Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Beatiful gift

What a surprise this morning when Postie came - Dusty very kindly promised me a copy of Just Cross Stitch 2013 Christmas Ornament magazine and seeing the parcel was from her I thought that was what it was.
I love this magazine so eagerly opened it ... BUT ... this was inside:
A stunning crochet table topper
Beautiful hardanger ornaments
JCS Christmas magazine, Cross Stitch & Needlework magazine
and Nordic Needle Hardanger chart
Such beautiful gifts and such a surprise - thank you Dusty. The ornaments were for my Miss Tree at church (the annual tree decorating) but I am not taking part this year as we are away when they set up and take down, so I'll e hanging them on our tree and using them next year on Miss Tree.
I haven't opened the magazines as I am off to Dad's in a minute to do some more decorating so I have them to enjoy later with a coffee. No doubt I will see things to do and want to start straight away.
My rotation stitching is going really well and I do think I am doing much more stitching. Here's my plan:

Saturday - Strictly UFO with Julie and Mr Stick on Needlecraft Haven
Sunday - Strictly UFO with Julie and Mr Stick on Needlecraft Haven
Monday - exchange piece (whichever I am working on)
Tuesday - The Drawn Thread monthly (I am very behind with this)
Wednesday - Santa's Village with Miss Barb in The Parlour on Needlecraft Haven
Thursday - exchange or gift (again whichever I need to do)
Friday - finishing, kitting up, general sorting, anything I fancy or am behind on 
I'm on week 5 and have completed my exchange piece for Needlecraft Haven, a gift for our friends we're going to Spain with, half of my Drawn Thread July and started my Santa's Village tablecloth.
Santa's Village
Drawn Thread July
I have to pop up the attic today to get some craft bits I want so I can finish off a few things and kit up my Welcome RR ready to start plotting that for the New Year.

Thanks for calling by and again thank you Dusty :)  

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Fabulous Day - as always

Yesterday was meet up day for Needlecraft Haven members - I cannot believe it's been 10 years since I organised my first meet up (not for NH back then) - they are days that I thoroughly enjoy and yesterday was superb.

We had a goody bag exchange on the theme of Sparkle and Fizz as it's nearly Bonfire Night. I made appropriately named cup cakes which Julie helped me hide raffle tickets underneath. The good y bags were given corresponding tickets - everyone chose a cake and then had the bag that matched their ticket.

Here's all the bags and my cakes - ready for picking :)

Ready to go - Sparkle and Fizz Goody Bag Exchange
My lovely bag was from Lindsay - it has a beautiful sparkly bauble, some great ribbon which I am saving for a special project as it's jut gorgeous, a beaded pen and a bottle of bubbly - drinkable bubbly !! Thanks Lindsay :)

Sparkle & Fizz Goody Bag from Lindsay
We also had a Mystery Book Exchange where we all wrapped a book we have read, loved, found in a charity shop or had had recommended. There were many different wrappings and sizes of books.
Mystery Book Exchange
My book from Tina
I picked the white wrapped book on the right of the table which was Pandora's Box by Griselle Green - Tina's book. I'm sure I've heard about this from somewhere but I can't remember where. It certainly looks another great one to read, thanks Tina.
The members of Needlecraft Haven often complain about the adverts being there - unfortunately ;-/ I can't see them, maybe that's because I am the forum owner. Anyway it's $6 a month to have the forum ad-free which members have very kindly been contributing. I decided this time that the raffle money would go towards paying some of the ad-free charges - here's all the raffle prizes everyone donated.
Donated raffle prizes
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets we have enough money for 5 months ad-free membership.
I had a really lovely day - thanks to Julie, Lynn, Lindsay, Rachael, Tina, Maggie, Jane, Lisa and my Mum for making it another great Meet Up - it will soon be spring and another chance to meet and stitch.
I did do some stitching but not lots - I mended the edges of my hardanger tablecloth which has unravelled a little in the wash and because it was Saturday I did some of my UFO Angels.
I have stuck to my rotation really well this week - I have done quite a bit on my next exchange - started my July Drawn Thread piece - plotted my Santa's Village tablecloth and worked on my UFO. Finishing Friday was very successful this week as I finished the cup cakes for the meet up hee hee
As well as cakes for us I made the pub staff some Little Ghosts as it always seems unfair to bring cakes in for us and not them - especially as my son was on shift yesterday. Here's their ghosts and a close up of my sparkly ones.  
Little Ghosts
Sparkle and Fizz
 We had a great day yesterday - I hope you've enjoyed reading about it - and if you're a Needlecraft Haven member why not join us in the spring :)

Friday, 1 November 2013

And we're off .....

I started my rotation this week and it's going really really well. I can't share my Monday and Thursday night's stitching as it's from an exchange but I can share my other night's work.

Tuesday night is The Drawn Thread and I started my July piece - I am very behind with these. I will be altering this chart slightly as it focuses on USA Independence Day. Here's my start:

The Drawn Thread - July
Wednesday Night is usually spent in The Parlour on Needlecraft Haven with Miss Barb and friends. In the past I've stitched 'A Place We Call Home' as this room is for Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks and The Sampler Girl designs.

I have finally started my Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks. I am very late because I haven't had time to plot it out - I can hear you asking why? well my plotting is finally done - any ideas

Santa's Village - plotted out
I'm making a table cloth but it certainly will not be ready for this year so Miss Barb I will be in The Parlour every week next year :) I have now finished in all the ends and am ready to start stitching next Wednesday. It took nearly a whole day to measure and plot, then finish in ends. One problem was my first choice of tape measure - can you see what's wrong??? It now lives with Stig (of the Dump) !!
So confusing
It's been exchange time too on Needlecraft Haven - Autumn Exchange and Spooky Exchange. My partner hasn't posted up about the Autumn parcel I sent yet so I won't share the photo this time. However I can share the gorgeous exchange Jane sent to me - the exchange was a stitched coaster, some speciality threads, something to pamper and a little treat. I love the teapot card Jane send too.

Autumn Exchange from Jane
I haven't received my Spooky Exchange parcel yet but I know it's on it's way. I sent to Barb and had great fun stitching this for her; I know she has opened her parcel so I can share the photo. Have you seen the Freddo chocolates with popping candy in? They were a great idea for Halloween so I popped a few in the parcel for Barb's grandchildren.

Spooky Exchange with Freddo's
Spooky Exchange for Barb
I finally arranged for my old bike and some of Dad's old tools to be taken by a charity - http://www. krizevac.org  They take bikes and tools and refurbish them for use in Malawi, The tools were very old and needed a lot of attention but this gives work for some of the villagers and then the refurbished tools are of course very useful. Again repairing bikes gives someone work and the bikes make a huge difference to peoples lives - being able to go to school because you have a bike and it was too far to walk is a huge step forward.
The charity rang to arrange a collection time and a lovely chap arrived as agreed and was so pleased with the items which I thought were beyond use. I'm very pleased I contacted them and I think Dad would be happy knowing his tools had gone to good use.

Here's my Orts Jar for this month - you can see some orange from stitching the exchange pieces - I wonder is red and green will dominate now as I move into Christmas stitching.
31st October Orts jar
Finally here is my Autumn/Halloween Mantle - it's looking quite full this year. I'm going to leave it up a while as I'm not sure what November items I have.
Autumn Mantle
That's all my news for now but I will be blogging again quite soon as tomorrow is Needlecraft Haven's Autumn Meet-up - I love these days.

Thanks for calling by today and reading my news :)