Monday, May 21, 2012

Marley, Paris and Sewing

Milly from Milly's Stitches kindly shared the link to this lovely design she just completed the other day on her blog. Thanks Milly! I've ordered it for myself.
You can read Milly's post on this little fellow over here:

It's from a cross stitch range called
"Sam and Peeps"
Here is the link if any of my Cavalier friends would like to give it a try.

It reminded me so much of Marley when he first came to live with us at 8 weeks old.
He was soooo cute!

See - he even sits like Sam from "Sam and Peeps".
As I have one little person here who is mad on mice I just had to order this design too.

Jasper caught in the act!
I've been wondering why the back of our lounge was always looking squished down when we got home from going out. I often leave the dogs in the outdoor room now if it looks like it's going to rain. Yesterday we caught Jasper sitting up here sunning himself.

Looking very comfy there Jasper.

Before I got the link for 'Sam' from Milly, I scoured Ebay looking for a Cavalier design cross-stitch and found this one over at Fido Stitch Studio from the UK on Ebay. It was very reasonably priced and it just arrived today. This one will be for me. More of a grown up Marley. Only a small design it might look nice above my desk.

I've been busy setting up my sewing corner lately too and finding new places to store my stitching stash. It used to be in odd bod boxes and folders all over the house. Now that I set up a sewing corner I decided to bring it all together in one place.
These are the little drawer openings under the desk. I found these gorgeous little white boxes at Officeworks. Unfortunately the lids won't fit on them in here, but I found a use for the lids inside the sewing table drawers for loose little items like pins, needles etc...

A box for Ric Rac....

One for zippers.......

....and one for miscellaneous bits and pieces.

I also used the bookshelf in the office to collect together all my cross stitch magazines, books....


....scrapbooking items for the kids, fabric for sewing, and a lovely big box for the cross-stitch kits and hoops I scored just last week on Ebay

I saw this bulk lot of cross-stitch items being sold by a lovely New Zealand lady named Judith who has just moved out here. She said she used to own a craft shop in NZ but has now retired and got rid of ALL of her cross-stitch stash and won't be doing cross stitch anymore. I can't imagine ever giving up cross-stitch. She said she had nobody to pass it on to over here and sold it to me for next to nothing. I couldn't believe all the items she gave me in this huge big bag for such a minimal cost. I am so grateful. I also couldn't believe I was the only one bidding on this bulk lot of stuff. She wasn't asking that much and once I had it all sorted out there were over 12 cross-stitch kits, around 20 or so frames and hoops of all different sizes, and over 200 pattern leaflets and magazines as well as the first 8 issues of Sampler and Antique Needlework printed in the early 1990s. They have the most lovely sampler designs in them.

  It's really too much for me to use so I will be listing some of them on Ebay or sending some on to other cross-stitching friends. There are only so many designs one person can do in a lifetime. I think I have more than enough.

I got these boxes at 10 for $20 from Officeworks. They are really strong and sturdy cardboard with reinforced metal edges. They keep my sewing things like velcro and bias binding, my crochet handkerchiefs which I will share with you another time. It's a craft I learnt to do in Austria when I was only 12. the bottom box is for spare odd bits of floss. There are still a few more bigger boxes of kits, fabrics, linens and floss I need to organize.

Here is my current WIP
Weekend A Paris
I'm really enjoying this one.
It's stitched on cream 14ct Aida with 2 threads.

I will share the final result with you when it's done. I'm not as fast as some of you, having two small children I don't get as much time to stitch as I would like.


  1. Hello

    I'm so glad you liked Sam & Peeps finished! I hope you enjoy stitching this one as much as I did!

    Your crafty stuff is very well organised and your WIP is lovely!

    Lovely sweet doggies too!

    Happy stitching!

  2. Hello

    I've just read your comment on my blog and I will try my best with the abbreviations!

    You are right with WIP which stands for Work In Progress.

    TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch Along which is when you collect all your ends of thread which are called ORT's (Old Ragged Threads)and keep them in a container. You then post a picture of your container every full moon.
    This stitch along is hosted by a lady called Daffycat and I think all the participant are entered in to a draw at the end of the year and the winner gets a prize. Here is a link for Daffycats blog where you can read more and join in if you want to

    Now ISHW stands for International Hermit and Stitch Weekend where stitchers have a weekend dedicated to doing as much stitching as they can. It's an excuse to stay in and hermit yourself away and stitch if you like. Most people can't stitch all weekend due to family commitment etc but on the Monday after IHSW you post a photo on your blog of what you have managed to achieve during the weekend. IHSW is the third weekend of every month I think and it's hosted by Joyze and this is a link for her blog with more info and where you can sign up.

    I hope that's a useful explanation for you. I will try to answer any other queries you have.
    Your doggy photos are lovely by the way!

  3. We've never thought about finding a cavalier design cross-stitich! How neat!'re so well organized! Enjoy cross-stitiching!

    Jasper looks very confortable on the couch. Cute!

    Momo, Pinot & mom