Thursday, 20 January 2011


Let's start this post a little happier than the last one ~ I have my smile back!!!
My lovely dentist has given me my smile back, all be it a temporary one for the next 4 months whilst the gum heals but the new tooth looks so realistic I'm really pleased.  Thank you everyone for your kind messages of support ~ they really do mean a lot to me and are so encouraging xxx

Now, more importantly I HAVE A HAPPY DANCE TO REPORT!
How cute is this?  Bothy Threads Gorjuss kit ~ 'I Love You Little Rabbit' stitched on my choice of 32-count linen fabric with the threads supplied.  The little girls dress should have french knots stitched over it but as I'm not a lover of stitching them I have left it plain and placed the little heart button at the bottom of her dress for decoration instead.  The colours of the rabbit are perfect and portray my very-much missed Buttons and adorable Tilly perfectly.

Talking of rabbits did you know it's The Year of the Rabbit?

In the Chinese Astrology Horoscope, 2011 is the year of the Rabbit and the forecast is:

A placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger.
Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will be given a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions without too much difficulty.
A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.
The scene is quiet and calm, even deteriorating to the point of somnolence. We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible.
Money can be made without too much labor. Our life style will be languid and leisurely as we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved for. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances!

It's a good forecast isn't it with much to look forward to!!!

Still on the subject of rabbits, look what Lois from sent me:
'Bunnies Galore' by Leisure Arts with (wait for it) 50, yes 50, that's 50, a big 50, bunny designs!  Cross stitch heaven for me, I love it, thank you so much Lois for thinking of me, I can assure you it will be put to very good use!

I started stitching this one a couple of nights ago:
Lizzie*Kate 'Love Crazy' which I'm stitching on 28-count linen in my choice of GAS threads, really easy stitch and only 5 colours needed.

And I promised a stash update!

I found the most fantastic needlework store this year in Florida called Needle Orts with the most helpful and friendliest owner who also does mail order.  The store was lovely, clean and spacious (and even had comfy seats for the men in my life to sit in and chill) and the chart selection and threads was just out of this world.
Yummy, yummy charts ~ Plum Street Samplers 'Hares Christmas', LHN 'Spot of Coffee', 'Joy to the World', 'Red House in Winter' and 'Peppermint Twist', Hinzeit Charmed Flakes 'Deck the Halls', Little by Little 'Hot Chocolate', Erica Michaels 'Button Button', L*K 'Snowman 10' and JBW Designs 'The Bunny Collection'.  A few threads to top up and my choice of fabric oddments which were stored by the bag load, good sizes perfect for ornaments and 5 pieces for only $3 . . . . .  ahhhhhhh, heaven!


These 3 kits I found in another store and all took my fancy for future projects ~ Dimensions Feltworks Applique kits 'Holiday Pocket Ornaments' & 'Snowman Cheer Stocking' and another cutie by Candamar Designs 'Guess How Much I Love You'.

Oh Dear! Did I just read in the above forecast that this is  'A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent'!  No more stash for me!  ALTHOUGH  Hobbycraft have a Sale on, the Stitch & Craft Show in London is fast approaching and the Knit and Sewing Show in Brighton is just around the corner, I'll just go and have a look, just a look, just in case!!!

Take care everyone and have a fab week.
Thanks for stopping by.



Sally said...

Your finish is so cute Jane! Love your new start and your stash- well what I can say, where do you live???? Lol!

Glad to hear your dentist has given you your smile back :)

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous finish. Lovely new stash. Glad you have your smile back.

Pumpkin said...

LOL! Glad to hear that your mouth is feeling better :o)

Woohoo! She (and the bunny) are adorable :o) I was lucky enough to get this kit too :o) What color of linen did you use? I bought some Bay Leaf to replace the fabric that was included.

TOO funny! I have that same kit by Candamar Designs! LOL! AND...I have that bunny book as well :o)

Unfortunately I will have some not so good news to share shortly :o(

Give Tilly a piece of carrot from me!

Deb said...

Your finish is just so darned sweet!! Looks like you got a lot of great stash too!

Crystal said...

I'm glad to hear your happy with the dentist again. Your finish is just to cute, and love all your new stash.

Cath said...

Great new stash , I'm so jealous . Love your finish , and the button just gives it a little bit extra. Glad you've found your smile again . Take care. X

Lisa said...

Just found your blog through Sally's and became a follower. I LOVE your Gorjuss finish, she is such a cutie. I have some notebooks, pens and a birthday card that DH got me with different designs on and have been thinking of getting one of the cross stitch kits for a while, but it's the aida that's put me off. Think I might have to look into it more now lol.

♥ Nia said...

Your Gorjuss gils looks adorable =)
I'm almost finishing mine :D

Myra said...

I saw that sparkle all the way across the pond.:o) Love your finish and you are going to have a grand time with all that stash.

Danielle said...

I love the bunny piece! I love anything with bunnies. Great start on the Lizzie Kate piece too. She is my favorite designer! And great stash. Thanks for the description on the year of the rabbit. I am all for a year of no annoyances!! LOL.

Barb said...

Love the finish there Jane, the stash is to drool over, Glad the smile is back, but I do have one problem with this post . No picture of a Tilly bunny - please will you put this right in your next post! She is just soooo sweet and although your stitched bunny is cute just not as good as the real thing lol.
Take care hugs

Kathy Ellen said...

The little bunny piece is just adorable. Who doesn't love cute little bunnies? What a great stash you've collected too! One can never have too much needlework stash!!

CalamityJr said...

That is the cutest finish! I'm partial to bunnies, too. And you are going to have so much fun with your new stash. Enjoy!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Jane
Loved seeing your projects especially the Gorjuss kit - so cute. Your stash from Florida is amazing. Is the shop anywhere near WDW? WOW your 10th trip. It will be our 3rd. Sorry your family were not well but glad to hear you were looked after well over there and also that you are feeling better too.
Happy stitching and Happy Year of the rabbit.

Justflo said...

Lovely finish. Looks adorable. Wow what a stash enhancement.

Lindsay-ann said...

Thanks for the info. I don't know if we will have time to go but we will try. We will only be in WDW for 5 days this time but it's better than none.