beautiful stitched item that I will treasure.

Thank you all for your lovely comments about my exchange going missing, I am still hoping there might be a chance.  I have asked my partner to check in at her local post office to see if it is sitting around in there.
I am also nearly finished on the third block of my Lizzie Kate Green flipits, so next post I can share another picture.

Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Feeling Green?

Hi Everyone,
thought I would show you the progress I have made on my Lizzie Kate Green Flip-Its.

Two down!!

Its quite an enjoyable stitch as the colours are soo cheery and I love the fabric. I actually chose the same fabric as listed on the patterns to use.

I am also really annoyed as I sent out an exchange parcel about 6 weeks ago to Hungary and it hasn't arrived.  I am soo gutted as I put soo much into the piece I stitched and I was soo hesitant to send it as I really loved it.  I am completely gutted!  I dont like the idea that its floating around out there for anyone to have, its soo annoying.  I'm still hoping (fingers crossed) that it might just be dawdling along and eventually get there, or at least come home to me, but to be honest I dont think there's much of a chance.  Has anybody else had this happen where its amazingly turned up after soo long?

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Plant Love Finish!

Here is the Lizzie Kate Round 5 exchange piece I stitched for my partner Michele.
I love this design, its soo colourful, quick, easy and fun to stitch.  My finish was a pinkeep.

I have a while now before my next exchange committment, so I started stitching on the Lizzie Kate Green Flip It series.  It's not worth me putting up a photo just yet as it's only just started.  I think its's going to be another fun stitch though.  I also just finished up a RAK I want to send to someone to help cheer them up a little at this time, it's for a fellow stitcher but I don't want to spoil it, so I will release who it's for when they receive it.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More Arrivals!

Some of my exchanges have arrived at their new homes.
First up here is the ornie I stitched for Conny in our private ornie swap group.
Conny listed Carriage House as one of her favourite designers, so I thought this little Angel from the Alphablocks was the perfect pick for her.  I tried out a new style of ornie finish for this one to. 

And next up is the piece I sent to Lynn in the Seasonal Exchange Group (link in my sidebar).
This design is a portion of the Shepherds Bush chart "Scatter Sunshine".  I attached fabric around the sides, like you would if you were making a pillow and then made it into a wallhanging.  I was super pleased with how this one turned out and Lynn loves it too.

Until next time, happy stitching

Saturday, July 17, 2010

SWAP Gift from Teca

Here is the lovely SWAP gift I received from Teca in Round 4.  The theme for this round was french designs.

Designer - Malin Maline Creations
Design - "Plaisirs Gourmand"
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Linen using DMC

Such a great wall hanging that I can put up in my stitching room.  Teca also included some marzipan chocolate and some cute little assorted buttons.
Thank you Teca I am very pleased with your lovely gifts.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Sigh of Relief!

Well I havent been told personally but I noticed on the sidebar that my partners name had "received" next to it, so I'm guessing it arrived safely.  Here is the piece I made for my partner in the HOE ABC exchange.

Designer - A Mon Ami Pierre
Design - Hornbook's stitcher
Stitched on 28ct antique white evenweave using DMC

I changed it around a little by moving the letters to fit the shape I wanted, I also highlighted the recipients initials in a different colour so they would stand out and added a small charm.  I finished it as a pinkeep.

Next post I can show what I received in the SWAP with Nina group, its gorgeous!
Until next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm Still Here!

Yes I'm still plodding along, but I just havent had anything that I can show you all.
I have my HOE ABC piece out there posted mid June that has still not arrived at its home (and usually when I post to this country the longest is 2 weeks), so I fear it is MIA.
I also have my SWAP piece on its way to Hungary so hopefully that one should be arriving soon.
So until these pieces arrive I dont have much to show I'm afraid.  The stitching I have recently finished are all for exchanges or gifts aswell.
I have an exchange break now till mid September so I have to work out what ME stitching I can do next.  I have some ideas but I just have to make my mind up.
Well thats all for now dear friends, hopefully I can blog about some pieces received soon.
Until next time, happy stitching

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2 In 1 Day!

Lucky me! Elisa had my name in two exchanges and here is what she made for me.
First up for the Lizzie Kate round 5 she stitched part of the Liberty Sampler and made it into a pinkeep for me. 

Secondly here is a lovely pillow she stitched for me in the Seasonal Exchange group (link in my sidebar if you would like to visit us, we are open to new members).  This one is a SanMan Original design which was a freebie and its stitched using DMC threads, she also attached all these beads around the outside to the ricrac.  Too cute!

I have also finished my Lizzie Kate round 5 piece for my partner and just have to make it up in its finish.  Then I will start stitching on my seasonal exchange piece.  Elisa was super quick for both these exchanges.
Until next time, happy stitching

Friday, June 25, 2010


I received my HOE ABC piece from Malinda.
Malinda stitched an online freebie from a french website, using HDF's "Perfect Red" to stitch the design. Isn't it devine!! And what a fabulous flatfold she made it into, flatfolds are one of my favourite finishes.
Many Thanks Malinda.

I have recently finished an ornie for Conny in our Private Ornie Group, today I have to find the perfect fabric to go with it.  And last night I started stitching on the LK Round 5 piece.  August and September are big months in stitching for me.  3 exchanges and a birthday I have to stitch for, so I am going to be busy for a little while.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Few Things To Share

I have been busy lately stitching a little something for myself inbetween my exchange stitching.
I recently bought some new stash and this was one of the charts I picked. 

Plum Street Samplers "Hare's Spring"
Stitched using DMC on cream 28ct Lugana

I plan on stitching the Hare's Summer to go with it aswell, but that one will have to wait till my next break in exchange stitching.

Speaking of exchanges here is a wonderful piece I received from Conny for the Lizzie Kate Exchange Round 4.  She especially chose the June stamp for me as it is my birthday month.  I love it, its soo colourful and cheery!!  Thanks Conny!

And next up here is the Little House Needleworks piece ABC123 I finished at the beginning of the year.  I wanted a special finish, so I sent it off to Vonna at The Twisted Stitchers Finishing Service and asked her to make it into a wallhanging for me.  This is the beauty that she put together for me.  WOW!!!

Thank you all for your continued visits and comments, I really appreciate them all.
I still have some charts up for grabs in the previous post so if anyone is interested please check them out.  Don't forget I am happy to trade.
Until next time, happy stitching.