Monday, 23 April 2012

IHSW Finishes

What a great week-end of stitching I've had.  I've have two finishes.  
First is a 50th Birthday Card for my friend Mel.  So I stitched her a Hardanger Card.  I got out my "Flowers with Hardanger" by Mary Hickmott, and chose to do a variation on one of her designs, using one of the motifs from a cushion.  In the Hardanger corners I did spider's web filling and diagonal dove's eye filling for the rest.  I used my own colours from my stash.  After making up the card I used some old lace and yellow ribbon to decorate the card.  I'm quite pleased with the finish.  I hope she likes it!

Hardanger Birthday Card.

Here's a close-up.

My next finish was "Toby Fox" from Cross Stitch Card Shop.  He was a free kit from the magazine.  He's one of the "Woodland Folk" by DMC.  As usual I forgot to read the instructions.  I should have used 1 strand of thread/floss, but I automatically used 2.  I did run out of thread/floss, but I had plenty of my own, so was able to finish him.

Woodland Folk - Toby Fox.

Until Next time, Happy Stitching Everyone

Thursday, 19 April 2012

A finish and IHSW

It's been ages since I last posted.  But I do have a finish to show you.  And yes, it's another Christmas finish!
I just could not resist stitching this one.  It's called "Mine!" a design by Michelle M Lash of Brittercup Designs.  I've always wanted to stitch this kitty and I've got my eye on some more of her designs.

"Mine!" by Brittercup Designs.

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I received a lovely Easter Card in the post from my friend Mary Grace in Malta.  It's a design by Ellen Maurer-Stroh of chicks and forget-me-nots in a wreath.  She also sent me some more of her wonderful crochet, a frame and some DMC threads/floss, which was a wonderful surprise.

 Ellen Maurer-Stroh design of chicks and forget-me-nots in a wreath.

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April's IHSW is this weekend??!!  (April 20th-22nd.)  Do come and join in the fun.  Just click here to put your name on the list.  It's a real incentive to get some stitching done over the week-end.

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I've been out and about taking lots of photo's at Whirlow, although it did rain a bit.  But I thought you might enjoy these.

Raindrops on Tulips.

Lambs and sheep.
Hens, Cockerels and a Turkey.
Spring Flowers.

Snoozing duck.
Pair of Mandarin Ducks.
Reflections in the pond.  Don't know what this plant is called.  Anyone know?

Until Next time, Happy Stitching Everyone

Friday, 6 April 2012

Some Finishes & Easter

Easter is just around the corner and Spring is here! 

Well, last week we were experiencing, very hot weather.  My husband went outside to cut the grass and do some gardening, and he had his shorts and lots of sun cream on.  Just a week later (4 April), we had Snow!!  We are back in our winter cloths once again.  
And you would have found me stitching away "Christmas Trees".  I know, it's rather early, but I do like to start early.  Here is what I have stitched so far.

JWB Designs
Top left: Star Tree. Top right: Joy, Love Peace Tree.  
Bottom left: Tiny Motif Tree.  Bottom right: Little Trees.

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I've also had another Liebster Award from Stella at "Stella's Cross Stitch".  I received one from Lee at "Notes from Under the Mountain" already.  Thank you both so much for the Award. 
Here's the link to my Liebster Award, who I passed it onto and five facts about me.

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I've just received the newsletter from the Kooler Design Studio.  This month's complimentary chart is
"Snow Family".  Just click on the picture below for the link page.

Kooler Design Studio - Free Charts
Snow Family

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Good Friday

I also wanted to share with you a song/video from Friends and Heroes.  And get a feel for the real meaning of Easter.

Until Next time, Happy Stitching Everyone