Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Reconnected and a Giveaway

Apologies blog friends for an enforced absence the last couple of days. Since Saturday we had problems with our server and only today got to the source of issue.

I'm so relieved to be back on line and able to get in touch with you all again - made me realize how much the internet means to me - I felt very bereft and anxious to get back on!!
I'm trying to catch up with most recent posts. So please forgive my lack of commenting on your blogs.

I've only been able to do a little bit of stitching on my bunny sampler but he's definitely looking more like a bunny~

I'm curious to know from other cross stitchers what way you go about stitching out the pattern.

Do you start from the middle or start from a corner or an edge like I do - sometimes I stitch from left to right if it's a sampler or text.

Being self taught and a relative new comer I just wonder if there's a better way to go about things - I'm too random and 'all over the place' as my dear dad told me once when watching me do housework as a teenager!!! I can laugh about it now!!lol!

I'm also working on another little piece which I hope you'll come back to see soon - it's quite pretty and this is just a teaser~

And now to the giveaway mentioned in the title. Kim, formerly of Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe has decided to relaunch her blog and has had to start again from scratch. Kim is one of the loveliest bloggers to get to know and her stitching is just awesome. So her new blog is called Valley Primitive Stitches and Kim is holding a Spring giveaway to launch it.
Her are the wonderful hand stitched items Kim is including as well as the candle~

The drawing is on March 20 and I know you'll want in on this as well as helping Kim too!
So just click here to sign up!

Thanks once again for your lovely comments - you all help more than you know!
Best wishes

Friday, 24 February 2012

Nearly a Friday finish!

Hi everyone! I was having lunch today - nothing special - just homemade vegetable broth - I'm on a sugar free as possible diet!! - seriously!! And it was whilst slurping my soup that I realised I haven't got my Friday finish finished!!! Help! What to do when I need wheels to finish my pull toy Easter bunny - you remember the one Angi was offering as a freebie.

Well I'm still searching for wheels but I quickly painted the base and stitched on the bunny's ears , eyes and nose and glued it to the base and here it is ~

Bit of a cutie, I think! Thanks Angi for the pattern - really easy to make!! I made him from some over- dyed wool~
I can hardly say I've got a collection of pull toys, but I'll show you the other two in my home.
This sheep is unfortunately not hand made but it is pretty big and I love Americana.... so I brought him home~

And another farm animal pull toy - a lovely fat cow made from resin but a special gift from a friend who knows all the things I love to decorate with!
So there you go from a mild spring like N. Ireland!
Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Welcome to all my new stitching followers - so many talented crafters, I'm delighted to meet you! Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Wednesday WIP & Blog Award!

Hi sweet friends, hope you are having a wonderful week thus far.
I've started a new spring cross stitch and here's how my WIP looks at the moment~
There's a lot to do so I'll have to muster all the patience and stamina I've got to stick with it and get it done before spring's over!!! Don't those little carrots look sweet and good enough to eat?!!
I also have to say a heartfelt thank you to Steph of Front Porch Primitives for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award. It's appreciated because it's so encouraging to think other bloggers enjoy your blog. I just want to pass on the award to all my readers as there are many more than 10 other blogs which I love and could nominate.

I'm also supposed to tell you 7 random things about myself so here goes!

I'm a bit of a tomboy and when growing up with my two brothers I climbed a very tall tree after them and ended up getting stuck - Dad had to bring a very tall ladder to rescue me!

Thankfully I have never had a broken bone, but was bitten by a dog in the face and needed stitches - they've all healed. And I still love dogs!

I love shopping!

I would love to visit all 50 US states - I'm only a quarter of the way round them!!

Chocolate is my favorite food! But I do have a very sweet tooth!

Reading is probably my favorite 'me' time activity and the Bronte sisters are my favorite authors.

All I want to be when I grow up is a good/godly mommy to my three precious children.

Whew! That took ages! i'm really just a shy person with not a lot to say!

But thanks to you all - you make blogging worthwhile!
Best wishes until next time!

Friday, 17 February 2012

A Friday Finish and Fobs

Happy Friday once again, friends! The weeks are flying by and everything in between seems a bit of a blur - I don't know where time goes!

This is my one and only finish for the week. As the children were off school all week for half term break, I have been kept on my toes entertaining them, and all in all we've had a good time together even though it was cold and drizzly here.

I love the blues in this free pattern from Primitive Betty's and I plan on giving it to my friend as a little gift this weekend.

It is stitched on 28ct cashel linen in light mocha and I backed it in a light blue floral print.
As there was a remnant of the floral I thought I'd try something I've seen and loved but never made before - a strawberry fob (I know I'm taking liberties calling it a strawberry when it's blue and a bit misshapen to boot!!)

But here it is and I like it anyways!!
I topped it with blue herring bone wool for the leaves~

Well, that's when I decided I'd better find a proper tutorial to learn how to make fobs and came across quite a few useful ones and hurried off to my fabric bin to find a red print to make a real strawberry! And here it is with green wool leaves~

Here are two lovely prim wool strawberry fobs I picked up on holiday last year - I think fobs may become a bit of an obsession of mine!!

I'm off to look for more fob patterns and designs and maybe I get some more stitching done for spring!
Here's hoping you all have a great weekend! And thanks so much for visiting - I'm so pleased to welcome some new followers also! Looking forward to getting to know you better!
Best wishes!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Angi's Valentine Freebie

Hello everyone - a quickie post to let you know about my good friend Angi's fab Valentine freebie pattern for all of her followers new and old! This is Angi's own pattern for her Easter Rabbit pull toy - so cute!!

This is one I know you'll all love to make - I know what I'll be making next!! Thanks Angi!! You're a real Valentine Sweetheart! Click here to go to Angi's blog and request a copy!

Best wishes!

Friday, 10 February 2012

A Few Friday Finishes!

Happy Friday, dear blogging friends! Thought I'd share a few finishes, the sum total of this week's needlework. I don't know about you, but I seem to have less and less time to craft :-(

Anyhow, when I saw this free chart from the Primitive Hare's blog I immediately downloaded the chart and started stitching! I plonked it here among some hearts~

I also made this little bird from a free pattern by Sassafrass Hill and made a little wool heart for it to carry in its beak

I came across another great cross stitch blog, The Little Stitcher, and found some really lovely charts and had a go at the snowdrop though my picture doesn't do it justice~

BTW, I'm hoping someone can help me fix yet another blogger glitch. When I try to add new blogs to my list and hit save, instead of saving them it just sits there saying Saving... but never does even after I've waited ages. There is no fix for this on the blogger help pages that I can see either. So frustrating!

Wishing you all a blessed weekend! Thank you all for bringing me joy!

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Freebie Pattern for Feb 14!

With just over a week to go until Valentine's Day I thought I'd have a bit of fun and stitch up something quick and easy - I was inspired by the Willow tree and the idea of a heart and initials carved on a tree!I had in mind a young girl and that's why it is a very naive cross stitch for the lettering in the wee verse; 'I love you, You love me, Meet me by the willow tree.'

For the leaves of the willow tree I used a chain stitch loop.

So here's the pattern and feel free to use it for your own personal enjoyment and make the initials your own!
I'd love to see how you finish it!
I'm off to relax this VERY rainy Sat. afternoon with more x stitch freebie patterns to do.
Have a great weekend whatever you do!
Best wishes

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Happy February and Packages!

Hi everyone and a very happy Wednesday 1st February to you! As my hubby reminded me, that one twelfth of the year 2012 gone already! Now that makes you realise how time flies!

Today I was so excited when I got home from town to see TWO packages tucked into my porch - very appropriate as one was from Steph of Front Porch Primitives - it was her giveaway package! Yaay I wasted no time opening it up and knew the perfect place to display this oh-so-cute prim stump doll in a sweet hanging pouch all handmade by Steph! Thanks so much Steph - I love this so much!
Here she is!

I hung it on the little cupboard in the corner of my kitchen/family room and where I decorated the little tree for Valentines Day.

The other parcel on my doorstep was something I bought myself from one of the few primitive online stores in the UK. I knew it would be just right hanging on the door of my little wall cupboard and the taper light came too! Don't you think it's just the ticket?

I'm lovin' the overall prim look here! It takes a while but it will need a few more bits n' pieces!
It's time to make tea now for my hungry growing kids but I thank you all for your comments and company! It's good to know you're there!
Have a great week and I'll be back in a couple of days with a new pattern!
Best wishes