03 November 2017

10 Years in the Making

Finally, my first happy dance since setting foot in Australia! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... drum roll...
Design: Love with A Capital L
Designer: Pappilon Creations 
Fabric: 32 count Zweigart's Vintage Country Mocha (marbled) Belfast Linen
Fibers: Hand Dyed Fibers silk (Flag II, Examplar BlueBerry Soup and Examplar Ox Blood)
Measuring 16"W x 27"H with a stitch count of 260 x 434, this is the largest piece I've stitched to date and looking back at my blog's history, it has taken me ten years to complete. Granted, I took a long hiatus in between but I digress.
So much has changed both in the stitching world and my personal life that it was a rather poignant moment when I put in the final stitch. I remember back then, forums were popular with stitchers and Google Reader was still around. Those were my main stitchy update resources. Nowadays, it's mainly Facebook and the occasional blog.
While we're still reminiscing, I realised that there are quite a few Mirabilia WiPs that I started in 2012 and 2013 that I've yet to show. Ah, that was quite a tumultuous period in my life and haphazardly starting new projects seemed like the best way to keep myself sane.
First, there's Touching the Autumn Sky on Crafty Kitten's Lavender Mist Opalescent Belfast.
This design reminds me of the times my mum took me to the playground when I was a little girl. I love the swings best. This will be a gift to her when completed, whenever that may be.
Then, there's Red on Sparklies' Winter Skies Opalescent Belfast.
Lastly, the first Mirabilia design I fell in love with... Mermaids of the Deep Blue on Crafty Kitten's Aurora Opalescent Cashel.
I believe I started this on 8 December 2013 as a birthday pressie to myself. I have to admit that the amount over over one skin is rather intimidating.
By the way, I'm sure most of you have seen the latest Mirabilia by now? It's been a while since I've been this excited over a new release. I've already ordered her and is impatiently awaiting her arrival. In the meantime, I've been playing with my fabric stash trying to find the perfect backdrop for her. I think I've found it... Miss Cherry Blossom on Polstitches Crocus Opalescent Belfast. What do you think?
Well, this ended up being a rather long post. Till next time, Happy Stitching!

06 August 2017

6 Years Later... Still A WiP

It’s been a while since I’ve cross stitched and even longer (six years, actually) since Capital L has seen the light of day. Finally, here is the latest (and final) WiP picture before I have a happy dance, hopefully before the end of the year.
Only the borders left now. Wish me luck!

14 April 2017

Teacup Pincushion Exchange Part 2

Yesterday, a beautiful, beautiful box arrived at my doorstep.
What d’ya know, it’s my pincushion exchange from Diane Merlock, all the way from the US of A.
I just love how dainty and delicate the teacup pincushion is, from the fine cross stitches to the queen stitches to the eyelets…
Not to mention the lovely antique teacup. According to Diane, the “Thomas R Germany” mark at the bottom indicates that it’s from 1953-1960.
The painted flowers on both the cup and saucer are exquisite. The saucer is also perfect for placing my scissors on while stitching.
The package came with some yummy variegated threads, an Erica Michaels’ cross stitch chart and a colouring book (not shown).
Thank you again, Diane, for the wonderful exchange!

06 April 2017

Teacup Pincushion Exchange Part 1

Three months ago, I joined an exchange organised by NNC. It's been so long since I've joined an exchange that I've forgotten how it works. Almost :P
My assigned send-to partner is Paul Lionel and the exchange is a teacup pincushion to be exact. Here's the box that greeted Paul when it arrived at his doorstep yesterday ^^
I decided to make a rose teacup pincushion that I modified from this Rose Coin Purse. The teacup and saucer are a matching set from the Bretagne line from Provincial Living.
I had purposely picked a green teacup and saucer as I feel it would resemble the sepals and leaves of a rose, thus better showcasing the rose pincushion. I really love the scallop detailing on the edges of both teacup and saucer.
Together with the rose teacup pincushion, I had added a box of Matilda's Own Flower Head Pins. After all, I didn't want the pincushion to be lonely without pins for company XD
In the package, I had also included some fabric buttons, charms, a box of green tea and variegated yarn from Lincraft (I absolutely love this Australian crafting store... So much goodies).
Made a simple card to accompany the package too. And that's it! Exchange completed. Happy that Paul is happy with it :D
Till next time, Happy Stitching! Now, back to my uni assignment. Sigh!