Thursday, March 23, 2006

...SBQ and comments....

Today's SBQ was suggested by Carol and is:

Have you ever participated in a needlework mystery (i.e., a design that you started before knowing how it will look in the end and by which you receive parts of the design via the internet, magazines, or leaflets at spaced intervals)? If so, why did you decide to do the mystery? What appealed to you about it? Did you enjoy it? If you have not done a mystery, would you ever do one?

No I have never participate in a needlework mystery and I think I won’t ever do one…I would like to know what I’m going to stitch before start stitching…I would be very disappointed if I have spent a lot of time stitching a design that at the end I don’t like !!!

Thank you for all your kind comment on my envelope…and my flip it I hope to finish it soon…:o)

for Carol and Von… I’m Italian :o) and I live in Reggio Emilia :o) a little city in the north of Italy…now in Italy it is Spring but the temps feel like Autumn!!! The sky is grey and it is still cold :o(

for Zohrah…the MS mugs are one for each person of my family…Alice (DD) has chosen the pig my DH uses the first he find in the cupboard…so I use the remaining!! (I like all of them so It’s not a problem!!!)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

...Mail art and SBQ...

First day of Spring….not here!!! Here is autumn :o( !!!

It’s a long time since I post last time but the time is always little (the question is to stitch or to post…and I have chosen to stitch several time!!:o) and last week I was ill again…this year is a tragedy!!! I’m always sickly :o( I hope that hot days arrive soon!!!

This week I work on my SBEBB Spring Exchange…and it’s almost finished!!!

As Bea,my secret partner in EMS Italian Mail art exchange, has received the envelope I stitch for her I can share the photo of my work (this is my first envelope and working on it was quite hard): the theme was Saint Valentine or Spring so I choose a Lizzie&Kate some pattern from “Sunshine Crossing” I enclose some gift for Bea a Gentle art floss and a piece of an heart pattern for her quilt:

Some progress for the March Flip It…I like this Irish design!!!

Today(Last week)'s SBQ is:

Do you stitch "over one?" If so, describe your experiences. If not, have you considered it?

No I have never stitched over one….aida 18 is quite hard enough for me and my eyes!!!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

...where is spring?...

This is the view of our garden this morning, by now we have five centimeters of snow:

Where is Spring? …I love snow but not in march!!! :o)

For Nela: The envelope with the stitching was sent within a normal envelope and the stamp is only a simulation…
About the MS cup…I think that the shop where I bought them doesn’t sell it on the Web, unfortunately there aren’t cup with cats...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

…EMS Italian mail art exchange…

Last Thursday I received my envelope from my partner of EMS Italian mail art exchange. This wonderful mail is made by Blinne…It is really gorgeous, isn’t it? I like it very much…congrats Blinne you made a great job and you have chosen a perfect subject, I worship this design!!! Thank you very much Blinne!!Giovedì scorso ho ricevuto una stupenda busta dap arte di Blinne per lo scambio di arte postale del forum EMS….è letteralmente favolosa!!! E il disegno che Blinde ha scelto è uno dei miei preferiti!! Grazie mille Blinne!!
And that’s not all!!The envelope was full of gift:
Two DMC metallic floss and a stitchable key ring for me…I’m itching to use them :o)
A pink necklace and some red heart button for Alice from Blinne’s DD…She likes them very much, she wears the necklace all the day!!!
Thanks to both of you!!! You are very Kind!!
E non è tutto!! La busta era piena di regali:
Due filati metallici della DMC e un portachiavi ricamabile per me; una collana rosa e dei bottoni a forma di cuore per Alice…le piacciono un sacco !!!la indossa tutti i giorni…:o)
Grazie mille siete state gentilissime!!!

This is the mug week!!! Yesterday I went to Bologna for a marketing class, on my way home I stopped at Co-import (thank you Gaya for the tip!!!)and I bought this wonderful cups. What does they suggest to you? I like it very much :o)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

...Morning Cup...

I saw on Angelsan blog Kim’s challenge, so I decide to show you my morning cup:

These are my favourite morning cup, they are quite chipped [I’m really inadvertent :o)] but I like them so much that I use them anyway, every day I drink my milky coffee only in this kind of cups…

...SBQ&Cross Stitcher...

Today's SBQ is:

Do you have an organizational system for your patterns? If so, how do you
organize them? If not, have you considered organizing them?

Yes I have an organizational system for my pattern :

  • A big ring binder for all free pattern and leaflets sorted by designer.
  • A ring binder for Lizzie Kate pattern.
  • A transparent folder binder for Margaret Sherry pattern.
  • A folder for Disney magazines.
  • A big red folder for Jeremiah Junction magazines and leaflet.
  • A big red folder for Italian magazine.
  • Two open folder for the UK magazine.
  • A metallic box for the kit.

Finally I received my Cross Stitcher march issue…luckily in Italy mother day is the second Sunday of may so I can stitch the Tina Wenke card for my mum …

WILL STITCH LIST of this issue:

  • Tina Wenke free kit
  • Tatty Teddy
  • The Oriental ideogram
  • Archie bear

Some progress for the march flip it….I would like to finish it on time for saint Patrick day…

For Heather the fabric is an AIDA 14 count by DMC I don’t know the name of the colour maybe ochre or cream…

Monday, March 06, 2006

…spring is arriving…. first day of spring in Reggio Emilia (for me)…no fog, only sun, blue sky and white cloud a perfect march spring day…and the temperature is rising hurrah!!!…

..I’m still alive…but last week was a very busy week at work so no time to stitch (I arrive at home too late and to tired)…and no time to post…:o(

Happily this week end I make up for lost time…

I finished my envelope for ENS Italian mail art exchange…I’m quite satisfied but not totally…this was my first envelope and I pay for my inexperience with the sewing machine…I leave a border of linen too little so when I sewed on the envelope become very small…I hope my partner will love it instead of its measure!! :o)

I work on my SBEB spring exchange ..I have started the stitching part and I‘ve decided how to finish it….I hope to finish it soon and well…

Then I make same little progress on my PIG…

And I start the March flip it…

No more stitching for the week end…I spend all the rest of my spare time playing parlour game with Alice and our friend….we have unearth some old parlour game (Hotel, Risiko…) and we have a lot of fun!!!…a different enjoyable week end…
Now SBQ…(quite late but still on time)
SBQ was suggested by Cheryl and is:

What cross-stitch magazines or other publications (as opposed to blogs) do you read on a regular basis? What do you like about them? What do you not like? What would your perfect publication include?

I have a subscription to Cross Stitcher (by the way I’m still waiting for my march issue :o( ) and sometimes I buy on e-bay The World of cross stitching, Q&E or Cross stitch crazy if there is something interesting. In the magazine I like especially the chart (those of MS, tatty teddy, Newton law…) the free gift (if present), the stitching advice, the wise word…and the photo of reader work.

The perfect magazine:

  • On time
  • Cheap
  • Full of MS design
  • With a cute free gift…I ask for nothing else :o)