Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Some heart love

Hi everyone! Look what turned up on my doorstep a couple of days ago …..

I had sent these to Deb at Artistic Needle for finishing and I am beyond thrilled with what she has done. First up is BBD’s Sweet Heart which was my first finish of this year. She finished it exactly as I asked with the chenille trim and I am just thrilled with it. It’s filled with a mix of crushed walnut shells and polyfill and I love the extra weight the walnut shells give it.

Then here’s BBD’s Pins & Tulips pincushion. This is a finish from last year, so it’s been sitting for a while asking me to do something with it. Again, Deb followed my wishes and I love it. It’s also filled with a mix of crushed walnut shells and polyfill.

Two more fantastic finishes from Deb that I’m still oohing and aahing over because never in a million years could I have made them look so nice!

As for my own stitching. Well, it’s a little bit past Valentine’s Day but here is a heart finish. It’s the February pillow from A Primitive Calendar by Nikyscreations. A quick stitch and a quick finish! I went with a running stitch round the edge so it is finished slightly differently. This was stitched on 32ct lambswool linen using the suggested DMC.

I’m planning on stitching a BOAF Christmas ornament for this month and the suggested fabric is BOAF’s Wren Brown which, I don’t have, and have never had, in my stash. Any suggestions on a suitable alternative? I have some Chestnut and I was wondering if that was close or am I way off. It’s seems somewhat similar to the picture on the chart. Any thoughts much appreciated! When it comes to changing fabric I am such a ditherer!!!!

Hope everyone is having a good week. Thanks for all the lovely comments left last time round. It is always so good to hear from everyone.

Until next time …..

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Happy Hearts

Hi everyone! I’ve picked up BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler this week and have enjoyed getting back into it. I started this back in November then between the lead up to Christmas, putting it down to work on AaHRH and stitching smalls, this piece has been a little neglected. It’s a dark, wet day here today and having tried to take a picture in natural light I ended up using the flash. It actually gives a better idea of the true colour of the fabric than any of the other progress pics. They have looked washed out no matter what light I took them in!!

Other than that, I did finish this…

Yes, the first block of PS 12 Days of Christmas which I ran out of time to finish in January. Stitched on the suggested fabric using the suggested DMC threads. The plan is to stitch these all individually.

Thanks for the lovely comments on my finished January ornament. I have decided on which one I’m stitching this month, got everything gathered together today, so plan on getting started on that plus, I want to work on the February chart from the Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar.

I had an unexpected trip to the dentist today having broken a bit off a tooth and 6 hours later my mouth is only just starting to thaw out! Not my favourite place to visit but it was good to get the tooth fixed so quickly. I had phoned to see when I could get an appointment and was told there was a cancellation that I could take if I was able to get over there. So, I jumped into the car and headed off. Good to get the tooth fixed and a definite bonus was that it didn’t give me any time to stress over having to have work done! Before I had really thought about it I was in that dentist’s chair!

Hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time…..

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January round-up

Hi everyone! There I was under the delusional idea that January wouldn’t be ending until later on this week! I have no idea why I thought that but let’s just say that when I realised on the weekend that, in fact, January ended on Monday it gave me something of a shock. So, where I’d thought I still had plenty of time to do the final finishing of my chosen ornament for January (read that as procrastinate for a few more days!!) instead there was a quick change of stitching plans for the weekend and the ornament got bumped up the list! And here it is…..

This is the ornament from the Brightneedle chart Love in a Manger Sampler. I’ve stitched this one a couple of times as gifts but have always stitched it over 2. This time round I decided to stitch it over one. It’s stitched on 30ct R&R Alabaster that I had in my stash and a mix of DMC and WDW rather than the Thread Gatherer Silk ’N Colors called for.

Although I’m giving myself two months for each block of AaHRH I thought I’d give you an update on where I am with this second block. I’m using DMC instead of NPS and have been happy with the colours so far. Well, I started to fill in the barn with the suggested DMC (921) and felt it was far too orange. I did that thing of stitching a little bit more because I might suddenly love it but then realised that that wasn’t going to happen. Having checked a DMC/NPS conversion chart online it listed DMC 356 as an alternative and with thanks to Siobhan, who put the three colours together and said that yes, the 356 was a closer match, I’ve now started to fill in the barn with that and like it much better. You’ll see the 921 orange in the top left of the barn. Yes, still to be frogged, I just had more enthusiasm for starting the 356 in another part of the barn but it gives you a chance to see the difference in the shades and I will eventually get to the frogging.

Out of the things that I had planned to stitch in January there was only one that I didn't manage to do - the first little block of PS Twelve Days of Christmas. I did make a start on it …..

just didn’t manage to finish it…….hopefully this month!

I hope all is well with you and yours. It’s a nice day here, the sun is shining and I’ve noticed that my daffodil bulbs are coming to life and are showing about an inch above the soil. I love seeing signs of spring appearing. As ever, thanks for all your lovely comments and for dropping by my blog to read my ramblings!

Until next time….