I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

IHSW Check In... better late than never!

This is a very quick fly by post as I am very late in telling you about my weekend stitching!

So without further ado, here is my little stitching update for my "Numb Bum" weekend or IHSW as it is formally called (ie last weekend's stitching)!

I stitched on one piece last weekend and only managed to stitch on Saturday and Sunday for a couple of hours each day but I did make some headway on my chosen WIP.

Remember I said that I was going to be stitching on my Jean Farish "Deer and Grapes Mystery SAL" piece - this is what it looked like before the weekend:

and it now looks like this as of Monday evening:

I managed to finish the other bit of the top half of the border and then started on the first of the top row of flowers.

Overall I am reasonably pleased with my stitching effort for the weekend.  I would have liked to be a bit further ahead but never mind it will appear back in my rotation again very soon.

For those that don't know the IHSW is held on the third Friday to Sunday every month.  Joyce from Random Ramblings will post a couple of days before the weekend so you can sign up and then you stitch as much as you can on the weekend and then on Monday (or Tuesday... or Wednesday) you post pics of what you did... all very easy really!

Thanks it for now, will be back again soon with some more wonderful stitching highlights... or something like that anyway!

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Saturday, March 21, 2015

TUSAL March 2015

It's TUSAL time again....  another new moon - another month has disappeared before our very eyes!

As you know I have actually been stitching over the last month, and as you will now see the ORT's have been growing again!

But this month we have a slight change!  Gone is the old Maccona coffee jar that I have been using for years...

Today I have a new ORT's holder... but which one of these three is it?

Here they are... in the little suitcase....

The suitcase and the pretty blue box in the background are from the Body Shop.  They were full of yummy Body Shop things, but I didn't buy them for what was in them... I had eyes only for the containers!! ♥

This weekend is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) and for my weekend stitching I want to try and stitch on my Jean Farish Deer and Grapes SAL.

Here it is already to go... right where I left off last time!  The pretty paws needle minder and scissor fob are going to keep me company while I am stitching today!

So that's it for this post.... I will be back again in the next couple of days to show you what I have been stitching on over the last week or so... so stay tuned!

Til then, happy stitching!

If you don't know (or haven't heard) about the 2015 TUSAL, Daffycat is again hosting the fun Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL).  Essentially we stitch and save our ORT's (Old Raggety Threads) and every New Moon those of us participating in the TUSAL post a picture of our ORT's jar, and then leave little msgs for Daffycat on her blog to show that we have been stitching and have posted our wonderful pics.  Please head over to her sign up page and join in the fun!

New Moons - 2015
18th April
18th May
16th June
16th July
14th August
13th September
13th October
11th November
11th December

Friday, March 20, 2015

Meet and Greet Stitchers from around the world.....

When I read that Mdm Samm from Sew We Stitch was organising a "Meet & Greet Stitchers from around the world" blog hop I just had to join in!

The idea behind the blog hop is to celebrate the first day of Spring in North America and to get stitchers from all around the world to come together and highlight their top 3-5 most beautiful projects (be them big or small) and they can be anything... cross stitch, appliqué or embroidery, or a combination of all three!

Do you know how hard it is to pick 3-5 projects to highlight?  Well, I found it hard to do....  one of the problems I had was that I give away most of my stitching so I wasn't able to re-take photos for this blog hop... but I have managed to pull together a couple of things to showcase today!  These are more five of my favourites rather than five of my most beautiful... although I think beautiful and favourite go hand in hand, don't you?

So here we go....

1. 50th Anniversary Sampler

Regular readers of my Blog may remember that I stitched this sampler to celebrate my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary in February 2014.  My original post is here - on that post I do have some close ups of the sampler including one of the crystal that I added above the swans.  Swans are lifetime companions and mates which makes them a perfect addition to a sampler celebrating a life together. The designer is Joan Elliott and it was originally published in The World of Cross Stitching Magazine (issue 129).

2. Baby Boy Gift

I stitched this delightful little Aussie koala for a blogging friend to celebrate the birth of her baby boy last year.  He went all the way to Portugal!  This was my first attempt at making a flat fold finish... The original post with more pics is here.  I just adore this little fellow! The designer, Carrol Nielsen, is Australian and if you visit her website you will see some of the most delightful designs to stitch.  I am currently stitching another one of her koalas as part of my Crazy January challenge.

3. Honey Pin Cushion

The "Honey Pin Cushion" is a freebie from the Keepsake Stitches website.  I loved this design and it was so simple to put together as a little cushion.  Last year I took part in an exchange and I decided to stitch a theme - Lavender and Bees!  This was the bee component of my stitching.  Sadly I never heard from the lady that received that package so I don't know if she liked it....  I think I may just have to stitch it again....  If you want to see what I stitched for the Lavender part of the exchange, the link to my post about this exchange is here.

4. Hang in There

I stitched this adorable kitten for my husband a few years ago when he was going through a bit of a tough time.  Kitty used to be sitting in the craft room but now that Hubby has moved into the new home office that we have set up in our two front bedrooms, kitty has also moved home!  He now sits in Hubby's office where he can inspire Hubby every day to just "Hang in There"! ♥♥♥
I don't think that Kitty has ever been shown on my blog...  this was a Jiffy kit from Dimensions and the designer is Katherine Neprud.

5. Light The Way

I had to add this little darling to my list of favourites!  "Light the Way" is a freebie from the Gloria and Pat website.  She/he is just so cute!  I have always had a soft spot for the "Precious Moments" designs.  I stitched this one back in 2011 for the charity organisation "Quilts 4 Kids".  My original post about this cutie is here. Sadly the website no longer exists for the Australian charity so I can't show you the finished quilt that was presented to the young girl.

So that's it.... five of my favourite pieces of stitching.  I hope that you have enjoyed a small sample of some of my stitching.

Now for the fun bit.... I am going to do a giveaway to celebrate the blog hop.... it is actually Autumn here in Australia but I will play the game and pretend it is Spring for one day!

The giveaway prize is:

- Shepherd's Bush chart leaflet - Scatter Eggs (looks very like Spring!)
- A bunch of threads...
- and anything else I can think of to pop into the parcel!

Shepherd's Bush "Scatter Eggs" pic from Shepherd's Bush website
To enter my giveaway there really isn't too many rules....

1.  Please comment on this post and let me know which one of my favourite pieces is your favourite
2.  Be a follower of my blog - it would be lovely if you could please sign up as follower (if you aren't already) by using the Google Friends Tab on my side - I can't track new followers otherwise!

Giveaway closes on 31st March 2015.  I will announce the winner (drawn randomly by comment number) on Friday 3rd April 2015.

Good luck everyone!

Now if you would like to continue the Blog Hop and meet some lovely stitchers from around the world - drop into Madame Samm's blog and start your journey... link is here to the "Meet and Greet Stitchers from around the world"

Enjoy the Spring blog hop around the world and I will see you all again soon.

Til next time, Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx