Monthly Archives: April 2008

Happy Summer!

Today is the first day of summer here in Iceland. I know, it is really weird to have the first day of summer this early in this part of the world, but hey, I don’t make the rules 😉 It is not very nice out there so I am not sure if me and the girls will be going out much today, but I do have a craving for going out for a short drive and maybe buy some ice cream or something. We will see what the day brings.

My friend Brenda sent me a package with fabrics and floss this week (I stitch for her in return and make her biscornus etc.) and this is what I got:

Stash From Brenda

WDW threads – White Lightning, Whiskey and Turkish Red
GAST threads – Copper, Buttercrunch and Sweet Petunia
32ct Belfast – Raw, Cafe Mocha and Country Mocha
Thanks Brenda, I love everything you send!

And here is my progress on ‘Quaker Christmas’ I absolutely love this piece! Here is my earlier update with the info about what threads/fabric I am using etc.

Quaker Christmas

I got sent my partner for the Pinkeep Exchange in my Icelandic stitching group and I have narrowed my choises down to two charts. Now I just need to decide which one to stitch and pick out some lovely threads and fabric. I have almost decided on the fabric, but I am still trying to decide what thread to use. I am leaning towards a beautiful silk from Vikky Clayton I just need to pull it out and see how it goes with the fabric I have in mind! Oh, I love picking threads and fabric for a new project!

ATTN! Judy and Barbie – I sent out your prizes yesterday. Please let me know when you get them!

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Faith – Finish!

I just got back home from another stitching night with my Icelandic stitching group. Thanks for the evening ladies, I had loads of fun!
I finished this while I was there, started it on Saturday evening.

Little House Needleworks - Faith

Little House Needleworks – Faith
28ct Gingham Natural/Cream Linen
Crescent Color threads

I really like how it turned out on this fabric. I wasn’t so sure about it when I started, but the more I stitched and the more colors I added the more I liked it. Well, it is getting late and I have to get up in the morning so I am heading to bed!

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And the winner is!

Since there were 118 (!!!) comments to my drawing, I decided against letting my daughter draw and decided to use random.org to find out who the winners would be!
Draw1

And the lucky numbers:
draw2

The winner, poster of comment # 105, of the Pinkeep is:
DrawPinkeepWinner

The winner, poster of comment #41, of the Biscornu is:
DrawBiscornuWinner

Congratulations ladies! I will e-mail you ASAP to get your mailing addresses so that I can put the items in the mail to you :o)

Thanks to everyone who participated. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the responses! I will definitelly do this again!

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Spring Spell Whimzi Finish.

Last night I went to a stitching night at my friends Rósa’s house. It was wonderful to meet the girls and I even saw two new faces! My stitching group, Allt í Kross, is a Yahoo group for Icelandic people interested in stitching. I do not accept foreign members, not because I don’t want to, but because I want to keep the group as it is, for Icelanders only. Not everyone is comfortable in writing in English and there are so many other groups out there for people who can and do speak English. It is nothing personal, believe me 🙂
Many of the members do quilting, crochet, scrap booking, knitting, and other crafts also, but the main focus of the group is stitching. All crafts are welcome though 🙂 We currently have 62 members that are all over Iceland, in Norway, Denmark and the US. The only things we have in common is that we are Icelandic and we like stitching 🙂 I love my group, it is such a friendly place and you can always turn to them for advise being stitching related or personal. I have gained so many good friends from it I don’t even know where to begin.

Back to last night. I took two projects with me and ended up starting and finishing up this little cutie!

Spring Spell

Spring Spell by Just Nan
Whimzi Limited Edition

Spring Spell
And I just had to get a close up of this cute little chick! Isn’t he adorable?

Now I want to get the rest of the seasons done. It was a fast and enjoyable stitch. Oh, speaking of Just Nan… I just got Barnabee’s Bride in the mail on Wednesday! It is so beautiful and I can’t wait to start stitching it! Aiste and Guðbjörg from my stitching group also got one each so we are probably going to meet up for an evening/a weekend and stitch and finish it up together. I can’t wait!

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Second Prize

Thank you all SO MUCH for the incredible reaction to my little drawing! Since there are SO many participants, I decided to add another prize to make things more fun. I made a cute little Bee Biscornu and this will be the other prize for the drawing. So there will be two winners!

Front: Bee Biscornu Front
Back: Bee Biscornu Back
Bee Biscornu Freebie
32ct Ice Blue Lugana
WDW Threads
Mill Hill ceramic buttons

The only way to enter is to comment on my previous post (direct link). The more the merrier! My daughter is feeling a little better but is not 100% yet. She got Scarlett Fever so she will have to take it easy over the weekend. Yeah, try telling that to a two and a half year old! LOL!

Thank you ALL for visiting my blog. I love to see that my visitors are from all over the world! Keep coming back and enjoy! I am off to my friend Rósa’s house for a stitching night! I plan on working on ‘Quaker Christmas’ if I am not to tired.

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Win a Pinkeep.

Since Spring is slowly but surely showing it’s face around, I decided to have a drawing here on my blog.
All you have to do is comment on this post with your name (and be sure to fill out the field with your e-mail addy so that if you don’t have a blog, I can contact you) and you will be put in the draw. I will have my daughter draw from the list of names on Monday April 21st so that leaves you a week to enter. There are no obligations! If your name is drawn, you will win this pinkeep, made by me. It is something I started and finished today while staying home with a very well behaved sick baby.

Buzzzz

Pattern: Buzzzz by Bent Creek
Threads: GAST, WDW and DMC
Buttons: from my stash
Fabric: 32ct Ice Blue Lugana
The fabric in the background is the backing fabric

Anyone can enter, you don’t have to be a stitcher and there are no obligations. This is only for fun 🙂 Maybe I will add something to the prize, who knows! Anyway, comment if you want to enter!

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Schoolgirl Lessons Finished!

I finished this one last night while watching Juno with my cousin Bjarki. If you haven’t seen Juno, it is worth seeing. I also watched Persepolis on Saturday and it was absolutely amazing! You should all watch it as soon as you can!

Schoolgirl Lessons - Finished

Pattern by Little House Needleworks
Fabric: Lakeside Linen 32ct Basketweave
Thread: NN #129 2 over 2

This was a really fun and fast stitch. I am pretty sure I will stitch this pattern again some day! Now I need to find a pattern for the Pinkeep exchange that is happening in my Icelandic Cross Stitch Group. I have some ideas, I just need to find the perfect pattern & fabric & threads!

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