Brown/Blue Spotty

29 April 2014

OPAM 2014 ~ April 2014

Well another month is drawing to a close and I have little in the way of finishes to share ~ or ~ just the one!
This is my completed RSVP acceptance for my Niece's wedding.
It's part of a Bent Creek design called love.  Stitched on Sparklies 28ct Oatmeal Cashel Linen.
I'm delighted that it has been very well received.

I'm close to a finish with another piece and should manage it before the end of the month ~ if not, it will roll into May's tally.
Till next time.


24 April 2014

Stitch from Stash 2014 ~ April

Another meagre month on the stitching front ~ I have managed some but mainly on UFO's.  The good news is that I am on my second consecutive month with zero spend!

Bfwd 47.51
Budget 20.00
Spent 0.00
Balance 67.51

Needlecraft Haven Monthly Challenge for April

Part V of La Pensee Positive
Love by Bent Creek

With that I shall leave you ~ happy stitching from stash.


I have no idea why the spacing in my post is so wide ~ have tried to correct it however Blogger has other ideas!

16 April 2014

Wedding Acceptance

It's less than three weeks now until my Niece's wedding, a long anticipated family event.  We're looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up but mostly to celebrating with Dale & Elizabeth as they exchange their vows.
As the wedding takes place on a Friday and the GB's have study/exam commitments with school & university they are unfortunately not able to join the celebrations ~ a great regret as we never know when the next mass gathering will be and our family is spread around the UK and abroad.
It was relatively easy to find "with regret" cards however we were not happy with any of the acceptance cards for our reply to the invitation.  They appeared standard, un-inspirational and just not special enough.  So, after a little think I decided to take part of the design that I am stitching as a gift for the happy couple and make our acceptance.

The design is part of "Love" by Bent Creek ~ I've changed the colour of the heart from the red which was charted to the Bride's favourite purple.  I was sure it would be well received and it was.  We'll be visiting them in Scotland the weekend after Easter and I will be adding a hanger so it can be displayed when they move into their new home.


11 April 2014

Picture Post - Well Mainly

Firstly my Needlecraft Haven Spring Exchange from Ursh ~ pictured with the lovely card and wrapping paper it arrived with.
I love these Four Seasons Exchanges and I have now signed up for the Summer round.

Next is the pin cushion I received from Bev in the Friendly Stitchers Group Stitchers Day Exchange.  This gorgeous Blackbird Designs pattern has been on my to do pile for such a long time ~ as I'm sure that my lovely friend Carol will attest to.
This piece is backed with a lovely purple felt.

 This is the piece I stitched for Bev in the FS exchange.  It's Sister Stitcher from The Primitive Hare.  I changed up the colours to those I had in my stash and it's stitched on 32ct linen ~ colour unknown.
And this is the reverse side.

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in these exchanges and would like to thank my partners Ursh & Bev for the lovely pieces that they have sent to me.  I have a growing collection of pieces stitched by online friends from around the world and they are all very special.

Roll on the next exchanges.



2 April 2014

NH Spring Exchange

Well Monday was reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Yuku Group Spring Exchange.
This is what I sent to my partner Lynn

Hello Spring from Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 28ct Evenweave
Using GAST, WDW & Six Strand Sweet threads

I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this and at some point I would like to stitch it again for myself.

Sign up is now open for the Summer Exchange and I will be joining in again.

My piece is on it's way from my partner and I will share pictures once it arrives.

Hopefully we'll get some nice spring weather soon.


PS - My exchange piece arrived yesterday but I have not had an opportunity to photograph it yet.

1 April 2014

TUSAL March 2014 # 2

As my GBs would say "amazeballs" ~ I have remembered to post my TUSAL for the third time on the trot!  Well, I am only a day late.
There are many additions to my ORTs this month ~ I don't feel like I have done that much stitching but perhaps this little heap tells a different tale!
I still haven't got a new jar ~ so I brought this gorgeous pot into play for showing my ORTs ~ this was a present from my lovely friend Carol and it usually sits on our hearth storing my various sets of headphones, somewhere the GBs would not know to "borrow" them from!
Last week the LM was really quite poorly ~ I had to bring him home from work ~ he spent several days in bed and was eating like a sparrow.  Usually, the LM battles through most things and never, and I mean NEVER, goes off his food.  I'm happy to report that normal service has been resumed ~ this makes me extremely happy.


OPAM 2014 - March 2014

Well, after all my enthusiasm for getting multiple finishes for March I have in fact only got one ~ and at the moment I can't share any details on it as it's an exchange piece and I need to wait for confirmation that my partner has received it.
Nevertheless, it is still a finish so it qualifies! 
I have a number of pieces that are getting close to being finished ~ many of them relate to a wedding so I am uncertain about sharing pictures until I know things have been opened.  I don't think that the recipients read my blog but I wouldn't like to take chances and spoil the surprise.  At least one of them will be opened next month so I can be certain of at least one picture to share with you all.
My Needlecraft Haven Monthly Challenge piece for March didn't really get going as I decided that with the other commitments I have I would be exposing myself to messing up others things that needed to take priority.