Thursday, December 29, 2011

Raise a Glass of Cheer for 2012

I hope everone had a very blessed Christmas and enjoyed time spent with family and loved ones. We had here a reasonable quite time, and that was rather enjoyful. :)

With the old year rushing to it's end,  I would like to wish everyone now already a Very Happy New Year and hopefully the new year will bring only good things to you.  Let it be a healthy year, and a year without worries.  Let's all raise a glass of cheer on this wish shall we?

 Raise a Glass of Cheer
Designer: Black Bird Designs
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Country Cream"
 Fibers: Gentle Art as recommended with one exeption
Replaced GA Old Red Paint with Threadworkx Cherry.

This design was laying was laying around in "almost finished" stage way too long. Trying to fool Santa into that I'm a good girl I quickly took the needle up (impressions are worth a lot after all).....

Alla Turca
Designer: Pelin Tezer
Stitched over one on 25ct Lugana White
with Threadworkx Bleeding Heart

It kinda worked. Got lots of stash for Christmas,. Lots of charts, but also.....ohhh sooooo happy.....
A color card of NPI silks. With real thread - finally I can mix and match to my hearts desire. SO happy with that. 
And then there also the Kangaroo scissors!!!!

Enough of that, may I introduce you to my newest bestest friend ever - the lovely Miss Charlotte Clayton. We're inseparable at the moment. 
 Charlotte Clayton
Northwest Sampler Guild
36ct Lakeside Linen Vintage Sand Dune
recommended NPI silks

Lastly poor little Frederik is trying to get a bit stitching on him done too. But you know how it is when girls get chatty. Not much done here yet.

Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linens "Vintage Pearled Barley"
with NPI silks

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mary Allen 1818 and some other finishes

It's amazing what one can achieve if one's computer is having problems and shuts down all the time. When not being able to sit much at the computer, miraculously stitching seems to speed up. No clue how that comes. Still baffles

The good thing about it is though (Insert Happy Dance here): Just in time for Christmas, Mary Allen is finished. Here she is:

Village Square Sampler - Mary Allen 1818
By Samplers Remembered
Stitched on 36ct Edinburgh "Buttercream" from Silkweaver
with NPI silks 
Also finished is:

With Affection
Part one of "A Petit Sampling Etui
Designer Louise Henderson by Cherished Stitches
Fabric: 36ct Silkweaver linen "Heritage" 
Recommended Crescent Color Threads
 And I finished 2 ornaments for my aunt and uncle who adore their schnauzer and cat.
Designer:  Ladybug Lane Designs
Design: "Plaid Greetings"
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue2009
Fabric: 32ct opalescent Lugana from Silkweaver in the color "Forest"
Fibers: Gentle Art, Threadworx and Silk n Color

  Designer: Bittercup Designs
Design: Get into the Spirit
Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue 2009
Fabric: 32ct Belfast from Silkweaver
Fibers: Weeks Dye, Crescent Colors and Gentle Art

On Christmas Eve I traditionally start something new. This year it will be the Charlotte Clayton Sampler from the North West Sampler Guild. I'm looking SO forward to stitch this beautiful sampler. I lost count of the times that I went to Margaret's blog to drool over her Charlotte Clayton.
And there is good news on the puppy front. Ashley sort of recovered. She will now need heart meds twice daily but all by all she is doing fine. Not that she got spoiled. Spoiled might really not be the right It's something beyond that. Oh well, I'm just glad that she's better. Here she is with my aunt. 

That's all from sunny warm Australia. I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and leaving you with an impression of Christmas in sunny Australia :)