Sunday, 1 April 2012

Daffodils, bunnies and chicks

Spring continues apace. My orchid flowering daffodils have opened and the blackthorn hedge is in flower.

Yesterday was opening day in the Needlecraft Haven Spring Exchange. Here is the beautiful pillow I received from Gillie. It is a Brightneedle design. Thank you Gillie, I just love it.

Here are the needlebook and ornament I made for Rachael. The ornament is a  complimentary design from Sub Rosa here, stitched on hand dyed linen in Vireo from Sparklies using GAST in Poppy, Avocado and Maple Syrup, and finished with some hairy string for a rustic look ("Are you a rustic hanger?" "No, I'm a frayed knot")
I used my rinky-dinky Cuttlebug to die-cut the felt pieces for the needlebook.
I've also stitched up a few of these fun little applique chick ornaments using a design from Shiny Happy World.
A little sad news as well, we came home yesterday to find our cat, Spike, had died while we were out. He was only 11 and hadn't been ill at all, so we wonder if he had managed to get into something poisonous in someone's shed. RIP Spike, we'll miss you.

17 comments:

Stitching Kath said...

poor spike but im sure he had 11 wonderful years.

Clare - Aimetu said...

So sorry for you and Spike - he lookslovely and was obviously at home for his 11 years.

Great gifts - thanks for joining in the exchange

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oh what a shock to come home to that!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss!

You received a lovely pillow in exchange. You are soooo crafty!

Kathryn said...

I'm so sorry about poor Spike. What a shame.

On the other hand, love your exchange gifts, both to and from, and your easter thingies. Also: I'm a frayed knot....bwah ha ha!

Marlene said...

I'm very sorry Spike has left you, remember the fun time, cat's often mask their illness, and I agree 11 years is not long, when my 12 year old cat died I felt robbed of years with her.

Daffycat said...

Oh no, what sad news. I'm so sorry about your cat. *hugs*

Look at all these spring projects! What fun!

Mouse said...

ohhhh no (((HUGS))) to you all ... poor wee thing .. but like Marlene says they often mask that they are ill ....

lovely exchanges both given and received and cute spring projects too :)
love mouse xxxx

Rachael G said...

Oh I am sorry to hear about Spike (hugs)

Thank you for my exchange I love them both!!

Gillie said...

Poor Spike, I am so sorry!

Much nicer photograph, so yes please, will pinch!

Lovely stitched bits, and the chick are sweet!

Katherine said...

Oh, Christine, I'm so sorry about Spike. It's awful when that happens. He looks like he was a red head? I had one of those, I called him Clem - after Red Skelton's character, Clem Kadiddlehopper.

jayne said...

Sorry to hear about Spike Christine. He always reminded me of the Buffy & Angel era......

Barb said...

Christine what a gorgeous cat he was,I have always wanted a gingery cat .You will miss him.
Loved the exchange pieces and the comment about a frayed knot. We used to have one hanging in the florists which we used to swipe when we were asked for silly things.

Sally said...

So sorry about Spike {{{hugs}}}

Love both the exchange pieces.

I think Spring has gone and winter has returned. It's freezing here and extremely windy and rainy. Still we need the rain.

Julie said...

Spike was a very handsome boy, my thoughts are with you all, what a shock it must have been ((hugs))
I love those little chicks, they do make me smile.
Have a lovely Easter xx

Linda said...

Poor Spike, so very sad for you. It has been a little hard for me to keep up with everything so I stopped monitoring the blogs until today. I am so sorry; you can always think of Spike when the daffodils bloom. Lovely projects too.

Patty C. said...

Lovely Exchanges !!!
Happy Easter ;)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sorry to hear about Spike. When I was pg with the Large Boy my Mum suggested Spike or Giles for his name! He's sort of got a Buffyverse name but neither of those.
I love your exchange pieces but groaned at the joke!