Thursday, 15 December 2011

I Am So Chuffed!

First of all I want to say thank you to all of you who left me birthday greetings on my post on Monday. I am truly blessed to have so many stitching friends and I treasure each and every one of you. I have made some amazing friends and many of you have been wonderful and helped me no end this year ( you know who you all are) and for that I am truly thankful. It has been a tough year and many of you have been there for me when I really needed someone.

Before I start crying I'll move on to what I'm chuffed about before showing a couple more of my lovely birthday cards and gifts.


A while ago I was chosen to become part of the stitcherhood by the lovely Mouse and I duly stitched Shakespeare's Peddler Count Your Blessings. I have been wondering how to finish it and a while ago Kathy gave me the inspiration to finish it like this. It's sort of a needle roll but bigger and chunkier. I absolutely love how it's turned out.
I am desperately trying to get my pile of unfinished finishes out of the way before Christmas as they are on a chair in the dining room at the moment! I have card cut, some bits are laced on the card waiting to be be sewn up and have trim added, some are nowhere near that! However this one is now done! I showed my finish a while ago but now I can show my finished finish! I added some organza ribbon but more loosely than I usually do, a bow at the top and added one of the JABCO Sheep pins that Jane sent me for my birthday. I love how this turned out too and am hoping that the other bits I have to finish turn out as good! I am actually feeling quite good about my finishing for once!


I have a couple of other finishes too but can't show those until Father Christmas has delivered them:)

I am humbled by all the lovely birthday cards and gifts I received and I have received two more.

Look at this lovely card that Karan made for me and the fabric and threads she sent me. Thank you so much Karan {{{{hugs}}}}

Lisa B sent me this lovely card and limited edition Dinky Dyes silk. Thank you so much Lisa {{{{hugs}}}}

Here's Father Christmas again showing my advent gifts from my surrogate sis Lisa. There should be a packet of Haribo sweets but I ate them!!! Lol!

OK stitching progress now. Actually I have a finish first of all. It's the last of the Renato Parolin pieces and it's Joy. Hopefully the next time you see these I will have them made up. 

I can truly say right now that my Christmas Carol Sock is not going to be finished for Christmas although I guess I could stitch on it more than one evening a week then I might just get there! There is snow on top of those trees and also round the house! Not sure if they show up on the photo or not. Barb was hoping to finish hers this week.

Good Tidings with Jane Austen is going well and this will get finished next week! I took it to craft club with me on Tuesday and did a bit there and then stitched more on Tuesday evening. I think I shall take it again next week. I don't have much more to do on it. 

The headless, handless snowman now has a head and the blind owl can now see! No hands yet but I'm sure I'll put that right the next time I pick him up! I am really enjoying this now I've got used to the stiffness of the fabric. I think Lisa was hoping to finish block this week :)

Finally my progress on Tra La Snowman who now has a hat and a bird on his arm! Love this piece so much!

My order arrived from 123 Stitch today. I am very impressed with the speed my order was despatched and considering the time of year 10 days from the USA is not bad going at all so all in all I am one very happy customer and ready to SAL with Michelle on Christmas Tea!

I decided what to treat myself to with my gift certificate from Wasatch Needlecraft from Colleen:) I've told Colleen and will show you on here when it arrives!

That's all from me for now. Hopefully I'll have some more finishing over the next few days. Maybe I should lock myself away until I get it all done!

Take care everyone.

Lots of love and hugs

Sally
xxxxx

34 comments:

Margaret said...

I love how you finished the ornie with the little sheepie in the midst of the ribbon -- so cute! Lovely stitcherhood finish as well. Great work on the WIPs. And so many lovely presents!

Siobhan said...

What lovely finishes and WIPs! I just love the stitching with the little sheepie at the top--what a nice special touch. Lovely work! Fantastic gifts, too--lucky you!

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Sally!! You are a lovely person and I hope this year brings good things to you and your family. Lovely finishing!! I adore that sheep pin :D Like me, I'm trying to desperately finish all my unfinished pieces before the year ends! Gorgeous WIP's and lovely presents!!

butterfly said...

You have been a busy bee, Love all your stitching and your Finishing is just wonderful.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What amazing, generous friends you have.

All of your stitching as usual looks fantastic!

Mouse said...

ohhhh what lovely presents you got ... adore your finishing too :) and well done on your stitching sals ... I shall give you another *SWISHHHHH to help get everything done :) love mouse xxxxx

Lois said...

The sheep ornie is just too cute! Love the sheepie pin! Lovely finishes and WIPs!

Sally Ann said...

Lovely finishing on your Stitcherhood piece and love your little sheep pin, You also have some lovely WIPS too.

cucki said...

wow very beautiful finishes and great wip's..i love them so much..
lovely sisterhood finish..i so much wanted to stitch it too..all the stitching is looking so sweet..
so many beautiful presents..have fun with them :)
lots of love for you
hugs cucki xx

Michelle said...

Sally you truly deserve each and everyone of those gifts. Bless you. Glad your order arrived that was quick! Got my fabric and threads sorted now for the SAL as well - so looking forward to it xx

Beth said...

A belated Happy Birthday! Love the great goodies you received. And I really like both pieces that you finish finished. You really are a marvel at all the projects you work at once. Love the progress on all of them.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wow, Sally! Look at you go!!!! I love, love, love the tralala sheep finish. That pin is just perfect! The new tralala snowman is adorable, too. Happy stitching this week!! : )

Shirlee said...

What beautiful gifts you have received! You are blessed with some very kind friends : ) I love-love-love that sheep ornament you finished! Could you please tell me what the design is ... I would love to make one of those! Okay, probably more than one ... lol And yes, 123 Stitch is the absolute best online shop! Super fast service, super friendly people. I always go to them first when I need something : ) Blessings, Shirlee

geeky Heather said...

What a lovely lot of updates! Happy birthday!!

Barb said...

Sally you have done a fabulous job of the sheepie one,well what am I talking about all your finishes are always perfect. Love Count your blessings too.
Same the stocking wont be done ,but who knows you might surprise us. Guess who finished hers today and it is now hanging on the fireplace. Yipee I am so pleased with it. Will try and update blog very soon.
Take care
Hugs

Kate said...

Gorgeous finishing - love the sheep button hiding in the ribbon. Lovely cards and pressies and great WIP updates.

Christina said...

Really love your Tralala sheep finish - your finishing is always SO neat. The sheep pin finishes it off perfectly.
Your Renato Parolin finish is lovely. I'm debating whether or not to have a 'red only' ornament tree next year.
I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas Carol stocking finished up, be it this year or next! X

Ps - where do you buy your Tralala charts from???

Lesleyanne said...

Your finishes are gorgeous Sally. Love the sheepy pin. Your wips are coming along great. So many lovely gifts for a truly lovely lady.

Rachael G said...

What a truly gorgeous finish Sally, Well done!
Great gifts!!

Cath said...

Wow , you should be proud of your finishes ,they are lovely .
Fantastic stitching, as usual .X

Catherine said...

What a great post full of goodies! Love them all - especially the sheep!!!

Ellen said...

Enjoying your finishes and wips! Love that sheep pin!

Beautiful cards and gifts!

Hugs,

Vonna said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! and look at that haul :)))
All the pretty stitching, finishing and WIPS...stunning as always!

Carol said...

Sally, your finishes are always lovely--you don't give yourself enough credit! You've received so many wonderful gifts--enjoy!

valerie said...

Your finishing on the TraLaLa Sheepie is fab-u-lous! Wow! I love it! And you have received some wonderful gifts from friends.

Patty C. said...

Love your needle roll finish. You are becoming quite gifted at fancy finishing. LOVE the red Joy ornament - can't wait to see it.

Lovely gifts you received ;)

Colleen said...

Beautiful finishes & WIPs; as always, your stitching is lovely! Wow, so many lovely gifts. I'm glad you enjoyed your shopping spree at Wasatch; can't wait to see the new stash. Love the Sheepie finish & the cute sheep pin nestled in the ribbon;Perfect touch! Hugs

Christine said...

You've been stitching up a storm Sally, I like the bolster finish on the travelling pattern. It's with me at the moment, I've got the text and star motif done, wonder if I can manage to finish it before Christmas.
The sheep ornament is gorgeous and the little sheepie on the top is inspired!

Lei said...

What lovely finishes! I love the ornament with the sheep on top. So sweet! I am behind in my posting, so Happy Birthday a little bit late. Have a great weekend!

Sonda in OR said...

It all just looks so wonderful! It' so fun looking at all your stitchy goodness!

Mindi said...

Beautiful finish of the ornament with the sheep hiding in the bow at the top! The stitcherhood finish turned our great. I love that chunky little needleroll look.

You received lovely cards and gifts from so many of your friends.

Lisa said...

lovely birthday presents Sally, glad mine got there safely, wish I could have had a stitched gift ready to send, but hopefully I will next year x
love your finishes Sally, you have been very busy, great finishing idea for count your blessings, love your LK snowmen progress, and I think your Tralala sheep is gorgeous, I really need to learn the ruched ribbon finish makes so much difference

Andrea said...

Wonderful WIPs and finishes but I adore your 'sheepie' finish. The red edging certinly does show it off beautifully.

Suzanne said...

Love your finishes and all your WIPs. Great gifts you received.