Thursday, 16 July 2009

Back Soon

Hello my friends

Just to warn you I am off to Wales for a week or so but I will be taking my sewing with me and will show you what I've been up to when I get back.


Friday, 10 July 2009

New Wedding Date and New Friend

It turns out that it is extremely difficult to get married, blessed and to move house all in the space of one week. And sneaking through into the following week isn't going to prove possible either as J has to start at his new school several days earlier than expected.

So we have taken the plunge and moved the wedding date and the big day will now be (drum roll) August 20th. So far all cast and crew have been able to cope with the change of date except my hair and make up lady Jo. And it means that its only about 40 days til I DO!

Also I have a new friend through cross stitch and blogging. Hello Ronel and I am looking forward to our exchange. If you haven't already visited her blog please have a quick look because her work is lovely and so inspiring. 5 mins on her blog and I'm just itching to stitch.

And finally here is yours truely hard at work.....

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

'Challenge for a Finish' Finish

Here is the Challenge for a Finish callenge piece for july. The challenge was to make anything but use only 1 colour of variagated thread so my challenge piece is officially the scissor keep as the needlebook uses othe colours.
The home sweet home design is a freebie from here

This is just a repeating blackwork pattern.

And a matching little needlebook.

All are returning to Algeria with Tel for his friend Mohammed to give to his wife so eventually they will find their way to Egypt. I really enjoyed making them.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Pet Service

Here is the crazy spaniel all dressed up for the pet service at church. Sadly he wouldn't stay still for the pics so they aren't terribly good. The T Shirt says Jesus Loves Me and was made especially by the lovely Chrissie at kissiboo. You can find her at and on ebay.

Monday, 6 July 2009

My News...& I DO I DO I DO!!!!

Hello my friends in blogland.

Tel has gone back to work in the desert today so I am sad and missing him. He is away for 7 weeks this time which is less than last time but still seems I have a mountain to climb. But to keep me going through this rotation I have a little job to do... I have a wedding to plan!!!

Yup! Tel and I are getting married on August 26th. Its only going to be a small wedding with maybe a dozen guests at the local registry office, food in our local and a blessing a few days later with our 'church family' but I am still really excited.

And we are relocating - moving to North Wales near where I grew up. That should happen very early September.

So I may have 7 weeks ahead but I do have lots to keep me busy.

And my message to Tel - I love you. I can't wait to marry you. You are the best daddy J could ever have and I know you are going to be the best husband too. Thank you for loving us and chosing us to be your family. XXX

A Gift for Tel

Copyright Marie Auriau
Cream 28 ct linen
2 over 2
I love the fact that my bloke is a stitcher. And he happened to comment one day that I made things for other people and for exchanges but had never sewn anything for him. He was right - so to put that in order here is the little needlebook I made for him.

The design is a freebie from Ravenelle and I think its a wonderful pattern. I have omitted the flower border from the bottom.

I've not been making these smalls for very long and every finish is a bit of an experiment and on this ocassion I have added pockets front and back. The front pocket is to tuck the blades of his scissors into. I have added some tapestry needles on the felt and the pocket at the back holds a little pack of sharps for any running repairs he needs to make while out in the desert.
So my babe, this is for you, with love xxxx

Alphabet Exchange

Trilogy - Happy Heart Day
1 over 1 on sage linen
The June exchange on exchange heaven was a piece to include the whole alphabet. This little cushion was the piece I made for Lorna.

I made a tiny pocket on the back and edged in lace to match the design. And as a little bonus I popped in a lavendar aromator. Hope you like it Lorna x


I have finally taken some pics of my first biscornu - only about 6 months after I made it! I do have the excuse that it now lives on my mums dressing table 235 miles away but.... Anyway it was so much fun to sew and the design was from the internet but alas I cannot remember where so if anyone recognises it please let me know so I can give the designer credit. Colour choices my own.