31 December 2007

Lazy Stitcher Who Miss Her Stitching...

Whoaaa... It been a while since my last posting. I guess I’m not only a lazy stitcher, but a lazy blogger as well * sigh *

Yess !! I do miss my stitching, I miss it a lot !!! As far as I could remember, the very last time I do my stitching is a month after Hari Raya. I stitched for my Needlecrafter’s Yahoo Group RR – working on Niesa’s RR. A cute raspberry teapot, chart from Stitchworld.

Today is the last day of 2007. I don’t have much progress in my stitching this year, only a couple of exchange & RR from local stitching group that I joined. I wish I cud stitch more in 2008. At least to complete my UFOs and my BIPs project. Well, most of my stitching projects other than exchanges & RRs are big projects * sigh *

I didn’t continue my tatting this year, thou I bought some tatting stash. As usual M the collector, hik hik..

For year 2008, among my many resolutions (not really resolutions as every year it still the same – no change) I hope I cud spend some time on my stitching, tatting & gardening as well in 2008. But I foresee, I have limited time as I am maidless recently. My maid who supposed to come back after the Christmas after a month break, did not come back. After some discussions with dear hubby, we decided not to take a maid anymore. But we have to give 2 months as trial period. If we cud manage without a maid, then we’ll do without one. Otherwise if worst comes to worst, we got no choice but to employ a maid.

So do wish me gud luck for year 2008 !!


02 August 2007

A Tribute to Smoothy

I wuz at Mid Valley yesterday, attending a reunion with my former classmates when my son called me. He said he saw our cat, Smoothy wuz run over by school van in front their school. At first, I thought he might be mistaken Smoothy with other cat. Until I reached home in the evening, my daughther has confirmed about Smoothy sudden demise. For a second, I wuz speechless and refused to say anything about Smoothy. But the true facts, I feel really sad that her life ended in such a tragic accident.

Before I went to sleep last nite, I saw my other cat - Nemo wuz sitting quietly at the sofa. I brought him to my sons' room where he has his fav spot. Later when I went to check on my daughters, I felt that he bite my toe. I cuddle him and saw his sad face. I looked into his eyes, and I saw his sorrows. I think he know about Smoothy's death. They were closed before I left Smoothy at my children's school. I tried to console Nemo, but at the end M the one who shed tears for the thought that if Smoothy still with us, she's still breathing.

To Smoothy, I regret for what I've done to you. I feel sorry and really sad you have to endure such pain - being run over by a van. I know, by now you will be well taken care up there. Smoothy.. life isn't smooth like your name.. but now you've gone smoothly..

Smoothy, I LOVE YOU and gonna MISS you...

p/s : This is my 1st time crying for the death of my cat. I didn't feel this sad, when my beloved cat - Tutu gone missing last year.

30 May 2007

Quack.. Quack.. Quack...

I can't resist myself from joining this Quaker Pinkeep Exchange when Mona announced it over the board. And guess who's my partner ? The organiser, herself.. hik hik..

Since I have very limited collection of quaker charts, it took me longer time to find for suitable chart. Finally I fall in love with this chart called 'Essuie de Parade', from Gigi's blog. I stitched one of the motifs from the chart, using DMC variegated no. 111 stitched on white 28ct linen.

For the back piece, I used a fabby with prints looks like quaker (see the background of the photo) which I bought some time back from Craft World.

Thank Lene, Lillie & Dania, for visiting my blog.

29 May 2007

Garden Theme Pincushion

Stitched for Barbara for our NeedlesNCrafts Pincushion Exchange. I decided to name this pincushion as Garden Theme Pincushion, where I stitched Barbara's initials in flower alphabets. I also used cotton fabby with butterflies print to match.

28 May 2007

Spice Tea Pincushion

A lovely pincushion stitched by Zohrah for our NeedlesNcrafts Pincushion Exchange. Design is from San Man Original tea party, entitled "Spice Tea".

Thanks Zohrah, I really love this pincushion and admire your neat stitching. And at the same time, I feel honour getting this knowing that you spent hours stitching for such a big chart for this exchange.. Thanks and muacchhh....

23 May 2007

XStitches Pendibule Exchange 2007

Take a look at these... !!! A collection of all pendibules that have been stitched by all the participants from the recent exchange.. They're all look very lovely, aren't they.. I love them all, in fact !

And this is the pendibule that I received from my partner, Mas.. Thanks Mas, I love it soooo much...

My Very First Pendibule

I've seen Zalita stitched a pendibule for her partner for the last Needlecrafter Scissors Fob, such a cute one. So when I newly joined another Malaysian based cross stitcher's yahoo group - XstitchesNXchanges, they're in the midst of organising a Pendibule Exchange and I've signed up.

So for those who has visiting my blog b4, this is what the pink and purple thingy that M in love end up. This is my first ever pendibule for my partner, Dania stitched on 28ct lilac linen which I bought from Linda of Stitch N Such. The patern wuz actually a border taken from the Joan Elliot book. My personal advice for stitching a pendibule, is try to look up for pattern meant for border as it much easy to work on.

11 May 2007

NC Scissors FOB Exchange

This is the 2nd exchange that I joined this year.. It wuz organised by Needlecrafter Yahoo Groups (NC). This is the scissors FOB that I stitched for Normia. I chose to stitch her initial 'N'. After I have completed the scissors FOB only I realised what I've stitched for Normia are a bit bigger. It looks like a pincushion rather than a scissor FOB.

I received this cute scissors fob from Ila in return.. very cute, rite.. I like it so much.. Thanks Ilaa..

21 March 2007

In Love With Pink & Purple

Take a look.. what I've been stitching last nite..

I guess M in love with those pink & purple colors & these small roses as well.. urkkk M still strugling to stitch the other side. March is ending and I still have 2 exchanges yet to be mail out. Not to mention my Needlecrafter RR which is due to mail out by 1st week on Apr 07. And I only managed to stitched 300 stitches out of 3600 stitches for my box... help .. help.. !!!!

09 February 2007

Heart to Heart

I showed to Cheez a.k.a. Zalita my finished XS piece for Lillie and ask her any suggestion for the finishing. Instead, she suggest if we cud have an exchange between us.

At first M thinking to stitch the other French Inspired Heart, a complementary pattern from the The Gift of Stitching. Since she prefer something in green/turqoise, she requested if I cud stitch the same pattern as what I stitch for Lillie as it’s features the peacocks. I used the Malaysian made overdyed, Dip & Twist - DTN --- on a brown 28ct linen.

And this is a Quaker Heart stitched by Cheez for me, designed by Janice Wood using white DMC and some overdyeds on 32ct lugana (in mocha). Thanks Cheez !!!! I love it !

25 Motifs Challenge – My 3rd, 4th and 5th Motif

During my long absence I only managed to finish 3 more motifs. Therefore, I have another 20 motifs (wow !! that’s a lot !!) to complete by October 2007. I need some turbo shuttles I guess. Not only that, I also need some express refresher class on tatting.

Since I forgot from where I took the motifs from, I shall post the photos first. Once I get the designers and the web link, I shall update my post here.

My 3rd Motif

My 4th Motif

My 5th Motif

Thanks Sharon for the link to Tatting Pattern Calendar. I will try some of the pattern from there.

06 February 2007

French Redwork Exchange

At the end of 2006, Needles & Crafts organized a French Redwork Exchange (FRE) where those who participate can stitch anything, be it a pin cushion, needlecase book, pin keep or anything but one theme to follow – it must be a French chart to be stitched in RED colour.

Barbara being my partner send this beautiful needlecase to my office address. It is such a beautiful rose, of course all stitched in red. Such a lovely piece indeed.

[ Front ]

[ Inside ]

[ Back ]

For this FRE, I stitched this French Inspired Heart, a complimentary pattern from the online XS magazine – The Gift of Stitching. As M not gud in my finishing, so I did a pinkeep for Lillie, which does not involve any sewing. This is my 1st time doing a pinkeep, so M juz hoping Lillie like my 1st ever pinkeep though it’s not perfect.

[ Front ]

[ Back ]

05 February 2007

Bitten by Tatting Bugs Again..

I’ve been on tatting slumps (errkk.. is there such words ?? hik hik) since last Hari Raya Aidil Fitri celebration. And far as I can remember, I tried my tatting skill again some time in December 2006, but sad to say that I’ve lost not only my tatting skills – I also dunno how to reach tatting pattern.. OMG !!!

Last nite, while trying to find some flosses for my cross stitch post card card I found back my tatting bag. A glance at the shuttles like calling me to try them again.. And whoilaaa.. I get back my tatting skills and able to read some simple tatting pattern. So last nite instead of stitching, I spent about 2 hours trying to do Cherub Doily, a freebie from Tat’s All. Of-course I can’t finish the whole doily as I did some mistakes here and there even my lunch tatting also didn’t really help. Look forward to play again with my shuttles tonite. Opppss… Desperate Housewives Seasons 3 starts tonight at 10.30 pm and I don’t want to miss this 1st episode… !!!

Thanks BJ & Sharon for dropping by. I hope I cud update my blog more frequently. U are correct Sharon, we're challenging ourselves when we signup for 25 Motifs Challenge. So M challenge myself that I cud be able to finish all 25 motifs on time.

04 February 2007

Welcoming 2007, Bye Bye 2006

It’s already February, going for the 2nd week but I have yet to welcome 2007 and say good bye to 2006. I wud say that it’s been a slow progress in my stitching in year 2006 thou I have started at least 2 big projects, Gone Fishing & Garden Fairies in 2006. Sadly none of them has completed. So with the coming of 2007, I hope I will able to complete at least one of my big projects. And I also have a big hope too that 2007 will be my great sititching year !!!

I have not updated my blog for couples of months, thou I did completed 2 stitching exchanges from Needles & Crafts (French Red Exchange) & Needlecrafters (Scissors FOB).

I have really slow down on my tatting, I guess I need to take some refresher classes from Teacher Faizon one of these days. On the 25 Motifs Challenge, still it’s a slow progress.. I managed to complete 5 out of 25 motifs that I supposed to do. Weyyy… I got 20 motifs to complete by October 2007. Errmm.. I need to dig out back my tatting notes b4 Sharon goes after me.. Sorry Sharon !!