Tuesday 25 February 2020

Could you help me make a bouquet?

As you may know I take part in my family's church Tree Festival every Christmas where there are 60 real trees all decorated in various themes. My tree is always full of stitched ornaments, if you haven't seen them before here's the links to a few.

This year I would like to do a floral tree - A Bouquet of Flowers. 

Since my diagnosis I have received so many beautiful flowers which have certainly brought a smile to my face and lifted my spirits. This year I'd like to fill my Christmas tree with flowers ....... and I'm hoping you will help.

Each of my ornaments will be a mini hanging pillow with a flower head for each design, here's two I have stitched but not yet made up.

I have used 28ct but the flowers can be on any fabric with a design size of a maximum 3" x 3".

There is no need to make up the mini pillow, if you stitch on a piece of fabric 6" x 6" and send it to me I will make up all the mini pillows using a variety of backing fabrics and ribbons for hanging making a colourful display.

By sending just the stitched piece it should not be too much postal costs.... I live in the UK so some post will be overseas.

It would be absolutely superb if you would help me make my 'bouquet' - please leave a comment if you would like to help and I will reply with my postal address.

Huge thank you 🌹

Saturday 15 February 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - February

Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching - on the 15th of every month we post about any item we have either gifted or had gifted or have used that was once gifted. Our posts are linked to Jo's blog so we can see each other's Gifted Gorgeousnesses.

Every year Christine (The Alchymyst's Study) hosts a competition to guess how many finishes she will have, how many books she will read and how many pairs of shoes she will buy during the year.

For 2019 I guessed 74 finishes, 47 books and 11 pairs of shoes. To my amazement I was closest as Christine had 73 finishes, read 41 books and bought 12 pairs of shoes. I had no idea I had won until this beautiful parcel arrived - thank you Christine.

I love this mini pillow 
It's our daughter's birthday on 17th but as that is my next chemotherapy treatment we visited her in Cardiff last weekend. You can read about our time away on my Aimetu's - wine, food and travel blog. 

I tried a new style of decorating for her birthday cake. Inside it is a Victoria Sponge, on top fresh blueberries and raspberries, and round the sides melted sweets (boiled fruit sweets on baking paper in a medium oven for ten minutes). It was yummy and made a refreshing change from chocolate! 

I always stitch something for her, carrying on the cake theme I found a Tatty Ted baking design. I attached it to a tin and added some cake decorating tools inside.

Friday was opening day for Needlecraft Haven's Valentine Exchange which this year has been hosted by Mary

This was a non-stitchy exchange which is always fun to do. Our exchange parcels needed to include a pair of socks with the design of hearts or flowers and be pink or red. The parcel also needed to include two skeins of thread to match the socks and a signed card. 

After a false start .... I bought blue socks with butterflies on .... I finally sent Christine this exchange parcel, I did also include some heart shaped napkins and a chocolate heart for stirring in hot milk.

Valentine's Exchange for Christine 
My parcel was from Dusty; it was wrapped in beautiful fabric and ribbon. Inside were two lovely pairs of socks, chocolate and sweets. The card really made me laugh, thank you Dusty.

My parcel and super card
Valentine's Exchange from Dusty
Another lovely month for Gifted Gorgeousness, I wonder what March will bring. 

Friday 14 February 2020

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

The lovely Jo has again organised another Blog Hop for us all for Valentine's, thank you Jo.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart is exactly that .... a secret. I have been sent this beautiful heart design, the stitches are gorgeous.

Thank you Secret Stitching Sweetheart
I hope the stitcher of this beautiful design will pop by and reveal herself ..... I will be hopping around everyone's blogs to find who has my design. You can find all the Secret Stitching Sweetheart blogs on Jo's blog page at Serendipitous Stitching  ....... here's the link 💕

Monday 10 February 2020

Fully Finished Gallery - February

I have been stitching old cover kits to make cards to sell at our Scout Group events. I've had these kits for many years and I no longer have the charts so I'm stitching from the picture haha.

I'm going to get some stickers saying 'Best Wishes' 'Happy Birthday' 'Just for You' and put them in the card packs so whoever buys them can choose which they put on.

I have also made up the penguin card from the kit Justine sent me and I used for this month's Let the People Choose post.

The Fully Finished Gallery is hosted by Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher and encourages usto finish our projects instead of them sitting in a box.

Thank you Rachel for hosting this, I'm new to these postings but it's great fun to not only put up my finishes but to see everyone else's work, and I know these cards for have been stitched and put to one side before.

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Penguins - Let the People Choose

This month is penguins .... I have nothing to do with penguins ..... until Justine sent me some charts from her stash, you can see them in my GG for January.

This year I am stitching up old cover kits I have had for ages. I'm making them into cards to be sold at our Scout Group's fundraising events. One of the charts Justine sent is a penguin card .... perfect for this post and another one for scouts, thank you Justine.

My card kit from Justine
I have just finished this tonight so the photo is pre-ironing. I'll mount it in the card next week. I didn't realise it was fully stitched so it took a while.

My finished penguin
I am late posting my 'Let the People Choose' for two reasons; one I have just finished stitching it, and two, I didn't realise it was a first Saturday of the month post and I got caught out!

I'll know next month, hopefully I'll be ready with my 'coffee' items.

Sunday 2 February 2020

In to February we go ...

The 2nd of February, well well here we are. I cannot believe a month has passed since Philippa and I started Dry January. There were many days when a glass of something would have been lovely.

Thank you to everyone for your support and kindness. We've raised just over £1500 which will help my hospital's Breast Care Unit and Cancer Research UK, superb, thank you!

Philippa was home this weekend to celebrate. I haven't felt good after last week's treatment so it was lovely to have her here, there is a lot of healing in a hug.

As I hadn't been out since Tuesday, and the sun was peeking through, we had lunch in the garden to celebrate with a glass of champagne .... well wrapped up as it was nippy.
Thank you everyone for supporting
Clare and Philippa - Drop the Gin 
Our garden picnic with plenty of layers
It seems a very long road but the journey has begun. We'll be making the most of my good times with little trips away and more family times ..... each day is a step closer.

This year at Needlecraft Haven we are doing Stitching the Night Away's 2019 SAL. The chart is downloadable here - those of us taking part are stitching a block a month. Our finishes are personal choices, I'm making mine into coasters but maybe when they are all done.

Block 1
My orts collection is off to a good start with my January stitching, it's lovely to see colours from specific projects in the mix.

January orts
Happy February stitching everyone, I'm hoping to get on with a few things this month.