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Archive for October 2007

Finally, an update.

Things have been maaaad around Casa Wee in the last few weeks, hence not much stitching has been going on apart from exchange commitments. My housekeeper went home to the Philippines for a week, and DH and I just about went bonkers managing the kids, our work, and the house chores. But we survived, as we always do, and now Emily’s back and everything’s gone back to normal. Phew!

I’ve also landed a job after about three weeks of searching. I’m finally getting out of the advertising industry, which is a Good Thing. Hello, corporate communications!

Pincushion for June.

In the midst of all the rush I did find time to make this little pincushion for my best girlfriend. It was pretty easy and fun to make, although I have gripes about the felt – you can’t get wool felt sheets here in Singapore that I know of, only poly felt which I find very cheap to the touch and thin to boot. But beggars can’t be choosers. I used this tutorial. Try it for yourself!

One last thing – remember I said I needed to get my hands on some MacAulvey Manor? A very kind stitcher from the 123MB managed to find me the six skeins I need, and they’re on their way to me!

Now I’ve to go take a shower and rush off to church as I’ve choir duty this weekend. Toodles!

Written by Jean

October 20, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Posted in Crafting

SBEBB redwork for Nicki.

Nicki emailed to say that she received my exchange for her safely and that she liked all that I had sent. I stitched and finished a pinkeep using a design from My Aunt’s Attic in Carrie’s Olde World Red.

SBEBB redwork exchange for Nicki L.

One of my bugbears about crafting in Singapore is the lack of nicely-coloured pins. I’m always having to buy a few multi-coloured pinwheels to get the colours I want…and it’s hard to find pinwheels with jewel tones too. Do craft stores in the US sell packs of pins in a single colour? I wonder why they don’t do that here, at least. For Nicki’s pinkeep, I had to scrounge through my stash to find enough red pins and wound up having to use red and gold pins alternately. Which turned out OK, because the backing fabric had some pale yellow in it to match but it was still a pain having to go through all my pins. (And I just realised I forgot to take a picture of the back of the pinkeep to show the fabric.)

SBEBB redwork exchange for Nicki L.

Anyway, here’s what I sent with the pinkeep – Needlemania’s Jardin d’Jour, two skeins of Crescent Colours and a DMC floss reminder card. This was a fun exchange!

Written by Jean

October 4, 2007 at 8:01 am

Posted in Crafting

In search of MacAulvey Manor.

My timing’s wonderful. Just when Needle Necessities is going out of business, I find the perfect colour for Cirque des Cercles – MacAulvey Manor (#1270). And as luck would have it, I can’t find any store that has six skeins of it in their inventory. And of course, no other thread out there comes close to it. I’ve tried Nordic Needle (no stock) and am now waiting to hear from JJ’s Collectibles. Hopefully they have some left!

Sigh. I should have been a bit quicker with the decision making. But then I didn’t think I’d be starting CdC anytime soon. Not that I will start it immediately if I get my hands on the thread, but it’s nice to know it’s in my stash, aye.

Written by Jean

October 2, 2007 at 7:41 pm

Posted in Crafting

SBEBB redwork exchange from Terry.

Terry sent me such a lovely piece for the SBEBB redwork exchange. She stitched and finished Eliza Jane’s scissorflat and needlekeep by Brightneedle for me. Here are the pictures:

SBEBB redwork exchange from Terry

SBEBB redwork exchange from Terry

SBEBB redwork exchange from Terry

Isn’t it gorgeous? Thank you so much, Terry. I love all the goodies you sent with it too!

My exchange is winging its way to Nicki (the exchange organiser) right now. I’m hoping to hear that she’s received it soon!

Written by Jean

October 1, 2007 at 12:56 am

Posted in Crafting