Monday, January 19, 2009

Exhange, exchange and wip progress

I received this beautiful fob from Monique of Luxembourg. This is the very first exchange of Tiny Treasures Exchange hosted by Sharon. Monique stitched this Passione Ricarmo design in my favourite colours. On the back of the fob, she stitched our names. I love the fob, it is now on my scissors. Monique also sent me some buttons, DMC threads, a thimble and an address book with postcards. Thank you, Monique for a lovely exchange.

For this very same exchange, this is what I stitched for my partner, Joan. This design is a freebie from Windy Willow. I stitched in Joan's favourite colour, blue. More pictures are posted in Joan's blog.

Next exchange, I stitched this LK freebie for Melissa for the HoE exchange. I finished it as a pincushion with Melissa's initial at the back. Please visit Melissa's blog for more pictures.

Now, an update on my WIPs. Here is A Quaker Christmas progress #2, it is progressing very nicely. I have also started the LK Flip It blocks. I am stitching them all in one piece. Finished January's block and just progressing to next month. In between these two big projects, I am stitching for exchanges and working on my monthly ornament.
Thank you visiting my blog and all the lovely comments. Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone who
celebrate Chinese New Year.

Take care and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First Finish of 2009

Double firsts! This is my first finish of 2009 and it is also my first LHN design. I really love this chocolate box but still not sure how I would finish it.

Next an update on the Seasonal Breezes SAL that I am stitching. This SAL was delayed due to the holiday seasons, it was supposed to finished by Jan 2009. I have just finished stitching Spring Breeze 7, can't wait for last part due next month. This SAL is fun and quick to stitch.

I have started on my 2009 project, A Quaker Christmas. Not much done yet but it a start, I am pleased with the green colours. Here is a picture of the progress so far. I have also started on my second project, the LK Flip it Blocks. Almost finish January Block, will post picture soon.

Chinese New Year is just round the corner, on the 26th and 27th of January. Traditionally in China, Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the start of spring. Hence, Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival. In Singapore, being Chinese majority, we celebrate Chinese New Year in big ways. We spring clean and decorate our homes with lanterns, new year decorations, potted flowers and Kamguat (orange) plants. Red is lucky and the colour for Chinese New Year. Here are two pictures of shops selling new year decorations, they are traditionally red in colour. Most shops will be closed on the eve of Chinese New Year and the first day of New Year. We have a reunion dinner on the eve, normally a steamboat dinner. I will be going to MIL's house in KL, Malaysia, for the new year.

More about Chinese New Year in my next post.

Take care and happy stitching!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2009.

My younger DD is going back to school tomorrow after a 2-month break. She is going back to her new school campus which was under renovation/extension for 2 years.

I pick up my stitchings again after Christmas. Happy dances, I now have 2 finishes to show. I put the last stitch to Willie's Quaker Square #7 on 27th Dec. I am very pleased with my colour choice for this piece, it turned out beautifully. Started on my first project/goal for 2009, A Quaker Christmas. I have a hard time deciding on the colours but finally choose the basic colours of Christmas, ie , green, red and gold. Will post picture of progress soon.
The next finish is the Peppermint Lane. This is the piece I stitch for the LHN/CCN Winter SAL, my first CCN design. This design is beautiful and quick to stitch. Another first, I started on LHN Chocolate Box. It is almost finished, will post picture later.

If you have visited my blog earlier, you will have noticed that I stitched these 2 pieces a long time ago. I finally have them finished as bourses. I am very pleased with my first attempt at making them.

I am gathering fabby and threads to start my second project - the LK Flip It Blocks. My stitching is back on track, I find that it heals and ease painful memories.

Happy Stitching and take care!