Monday, 5 December 2011

better late than never...

Now that the silly season has started it is getting harder to find time to do what I want but there are ways of working it if you try...
I have nearly managed to finish my gingerbread candle mats, just a little more binding to sew down on one of them... I remembered I had these lovely little candles in the cupboard and thought they would look gorgeous for a pic.. I have had them for about 30 years, just so cute I think..

Sunday I had to accompany DH to his shooting club Christmas shoot, sounds exciting doesn't it? Not many, in fact not one, of the other wives went so it was a perfect opportunity to do some stitching in the car (the weather was cold and drizzly). I would say it was quiet stitching time but at a shooting range there isn't much chance of quiet.
My progress on Rosalie Quinlan's new stitchery..

I have changed the colour of the thread as I wanted a more antique pink.
I also took my Christmas Wreath to be framed. It will be ready next week and should look fabulous. I was going to gift it but after the cost of framing I think I will be keeping it for myself. Then I will just need to find a place for it?
Here is a pic of the stitching for my Down in the garden block 3. I haven't pieced it together yet but it is all stitched..

This morning while I was downloading my photos the 'parcel postie' arrived with a wonderful package from the lovely Carine from Belgium! We have been exchanging patterns and emails for a little while, and she sent me these treasures and some patterns to keep me busy....
A lovely heart and pin cushion. I love the little girl and the terrier picture, just perfect!

Here is a close up with my crooked finger in it for size reference. These little owls are just adorable. It will make a wonderful addition to my pincushions. Thanks so much Carine!!!

there we go, I think I am all caught up with show and tell of what's been happening here.
Hope you have a great week!
Happy stitching.
marina



20 comments:

Fiona said...

more awesome stitching... i like the pink you have chosen and glad you are going to keep the wreath ... it is so lovely.... very cute candles - I also have a couple of favourites.. which I can't find!!!! and that owl pincushion... oh just too awesome..
Hugz

Quiltjane said...

Beautiful stittcheries and that is the most gorgeous pin cushion.

Narelle said...

Those gingerbread candles are so sweet and go very well with your lovely candle mats. Shall I pop them down for '1 Xmas Item'?
You'd need nerves of steel to stitch at a gun club :)
The owl pincushion is adorable and gosh those owls are tiny!

Nicky said...

You have been a busy stitchy person! Cute pincushion - must have taken some time to make!

Sheila said...

Marina , you do lovely stitching , just beautiful, the gingerbread candle mats are adorable . Love your new pincushion just so cute .

shez said...

such beautiful stitching you have done and kove that owl pin cushion

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Oh you need a reward for being wife of the year. Love the stitching you have been working on. Gosh those owls on the pincushion are so damn cute.
happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Yvette said...

Lot's of gorgeous eye candy going on here. You know how much I love seeing your Down in the Garden blocks. I look forward to working on mine next year.

Janet said...

So many lovely things. Your gingerbread mats are wonderful. And the pincushion is sooo cute!

carine said...

hello Marina, You're doing such a nice sticheries , I love them very much! I'm pleased you like the gifts I've send you . Hugs and Friendship romBruges Carine-patchworkstar.blogspot;com

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely stitching as always Marina and your owlie pin cushion is too cute.

teresa said...

Love your stitching Marina... really lovely. Those gingerbread mats are just gorgeous. The pincushion is the cutest thing I've seen.... OMG xx

Lib said...

What a cute pincushion, I just love it!

Serenata said...

Gosh Marina, such beautiful work, the gingerbread candle mats and the candles are wonderful. So much loveliness in this post.

Aunty Bee said...

Your stitching is just amazing, I love the Rosalie Quinlan's stitchery. I think a few hours stitching at the Gun Club sounds noisy but perfect, hope they bought you a cuppa tea.

Stitchin' time said...

I admire other people's stitcheries as I'm too impatient to do them myself. Love your Down in the garden block.
Adore the owl pincushion Carine sent you and would love to know how she assembled those dear little owls. Love the details with the wings etc.
Cheers,
Robyn

Val said...

Your stitcheries are looking good. The candles are cute. The owl pincushion is amazing. What a sewing feat!

Elyte said...

Lovely work Marina. That pincushion is so cute. What a hoot!
I did get to GJs last Friday and exercised the credit card. I did get a Xmas present for myself too.
Got a bit busy with work again. I have to learn to expect the unexpected.
Those owls are really very cute.

Mistea said...

Lots of pretties as always.
Love the candle mats and your new stitching looks fabulous in that gorgeous colour.
Beautiful little owlie pincushion - I like how there are lots of friends hanging out there.
Enjoy your wreath - I guess mine will be for next year?

Carrie P. said...

You have been busy. Love everything you are working on.
That owl pin cushion is so cute. I would definitely have that out where I could see it all the time.