Sunday, 24 October 2010

Follow Your Heart

I am so proud of what I have to show you today :) Michelle and I have done some trades recently ( our tastes are so very similar!) and she said she'd be happy to receive something stitched by me as well as TSG JA Sampler Stocking chart when I've finished stitching it. I knew straight away what I was going to stitch and although I haven't finished it exactly as it says on the chart I actually prefer it the way I've done it!

L'Atelier Perdu Follow Your Heart

stitched 1 over 1 on white 32 count evenweave


Started 5th October 2010

Finished 20th October 2010

For Michelle.

I added some homemade cording to the scissor etui as I thought that finished it off much nicer than leaving it off. I just hope Michelle has some scissors that will fit in as the pair you see in the photo are the only pair I have that would fit nicely! She received this yesterday and I am so happy to say that she loves it :)

Here's my Halloween tree! Not much on it so it's a good job it's only a 2 foot tree! There is nothing hung on the back of it! I found the bellpull and the San Man piece you see under the tree in one of my stitching drawers. I do have a Lizzie*Kate design too that was hung on my hallway wall. I found that in a box and hope to make it into a flat fold this week to stand next to the tree.

Tonight I hope to finish Blackbird Designs Their Song so I may be back with another finish soon. I am also close to finishing Shepherd's Bush Happy Pumpkin Roll which I started on Wednesday once I'd finished the stitching on Follow Your Heart. Yesterday was such a horrible day I spent all afternoon stitching on it then last night I stitched on Shores. I want to do a bit more on that this afternoon as it's another horrible day. Not quite sure what happened to the sunshine we're supposed to have!

I am happy to say that Debbie at Stitches N Things was lucky enough to pre-order the Just Nan Christmas Sheep Ornament Pocket and Woolly Ewe Winder for me :) I might get my DH to put it away for me for Christmas or my birthday though.

Lisa and I have been chatting about what we are going to stitch next year. Lol! My "biggy" for next year, as I've already said, will be the Blackbird Designs Anniversaries of the Heart. In fact I think it will be my biggy for part of 2012 as well! Barb is starting Shepherd's Bush The Journey so I asked if I could join her and stitch SB Emmanuel's Song and she said I could so I think we may starting the first Monday of the New Year ( correct me if I'm wrong Barb!). Sometime in the New Year Lisa and I are starting Little House Needleworks Travelling Stitcher and we're also going to have a small new start on New Years Day!!! Possibly something we can start and finish on the day! Lol! That Lisa is such a bad influence; she really is!!! Lol! Something else I really want to do next year, in place of the SB rolls, is stitch an SB ornament a month from the JCS ornie mags. I think I've mentioned that before and Chris is going to join me. So next year is another to be another stitchy filled year, God willing of course.

It's half term this week so I'm looking forward to having my DH and Abi at home. I think we will just be chilling for the week although we will be going out on Wednesday as we're going to pick Jess up and maybe have some lunch out. I need some wee bits from Hobbycraft for my PIFs and Abi needs some stuff for her final Textiles project so a visit to Boyes is in order too!

Thank you to everyone who left good luck comments for my smear. I am so glad to get it over with for another 3 years as it was so uncomfortable. I came out of the surgery and I was so close to tears but never mind. It's done, just have to wait for the results, and I can relax again. Also the government spending cuts that were announced on Wednesday are really going to hit many people very hard. We still don't know what's going to happen with the agency my DH works for but we think it may be OK, fingers firmly crossed.

Hope everyone has a lovely week. I'll be back soon with my WIPs and maybe a couple more finishes:)


Christine said...

The scissor etui is gorgeous Sally!
Love your halloween tree too

Catherine said...

Love all your stitchy goodies and your decorating!

KarenV said...

Erm...I think we may have your sunshine ;) It's been gorgeous here the last couple of days and the forecast for next week is good too - sorry!

Love the scissor etui, great job! Your Halloween tree looks wonderful and it sounds like you have some good plans for 2011/12 with your stitching. Enjoy your half term week :)

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

Your halloween tree is very sweet Sally, I think it looks great!
Next year sounds like a big stitchy year, but that is always nice and it's motivating to stitch by friends.

Lesleyanne said...

Your scissor etui is lovely. Im sure Michelle was thrilled. Love your Halloween tree. We've had soem sunshine here too although it chucked it down yesterday. Love your plans for next year and look forward to seeing it all.

Katrina said...

Hope all goes well with your DH's job!!!!

Love the gift you stitched, it's so sweet. And great plans for next year. AotH actually goes very fast :-).

Deborah said...

Your Halloween tree looks great! The scissor etui is wonderful. What a great gift to give.

Kajsa said...

That's so pretty, love the etui! Your Halloween tree is so cute too!

Jackie said...

Love your tree. We're having plenty of sunshine, I hope you get some son.

Elaine said...

Just saw your beautiful finish on Michelles blog Sally no wonder she was over the moon, it;s just gorgeous.
It sounds like you have all your stitching sorted out for next year now. I am looking forward to seeing all those wonderful finishes you are going to have.
Your halloween tree looks really cute!
Enjoy your week with the family. Hugs.

jane said...

Lovely gift Sally and those sound like great plans for 2011. Look forward to seeing all those WIPs and finishes.

BeckySC said...

Dear Sally, what a stunning gift for sweet Michelle :) I know she must be so thrilled with it :) Just gorgeous!!
I love your Halloween tree :)

linen and floss said...

Your exchange gifts are stunning Sally no wonder you are so proud x

I love the Halloween tree can I ask where you got the black tree from?

I was wondering if maybe I could join you on your Shepherds Bush ornament SAL. I only have from 2003 but they should keep me busy.

Laura x

Brigitte said...

What a wonderful gift you made. This scissors etui is just gorgeous, so perfectly stitched and finished.
I love your Halloween tree. I'm into fall stitching myself and want to fill a basket with fall and Halloween pinkeeps and ornaments.

staci said...

I love the gifts you made! They are beautifully stitched and finished...I'm sure your friend is thrilled with them!

Your Halloween tree is so cute!

Lisa V said...

Your gift for Michelle is lovely.

Carol said...

Your gift for Michelle is gorgeous, Sally--no wonder she loves it so much! And your little Halloween tree looks so cute--I really must make plans to stitch enough ornaments so I can have my own next October...

Ellen said...

Great stitchy plans for 2011, I want to join you, lol.

Love your scissor etui and the Halloween Tree.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Beautiful scissors etui. You did a great job on it. And your Halloween tree is so cute.

Crossing my fingers for you and your DH too.

Barb said...

Sally the stitching is fabulous (as usual) sounds as if you are going to be very busy next year again as per usual.
Well it is Jane Day today so see you later, hope to get the third sheepie done tonight.
Oh I like the scissor etui, and Michelles piece and the Hallowe'en tree if brilliant too. Julie said she may get a SB design and stitch along with us and yes first Monday of the New Year is fine.Speak soon

Christina said...

Your Halloween tree looks fantastic Sally! The Boo Whoo owl looks great at the top of the tree.
I like that you're getting your stitching organised for next year already...I'm still trying to catch up with this year's stitching!

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

Your Halloween tree is wonderful!

Hazel said...

Oooh I love what you have made for Michelle. It is gorgeous. I hate smears too. Nasty, horrid things but necessary. Hopefully it will be fine for another 3 years. x

valerie said...

Beautiful giftie for Michelle...that is a very cute design!

Great job on your halloween tree...I think you have more than me. I really need to stitch more ornies! lol

I am going to start the AoTH series next year too. I have everything but the last 4 charts and fabric. Reminds me I need to put the fabric on order.

Julie said...

The gift for Michelle is lovely and the halloween tree looks great, a nice assortment of ornies on there.

Andrea said...

Love the finishes. The tree looks great.

Carol said...

You have every right to be proud Sally, Follow Your Heart is gorgeous! I agree, it does look more finished with the corded trim. When I stitch mine I shall be adding a trim too, to finish it off.

Just love your Halloween tree too! :o)

Lisa said...

Your gift for Michelle is absolutely stunning! As you know, I love this design, and really need to move it up the to do list so I stitch it early next year I think lol.
I love your halloween tree, it looks really effective.
And don't be calling me a bad influence hehe! You could have said no, pmsl!

Karan said...

Love your Halloween tree Sally & the etui is gorgeous (thanks again for the opportunity to add this to my stash!). Nice stitchy plans for next year. Hope all gos well for your DH's job. :0)

nataliejo said...

Wow, Sally ! I missed that one ! I *LOVE* it so much the way you trimmed it with the cording ! Fabulous ! And the colours are so lovely ! Congrats on such a beautiful finish ! I took your picture to add it to my online Picasa gallery, where I keep all the lovely finishes by my customers. You can see it here :
Have a lovely Christmas ! nataliejo