Monday, June 29, 2009

Hardanger pillow - thoughts please.

Hardanger pillow - number one

Hardanger pillow number two

Last month or maybe even earlier than that, I started work on a Hardanger pillow. This is to be a Ring pillow for a friends daughter, and I am adapting a pattern I found in a book. I was not happy with my first attempt - the white was just too bright - you see I'd been unable to find my ball of DMC #8 in blanc. I used Caron Watercolours - but it was just wrong. (I do intend finishing this though - but not as a ring pillow)

So, on to a second start, when I finally found the right perle. This is in DMC blanc in #8 and #12, and is much better. I have to finish the stitching, and have some Swarovski crystals, and some seed beads to attach to it, and intend putting the names, date, and place for the wedding around the edge. The wedding is on 11th July- not long. My problem is, what do I put on the inside of the pillow, and what fabric shall I finish the pillow in. I have some ideas, but need to find the fabric - and quickly. The crystals are Silver Shadow, as the brides dress is decorated with silver crystals. I thought I'd do the lettering in silver around the edges too. What do you think. All thoughts appreciated -whether good or bad - constructive criticism is great. I have limited places to shop where I live, and due to time restraints also limited time to shop online.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Inspiration to share - drawing.

I used the random number generator, and the winning number was 22 (sorry I don't know how to show that on here-so you'll just have to trust me).

Comment number 22 was left by Barbara

So Barb, please send me your address.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Some crafty makes

All these were made by my daughter Jenni, during the last month, there's another couple of things too, but one is on her camera, and another on her phone.

Ron Weasley, made from own pattern.

16th birthday card for someone with a passion for photography.

A card for a friend

Strawberries for a friend, a felt strawberry made into a keyring, and Hama beads used to create a Strawberry coaster, own pattern. These were both given as gifts to her friend who loves Strawberries, other gifts given with these were a strawberry shaped handbag mirror, and some strawberry shower gel.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

JN exchange arrives

I have now heard from Sharon that my JN exchange has arrived, so here's the pics. I used the JN ornamental letters chart, and made her a scissor fob, as Sharon loves stitching accessories, and she tells me it was a perfect choice. I also added a few extras - fabric, chart, soap and a fold up tote. Please visit Sharon's blog, she has some wonderful free charts, and if you visit - don't forget to wish her well, as she is suffering with a bad leg - see her post - June 7th.

I now need to make up my Christmas in July exchange and get it in the post.

Don't forget if you want to enter my draw, please leave me a comment on the 'Inspiration to Share' posting. - Not long left now.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Quick update

by Rosewood Manor

Parts 1 to 6 now completed. And still loving it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Inspiration to share

I thought I'd have a little give away. The Inspiration chart has a couple of smaller charts, and I have stitched one, which will be made into a scissor fob. If you would like to win this fob, please leave a comment on this post. I've not decided when I'll make the drawing yet! But it will not be before next Wednesday. I may add a picture and I may not! Do you need a photo before you can enter? Go on, why not leave me a message to say you want to be included.

Monday, June 15, 2009


I guess it's time for a new template, and if you're reading this via a blog reader you'll have no idea what I am talking about. Just take a look at my blog!!!

I just want to thank all of you for commenting on Inspiration, I'm glad you're enjoying it as much as I am.

I'm now on the search for a new template, and then my technical adviser will be employed. Be back soon - hopefully.

Edited - found this on the blog where I got the template from -

Sorry about the issues with photobucket- this is a problem that will be fixed in the next day or two so please be patient. I just had forgot to change the credit card information on my paypal account because my credit card had expired and I forgot to put in the information for the new card.

I have contacted photobucket and hopefully they will get to fixing this problem today.

thank you for your patience and understanding.


Saturday, June 13, 2009


Are you bored yet? I'm not, I'm loving this one, I have now completed page 4, the next update will be after page 6, as that page is not a full page - if you know what I mean. I can't wait to get to the picture in the centre border.

The whole thing is 6 charts wide, by 5 charts high. Each chart is generally 70 high by 40 wide, but the right hand edge is only 20 wide. And the final 6 charts are only very small, I think they are about 10 stitches high, so they will be a breeze.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Inspiration update

by Rosewood Manor

Pages 1 to 3 now done, for those who are interested it looks like this when complete.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Just Nan Exchange received

I received this wonderful package from Natasha for the HOE Just Nan exchange. Natasha must have been reading my blog - as you can see the extras are spot on for me. Pins, mints (Altoids tin for finishing), beads and threads, wow.

Now the exchange piece is JN Crystal Heart, and this is wonderful, a shame my photo doesn't do it justice. I haven't come across this JN design for me, so it was a perfect gift for me. My regular stitching readers will know that I love JN, and have lots and lots of JN charts.

Thank you Natasha.

This has been another busy week for me, I had hoped to blog more this week, but on Tuesday I had to work later, and was only home for 35mins before I had to go out to my stitching club meet. I can't remember what happened on Wed night but I'm sure something did. Then on Thursday it was my dd's birthday - 17, and there was an unplanned 'bit of a do', so it was a trip to the supermarket on the way home from work, and then food for her and her friends. Friday, we went shopping for the day, to get her a new mobile phone, this was planned for Thursday, as she was to meet me after work, but her friends descended at 1pm, and then stayed for food. So we had a good shopping day on Friday, I bought new home phones too, and then home for a quick bite to eat, and then to sis and bil's, as it was bil's birthday. So, as usual, I now have nearly 400 blog entries to read, and a bulging email box. Hope you're all well.

Monday, June 01, 2009

More inspiration

This is pages 1 and 2, and the start of page 3 - I accidentally deleted the picture I took after page 2. I wish you could see the colours in real life, as they look totally different on this monitor - but maybe they are OK on yours - who knows.