Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bits n Bobs

Here's some bits and pieces that I've been working on this week. Before I do that I just want to show you this gorgeous exchange I got through today from Becky K. It is for the BBD exchange that got cancelled. I sent my exchange off to Su (thanks for all your lovely comments on that one) and I wasn't sure I was going to get anything back. But look at this lovely....

BBD exchange from Becky K!

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The design is from Thank You Sarah Tobias and I just love the backing fabric! Thank you so much Becky this really cheered me up. I am home alone at the moment with DH away so this brightened up my wintery day! I love the extras too. I have already used the cream (my hands are getting dry, esp my fingers) and I gave my own needleminder away so it is lovely to get one as a gift. Great pins too.

A while ago, Angela sent me a recipe for a yummy looking cake she had made and shown on her blog so this weekend I finally got round to making it and it was a huge HUGE success! Thank you Angela for this lovely recipe. Get ready to drool.

Malteser and chocolate cake courtesy of Nigella Lawson. I'm going to go and get the book now...

Malteser Cake

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My dd decorated the top! Hasn't she done a great job?

I have stitched up my first christmas ornament fromthe PS Book Cranberry Christmas:

PS Cranberry Christmas - jan 09

I am using 4210 and 319 on Brittany evenweave fabric 28 count which is lovely to stitch on. I am going to wait to make these up as I want them all to be the same shape/size etc. I have soem holly green felt but as yet I am waiting on some pinking shears.

Barbara - I said it was six sides - it is indeed eight sides - doh!

And lastly here is Teresa Wentzler's beginners whitework ornament which is hard to see in the picture but it really is beautiful. The stitches are all speciality stitches and so so easy to do. Don't be put off by it. It is a free design and can be found on her website. I used weeks dye works in Cherry Vanilla and used antique glass beads:

Teresa Wentzler Beginners Whitework

Happy stitching everyone,

xx

32 comments:

Angela said...

The cake looks great.

Lovely stitching both by yourself and your exchange partner.

Kathy A. said...

That is a lovely stitch from Becky.
That cake is just too die for. I love Maltesers!
Congrats on your ornaments - very nice work

Sam said...

Mmmm, that cake looks good! Beautiful stitching too Hazel :o)

Siobhan said...

Lovely stitching, both on your ornaments and by your exchange partner! That cake looks yummy. My best friend used to spend every August visiting her grandparents in Wales, and would bring me back Maltesers. Now I always think of Sian when I see them, and love having easy access to them, living in Ireland! ;)

Mylene said...

Hmmmmm, that cake looks delicious!!

Great exchange received and your piece for the ornament SAL looks wonderful!

KarenV said...

Lovely exchanges! That cake looks gorgeous - mmmm!

Annemarie said...

All your pictures made my mouth water, even the non-foody ones. Or should I say *especially* the non-foody ones? Great gift from Becky, and your ornaments are stunning!

Suzanne said...

Mmmm, yummy looking cake! I love the exchange you received from Becky, the backing fabric is gorgeous. Your TW whitework piece is beautiful, I love the colours you chose. Which reminds me I really HAVE to finish mine that I have been working on forever.

Robin said...

I LOVE the TW design! I am heading to her site now to get that one! Beautiful job!

Sara said...

Your whitework ornie turned out great, I knew you could do it! :)

Cindy F. said...

Love the piece from Becky! Great exchange!
Beautiful whitework ornie:)
and that cake looks YUMMY!!

mainely stitching said...

I swear I gained 10 pounds just looking at that cake.

WONDERFUL exchange from BeckyK!!!

Sally said...

What a lovely exchange piece from Becky.

Lovely ornament. I love the colours in it. Also love your TW ornament.

Ooh that cake looks so yummy! I could just eat a piece!

Sally said...

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Aussie Stitcher said...

That cake looks scrumptious!! Happy first birthday to Elijah, he is so cute, love those big blue eyes.

Jen said...

The exchange is so pretty. And I love your blog. Your stitching is so pretty. The cake looks so yummy.

DovilÄ— said...

great exchange, beautiful.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a cake. I'd like to taste a piece right now. I've never had Maltesers but they look so yummy ...

I have seen Becky's little pillow on her blog. It's a real beauty. And also ob my list to stitch this year.

Beatrice said...

What a lovely exchange from Becky.
Wow that cake looks so good ...yummy!
Nice stitching as well on that pretty ornament!

dany said...

Beautiful exchange !
Merci de ta visite

nutmegg said...

I have just visited your blog...that cake looks soooo good and I love your stitching very nice.

staci said...

All your bits and bobs look wonderful...but that cake has me drooling, lol!!!

stitcherw said...

What a lovely exchange, and the cake looks delicious. I'm totally in the snack mood now, LOL. Cute ornament finish, and the whitework piece turned out beautiful.
Sue

Kajsa said...

What a wonderful package! Lovely stitching finishes by yourself too.

That cake looks yummy, I love maltesers.

Julie said...

YUMMY cake .... is there any left LOL

A lovely exch gift, nice ornie and whitework too (its been in my to do pile for so long!)

Wendy said...

Your cake looks scrumptious! All your needlework looks so lovely - as usual!!

Tracy said...

I'm glad you got your BBD exchange, mmm cake and I can confirm you make lovely cake, I love the little TW I've printed it out to try Cherry Vanilla sounds good enough to eat

Karan said...

Enjoyed my catch up - you've been very busy. Love the face painting (could start your own business!) & so many beautiful pieces - definitely brightened up a dull day. :0)

Lynn B said...

Hazel this is delightful!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Your daughter did a great job on decorating the cake. Ahhhh...
I love your TW ornie, lovely!

Dawn B. said...

HiYa back at ya. Love the stitching and the gift as well.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Love those little partridge pieces, Hazel. They're going to be darling. Becky's exchange was sweet. And, your TW pincushion is especially beautiful. It's fun to do those textured and beaded stitches, isn't it!? Hugs, Deb
PS: No cake for me...but I can dream, can't I? :]