Saturday, May 28, 2011

Some framing, an ornament and putting May behind me

Hi everyone! I think it’s fair to say that May has not been one of my better months for stitching. It’s been a funny old month around here, some good things going on, some bad and I guess for a while the bad outweighed the good and when that happens I tend to retreat a little. This morning though I went to my framer to pick up BOAF Happy Hearts Sampler that I’d left in with her a few weeks ago. Here it is….



And a close up of the frame….

I’m thrilled with what she’s done and I think it’s just what I needed to get my enthusiasm going again. I can see some stash diving going on later on this afternoon and hopefully I’ll have got my stitching mojo back a little.

Just as well I was enthusiastic about my Christmas ornament stitching at the start of the month. I did manage to stitch that before my needle ground to a halt and sent it off to KarenV to finish it for me. Here it is…

HE Merry Yule Santa stitched on some 28ct Heatherfield that I found in my stash – no idea of the name, I want to say Hickory, could be right, could be wrong!!!! It has a red and green fleck through it and I thought it would work well with the design. Can’t say that I really liked stitching on it (now I know why it’s been in my fabric stash for years!!!), too soft for me, but I love how it turned out and plan on using what I have left on a couple of other HE ornaments. I changed things slightly, didn’t use the Wisper for the beard, added a little jingle bell at the end of his hat instead of a colonial knot and didn’t stitch the pipe that he was smoking. Love the finishing that Karen did on this one – thanks Karen!

Aside from some stash diving this weekend I do have the May pillow from Nikyscreations stitched so want to get that put together. I also have my PS block from 12 Days of Christmas stitched so I have, at least, managed to keep with my monthly stitching commitments, just not much else!!!!

A blog question now! Has anyone else been having trouble leaving comments on posts? While I have got behind on commenting the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to catch up in the last few days and sometimes Blogger will just not let me post, keeps telling me I have to sign in and then when I do it seems to kick me out again and I can get no further. I know there were issues with Blogger a couple of weeks ago with things going on with people’s posts so I’m wondering if they still have some gremlins in the works.

Have a nice weekend everyone. Hope all is well in your part of the world and thank you for dropping in on my little spot in blogland!
Until next time ....

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Time for those little things....

Hi everyone! I had the greatest of intentions to blog before the end of April so that I could share my smaller monthly finishes but, well, it just didn’t happen. So, here I am with a couple of April finishes even though we’re heading into the second week of May! First up, here’s my latest finish from Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar stitched on 32ct vintage mocha linen using the suggested threads.

Then, here’s the ornament I stitched for April. This is an older Homespun Elegance chart, Blessings, and I stitched this one on a piece of blue linen from my stash and the suggested threads. Not finished, finished as this is one I’ll be sending off for someone else to do!!!!

Continuing on with the Christmas theme, here’s the fourth block from PS ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. Stitched on the suggested linen (32ct natural light) and threads.

I’m not planning to make these into little pillows until I’ve them all completed so at some point I will need to stitch a couple each month to give myself time to finish them for Christmas (hopefully this Christmas!). Here's a pic of the four completed already.

And then I want to share this one with you. KarenV over at My Favourite Things has started a new venture in offering a finishing service. I’ve always loved how she finished her stitching so was thrilled when I heard what she was planning. This is the wonderful job she did on my LHN ‘He’s a Flake’. I love what she did with him, my only request was that she finish him as a flat-backed ornament and I left everything else up to her. If you’re not familiar with Karen’s blog go check it out, she does the loveliest things. You can click on the links above or find her in the blog list in the sidebar.

And last, but by no means least, thank you everyone for the lovely comments you left on my last post about my Birds and Berries Needlebook. You sure know how to make a girl feel good and I really appreciate that so many took time to leave me a comment.

Until next time ….