Thursday, 18 September 2014

Travelling Pattern, A Giveaway Win Plus Some Finishes ( Picture Heavy! )

Well here we are well into September and this is my first blog post of the month.  So much for getting back to at least one post a week!

Anyway, without further ado, I had a comment on my last post from Justine telling me I had her first blogoversary giveaway. I was so excited but felt awful as when I looked at her blog it was almost a week since she'd posted and due to me not looking at any blogs I hadn't seen it. Postie brought a package yesterday and this is what I found inside. All so beautifully wrapped that I hardly dare disturb it! Inside was this beautifully stitched and finished cushion. As I told Justine when I emailed her this is just so me. I absolutely love the colours and the design. Also inside was The Nebby Needle chart True Friend with some GAST threads and a gorgeous birdhouse needleminder. You may remember that I stitched the True Friend design for my dear friend Chris' birthday so I'm looking forward to being able to stitch it for myself as I love the words on it. Thank you so much Justine for a beautiful package.

Also this week I received this lovely package from Dani in Canada. I won the travelling pattern from her and she also sent me some of my favourite needles and a beautiful fob / ornament. Also see the fabric?  The fob was wrapped in that and I reckon I will use it to back Summer Garden with when I've stitched it. Thank you so much Dani!

Here is my start on it. I'm using Craft Kitten 32 count Fantasy Wings linen ( a second that I bought from the Crafty Kitten Facebook page last year ) and I'm choosing colours as I go along. So far I've used Carrie's Creations Hot Pink and Mistletoe.  So look out for when I've finished this as it'll be travelling again. 

Since  my last post I've had a finish or four!  Firstly this one.

Carriage House Samplings Emma's Alphabet Sampler ( from JCS June 2005 )

40 count Cream Gander Linen


As you can see it is actually finished properly and I am so pleased with how it looks. I had a vision of how I wanted it and it's close!

Next one is this beauty.

Just Nan Marching Orders

Silkweaver Solo 28 count

DMC & Supplied Soie D'Alger Lady in Red

I would like to pass the chart for this on now so if you'd like it please say so in your comment and I'll pick a winner next week :).

Finish no. 3 also made up with the other 3 that needed to made up.

The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas Day 12

32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen


Thank you so much Barb for SALing with me on these. Barb and I will be starting a new SAL tomorrow and it will be Tra La La Tricotine :).

The  booklet for the 12 Days of Christmas is now for sale so please email me ( email in my profile ) if you are interested. SOLD

Final finish ( phew ! ) is this one.

Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal June's Honeysuckle

40 count Pearl Grey linen


I'm all ready to start July's Delphinium on Sunday. Just have to cut my fabric.

Lisa and I are continuing our HAED SAL and although I'm struggling a little with getting used to it and thinking about still having 6 more pages to go is driving me mad I am enjoying it. I do feel better knowing that the last 3 pages are only small!

Frosty Forest is now coming out on Wednesdays in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven so last night I tried desperately to get Frosty Friends finished but it didn't quite happen. Not to worry though as it will next week!

And I almost forgot Garden Bliss! How could I forget this!

I have some brilliant news this post! Abi has got a job! Yay! Both her and Jess applied for 3 jobs last week. Unfortunately Jess has not been successful as yet  but Abi desperately wanted to work at one of these places and told the lady when she went for the application form that she had been hoping a job would come up as she really likes it in there. To cut a bit of a long story short she had an interview on Monday and was offered it straight away. We are so pleased as she's been looking for over a year. She had her first shift today, which she enjoyed, and she'll be working 6 hours a week for now.

I'll be hopping on a bus tomorrow to go see Chris which I'm really looking forward to. I need to get some stitching sorted to take with me!

That's all my news for now. I'll be back with a stitch from stash report next week and the stash I very naughtily purchased but I'm still in!

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxxx


cucki said...

Wow beautiful win and I love all your projects so sweet
Happy stitching x

Pull the other thread said...

So many amazing pieces Sally! These are all so beautiful. Congrats on winning Justine's giveaway she sent you some wonderful gifts. Lots of lovely gifts from Dani too.

butterfly said...

Lovely Gifts , Congrats .
And all your lovely stitching love them all . Great news on the job front .
Enjoy the rest of your week hugs.

Natasha said...

Congrats to Abie. You are making great progress on Garden bliss.

I LOVE the bright colors in that "honeySuckle" Chart. Very Pretty :D

Hope are having a great week so far!!

Vickie said...

I am sorry Jess has not gotten a job yet. Yay! for Abi. :)

You have accomplished so much Sally.

Mouse said...

ooooo suck a drool worthy post :) lovely goodies and love your finishes too ... and well done on the TP its looking fabulous :)
congrats to Abi and paws crossed for Jess that something comes up for her soon too :) love mouse xxxxx

CalamityJr said...

What beautiful stitching and finishing! I'd love to be entered in your drawing for Marching Orders. Thanks for sharing.

How great that Abo got one of the jobs she wanted. I'm sure Jess will find one that makes her just as happy.

CalamityJr said...

Oops! Abi!!!!

Linda said...

Gorgeous stitching and finishing Sally. Love all your gifts. Congrats to Abi.


Belinda said...

Lovely stitching Sally and what a lucky gift to win!

Pam in IL said...

Oh my goodness, you've been busy! Love all the gifts your received from Justine and the items Dani included with the traveling pattern. I just love that pattern too. WOW, 4 finishes! They all look great!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wow! Look at all those goodies and all that progress! Fantastic post!! I look forward to seeing what you purchased!! :) Congrats to Abi! Hope Jess gets an interview soon as well!

Kay said...

I always enjoy looking at your finishes, well done for getting so many done. While I enjoy doing my cross stitch I must admit to putting off the finishing as I always worry about it looking good enough. x

Christine said...

Lovely giveaway prize Sally, and beautiful stitching and finishing. I really like the JN piece, so please put my name in the hat.
Congratulations to Abi!

Mii Stitch said...

Oooh, what a lovely post! Love the goodies you've received from Justine. Her cushion finish is just perfect! Your finishes are just as wonderful and looking forward to see the TP finish, the design is so cute and so far your choice of colours are just fantastic! Hugs xx

Hazel said...

Really beautiful stitching and gifts Sally. X

Carol said...

Oh, such pretty gifts to win, Sally--lucky you :) I'm always so amazed at how much you get stitched and finished with each post! Really love your newest finishes--well done all round!!

So happy for your daughter and I hope Jess finds something soon!

Andrea said...

Well done to Abi, I'm sure Jess will find a job soon.
Beautiful stitching and finishing.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Oh Sally, you always do such beautiful finishes! I particularly love Emma's Alphabet. Keep plugging away on Winter Robin. Slow and steady wins the race!

Maggee said...

So much stitchy-goodness in this post! I really love the HAED piece. Hugs!

Heather said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! You have been busy! I LOVE how you finished Emma's alphabet! ! I am so happy that your daughter got the job that she wanted! :-)

Karoline said...

Congratulations to Abi, that must be a relief.

You've had some gorgeous finishes and your other projects are looking lovely

Michelle said...

Oh Sally so thrilled for Abi - well done to her. Your photos of all your stitching are lovely xx

Brigitte said...

I'm in awe of all your wonderful finishes. Great job!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely gifts and finishes, Sally.