woensdag, december 31, 2008

Just in time for 2008

First of all I want to wish you a good new year's eve. Be careful with the fireworks, afterall we need those fingers to get all that stitching/patching/quilting and other beautiful handcrafts done!
When I mentioned the RR the other day I forgot to tell you that one of the girls had to pul out. Her health was acting up and she was afraid she wouldn't be able to fulfill the commitment. She would have chosen the theme of coffee and tea. To cheer her up a bit I stitched her this coffee mug mat (found at the site cross stitch happy. You ought to pay that site a visit, there are many beautiful things to be found!).

As you might recollect I joined an internet group during my off-line period, the crazy exchange. We did a christmas ornament exchange and I got Carol as exchange partner. I choose a blackbird design to stitch her (the sock). Wendy Jo stitched up my ornament (joy, love, peace ornament) and I love it.She also enclosed a scissorpocket which was an extra surprise. Thanks again!

Looking through the pictures of finished cross stitch thingies I also came across a mailart. This is a design I had on my "to stitch list" for a long time. I stitched it as a RAK (random act of kindness) for a SMO board member. It's a freebie stating "Stitchers come with strings attached" (yeah, I know, the picture isn't to good...)

Then there was my birthday and soon after came Jacqueline's birthday. Here's our exchange of birthday presents. Jacqueline made me this beautiful quilt and the thing I made Jacqueline is sort of .... well, I don't know. It's lying on top of three bundles of quilt fabric and it was made in a super-duper-easy-patchwork workshop.

And there's still more! On the SMO board is a member, Cindy, who invented the Just-4-me-SAL. I just knew I had to join that LOL! Here's a picture of my progress and one of how it should be in the end. 

and meanwhile I had to start another little Just-4-me project and it's finished already!

You might recognize it, it's the second one I made ;).

We had christmas dinner with the family at our place. My mother brought me a belated birthday present. It was from my former neighbour and stitch friend Diana. She surprised me with this beautiful christmastree! Amazing isn't it? Thank you Diana.

Well, more than enough for now. Thank you for baring with me in this rather long and perhaps tiresome blog for today. Hopefully the next will be a bit more up-to-date.

dinsdag, december 30, 2008

Did I tell you about

Did I tell you about joining a Round Robin (RR)? I did join a RR on the borduurhoekje and so did 4 other members. We all choose different themes. I choose "stitching" as a theme cause I was looking for an excuse to finally stitch Sadie-Stash-A-Lot-Ski LOL. When I sent out my RR she wasn't finished, but I will finish her once she get's home. This is the way she looked when she started travelling....

The first RR I received came from Simone. She choose houses/courtyard as a theme. It's sometimes rather difficult to pick a design for someone else. Initially I choose a cute Country Cottage Needlework design called gingerbread cottage, but when I read her "wish-letter" she explained she didn't want it to be sweet, sugarry or pink.... Well, there you go, gingerbread cottage, gone out of the window ;). 

It left me with the problem of finding a new chart in time, one that would fit Simone's wishes better. It was rather difficult, but in the end I found a Plum Pudding Needle Art design which would be fit for Simone's RR (at least, in my opinion, but as you've read that doesn't always fit the bill....)
The end result was this:

I'm currently working on Marion's RR, she also choose the courtyard/houses theme and she's asked for a LHN design (another problem, but sort of solved). Since the RR should be posted at the beginning of Januari I'm off to do a bit of stitching now....

dinsdag, december 16, 2008

A dogs life isn't necessarily bad....

Oh boy, try to forget the blogging once a month thingy, cause that doesn't quite work out for me.... LOL. I've got so much to tell you but first things first, I think a dogs life isn't necessarily bad. Look at this picture of my dog, Lars, who has given the word "lounging" a new meaning....

Imagine yourself, sitting on the armrest of your sofa, relaxing and looking out of the window. Would be nice for a day, wouldn't it?