Tuesday, 16 September 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

What a lovely surprise I received today...an award for my blog! Thank you to Mii Stitch for my nomination. I am absolutely thrilled!


This award is apparently doing the rounds on the ole interweb! The rules are as follows:

1. Thank the person that nominated you and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate bloggers you admire.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

So...here goes! Many many thanks to you Mii for this lovely award. It means such a lot especially coming from you as your blog is one I love and admire very much! Your finishes are always perfect. Mii has recently set up a shop on Etsy selling some of her finishes. Go and take a look...they're gorgeous! Link here.

Right, on to 7 things about myself. As this is a stitching blog, I am going to stick to cross stitch facts -  mainly because I lead a very dull existence!

1. My first cross stitch project was a Valentine's card for my then boyfriend back in 1990. The hobby lasted much longer than the boyfriend!

2. My first big project was this one.


I started it while my parents were on a two week holiday, thinking I would have it finished by the time they returned. It took me over a year to complete.

3. I only used to stitch large projects and only ever used white 18 count aida as that was all that was sold in the art shop in my home town, which was the only place I knew which sold stitching supplies.

4. My first piece on evenweave was a Teresa Wentzler Castle which was huge and involved blending colours in the needle. I didn't know it was meant to be difficult to use evenweave and I didn't find it any harder than aida!

5. Until I discovered cross stitch blogs last year, I only ever stitched on one project at once, and only bought my next project when I had finished the current one i.e. I had no stash!

6. I now have enough stash to last me at least ten years.

7. My husband hates all handmade things and insists on referring to my stitching as "knitting". I have to hang up my pictures while he is out. He never comments on them!

Phew, now that's done I need to nominate bloggers I admire. A hard task as there are so many of you! I am going to nominate two stitchers who always leave lovely comments on my blog and have been a big support to me (maybe without realising it!) since I started blogging. Their blogs are both warm and chatty and feature a variety of projects so there's always lots of gorgeous eye candy!

Congratulations to Shebafudge and to Katie who are recipients of the One Lovely Blog Award! I look forward to learning more about you!

No stitchy updates from me as I'm busy stitching for exchanges but I will be back soon!

Until next time

Justine
Sunday, 7 September 2014

More Tutti Frutti, YOTA, Halloween SAL and a giveaway winner!

Lots of news to tell you in this post so let's get straight to business!

Firstly, I have been informed that my Tutti Frutti gifts arrived on time, and that my swap partner Joelle liked everything I sent.  Here are a couple of photos of my stitched goodies, unfortunately I didn't take any photos once they were made up!



This one is the first thing I have ever stitched "over one" on linen - only on 32 count mind you!

And here are the other gifts I included..
LHN charts, fruity threads and fabric, scented candle, lip balm and a cute watermelon tin full of chocolates

This exchange was organised by Mii Stitch and it was so much fun!  I loved finding fruit-themed goodies when I was out and about.  I've signed up for two more exchanges I enjoyed this one so much!

Next comes YOTA.  This is hosted by Pull The Other Thread - follow the link to read all about it.  I have always wanted to join this SAL so thought this was the month.  My chosen piece is Bothy Threads Cut Thru North Pole House, which I haven't been working on much recently and would love to display some day in our home.

Here's my before pic..

And here's the after pic...
  
Sorry for the rubbish photo, it's getting dark early now in the evenings isn't it?  I have only stitched a little bit on the sign on the left of the picture.  It's like a spot the difference puzzle isn't it?

Thanks to Pull the other Thread for letting me join YOTA.  I am hoping to make some serious progress on this one this month!

Now onto the Halloween SAL which has been designed and is organised by Gaynor of Stitchers Anon.  I have finally caught up with weeks 1-4 after a disastrous time - starting with not reading the instructions properly and starting stitching landscape instead of portrait and having to frog most of week 1!  Here's my progress so far...
Stitched 3 over 2 on 28 count Jobelan "Stormy Skies" by Polstitches
Using DMC 310 throughout

I'm really pleased with how this is turning out.  Part 5 is out tomorrow and I can't wait!  I usually don't keep up with SALs (CCN's Frosty Forest anyone?) but am happy that this is up to date and I can stitch along with others.

If you've read this far, well done!  Of course, what you were really looking for is the winner of my little blogaversary giveaway.  I put numbers 1-26 (number of comments I received) into the random number generator thingy and number 23 was the winner, which is.... (drum roll please)

Sally!

Sally, I know I should have your address but would you email it to me again?  I am just waiting for something to arrive in the post for you, but hopefully I should be able to post your little gifts by the end of the week.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and to all of you who read and comment on my blog.  I wish I could send you all a little something!  Maybe I will get round to you all one day.

Until next time

Justine
Monday, 1 September 2014

Tutti Frutti Exchange!

It's the big reveal today for the Tutti Frutti exchange hosted by Mii Stitch.  I was lucky enough to have Mii herself send gifts to me.  I have long admired her finishes and I have to tell you they look just as perfect in real life as they do on her blog.

The theme was fruits, and I had told her my favourite fruits are strawberries.  Here are the gifts I received...

 all wrapped up, the parcels looked and smelled delicious!

 fruity tea towels, lip gloss, apple tin, strawberry shopping bag, fruit notebook and the most gorgeous-smelling cherry vanilla candle

 some fruity sweets...the chocolate just made it into the photo

 another lovely notebook, this one shaped like a strawberry

 two gorgeous LHN charts, some bright pink Permin aida, strawberry and spotty green fabric, threads, ribbon and buttons

I managed to guess which were the two stitched items and saved them for last as I was opening.  I actually gasped out loud as I opened the next one...



I have never seen a biscornu made up before and this has inspired me.  If I could finish things half as well as this, I would be so happy.  It is absolutely perfect.

But there's more...


Look at this gorgeous pinkeep!  Again the finishing is absolutely perfect.  It's finished off with strawberry pins on top and bright green pins on the corners with red ribbon round the edges.  Here's the back, where the fruity theme continues...


Thank you Mii, I was almost in tears when I had finished opening your lovely gifts, and that is not like me at all!  I have plans to try a biscornu of my own with the Permin aida and threads, I have a pattern that I think will work really well on the bright pink fabric.

I will post pictures of the gifts I sent to my exchange partner once I'm sure she has received them.

This was only the second exchange I have ever taken part in and I must say I have been truly spoiled both times.  I've just signed up for Kim's Halloween exchange so will look forward to choosing something to stitch for that now I know who my exchange partner is!

Thank you again to Mii for organising such a fun exchange!

Until next time

Justine