Monday, November 30, 2009

Fa-la-la finished

When I read that Little House Needleworks came with a montly ornament and you could sign up for a auto-shipment I didn't hesitate. Diane let us see the first two and I fell in love !

Last saterday the first pattern came and I wanted to take this with me to the hospital, but the pattern is so cute that I couldn't wait. I had to make this one, so I started saterdaynight and did the finishing on sunday.

(click images to enlarge)

Stitched on 32 ct. linnen (coffee dye) with DMC and beads as charted

As a extra I attached a music note charm


Friday, November 27, 2009

Books are coming my way

Besides stitching and quilting I love to read. And my favorite books are mysteries, I love to find out who was the one who did the crime.

I have the hole collection of the China Bayles serie (Herb mysteries) from Susan Albert Wittig.
And they are so fine to read, I realy loves these books !

But ... when I was reading in a older post on the blog of Carin (another Carin from the Netherlands) about mysteries books with a needlecraft theme I was curious.
So I did some google on the writersname Monica Ferris and what I read about her sounded great and her books sounds like great mysteries.
So I orderd the first 6 books of her and I hope they will arrive before I go to the hospital.
Boy oh boy ... I'm going to solve some mysteries while I been in the hospital LOL

Book 1 and 2

Book 3 and 4

Book 5 and 6

Update: My husband hear today on his work that he gets 2 extra weeks off from work to take care of me, so after my surgery he can stay at home till januari 18th. Woohoo !!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Threads arrived and a scissorfob

Last saterday, after only 4 days from Canada to Netherlands, the threads arrived for my pattern Witches Hollow (Primitive Needle) and they are SO beautifull. I just had to make some photo's

(Click on the photo's to enlarge)

On a Dutch group we have a wishmonth, that means you can write down a wish and someone else can make it happen for you. Saskia ask for a scissorfob with an autumn theme and I made for her this scissorfob, stitched on 40 ct. linnen

Friday, November 20, 2009

Work in progress and surgery date

Finaly the hospital called and told me the date when my surgery will be.
Some of you know I must have a historectomy because I still have some bad cells there and thats why they are going to remove the hole thing.
Well... the date of the surgery will be december 11th, so I'm going to spent the hollidays very quiet and most of it in bed :) I have to stay in the hospital for 5 days and when I come home my husband is free from work for a week of 2-3 to take care of me.
So after december 11th. there will be not much posting in this blog for a couple of weeks.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

About stitching ... I have made some things but can't show them because they are on the way to someone:)

In the mean time I have stitched on a pattern of Little House Needleworks,
called Blackbird Inn

I'm stitching this on jobelan 28ct (dyed in coffee) with gentle art threads

And I have been stitching on a design of Blackbird Designs,
called Autumn song

This one I'm stitching on 36 ct linnen which I bought from Nina and it looks beautifull,
most of the threads I use are DMC variation, stitch 1 over 2

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas ornament

For a exchange on a Dutch cross stitch group I had to make a christmas ornament for Pascale

I made "Let it snow" from Country Cottage Needleworks
but I didn't stitch the hole pattern because that was to big for making into an ornament

I stitch on 28 ct. jobelan and used beads for the snowflakes


Friday, November 13, 2009

New patterns arrived

This week my patterns arrived that I had orderd for my birthday
I know that they would come after my birthday but that didn't matter
I'm glad they are here now !

I orderd:
A quaker halloween sampler from Cherished Stitches
and
The book of spells from The Good Huswife


And then this one I realy like:
Witches Hollow from The primitive needle
Today I'm going to order the 39 skiens (weeks dye works) for this one,
so I can start with it when they arrive

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Winter's eve

This afternoon I finished the stitching of
Winter's eve from Country Cottage Needlework
and tonight I made it into a ornament.
The pattern came from the JCS ornaments 2006



On top a little christmas bell and the little snowflakes are again white beads

Monday, November 9, 2009

Halloween hornbook finished

Yesterday I finished halloween hornbook from Plum Street Samplers
I realy love this one !!!
I stitched it on tea dyed 28 ct. jobelan with DMC threads.

I have made some little changes in the colors:
instead of ecru I used 712
for the 730 I had 731
for the 680 I had 3820
and for the black 310 I used 3799 (I found this a bit softer then the black)

I love how the colors come out on the tea dyed fabric

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My first pinkeep

I have made my first pinkeep, never done it before and I found it very easy to do.

The pattern is from LHN and it's called: Woodland snowfall
it was in the JCS christmasornaments 2004

Stitch on 28 ct. jobeland with DMC
For the little snowflakes I used white beads

On the back a fabric with pine cones

I'm going to make a few more ornaments for our Yule tree in december.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dyed threads arrived

Today arrived the dyed threads I orderd from Nina.
Aren't they beautifull ? I realy love them !
(click on photo´s to enlarge them)

I also had orderd two pieces of hand dyed fabric which are beautifull
Nina also put some goodies with it:
some threadkeepers - wonderfull pins - little buttons

Thank you SO much Nina. I love everything you send !

Kim has also a beautifull give away.
Click on her name to go to her blog.

Gourmet garden finish on my birthday

Yesterday (nov 2th) was my birthday and I had a wonderfull day !
Lots of visiting from my children, family and friends.

In between I had also some time to stitch on the last stitches of Gourmet garden
from Little House Needleworks and finished it before my visiters came.

The fabric was white, but then I dyed it in hip-rose tea
and there was a beautifull color lilac.

On saterday we had a wonderfull samhain (halloween).
It is one of the eight sabbats we pagans celebrate.
I never make photo's during our rituels, but I made one of the simple table decoration that was on the table during our samhain dinner.

I also had baked some little pumpkin cranberrycakes which where delicious.