Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In between packing boxes in readiness for the big shift - I am doing a little stitching. I have put a couple of projects aside to stitch until we unpack at the other end as with this move I have lost my stitchy room - so it may be awhile before I can unpack. While I still have a way to go with this one - the finish line is in sight. I am so pleased that I have persevered with this even though at times I was very tempted to 'release it to the world'. The blank space between the bottom border trees is placement for initials and date as in the original pattern however the jury is still out on that. I have seen a blue bird charm that would occupy the space really well. But until I am sure it will remain a space... And I am yet to correct the mistake ;)
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Despite being three days into 2016 I haven't begun on any of my proposed new starts - instead I have been concentrating on my 'problem child'.. A lovely little design by Jardin Prive which I really love - however I seem to have been at odds with this from the very beginning. I could say that for every stitch I have stitched correctly the 'frog' and I have been 'hand in hand' with the rest.
This one I could have buried in my 'tub of shame' gladly, but instead I decided to give it one last go before I abandoned it altogether. I wish I could say everything was forgiven and has gone smoothly - but alas not so. However I have donned my "no fail" hat and I am stitch by stitch making my way to my first finish for 2016. I am hopefully that it will be finished by the end of January. Then onto one of my new projects...
Sunday, December 13, 2015
And another finish for 2015... This time a free pattern of butterflies on the internet. It is stitched on 28 'Celtic' cashel Linen from Stitches and Spice Australia with Cottage Garden Thread #411 - Grand Ridge. Unfortunately the photo doesn't do either the fabric or the thread justice...
Friday, December 11, 2015
I put the final stitches into this while I drank my morning tea at Brunetti's Camberwell. I started this on the 30/03/2015. An Ink Circles freebie - Ink Spot #7 - Four in the Bush. Stitched with DMC threads on 18 count Aida - from Sew It All Australia from their multi packs option. And so... on to the next one!!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Today was little Miss B's birthday - she turned two. That time from when she was born until now has flown like birds on the wing... She is now a little personality who is displaying traits of her own. She knows what she likes and in an equal amount what she doesn't. From a grand parent's perspective I think we have the luxury of watching them grow and develop - perhaps it is because for most of us we are that much removed from the everyday rush that we had as parents where each minute was timetabled, crammed and action packed. Watching her develop and reach out to her world is like watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset, hearing music or reading words that move me - it touches deep within. Really, what more does one want from life than this???
As I watched Miss B today I wondered what lay ahead of her and I hoped that she would always be fortunate enough to have choice in her life and horizons broad enough to explore her world whether it be physical, mentally, emotionally or spiritual in a safe and peaceful way. I wished for her as the cake was cut that she would always be happy, healthy, prosperous and content. And that if she were to have dark days they would be a scattered few and far between...
But for today, it was about a little girl who was surrounded by those who love her and who was not too sure what all the fuss was about. And of course Peppa Pig...
|Happy Birthday to you Miss B!!!|
|Even her presents had a continuing theme.|
Monday, October 12, 2015
Now that my friend has been delivered of this today I can share it. She and her husband made a sea change - quite literally - by relocating close to the sea. I met H when we worked together selling retail books - she is also an ex - librarian. The moment I saw this Lizzie Kate design I knew it expressed all I wanted to say. I used DMC and added some blending thread to the water so that when the light catches it - it sparkles. I had it professionally framed and I was so pleased with the end result. I photographed it lying down - still wrapped in its cellophane so it looks a little uneven but it was perfectly centered. The frame looked like driftwood and the fabric colour suggested sand and of course the quote made mention of stories so it accomplished all I set out to do...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I have added more flowers and more leaves to my Winter Flower Sampler - I am still not sure about the new additions - however I will wait to see how it all comes together as it progresses...Once I have completed the leaves down the side I will move onto the 'T'... The tiny darker pink flowers are Smyrna stitch - sometimes called double cross stitch.
Take care now