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!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

MS Blog Lovers Exchange updates

I have been promising to show you some pics of the exchange gifts that I have sent for the MS Lovers Blog exchanges for a little while now. The packages all had a long way to go from Australia to Brazil, the Netherlands and Canada. But everything has now arrived so here we are: show time!!!

First up is some pixie parcels to a couple of the girls who had previous exchanges go awry for one reason or another...
Pixie parcel to Gislene
Pixie parcel to Annette
These little pixie gifts were almost the same... I stitched the cards that came as freebies with Issue 176 of Cross Stitch Crazy, then made a couple of hat pin cushions, added a beaded pin that I made to co-ordinate with the hat colour and finally added some thread, scissors and a nail file.

The last of these pixie gifts arrived recently in Brazil after a long tour of the world!

Now for some pics of the latest exchange for the MS Lovers Blog - the Blogaversary Exchange. This was a "free" choice. Being a free choice made it a little bit harder to decide what to stitch as there are so many lovely designs in the Margaret Sherry catalogue. The only way I could choose what to stitch was to start with the final product and work backwards. Of course that was another hard decision - what to make as the final finish? In the end I decided to make my finish as a box. I had a box in my cupboard that I have never got around to doing anything with and now was the time to get it out and start putting it to some use.

As the box had an aperture for adding a photo, I decided that if I put the stitching into the aperture that would decide the design size and would help me to pick a design to stitch. The design that I ended up choosing was the cute little sheep that originally appeared in the UK Cross Stitcher magazine, issue 234 (January 2011). I did have to adjust the size of the design slightly, but it was like it was just made for the box.

Now, we come to the painting on the box. Did I have fun... Not!! I was going to do this fancy crackling with a light green and white paint shabby chic look combination, but that didn't work, so I then decided to use some pink and gold and sponge the paint over the box before a couple of layers of glaze. That worked better and probably was a better result in the end than the original plan!!

After the box was finished I decided to make a couple of cute little scissor fobs. By this stage it was pretty obvious that green was the theme!!!

The rest of the little gifts to go into the package were also green - ribbon, thread, scissors. I also added a small cross stitch kit and an Australian pin souvenir.

Exchange gifts for Anne
This little package went all the way to Anne in Canada, and arrived safe and sound last week. Much shorter trip than some of the other packages that I have recently sent on their way!! If you would like to see what Anne said about her package, drop into the MS Lovers blog and have a look see.

Well, now that you have seen what I sent to Anne, do you want to see what I received from Fara in Malaysia. Of course you do!

Fara sent me the cutest Ballerina bag, and some really lovely gifts. Have a look - isn't it so lovely?

Ballerina bag for Fara
Exchange from Fara
Thank you Fara for the lovely gifts. I will be using all those lovely things very soon I'm sure!

So there you have it, we are now all up to date with the MS Lovers Blog exchanges. This would have to be the most successful one so far - everyone has sent on time and at last count there were only a couple of packages still travelling. Our next exchange is a Halloween one in Sept/Oct. I already know what I am stitching for that one... But will need to work out the finishing style soon so that I can get started!

Til next time, happy stitching everyone, see you again soon!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Catching up!!

Hello, hello, hello! What's being going on around here then??

My goodness, do you know I have missed two very important dates in my blogging calendar? TUSAL and IHSW! Yep, slack olé me....

I did take a photo of my ORT jar but just didn't get it posted in time and now it is half way through another month! So here is last month's pic. Better late than never, huh! I couldn't find anything to take a photo with and then I thought seeing as the month has revolved around Margaret Sherry designs one way or the other, I would put the ORT jar next to my MS calendar for the photo opportunity!

ORT's July 2013
On the top of the jar is lots of white and green which came from the MS Blog exchange that I was stitching most of last month. Pics to come shortly as it has now arrived at its destination.

The other big blogging event that I have missed this month is IHSW.

IHSW was last weekend and I completely forgot to visit Joyce's blog and sign up. But as it happens I didn't end up getting much stitching done anyway so I wouldn't have had anything to show for the weekend!!

If you want to sign up next month for the IHSW, or if you want to go and visit some other great blogs and see what others have been stitching over the IHSW, pop over to Joyce's blog and say hello.

Well dear readers, that's it for another ORT report, albeit one very late report. If you are interested in keeping in touch with what is going on with the 2013 TUSAL pop on over to Daffycat's blog and join in the fun. The next new moon is on 6 August so let's see how many more ORT's drop into the jar between now and then. And fingers crossed I will be on time for a change!

Til next time, happy stitching everyone, see you again soon!

New Moons - 2013
6 August
5 September
5 October
3 November
3 December