It's Tuesday, there is a blustery cold wind blowing, and our Blossom is not well.
She has a high temperature and a thumping migraine. Miserable is how she feels.
Being a mum is hard when you see your child in pain and cannot seem to stem the tide for them. Cuddles, loving words, medications and lots of water, advice to rest, making sure they keep up fluids and eat some plain but nourishing food. That's all we can do until this runs it's course. I pray that is soon.
I have been saving a few good links for you (wanting to share them all in one blog post), so today is it. :-)
Lots of designers are sharing stitchery how-to's on their blogs at the moment, and honestly, I'm not one to re-invent the wheel, so I thought I'd list a couple for you...
Bari J Ackerman's blog "We Love French Knots" features tutorials, free projects to practice stitches, and interviews with various designers...
Helen Stubbings recently shared a number of tutorials for stitches in her Stitched Sundays series...
I was reading Amanda's blog and saw she'd made some gorgeous upcycled pants for little Ben from op-shop tshirts. Amanda had linked to a wonderful tutorial for making baby pants from t-shirts (perfect for the August T-Shirt Challenge!) so if you have little ones go have a sticky beak over at Rookie Moms...
...but for a funny story about making toddler pants from t-shirts, go visit Fiona at Bubz Rugz for a good belly laugh!
There are a few ladies making items for the Challenge so I've kept it going through August and as long as they have their photos to me by August 31st they will go in the draw for a very pretty "Ruby" charm pack.
My good friend Fiona in Western Australia has been wanting to get her hands busy with stitching for years now and finally she has made a start. She loved one of my "Love is all you need..." designs in Issue 2 of Elefantz HOME so I parcelled her up a kit and sent it off. The very next day Fiona was beautifully blanket stitching the applique letters! The cushion will be an 80th birthday present for her mum. :-)
Marilyn from Mardi Meanderings has been making all the verses from my "Give Thanks" BOM. Aren't the fabric choices gorgeous?!
(I'll have another verse for you next week)
Some questions answered:
Q: Sue has emailed to ask what pencil I use to trace my designs before stitching.
A: I use a Zig Millenium pen .03 in brown. It rolls beautifully across the fabric, and leaves only a thin line - very easy to cover completely when I stitch, even when using just one thread. In the photo below I used just one strand of mid-brown thread for the birdcage in "Fly Free" and you cannot see the traced line underneath. As long as you stitch on the line you'll cover the pen mark.
Q: From an anonymous commenter - How do you store your threads?
A: I wind all the DMC or Anchor threads onto numbered cards and then store them in number order in plastic boxes specifically sold for that purpose. I store specialty threads in zip lock bags, and then in decorated boxes labelled with the brand of the threads.
Random thing about me.
Can you guess what I love to collect? Here's a hint...
Apparently Blossom told Kezzie when she first arrived, "Be warned, Mum has this thing about red and white spots!"
I do. I really do. Doesn't everyone?
Have a lovely evening, and we'd really appreciate a prayer for Blossom's recovery if you're so inclined.