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Saturday, 29 March 2014

And finally ...

I mean As Finally as in the third bus to come along!  

Have shared this before but it is one of my most favourite pieces and I stitched it following, and in remembrance of, 9/11.

Have had it said to me that it seemed odd for someone in England to stitch such a design but I felt it represents the impact of that day on everyone so am happy to share it again here now.






Dreadful photograph due to the reflection but you get the idea.  It hangs on the wall in our lounge and I'd love to stitch it again given half a chance.

Blogland buses

Got to laugh really ... my blog posts are a bit like buses ... you wait for ages and then they come along in threes! 

Last cross stitch project to finish was an engagement present for my nephew who proposed on Christmas morning.   Managed to get a card made and to them on Christmas afternoon but their present is very late indeed.  As they already have a lovely home and pretty much everything they need I wasn't going to get anything but then, whilst browsing for something else, I came across an AAN design that just seemed so right for an engagement present.

Two false starts as I first miscalculated the size of the fabric I needed - maths never was my strong point - and then after getting a fair bit of the design stitched on the right size evenweave I came across a fault in the fabric and had to start for a third time.  Finally got it finished and handed over last week!

Design is called Cuore in Fiore and I loved the plain white colour on beige linen.


This was the tag I made to go on the present once wrapped.


Got four nephews - all brothers - so hope to eventually stitch one for each of these as they all get engaged ... just hope they don't do so all at once or I will be a very busy auntie!

Bakers Twine & Staples, Butterflies & Cogs

Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear!
Yet again my mojo has left the building and I haven't crafted for ages now - luckily I have managed to get all my cards done for this year and now really do need to just get to it, play around and see what happens. Got ideas in my head and so much I WANT to get done but all my oomph seems to have fizzled at the moment.

So not much to post here but at least I have popped along to my dear little blog and updates on the latest cards to come off the craft mat.

Got a bit of a thing for baker's twine at the moment so have used it on pretty much all my cards for this year ... and I seem to fall back on butterflies whenever I am stuck for an idea or a theme.  Good job most people like butterflies then!



Was hoping the staples took the tweeness away from the pink and girly cards ... which are not normally my cup of tea ... but not sure it has worked!  
Next two pics are just close ups but you get the idea.



Then for the men ... well, my fall back for them is cogs and gears so these are the male versions of the pink and girly butterflies.



Hopefully flat enough to post without incurring the horrendous large stamp charges which is a pity because I'd have preferred to make them more 3D than they are.

I try to send cards in remembrance of someone's loss so stuck with the butterflies as they really do seem appropriate for such cards and went back to my preferred tag style but have found not everyone "gets" that it is not intended to be just a tag but their card.



It did seem a little cruel stapling through the butterflies but was kinda, sorta, maybe pleased with how they turned out.

So just need to get my mojo activated again and get back to getting some cards in stock to use for all those unexpected occasions that crop up ... and to play around with the few ideas I do have rattling around in my head ... maybe I will aim for Monday ... maybe.