Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Finish, Gifts, Charts Received and Themalicious a Washout!

Hmm, so what happened, absolutely no idea but blogging definitely took a back seat so that means lots of stitching..... well, sort of.  I really wish I was one of those organised people that can finish one thing and move on smoothly to the next but apparently not.  I am definitely more of s starter than a finisher, for sure! 

I do have one finish to show you though - a proper finish finish!

Blessed Are the Needleworkers
The Gift of Stitching March 2009
I think this was one of 2012's Crazy January Challenges and since we don't have a lot of wall space I made a bag to display it.  The third figure was supposed to be a beader but made her a knitter instead and replaced the alphabet on the bottom right with some words connected with all three crafts.  I plan on making a few more bags using stitching.

Three parcels have arrived in the mail over the last few weeks, such a treat.  The first one came from my friend Liz in Australia - the one who often leaves the sassy comments but wisely does not yet have a blog for me to return the compliment!  We did a swap of patterns - I sent her Favourite Font Sampler by Plum Street Samplers as she had admired it - note to self, need to finish finish it!  She also mentioned she was looking for And They Sinned.  You know, the one that is about 5' tall and could possibly take three lifetimes to finish?  This was an early purchase by me and a BIG mistake so I was glad to have it disappear Down Under!

In return I received a parcel containing these.........

Liz had heard my plea regarding Cape Cod's Girls - and found a copy on Ebay from Massachusetts!  I need to get stitching as she wants it back so she can stitch it too!  Thank you so much, Liz and big thanks to Roberta and Astrid who also responded!

The ornament was a complete surprise, isn't it lovely?  It's a Cherished Stitches design and there are more in the series!

My next parcel came from Mouse - she and I decided to do an exchange just between us - and so far she is the only one who has kept to the bargain!!  It's coming, honest it is, Mouse!

Little House Needleworks
Blue House in Winter
JCS Ornaments 2012
The final parcel in the trio came from DJ - she wanted to make me something to celebrate that we are now US citizens!  This year will actually be our second July 4th holiday with American passports but it is the first that we will enjoy back in the US, last year we were in the UK where, funnily enough, they don't celebrate.  Funny, that!  Thank you, DJ, so much appreciated that you took the time with all you have going on right now!

BBD July stocking
 Well, on to

We will ignore the last two months of Amazon April and Monochrome May, and move swiftly onto

Jumanji June
Is it a jungle out there in your stash? Give some love to the projects with animals or birds.

The only thing I have to show (and it's not even mine, lol!) is this from Plum Street Samplers, Halloween Hornbook.  This is Lyndas's RR with Sally's and my stitching on it so far, two cute little peacocks!

Up next is.......
Jubilee July
It's time to celebrate! What are you celebrating this year? Stitch on your holiday-related projects, OR find some WIPs you know you'll never finish and set them free.
so we shall see what transpires!

You were all too kind in your comments in my last post - I really didn't achieve that much, honestly, I just had lots of UFOs that really needed only a stitch or two to be FOs, lol!  I've just reread the comments and am blushing furiously!  I even got a positive comment from that Aussie, Liz, and believe me, that doesn't often happen!

However, the swans are delighted that I didn't join them - this was them when they read on my blog that I might!

We really are enjoying living here, I never tire of gazing at the lake and all the wild life, so far swans, geese and ducks all with young have hung out here along with a heron and numerous turtles.  Village life is good too, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

Well, can't quite believe that I've managed a blog post at last!  If you stop by, please leave a comment and an email so I can say thank you!

Hope everyone north of here enjoys Canada Day and the US peeps have fun on the 4th!


  1. love the bag ... found the swan picture funny and way to go liz on finding the chart for Gillie :) and lovely stitching you have received too:)
    hope you enjoy your celebrations :) love mouse xxxxxx

  2. The bag is lovely. I'm a bag lady and I freely admit it. So nice to have finishes.

    I'm Canadian and American. Do I celebrate both holidays or neither one?

  3. Look at those gorgeous stitcheries, Gillie! Wow! Just lovely. I love your bag, too.

    I was just in a private swap with someone. I'll bring what she sent to our next guild meeting. I posted it on our FB page today, if you want a sneak peek! See you soon!

  4. Gillie your bag finish is gorgeous - I have a piece that I plan to finish as a bag but it will have to wait a wee while.
    Great swaps - I love the generosity of stitchers, shame that there isn't sufficient generosity in other areas of life. Lovely gifts too.
    Enjoy the 4th celebrations.

  5. Great goodies & love the bag!!

  6. Nice to hear from you Gillie.
    The bag is just gorgeous, and you received some lovely things in the post

  7. The bag is a super finish, so pretty.
    Such a nice ornament from Mouse, i'm wondering what you will be stitching for her, looking forward to seeing that.
    So lovely to see a little not from you here Gillie, i was only thinking of you over the weekend.

  8. It was so nice to read your new post and catch up with you Gillie. I would love to live by a lake--sounds like you chose the perfect spot for your new home back in the USA :)

    Love your needleworkers bag and the goodies you received. The little patriotic stocking is especially cute--enjoy your holiday on the 4th!

  9. Great blog update Gillie. You got some lovely things in the mail. Hope to see them stitched soon.
    I'm so glad I'm not the only on you pick on. Liz & I will need to stick together.LOL

  10. Very creative touches on the bag you made. What a great pattern that is. Wonderful that you enjoy your current home. I hope you enjoy the parade and fireworks coming right up too. =)

  11. Love your bag, and such wonderful gifts you received.

  12. Your bag is gorgeous and I think living by a lake would suit me too.

  13. Adore the bag and some lovely gifts. Happy 2nd anniversary to you both x

  14. That all looks lovely. (I'd like to point out that GB does celebrate July 4, as it's my birthday. Well, this bit of GB does, anyway.)

  15. Love the bag!

    I'm happy to hear you are enjoying the US of A! Your lake home life sounds lovely. What a nice place for stitching.

    Mouse sent you a very pretty ornament. And where did you say hers is lol?!?

  16. So good to read a post from you! Loved seeing all of your goodies and reading all that you have been up to!

  17. That such a sweet finish! All your switches and swaps are very nice, too!

    Enjoy your 4th celebration here in the Land of the Free!

  18. Your finished tote bag is wonderful! All your goodies and exchanges are so nice. Congratulations on your USA passport! Happy 4th of July!

  19. Oh my, that bag looks gorgeous. A neat idea to incorporate some of the stitched pieces onto bags. I think I'll have to steal your idea, it's just too good, lol.
    Enjoy all the goodies you've received. And good luck with your WIPs.

  20. What a wonderful idea to make your stitching into a bag...oh the possibilities I'm thinking right now! Love all the goodies you were sent, it's almost like it was your birthday! (I didn't miss it did I?) Sounds like you've moved to a wonderful area, I'm so glad they are friendly and that you love your new digs. So glad you finally found your pattern, can't wait to see another finish! *Hugs*

  21. Hi! Your bag looks lovely. I wish I could sew but sewing machines 'hate' me ... and the feeling is mutual :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  22. Congratulations on the bag, it's gorgeous. You've had some lovely things through the post

  23. I love your cross-stitched bag -- it looks so pretty. I might be afraid to use it though -- I tend to trash my bags and that one has so much work in it! Looks like you had some wonderful swaps too -- Yummy!

  24. Oh well done on the bag - will have to have a go at one of those once I have figured out the pillows!! Well done Liz of Oz - trust her to come up trumps :) Lovely ornie from Mouse too. I love your lakeside view - wish we had swans on my river - we don't have turtles but we have otters and kingfishers so I guess they kind of make up for that eh? Hope to see you soon. Love n hugs, xxxx


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