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13 September 2008

Professional Procrastinator Posting Pie!

A pie that has been baked a week ago and which should have been displayed on Monday.

Still, better late than never, right? Lastly would be cake so stay tuned for a major happy dance soon.
I've also finished (finally!) Gingerbread Cottage. In my last post of it, I showed a lot of missing spots in my project and mentioned that I was playing around with some ideas. Here is the end product.

Design: Gingerbread Cottage
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks
Fabric: 28 count Silkweaver's Sapphire Sky Cashel Linen
Fibers: DMC & Crescent Colours
Beads: Mill Hill Beads
Buttons: JABC Buttons
As you can see, I substituted parts of the design with buttons from JABC. I gotta give the credit to Jessie who suggested that I take a look at her finished Gingerbread Cottage. Isn't hers lovely? I sorta took her idea one step further and added more embelishments. Hope you don't mind, Jessie.
My LHN Mailart to Joanne has also been sent and arrived on Wednesday so I can show you what I stitched for her.

The design on the front of the mailart is taken from Ladybugs which is published in Leisure Arts' Joy In The Journey leaflet. For $3.99, it can be downloaded here.

As for the back, do you recognize which design it came from? I'm sure most of you can guess. If not, it's a portion of Necessities Sampler. The background fabric is what I used to line the inside of the mailart with as seen here:

Now for something a little different than cross stitch. Enclosed in the mailart is also a Butterfly Card handmade by me.

The design is a freebie from Stitching Cards It's pretty simple to make but the results rather stunning, in my opinion. The butterfly is stitched with DMC E130 metallic thread to achieve the effect I wanted - shiny and colourful. To echo the butterfly theme, the inside of the card has a pop up butterfly.

I gotta admit that my handwriting isn't the best here. The word "Hi!", written in gold, looked a little messy to me. Anyway, here's a closer view:

With the card, I had also put together a kit for Spot of Coffee.

I hope Joanne likes this exchange as much as I have enjoyed making it.
The fabric for Little House Neighbourhood has finally arrived too! Woohoo! Now I can actually start on the SAL Here's the floss toss for it... Vikki Clayton silks on Picture This Plus Legacy.

While we are on the subject of Neighbourhoods, don't forget to check out the MM&IRR and MM&IRR2. I've been thinking and thinking about my Neighbourhood but can't make up my mind on anything concrete yet. Luckily actual building doesn't start until 31st December so I still got plenty of time. Gonna go think some more...
Last but not least, here's a picture on my latest acquisition. I went crazy buying fabrics on Ebay. I think I might have developed another severe addiction. Help?

26 comments:

Cindy said...

Beautiful mailart! Love the butterfly card too. Its so professionally done :D

Great stash!

Sally said...

Absolutely beautiful stitching as always! Congratulations on finishing Gingerbread Cottage. It is gorgeous.

I've joined the MM&I SAL. I'm going to a winter one but not started planning yet.

Carla said...

Great finishes!!! Love the buttons you added to Gingerbread Cottage :)

Valda said...

Love your Gingerbread Cottage with the buttons! And your finish of Pie for your Sweet Treats is lovely! Your mailart is gorgeous! Lucky Joanne! Love the card you make for her.
Beautiful stitching and lovely finishing!!

Lucy said...

Beautiful finishes! Oh, that mailart card is adorable...I love butterflies...all over my house!

Chiloe said...

Waow !!! I'm glad you went back to stitching ;) You are so talented !

Irene said...

All of your stitching is wonderful !! First time I've seen a stitching card and it looks great.

Milly~ said...

Gingerbread Cottage turned out great. I love the touches you added to it.

Michele said...

WOW, great finishes! Love Pie and the changes to Gingerbreat Cottage .. fun to make it your own isn't it :)

and another WOW, your mailart is lovely! and the card with the butterfly is sooo unique.

WTG on your fabric purchases .. don't you love additions :) lol

litlaskvis said...

Oh wow. Such beautiful finishes. And I can't wait to see your Neighborhood stitched in the VC silks! The fabric looks perfect also!

Charlene said...

Wow .. all the wonderful stash. Like your MA too .. Also the pie and cottage was beautiful. You really have a wonderful stitching time, Vero.

Nicole said...

Beautiful finishes Veronica!! Can't wait to see your neighborhood start! :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and saying Happy Birthday, your name is in the basket. Your work is OUTSTANDING, I just loved looking at you blog, Jane
PS Good Luck!

Renee said...

Just a quick RR comment... the Spring Chair is also available. :)

Lillie said...

Gorggeous finishes and a very pretty mailart.
The card is indeed stunning.

stitchinaddiction said...

Wow! You're on a roll, sweetie! I love everything!!!!

sugardoll said...

Your handmade card is so beautiful! I don't see anything wronf with your handwriting! Looks as good as hallmark!

What are you going to do with all that fabbie? Make me a dress? LOL

Lovely stash again!

Deanne J said...

Beautiful stitching

Chris said...

Beautiful stitching, and the butterfly card is amazing.
Thanks for putting the MM&IRR thought into my head....I should be finishing off the one I participated in (I have mine back, but have lost the enthusiasm for it), but one where I have complete control, hmm....

Jessie said...

Hi Veronica!I have to say your Gingerbread cottage is very lovely and beautiful! I'm impressed! i love the extra buttons u have added in the designs! Very pretty indeed!
looking forward to see your Sweet treats HD! I wish i can join u too :)
Very nice fabbies you brought!Can u share with me where u got them from?

Ginte said...

What a wonderful works!!! I loved the fabrics pic:)

tammie said...

wow there you are putting the rest of us to shame lol well done on all your lovely stitching its so sweet and nicely done.. i love it all.. and your stash of fabric is divine.. i will have to have a hunt .. i am running out fast..

Stitchingranny said...

I never know how you have the courage to put such beautiful needlework into the post box, I would be so afraid it would never arrive.

Your other finishes are lovely too and love the new addiction (ooh sorry me aquisition).

Mari said...

Lovely LHN/CCN stitching here. I´m stitching Gingerbread Cottage too. Looking forward CCN MA exchange next.

StitchCat said...

What beautiful stitching...the mail art is gorgeous. Well done with the finishes.

A said...

Ooohhh, all of your stitching is just beautiful!! I especially like your Gingerbread Cottage and the embellishments you chose, it's wonderful! I have this design in my stash and seeing your finish makes me want to stitch it asap!
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful finishes :-)
Andrea