Monday, 31 March 2014

Finally - last of the Smalls

Good morning! It's end of March and end of the first quarter of 2014! I am looking forward to some nicer weather in April to really get into some serious gardening!

So, finally, it's the last part of showing you the Smalls that I had finished. I think you must be sick of them! ;-) But this contains some of my favourite pieces. Here we go. 

We start with a sweet little red bird from Pin Pokes by Homespun Elegance. I am sure I will be stitching this one again!
This next one is a freebie from the Primitive Hare. Love the design! I tried doing the buttonhole stitch - didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped but I kept saying to myself "it's the prim look!"
Here it is with the backing fabric which I used for the little red bird design too. 
The next two finishes come from one design, "Key to my heart" by Pineberry Lane. I split the design into two to make smalls and I modified the design slightly to suit myself. I love Wendy's designs and want to stitch more of them this year!
Here's a peek at the background fabric. I wanted that large rose right smack dab in the middle of the back, and I got it.
You can see this design has benefited from the scissors in the Pin Pokes design. I was inspired by Wendy's design here. I love the linen I used - a remnant I picked up years ago called Americana. I hope I can find another piece somewhere online. It's a lovely blue-grey colour. 

I had so much fun with the smalls. I have since stitched a few more but I will wait till I have finished them to show you.

In the meantime I have just received my order of The Seven Sheep Sampler by The Scarlett House. I'm so glad I ordered this new release when I did instead of waiting till my birthday as it probably took a month. Now this will be my birthday stitch. It's a BIG one so it will take me many weeks, I'm sure. I am tweaking the floss a bit because I am using a piece of linen from my stash. I should have some photos on my next post. It's kind of crazy, I've gone from stitching smalls, to probably the biggest stitch (292 x 388) I've tackled yet!

Till next time...Happy Stitching! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Smalls, Part 2 - Christmas themed

Hello, lovely people! Where has the week gone? This will be a quick post with lots of photos to show you my next batch of finishes, with a Christmas theme.  The first two are Blackbird Designs, followed by two from Birds of a Feather.

I have to confess this lot is not quite as interesting as I would have liked as I ran out of jingles/charms. I promise, next week's batch will be more interesting.

By the way, question for you - Where do you buy your jingles, charms, trims online? It's been awhile since I've bought any and now I have to top up my cupboard, so to speak.

I have another new finish to show you, literally fresh off my scroll frame.  This is Beggars Christmas from Threadwork Primitives. I just love this design. This will go into my finishing pile for a later date.
Spring has sprung here but it's still quite cool. We've had rain and sun and more rain is forecasted for the rest of the week - perfect weather for stitching! ;-)

So, end of fly-by post! Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

It's a Small(s) World After All - Part 1

Hello, all you lovely people! It's been awhile. I took a break from posting but I was happily, busily STITCHING!  Am I shouting? Well, just a bit; just gleefully happy (hopping from one foot to the other) that I have A LOT of finishes to show you at last!  I will break them up to make up 3 posts but here you will get an idea why. 

Count'em - Twelve! Yippee! And I have 3 more but they are gifts so I'm not showing them until they've been received. Here are the backs of the twelve pieces I've been finishing ALL week long! 
I'll start with a little piece is called "Buzzzz" by Bent Creek. I've had this little design for years and I'm so glad I finally got a chance to stitch it. I added 3 little rusty bells in the corner. The backing fabric is what you see in the lower left hand corner above. (For some reason I couldn't load the photo with the actual backing fabric shown with my stitched piece.) 
The next piece is a portion of "Beneath the Sunlit Sky" from Blackbird Designs.  Back in 2009 I had stitched it for an exchange. I had loved that piece and it was hard to let it go! I told myself I would stitch it again some day. 

So here it is. I actually had a different finish at first, without the top portion and the bottom pink fabric much 'longer' then added a chenille trim. I didn't like it. Too bad I had forgotten to take a photo of that. Well, I ripped it all up and came up with this, which I think is more 'balanced' and I am happy with it.

The next one is "Pray for Peace" by Birds of a Feather. I modified the design slightly. See the brown ribbon? I save scraps of things like a magpie and I've been wanting to use it forever. I like it here. 
The final piece of this post is a modification of the lovely design "Ghoul Tidings" by Plum Street Samplers.  I had a smaller piece of fabric (greenish that doesn't show up well in the photo) and wanted to use it for this. It's perfect but the piece was too small for the original design so I made the design smaller for myself. 

So, that's enough for this post. I'll come back with another 4 in a few days. (Note this is my sneaky way to get more posts in!)

While I was taking photos of my stitching one day, Daisy was near by.  Now usually when I try to take a photo of her, she hears the camera readying to click and she'll move. This time, while I was busy doing something else she actually called to me and rolled over for this pose. No kidding! I was quite surprised how ham-my she's become!  
Spring has arrived here, precisely last Tuesday. No, not according to the calendar. According to my sinuses! I was sneezing up a storm. That's how I know Spring is here! We've had some lovely warm sunny days but we have had some stormy ones too, like yesterday and today. I know some of you are still having some mean winter weather. I hope warmer winds come your way soon! 

Thank you for your visits. I do appreciate and enjoy reading your comments. Have a great week and Happy Saint Patrick's Day tomorrow!