Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Smalls SAL April Key Holder

Good morning all,  Today is the last Wednesday of the month, making it check-in day for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at the Stitching Lotus.

I decided to stitch and sew a key holder for those mysterious unfamiliar keys which make an appearance and refuse to tell us their origins.  Best not to throw out what is probably the old spare front door key to granddad´s long demolished house, in case it might in fact be that elusive missing storeroom key, hunted for during years.



I am continuing to use up fabric from my stash.  The little cartoon is by Scott Nickel and I thought it appropriate for the cause.


I mixed cross stitch and applique, the black french knots for the fortune teller´s hair are inappreciable and I added a little charm to the zip.


If you would like to join the Smalls SAL and stitch a design each month, pop over and see Heather for the details - you can join at anytime during the year.

Double Wedding Ring Quilts

My gorgeous book has arrived.  I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this wonderful book by Victoria from Bumble Beans.


Full of lovely photographs and well explained instructions.


I just need more time to make a quilt.  Thank you very much Victoria.

Until next week, happy stitching.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Stitching again

I do hope that everyone had an enjoyable Easter and found a relaxing moment to do some stitching.  While trying to get some gardening done and wobbling about at the top of a ladder doing some well needed decorating, I managed to get some stitching done and took a few photos of a bag/purse/bourse that I made for my daughter.


The pattern is part of a free design called Rose Garden by Manka Mintai.  



I used fabric from my stash for the backing and added twisted cotton cording and a couple of beads for the drawstring.




I also took  photos of the goodies that arrived in the post.  I won Kim´s blogoversary giveaway last month and she not only sent the pretty pincushion that I won, but also included an array of useful stitching delights.  I really like the thread holder as I have never seen them here and so hadn´t got one.  Thank you Kim.


and while on the subject of Kim, she has organized a decorative thimble swap and so if you are interested and would like to join in, you still have time until the 20th of this month to sign up at Wisdom with Needle and Thread.  I love thimbles and have collected them nearly all my life, have loads and loads, mainly indicating the place where they are from.  Here are some.


And an example that spring has arrived here in Spain at last.


Until next week, happy stitching.

linking to Super Mom-no cape  Monday Stitchery Party





Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter Treasure Hunt Hop

Hello and a very Happy Good Friday,

This year I am taking part in Jo´s Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop. You must start at her blog Serendipitous Stitching and then visit, in order, each of the participants listed who will display a letter.  These letters will form a short phrase and when you  know what that is, visit Jo again and leave her a comment mentioning the phrase and you might find some treasure.

For Easter I made this bunny tissue box cover and although at first glance it might appear to be a dead bunny in a coffin, you can appreciate in the second photo that there is an opening for the tissues and that Mr Bunny is just asleep in bed.



As it doesn´t look as if he is going to help us show our letter, one of my knitted egg cosy bunnies from my last post, will help.


.................. or does she need help from her friends?..............


Here it is...................... this is my letter for the mystery treasure hop phrase.


...........the letter `A´   Now you must go and visit Noni at firefliescatsinthegarden  for the next letter.

My thanks to Jo for including me in this delightful hop and wishing all visitors a very Happy Easter.


Happy Stitching


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