Sunday, January 31, 2016

4th Blogoversary Giveaway!

Oh my goodness, life is just whizzing by! I finally feel like I'm catching my breath a little. Some days are still really difficult, but the baby is sleeping 3 or 4 hours in one stretch at night, so I'm not crying into my pillow by dawn. I'm sure my husband is relieved about that!

I want to get back in the groove of things a little, and this is a tradition that I love: in a couple of days, on the 3rd of February, it's going to be my fourth year blogoversary! In years past, I'd open the giveaway at least a month in advance, but it was very much the last thing on my mind a month ago. So I'll just leave it open until a month from now! How does that sound? That should give everyone plenty of time to join in.

Okay, so what's on offer?

1. A sweet little snowflake humbug!

I stitched this up on 14-count beige Aida, which I like to use for biscornu-type finishes because it's so stiff and holds the shape nicely. I used DMC 518, a beautiful blue, and finished it off with a teal velvet ribbon.

2. A baggie full of antique wooden spools,

3. GAST floss,

4.  Charles Craft 14-count antique white Aida fabric,

5. A Cross-Eyed Cricket chart called "The Princess and the Pea,"

6. A little Janlynn kit called "Baby Footprints" (I've been gifted more birth announcement charts than I know what to do with!)

7. A beautiful pearl and silver bracelet from Yemen.

There you have it! I'll leave the giveaway open for the next month, so until the 29th of February. The rules are simple:
1. Be a follower of this blog,
2. Have an active blog yourself,
3. Leave a comment on this post.

Good luck!

Monday, January 18, 2016

The January Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Well, this is a few days late, but life has taken on a new shade of crazy. We moved back to Dubai last week, and between taking care of the baby, unpacking, and doing normal human things like eating and sleeping, I haven't really had a minute to think.

But in an effort to feel like my usual self, here I am! Here's the first Gifted Gorgeousness SAL update of the year. This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

For most of last year I was working on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet a couple of years ago (you can see my last update here). This is what it looks like now. I stitched this a while ago, when I was still pregnant and had lots of time on my hands.

And it's done! The ark is done! Since my last update, I've finished stitching the waves and did all the backstitching. I can finally move on to stitching the animals! Well, not any time soon, but knowing that I can makes me feel better.

That's all for now, folks! I'll try to keep posting. It won't be nearly as often as it used to be, but at least it'll be something.

Lots of love,

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Birth, and a Finish!

Hello, hello, hello! Yep, I'm still alive, but my goodness, it's been an eventful couple of weeks. First off, I finally popped that baby out! My darling baby boy was born just past midnight on the 21st of December, a day early. I'd love to say that delivering him was a breeze, but it really wasn't. I was in labor for 25 hours. By hour 16, I was still only dilated 3 cm and wasn't making any progress at all, so I gave in and went for the epidural, which wasn't in my birth plan. But you know what they say - man plans and God laughs!

But I've been recovering really well, which I'm grateful for, and the little man is so sweet it's hard to be annoyed with him, no matter how many times he wakes me up at night!

I did manage to finish his baby sampler a couple of days before I went into labor, so that was perfect timing. Here it is, all ironed and everything:

I was keeping track throughout, just out of curiosity, and this took just over 11650 stitches. Isn't that crazy? I had to spend a few more hours on the backstitching, which got it all wrinkled up again:

So all I had to do was wait for him to be born so I could fill in the middle part with his details. It took me a long time to catch my breath after the birth and the holidays and all the excitement. I finally sat down yesterday and, after many interruptions and lots of frogging, managed to finish it.

All right, that's all I've got to share! Gotta go do more of the nursing-diaper changing-nursing-diaper changing routine.

Big hugs,