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Sunday, 7 October 2012

Reveals, new starts and some finishes

A beautiful sunny day here today, so lovely for October and here i am sitting inside at the computer, but i don't mind, it'll be nice to finally get a blog post done to show you what i've been doing recently.  Life here has been busy this week.

DH is still struggling with his cold and is settled under his new granny lap blanket that i finished for him during the week watching the Grand Prix. He's spent a bit of time there this week during the evenings and has had the comfortability tester (Midge)on his lap to check it out too.

It also passed the snuggle test with a certain little lady and her toys too when they visited.

Last weekend was the offical opening of the Autumn Exchange at Needlecraft Haven. I stitched for Kate this time and made her a needleroll using the Fall Fobs chart from Heart in Hand.

Unfortunately the postal service didn't play nicely and mine arrived late, but it was well worth the wait. Dusty made me this stunning little pocket that houses the beautiful scissors and needle threader on ribbons. Thank you so much Dusty, it's beautiful and i love it.

Last Sunday was also the reveal for the monthly challenge stitched piece at NH too. The chart chosen this time was Guardians of the Sea by The Little Stitcher.

My finish was due to a friends young man being cross that the bathroom door lock had been taken off due to an unfortunate accident with the youngest member of the house playing at locking themselves inside. Auntie Julie to the rescue and with me stitching it twice, he can now put this on the door when he goes in to show that the room is is use and hopefully harmony at home is restored for mum and dad lol.

August and Septembers ornaments that i showed you before i went on holiday are now made up. I'm really pleased this year, i have only missed 1 month so have a lovely collection to give as little gifts to family and friends. I love this monthly ornament SAL as i dont have to rush to stitch some at the end of the year.

I've also joined Barb and the Wednesday ladies in their weekly SAL. It's aptly called "The Little House in the Country with the Sampler Girl" as you can choose a design by Little House Needleworks, County Cottage Needleworks or The Sampler Girl to stitch on.

I chose Daisy Lane Cottage by LHN and Barb is also doing this design. 3 Wednesdays i've spent on this one and here's how it's looking.

Never one to miss and opportunity to stitch with friends -  yes i know i really need to stop signing up to things and make some progress on my Shores of Hawk Run Hollow that hasn't been out for a while - but this one i really couldn't resist.

Rachael has organised a round robin with speciality stitches. Only a small design, a bookmark size or slighty larger no bigger than band sampler size and we have to add 3 bands to each persons project.

I looked through a lot of magazines and charts that contain speciality stitches and came up with this.  The fabric is 28ct and from a Polstitches grab bag that Tina gifted me, no idea of the colour but it was the perfect size for this project.

Band 1 with the bees is part of a design from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2005 and is called Lake Julia's Bees by Wendy Mosbacher. The bead flowers were added to set the band width. Band 2 is double herringbone and Band 3 is a brick satin stitch horizontally instead of vertically. I've called it English Summer Garden and am really looking forward to seeing what the ladies add to my floral border, any colour, any design, go for it girls!

The first posting has taken place and i received Rachael's last week. She's chosen a citrus theme for her bookmark and enclosed the threads she would like used on it. I added my 3 bands this morning. Band 1 is foursided stitch with smyrna crosses inside. Band 2 are rhodes stitches and Band 3 is eyelets over 8. 

Time to go and see if DH is still awake and put the kettle on i think.

Take care, see you soon.


  1. Great projects and goodies!
    What cute snuggle testers you have! I do hope your husband is feeling better!

  2. I hope your DH is feeling better that granny blankie has received a double stamp of approval!

    What beautiful fall exchanges have been stitched up!

    I like your "occupied" sign for the washroom!

    Your band sampler is just lovely!

  3. The lap blanket is beautiful. I love the colors of the yarn you used. All the rest of the projects are lovely.

  4. Hope your DH will be feeling better! He now has no excuse, the blanket is beautiful!! All the little goodies are very sweet too (especially the pink-ish Merry Christmas one!) ☺

  5. What a great guy.... To share his blankie
    Awesome exchange pieces
    Love the needleroll
    Take care

  6. Your new blanket is just beautiful, and your stitching, too! Good luck on all your SALs!!

  7. The lap blanket seems to have the seal of approval. Your two ornaments are absolutely gorgeous. Lovely exchanges both sent and received. Love your occupied sign for the bathroom. Look forward to seeing your work on the round robins.

  8. Great stitching....the afghan colors are very pretty and I am sure nice and warm.

  9. Lovely finishes Julie. I'm glad the blanket is Midge-approved.
    Hope DH is feeling better soon

  10. Amazing, all of it. Love the blanket: glad everyone approved. Perfect sign for the bathroom..very clever ;-)

  11. Your stitching mojo is definitely back :) I love the needleroll you stitched.

    Dusty's exchange gift was worth the postie delay too.

  12. Lovely finishes Julie...
    Hope DH is feeling better soon..
    love and hugs xx

  13. Busy! Busy! I haven't done as well. Going to Houston in a couple of weeks and will visit my stitchy shop there. Mine here closed. Boo Hoo!

  14. ooo just catching up .. hope you are both feeling better soon ... love your wee book mark and the speciality stitches .... enjoyed your holiday tour ... been to most of the places myself
    love mouse xxxx

  15. Hi Julie,
    1. Love Midges tabby stripe on her leg. She looks so content.
    2. Fab-u-lous blankie , and so snuggly warm -had to smile at her ladyship under it with her toys.
    3. Hope the snuffles and sneezes are soon on their way elsewhere.
    4. Love your exchanges sent and received. Looking forward to the next one.
    5 Oh my dear that piece of stitching you have done is absolutely stunning , A summer English garden is certainly apt.
    6.I am at about the same stage as you, with the Daisy Lane Cottage.
    7.Sorry almost a note not a comment but so much to look at and a wonderful post from you.Hugs from me.

  16. Gorgeous blanket! It looks so cosy.

    Lots of lovely stitching. Love the mermaid one and the story behind it:)

    Hope you are both feeling much better soon.

  17. many wonderful things and where do I start? Well...the idea for the bathroom door is just brilliant. Love the ornaments. Are you going to decorate your tree with your own ornaments this year? The exchange looks like it was fun and you did a great job with yours as well as receiving a beauty too. I just loved seeing Midge playing crochet tester/police. And isn't she just soooooooo sweet! Our kitties do lead a charmed life, don't they? My Dagi gets to test both quilts and crochet items. :-)

    Hugs from Holland ~

  18. My goodness you've been busy, Julie--everything looks lovely. And how big your granddaughter has grown--such a precious little girl :)

  19. LOL, the bathroom story is so cute! I hope he feels safe now, hahah. All of your stitchings and knittings and gifts look lovely!

  20. So many lovely pieces of stitching Julie :-) I love the one with the speciality stitches you are doing, it's very pretty.

    Have a good week x

  21. Oh my goodness, so so so many great little goodies here! Everything looks lovely. The pic of your granddaughter? PRECIOUS. :)

  22. Wonderful, cozy lap blanket! I love the autumn needle roll you stitched for Kate, and Dusty's beautiful scissor and needle threader pocket. Sweet Christmas ornaments and great progress on Sweet Home and the beautiful specialty stitches design too!


  23. Lovely stitching, so many cute finishes this post, and so many courtesy of the Needlecraft Haven!!

  24. Oh my , so many stitched pieces and they are all so beautiful. What a creative idea to stitch that bathroom door sign - should really solve all the problems, lol.
    I do love the fall needleroll with its autumn border. I will keep this in mind because I have several needlerolls that aren't sewn together because I hate doing the hemstitched border. This is a great idea!


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