Well here we are well into September and this is my first blog post of the month. So much for getting back to at least one post a week!
Anyway, without further ado, I had a comment on my last post from Justine telling me I had her first blogoversary giveaway. I was so excited but felt awful as when I looked at her blog it was almost a week since she'd posted and due to me not looking at any blogs I hadn't seen it. Postie brought a package yesterday and this is what I found inside. All so beautifully wrapped that I hardly dare disturb it! Inside was this beautifully stitched and finished cushion. As I told Justine when I emailed her this is just so me. I absolutely love the colours and the design. Also inside was The Nebby Needle chart True Friend with some GAST threads and a gorgeous birdhouse needleminder. You may remember that I stitched the True Friend design for my dear friend Chris' birthday so I'm looking forward to being able to stitch it for myself as I love the words on it. Thank you so much Justine for a beautiful package.
Also this week I received this lovely package from Dani in Canada. I won the travelling pattern from her and she also sent me some of my favourite needles and a beautiful fob / ornament. Also see the fabric? The fob was wrapped in that and I reckon I will use it to back Summer Garden with when I've stitched it. Thank you so much Dani!
Here is my start on it. I'm using Craft Kitten 32 count Fantasy Wings linen ( a second that I bought from the Crafty Kitten Facebook page last year ) and I'm choosing colours as I go along. So far I've used Carrie's Creations Hot Pink and Mistletoe. So look out for when I've finished this as it'll be travelling again.
Since my last post I've had a finish or four! Firstly this one.
Carriage House Samplings Emma's Alphabet Sampler ( from JCS June 2005 )
40 count Cream Gander Linen
As you can see it is actually finished properly and I am so pleased with how it looks. I had a vision of how I wanted it and it's close!
Next one is this beauty.
Just Nan Marching Orders
Silkweaver Solo 28 count
DMC & Supplied Soie D'Alger Lady in Red
I would like to pass the chart for this on now so if you'd like it please say so in your comment and I'll pick a winner next week :).
Finish no. 3 also made up with the other 3 that needed to made up.
The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas Day 12
32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen
Thank you so much Barb for SALing with me on these. Barb and I will be starting a new SAL tomorrow and it will be Tra La La Tricotine :).
The booklet for the 12 Days of Christmas is now for sale so please email me ( email in my profile ) if you are interested. SOLD
Final finish ( phew ! ) is this one.
Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal June's Honeysuckle
40 count Pearl Grey linen
I'm all ready to start July's Delphinium on Sunday. Just have to cut my fabric.
Lisa and I are continuing our HAED SAL and although I'm struggling a little with getting used to it and thinking about still having 6 more pages to go is driving me mad I am enjoying it. I do feel better knowing that the last 3 pages are only small!
Frosty Forest is now coming out on Wednesdays in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven so last night I tried desperately to get Frosty Friends finished but it didn't quite happen. Not to worry though as it will next week!
And I almost forgot Garden Bliss! How could I forget this!
I have some brilliant news this post! Abi has got a job! Yay! Both her and Jess applied for 3 jobs last week. Unfortunately Jess has not been successful as yet but Abi desperately wanted to work at one of these places and told the lady when she went for the application form that she had been hoping a job would come up as she really likes it in there. To cut a bit of a long story short she had an interview on Monday and was offered it straight away. We are so pleased as she's been looking for over a year. She had her first shift today, which she enjoyed, and she'll be working 6 hours a week for now.
I'll be hopping on a bus tomorrow to go see Chris which I'm really looking forward to. I need to get some stitching sorted to take with me!
That's all my news for now. I'll be back with a stitch from stash report next week and the stash I very naughtily purchased but I'm still in!
Take care everyone.
With much love