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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

BIRTHDAY GIFTS AND ROSIE . . .

Good afternoon everyone and I hope the weather is being kinder to you than it is to the South of England  . . . a snow storm blew in yesterday afternoon and during its short visit caused havoc!  Today the surrounding roads are still very dangerous, some are impassable, many many cars have been abandoned and nearly all the schools and colleges are shut yet as I post this bizarre weather news to you the sky is blue and the sun is shining?
Please, Spring, hurry up and come!

A couple of dear blogging friends have celebrated birthdays recently so my needle and thread have been busy.
Firstly for Barb I stitched a pillow of a floral teacup with teabag and finished it with blue and cream spotted fabric and blue ribbon . . .


And secondly I stitched another pillow for Lesleyanne with a small grey and white bird holding a pink button, I finished this one with a darker blue and cream spotted fabric, cream ric-rac and a heart button with a wicker embellishment to help this little bird with any future nest building! . . .


I was so happy to hear from both recipients that they were happy with their gifts and they are now hanging in their homes in the appropriate places.  I stitched both of these designs from the UK CrossStitcher magazine which I have plenty of issues of but never seem to use.  I often pick a design out when I buy the magazine each month but then completely forget about it so whilst I ploughed through them picking out designs for the birthday gifts I noted down all the ones I would like to stitch, as you can see, along with all my cross stitching books, filed magazines and two further boxes of charts, there are a fair few to choose from!



And the first one from the list is Rosie the Rabbit . . .


Isn't she cute? ~ a grey and white mini-lop who is one of the characters from the RSPCA Perfect Pets range.
My little Oscar came from the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and they do fabulous work in rescuing abused and abandoned animals and re-homing them.  Oscar came from an abused home, details of which I was not allowed to know nor would want to know, but he has come far since then and now has complete trust in us and is truly adorable, full of cheeky character and very gentle.   I would love to have had Rosie Rabbit  all sewn up and finished today but I'm out of pillow stuffing and due to the hazardous roads it will have to wait a little while longer.



Thanks for stopping by
HAPPY STITCHING
x x x



19 comments:

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful finishes! Oscar is too cute!

Christina said...

Very cute finishes. I have stitched that tea-cup before and it took me AGES!! Well worth the effort though, they're lovely! :0)

Claire said...

Hi Im in eastbourne and we got snow too.Love your stitching and what a cute bunny.x

Vickie said...

ooOoo! squee! Rosie is ADORABLE!
The presents are so nice.

Cath said...

Gorgeous finishes . Are you tempted to stitch Rosie again in Oscars' colours ?
xxx

Marcinha said...

Oh it was so cute the rabit. Beautiful, but the Oscar is even more beautiful. Here in Portugal the weather is crazy today made ​​a beautiful day of spring and the middle of the afternoon came a cold wind. And now it rains and rains, summer and want to jump the spring. good stitch

Carol said...

Both gifts are so cute, Jane--I love the little nest-building materials you embellished Lesleyanne's with!
Oh, what an adorable bunny Oscar is--so glad you rescued him and he is thriving :)

cucki said...

Both are so sweet gifts and Oscar is so cute xxx

CalamityJr said...

What lovely finishes! I'm sure the birthday girls will be very excited. The bunny's adorable, too.

Barb said...

Oscar is so adorable. You are an angel on earth to have rescued him and give him a happ, loving home.

Your stitching is beautiful, too'

Catherine said...

Beautiful gifts!! Sweet Oscar! How lucky he is to be with you!

Lesleyanne said...

I loved my birthday gift, thank you again Jane. Gorgeous stitching, Rosie is very cute but not as cute as Oscar.

Annette said...

Beautifull gifts you made.. and teh finish off is so wonderfull!! great job!!


I love Rosie.. she is cuteeee.
Have fun with finishing her off

But Oscar wins it.. hihi

Barb said...

Jane I loved my teacup and pleeeese may I have your birthdate again ,I seem to have lost it. Ahh love the bunny but the birdie one and how you have finished it is so lovely too.So talented you are.
Ok have had an Oscar fix but where is Tilly lol. Like the bear next to your bookcase and the relax above it.
Hugs

Myra said...

Lovely stitching Jane. That Oscar is so handsome.

Maggee said...

oh Oscar is so adorable! Glad you rescued him! The birthday pressies are very very nice, and it is especially great to know they are appreciated and displayed. You have a nice selection of charts, all organized. Mine are too, but not out in the open. Don't want hubby to start adding it up! Hugs!

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Sally said...

Beautiful gifts for Barb and Lesleyanne. Cute bunny stitch too.

Oscar is just adorable.

Anne said...

Wow! Those two pillows you made are wonderfully finished. I love both designs a lot. The mopsie bunny is adorable and I can't wait to see your finish!