Wednesday, 4 May 2011

I'm Back!

Well here I am I haven't fallen off the planet, I;m still here... Thank you to everyone for the get well wishes, I;m slowly returning to my old-self a new me would have been better but your stuck with the old I can;t tell you how much I;ve missed reading all your blogs and drooling over all your beautiful work, be it stitching, quilting, knitting all sorts off crafts. I;m looking forward to catching up with it all.

I;m sure there can;t be anyone on the planet now who hasn;t heard about the little shindig here in Britain last Friday. The marriage off Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was such a beautiful Wedding, everything was just perfect. Myself, Heather, my Mum and my best friend Liz had a lovely tea-party and lunch to celebrate. I had decided at the last minute we should try and find some Wedding hats to wear but when I telephoned my Mum she said she didnt; think she had any. It was absolutely hilarious when her and my Dad arrived. As you can see from the photograph my Mum had come dressed as a Wedding guest. Doesn;t she look the part in her dress, stole, silver hand-bag, shoes, corsage, hat and pearls.

I just loved every stitch of this Homespun Elegance sheepy design, it has to be one of my favourite finishes. As usual it is stitched with threads from my stash and not as stated in the chart.

Sarah at Craftymoo gave me this cute pillow in an Exchange we did. I thought this little ladybird would be a perfect finish for it.

I've also recently been working on my BBD Wip Willow House. This is a before and after picture to show my progress. I'm really pleased how it is coming along, I just love the pretty colours.

My lovely stitching friend Michelle celebrated her Birthday this week. I just had to stitch her a little surprise. The pillow is from a freebie design I came across online and the heart is scented with lavender. Michelle was delighted with her gifts.

I had a wonderful suprise when my postman delivered this package. I was beginning to feel down with being sick for so long and it was a real pick-me-up. The lovely Myra had came across this Sheepy fabric in her stash and said she just had to make this project bag for me. She is such a sweetie, thank you so much Myra I just love it!

Over the past year I have been doing two private Exchanges with dear Cath at the Stitching Chicken and dear Pirjo in Finland. I have had such a wonderful time stitching and putting together all the packages for both of them. They have both gave me the most wonderful stitched pieces and so many bits and pieces to add to my stash but best of all I now have two wonderful new friends. These are the pictures of our final Exchange packages.

The lady-bird pillow and goodies were from myself to Cath.

Cath sent me this wonderful selection off goodies, the little hanging cupcake is so cute and my stitched cube is gorgeous. I just love how Cath has finished this.

Pirjo really spoiled me as well with so many wonderful pieces. I can;t wait to stitch the cute sheep kit and I just have to find a use for the sheep ribbon. My cute little chick pin-keep is so sweet and the two little hanging birds are just adorable.

The two little pillows and bits and bobs was the package I sent to Pirjo.

Last but not least these are the sent and received packages from the Spring/Easter Exchange that I organised. My partner Vicky sent me such a wonderful package. I can;t thank her enough she put so much thought in care into stitching me a purply sheep pillow, lilac evenweave, cute sheepy stitching chart, beautiful needlminder and a darling curly Sheep ornie that I named Vicky and has now joined my flock the ones I have in my in header picture. The whole Exchange was a great success and I;ve now set up a blog for more Exchanges The latest is a Summer Tea-party/Picnic Exchange sign-ups are open until next Wednesday.

Spring/Easter Exchange from Vicky.

My package for Vicky. I really enjoyed stitching the bunny and I was happy with my pillow finish.

Well I hope you have enjoyed catching up with me and even though I haven;t been around much I am delighted to see I have some new followers. I can;t believe I may hit the 200 mark soon. Thank you to each and everyone of you who read my ramblings and take the time to comment it really brightens my day. Hugs!


Myra said...

You look like you were all having a great time at your tea party. Loved your mom's outfit! Man, you really hit the jackpot on your exchanges and the things your received are fabulous too. I am glad your like your little sheep bag. :o) So good to have you back and feeling better.

Catherine said...

What fun you had watching the Royal Wedding - your mom looks great! I love your Homespun Elegance sheep! What great exchanges, both given and recieved - enjoy them all!

Melanie said...

What a fun party!!! The wedding was so early here, I watched it in bed. Comfy but hardly a party. lol
Great great stitches!!! :)

Stitching Noni said...

Good to hear that you starting to feel a bit more yourself again :-)

Wasn't the wedding lovely! It was on at 6pm in Australia so we toasted the happy couple with pizza and a glass or two of wine!!! Good way to spend a Friday night!

I loved your Mum's outfit - good on you all for getting into the spirit of the day!

Lucky old you getting such beautiful exchanges pressies.... your exchange partners will be very happy too with what you sent them - your stitching is fabulous!

Barb said...

Lovely post Lainey, what beautiful wedding that was and your little party looked fun too. Super exchange bits and bobs no wonder you were really pleased.
Looking forward to next one.
So good to have you back sweetie.

Cath said...

So glad you're feeling better . Your mum looks fab , seems like to had a great time with the girls .
Looking forward to the next exchange.XXX

Annie said...

Welcome back to Bloggerville. That looks like a fabulous wedding celebration of your own, complete with matching hats!

Really fun looking at all this great stitchy stuff. Especially like that Homespun Elegance piece.

Sally said...

It's lovely to see you back Lainey. I've missed your posts.

Your Royal Wedding celebration looked so much fun!

You've been doing some lovely stitching and you've received some super exchanges.

Carol said...

So good to see your newsy post--so many goodies to share with us, too :) I do love the HE piece--I have several of those pieces from the Delivering series and just love them all...

And I love the photo of you all dressed for the Royal Wedding. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it from the comfort of my bed (it started at 4 AM here in the eastern U.S.!)... Britain sure knows how to throw a great party!!

staci said...

Your Wedding party looks very festive and fun!

Wow Lainey, your fingers have been busy! Fabulous exchanges both sent and received!!!

Annette said...

Your back and how!!!!
Ow I loved wtching the wedding.. loved her dress... I tought he little sister Pippa looks as beautifull as she did..
Hihi funny pics of you and
What a great pics all of the exchange and your stitching pieces... you make really such beautifull things..
Keep up the good work.. Love to see more off your work!!

Anne Marieke said...

That wedding was something else. Looks like you enjoyed yourselves! Love all the outfits.

Your exchanges are beautiful and so is your sheepy design.

Hope you are feeling better now.

Cheryl said...

LOL thats a great picture of your mum all dressed up for the wedding. Brilliant. I had a tea party as well, was good fun
Loving all these stitchy pictures

♥ Nia said...

Welcome back sweetie :)
You had your own wedding party! hahahah I love watching everyone with their hats, so english fashionable! :D hehehe Your mum entered with great style :D
I didn't watch the whole thing but I had to see the bride's dress ;) Absolutely lovely! a beautiful princess like in any fairytale =)

Lynn said...

What a great idea having a tea party to celebrate! I had to wait until after work before I could watch the wedding.
Your exchanges are all wonderful but I really love the Homespun Elegance piece.

Lois said...

Good to see you posting and what a lovely, newsy post it is too!!! Great exchange pieces and I do love your HE piece. Great pics of the tea party, don't you all look lovely in your finery!!

Giovanna said...

Very nice finishes, and the BBD is absolutely gorgeous!

Edit said...

So many beautiful stitches you have sent and received. I enjoyed very much looking all of them and the nice little presents that you sent/received together with them. It is always a very special feeling to receive stitched presents, at least for me.

It looks you had a really nice time celebrating the royal wedding :) As we did not had a free day I could not follow it live, but saw the highlights on internet and TV later in the evening. It was really beautiful.

Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness! I bet your postman is always intrigued by all the packages coming to your house. Lovely stuff, sent and received!

We loved watching the royal wedding. I love your mother's outfit--she looks like she is so much fun!

Suzanne said...

Wow, what wonderful exchanges you sent and received.

What a great time it looks like you had. How nice to get all dressed up like that.

Fiona said...

All your exchanges look great. It looks like you had a lot of fun at your tea party. Unfortunately, the Council I work for didn't give us the day of the wedding off, so I had to work and I only managed to see about 5 mins of the wedding, when Kate arrived at the church. At least I saw the dress.

Mylene said...

Great to see your post, Elaine.
Did watch the wedding and what fun you have had too.

WOW! What wonderful exchanges, both sent and received.

Anne said...

Wow! Lots of adorable exchanges! Loooove the ladybug pillows! I had a great time watching the wedding too. My favourite part was when William sped away with Kate in his car.

Brigitte said...

This is definiteyl a great post showing so much pretty exchange stitching and so many lovely goodies having been sent with the exchanges. And this Royal Wedding Tea Party looks great as well. It must have been a very entertaining afternoon.