Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Theme-a-licious Looking Back and Forward plus another Secret Surprise Giveaway


The Theme for January was Jardin Janvier, so I stitched Green Goddess.  She is all leaves and flowers so most appropriate for the theme.  I haven’t stitched on her since my update on the 23rd so the pic on the right hand sidebar of this blog is the latest one.

The Theme for February is Fan Girl February.  So of course Joan Elliott's Green Goddess will be top of the list!  I also have a Just Nan Round Robin to stitch on and there's a Teresa Wentzler Dragon SAL on FB to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.  I'm thinking of stitching one of the small freebies for that one.  I really should stitch a Nora Corbett just to complete my quartet of Favourites.  Trick or Treat is on my 12 in '12 list and I have the fabric.  Maybe just one little weekend.  What a shame February is such a short month!
For Jardin I also stitched a Birthday card from WOCS for a member of the Needlecraft Haven featuring a February violet.  I can’t show that one until the Birthday Gal has received it.

Speaking of Birthday Gals, it was Mouse’s Birthday this month so I stitched her a little Margaret Sherry design featuring, what else, but two little mice stitching a picture.  I used my delicious fruit tea dyed evenweave.  I used two bags of Echinacea and Raspberry tea and soaked the fabric for quite some time.  That is a technical term for “I’ve forgotten how long but it was a while”.  The smell while I stitched was amazing!  I don’t know if it lasted until Mouse received the card, I hope so.  I used some lovely De Havilland silk for the purple and an Oliver Twist for the pink.  This was slightly variegated and lovely to stitch with.  The needle is, of course, a gold needle.  Only the best for these mice.

The design is a freebie from the Cross Stitcher website found here.  Please note, that link takes you to the magazine freebie page but the Margaret Sherry designs are ONLY available to subscribers via the special Craft Circle pages.  Sorry!  There are some lovely freebies on the page I've linked to make up for it.

Here’s another delayed gratification finish:

This was the January Monthly Freebie Challenge chosen by Christine on the Needlecraft Haven board.  The original blog Les Chroniques de Frimousse showed several difference colourways but all three of the finishes so far chose the blue and yellow.  Great minds stitch alike!  I used some scraps to make some extra snowflakes and scrapbooked it with some silver snowflakes too.  It is currently on display in my box frame but will go into the book when I complete the February Challenge.  I added the Russian for Happy New Year myself.  At least I hope that's what it says and not "Potato Soup".  The Large Boy's Russian classmate was on holiday that week so I couldn't even check with her.

The more eagle-eyed of you may have spotted my followers have multiplied to over 200 now!  I decided to have another Secret Giveaway for the monumentous event.  I went through the last 200 comments on my Dashboard and tallied up how many times each person had commented.  (Fun Things Statisticians Do In Their Free Time No 95).

77 different people commented in all.  I’m so pleased with that because it means a lot of my followers are still here and still talking to me!  There were 4 people out in front with 9 or 10 comments each.  Out of those 4 –

is the lucky winner of the Secret Surprise Giveaway!
If you pop over to Christine's blog using the above link you will see her version of the Russian Doll.  I'll be sending a little something to you very soon Christine, so look out for an email asking for your address.

I just spotted this in my Blog Roll - you'll love it!  A little something from Stitchin' Kat and what a surprise - you can make it into a biscornu!!  Fortunately it's a full size one not the dinky tinies she stitched last year.  If you don't know what I'm talking about then read her blog and marvel at all the tiny biscornu (biscorni? biscornues?)
Finally, don’t forget the Secret Stitching Sweetheart activity for Valentines Day.  Email me your stitched pics by 10th February to join in the fun.  More details here.



cucki said...

hello deary, i love your finish so much..very cute..
congratulations to christine..
i send you email with the picture for secret stitching sweetheart..did you receive that mail?
sending you hugs
keep well..
love cucki xxx

geeky Heather said...

Oh! Those mice are just DARLING! And I love the little matryoshka.

Ah, I love Jardin Janvier. =) Maybe next year I should have a different language for every month's theme.... Don't forget to add your link on the check-in post!

Topcho said...

Aww those mice should be the cutest thing I saw today! I love how you finished both cards, so pretty! And don't worry it does say Happy New Year :D

EvalinaMaria said...

What a lovely card! I'm sure Mouse will love it.
Congratulations to Christine!

Linda said...

Both cards are really cute. Congrats to Christine.


Lesleyanne said...

Your two finishes are gorgeous. The one for mouse is perfect.

♥ Nia said...

ohh those little mice are the cutest!! And your matrioshka looks lovely too =)
Congrats to the lucky winner!! :D
Have a great week sweetie, hugs&smiles

Nicola said...

Both your finishes are beautiful. I am sure that mouse will love hers.

Kaisievic said...

Congrats to Christine and thank you so much for all of the wonderful freebie links that you keep finding for us.

I love both of your finishes, also.

Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Susan said...

Congratulations Christine. Very cute finishes! Really like the fabric color - some day I will get up the nerve to give dyeing a try.

Christine said...

Me!!! How exciting. Thank you!
Your Green Goddess is coming along nicely, and your challenge and the card for Mouse are lovely. Your Potato soup comment reminds me of the bit in Big Bang Theory where Sheldon asks Penny why she has the Chinese character for soup tattooed on her back :D
Thanks for the link to the dragon design. The sad geek in me loves that she calls it River Song designs

Giovanna said...

Love your finishes, especially the cute mousies!

Fee said...

My first comment, well done and card looks lovely, I'm trying to comment and not just read blogs without waving - might even actually make mine more than a blank page one of these days!

Jan Gartlan said...

Wow, Green Goddess is gorgeous! Your Russian doll is so cute. Sweet card too!

Mouse said...

oooo my card was lovely and I didn't notice the smell ... off to go and try now as I can breath a wee bit easier
nope its lost is niff :(
lovely stitching as always and well done to Christine too :) love mouse xxxxx

Joysze said...

HAH!!! How cute is that mice card for Mouse!! :D The little doll finish is darling as well. :D

I'll look forward to seeing your dragon that Kat designed. :)

Unknown said...

Really cute finihes, love the mice and Green Goddess is looking wonderful. Looking forward to February's

Dani - tkdchick said...

Both of your cards are lovely I bet mouse loved hers!

Ewa said...

Awww those little mice are adorable!

What's the theme for February?

I should have had you take my stats final in college...

Unknown said...

Ah the little mice are really cute!

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

gorgeous stitching :D I do love that green goddess design.