Over the last couple of weeks my postman has brought me some lovely goodies but I've been really, really slow in sharing at least the first one.
I joined a RAK group/exchange over at Needlecraft Haven recently. The idea is that you send at least one person in your group a RAK each month for the next 3 months.
Shelia sent the first lot of goodies, the card is hand painted silk and much brighter IRL and I'm already thinking what I can use the threads and bell pull ends for.
Lisa sent these beauties over the weekend. Those frames are actually cards for you to put your stitching/ photo/whatever in and although I've been stitching for donkey's years now I've yet to try Carries Thread so I'm looking forward to that.
And lastly as you know I take part in a weekly UFO stitching session that Julie runs on Needlecraft Haven.
A couple of weeks ago she ran a little competition for those that posted a pic of their progress and it happened to be the first week I'd worked on mine for a while!
Julie wrote the names on pieces of paper and gave them to Mr Moe to play with and the that he played with most won and that was me :)
So Mrs Tape Measure came to live with me over the weekend and so far she's taken up residence on the computer desk but she may move home to my beading area in the next day or two.
A week or so ago I came home to a card off the Post Office telling me I wasn't home when they tried to deliver a parcel. It took me a few more days to get down to pick it up and even more days to get my butt into gear and post about (bad girl)
The goodies. I'm really looking forward to stitching the Ink Circle design and the fabric is a perfect colour for me Sara really couldn't of picked a better extra than the Sunflower seed pot.
The stitched part is far to gorgeous to not share a better pic with you.
Sara tells me it's a variation of Dinky Dyes Butterfly Garden (No Mum you can't steal it) but the pic really doesn't do it justice.
I had a whole post ready to go and scheduled asking you all which project you thought I should aim to finish next on the weekends but then blogger decided to play silly buggers and it never appeared :( In the end I went with my gut and pulled out one that didn't have a start date for which means it was before 2004!
The one I went with is SB's My Earth.
As it started out
And after a couple of hours (I had a busy weekend and hardly touched a needle)
One of the things that kept me busy this weekend was a bead fair on Sunday.
I got myself a few new patterns, 2 pen blanks to have a go at, the wooden body for either another Bert or the St Nick in the pic, yet another reel of black thread for my beaded CdC and a little wooden snowman that I have no idea what to do with but couldn't leave him there.
And all the lovely beads that came home with me, well almost I forgot to put the ones for Nick in the pic :(
Most are to fill in gaps in my Delica collection but some are for the Peacock box pattern Mel gave me for my Birthday today.
Thank you for all your comments on Celtic Banner and to answer a couple of questions........
Erin, Ann and Denise all asked how I was going to finish it. Well I'm not sure yet, part of me thinks framing would be better but very expensive and heavy to hang and part thinks a bellpull would work better but I'm not confident enough with my machine to do that yet so for now it's in the drawer :)
Denise also asked about the measurements so I got my tape measure out and it's 6 3/4" wide and 46 1/2" long on 28 count.
I've added orts from Sunflower, Mary Wigham, Celtic Banner, Caleb's birth Sampler, Stitchy Kitty ornament, Celtic Griffin, UFO RR, the little lace mat I did and several colours of KO thread & Fireline from beading projects.
And this is the last time you'll get an update on Celtic Banner, next time you see it you'll need your dancing shoes :)