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.