Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happy & Colourful Post!

This is a Happy & Colourful post today.
Look what I have recently found in my letterbox..


Yesterday came the Happy post
from Jacquie at My Journey in UK
A very shirpy blog from a sweet & happy lady!

Here is what I have received,
a little pincushion made with Jacquie's motto

and here is the back, a very pretty floral fabric

That was a lovely sweet surprise.
It did cheer me up and made me smile!
Thank you Jacquie


Today came the Colourful post
from Maggee at Stitching Devotee in USA

Maggee had organized a giveaway recently and I was the lucky winner!
Here is my Colourful win,
Red, White & Bloom chart from CCN
it is just beautiful and the colours could also match the
Union Jack flag
or the
French one too :)

Check out the yummiest card ever, those M&Ms are so colourful & ones of my favourite too

A little close up on the fabulous chart that I can't wait to stitch...

Thank you Maggee for making my day


See, I told you...
This is a Happy & Colourful post!

Thank you girls for your generosity
Big hugs to the both of you,
Cross stitch friends are the best ☺

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Teaching is a work of heart - Lizzie Kate

Would you believe?
It's me again!
I have been quite productive these past few days, haven't I??
I have worked on another snippet.
This time it was Teaching is a work of heart from Lizzie Kate
Yes, I know, it's another Lizzie Kate design... I just love them!
I have stitched this one on Zweigart Britney evenweave, olive colour, 28 ct
I used all the preconized DMC threads & only one overdyed floss from Sampler Threads
because it's the only one I had available in my boxes

I have finished this one as yet another little ornament
using gingham ribbon & a little apple shaped button
I also used the same ribbon for the trim on the edge of the ornament.
A close up...

Here is the back.
As you can see, I have been a little adventurous :)
I did some felt appliqué using chain stitch!!

A little close up...
Doesn't it look sweet??
I found a cute apple template on internet and voila...

Well, let's hope tadpole's teacher likes it.
This is a school end of year gift for her, just to say thank you.
I also made sure to include a little box of chocolates
and tadpole signed a card too
Mrs J is apparently an A+ teacher ☺

Happy Stitching!!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Good Things - Lizzie Kate

I have finally found the time to make and send a surprise
to one of the member of the RAK blog I belong to!!
This was my first package since I joined a few months ago. 
My little surprise envelope went all the way to beautiful Canada to
Anne at Doll's Musings.
I had decided to enclose a handmade item.
I chose the design titled Good Things from Lizzie Kate
My model was stitched on 28 ct Zweigart Brittney evenweave olive fabric,
using DMC listed threads and finished off as an ornament
The fabric showing on the background is the one I used for the back of my piece.
I have used DMC threads for the trim
and added a few beads to make it look pretty :)
Now, no RAK would have been complete without the addition of little extras!
So I made sure to enclose
a polka fabric fat quarter,
some Anchor skeins and
2 little Cadbury chocolate bars
(which I hope have not melted by the time they reached their destination)

It was so much fun to prepare this surprise.
The hardest bit was to keep quiet about it!!
I was so tempted to inform Anne something was on its way to her letterbox ☺
I'm sure this Random Act of Stitching Kindness did the trick and made her day!
Oh I do love surprises!!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Cross Stitcher In Residence - Lizzie Kate

I have a small finish to share with you all on this beautiful sunny weekend!

I have stitched a quick snippet called 
Cross Stitcher In Residence from Lizzie Kate

My model was made using all preconised Sampler Threads overdyed floss
and white Zweigard aida fabric, 14 ct

Finished off as a simple ornament using pink felt, cord & bead.
Cord & bead actually come from the price tags of my favourite clothes shop White Stuff
I knew by keeping it, it would came handy one day... The colours are a perfect match to the design


Apologies, my pictures are blurry as per usual :)

I'll come back soon with a few more finishes - RAK & teacher gift!

Wishing you all a lovely day

Happy stitching!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

July Stamp - Lizzie Kate

 A new month has started
and here is my new stamp finish
Design is the July stamp from Lizzie Kate
My model was stitched on
Zweigart aida fabric, 14 count, pewter colour.
Worked with all the recommended DMC threads.

The piece was finished as a small pincushion using red polka fabric and grey lace from my stash.

I have decided to not use the provided black tiny buttons.
They were supposed to be used to make little bugs hovering around the watermelon.
Seriously?? How to be put off!
Watermelon should be enjoyed bugs free, don't you think?

Instead, I have tried something new!
I have made a tiny fabric yo-yo
and placed it on my model with a small light blue button
This design was not my favourite to stitch so far in the stamp collection
but I'm pleased with this overall simple look
Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Gorjuss Exchange

Back in April, I'd organised an exchange for which you had to put together:
One Gorjuss cross stitch finish and
Two Gorjuss merchandising items


We ended up with a very small cosy group of volunteers:
Justine, Heather and myself
I sent my goodies to Heather, Heather sent hers to Justine and Justine sent hers to me.


First, here is what I have made for Heather.

I have opted for the "New Heights" Gorjuss kit from Bothy Threads,
as she was Heather's favourite girl.

The project was stitched on 14 ct parchment Zweigart aida fabric
and used Madeira threads

 Working on this piece was a long & slow process...
The background work
-  the pile of books and the wallpaper -
seemed to be never ending!!


I tried to make something different and a bit more adventurous with my finish.
I went for a little fabric tray.

I followed the instructions provided on Marie Christine's blog
but altered them so that it could fit my Gorjuss girl :)

My initial plan was to use Gorjuss fabric from Quilting Treasures.
I soon had to give up on this idea as it appears to be hard to source here in UK
and as being so popular, seemed to be out of stock nearly everywhere :(

After much consideration,  I have opted to go with a mix of two lovely Tilda fabrics instead.
I had also found some Gorjuss tags and ribbon in my LNS to finish it off nicely
I also used buttons, pins, thick felt flower and stick on sparkly hearts.

What do you think??
I know it is far from being perfect but
I'm really pleased with it considering it was my first attempt.


For the merchandising items, I have included:

Hush Litle Bunny - Postcard

A "Hush Little Bunny" card,
a "Ruby" folding shopper bag,
a "New Heights" drink coaster and
a "I Found My Family In A Book" mini memo pad


It's been a joy putting all this together.
I hope Heather was pleased with her goodies :)


Next are the items I have received from Justine.

My favourite girl as you know is "Ladybird".

 Here she is beautifully finished off as an adorable little bag
I love it, it's perfect!
Look at the little details with the cute wooden buttons
The fabric is matching the design perfectly too ;)
Thank you Justine, you have made a beautiful piece!!

My merchandising items were fabulous.
A sweet postcard and a pen....

and a shopper bag!!!
Oh My God!!!
Justine you have been way over crazy generous!!
I love it :)
Like the bags I have had for my birthday, I've decided to use Santoro's pictures,
as they are showing off the item more beautifully..

I really wasn't expecting such wonderful gifts!!!
Thank you again so much Justine xxx


Please hop over at Heather & Justine blogs to see more "Gorjuness"!

Happy Stitching!