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!

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


Justine said...

Happy Spring Autumn! All your stitching is lovely but I think my favourite is the sampler you made for your parents. It's stunning and has so much detail. I hadn't discovered your blog then so it's lovely to see it now.
I really wanted to "vote" for the bee pillow though as I think it's so sad your gift wasn't acknowledged. It's beautiful.

Brigitte said...

I do love this idea for a blog hop and it will be so interesting to see the favourite projects of all the participants. Great to see your five, what a nice array of different styles and motifs. So sorry to read that you never knew if your exchange piece arrived.

Musicwoman said...

I do like the blog hops , also. I really enjoy looking at all these nice and cute finishes. Ma favourite of your items is LIGHT THE WAY. This is such the kind of stitching beside M.Sherry' s what I really like so much.
Hope that you have a good time. Love and huggs

Ale jc said...

oH Noni, 3-5 was just a guideline...lol we celebrate rule breakers of course...and all of your stitchings touch my heart, each unique, each shares a story...

cucki said...

Aww happy sweet post :)
I really love all of your projects but my fav one is hang in there..super sweet...
Sending you big hugs xx

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your stitching work is all so lovely, but I really adore the Honey Pin Cushion!

Thearica said...

Now how do you expect us to choose a favorite. They are all my favorite... but the Hang In there Cat does make me smile. Reminds me of myself at the moment. lol

Linda said...

All of your projects are lovely Noni. It's hard to pick just one, but I would have to say "Hang in There". I have that kit somewhere. I am a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway.


Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Lovely idea for a blog hop. I don't think I could pick my top five at all!
Your's are all lovely but the Joan Elliott Wedding Anniversary is my favourite.
I would love to be entered into your giveaway because I was only looking at that chart the other day on SewandSo's website. It was very reasonably priced (well within SFS budget) until I noticed you needed to buy all the egg buttons too!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

I think all your projects are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Judy B said...

Love all of your stitcheries, but the Hang in There is my favorite! I am now a new follower.

Lydia said...

I really liked "hang in there". Thanks so much for sharing your projects.

Hilda said...

Nice to meet you! I am so happy to be part of this "Meet & Greet" so I can find so wonderful and amazing stitching blogs from all over the world.
Your works are so pretty and beautiful. All of them.
Thank you for sharing!

Quiltsmiles said...

It's nice to meet you Noni and see some of the beautiful items you've stitched. That sampler is absolutely gorgeous and I love that Koala birth gift so much too. A lil' poem I tcame up with while reading your post, It may be corny but I'm sharing it anyway. lol
Beautiful pieces all.
Enjoy your Fall.
Cause you know what's coming soon,
More time to add to your stitching boon.

aka: Winter! lol

jocondine said...

That M&GS is a great idea, and my vote go to.... the little koala, so nice for a baby gift and so exotic for me. My next visit will be for C. Nielsen. Amicalement.

Sherry said...

All of your work is beautiful. I am a sampler lover so I think I would choose the 50th Anniversary sampler. I think I will give the little honey stitchery a try. I am a new follower and I am so happy you joined the meet and greet.

Ariadne said...

Hi! I am from the Meet and Greet stitchers event too! I loved your little cat hanging from the rope!May I take part in the Giveaway too?AriadnefromGreece!