Sunday, 29 January 2012

Thank You / Finishes / Progress

Firstly, I would like to say thank you to Nia for the lovely gift she sent me following her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. I made Nia laugh with a comment I made on taking photographs. Thank you Nia I look forward to using the trims and the snowmen.



Next up is my progress with Retro Lady. I came to an abrupt halt on Thursday when I ran out of 3865. Luckily my husband works next to a chemist that sells DMC threads so I can carry on with it on Monday as he has picked some up for me.



Since I needed something to stitch on Thursday and Friday night I started a new ornament. Midnight Stitching's Snowman's Quaker Christmas. I stitched it on 28ct Mushroom Lugana using Crescent Colours Blue Jeans and DMC threads as suggested. I loved stitching this for Angela, my stitching sister, so decided to stitch another. I even managed to finish it up on Saturday night. I am not very confident with my finishing skills and am not too sure I even like finishing lol but I will keep trying and hopefully my skills will get better.



Talking of finishing, I also finished Britty Kitty I stitched last weekend. I was hoping to make a flat ornament for this one but my stanley knife and I couldn't seem to cut a straight line, never mind two lol. I think I will ask my Dad to cut my mount board next time. Again my lack of finishing skills shows a bit on this one but just don't look too closely.



I am off to stitch another ornament from the JCS magazine.

Until next time, happy stitching

Lesleyanne xx

34 comments:

My Life In Stitches said...

I know you feel about finishing I to lack confidence. But your pictures are lovely I think you do a great job. I enjoy your blog.

stitcheranon said...

Your finishing looks lovely. I know I struggle sometimes but honestly, home made beats bought anytime. If I make a booboo I tell myself it is an ~Amish mistake...only God is perfect, lol. And the more you do, the better you get. They look wonderful to me and I am sure they will be much loved xx

cucki said...

hello deary, very sweet gift from nia..
and beautiful finishes..i love them with my heart..kitty is super cute..
great progress on lady..
hugs for you cucki xxx

Christine said...

Great finishes, and your lady is progressing well

Julie said...

Your lady is growing nicely.
Congrats on your gift from Nia.
Fab ornaments, thy look lovely especially the bitty kitty

Ma Teakettle said...

Your ornies are just fab! I love the colors and your finishing touches look perfect to me...you are so talented, Lesleyanne, but I am totally the same way about my finishing skills, which is why I am not in any ornie exchanges, LOL.
Your gift from Nia is just awesome, enjoy it all.
Hugs
Ma

Pumpkin said...

You must have had fun going through Nia's package :o)

I think you did a great job with your ornaments! I love the tassel on the bottom of the kitty ornie :o)

Sarah said...

I know how you feel about finishing too. . . I guess it just a matter of keep on giving it a go! Your finishes already look lovely

natalyK said...

Lovely finishes. Your ornaments look beautiful. I do find that we are overly critical of our own work and that can sometimes hold us back. You did a wonderful job!

Jane said...

Lovely gift from Nia and great progress on your gorgeous lady ~ how lucky to have a shop nearby to help you out!
Your ornaments and finishes are lovely Lesleyanne and being the proud owner of one of your creations I know that your finishing is perfect!
Enjoy the weekend xxx

Cath said...

Lovely finishes . Your ornies look great to me , dont be so hard on yourself .XXX

Carol said...

What a nice gift from that dear Nia--she really is a sweetie :)


And nice to have your husband work so close to a DMC vendor!! Very handy at times...

Your ornaments are lovely, Lesleyanne. I agree with others--we are all overly critical of our work. For as many ornaments as I've done, I still get nervous about finishing them and my eye always goes right to what I perceive as the mistakes. In reality, no one else probably notices...

I do love your little snowman in blue. I've stitched him before, but might make a few others as gifts. I just love his dear face :)

butterfly said...

HELLO SWEETIE,
Love your gift from sweet Nia.
what would we do with out our men!

Your stitching and finishing looks beautiful to me great job.

Angela said...

The ornaments looks fab Lesleyanne! I too love the tassel at on the Britty Kitty. As others have said we are all overly critical of our own finishing, and yes, that even includes me (which you know). LOL.

Great progress on your lady and I adore the gift from Nia :)

Solstitches said...

Very pretty finishes Lesleyanne.
I have seen that little snowman on so many blogs and each time I do I remind myself I'd love to stitch it one of these days.
Great progress on the WIP and lovely gifts received too.
I used to get my husband to cut the mount board with a stanley knife but he never got it to my satisfaction.
Now I use a really strong pair of kitchen scissors and that works well for me.
Margaret

Linda said...

Great finishes. I love the ornaments and you did a great job finishing them.

Linda

Beth Pearce said...

Cute gifties! And, I think you did fineon your two ornament finishes. They are both darling!

Mouse said...

oooooo lovely finishes :) look fine to me and I've got my glasses on too heheheh ... when cutting mount board use a metal ruler to cut against helps me ;0
can't wait to see what else you are stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Christina said...

I love your finishes Lesleyanne. I know what you mean about finishing...everybody elses finishes always look so much better than mine!
Quaker snowman is so cute - I really like it stitched in blue.

Michelle said...

Lovely finishes Lesleyanne x

Joysze said...

Love your finishes, Lesleyanne. I think your skills are just great. :D

Dani - tkdchick said...

You're doing well with your finishes. It will get better.

FYI cording hides a lot of blemishes!

SoCal Debbie said...

Hi Lesleyanne! Your finished ornaments look great! I love the red tassel on the kitty. I haven't tried finishing anything myself yet. Wish me luck!

Lois said...

Love your finished ornaments. Don't be so hard on yourself with your finishing - it looks great!

Melissa said...

Great job on your finishes!

Sally said...

Your ornaments look lovely Lesleyanne.I think you did a lovely job on them.

Nice progress on your Retro Lady.

Congratulations on your win from Nia :)

Bekca said...

I love your Britty Kitty finish! It's so adorable. I can't spot any flaws in your finishing, it looks great.
Best wishes.

Ranae said...

Nice package from Nia
I think your ornaments turned out great

Kate said...

Lovely goodies from Nia. Your ornaments look great to me - I know what you mean about finishing things but persevere you'll find your own ways.

♥ Nia said...

I hope my little gift made you smile =))
It's just a small thing, I know you don't like to finish the pieces hehehe but we always love to receive some new craft supplies, right? ;) Hope it will be useful!! :D
Oh! both your finishes look adorable sweetie! Lovely =) Congrats!! :D
Hugs&smiles to you my friend

geeky Heather said...

I think the ornaments look great! Any ornament that is actually finished is a good finish at my house! =)

Sandra said...

You did a great job finishing your ornaments!

Rhona said...

I have the same problems about finishing things off....cross stitch is so much easier than any other type of sewing! Your ornies look great!

Michele B. said...

Let's make a pact - we'll both work on our finishing skills this year. Your ornaments sure look good to me!