Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mad about London...

My friend, Cathy from Highland Quilter and I are each stitching "I Love London" (by Historical Sampler Company). We live 2 hours apart so we nominate a night to stitch and then text each other progress photos.  Cathy has started with the border and I have started from the centre.

I love the bold colours of the design and text used within it.  It was apt that I haven't stitched the "E" yet to "Mad" as I am crazy about all things English even though I live in Australia.  But I do have English ancestry so maybe that explains it. This will eventually be: "Made in England". 

Hope you are enjoying a little stitching time this weekend....
                                                                                            Jan x                         

Friday, January 4, 2013

Do you believe in fairies?

The 5 year old girl in me believed in fairies. She watched them fly into blossoms, marvelled at their fairy rings and travelled with them to their woody land using fairy dust whilst sleeping...

Hence why she couldn't resist this pattern.  It is by Bucilla and is called "Touch of Gold". It is stitched on 28 count mushroom evenweave.

The pastel colours draw me in.  Their softness and hues relax me. And I haven't even started stitching the fairy yet.

As I write this my thoughts are with those fellow Tasmanians directly impacted by severe bushfires 30km away. I am wishing them safety and hope the hot, windy weather abates.

Thank you for reading.... Jan x

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What you have been waiting for...


 "The Grand Girl" (my Marjolein Bastin English garden sampler) is finished. Her last stitch lovingly placed in October.  How proud of her I am. This project was my main WIPocalypse agenda for 2012. It was a big milestone to tick off. Stitching it brought back many memories from my journey through England years ago.

I have plans to carefully wash her then take her to my local framers so she can hang proudly in my home. She is stitched on 32ct evenweave using two strands of DMC thread.

I have been missing in action attending to my photo memories. Little boy Tom (not a toddler no more) needed a baby/toddler album and my precious overseas trip photos (from cough 6 years ago) needed a home so they can be perused. I have enjoyed my scrapbooking comeback and even was lucky to find a DSLR camera from the man in a red suit under my Christmas tree. Oh what joy!

 So what stitchy/crafty thing has been happening in your life? I have missed my bloggy friends and felt it sure was time to say hello again.
Well I'll be sure to pop in again soon and show you what other cross stitching projects I have been working on and what crafty plans I have for WIPocalypse 2013.
May 2013 be filled with much thready goodness...
                                      Jan x