Monday, November 26, 2007

Travelling Trunk Show at Dragonfly Dreams

I thought I'd show you the beautiful basket of flowers I received last week from one of my sons future in-laws. The flowers are absolutely beautiful and contains roses, lillies and proteas. They sent them to me to let me know that they were thinking of me and also it was my birthday.

I went to visit my friend Karen and her shop Dragonfly Dreams this morning. She currently has a travelling trunk show from The Gift of Stitching.

I quite enjoy this unique magazine and look forward to each issue. Apparently these beautiful ornaments are in the next issue. There are some lovely things coming in it. All I can say is that its a great pity that I don't have enough room in my house for a Christmas tree. Although there are one or two that I might do when my next issue arrives.

This case contains a collection of my favourite projects out of the magazine. I have always thought that the magazine had lovely projects but its not until you actually see them that you realize how beautiful they really are. I love the needlework basket and the sampler needlebook.

If you travel up to Katoomba over the next few weeks call in at Dragonfly Dreams and have a look at them. They are quite amazing. I think they are up here for about 3 weeks.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Token and Inspiration from Victoria.

I'm sorry that I haven't blogged over the last few days as our modem died and I had to wait for a replacement to be sent to us.

Well I finished the Token. She is quite beautiful. I am quite pleased with her and more importantly Karen is absolutely thrilled with it. Its currently away being framed so she will be displaying it in Dragonfly Dreams when it is returned to her.

I am now currently working on Margaret Gibson from Scarlet Letter. She is beautiful. I love working on very fine linen and this satisfies this love. I haven't done that much but she is currently coming along nicely.
I have another love. I love making and designing jewelery for myself and my sister and future DIL. I saw this collection of jewelery in my favorite magazine, Victoria. (Welcome back I have missed you). When I saw this the creative juices started to flow as I have a very old medallion that belonged to my great uncle who died in 1916 in the battle of the Somme aged 20. I usually wear this on a gold chain on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day. I is my way of remembering my Grandfathers brother.

I had a string of freshwater pearls that I had made into another necklace that I wasn't wearing so I converted it into the one below. I'm quite happy with it and I think I will get alot of wear out of it.
I thought I'd show you these 2 necklaces that are very special to me. I also love cameos. The large cameo belonged to my Mum and she gave it to me a few years ago. I love wearing it on the pearls as it reminds me of her. The smaller cameo was a present from my Sister. Both cameos came from Italy and I find that since I have added the pearls I wear them more often.
This one I have posted before. I made this as a 21st birthday present for my future DIL. It is very beautiful. It is made out of freshwater pearls, coin pearls, crystal hearts and silver findings.
I buy all my pearls and jewelery making supplies from my friend Karen's beautiful shop Dragonfly Dreams.

I'd like to say thank you to all the lovely people who leave their beautiful comments on my blog. You don't know how much they mean to me. Its nice to know that people are appreciating the things that you do. I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Charity and WIP

This sampler is called Charity and is another CrossN"Patch Sampler that I did a few years ago. Actually I have done this one twice. One of my SIL's has it. I have done about 5 of these samplers but this is the only one that I have. I love this because of all the different stitches in it. It is also the one that I learnt to do hardanger on.
I love the saying that this one has. "Random Acts of Kindness" and the Queen stitches among the word charity.
This is the progress on Karen's "The Token". It is now moving along and hopefully will be finished in the next few days. Its a pity that I have to do housework as I would definitely be finished. I think I only have one or two medium size motifs to finish along with a couple of small ones.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thank You

I would just like to say a big thank you for all the support and comfort that I have been receiving.

Its nice to know that I have so many friends around the world in the stitching fraternity. My Mum was very special to me. Over the years we have nearly lost her on a couple of occasions but she was a lady with very strong will power and got through a lot of illnesses that were thrown her way. She used to set her self goals such the Sydney Olympics or seeing my sons grow up. All of which she met. When I get upset I just tell myself that its ok, that she is no longer in any pain and is at peace. This is a great comfort for my family.

Also over the years when something like this happens to me I find that I turn to my needlework. Some of the work that I have already posted have special meaning to me.

Anyway, thank you all from the bottom of my heart - Sandra.