Thursday, 4 October 2007

A Birthday Present and Ramblings

I have finally finished the gift for my friend's birthday but, unfortunately, not in time to get it in the post before Royal Mail start their latest round of strike action so it won't go in the post now until next Wednesday. I loved stitching this piece. As you can see it's LHN/ CCN Bee Pinkeep from the January issue of The Gift of Stitching but I have finished it as a simple ornament. It is stitched on an unknown Sugar Maple Fabric using DMC. I added a bee button to the top left as Abi noticed that I hadn't added the yellow bits to that bee and as I'd stitched it all up I couldn't stitch them! Jess found this highly amusing for some reason! I also added one of my little Made with Love charms which I had forgotten I had!

As you may have noticed I have set up a poll in my side bar. I am having a hard time with HAEDs at the moment and have hit a real low with them recently. I really don't want to stop stitching them all together but I feel that if I carry on with two full sized and a quick stitch I will just go off them completely. Now I have a lot of HAED charts in my stash and I'd hate not to stitch them ( although I have gone off some of them but that's another story!) so I have decided to cut down to one full sized and one quick stitch. So the poll is simply which full sized one do I continue stitching so please vote and help me decide:) The two to choose from are Winter which you can see here and Guardian which can be seen here Thank you for taking the time to vote:)

I am waiting to see if I can sell some of the HAEDs I have decided I will never stitch and as soon as I know that I can I will add them to my for sale blog that I have set up. Well it's a for sale and wish list blog so I'll be transferring my wish list there and be giving DH the link to it! LOL! Well a girl can try can't she!

Now I have a question to ask all you bloggers out there but I think I may be unlucky. Is there anybody out there who has a spare Needleprint Beatrix Potter Sampler chart ( not the companion one) who would be willing to sell it for the normal retail price please. I have seen lots of lovely WIP pics of this and love it. I really wish I had seen it when it was still available as it is now OOP and searches of ONS have proved fruitless.

Tonight I am going to make a start on my ornament for Simone's Christmas ornament exchange. We get our partners tomorrow but I have already picked out the one I'm going to stitch ( Unfortunately not out of this year's issue as I still haven't got it), have sorted fabric and threads so am ready to go! Obviously I won't be able to show it yet but I'm excited at taking part in the exchange.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy visiting:) {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

26 comments:

Mary Ann said...

The Bee Pinkeep is beautiful! Your friend is going to receive such a lovely gift!!

And, I placed my vote in your poll! :)

Paula said...

Hi Sally, your pal will love the pinkeep it's gorgeous.

Wel SallyAnne you KNOW which one I vote for don't you??? No need for me to tell you...but I can't vote from work so will do it at home....
***sigh dribble drool**** lol
Happy stitching and hugs to you, hope you are doing better......

BeckySC said...

BEEutiful :) Congratulations :)

Heather said...

Beautiful ornament Sally, your friend will love it. It's a pain with the postal strike. I have 2 parcels sitting waiting to be sent, one's for a halloween exchange. They're starting another set of strikes on the 15th too.

Looks like Winter might be the one you'll be continuing with, I'd love to see you finish that one. I'm not so keen on the other.

With this postal strike, I don't think we'll be seeing the ornament magazine this month now :(

Mindi said...

Lovely finish, I really like the addition of the little bee button. Good luck finding BP, about a month ago one was selling on Ebay for well over $100.

dieflyn said...

I voted for Guardian because I love Selina Fenech.

Karen said...

lovely finish I am sure your friend will love it

Michele said...

love your finish! what a wonderful birthday gift :) I voted .. lol

Pam said...

Hello Sally
First off, thank you for visiting my blog and commenting, I love meeting new people and finding new blogs to read =)
Next, I just love how your little bee pinkeep turned out, I'm sure it will be treasured. I did put in a vote for which HAED I like, but I've never done one yet myself, they look awfully detailed. I'll be back to have a better look around, so far I see some nice projects!

Stitcher said...

I love your ornament finish.

Mylene said...

A beautiful ornament, Sally.

Kajsa said...

Love the ornament! What a great gift.

Did you order the ornament issue? I ended up with 3 of them so let me know if you need it!

Heather said...

How many finishes is it that you have now Sally?

I count 23 in your sidebar, but I think you've finished a few more since then.

Nicola said...

What a gorgeous pinkeep you've made! I'm sure the recipient will absolutely adore it!

(I've voted!)

Julie said...

great finish, lucky friend

Anita said...

What a wonderful pinkeep and the little bee charm enhances the piece so much.

wanda said...

Georgeous pinkeep love the bee design. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you will visit again, I will!!

Karan said...

Another very pretty finish Sally, your friend is so lucky. :0)
Winter got my vote - gorgeous!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Sally, the beekeep is so beautiful. I need to drag my TGOSM out for that one. You've made it so darling! I vote for Fenech, though I didn't actually vote on the sidebar. I love HAEDs...don't know how you could get rid of any of them...they'll be collector's items!
Hugs, and love,
Deb

Stitchingranny said...

Love the ornament Sally.

I have voted but they are both so different its really hard to choose between them. Why dont you go for whichever you have done the most on. Will be that bit nearer to an HD lol.

Hannah said...

Hiya. I found your blog through another. Your ornament turned out very nice. I voted in your poll.

I don't have the Beatrix Potter chart, but Needlecraft Corner does. Here's a link: http://www.needlecraft-corner.com/dg-needleprints.html

Hope it helps!

Extremlygentle1 said...

I do know what you mean about a slump in your HAED. I have had one of those, although I think it was contributed with alot of other things. But it will come back, it has with me. Just keep working on them and maybe do some other things and then you will want to get back to doing your HAED. *HUGS*

Nancy in IL said...

That pinkeep is do die for! What a lucky recipient, and the colors are just exquisite! I've never seen anythhing yet you've done that I don't just love. You have superb taste!

Lizzy said...

What a lovely Pinkeep, Sally... and I love the Bee charm you added... :-)

I did a search for the Beatrix Potter Quaker to no avail... I'm so sorry... Edna at Emlis.com had a few and I managed to get my hands on one back in February... but I don't know if she still has any... email her and ask... and I know she will keep an eye out for one for you if she doesn't have one in stock.

I voted for Guardian of course... ;-) although I love Winter as well... Maybe you just need to stitch a few wee pieces and have a few finishes... a sense of accomplishment so to speak and then your HAED mojo will return... :-) And I'll ask the stitching faery to sprinkle you with a wee bit of magic stitching mojo dust... :-)

{{{Hugs}}}

Michelle said...

Beautiful finish. I bought my BP from Emli's a few months ago...not sure if she has any left though. Someone on the Needleprint yahoo group has been asking too, so I'll let you know if I find out anything.

Yuko said...

Sally, this is very very pretty!
Your friend will treasure it, I'm sure!
This is the one in the list "I would like to stitch when I have more time", it's so lovely pattern, isn't it?
I can imagine you enjoyed stitching this! :D