Friday, June 15, 2007

I know, I know ...

2 postings in 2 days but I just had to share with you some of my stitching for exchanges.

The first one is quite an old one - it was for Legacy BB Quaker Exchange XII and I loved stitching this, especially the over one I did on the back of it for the heading and initials but my photo taking leaves much to be desired. At least I put a cloth on the table.

The front of my Legacy XII Exchange

the back

Here, as you can see, my photo taking as much improved. What I did was look at how different people whom I admired took their photos and copied them. I swear I have never had an original thought in my whole entire life. I am just devoid of imagination.

So what the photo above is, is the replacement Quaker that I stitched for Legacy Quaker Exchange XIII. Sorry but I didn't take a photo of the first one I stitched, you would have thought I would have learned my lesson from not taking photos of other things that I have stitched over the past 10 years and have given away and now I have no record of them. But I guess I'll never learn - read below.

This is the one I stitched for the Scissor Fob Exchange from The Friends Gather Bulletin Board and I also put in a load of stuff with it but again didn't take a photo of the goodies I enclosed - see what I mean about my not learning, so all I can say is sorry but hopefully the person who receives it will like it so much that she takes a photo of everything and I can copy it and put it on here eventually, but I promise faithfully that from now on I will take photos of everything I stitch, especially now I think I take better pictures. Do I??????

Here is the back of it which I actually prefer ...

The back of the Scissor Fob

and it's next to a paperweight that my great-grandfather made. It was one of 10 or 12 (I can't remember how many children there were - it was a long time ago and in another country) and he made one for each of his children and I got left my late father's one which must have been left to my father by my grandmother (his mother who passed away when I was only one) originally because it was her father that actually made them and it is really glorious to look at and very large and heavy and I have loved it immensely since I was a small child. It has prisms of colors in it.

Anyway that's all from me for now - will write again soon.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

What I have received

I know I said that I would post again last weekend but I couldn't find my camera lead that attaches to my computer so couldn't post any photos so didn't want to post without them but hey I have now found it.

So here I am finally, but this time posting gifts I have received. Firstly I must apologise to Helen (aka Lena Lou) who mailed me this unbelievable RAK last Christmas - boy am I ever late in thanking her - it is just absolutely gorgeous and I love it to bits. It is a Merry Cox chart and even though I have decided to stop having a Christmas Tree I am going to buy myself a little one that is made of metal (I think that Next sells one) so that I can display my stitched ornaments that I have received over the last few years.

Today I am going to post what I have received from some of my friends for my birthday.

Firstly from my friend Sandra I received these wonderful things. She sent a superlarge bag of Peanut M&Ms which I have to admit that I ate totally by my big fat self, a lovely piece of mint green linen, a lovely piece of fabric which I shall be using sooner rather than later and a really lovely pinkeep.

Then from my Birthday Buddy Judie I received all of the following:

A gorgeous cube and a lovely little piano stool chocker block full with Kreinik threads plus underneath is a closeup of the lovely stitched lit and the inside of the stool. Now how do you think that Judie knows that my favorite color is pink?

A close-up of the cub which is just gorgeous and now sits in my lounge next to my couch on my coffee table for all to see.

and as if that wasn't enough she also sent loads of beads and a packet of La-D-Da labels and a floss holder and a little jar of handcream and

the candies onthe right which are fudge and so far I have resisted because I am on a healthy eating plan (not a diet) and a gorgeous piece of linen in pink and some floss also in pink and a packet of baggies plus

This gorgeous Gucci wallet which I absolutely love and not finished yet boy did I ever get spoiled ...

This wonderful scissor keep and still not finished ...

this one too ........ and

Finally showing you the two lovely scissor keeps together with the lovely scissor case that she stitched for me last year. So as they say in the movies THAT's ALL FOLKS xxxx

Friday, June 08, 2007

What's Up

Well I didn't want to post another non-stitching one but as I have no pictures to put on here yet - will have tomorrow so Julie you will get two postings this weekend instead of one a month.

Well this has been a crappy month. Sara-Jane who is my elder daughter and the mother of my (ok I'll be big about this our) grandchildren has separated from her husband who I really love like a son and I know it's been traumatic for her and we are being the really supportive parents and having the children more and just being there for her.

I have been stitching because I had two exchanges due as well as my round robin which I have just started but hopefully it will be done by next week and I can then post it off to somewhere - can't remember which country right now but I'm sort of brain dead just for a change.

On the bright side I have joined Slimming World which is a great eating plan - I have done it loads of times before but just never stuck to it. It was a toss up on whether I did SW or Weight Watchers but I really like the lady the runs the SW Class so that did the trick and also I never ever lose weight on WW. I lost 3lbs in my first week. I just decided that I couldn't do the non-eating water drinking diet now.

Ok I will write again with pictures of stitching over the weekend I promise.