Thursday, 8 March 2012

Yesterday....

Was my dear friend Lesleyanne's birthday and after much deliberation I decided to stitch her this. 

Le Chalet des Perelles Un Peu D'amour et D'amitie

28 count Silkweaver Tutti Fruiti Linen

DMC

Started 25th February 2012

Finished 28th February 2012

Birthday gift for Lesleyanne

Now I am terrible at making decisions as to what to stitch so it always makes me so happy when I know that the recipients love them so I'm happy to say that Lesleyanne loves this! I backed it with calico and ruched some pink gingham ribbon around the edge.

Today is another dear friend Jane's birthday and this is what I stitched for her.


35 count lightly coffee dyed fabric

Victorian Motto Sampler Threads

Started 28th February 2012

Finished 2nd March 2012

Birthday gift for Jane F.

I am also very happy to say that Jane loves it! I backed it with calico and added a pretty trim that I bought in the local cardmaking/ scrapbooking shop. Wish I'd taken a photo of the trim as it's really pretty.

You may remember that I decided to take part in The Primitive Hare's contest to stitch her design May Love. Well I finished the stitching a while ago and have finally got it made up and I think I am now allowed to show it. I am not 100% happy with my finish and I know that there will be far better finishes than mine but I am just happy to take part:)

The Primitive Hare May Love

32 count linen dyed in cranberry and raspberry tea

Carrie's Creations Old World Red

Started 19th February 2012

Finished 24th February 2012

I have put this in my red basket. Yes I've started a red basket after seeing a few on blogs. I already have a few red pieces that I have stitched and that have been gifted to me so I have a small start!

Right WIPs now! Monday was SAL night with Barb and Colleen so I continued with The Journey. As you can see I now have a sheep:) and part of a dress. 

Tuesday I started my next L*K 6 Fat Men my SAL with my surrogate sis Lisa. I started Let It Snow so am leaving the long one, Snow Day, until last as I think that will probably take the most stitching!

At craft club on Tuesday morning I started my March ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. This month I chose Blackbird Designs Joy from last year's JCS ornament magazine.

Finally last night I stitched more on Stacy Nash Primitives True Love Sampler Bag. I really love how this is looking and it's stitching up quite quickly too. 

Not sure what I'm stitching tonight. I may start an RAK that I'm coffee dying some fabric for. I never seem to be able to get that mottled effect though which is very annoying!

Off to have a cuppa and a catch up on blogs now before I set about some finishing. The pile is getting bigger. I get so far then the enthusiasm goes!

With much love.

Sally
xxxxx

50 comments:

Diane (di) said...

Wow oh wow Sally. Your needles are smokin'. :) What lucky, lucky birthday recipients!

Everything is just gorgeous (and beautifully stitched, too). Loved it all, but the Journey? Stunning.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Yay! A Sally update! You made such pretty gifts for your friends, Sally! I like the ruched ribbon effect. Someday I'll try that... : ) I like your red basket piece. You'll have to take a picture of your filled basket for us. Your Fat Men and SB pieces are coming along beautifully!! Wonderful job! I haven't started my March ornament yet, but it is REALLY easy so it shouldn't take long. : ) Yours will be beautiful when it is done!

Margaret said...

You're always stitching so many beautiful things! I love the two presents you made -- such pretty designs! And all your WIPs are gorgeous!

Lisa S said...

Wonderful gifts you stitched up Sally! Love all your WIPS too!

Hugs

Shirlee said...

Oh my! You have stitched & are stitching so many beautiful things!

lesli said...

I saw your gift on Lesleyanne's blog...beautiful finishes!! Your needlework is exquisite! I can't wait to see more progress on the Journey..it's looking adorable! Happy Stitching!

Deborah said...

You made wonderful birthday gifts. Lucky girls. Beautiful wips.

Vickie said...

Nice post today. :) You have so much going on!

Christine said...

Lovely birthday gifts and your ornament finish is lovely too. I like the idea of a red basket, you'll have to show us a picture sometime

Michelle said...

Oh Wow Sally you have been busy - I adore both your stitched pieces for your friends. No wonder they were pleased with them.

Love your WIP's too xx

Rachael G said...

Lovely Stitching Sally, pretty birthday gifts!

milly said...

Hi Sally

All your finishes are beautiful!
And so prettily finished off.

Gorgeous WIP's too.

Lesleyanne said...

I LOVED my gift, thank you again Sally. Your other two finishes are gorgeous too. Lovely progress on your wips all of which are looking great.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally what fantastic gifties you have stitched out and you make great progress on so many projects!

Christina said...

I saw your pretty gift to Lesleyanne on her blog - it's so lovely and such a nice sentiment.
What a great idea for a basket of reds...I look forward to watching your basket evolve! ;0)
Whenever I read your blog it makes me desperately want to stitch a Shepherd's Bush chart!

Katrina said...

Hi Sally, all your finishes are wonderful :) Happy stitching xx

♥ Nia said...

Oh!! Beautiful gifts that you've made :) I bet the birthday girls were really happy :D
Hugs&Smiles

Sarah said...

Your piece for Lesleyanne is beautiful! I cant wait to see your snow men finished, doesn't look like there that long now!

Ellen said...

Gorgeous gifts for your friends! Love your choice of designs and finishing!

SB's Journey is beautiful! I'm admiring the progress on all your wips!

Hugs,

Lisa V said...

Such lovely finished gifts you made for your friends.
Soo pretty!

Jackie said...

I've always thought your decisions about what to stitch are wonderful! You really have a gift Sally.

BeckySC said...

Stunning gifts dear Sally and your WIPs are looking lovely :)

Beth Pearce said...

Love the gifties you sent out! And your WIP's are really looking great! I really like the Prim design that you finished - looks fantastic to me!

Veronica said...

Happy Birthday to Lesleyanne and Jane. Lucky girls. They must be over the moon to receive your pretty gifts.

Oooh... I wanna see your basket of reds. May I? Please say I may ^.^

The Journey and 6 Fat Man is looking good. I'm dying to start mine next month.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Chris said...

Wonderful gifts for your friends Sally! I am sure that they are very happy.
You are stitching up a storm!

Elisa said...

Beautiful gifts Sally and thanks for the links :0) your WIPs are looking great too x

Catherine said...

Such lovely finishes and works-in-progress!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

You have been busy, Sally! The gifts you made your friends are all fabulous and your pillow for your red basket is terrific. You have lots of projects going and they all look wonderful. Have a great weekend.

Elaine said...

Your two Birthday pieces were so pretty Sally, I love the ruched ribbon finish!
As usual your needles on fire and all your wips are gorgeous.
Have a great week-end, hugs!

BrendaS said...

Sally --
LOVE your gifts you made your friends. That pink gingham ribbon that you rouched is just beautiful.

Great stitching on your WIP's too:)

Deb said...

My goodness Sally - so many wonderful projects. I'm sure that the recipients will be overjoyed to receive their gifts!!

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

Lovely stitching and finishing.
A red basket sounds lovely. I'd want a blue one and a green one and a purple one....

Anne said...

SAlly, your little birthday gifts are so lovely! I'm sure both ladies will cherish them for years to come!! I really liked your Primitive Love pillow! It's darling!! Great progress too!!

Hugs

mollycaff said...

I always enjoy a visit to your blog Sally, so many beautiful things to admire. I love the birthday gifts you made, you have very lucky friends!

Isobel -Argante- said...

You re stitching so wonderful things my dear!!!! I have a lot of WIP too in these days :-)))
Have a wonderful w.e

isi

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

Lovely birthday gifts for your friends!
Take care,
Bisxxx

Carol said...

Your gifts for Jane and Lesleyanne are adorable, Sally--you always finish your items so beautifully!

And I love your Primitive Hare red finish--how nice that you're starting a basket of red smalls... You'll have to post a photo when you get a few more stitched :)

Myra said...

Sally, your stitching and finishing is just gorgeous. I am sure they are just thrilled with their gifts.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Sally, you've been such a busy stitcher and you have some really great WIPs.
I love the two gifts you made for your friends' birthdays, they are wonderful. But yes, I know the feeling that you describe from the times when I was still participating in exchanges. I was always wondering if I had chosen the right design and finishing and was always so relieved when the exchange gift was well received.

Suzanne said...

Such pretty gifts you stitched for your friends. Everything else is looking great.

Ranae said...

I love your two sweet stitchy gifts for your friends.
The WIPs are looking good

Lois said...

What lovely gifts for Lesleyanne and Jane! As always, your WIP's are coming along really well. I do love your Primitive Hare finish - looking forward to seeing your red basket!

pat said...

all very beautiful !
Pat

Julie said...

Beautiful gifts for your stitching friends and lvely progress on the WIP's

Angela said...

Love both of the bday stitches :) All your projects look great, I especially love the ornament stitch for this month!

Mindi said...

Lovely stitching! The ladies receiving the gifts are very lucky to have you as a friend, you made some great gifts for them.

Tatkis said...

All your finishes are so lovely!
Great gifts for your friends!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Tatkis said...

Such lovely finishes!
Your friends are very lucky:)

Hugs,
Tatyana

Pumpkin said...

You've had one smokin' needle lately!!!! I just saw this lovely finish on Lesleyanne's Blog :o) Your finishing is so lovely.

I love seeing your WIP pictures. Everything seems to be coming along just nicely and it gives you such variety.

valerie said...

Lovely gifts for Lesleyanne and Jane! And you've gotten so much stitching done on your wips! They look fantastic!