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!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  I hope that everyone has a wonderful day of trick and treating!  Hubby and I don't celebrate Halloween as such, but we always make sure that we have lots of yummy lollies for those litle ones that come knocking on the door, and today is no exception.  This year I have even bought a couple of little "cauldrons" from Spotlight to put the lollies in!

Remember I told you a couple of weeks ago that I had won two giveaways - well, the lovely pressies have now arrived in the mail, and as they were both Halloween inspired I thought that I would wait until today to reveal what the postie delivered.

Kay's (Kay's Random World) giveaway was a Lizzie Kate design, threads and some Christmas stitching fabric.  Kay also added some yummy red licorice, some Halloween stickers and these cute little jumping Halloween critters.
Giveaway from Kay
Carolyn's (Taking One Stitch at a Time) Halloween giveaway was a package of Lizzie Kate limited edition kits, Halloween fabric, coloured felt and aida, thread and two halloween tucks.

Giveaway from Carolyn
Such gorgeous things in each package.  I can't wait to start stitching the Lizzie Kate designs that both Ladies have sent me - I have never stitched a Lizzie Kate design before so it is very exciting to be doing something different to my normal stitching.

I feel very lucky to have won both of these giveaways and thank Kay and Carolyn so very much for choosing me as the winner.

Til next time Happy Halloween and happy stitching

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October Finishes

I'm back, as promised with some pics of my latest finishes.

October has been a busy month all round for me not just with work but also with the amount of stitching that I have been doing.  In November there are 3 Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitty's" birthdays to stitch for and I thought that I would be a good girl and get a head start on my stitching this time... and guess what I am on target!  Quite a surprise actually....

I have now stitched two of the three cards and they are already winging their way over to the UK and the Netherlands!  I hope the girls like them.

So what did I stitch?  Have a looksee....

Birthday card #1
Stitched for Ambersilk (Heather) in the Netherlands.  I found this cute design in the Cross Stitch Collection magazine issue 198.  This kitty is one of four designed by Lucie Heaton.  Heather has a black and white cat and this design was just so cute, how could I not stitch this one for her?

Finished stitching - Designed by Lucie Heaton
Cross Stitch Collection, issue 198
I decided not to over-do the card too much as the design is quite a large one. The "Happy Birthday" tag came from one of the papercrafting magazines in my stash and the jewels are from Spotlight.  I decided to put a yellow jewel in the centre of the flower to give it a little bit of extra bling!

Finished card for Ambersilk
Birthday card #2
Stitched for Stitchmadmummy (Debbie) in the UK.  For ages I have been wanting to stitch the Margaret Sherry X-stitching cat but just never got around to it.  So when it was time to look for a design for Debbie's card I went straight to the Margaret Sherry bookazine and low and behold there was the X-stitching cat looking out at me and just begging to be stitched.
Finished Stitching - Designed by Margaret Sherry
The Best of Margaret Sherry Bookazine
When I was stitching this one I kept thinking that I needed to do the card in purple and orange.  Not sure if it's the Halloween influence or if all of a sudden purple and orange are my favourite colour combinations!  The paper is again a freebie from one the papercrafting magazines that I have sitting in my stash, and I used gold brads to attach the stitching to the card.  Again after searching my stash I found some really cute purple buttons to add to the Happy Birthday tag.  They were also one-time freebies from a magazine.  That's why we keep these freebies as you never know when they will come in handy!! 

Finished card for Stitchmadmummy
Card #3 is due in the US at the end of November so I will get that one done in a couple of weeks time.

Earlier this month it was my birthday and therefore my turn to receive the cards from all my Craftbubble friends.  Below are the photos of what everyone sent me.  One of the girls even sent a stitched kitty Christmas card!  Also in the photos are the gifts that some of the girls sent - a couple of kits, some bangles, fridge magnet and a bookmark.  Did you notice all the grey kitties that the girls stitched for me?  Aren't they just gorgeous?

Just before I go I have one more little finish to share with you.  My next project is to be the Margaret Sherry fan blog Christmas SAL, but until now I hadn't started it as I have been trying to work out what to do and how to finish the designs.  So while the brain went through a number of different alternatives (all of which I threw out the window) I thought why not do another little design while I was thinking - and this is it!

Christmas Kisses Card Kit - designed by Margaret Sherry
The World of Cross Stitching, issue 181
This sweet little freebie came from the World of Cross Stitching magazine, issue 181.  It was actually very quick to stitch up although I nearly threw it out the window a number of times.  The thread in the kit was fraying constantly and the end result isn't as crisp as I would have liked - it's a bit fluffy in places.  I suspect the threads weren't a good quality thread like Anchor or DMC but a cheaper brand which is a shame, but overall it is a lovely design.

I am going to make this into a little pillow using Christmas fabric.  I have even had a thought that I could stuff it with the 2011 TUSAL ORT's!

So that's what I have been up to over the last couple of weeks...  no wonder I haven't had much time to do any blogging I have been too busy stitching!

I will be back again very soon to show you my new start and also to share with you what arrived in the mail the other day!

Til next time, take care and happy stitching

Friday, October 28, 2011

Totally Usless SAL Update - New Moon 26 October 2011

Hello dear blogging friends!  Here we are again, another New Moon and another ORT Report.

In my little ORT jar this month are lots of pretty colours but the one that stands out the most is the purple thread from the card that I stitched for my Craftbubble 'Crazy for Kitties' birthday exchange.  But more about that later!

This month's photo was taken with some very pretty little boxes that Hubby and I bought yesterday while visiting the "Princely Treasures" Exhibition that is currently on in Perth.  The Princely Treasures Exhibition is a collection of European Masterpieces 1600-1800 from the Victoria and Albert Exhibition that is here til January next year.  After wandering around the exhibition and admiring all the beautiful treasures from a bygone era we went into the gift shop and spent some money - as you do!  There was lots of gorgeous things there that I could have bought and taken home but in the end we settled on three lovely boxes!  Just lately I seem to have a thing about pretty boxes...  I'd better be careful and not start up yet another collection!!

TUSAL Update - New Moon 26 October 2011
Pretty boxes and lovely ORT's
While we were at the Exhibition I did manage to take some photos of some of the beautiful items on display.  Unfortunately they didn't all turn out very well, however I did want to share a couple of photos with you.

Below is a spinning wheel or silk winder from around 1740-1750.  It is made of ebony and ivory, tortiseshell veneer, walnut and mother of pearl and comes from Turin.  It is decorated with images of Diana, cupids and various hunting figures.
Spinning Wheel (circa 1740-1750)
Imagine having this delicate little thing in your home to wind your thread bobbins!
Below is a picture of a teeny weeny prayer book.  Unfortunately there was nothing in the cabinet next to it to show just how small it is... but believe me it is tiny.  It would fit in the palm of your hand without a problem.  It is from France and was made about 1623.  As you can probably guess it is made of gold, enamel and emeralds...  The style of decoration is called cosse-de-pois or pea pod; a style which was frequently used by the goldsmiths and enamellists at Louis XIII's court.

Tiny prayer book (circa 1623)
Used as a private devotion and a fashion accessory
So that's it for this ORT report.  I will be back later with another update to show you what I have been stitching over the last couple of weeks.

For more info on the TUSAL pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Til the next new moon on 25th November 2011, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

New Moons - 2011
25 November
24 December

Monday, October 10, 2011

Winners are Grinners!

Oh my goodness!  This is rather exciting....
I signed onto my email account today and discovered not one but two emails from lovely people telling me that I had won their giveaways!!  Oh wow, thank you Carolyn and Kay.  It's wonderful to be the lucky winner of your gorgeous giveaways.

Double happy dance!!  More stalking the postman.....

So what did I win....

Kay's (Kay's Random World) giveaway was a Lizzie Kate design, threads and some Christmas stitching fabric.  Kay's Random World Lizzie Kate Giveaway

Carolyn's (Taking One Stitch at a Time) Halloween giveaway was a package of Lizzie Kate limited edition kits, Halloween fabric, aida, thread and two halloween tucks.  Taking One Stitch at a Time Halloween Giveaway

So am I spoilt or what?!?!

Thank you ladies for picking me out of all the other entrants.

Speaking of giveaways.... I think it must be my turn to host a giveaway...  Especially as I have been so lucky lately and been winning these lovely giveaways.  I will put on my thinking cap and let you know very soon what I am going to do.  It is a bit late for a Halloween one, but maybe a Christmas giveaway, or a New Year giveaway or something completely different!  The noise you hear is my brain getting into gear.... the smoke you smell is the brain cells charging up for some serious thinking!!

Time to say bye bye.... thank you Kay and Carolyn for my lovely giveaway wins.

Til next time happy stitching

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome new followers & another giveaway

Hi there lovely people!

I would just like to say thank you everyone for following my blog and for all your lovely comments.  It is really nice to hear from you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a very big welcome to my new followers.  Goodness me I now have 75!  It is lovely to meet new followers.  I look forward to keeping in touch with you and reading all about your stitching and crafting!

It is really is the season of giveaways as mentioned in my last post... I now have another one to let you know about!

Parsley at Seasons of my Mind is having a "It's raining cats and dogs" giveaway.  The giveaway gift is either a cat or a dog kit!  So if you are a cat or a dog lover, or even if you're not, please do pop over to Parsley's blog and read her post about her giveaway.  This giveaway started on 1st October and Parsley will announce the winner on 14th October 2011.

Seasons of my Mind - It's raining cats and dogs giveaway - (Update: Cats Giveaway won by Charity and Dogs Giveaway won by Kimberley)

Good luck everyone!

Til next time happy stitching

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It must be the season of Giveaways!

Hello!  It's Sunday afternoon again... and I have done absolutely no stitching since Friday... instead I have spent the weekend catching up on my blog stalking.

I can't believe how many people have either just had a giveaway or are having a giveaway.  What lovely generous people there are in the world.  I have decided to put a link on my sidebar for all the giveaways that I find.  I will also post about them as I find them and update the post when the winners are announced.  The sidebar link is a quick way for me, and everyone else, to check on them though.

I guess with everyone else having a giveaway maybe I will have to start to think about one too...  But that will be for another post!

Now for the latest giveaways that I have found:

Giveaway Number 1:
Kay at Kay's Random World is having a giveaway.  Kay's giveaway is a Lizzie Kate design, threads and some Christmas stitching fabric.  This giveaway runs from Saturday 1st October to Saturday 8th October 2011.

Kay's Random World Lizzie Kate Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by ME!  Woo hoo, thank you)

Giveaway Number 2:
Shannon at A Bit of This and That is celebrating Halloween with a giveaway.  Shannon's giveaway includes Shepherds Bush and Lizzie Kate patterns, halloween fabric, memory thread and halloween ribbon.  This giveaway runs from Friday 30th September to 11.55pm Tuesday 4th October 2011.  The draw will be done at random at a random time on Wednesday 5th October.

A Bit of This and That Halloween Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by Teresa from Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches)

Giveaway Number 3:
Over at Diary of a Manbroider there is another lovely giveaway.  The giveaway is a stiched piece - Nora Corbett's Pixie Couture "Holly".  This giveaway runs from this weekend (1 Oct) to next weekend (8 October).

Diary of a Manbroider Blogaversary Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by Theoria from My Little Corner of Cyberspace)

Giveaway Number 4:
Carolyn over at Taking One Stitch at a Time is having a lovely Halloween giveaway.  The giveaway gift is a Halloween inspired package of Lizzie Kate limited edition kits, Halloween fabric, aida, thread and two halloween tucks.  To enter this giveaway you need to go and vote on a Challenge that Carolyn has entered before 4th October 2011, and the giveaway closes on 9th October 2011.

Taking One Stitch at a Time Halloween Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by ME!  Woo hoo, thank you)

Giveaway Number 5:
Eglantine Stitchery is having a first ever Christmas giveaway.  The giveaway gift is a Christmas inspired package containing two Santa kits, lots of different threads in Christmas colours, needlework accessories and a copy of the Cross Stitcher Magazine (US).  This giveaway starts on 21st September and closes on 12th October 2011.

Eglantine Stitchery Christmas Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by Monica C)

Giveaway Number 6:
Cucki at Cucki Stitching Cove is having a Halloween giveaway.  The giveaway gift is full of lovely Halloween gifts - so cute!  This giveaway starts on 1st October and Cucki will announce the winner on 22nd October 2011.

Cucki Stitching Cove Halloween Giveaway - (Update: Giveaway won by Carolyn from Taking One Stitch at a Time)

So hurry on over and see all these gorgeous giveaways!  Good luck everyone!

Til next time happy stitching