Saturday, 16 February 2013

Valentine Initial Swap

I received this lovely parcel in the mail on the 13th of February. What great timing to get it the day before Valentine's Day. Thanks Cheryll for hosting this swap.
Lots of goodies in the bag and very thoughtful regarding the heat up here in North Queensland, sending chocolate drinks instead of the melty stuff! Thanks Anthea  from Hibiscus Stitches for being my swap partner you have really spoiled me. There are a couple of packets of coffee missing as DD and I had a lovely cup yesterday when we returned from our day of retail therapy!

Such a beautiful heart to hang in my craft room! I am going to take the mug mat (chocolates look good enough to eat) to work and use with my new cup and saucer I brought yesterday while out shopping.

It is a bigger than normal cup and it has a veritable garden of flowers around it......just beautiful and it will be sure to brighten my work day.

Now I haven't done much stitching lately but instead had been cutting and not the computer kind.....but the journal kind. Mr B often watches me cutting out bits of stuff for hours in front of the telly and then watches me muck around trying to get it back into a pleasing arrangement and says he will never understand why we do this! Mind you he does support me whole heartedly and always offers financial assistance if I hum and ha around too much in the scrap-booking shops. Maybe he's hoping to get out quickly this time???

Still haven't completed the whole journal yet and this one is really more of a diary rather than the usual ones I make. I used Graphic 45 papers and stamps and a tutorial to make the album from cardboard. I do have trouble with the humidity here with using double sided tape so am using the red super strong tape and glueing everything down and I hope this will improve the outcome.

Front Cover

Inside cover and page one.

Pages 2 & 3

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Pages 8 & 9

10 & 11

...........and page 12, which is not stuck down yet. Don't know about page 13 yet either. Might have to cut out some more flowers or pictures.

 Will do a little more this weekend and some more stitching on my "Snow Happens" table runner. Hope everyone has a great weekend and has lots of time for craft.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Lazy girl checkin' in!

I have had the most lazy week!  I finished the stitchery for True Friends Tote bag from the Red Home book by Natalie Bird and desperately wanted to put it together, but I had to wait for the fabric to arrive.
The thing is, I am sure it was stuck in the post due to the Brisbane floods and I really didn't want to complain about something so trivial as that! I still haven't done anything with the hearts because I decided to wait for the fabric.

I also did the stitching for the pin cushion and have the other side traced. I started stitching the little words with 2 strands of thread and wondered why I was having difficulty fitting all the words in!!! Doh!.....I remembered to check the instructions (you know....all the printed stuff that comes with the pattern) and had to unpick and redo them.......much better! LOL!

I think I should name this post "The Stupid week"! 
I also completed my Valentine Initial Swap and when I had nearly completed the stitching I pricked my finger not once but twice and got blood on the white fabric. I was mad at myself and had two options............give it a good wash or make another. Yeah right.......make another ha! ha! I'll just wash it. Bad decision! I now have my own needle pocket.................of course I had to make another one! Look what happened!

I used Cottage Garden Threads and the colours ran in the gentle hand wash! I have a whole quilt done with these threads........hope I never need to wash it!

I must have looked at it for half an hour trying to decide if it was good enough to send on, but you know the quilters pledge......don't send anything you would't be happy to receive.  

Stupid came out again and I forgot to take a photo before sending number 2 needle pocket off!
Anyway is the inside and back.

There were other things included and maybe I will be able to get a photo from the recipient's blog later on.
I think the second one is nicer anyway!!

The fabric for the bag also arrived this week so no more complaining that I CAN'T do anything until the fabric arrives!

Also in the post came some very nice tea-towels for me to stitch a design on. Some lovely ideas and free designs can be found at Bird Brain Designs. This is a link to their blog and they have a shop as well.

No more legitimate reasons to moan! LOL!