Sunday, 18 December 2011

Busy Finishing, Stitching & Birthday Gifts

My sewing machine has been out this week and I've finally got a couple more finishes under my belt. Just three more to go now and that's it for now! I seem to be a bit finishing shy but once I get going I'm OK with it. So here's my couple of latest ones.

Little House Needleworks Winter Band Sampler was a recent SAL with Lesleyanne and Angela. I wasn't really sure what to do this one but didn't want another pin keep type finish as I seem to do so many ( having said that I am finishing two other things as hanging ones!). So I decided on a pin cushion / pillow type finish with a gathered ribbon edge and beads. You can't see the beads on this picture though but they are green in contrast to the red ribbon.

Next up is Renato Parolin Peace Love Joy. It hasn't turned out quite how I would have liked but it's OK I guess.
I have finished stitching The Sampler Girl Good Tidings with Jane Austen but will show that next time as I haven't finished doing the nun stitch around the edge. I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching this piece with Barb.

I've done more on Tra La La Snowman the December SAL with Chris and Lesleyanne. I love this one so much and love stitching on it. I think I'll do more tonight.
Last night while the Stricly final ( way to go Harry!!!!) I decided to pick the Christmas Carol Sock up. I thought if I get some extra stitching in on it here and there I might get it finished. The white does not show very well at all but nothing I try makes it any better so it can stay as it is! I still have quite a bit to do yet but it the festive season and miracles happen! 

On Friday I received a package from dear Lainey for my birthday. I couldn't believe all the goodies that she sent me. She well and truly spoilt me. See the stitched snowman? She said that I loved it when she showed it on her blog so she saved it for me:) Thank you so much Lainey {{{{hugs}}}}
I feel humbled to have been gifted all the gorgeous things I have been for my birthday, as I really don't think I deserve it, and I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. Lots of hugs to you all.

Advent calendar time now. I've got two photos as I wanted to get a photo of Fridays so that I could wear it. It's a band with my name on it but it also has lots of inspirational words on it like believe, wish, hope, dream etc etc. I intend to wear it every day. Yesterdays and todays were DMC thread and my favourite needles:) Thank you so much Lisa :)

I still haven't got caught up on blogs yet but I'm going to have half an hour or so once I've published this as I may not get time tomorrow or Tuesday. Tuesday is craft club and afterwards we're having a bit of a Christmas party. We're all providing something and I've been chosen to do mince pies so I'll be making those tomorrow. I might have a new start for Tuesday as I'd like to stitch SB Merry Be in time for Christmas but I think I might be pushing it a bit!

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my last post and my Duo Noel finish. I think it's my favourite finish of this year:)
Take care everyone.

Lots of love & hugs

Sally
xxxx

34 comments:

Barb said...

Whoo hoo happy dances galore Sally, I too finished Glad Tidings and I have got the sock up and hanging.
Enjoy your Christmas meeting at craft-
Hope you are ok.

Margaret said...

I really love how you finished the LHN piece -- it looks so great as a pillow! Love the Peace Love Joy finish as well. Lovely WIPs too.

Kate said...

Love the way you have finished these latest pieces Sally they are gorgeous.
Great gifts received - and as far as I am concerned you are very deserving if them!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love how you finished the Italian hearts makes me want to stitch them a second time!

Rachael G said...

Lovely finishes and stitching.
Enjoy your christmas party!!

Shirlee said...

I think your finishes look great! I would be thrilled if mine would look like that : ) And what a lovely gift package you received from your friend! Have fun at your Christmas party on Tuesday! Blessings, Shirlee

jane said...

Lovely finishes Sally. Enjoy the party!

Beth Pearce said...

I really love Peace Love and Joy and the way you finished it!! I think that if anyone can get those finishes before Christmas it would be you. I will be watching!

Myra said...

Your finishes are gorgeous. I love the way you finished the ornaments and the band sampler looks great!

Karen said...

Looks like you have been busy.... great finishing! Late happy birthday!

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

butterfly said...

Late Happy Birthday Sally,
Just love your stitching, really love the LHN Winter band sampler it's beautiful don't think I have seen this one before. Also love your red work, and the way you put them all together.
I wonder how many of us were watching stricly and stitching hands up to that one and loved HARRY.

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness, Sally, what fantastic finishes you have!! You are a whiz with the finishing, too. I envy your skill! Great job on the stitching, too. Lovely gift from Lainey!

cucki said...

wow i love the lhn finish..it is so sweet..i love it.
great stitching,,,
enjoy the christmas party..
hugs cucki xx

Ranae said...

Lovely Christmas finishes.
The WIP's are looking good.
You many wonderful birthday gifts.
Take care!!!

Lesleyanne said...

LOVE your finishes Sally. I'll have to send my Winter Band Sampler to you ton finish together with my count your blessings lol. It looks absolutely stunning. Lovely advent gifts. Enjoy your party on Tuesday.

Bienvenue... said...

Great finishes!
Belated Happy Birthday...
Bisxxx

Michelle said...

Sally - I adore the way you have finished LHN Winter Sampler - stunning. All your finishes are lovely. I think the Renato Parolin one has turned out really well xx

valerie said...

Great finishes, stitching and gifties!

Ellen said...

Beautiful finishes, especially the Peace Love Joy ornaments!

Love that Snowman, can't wait to see your finish!

Happy Holidays!

Hugs,

Lisa S said...

Beautiful stitching & finishing Sally!Love the gifts you received!
Happy Belated birthday too!
Enjoy all of your parties! This is for sure a busy week for most.

Jules said...

Great finishes!

I really love the Renato piece. It is very beautiful! Be proud of it!!

Deborah said...

Beautiful, beautiful finishes!

Carol said...

I really like how your finished Peace, Love, Joy, Sally! They look wonderful hanging there together like that... Your WIPs are so cute--that Tra La La snowman is adorable :)

Nice gifts, too--your birthday just keeps going and going! What fun :)

Gabi said...

Your Winter Sampler looks gorgeous. Love the way you finished it. The Christmas Carol stocking is just gorgeous as well. So is the rest.

Veronica said...

Your finishes look fantastic! I especially love how you had Renato Parolin's Peace Love Joy stringed up. Lovely WiPs you have going there too.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Christine said...

Beautiful work Sally, I love the LHN pillow.
Great gifts too

Michele B. said...

Your finishes look wonderful! I really like what you did with Peace, Love, Joy. Winter Band Sampler is so pretty. You DEFINITELY deserve all the good things that have been coming your way.

Andrea said...

I'm still not sure what to do with my Winter Band Sampler either! Great finish.

Have a very Happy Christmas.

Mindi said...

Beautiful finishes, and I love how the Winter Band Sampler turned out. Your Christmas Carols stocking is looking fantastic, and I'm cheering for you, maybe you can get it finished!

Anne said...

That LHN pillow is gorgeous!! I love how it turned out! And the Renata pieces are beautiful too. I think you do a splendid job of finishing and deserve all that you get :D

Hugs!!

Tammy said...

great finishing! everything looks wonderful!!

Sharon said...

Wow! Love your Christmas finishing! I really like the Tra La La snowman piece.

Catherine said...

Wow! Your posts are always so full of stitchy goodness!

Suzanne said...

I really love your LHN finish, it's such a pretty pillow. Peace Love and Joy looks like a great finish!