Monday, 31 December 2012

A Winter Exchange New Shoes and Happy New Year

Today is the reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Winter Exchange. Here is the beautiful little pillow I received from Jane (LHN's Blue House in Winter). Thank you Jane, it's gorgeous.
I stitched a free design from Couleurs d'Etoile for Kate and now I can't find a picture of it anywhere on my computer. Rats!
I've simply got to share this picture of my new shoes though.
Lace. Converse.
How amazing are these?
Incidentally it is ridiculously hard to take a good picture of your own foot, hence the awkward looking angle.

I know there was something else I meant to include in this post but for the moment it eludes me so it only remains for me to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Fifty shades of Earl Grey, Hot

My girls know me so well. Look what they got me for Christmas.
In the words of one of my three favourite Captains (the other two, naturally, being Cpts. Harkness and Sparrow)
"Make it so!"

And look here. Chocolate Penguins of Death!!!
Your argument is invalid.

I got some wonderful gifts and exchanges from various stitching friends as well.
My Advent Exchange Partner, who turned out to be Tina, sent me CCN's Beach Cottage together with the overdyed threads and fabric to complete it and all these other goodies.
In the VSCyberstitchers Christmas Exchange I received a box of delights from Blythe which contained a gorgeous stitched Partridge in a Pear Tree ornament as well as many assorted cuts of linen and evenweave, a bookmark kit, a whole host of threads, charms, and tools, and a fabulous t-shirt from the Monteray Bay Aquarium.

Clare sent me this fabulous Hardanger chart book and pearl threads.
Karan gave me three adorable little penguin ornaments
Barb sent me a wonderful craft book and Jo sent me a set of postcards based on Artwork from The Hobbit as a late birthday gift.
Thank you ladies, I feel genuinely blessed to have such thoughtful and generous friends.
 And here is something I made recently but couldn't show as it was for a Christmas Gift. A small purse made from and up-cycled embroidered traycloth and lined with a piece from a vintage pillowcase.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Festive bits and pieces

This is (probably) the last stitchy finish for the year, and the first one for ages that I don't have top keep under wraps until after Christmas. The design is Holiday Magick by Ink Circles, stitched in Silk 'n Colours ~ Dicken's Christmas on Sparklies ~ Barely Bronzed, and finished as a little hanging pillow,

and here we see Naomi's latest creation, a Biscuit Tree

I've received a couple more birthday gifts from stitching friends. The cut of raw linen and pretty Olde Willow threads are from Karan and the sweet little Snowdrop Pillow is from Sally.
Thank you ladies.
The latest few gifts in the Advent Exchange; kitten notelets, a pedicure brush and cranberry scented shower gel and body butter. There should also be a ceramic cupcake shaped tea light holder but it missed the photo shoot so I'll add it in in the next one.
I wish you all A Wonderful and Happy Christmas

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A Good Week for Post

I've had some wonderful surprises through the post lately. I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous project bag and pincushion in a giveaway on Sally's blog.
They are just beautiful Sally.
I received loads of wonderful gifts for my %*@#th birthday yesterday. Too many to bore you with them all but including these lovely things from fellow stitchers/bloggers. The Penguin Calendar from Barb (penguins!!!!!), Dragon Floss and ribbon from Clare and pretty scissors from Julie. Thank you ladies. I love them all.
Lots of interesting Christmas parcels arriving too, to be shaken, sniffed and prodded, but not opened early (I am very self-controlled these days), and here are some of the latest goodies from the Advent Exchange, fabric, threads, a bookmark, notepad, bag-charm kit, wash mitt and penguin socks.

Do you think people are starting to get the idea that I might just like penguins a teensy bit?

Maybe if I start putting on my blog that I'd like Colin Firth smothered in chocolate...

Monday, 10 December 2012

A Bit More Advent

Still nothing I can show on the stitching or crafting front (you never know who might be reading here), but here are the next batch of gifts from my advent exchange parcel, days 5 to 10:-
A book - Mollie Makes Christmas
A pretty desk diary
A manicure set in a cupcake design case
A shower scrunchie
and three little tins of lip balm.
I don't know who the sender is yet, but whoever it is they have certainly sent me some lovely things.
The more eagle eyed and mathematically aware among you will have realised that there is a gift short in the picture.  There was also a sachet of Hot Chocolate mix but sadly it didn't last until the photoshoot...

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Online Advent Calendar - Day 6

Two posts in two days? What is she thinking of?
Welcome to everyone who has come over from Jo's Online Advent Calendar (you see, that explains it)
The theme this year is "Stockings or Sacks?". We are very much a stocking household (Oo-er Missus, that sounds bad). Putting out a dirty big sack just seems a little presumptuous somehow. Note to Santa however, I have absolutely no objection to presents that are too large for a stocking or indeed to massive present overflow!
This one is mine.
It has penguins on it, of course it's mine!
And just in case that doesn't qualify as a stitchy Christmas Picture, here is a little cat ornament I made a few years ago

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Exchanges and Vintage Christmas Lovelies

I have quite a collection of vintage Christmas baubles and I'm always looking for new ways to display them, so I was delighted to find this lovely birdcage mirror (not actually vintage itself, but it has that look) to showcase some of my favourites. I do have plenty more so expect to be bored by further pictures when I get the rest of the decorations up.
As always, my living room wall looks battleship grey in the photo, but it is in fact a soft sage green.
This week I received this beautifully stitched ornament  from Kate in the exchange at Needlecraft Haven. Thank you Kate, I love it.
And here is the one I sent to Angi
And here are the first four days worth of gifts in my Advent Exchange parcel (also organised through Needlecraft Haven), a delicious Cadbury's chocolate advent calendar, a handbag mirror in the shape of a beautiful pink rose, a useful mini notepad with a lovely peacock design, and two skeins of Anchor thread.
I'll be back tomorrow as I'm the next up in Jo's online Advent calendar.