I have really enjoyed stitching this - I do love La-D-Da designs, I stitched this 1/2 on 32ct Silkweaver solo that I had in my fabric drawer so cos its a solo I have no idea what the colour of it is. The threads are totally changed I used OWS - Midnight rain, DMC 111, Dragon Floss - Impulse, Dragon Floss - Riverside. I haven't quite decided yet how I will finish this one, probably into a cushion of some kind.
On a good note too, my Summer Exchange partner has posted to say she received hers yesterday, I have some pics to post of what I sent but I will put them up tomorrow.
Isn't it wonderful this weather I Love it, but I do wish we had Air con, both at home and at work, never mind we don't have this type of weather for long.
I thought I might have been able to show you my summer exchange piece I sent to my partner, but as yet she hasn't said that she has received it yet, I hope that she has, and as soon as she does I will share a pic with you.
Have a tiny bit left to stitch on My sunshine and then that will be finished, should have a pic of that by the weekend.
All my threads and my fabric arrived for the Blackbird 'Remember Me' SAL which has been organised by Eva we are starting Aug 1st and our number has now grown to 11, this will be great fun and I'm looking forward to starting it even though I'm away on holiday for the first part of the SAL and won't be taking it with me, but I know I'll catch up. When we have started I'll put links to our SAL album.
Did I mention we are going on holiday? - No? - Oh well we are going on holiday soon - next week in fact and I'm counting down the 'sleeps', I am taking a wee bit of stitching with me when I go but what I haven't decided as yet, when we come back it will be Helens birthday - not sure if I should disclose her age LOL!!!! but she is younger than me LOL!! so we will call at her house as we will be flying in at Newcastle and then we can journey down to see Helen and the children and BIL, plus of course mum and dad
Seeing as I was in the mood the other day for some finishing I knew in my 'To Finish' drawer there was another wee fob to do, this one is a freebie from Dames of the Needle, I haven't quite finished it the way that was suggested I have just done my own thing, this took all of 30mins to actually stitch and another 30mins to finish, I just used some cord I had in my finishing basket and added a beed charm, I think my corners are a bit off, but never mind.
On the stitching front I have started La D Da's 'You are my Sunshine', ever since I saw this one I have so wanted to do it, so whilst I have had a couple of days off I thought I would, and it seems such a quick stitch as well. When I have finished it I'm going to make it into a pillow and give it to Mark cos he is my sunshine. I have done some more work on Dianne NRR and I do hope that she likes what I have done cos its finished!!!
On a British board I frequent (Jaynes Attic), I have volunteered to organise the Christmas Ornie exchange - Wish me luck as this will be the first exchange I have ever organised, but I must admit I'm quite excited about it.
This is my July ornament, well really this one is a fob, but I'm counting it in the ornies - again its another EEF this time this one is called Rose Basket fob. I stitched this on 36ct white linen and used almost all the recommended threads but changed the basket colour and used a very pale overdye for the pale eyelet stitch. Again I have used a beaded trim I had in my stah - I like this trim and added a narrow white ribbon for the scissors to fasten too.
We were part of the summer exchange that was from The Robins Nest (Renees) board, I absolutley love this, and she also sent me some lovely 40ct linen fabric by Lakeside linens - French Lilac colour and some cute bee buttons THANKYOU so much Nicki - I have emailed Nicki privately with my thanks, ohhhh I am so delighted
We are really enjoying a great spell of warm weather at the moment, and Tash loves the sunshine, so I caught her being particularly cute warming her belly in the sun.
Stitching wise I'm getting on really well with Diannes Neighbouhood, in fact its almost finished. I have also started on this months Ornie SAL project, and will have pics of that in the next couple of days, again its an EEF design.
Not long now til our holiday - 19 more sleeps and I'm getting excited already. We need to have a shopping trip to get some odds and bobs in readiness.
Today's SBQ was suggested by Carol (http://carolsxsblog.blogspot.com/) and is:
Since you started blogging, have you noticed any difference in your stitching habits? Tell us about them.
Most definitley differences in my habits, on a postive habit note I have made lots of new friends and its shown me new sites for threads and designers I hadn't heard of before which added more to my wish list and anhialated my CC. Also I have gotten into smalls more since I have been blogging which has opened up another world of stitching for me.
On a negative habit note, I have less time for stitching, as I always want to check out folks blogs and see what they have been up too, I have so many blogs bookmarked on my desktop LOL!! Also I seem to have less time for actually emailing folk now which is bad as I want to stitch too.
Blogging has opened up a whole new and very enjoyable world for me, even if my stitching time has lessened.
I just loved stitching this. Its called Peaceful ways by Lori Markovic (La-D-Da, I stitched it on 32ct Desert Sand linen and the only thread I substituted was WDW Scheneckly for Tarnished Gold (Only cos I didn't have tarnished gold) all other threads used are GAST, its stitched 1/2, and I love the mellow but delicate look it gives. I didn't stitch the edging or my initials and year as I want to place it in an oblong box lid.
since I last posted, Where has the time gone, and I haven't been so active around everyones blogs either, no excuse I have just been so busy and the weather has been so lovely.
Thought I would share with you a picture that I took the other evening of a bumble bee having a wash on top of my lily leaves, he was there for ages, so I had fun photographing him.
What else has happened apart from hot sunny but humid days and lots of work, I received a wonderful surprise twice this week in the post, one was from Carol who RAK'd me with Laevender Wings Spring Morning which was in my wish list - not any more it aint, its here by my side calling me to start on it. The other lovely surprise was from Dianne who sent me the most beautiful and unusual bookmark I have ever had, I will take a pic!! it was a thankyou for a magazine I sent her last month. - Thanks ladies I love them both (I know I emailed privately, but I wanted to thank you both here as well.
I have been busy stitching and have made a start on Diannes Neighbourhood RR and I have almost finished Peaceful Ways - La d DA. I have also more or less finished the house exchange from SBEBB, which I know doesn't go out til mid August, but we go on holiday early August for a week so I want it finished before we go. Also tonight I was asked to join in a SAL doing a Blackbird Designs - so busy busy times ahead.
This is another pic I thought to share its one of my beautiful sweet peas that have started to flower, I love this red one. We bought some exhibition sweet peas this year as our garden is so small and I have limited space, there were only 6 plants to a pot which was enough for me to grow.