A blog trying to focus on all the nice things in life, those moments when everything turns out right. Finding the perfect fabric for that chart you love, the ideal sampler quote, just the right picture in all the 1000s of magazines you own. Meeting people who share your interests and obsessions and totally understand why you NEED that chart when you already have enough to last until you're 104
Something old, something new and something(s) exchanged
Firstly the something old. While sorting out our rather grandly (mis)named Library I found these three old samplers:
1996 - This one was in a magazine from the time.
1997 - This one was from a chart by Anchor which a friend lent me.
1998 - And this one was designed by me!
Using borders, alphabets and motifs from a cross stitch book I borrowed from the library.
All three are stitched on 14 count aida using DMC 3041, one of my favourites colours. Each features a mixture of cross stitch and blackwork. The mounts are actually lilac to co-ordinate (not blue). The photos are clickable so you can enlarge them if you so desire. Not all my photos are clickable anymore as I've discovered it's quicker to "copy and paste" than use the "insert picture". So if you want to see more detail then pop over to my Photobucket Album (link on the right).
And here's the something new, the continuing progress on Blackbird Designs Bluebirds:
Stitched on tea-dyed 28count.
Which seems really HUGE compared to the 40count for my Three Hearts design!
And the something(s) exchanged? Earlier this year Sarah-Beth suggested a little exchange with me. Here's what I sent her and here are the goodies that she sent me:
This pic show the book and lots of lovely papers for scrapbooking plus some postcards and the cutest ladybird mini-frame. And LOTS of little prezzies.
And this pic show the inside of the book (open to my favourite project - a doormat with strips of fabric wound round to make a giant cross stitch!) and the contents of the little prezzies. Notelets, charms, embroidery patterns and the cutest mouse button.
Thank You Sarah-Beth for sending me Christmas in July, opening all the little prezzies was just like having a stocking full on Christmas morning!
Finally, a Public Service Announcement - back in March Blogger discontinued Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger blogs which basically means some of the blogs I was following fell off my Reader. I recently re-discovered Reflections in the Pond by Silver Lotus via a comment on someone else's blog. So if you used to follow Silver Lotus and wondered where she went, the Good News is - you can find her again!!