Sunday, 21 April 2013


Thank everyone for your lovely comments. I was a bit late on doing the draw for the giveaway, but we now have a winner....

DONNA, can you please e-mail me your address and I will get a package to you next week.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Exchanges, Gift and Giveaway...

I have been trying to keep up to date with all the blogs and my own, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  Firstly, I was part of Stitched with Love Exchanges Winter Exchange.  Here is a photograph of the package I sent to my partner Heather.
Can you guess what Heather's favourite colour is?

I received a lovely package from Jessica in Indiana.  It was jammed packed full of goodies and a beautiful flat fold of a lovely winter scene.
Not only was there lots of goodies from Jessica, but some lovely Indiana stitchers that I had met in Myrtle Beach in October sent gifts to me.  So I was doubly gifted one package two gifts.  I was really touched by their kindness and generosity, thank you Greta, Nancy and Dianna.
I have been stitching, but again can't show it all as some of my finishes have been for exchanges.  But I can give a quick up date on my Scarlet Letter sampler, Janet Burnet, I have completed the first page I am enjoying stitching her but she is away for a while to allow me to work on some exchange stitching.
To finish this post I am going to have a GIVEAWAY.  Like Nicola this is my Scarlet Letter Year and to celebrate my birthday I thought I would host a giveaway here.  Included will be an item stitched by me, threads, linen, needles, trims and some other goodies.  To enter all you have to do is leave a post here, if you  post it on your blog and pass it along to your friends I will give you 5 extra chances of winning.  GOOD LUCK everyone.  I will do the drawing on the 18th April.


Sunday, 10 February 2013

A busy week...

Welcome to everyone old and new.  I love reading all your lovely comments and hope that you enjoy reading what I have been up to.

I have been at home now for the last 3 weekends, this is a rare as I am usually driving my youngest DS around for basketball.  It has been great catching up with my stitching and finishing.  Last week in particular I managed to get some finishing done and got started on my SL sampler. 

Firstly, a huge thank you to June.  She sent me a lovely Parisienne themed RAK I love it and having it sitting in readiness with my scissors next to my stitching chair. 
I also managed to finish an ornament for an exchange, but can't show it yet, as it is a secret exchange.  My other finish was a pin pillow that I had finished the stitching on way back in November.  It is a design that Tanya from Scarlet House designed specially for the Cross Stitch Pals Retreat in Myrtle Beach in October.  It is stitched on 25 ct over 1 and it is a great reminder of a fantastic time spent with friends.  It is sitting on the fabric I backed it with and has the trim I used sitting in front.  After I stitched it together and went to turn it to the right side I realised I stitched the wrong side to my stitching.  Rather than unpick it, as it was just for me,  I left it, so my spots are not as vibrant as they should be, but I think it still looks ok, who looks at the back anyway!!
Stitched on 25ct over 1 using DMC threads

SL Janet Burnet using AVAS silks on 40ct Sandstone Linen
I had a new start this week too.  I decided to start my Scarlet Letter sampler, Janet Burnet, this month.  Initially, I was going to use the DMC threads, as I am trying to stitch from my stash this year, but my heart wanted to stitch her using the AVAS silks.  Needless to say my heart won.  I managed to buy some of the silks and only have 6 colours to buy.  So there are some gaps in the stitching, but I wanted to get her started and I am loving stitching her, apart from I now know I don't like Queen Stitch.

Lastly, and thank you if you are still with me.  I have a small update on my HAED WIP.  I haven't a lot of progress on it but there is some more sky and clouds added.

Heaven and Earth Designs, Footprints on 25ct over 1 using DMC

Have a great week. 

Thursday, 10 January 2013

A Finish, A Start and A Lady in Waiting…

Happy New Year to all my followers old and new, I hope that 2013 is a good year for everyone and all your wishes come true. First a finish. I bought Sue Hillis's Christmas Biscornu, Limited Edition Kit, when I visited Myrtle Beach in October. It was a pleasure to stitch and I think it turned out lovely. I have still to attach the lace to the wooden bobbin to display it the same as the photograph on the chart, but not sure if I ever will.

   Fiona's Stitching and StuffFiona's Stitching and Stuff
While in Myrtle Beach I had the chance to see some finished HAED. Seeing these designs and Sally's wonderful WIPs. I took the plunge and decided to try one. I searched the online catalogue and eventually settled on a Quick Stitch called Footprints. I spent a day gathering together all the threads, a day gridding the fabric and then got started. I have probably completed about 1/3 of the first page. I am really enjoying it and looking forward to working on it over the coming year.
Waiting in the wings is Scarlett Letter's Janet Burnet sampler. SL's samplers are all stunning and I took a leaf out of Nicola's book and decided to join in her celebration year, as it is a significant year for me too. I would love to stitch this using the silks, but unfortunately, at this time of year, ££ are in short supply. So I will be stitching it using the DMC threads and probably on 40ct fabric as I already have some. I plan on starting it at the start of February. I am planning alternating month about with my large projects. I am in no hurry to get them done, this year is all about the stitching experience.
Fiona's Stitching and Stuff

I am also taking part in the Stitched with Love Exchange, SAL Christmas Ornaments and Angela's RAK blog. I will add links to these, once I figure out how. Thanks for reading.



To all my followers, old and new.  I hope all your dreams and wishes come true in 2013.

I was going to post about my stitching, with photographs, but blogger isn't working for me tonight.