Before I go any further I want to make mention that the lovely Chrissie at chrissiecrafts is offering YOU the opportunity to enter into a fantastic giveaway - I'm not telling you what it is but go have a look, for you won't be disappointed. And don't waste any time for I think the deadline is Friday, UK time, and 'you've got to be in it to win it', as the saying goes!
I spoke about Jenny Hart at sublimestitching.com in the post entitled 'A Faerie Friend for Red Pixie', and showed you the embroidery threads I'd purchased - well since then my lovely new book arrived and I'm so thrilled with it. Although I ordered my book locally, Jenny does have all her publications available from her website if you are tempted to have a look:
Here is something I made from Jenny's 'Goofy Birds' transfer:
I did enjoy the making of it and think it would look good in a little girl's room, but in the meantime it's gracing the wall of my room! Well, I am a little girl at heart really! Perhaps I'll never grow up - perhaps I never want to!!!
Below you can see a couple of stitchy gifts I have prepared and popped into frames for two friends who will be having birthdays soon! These are very similar apart from the colours chosen so excuse me for being a little bit repetitive! They didn't come from the Sublime Stitching book, although the threads are those I bought from Jenny - I pinched the separate ideas from pics in magazines and put them together to suit these two lovely friends!
Below is Posh Cat - and isn't she arrogant - or maybe sophisticated upper-class snob! The pic is a little dark I'm afraid, but you get the idea anyway? I drew this from the front of a card which I then sent to another friend who was having a birthday - well, I couldn't not, could I!!! We must use every opportunity to produce little lovelies, I think!
You can see that I haven't been idle of late - in fact I had these pics ready to show you a while ago but decided to hold back on them. Quite a bit of progress has taken place and I now have the back and both fronts done - and wishing the sleeves were finished too otherwise this cardi will be for next Winter!!! Not really, for it's a cotton blend recycled yarn and will be ideal for Spring which officially begins on Sunday for us here in Australia. It's a very plain pattern so hasn't taken a lot of concentration - and don't you just love these needles? I don't like the slight strange smell of the yarn though, so it'll need to be washed before I can wear it - otherwise it's quite lovely and works up nicely.
And lastly I just want to show you this cheeky parrot - called a 'twenty-eight' because that's the sound they make! Lovely Paulette at beedeebabee has shown quite a bit of interest in the parrot pics I've posted and I was telling her how naughty they can be, so this is for you Paulette. The quality of the pics is not good as I quickly snapped him through the glass doors, but just look at how he holds the lavender in his claws - very clever but as I said before, quite destructive!
And that my fair and lovely friends is it for this time! Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones and I'll see you soon!