Thursday, 2 April 2015

April's Here


April has arrived and with it the rain - we've had some rough weather the last few days with quite high winds. I have been wanting to get some gardening done but not yet, hopefully today.

We're away for Easter so I like to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

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I've been busy working on quite a few projects - kitting up three, one of which is a secret but two that I can share. I was very lucky to win Gillie's Gift on Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness blog. It's The Primitive Needle's Earth Sampler which I loved as soon as I saw it. I'm stitching it on 32ct Jobelan Ivory and have made a small start already.
The Primitive Needle - Earth Sampler

My small start
I am now on my final The Drawn Thread Monthly piece - these have taken me far longer than I thought because I kept getting distracted on other pieces. That's one reason why I started my rotation again for 2015 as I keep up with all my projects. Anyway I have started December and am stitching it at weekends with encouragement from Julie and Mr Stick - the UFO guardians at Needlecraft Haven.

December start
I've been beading again and made another three small scissor fobs - these have been made for friends birthdays, a small token gift which has the added benefit as it really helps me with my fine motor movement in my right hand. My MS has been annoying me for the last 8 weeks but my hand is numb all the time. If it wasn't for my eyes watching what I do I would not be able to craft, stitching and beading help keep my hand supple and the nerve messages open - I'd be lost without my crafting hobbies.
Scissor fobs for my friends' birthdays 
I have also finished my first 'Joy' ornament for my church tree. My theme for this year is Joy to the World so I'll be stitching lots of joy themed ornaments. I've found quite a few in my JCS Christmas Magazines but this one was from Just Cross Stitch October 2007. I'm going to stitch them all then get the sewing machine out and have a mass finishing day !!

Ornie 1 - Joy to the World
I have started the snow on my Santa's Village. Now I have a few houses in a row I'm doing the snow and then will cover them over whilst I stitch some more. I am using white for the snow on some bits of the houses but not for the snow flakes or the snow on the ground as it doesn't really show up, maybe because I'm stitching over one and it's not heavy enough. anyway here's my first bit of snow.

It's starting to snow
As we're away for Easter we saw Hubby's family last weekend and I'll see my Mum today - we've given up on exchanging commercial eggs as there is more recycling than chocolate. Now our children are grown up and as yet have no children of their own the Easter Bunny no longer visits our house. I have made a Simnel Cake for our parents, along with a few mini eggs. We do exchange cards which I love to see on the mantle at Easter. I'll be taking my Easter twig and our hanging eggs to put up whilst we're away.
Simnel Cake and homemade eggs 
Easter blessing to you and your families - thank you for calling by, don't eat too much chocolate.

12 comments:

  1. Great projects you are up to. I particularly love Earth Sampler and I will follow your progress on it. You are also coming along great with your Joy stitching.
    Good to read that stitching and crafting helps you so much with your MS.
    A great Easter holiday to you as well.

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  2. Happy Easter Clare! The Easter Bunny will be visiting our house, I've got an egg hunt organised for Oliver on Monday :-)
    Your cake looks lovely, I've never made a Simnal cake.

    Lovely stitching and congrats on winning that lovely chart :-)

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  3. A nice start on the gifted chart.
    oooo simnel cake yummy....
    Blessings to you both this Easter Clare, I hope you have a lovely relaxing Eastertime. xx

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  4. Wishing you a lovely Easter weekend!

    You've been super productive lots of wonderful stitching!!!

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  5. A lovely selection of work, Clare. The Earth Sampler will be beautiful when completed. Your scissor fobs are so handy - I love mine.

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  6. Beautiful stitching, I love the Earth Sampler piece and look forward to seeing it grow. Lovely scissor fobs too :)!

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  7. Happy Easter to you too Clare.
    Lovely stitching and beading

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  8. Happy Easter and hope you are enjoying your break.
    Nice start on the Earth Sampler, this will look great.
    I really liked the frame in your previous post for the Jardin Prive design.
    I also like your idea of stitching the snow in silver, it will add some nice sparkle to the project.

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  9. Lovely stitching and scissor fobs Clare. I love the Earth Sampler, the muted colours are so pretty. Hope you have a lovely Easter.

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  10. Hello Clare,

    Happy Easter, we gave up eggs long ago too. Lots of beautiful stitching happening in your home. The scissor fobs will certainly make great presents. Hope the MS settles down. You can send some of that rain here please!

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  11. Great stitching, I do love that Joy scarf, very nice snowman. Hugs xxx

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  12. I have ALWAYS loved Earth Sampler too! Thanks for reminding me... I am sorry your MS is flared up again, but so very glad you can do things to get past it! I stitched that Joy ornie when it came out, and gave it to someone else. I must stitch it for my self too... it is so cute! Hugs!

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