Sunday, 25 March 2012

stash, exchange and other news

Well, Manchester has been basking in glorious sunshine this weekend.  What have I been doing? Sat at the kitchen table all day Saturday and all day Sunday writing and assignment on safeguarding and resilience.  The only sun I have seen is when I have brought a line of washing in so I could put another out!  I'm sure it will all seem worth it once I have my degree...

Please see my previous post about Rachael and Luke raising money for Sport Relief.  They are both swimming a mile each and would love any sponsorship or messages of support you are willing to give them - even £1 or $1 would be welcome.  As the advert says "Every little helps".  Rachael has written a little bit about the challenge she faces and why she wants to do the swimathon.

Anyway - there has been some stash deliveries this week.  Firstly, 2 designs to stitch for Luke.  He wanted a cushion stitching for him.  I couldn't decide which to get him but found these 2 so got them both!  I have already started stitching the larger one for him and there is a photo of progress so far.  This is after about 2 hours stitching on it.

new charts for Luke's cushion
after about 2 hours of stitching
I had to buy a piece of fabric to stitch the cushion.  As it's for Luke it needs to be pretty hard wearing so I have opted for aida instead of evenweave.  I was using my sewandso voucher so treated myself to 5 fat men. (Yes I know it is 6 but I already had one given to me for my birthday!)  I also got one of the JBW designs charts that was on my wish list too.
birthday stash!!
I have also done a little tiny bit more on Rachael's bookmark.  I am finding it really hard going with trying to see the very pale grey on the white fabric especially when it is one strand and half cross stitch.  It will be worth it though - she will be so pleased with it!
Rachael's bookmark
Finally, I received my exchange piece from the exchange on Tiny Treasures Too.  My exchange partner was Liz who stitched me a lovely scissor fob for my Union Jack scissors and a measuring tape.  She also sent a lovely card where she had stitched onto the card.  They are all beautiful - but I will let the pictures do the talking!
TTE2 - one side...
...the other side
with the card

The picture above is my offering for my exchange partner.  I really hope they like it!
Tomorrow (Monday) is my blogoversary.  I will be announcing a giveaway to celebrate.


SoCal Debbie said...

The cushion looks great! That's a lot of stitching for 2 hours. The bookmark is beautiful. Your exchange partner will love what you made! Very pretty trims!

Brigitte said...

This is a nice stash haul that you chose. Great designs. And you made some pretty rpogress on your WIPs. I love that little bookmark that you started for your daughter. I'm fond of stitched bookmarks and have several.
Enjoy your exchange gift.

Linda said...

Great stash. I have the fat men and I love them. Are you doing them all on one piece? I started them for the crazy challenge. Love the charts you picked for the cushions. Bookmark is going to be cute.


Veronica said...

Lovely stitching. I especially love that bookmark. It's gonna be so cute finished. Wonderful exchange. Your pillows look great, tied up with that ribbon.

I see you've signed up for our 6 Fat Man SAL. Welcome! Looking forward to stitching with you.


Cleejoow said...

great stash you have there :)

I nominated you for an award, check it out here:

Always smiling said...

I think your blog and stitching is inspirational please stop by my blog to get the Leibster award.

Chris xx

mdgtjulie said...

Lovely stitching, Sharon. Keep it up and you'll have finishes soon. Sorry Tatty Ted is giving you trouble. I can imagine pale gray, one strand would be difficult!!