Sunday, 17 July 2011

Some finishes!

First of all let me thank all those "chanters" out there for sending me some sunshine this week. Sadly though it didn;t last long and we have had more heavy rain and right now there is a thunder storm that wants to join in. I haven;t stepped out the door all week-end but have put my time to good use with some stitching and finishing.

On Saturday I wanted something small to stitch that I didn;t need to concentrate too hard on as  I had parked myself in front off the tv to watch the British Open Golf tournament.  I found this perfect little chart in my stash and was delighted that I managed to get it stitched and finished all in the one day. I won this chart in a give-away so I would like to pass it on to someone now. Just leave me a comment on this post and if there is more than one person I will draw a name.

My dear friend Colleen celebrated her Birthday last week. This is the little package off goodies I sent her. Like me she loves Sheep so I couldn;t resist making this one for her. I was so thrilled how this finish turned out I just love the sheepy ribbon. I really wanted to keep it for myself.

Finally though I do think these have turned out quite pretty I am glad they are finished. Stitching the same chart twice within a few weeks gives me no joy and as usual I got another chapter for my "how not to finish" book. They had to be ready to hand over to my Mum this week-end and I was quite anxious as I was still stitching them Friday morning and the finishing cubes didn;t arrive until the afternoon. My DD gave me a hand to put them together. We did the lemon one first and as Heather was doing the bow I started on the pink one. As I went to put on the fabric I realised that I had used pink fabric around the lemon one. Thankfully as its mostly pins and a little glue we managed to quickly swap them around. We then got the pink one complete. I was pleased with how they looked and Heather was well chuffed on what a great job she had did on the bows. We were sitting at the kitchen table admiring our work when DH arrived home. He is leaning on the kitchen work-top chatting to us and then he starts laughing. He said did you realise one of the girls had the surname Murpy and the other is Murphy. I couldn;t possible post my reply. Once again the same cube as before had to be pulled apart and sorted. I was so relieved when they were finally finished and handed over. If anyone spots any other mistakes ....NO COMMENT!
Until next time when I shall have a new start or maybe even another finish. Happy Stitching!


Beth said...

Some stitches are tougher than others that's for sure and your cubes sure tested your patiences! I am glad the weather has been a bit better (for a bit) - we've had rain all weekend!

Erna said...

Wow Lainey those finishes are gorgeous, love the twin ones, and as for Ian just wait till I'm over
Er xx

staci said...

Your finishes turned out wonderfully...I especially love the gift for your friend!

Hoping you get sunshine soon!

Annette said...

Ow my goodness what a beautifull pieces you made... I love the .... all of them..hihi.
The cube's.... ( I can't see any mistake....) love them
It's good that DH saw the mistake... so you could re-make it!!!

shutterbug (Elaine) said...

Wonderful finishes! And all the problems you had with the twin cubes....and you wonder why I don't have more of my stitching finished! I love the stitching, hate most of the finishing. :) I really love the sheep one especially with the sheep ribbon, too cute! I love how you display your things for pics too. :) Please throw my name in the hat for Ready Set Snow. Cute chart. :)
Hugs, Elaine

Teresa said...

Love the soft and sweet piece. Why do we always make mistakes on the pieces we need to get out on a deadline. I am sure you are glad they are done.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Annie said...

Super cute finishes. The cubes were really worth the effort.. they are especially adorable.

Lesleyanne said...

Love all your finishes they are simply gorgeous.

butterfly said...

Well done elaine love the cubes, like you i never enjoy stitching the same thing twice.
Please put my name in for the cute chart Ready set snow, lovely finish.

Maggie said...

Lovely stitching and finishing Elaine :-) Good job DH noticed the name and you were able to put it right!

I owe you a catch up email and i will get around to it this week, last week was not a very good week for me, hopefully this coming week i can get my at together!

Take care x

Courtney said...

those twin cubes are GORGEOUS!! I love the colors you picked out!! I stitched the same thing for twins once...but I didn't change the colors...luckily the next set of twins I get to stitch for is one boy and one girl, so I have two different charts picked (Brooke's Books boy and girl birth samplers)! Well done on your finishes - they turned out great!!

Friendship Crossing said...

Hi Lainey,
Love your sweet sheep pillow! and those cubes turned out adorable! You did a great job on them.
I would love a chance to 'win' the Pine Mt. chart~ love her designs.

Now I can finally work on the stitching piece for you that I started last wk. for our exchange. Making b'day gifts are over for the moment, ha.

Need you to STILL send me your addie so I can send your box out soon!


Lee said...

Wonderful stitching and great finishing!

Colleen said...

Oh Lainey, Thank you soooo much for the beautiful sheep, pillow you stitched for my birthday. I love it & the sheep ribbon. Never seen it before. Love, love all the things Scotland. Thank you so much for the lovely birthday wishes you sent. You are a sweetheart.
Ian seems to be a very good editor; Murphy & Murpy. Glad he had a laugh, aye? Love the Baby cubes.
May the sun shine upon you, Lainey...maybe we need to do a 'sun dance.'

natalyK said...

Lainey, love your finishes. I would love a chance to win the chart. Thanks.

Catherine said...

Great finishes! Love the sheep piece!! Those cubes gave you a workout, but they look so sweet! Great job!

Giovanna said...

Some projects are just brats, determined to annoy... they turned out great though, and I just love your snow finish!

Lynn said...

Great finishes Elaine! I love the one with the sheep. I would love to be entered for a chance to win your chart. Thanks!

Gabi said...

Lovely finishes. Love all of them. Especially the sheep one.

Elisa said...

Wow some fabuloso finishes there....I would love to be entered into the drawing for the sheepy chart...perfect xx

Fiona said...

Lovely finishes. The sheep ribbon is just too cute. The cubes for the twins are gorgeous and well worth the hard work.

cuori e perline said...

Oh Elaine!
Lovely finishes!!!!!

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching well done - yes please include me in your draw xx

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love your finishes, especially the cubes !!

Lois said...

What great finishes! I was glued to the golf all weekend (so got lots of stitching done!!!). Do you think we might have a nice August?!?!?! Fingers crossed!

Carol said...

What a funny story about the Murpy-Murphy surnames, Elaine!! Better that your husband noticed before you gave the gifts rather than after!!

All of your stitching is so pretty--love that darling sheep themed gift package for Colleen :)

Sally said...

Gorgeous stitching Lainey but my favourite has to be the sheep you stitched for Colleen:) It is such a sweet piece.

Hope you get some much needed sunshine soon.

Siobhan said...

Your finishes are all wonderful!

Pumpkin said...

What a sweet finish! I've never seen this pattern before so would love to have my name included in the draw :o)

Your sheep ornie is adorable! That ribbon couldn't be more perfect.

I think you did a wonderful job with your cubes :o)

Lillie said...

Wished I could sent you sunshines from here, lots of it :)

Fabulous finishing for both Winter and Colleen's gift. The cubes looked fantastic too.

♥ Nia said...

We are having so much better weather this week! Summer decided to arrive, finally! :D I hope the same is happening over there ;)

Adorable finish!! congrats!! :)
Please, put my name too ;)

I love your cubes, sooooo pretty!! And I really know that because I have one =))))))))) thank you dear!!
I saved all my packages to open on my birthday morning and I started my day smiling BIG TIME!!!
First, your card is the cutest thing!!! I love it!! :D And the fabric cupcake is such a lovely idea =) I saw something similar on a magazine but I've never made it.. can't wait to do it too! Such a nice way to offer a piece of fabric :) lovely!!
And your cube.. let me tell you that it has a special place on my craft room :) It's beautiful to watch and so special because it will remind me of you everytime I look at it :D thank you for being my friend!!!
hugs&smiles, Nia :)

Wendy said...

I just LOVE those cubes !
do you have a tutorial on how to make them ?
or do you have it on your blog and I just mist it ?
could be verry much the case, my head is really all over the place at the moment, and not at all where it is suposed to be.

love the little chart to !

gazette94 said...

I love your blog and this little snowman is just pretty !