Sunday, October 30, 2011

Seems to be a tree 'thing'....

that I’ve got going on at the moment!  DT’s Button Tree is finished and I’ll share a pic of that in a moment.  First of all though, here’s a pic of my latest start.  Yes, another tree, CHS Companion Quaker Christmas Tree Sampler to give it its full name…..

I’m stitching this on 32ct BOAF Sandpiper using the suggested DMC threads.

And here is DT’s Button Tree...  

And …..
Stitched on 32ct Summer Khaki linen using suggested DMC and WDW Blue Spruce

If anyone has stitched this and is wondering where the birds at the bottom are?  I decided against stitching them as I liked how the tree looked just standing on its own.  I have to tell you though, it took me several days to decide on the button placement. I ended up leaving it laid out on the table and anytime I walked past I’d have a look and maybe change round a button or two.  It does show you where to place them on the chart and which size goes where but I still found I needed to play around a little bit with them. 

Guess what I’ve got caught up on?!?!?!  Yes, I’m back on track with the PS 12 Days of Christmas blocks.  Here’s #10….
Stitched on 32ct Natural Light linen using suggested DMC

Plan is to stitch the final two next month and get them all put together…..fingers crossed!!!

I can’t believe we’re nearly to the end of another month, and almost to the end of another year!  Seems like 2011 has just flown by. Thanks for all the lovely comments you left last time and I hope that you’re all getting lots of stitching time in this weekend! 

Until next time …..   

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

One of those 'this 'n that' posts.....

The only stitching that’s been going on with me lately has been bits and pieces.  I’ve been keeping an eye out for news on the release of the next part of the BBD’s LF and seeing that it is now due out in a few weeks has had me holding off starting anything on the larger side.  Getting on with the smaller stuff though does mean that I’m track with those things for this month.  First up is this one, SB's Merry Be pin cushion. 
Slightly on the large side to be considered as an ornament but hey, that’s how I’m looking on it - my Christmas ornament for this month!  I have a great fondness for SB Christmas designs and this one was no different, I really enjoyed stitching it and working with the silks again.  I can take no credit for the lovely finishing.  This one I sent to KarenV and it arrived back home again on Monday. Thanks Karen for another great finishing job!

Then these two, the October chart from Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar and the next block from PS 12 Days of Christmas.  I loved the colours in the little October pillow, those red apples just popped off the fabric!  Block #9 of 12 Days of Christmas. My plan is to also stitch the 10th block this month so, with a bit of luck, I should be back on track with these by the end of the month.  The PS block is stitched using the suggested fabric (32ct natural light linen) and DMC threads.  The little pillow is stitched on 32ct  vintage country mocha and suggested DMC threads.

 And in amongst those is a new start.  DT’s Button Tree using the suggested fabric and threads – 32ct summer khaki and a mix of DMC and WDW.   

Although it’s a couple of weeks ago now, thanks for all your good wishes for DS#1 and his running.  It was a miserable, wet day but he finished the distance and he has definitely been bitten by the running bug and plans to keep doing it.

Thanks also for the lovely comments you left last time round on my finishes. You sure know how to make a girl feel good!!! 

Until next time …..   

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Some September finishes

Hi everyone!  I’m so glad I persevered with the satin stitch border on Three Crows.  Even though it was driving me crazy, once those basting stitches were in, it helped keep me straight.  I finished it a couple of days ago so in time to list it as a September finish.

Goode Huswife Three Crows stitched on 32ct Puck by Elne of Lynnyn using suggested DMC

Thanks for all the nice comments left last time round on my wooden bobbin finish.  Quite a few people asked about where I’d found the bobbin. I bought both it and the chart from Casa Cenina in Italy under the listing for Marie Suarez.  I’ve had nothing but good experiences in ordering from this company so have no hesitation in recommending them to order from should you want to give them a go.  You can follow the link above or click here.

It may be the first day of a new month but time for me to share my finishes from a couple of my monthly projects for September.  Both Christmas related.  First up is the ornament I picked for September from the PS chart A Christmas Visit. I stitched two from this booklet last year and pretty much love each design that’s in it so decided it was time to have another one stitched for this Christmas.

PS Christmas Welcome stitched on 32ct natural linen using suggested DMC

Then there’s my on-going PS 12 Days of Christmas blocks.  This, as you can see, is #8 so I’m still running behind. Given that I really would like to have these all completed (and not just stitched but made into little pillows!) for this Christmas I need to switch up a gear and get back on track with them.

PS 12 Days of Christmas stitched on 32ct natural light linen using suggested DMC

As always, thanks for dropping by!  Whatever your plans are for the weekend hope they are good.  DS#1 is taking part in his first 10km run tomorrow, in Edinburgh.  He took up running about 6 months ago and decided he needed to have something to aim for and signed up for that.  So, we’ll be cheering him on from a distance and hoping it goes well.

Until next time ….