Thursday, 4 April 2013

March Challenge Reveal and the Easter Bunny Comes a Hopping

This is the Needlecraft Haven March Challenge, a Blackbird Designs piece called Souvenir de France:

When I was deciding how to finish the piece I remembered that Giovanna had recently spent some time in Paris.  She is a great stitcher and blogger who always leaves nice comments and very kindly sent me the charity charts from last year's earthquake fundraiser.  So I thought I should send her a special "Just because we're friends" card.

I stitched this on pale blue 28 count evenweave using a DMC variegated blue.  Seems like blue was a popular choice if you look on the forum!  I mounted it on some nice Eiffel Tower card (the back has sepia schematics on it) and made a simple card, popped it in an envelope and off it went.  Then I returned home, plugged my camera into the computer and realised... no photos!  So this is one that Giovanna kindly sent me.

Look what I won!  Many of you know that we've been having internet problems and last week I plugged the mobile phone dongle into the laptop to find it was all used up.  So off I trudged to the corner shop to buy a top-up.  The assistant persuaded me to buy a raffle ticket, and the very next day I got a call to say I'd won!

The small piece in front of the basket is one of my March Madness starts, a San Man Originals design called Easter (how do they think up these names?).

I stitched it on yellow 28 count evenweave, over 2 using the recommended DMC but changing the words and border to variegated DMC.  Aren't the little buttons cute?  This will be mounted along with the other Easter / Spring pieces in my scrapbook once they're all finished.

The Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop is still open, competition closes 8th April 2013.  See post dated 29th March for all the links.

Finally the lovely picture was shown on Needleprint's blog recently.  I'm not sure if I can copy the picture, so here's a link, I guarantee it will make you smile.


  1. What a lovely card to make for Gio!

  2. Congrats on winning the basket Jo. What a cute design and finish.


  3. Congrats on the win - very cute! And I love the Paris card, thank you so much!

  4. Lovely designs and congrats on the win!

  5. The Easter piece is lovely - great colors!

  6. Jo,
    That is a sweet card for your friend.

    Congratulations on your basket win.

    What a cute design by San Man Originals. I was wondering? I have some older San Man Charts that were freebies and I printed them up. I am in the process of Moving and hoping to find a good home for them. I have two binders full.

    If your not interested I will keep looking for someone to give them to.

  7. Great finish on the challenge. I do think it's weird how we all chose blue.
    The SanMan is lovely too. I agree, they must have sat up all night puzzling over what to call that one!
    Congratulations on the raffle prize

  8. Congratulations on winning the basket! I stitched that Paris piece last year. It was lots of fun : )

  9. Pretty card and congrats on the win

  10. I just found your blog for the very first time and am your newest follower. What a great blog. Beautiful needlework. Lots of fun here. Thank you for such a great blog.

    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches

  11. I love the Paris cross stitch!!! Have a great weekend x

  12. What a gorgeous card. This is one design I really must stitch for myself one day.

    Congratulations on your raffle win - very cute.

  13. Lovely card you made Giovanna! I love the blue you used! Nice prize you won too! Did it have chocolate in there?!! Very sweet little Easter finish!

  14. Absolutely love using variegated threads! Congrats on the basket. Lovely work!

  15. Such an adorable Easter Basket =) So cute!!!
    and San Man looks just lovely! :)

  16. Congrats on your win! What a cute Easter piece you stitched up - I love the egg colors.

  17. Congratulations on your Easter win, a great prize.

    I love your challenge design and finish and the little San Man Easter stitch project is cute too.

  18. I was out of town for work last week and am so far behind on my blog reading! Very cute finishes and congratulations on your basket win. I printed off the freebie challenge and had every intention of stitching it but I only got as far as printing it. I am really bad at SAL that require you to actually finish something.

  19. Love the Paris cross stitch. What a great Easter prize:)

  20. Congratulations on your basket win. You stitched a perfect memento for your friend.


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