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Monday, 9 February 2015

Back to Normality

or what passes for normality round here!

Now the DUCJC is over I have been enjoying concentrating on just one or two pieces.  This past week I have been stitching On The Beach by Madame Chantilly.  Not literally "on" the beach as it is far too cold for that.  But a design entitled On The Beach.  My cousin (who is actually my second cousin and my godmother's daugher so my godsister (possibly?)) had a baby last year and decorated the nursery with a nautical theme.  I thought this design would be perfect for them.


The fabric is by Sparklies and is called Kynance after Kynance Cove in Cornwell.  It is dyed to order so you can specify landscape or portrait and also where the division between blue and yellow is placed.

The other main project this week is Prairie Moon's Thine is the Trick and the Treat:



This seems like a good time to show a few things I have not blogged about before.  First up are a couple of gifts which couldn't be shown until the recipient had them.

The lovely Ewa got married to Thomas last year.  Formerly known as HHB (Handsome, Helpful Boyfriend) he was promoted to HHF (Handsome, Helpful Fiance) and is now HHH or H3 ((Handsome, Helpful Husband).  I bought a lovely little teabag holder when we were on holiday last year because I knew I had the cross stitch chart for the same design.

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen
I stitched the words freehand

Backing fabric

Made into a little bag to hold a teabag.

The next item is a Birthday card for a dear friend, can you guess who?

Margaret Sherry
Mice for Mouse of course!

This was a cover gift from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.  It was a set of eight Christmas designs but without the green wreath this is perfect for a Mouse Birthday.

I also received two gifts I haven't shown before:

Gift from Anne of Doll's Musings

Gift from Riona of Oubliette.
She also sent me the Dragon of the Winter Moon chart and special threads too.

Finally, this is the final call for the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Bloh Hop.  Due to take place on Valentine's Day.  I have quite a few photos already but would love more.  All you have to do is send me a photo of something suitable to send to a fellow blogger to celebrate love and friendship.  I email the photos out randomly to the participants who post one on their blog.  Then we all hop around to discover who got our photo.  I need photos by 10th February please. 







35 comments:

  1. I bet you know which one is my favourite of those wips. They look great. I love the present you made for Ewa and Thomas. So unique and I'm sure they love it. I have a month off work in March and I will be working hard to get their gift done. It's become more of a wedding memorial rather than a wedding present now LOL! I'm hopeless. But you knew that... ;)
    xo Alicia

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  2. Great stitching Jo. I love the little blue tit design tea bag pouch

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  3. Your teabag holder is just so cute !! :) Love the cross stitched card. Great stitching !!

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  4. Great stitching! Still love the Halloween design :D
    I think I guessed who is that cute little birthday card!
    Love the gifts you've received, the look just perfect x

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  5. So much beautiful stitching! Great post!

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  6. I had wondered about the Kynance fabric. That is cool.
    What a perfect tea gift! And perfectly suited mice for Mouse.

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  7. I find myself relieved to be back to "normal" stitching as well! Phew.

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  8. Nice progress, and pretty gifts too! I love the little bird :)

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  9. Beautiful stitching! I love how you stitched the bird to match the teabag holder. So cute! Enjoy your goodies :D

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  10. That bird is so cute. The set makes a lovely gift.

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  11. Love the teabag holder; your creativity really comes through! Your WIPs are looking great, too.

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  12. Mouse gifted me with the Blue Tit pattern! Charming.

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  13. That fabric is amazing! I love the design, I'm a sucker for beach huts. Lovely finishes too.

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  14. Too cute, this teabag holder with its twin bag. Great effect with that fabric for on the beach, perfectly perfect sand/sky shaded colors. xxx

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  15. Beautiful stitching Jo, I just love the teabag holder, what a sweet gift to give!

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  16. Lovely stitching Jo. That gift for Ewa and Thomas is perfect. Fantastic stitching and finishing. Such pretty gifts.

    Linda

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  17. I miss all the fun new starts haha. Love your stitching though. My mom would love the beach piece. She loves nautical things. Your gifts are beautiful. Love the tea bag holder too adorable. Congrats on receiving the lovely pieces you got too.

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  18. Jo, beautiful stitching !!!
    Is a wonderful gift, sure to please friends!

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  19. Great progress Jo and nice to get back to normality right?! Love the little teabag holder and card you made for Mouse and Ewa. Oh! I spy my pin cushion, minus the missing but found pin!! Cute little ornie Riona made for you! It'll be neat to see people posting the BLoH hop :D Hugs to you!

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  20. Beautiful stitching and such lovely gifts.

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  21. These are all so lovely, I have a hard time picking a favorite! I do love the way the fabric was dyed for the nautical piece. What a perfect background!

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  22. How cute isn't that tea bag holder! Very clever of you :)
    And ofcourse who else would be getting miceother than a mouse :D

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  23. Have I missed Gifted Gorgeousness?! You have been so blessed with gifts and have made some beautiful things yourself. I do love that fabric for the nautical sampler...

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  24. Lovely stitching and some gorgeous gifts both sent and received!

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  25. Beautiful stitching and such lovely gifts :-)

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  26. Oh my, how sweet this little blue tit is. And so great that you had this nice chart to accompany the tea bag holder. Lovely gifts that you sent out. And lovely gifts that you received.
    THis fabric that you ordered for the beach design is fantastic. I didn't know that such a fabric dying company existed. I have to keep that in mind. Sometimes I feel like living on a distant island, far far away from the cross stitch paradise, lol.

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  27. The blue tit pouch is adorable, perfect little gift.
    Nice stitched goodies you've been gifted with too.

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  28. Great stitching, I love the nautical piece

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  29. I love, love, love your On the Beach piece, gorgeous fabbie you chose.

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  30. P.S. All your other stitching is gorgeous, too, especially the bird tea bag to match the teabag holder.

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  31. Loving your "on the beach" stitching... great addition to the nursery :o)
    And what a gorgeous gift for Ewa - how lucky you were to find the tea bag holder to match your little tea bird :o) beautiful!

    FYI: I have now posted my secret sweetheart stitching photo - looking forward to seeing them all as the day rolls on and finding how has my photo and who's photo I have! ♥
    Hugs xx

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  32. Pretty designs and stitching. Love the little birdie tea bag holder.

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  33. Great projects.
    Love the Prairie Moon, and the teabag holder is a cute idea.
    Great gifts you received also.
    Happy Valentines Day!
    Marilyn

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  34. I must be woefully American as I do not know what a teabag holder is, haha. I guess it's a cute little pouch to display fresh bags in on a tray? Or to dip the whole lot in water?!

    Great progress and great gifts, love Riona's Halloweeny pick. How did she know? :D

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