Monday, 23 February 2009

Flowers, Blogoversary Fun, and a February Challenge

Here is my "reveal" for the February Challenge at Stitch and Stash The challenge this month was to stitch a design from Elisa's Passions on this link. I liked the DoDo design, but didn't think an extinct thing struck quite the right Valentine's chord for a February challenge, so I chose this little heart design, which I stitched over 1, using Carries Creation's Hearts on Fire.

I finished it as a little brooch. Wish I'd put something in the picture to give an idea of scale.


The other finishes for the month can be found in the album here


And here is a picture of an amyrillis, just because its one of the lovliest ones I've ever grown. I actually bought two at the same time, if you look at the picture you will see that the 2nd one hasn't budged at all. I suspect it is mocking me.
And it is my 2nd Blogoversary! Go Blog! Its your birthday!
I've decided to celebrate by giving away little giftie. If you want to recieve a little something stitched by me just leave a comment on this post before next Sunday, and I'll draw a name on Monday.

35 comments:

Rachael said...

I did the same design, I love the colour you used,and your finishing is wonderful.
Pretty flower!

Gaynor said...

I love your finish, and what a good idea to make a brooch. My finishing skills wilt in insignificance lol

Urszula said...

The finish is super - and 1 over 1 wow! I haven't managed to get the hang of that at all!

SGVChicago said...

Good Day to You....the Rouching around the edges was a very good idea....Don't you just LOVE visiting the Blogs and finding all the links to a world you didn't know existed.....I am collecting ornaments we are going to send to Australia in October to our stitching sisters who lost all they had in the fires. If you could do one it would be wonderful....sgvchicago@aol.com.....let me know and I will gibe you my address!

Taffy said...

You have some very nice photos in your blog. I would love to receive a gift from you.

taffystreasures@yahoo.com

lmndesigns said...

Actually the cutwork cloth under your heart does give a good indication of size. Your amaryllis is gorgeous. It and the other one currently average each other out. I am certain that in the future the other one will put in a very nice appearance.

traciottawa said...

The brooch is beautiful! Very nice finishing. I usually grow an amaryllis every xmas but the colour selections I find are limited. This one you've grown is very nice!

Carol R said...

Pretty brooch and your amyrillis is gorgeous.
Happy Blogoversary and please enter me into your draw

jane said...

Lovely finish Christine - I would love to be entered in the draw for you blogaversary

Clare - Aimetu said...

I love that design, and your finish is beautiful.

What amazing flowers, we always get just one stem at a time.

Happy blogversity x x x

Julie said...

Super little brooch, no wonder you are the designer, you come up with such good ideas.

Nice amarylis too, we had one (red) but the cat knocked it over and the flower fell off!!!

Happy blogoversary!

Sheilasembroidery said...

i love this piece, well done

Jenna said...

Happy Blog Anniversary...please enter me in your drawing :)

Milly~ said...

What a cute design!

jojo said...

Happy Blogoversary! Love the brooch, what a great idea :)

Tina said...

A beutiful way to finish of a design,Would love to be entered into the draw.

Mylene said...

Your February challenge piece looks lovely.
Happy Blogoversary!! I do love to enter the draw. Thanks.

Marlon said...

Congratulations on your second year anniversary!
Blogging takes a bit of diligence so I commend you!

Hugs, Marlon

tobybur said...

Great finish, Christine! I really like the way the beads "hide" in the ruching. Bet you got a lot of compliments on Valentine's Day.

tobybur

jfoxinnc said...

I share your love of amarillys. I have a very old red one and a red and white striped one.

Happy Blogoversary and please enter me into your drawing
Jan

Daffycat said...

Beautiful finish...I love that ruched ribbon edge. Which I still can't do!

Woo Hoo! Happy blogoversary! Enter me in the draw, please!

Kim said...

Very pretty flower heart! Please enter me in your drawing - Thank you!
kimberlybreid@hotmail.com

Robbin said...

Christine,

Your little brooch is gorgeous! Did you finish it on a form or are you that good about cutting a great heart shape. I have something I need to finish in a heart and I admit I'm feeling a bit nervous about doing it well. Now I'm inspired.

Your amaryllis is gorgeous, too. I haven't had one in years but I just love the color of yours.

Cheers,
Robbin

Sally said...

I love your little heart brooch Christine. It is so pretty.

Your amaryllis is beautiful. It's a gorgeous colour.

Happy Blogoversary! Please enter me in your drawing:) I'd love to be in with a chance to win something stitched by you.

Karan said...

Beautiful brooch - love the finishing & thread used.
Happy Blogoversary! :0)
Not seen an amaryllis that colour before - it's gorgeous. Blooming well too, so maybe it's trying to make up for the other ones reluctance. :0)

Lynn B said...

What a pretty finish, you do some lovely stitching.
Please enter me in the draw.

Cynimin said...

I love your work!
So generous of you to offer goodies to us.
Count me in please.
Thanks,

Elisa said...

I am very happy to see your beautiful broch , very nice finishing
please send me the picture
thanks and congratulation

Lizzy said...

What a beautiful finish for your February challenge, Christine! And I love the colour Heart's on Fire! Just lovely! And how creative to make it into a wee brooch! :-)

Your amyrillis is simply gorgeous!!!

Happy Blogoversary and please enter me in your drawing!

{{{Hugs}}}

Karen said...

Lovely finish super idea

hazel said...

I love your little heart brooch such a delightful way of finishing the stitching. Your amaryllis is beautiful such a pretty colour.
Thankyou for sharing,
Hazel (UK)

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

I love all the pictures of the finished designs...very nice!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Please enter me in your draw!

What a gorgeous heart!

Lisa said...

beautiful finish Christine, love the thread colour and the ruched ribbon edging, which i adore bun can't do
Happy Blogoversary!

please enter me into your giveaway,i'd love to have something stitched by you

Stitchingranny said...

Oh Christine what a beautiful challenge piece you have done this month.