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!