30 March 2012

Liebster Award

Leibster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Leibster is awarded by bloggers to other new (and not so new) bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers., to help spread the word and help the new talented bloggers gain wider recognition.
The Leibster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy:
  • Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.
  • Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  • Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.
  • Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.
I've been presented this award by Chris. Thank you!
And without any further ado, my nominees are:
I've purposely picked stitchers who are new to blogging. Let's all head over and give them each a warm welcome to the blogging world :)
As for the random facts, I'm a pretty boring person but you might find these interesting.
  • I've lived in Melbourne, Australia for a year when I was 20. Love that city and I hope to return for a visit someday.
  • I've never seen real snow in my life. Living in a tropical country, how could I? Plus it never snowed in Melbourne while I was there.
  • I have a Full Driver Licence but I've not driven a car since I accidentally clipped the curb, damaging my friend's tyre cap while driving her car a few months after getting my Probation Driver Licence. Whoops!
  • I'm allergic to Aspirin and certain painkillers (probably NSAIDs). The first time I took Aspirin, my eyes were swollen as big as dinner plates. Not fun, I tell ya, not fun at all!
  • My absolute favourite dish is the Sambal Belacan Petai. Petai or Parkia beans are not something many people enjoy. Definitely an acquired taste.
I'm feeling much better now. Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes.
Happy Stitching!

22 March 2012


I fell sick couple of weekends ago with flu, cough and headache so even though I took Monday and Tuesday off last week, little stitching was done. In fact, I'm still coping with a right nasty cough :(
Last weekend was IHSW for March. I managed to put a few more stitches in Stargazer. Truth be told, I could hardly bear to put her down. She's so much fun to stitch. Here's how she looks now.
Finished all the ribbons on her dress. More progress would have been made had there been less need to keep changing floss colours. Looking forward to work on her dress now.
Once again, it's time for TUSAL. For once, I'm right on time.
In the background are my much neglected books in my TBR (to-be-read) pile. As you can see, I'm a huge J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts fan. I think Roarke of the in Death series is the most scrumptious male character ever created.
Anyway, I digress. Back to stitching related matters, I've aquired a new SAL partner for my Magic Garden Sampler. Woohoo! Gillie has offered to join me as she has this design in her WiP list too. Now I'm no longer stitching alone. Yays! Now to find time to get to it. I doubt Stella would be happy if I leave her now :P
Happy Stitching!

11 March 2012

March WiPocalypse

It's full moon again. Time for another WiPocalypse update. I could have sworn we just had one.
I've been stitching Stella. Made some progress on her which I'm rather happy with.
Then I had to put her down because my Magic Garden Sampler SAL partner, June (no blog), emailed me with a photo of her finish.
Whoops! I've not touched my Magic Garden Sampler since my last update so I scrambled to put some stitches into it. I guess I'll be stitching this piece alone now.
Here's my rather pitiful progress.
Hopefully I'll have more to share in my next WiPocalypse post.
Happy Stitching!

06 March 2012

An Exchange & A Gift

Last week, I received my Friendship Bag from Margaret (no blog). It arrived neatly wrapped in layers of paper and plastic. I'm not kidding when I said layers :P After opening the envelope, this pretty package presented itself.
After impatiently tearing through that and more, I managed to hold the bag in my hot, little hands.
These are the stash it contained, once more nicely wrapped.
I swear, either Margaret must be torturing me or testing my patience, which I failed miserably. LOL! Finally, finally, here's the exchange in its entirety.
There were pins, buttons, needles, threads, bobbin and lace, quilting fabric and tools. I was in stash heaven. Not to mention this beautiful bag. I really love the red floral fabric and linen combination. And you wonder why I couldn't wait to open the package ^.^
Margaret told me this is the third bag she had made before she deemed it acceptable for the exchange. Can you imagine the effort that went into it? I'm so touched.
She has attached a note on the bag indicating which fabrics were used in case I would like to buy some. How thoughtful.
Thank you so much, Margaret. I'll always treasure this bag.
On another note, I've been remiss in showing off the package I received from Kaye some time ago. I had won the giveaway she offered on her blog back in December. It contained a lovely MarBek kit, a beautiful hummingbirds and flowers card and a keychain from Hawaii. How cool is that?
Thank you again, Kaye. I look forward to stitching this design.
By the way, regarding the 6 Fat Man SAL I mentioned that was supposed to start in March, Kati and I have decided to postpone it to April. This will give everyone more time to gather their materials.
The official start date of the SAL is 9 April 2012. We'll be stitching it only on Mondays. For more information and to sign up, Kati has created a special page on her blog here.
I've already receive my fabric from Picture This Plus. I'll be stitching it on Tarnish Belfast. Here's my very messy floss toss:
Do join us. Hazel, Cathey, Shanda, DJ and Tammy, you ladies still interested? Any more of you want to join? You're certainly welcome. The more the merrier.
Happy Stitching!