Monday, October 25, 2010

Two more stitchy Christmas finishes!

Hot off the needle are my two latest finishes

Happy Holidays by Deb Brewer of Frances & Me, from JCS Ornament Issue 2008(?) stitched on mystery fabric, with Vikki Clayton's silks to match the Moda Fruitcake Table Topper I quilted recently.

Homespun Elegance's 'Santa, Please bring me...' stitched on mystery fabric and using mostly DMC floss, with some colour changes. 

Both stitchings need charms attached and I'll attached them after I've finished them off- I think they need a bit of a press, don't you!

These are the last two of my Christmas stitching (hooray!)but I may do a couple of extras between now and Christmas. I'll be back to post my finished finishes soon!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christmas finishes - quilty and stitching!

First up is a Moda Bakeshop design which was very easy to follow and made up quickly.

You can find the pattern here! I used Moda Fruitcake fabric and a fat quarter  of the red/white fabric instead of a charm pack. This will be a gift for my friend in England who has asked to see some pictures of my quilting- I thought I'd send her something she could keep!

This fabric is actually white 32ct  opalescent linen. Designed by The Sweetheart Tree in Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine 2008?, stitched with Vicki Clayton's Hand Dyed Fibers and the suggested Sweetheart Tree beads and Mill Hill Beads.  I'm going make it into an hanging ornament, but probably not using the template in the magazine, cos those roundy bits look hard to work with!

Peace on Earth by Black Bird Designs stitched on 28ct cream evenweave, using the suggested Weekes and GAST threads.  As the colours of this are more rustic than traditional, I'll probably choose a rustic frame for it.

And finally, I have joined Bronny's ornament exchange- I'm so excited, I haven't done an exchange for such a long time!  I've chosen a chart-

Santa, Please Bring Me by Homespun Elegance- it says on Santa's list 'linen, floss & time to stitch' which is sooo appropriate for a fellow stitcher, and aren't the little scissors cute!

I am so please that I've almost finished my Christmas stitching gifts and it's only mid October! I've got one stitchy one that I'm half way through, plus my ornament exchange piece and that's it!

Which is probably a good thing, as I've joined The Layer Cake Quilt-Along which starts in November.

I'm using Moda Eden fabrics, and call me crazy, but I'm going to do 2 quilts. I've ordered a Christmas layer cake and yardage and hopefully that'll arrive tomorrow or Wednesday!

Oh and guess who is about to have a bath this morning?

Yep, Jack, the photo shoot supervisor!

You can see the effect the drought has had on our garden. Not much is alive, although the winter rain we finally had this year has produced some lovely weeds!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Its a Koala Thing!

Nicholas wants to cuddle the Koala and the Koala wants to get down! 

I guess I've got Koalas on the mind....

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Schnibbling in Adelaide!

Well,  my very first Schnibbles called Paganini has arrived and it's sitting here with some of the fabric I've bought to make it up in. That is, if I don't change my mind before I get around to starting it...

I've almost finished my Christmas stitching, so stay tuned for some pics of them!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Okay, here's how we'll work it. Seeing as there were only 4 entrants for 3 prizes I'll award them in order of the time the comment was made.

So, Nutmeg, if you email me (email in blogger profile) and let me know which one you want and your postal address, I'll get that one off to you.

SilkLover - please wait to see if Nutmeg wants the kangaroo. If she doesn't, then SilkLover the kangaroo is yours. If Nutmeg wants the kangaroo, do you want one of the koalas?

Billie- the kangaroo will either be taken by Nutmeg or Silklover. Do you want the koala that is left over?

Blu, if the kangaroo people don't want a koala, you can have one!

Once Nutmeg emails me, I'll know what's still remaining and let everyone know!

Edited to add-  Nutmegg wil take the kangaroo kit, so SilkLover, do you want a koala, and if so, which one? Please email me with your choice and postal address!

Edited further to add Okay Billie- do you want a koala? If so, let me know your choice with your postal address!  Blu, there's a koala for you!  Email me again your address as that will be quicker than me trying to find it in my emails.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

24 hours til I draw my giveaway!

Your chances are looking pretty good if you want to win one of three cross stitch kits featuring either a kangaroo or koala!

Click here to read about it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Kangaroo or Koalas? Which one do you want?

Yep, that's right-These fellas need a new home

so I'm giving away a Kangaroo and two Koalas-

They're cross stitch kits of course! 

Here's the Kangaroo Kit-

The Koala Kit

And a Koala and Kangaroo bookmark kit.

Leave a comment and I'll draw 3 names on Monday 4th October, lunchtime South Australian time.