Sunday, June 07, 2009

So much to blog about... again!!!

Yet again I have so much to blog about and I'll probably not get it all on one post! So, I'll try to be brief.

First up, here is my Dad's progress on my "I am Half Sick of Shadows" piece:


He is steaming ahead with this and I am so so pleased as I was never going to get very far with it with so much other commitment stitching going on.

Lisa V got her Birthday Exchange from me from the SBBC. I stitched her the alphabet from the Thank You Mary Tobias booklet from Blackbird Designs. I used a Threadworx thread and stitched it on 40 count newcastle linen. I used two contrasting ribbons around the edge and made a bow thingy at the top. This was a little fiddly but I got there in the end.



And some of the extras I sent... I also sent some chocs and drinks but didnt picture these:


It was my birthday last week and I got my own birthday exchange through from the SBBC from Tracy N from New Zealand. She stitched me a sweet little biscornu. I seriously have to get a big basket for all these as they are starting to add up now. She sent me some lovely goodies too so if you're reading Tracy N, Thank you very much:

Birthday exchange from Tracy from New Zealand

And my super bud Tracy D sent me this gorgeous parcel through the post. You know me too well dearie:

Birthday parcel from Tracy D

and a close up of the fold up:

Close up of stitched piece from Tracy D

I was so excited opening this parecel. I love everything in it. Thanks hun.

Just spent the last few days down in Wales and now having to do an awful lot of catch up.

Still not got round to photographing the crochet squares!



Tracy Dixon said...

Fab goodies hun and your dad's progress is just stunning, hope you had a great birthday xx

Chris said...

Hi Hazel,

What lovely gifts you've received and some super stitching.
And your Dad's is gorgeous.. Hope you enjoyed the whole day

Happy Stitching and every blessing

Chris x

Kellie said...

Your Dad stitches? That is fantastic! The gifts you received for your birthday are lovely.
Have a good week!

Lisa V said...

Thanks Hazel, I loved my birthday package, I'll be starting on Rabbit Run when I have finished my Hunt Sampler.

mainely stitching said...

Oh, Hazel! Everything is so beautiful that it's hard to settle down on what to write! Your dad's progress is incredible - I've always loved this project, but it's way out of my league. And the stitching you've sent out is so beautiful. I love Sarah Tobias! :D Wishing you well!!

Lennu said...

Oh Hazel, happy belated birthday! I hope your day was wonderful. You've received and sent beautiful gifts. Your dad's progress is amazing.

Angela said...

Great progress on the HAED.

Some fabulous gifts and exchanges.

Love the bow you did for yours I might try and copy that.

Deb said...

WoooHooo! Hazel, what awesome things you received for your birthday. And, what a gorgeous exchange gift you made, too. Happy belated birthday, Sweetie. I'll have to remember you're a June bug like Barbara and me for next year! Hugs, Deb

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Hazel!

Love the pressies you received and the exchanges both sent and received are gorgeous.

Your Dad is making amazing progress!

Hazel said...

It's not a HAED design. ;-)

Jan said...

Hazel, wow on the HAED your father is working on! Isn't it funny the men that stitch these days? I love it! My son does and he loves really detailed ones, such as this! He is always teasing me that most everything I stitch has the alphabet in it (ie samplers)! LOL

Lots of neat birthday goodies and special gifts!!

Loraine said...

Hi Hazel,

It's fun to see your Dad's stitches on here! Love that piece, for sure.

Many fun gifts you are giving and receiving. Thanks for sharing.

zetor said...

Lovely goodies there! Enjoy!

Julie said...

Belated Birthday wishes

Gorgeous gifts received and i love the exch gift you made, the ribbon looks wonderful

Nice new looks to the blog too

Well done Dad, its looking amazing

Kathy said...

Happy belated Birthday! It seems that some of the BEST people are June babies! (Me too. LOL)
What gorgeous gifts you got. And your Dad's stitching is fabulous.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Happy belated birthday - you had some fabulous gifts.

Well done to you dad that looks great.

BTW the chickpea cake is amazing and the recipe has been shared amongst many - thanks :)

Olga said...

Your dad made such a good progress on the piece.Your birthday gifts are wonderful!

Cheryl said...

Happy belated birthday Hazel! I hope you had a lovely day xx

Carla said...

Happy belated birthday, Hazel!!!
Your dad is doing a wonderful job on your piece!!
The birthday gift you sent and received are all wonderful!!

Patricia Lessell said...

Your dads' progress is a---maz---ingly gorgeous. Hope you had a great birthday and I love all your goodies and what you stitched too. I will stitch that Sarah Tobias pinkeep because it is just gorgeous. Lots of Love Patti xxx

Siobhán said...

Wow! First, happy belated birthday! You were showered with goodies. The exchange pieces are lovely. Your dad's progress is just incredible!

Lynn B said...

Hi Hazel

This is my first visit to your blog today and a lovely blog it is too! I see you are a fan of the Lake District and you spent your anniversary there, funnily enough we did too!
Thanks for the tip about the shop in the Lake District I will go there next time I visit!

Karan said...

Wow, gorgeous goodies both sent & received. Your Dad's progress is amazing -love that piece. Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to you. :0)

Louise said...

Happy birthday to you Hazel!!
Louise xo

Karen said...

great exchanges all the way around.

great pinkeep you made, love the 2 ribbons together.

Maren said...

Oh my heavens! Those are some beautiful, beautiful gifts! Both given and received. Your work on that alphabet exchange is breathtaking! LOL, how in the world did you get your dad to cross stitch? He's doing a great job, but I just can't imagine any of the men in my life working with needle and thread.

Elisa said...

Wow what a fantastic array of goodies...lucky you!!

stitcherw said...

Your dad is doing wonderfully on Shadows, it's gorgeous. I love the Mary Tobias piece you did too, very pretty. What lovely gifts you received, they would have been a joy to open.

Carmen said...

beuatiful gifts.
the stitching of your dad, is wonderful!