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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Lazy Blogger

Yeah, that's me. I do realise that it's months since I last blogged but each time I feel like blogging, I'll come up with one excuse after another. So... I dragged it till today. What's my excuse? Like I have told members of NNC, I have just been languishing at home doing absolutely nothing except watching telly and reading. However, I do have things to show cross-stitch wise that I have yet to blog about before this slump.

First up is my mail art, organised by the Legacy Embroiderers Group, had reached Shannon in Canada the beginning of July. I was pretty nervous when I first signed up for this exchange as I have never done a mail art before. When Patti emailed that my partner is Shannon, I checked Shannon out. Horrors, Shannon is a cross-stitch designer! Now, I'm doubly nervous. Hmm... Pat might have purposely set me up on this; that I have to learn to finish one and finish a good one at it as expert's eyes are watching! Here, you can see that I've had chosen what was first on Shannon's list - cats. So I gave her Cats, Cats, Cats by Janlynn! To make it an all cats' affair, I went to hunt down some cats' stamps to go with it. Lucky for me, I managed to get some at a shop recommended by our Main Post Office at Dayabumi. I thoroughly enjoyed selecting portions of the chart to stitch to make up this "envelope". Finishing it was another story. I found the linen I used a bit fiddly so rather than to risk it, I borrowed an idea from BJ and hand-stitched it with invisible thread. All in, it was quite an experience but hooray, I've finished my first mail art! Am I game for more? Guess I like the torture. I have signed up for another mail art exchange and this time I have to exercise more care in pasting the stamps.

Next up is my very first Christmas ornament that I'd stitched. It's Holy Noel by Homespun Elegance found in JCS 2005's issue. I thought I'd better start early with my ornaments stitching this year as for the past two years, having made up an ambitious list, I'd landed up with nothing to show. This project took a little planning as there were no instructions given to construct the pillow. I could think of two methods I can use but chose the one that needed lesser material. You know, linen are pricey over here in Malaysia. It was a quick stitch once the pillow was constructed.

Last but not least, here's the lovely etui I received from Emily as my birthday gift. What do you say when someone thinks of you on your special day? Thank you once again, Emily. I am truly blessed!

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Blogger Emily said...

About time too for an update on your blog! I visit ever so often but tonight I had my finger on the 'return' and didnt click cos there has been an update! Hurray!

Your mailart is gorgeous - alot of thought, planning and execution went into it (as always, with all your works of art!) And hey, did I give you those CATs buttons? I have some of the same! And lastly Dania did an amazing job on her etuis! Glad you like it!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

PS: That is a fresh idea for a festive deco hanging ornament!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger Von said...

June, it's great to see your blog post today. :)

Glad you've been busy reading and stitching. Your mail art looks expertly done to me! You need to give yourself a little more credit! :D But I do know how nervous one gets at the thought of making something for someone else; what's good enough for me, won't cut it. :D

Sunday, September 09, 2007 5:49:00 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

That's a great looking mailart, can't tell that is your first :0

Have been waiting for a pic of the HE ornament for the longest time. As always worth the wait. Very elegantly finished!

Sunday, September 09, 2007 2:06:00 PM  
Blogger Lillie said...

Loved both the MA and the ornie.
Great and fabulous finishing.

Yet, you been hiding from us all these while !!

Friday, September 14, 2007 10:39:00 AM  

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