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Giveaway winner!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the winner of Simply Live is Lynda!! Congratulations, Lynda, I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address shortly.

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April 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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I finished Simply Live last night, along with Season 2 of The Tudors. Now I’m feeling a little bereft since it will be some time before I can get my hands on Season 3! I thought Anne’s execution scene was really well done, certainly more memorable than many other execution scenes that I’ve seen in Tudor-era movies and series. Can’t wait for more. Okay, I’ll stop blathering now and let the pictures do the talking:






I’m going to do a giveaway of the chart. If you would like to stitch this, please leave your name and email address in a comment and I will do a drawing on Easter Sunday, 6pm my time (GMT+8). I will mail anywhere. 

I’m working on a gift for someone right now, so I won’t show pictures of that. Actually the next few weeks are going to be occupied with exchange and gift stitching so I may not have much to share. I do, however, want to get some work done on To Laugh Often, which has been sadly neglected since the beginning of the year. And since I’m so close to finishing Summer Snapperland, I should get some work done on that too. But there are a couple of designs that are just crying out to be started, so we’ll see whether I succumb to temptation.

Speaking of that, it’s Good Friday today, the day we remember Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. I hope you have had a blessed Holy Week so far. May you also have a peace-filled Easter, secure in the assurance that we have eternal life through the one who died for our sins and sicknesses.

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April 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

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Sampler acquisitions.

I used to spend a lot of time browsing sampler websites like The Essamplaire and The Scarlet Letter but always thought that while the samplers they sold were stunning, I’d never be able to complete them if I started. Seeing this finish of the Ruth Bacheler 1717 sampler, which every other stitcher on the blogosphere seems to be stitching currently, pushed me from “browse” to “buy”.  Apart from “Ruthie” as this sampler is now affectionately known, here are pictures of two other reproduction samplers, whose charts I have purchased very recently:

Elizabeth Simon reproduction sampler

Elizabeth Simon reproduction sampler from The Scarlet Letter. The verse is Psalm 23. I just love the pastel colours of this one.

Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler

Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler, charted by the Northwest Sampler Guild.

Aren’t they both very special? Can’t wait for the charts to arrive so that I can pore over them!
In other news, I am very close to finishing Simply Live. Like Karen, I’ve decided to omit the alphabet and numbers since I’m planning on finishing it as a flatfold and so don’t want it to be too big. I have the day off work tomorrow, so I’m going to be up late tonight stitching and hopefully catching up on The Tudors.

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April 8, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Simply Live.

I started The Primitive Needle’s Simply Live on Friday after going back and forth about which project to start next. I figured since it was the latest project that I had kitted out, that I should just make a go of it. I’m quite surprised by how quickly it’s stitching up. Here’s my progress as of a few minutes ago. Click on the individual photos in the mosaic to see the whole picture.

The Primitive Needle, Simply Live

I’m stitching this with a mix of GAST and WDW on 32ct Belfast linen in a lovely pale pink colour called New Dawn by Countrystitch. At the rate I’m going, I might even be able to finish it in the next few days. Certainly it would be one of my fastest finishes ever! I’m very pleased, and I hope your weekend has been equally productive, stitching-wise!

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April 6, 2009 at 1:16 am

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Progress on Reve Hindou.

Close-up of flowers.

Close-up of flowers.

I made a little progress on Reve Hindou in the last week. I’ve not been stitching much as I was busy with the kids, and reading (I’m reading some really great novels right now!) and doing everything else in between. DH and I also celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary by taking the afternoon off work on Tuesday and vegging out at a beach resort.

Also, I’ve been trying to fight off an attack of startitis, but since I had to take Reve Hindou off my Q-snaps and lap frame to photograph it, I just might give in to the temptation and start something new for the weekend. My threads for The Primitive Needle’s Simply Live finally came, so maybe it’s a sign that I should start it. But there are so many other designs I want to start too! Oh, the indecision.

Anyhoo, here’s a picture of how far I’ve gotten. Not all that far, really.

Reve Hindou progress

About one-third done with the ginormous flower motif.

I have to say, stitching flowers really isn’t my thing and I’ve been dreading having to stitch all those leaves on the right! Can’t wait till I get round to the elephant. He’s really cute and I think he’s the best part of the entire design.

The weekend is nigh, hope you have plenty of wonderful plans for it!

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April 3, 2009 at 1:12 am

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A bourse!

This is what I made out of my Comme Thé  finish – my first bourse! I made it for a friend whom I know from online, who is in Singapore for a visit. She’s a tea lover and so I thought I would make her a little stitched gift with a tea theme, since she’s a stitcher herself.

I used the tutorial at Focus on Finishing and am quite pleased at how it turned out, except for two things. One, I should have given a bigger allowance all round so that the bourse would be deeper; two, I should have used interfacing on my fabric so that it would stand up more. I’ll keep these two things in mind when I make my next one. Now, on to the pictures!

I simply love the little teapot charms. Initially, there were only two since they were all I’d bought, but I liked them so much I went back to the shop and hunted through the racks of charms for them and found the last packet!

PS: If you’re in Singapore and love charms, do check out Lai Guan Beads Mart. They sell all sorts of charms at a “buy one get one free” offer, and plenty of other beading items too!

Lai Guan Beads Mart
101 Upper Cross St #01-43 People’s Park Centre
Tel: 6536 7838

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April 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

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Biscornu for Pokua.

I saw on Pokua’s blog that she had received the biscornu I made for her for the Tiny Treasures biscornu exchange.

I used a freebie biscornu design from Kissy Cross (scroll down the page and don’t forget to look at all her lovely designs as you go) and stitched it on opalescent Belfast using my choice of DMC threads because I realised while looking through my thread boxes that I once again did not have any of the colours needed for the design! Isn’t it always the case….

Anyway, on to the pictures!

Biscornu for Pokua

Little garden biscornu. No, my hand is not gigantic, I made this biscornu really small!

 I will have another finish to share tomorrow, after it goes to its new owner. In the meantime, I hope you find my little biscornu for Pokua charming. :)

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March 30, 2009 at 9:45 am

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