Friday, 6 August 2010

Birthdays & Stitching!

Okay fingers crossed the slideshow above has worked. As you will see last week-end my son Craig celebrated his 21st Birthday. It was a wonderful week-end full of fun and suprises. We had a party on Saturday night with family and friends and on Sunday we had a celebratory dinner at our favourite restaurant. I am so glad that Craig had such a fun time but oh boy are Mum and Dad exhausted. It has just been non-stop and we get the pleasure of doing it all again when our daughter Heather celebrates her 18th birthday in three weeks time. Not great family planning but I blame the awful winters we get in Scotland...LOL.

I didn;t quite make the deadline to finish my SAL piece for July but as it was quite a small design I was only a few days late. This little seaside lady is another freebie design and if you look closely you will see that I was in such a rush I glued one of my seashells upside down. I can;t believe it is time to stitch August already, this year is just flying in. It has been a real fun SAL though and I am looking forward to see what chart Elaine chooses next.  

Over the next year I am doing a personal exchange with Cathy this is the first package that I have sent to her. As usual the little pillow gave me a few headaches putting it together. I had to glue the trim to death to get it too stick, so it;s fall apart date may be Cathy was delighted with it though and thats what matters. I  had such fun putting this together and I am looking forward to our next exchange in October.
I am still playing catch-up with everything and in my next post I have some wonderful new stash from my dear friend Erna, beautiful give-away prize I won,gorgeous goodies from Cathy and with any luck a few more stitching finishes. I have started another Christmas ornie and my Lizzie Kate challenge piece. My plans will probably change but I am hoping to sit back relax and stitch this week-end. Why don;t you join me?  Hugs!


Mylene said...

Beautiful pictures of you all and Craig's birthday party looks great!!

What lovely lovely finishes you have made. Happy weekend!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes - the seaside lady is gorgeous!

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

I will join you Elaine on a quiet stitching weekend. :-) I have cancelled my plans this weekend to try and get better, so stitching on the couch sounds good to me.

I love the pillow you made, you are very talented. I don't understand how you can get it so perfect. Was the first pillow you made as perfect as that?

I hope Craig had a lovely birthday, what a great slideshow.

Catherine said...

Busy, busy time for you with birthdays!

Love all the goodies!

Carol said...

Love the photos from Craig's 21st birthday celebration. Happy belated birthday to Craig and early birthday wishes to Heather. (Love your comment about the awful Scottish winters, Elaine!!)

Your finishes are wonderful and I'm sure Cathey will be thrilled with her little lighthouse pillow..Enjoy your weekend :)

Annie said...

It's a nice time of year to celebrate birthdays, so I would thank the Scottish winters, not blame them!

Your little blond swimmer is adorable. And I don't think shells really have an up or down, so no worries on that score.

Your pillow is beautiful What a marvelous gift package.

♥ Nia said...

I love birthdays! We must really celebrate them! ;)
We can see what a great time you all had :D

Wonderful gifts!! :D And your pillow is really pretty :)
Have a great weekend!!

Lesleyanne said...

Both of your finishes are gorgeous. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

natalyK said...

What beautiful finishes. I would imagine Cathy was very pleased with her exchange. This pillow is darling. Happy Stitching

Sally said...

Wonderful photos from Craig's birthday celebrations.

Your seaside lady is lovely as is your piece for Cathy.

Have a lovely weekend!

Bette said...

Your little pillow is darling! And I like your lady bather.

cuori e perline said...

what beaufitul finishes!!!!!
And craig had a super birthday!!!!!!
hug from Italy

staci said...

Happy 21st Craig! I know exactly what you mean about close bdays, my middle and youngest are 10 days apart.

Beautiful finishes Elaine! Have a wonderful weekend!

Annette said...

What a beautifull side show photo's... Looks like fun.
What a lovely pieces you stitched.. love the see design..

I can't join you this weeknd need to work in the evening... maybe next weekend

Anonymous said...

Beautiful finishes. Sounds like you are going to be very busy for the next few weeks.

Enjoy the stitching!

Lois said...

What great pictures of Craig's 21st! You've been stitching some lovely pieces lately. What a nice package of goodies you've sent to Cathy!

Ingrid said...

Beautiful finishes Elaine and also very nice pictures of Graigs birthday !!!

Brigitte said...

According to the pictures Craig's birthday party must have been fantastic.
You've stitched and finished two lovely summer designs. Very beautiful.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Happy Birthday to Craig!

What two great finishes! I espeically like your year long exchange piece!