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Stash frenzy!

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Hello peeps!
It is with absolutely no shame whatsoever that I'm going to show you my latest stash additions. You may find the following post disturbing, sensitive people please turn away NOW.
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The first lot was my Mother's Day gifts from tadpole & hubby. Direct from 123 stitch in the USA for which I had to wait a loooong time as there was an issue with the Customs fee which had to be paid before delivery...

Yes, you are seeing right! I am now the proud owner of various samplers. This is a very first for me because I never used to like them but let's just say that I would like to try something new
Of course, any new stash has to include one of my favourite designer: Lizzie Kate!

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Latest purchases are following today's trip to Betty Stitchkit shop. I have discovered this place thanks to the issue 215 of TWOCS magazine, Sharon & Mark have indeed won an award for best retailer in the West Midlands As I had never heard of this place & it happened to be at…

Winnings galore...

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I have been really lucky recently and won a giveaway organised by
June at Butterfly Wings
Now, I've decided to dedicate a special post about this. You see, June has been a little tease (in a nice way of course!) and decided to send my gifts spread over 4 months :)
It was a brilliant idea, I had something to look forward to every month. We all know how talented June is, so it was promising to be the best giveaway ever oOo Going back a few months ago, here is what I received in my first parcel in February It was all lovingly packed with tissue paper & ribbons & cute labels June knows I have that little thing for owls so thoughtfully sent me the cutest handmade owl card and plenty of owl-y things like fabric, ribbon & buttons She also included a scented sachet of peonies & freesias
Peonies happen to be my favourite blooms!

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oOo The second envelope arrived early March and was just as exciting!
We are still carrying on the Owls theme with the cutest picture frame, …

Easter Egg Change

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With Easter around the corner,
I think it's time to share with you my Egg Change!

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Here is my stitched piece sent to Valérie.

A simple & colourful Easter Needleroll design from Easter Blessings of Lizzie Kate


White 28ct Brittney evenweave,
stitched 2 over 2 with all
DMC preconized colours
- Except for the hearts, which I changed for a more vibrant colour -

The needleroll finish was an absolute first!
I used the instructions from the perfect tutorial at Focus on finishing

Oooh I so wished I could have kept this piece!!!

A bit of pink ribbon, a little butterfly "button" for the "i" of Spring
and voila...





Also enclosed in my parcel were chocolates, of course!
and other bits & pieces




I understand Valérie is happy with her Eastery gifts,
I certainly had fun putting them all together

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Here is what I've received from Judith in Germany.

Sadly Judith hasn't got a blog, but nonetheless, is a talented lady
Look at this cute little pincushion!



Also…

Gorjuss exchange anyone??

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I have seen the latest release of the various Gorjuss girls and I have once again fallen head over heels for these cuties! So, to satisfy my latest craze I thought about a Gorjuss Exchange oOo Rules Have an active blog Once you've decided to join, cancellation will not be accepted Post your items on time for the swap date oOo Exchange items ♥ Cross stitch piece ♥ 1 genuine Gorjuss girl from the official designs at Bothy Threads - finished off any way you like, so unleash your creativity! - ♥ merchandising items ♥ Include 2 genuine Gorjuss goodies - any ones you like to suit your budget, the list is endless!! - oOo I must insist on the GENUINE items, as there are so many copies out there I understand this swap could be a bit pricey, so if you don't intend to complete, please don't join. Want to join this exchange? Leave a comment on this post only, confirming your participation And also specifying which is your favourite girl ♥ Last date to join the exchange: 1st May 2014 …

Sheep in the meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks

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First, place a little house in a field,



then add colourful daisies dancing in the wind,



and finally place a flock of sheep running around in the field,
there you have it, a very pretty Spring design!


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Sheep in the Meadow from CCN


 Stitched on 28 count Zweigart Brittney evenweave The fabric was originally white

I ventured again into something new and dyed it with tea (Tetley Earl Grey & Vanilla, please!) I was really pleased with my first attempt and think it is perfect for this design
I used all DMC equivalent colours listed on the instructions Stitched 2 over 2
 Finished as a cushion

- Of course, I wouldn't want to neglect the ECM!! -
ECM = European Cushion Mountain
using a perfect matching fabric from Rico Designs
and white lace

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Happy Stitching!
Mii

Easter Blessings - Lizzie Kate

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This is a little post to show you what I sent to Jacquie. She was the winner of my Easter Surprise Giveaway! oOo I chose an Easter Bunny
from one of the 3 charts available in
Easter Blessings from Lizzie Kate
Stitched it on a light blue 32ct Brittney evenweave fabric Using all preconized DMC colours, 2 over 2 Check out this yummy looking Easter egg!
I finished it off as a little cushion with some matching polka dot fabric, trim and a colourful button

Also included were Easter chocolates and other bits & bobs that you can see on Jacquie's post here and of course the generously donated surprise gift from


Do you want to know what it was????

 The lovely kit, Row of Cats, from Bothy Threads!

Hope you liked your gifts Jacquie, I certainly had fun putting all this together!
Again a HUGE thank you to Seek It Out for offering a wonderful gift for the giveaway
Happy Stitching!
Mii 

April Showers Mouse - Lucie Heaton

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Looking through my latest TWOCS magazine (issue 215), I found another adorable Furry Tales design from Lucie Heaton I finished one of these before, you can read all about it here This new one is called April Showers Mouse So appropriate for our great British weather, don't you think? Of course, I decided to work on it straight away...
April Showers Mouse from Lucie Heaton,
available in TWOCS magazine, issue 215.
Cross stitched on cream 14 count Zweigart aida fabric, using all preconized DMC thread colours



Being such a small design, I thought it would be perfect for a pincushion. So I rummaged through my stash and found a very pretty patchwork fabric Here it is finished This is adorable, don't you think?
Happy stitching! Mii 

April Stamp - Lizzie Kate | And a Winner...

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Hello dear stitching friends!
Would you believe it, April is already here! It will soon be time for Easter and those yummy chocolates :P

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I finally have some cross stitch finish that I can show you!  Now, as it is the first day of the month, it is Lizzie Kate Stamp time

Here is my latest April Stamp


April Stamp design from Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 28ct green cloud evenweave
(purchased last year at a craft fair and I sadly have no idea who it's from)
2 over 2, using all preconized DMC colours




Finished as a little needlebook!
- This was a first for me -
It's so simple, I'll definitely make some more in future


I used buttons, ribbons, batting, Tilda fabric, pink felt and a few pins
And voila...



What do you think?
I would say it's not bad for a first attempt, wouldn't you?


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Do you remember my Easter Surprise Giveaway?
Yes, you must do, I've been on about it for the past few weeks!!
Well it's now time to announce the winner

This morning I put all the par…