Wednesday, May 31, 2006

...May Flip it & June Cross Stitcher...

Hi friend!! How are you? I’m fine apart from the work… I have thousand things to do and so little time ….well no complain!!!
I’m writing while outside it pours!! wow I like stay at home when outside it's raining!!

Yesterday evening I finished my May flip i …I don’t like the design and the colour of this month so it was really hard to finish it…well the June one is nicer so I'll finish it faster!!!

Yesterday I received my June Cross Stitcher number…it arrives soon this month …but I like only the MS bath time buddies …I hope the next one will be better!!...

Tomorrow it is my last day at work for this week in Italy the next week end will be a long week end (3 days) to celebrate the Italian Republic Anniversary (2 June) so seaside for us :o) (I hope the weather will getting well)
Happy week end to everyone!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

…My SBEBB Melanie’s Exchange Piece for Patti….

This is a really busy period at work so no time for stitching and no time to read other stitching blogs…I miss it a lot!!!

Yesterday Patti received my SBEBB Melanie’s Exchange Piece so I can show you a photo of my work. This is an exchange made up of two parts:
In the first part of the exchange I received from Jenna this supplies: some peach beads and a six strand sweet peach skeins of floss. With this supplies I have to stitch something for Patty.

I have decided to stitch this Erica Michael freebie (now I have notice that Patti has choosen to stitch the same design for her partner…lol…). I stitch it on a white linen…then I have to decide how to finish it…the first idea is to make a little bag made of chenille but my style consultant (my DH) doesn’t like the result…so I changed type of clith and I tried to make a little jute bag but I make a great mistake I sewed the front of one side with the back of the other side…what a disaster…at the end I decide to make a box with cartonnage I use a green fairy paper I bought same time ago And I quite satisfied by the en result!!! Patti loves her box and the goodies I send her so I’m really happy :o)

Exchanges are wonderful experiences!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

...DD Mother Day Gift....

As suggested by Isabelle I show you Alice DD mother day gift….it’s quite complicated:
there is a candle, a stained glass bowl and an hardware cloth…she painted with glass colour the bowl and she modelled the hardware cloth as a star…now I have to fill up the bowl with water and essences and to light the candle under the hardware cloth so it will perfume the house….it’s a very original gift!!! Congratulation to Alice’s teachers :o)

Sunday, May 14, 2006

...Happy Mother Day...

Happy Mother Day to all the mothers who read my blog!!
Today in Italy is Mother Day so i spent my last day stitching the Tina Wenke free kit of Cross Stitcher march issue for my mum…i make a card for her she love it very much and want to frame it!!!

This stitching work has had a tormented manufacturing….we were at the seaside this week end in our caravan (we came back this morning for the awful weather :o(.. )…I bring with me my free kit with one needle and my scissor…yesterday Alice DD shaking her soap bubble flooded my magazine and the free card :o(…last night it was pouring so half asleep I go to save my work from the rain and I took it into the caravan…this morning I notice that I have lost the needle and the treads…fortunately after a one hour research i find the needle and the treads and I can finish my work to give it to my mum on time….At school Alice DD has made a wonderful perfumed candle for Mother Day…she is very proud of her work and I like it very much!!

Have a nice week!!!

Danielle I will surely continue this English blog I love it and all your comments …I have decided to make a twin Italian blog (the mini poll have a great success) and today I want to open it officially!!! Welcome to "Il loft di Chiara"

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Today's is:

When you stitch from a kit and use the supplied floss do you have leftovers? If so, how much and what do you do with them? If not, do you usually have just enough or do you have to dig into your stash to finish?

For all the kits I have stitched I have had a lot of leftover… except for a Cross Stitcher kit I finish the treads in the middle of the chart…but it was my own fault: I stitched it in two strand instead of one strand so I have to dig into my stash…I usually put the leftover with the kit chart…maybe one time I’ll re-stitch it…

I’m too far behind with my SBQ answers so let’s go:

Do you or have you stitched with over-dyed threads? (Weeks Dye Works, The Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Six Strand Sweets, etc.) If so, what is your opinion concerning them? If not, why not?

I stitch for the first time with Six Strand Sweets for Melanie SBEBB exchange…the floss isn’t shaded so I didn’t notice any significant difference with Dmc floss….I’m stitching Lizzie Kate flip it with DMC floss instead of the over-dyed threads recommended but the end results quite disappointing is I think I’ll buy over-dyed threads for my next Lizzie Kate project…unfortunately my LNS don’t sell them :o( )

This SBQ was suggested by Jenna and is:

Do you do obligation or deadline-based stitching? Why or why not? If you do, do you tend to get in over your head and why?

Yes I have deadline based stitching for RR and Exchanges. I force myself to subscribe only to few RR an exchange to stitch the piece with calm, but usually I subscribe to a lot of it (all that I love and they are very much) so I have no time to stitch for me to respect the deadline….:o)

SBQ suggested by Carol and is:

For those of you that stitch while riding in the car or on the train, how do you cope with the bumps and the motion? Do you have any tips for others?

I don’ t stitch in the car or in the train….

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

..EMS Hand towel Exchange…

By now I didn’t hold much hope of receiving my hand towel …it must be lost in some place in the world :o(….blessedly Rinny our EMS Hand towel Exchange organizer tell me she has send me a substitute piece and yesterday I received it!! Rinny was very kind she stitch for me a little angel on a beige hand towel and it’s very lovely!! I like it very much. She also send me a photo holder made by her…It’s gorgeous…I have never see anything like that!! It really orignal!!! Thank you very much Rinny!!!! :o)

My grandparents give me some money for my birthday…so I invest them immediately…I buy some cross stitch supply for me….a box with 12 DMC linen floss and a Pink linen….I’m itching to use them!!!

Yesterday evening I finished my SBEBB Melanie exchange piece now it’s ready to go to its new home…I hope the recipient will love what I made….I tell you my adventure when I show you the photos..

Thank you for your comments on my new header :o)…I appreciate it very much!!!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

...Cross Stitcher& Curious Cat..

Finally on Friday I received my Cross Stitcher May issue, I like:
  • Sumebunny to love by Dmc
  • Stitch in Silhouette: Skip to my lou by Frances Lennon
  • Buzzing bees & birdhouses by Tina Wenke
  • Hello Archie by Margaret Sherry
I don’t like very much MS Road hog…maybe because I don’t like car!!! I drive only if necessary!!!

The free thread sorted is wonderful…I like very much the colour and the shape…and it is also useful…I have already fill it with all(very few…:o)…) my anchor treads…

I finish my SBEBB Melanie Exchange piece…this was the first time I attached beads and it was amusing!! Now I have to finish it I buy all that I need…I have ony to find the time to do it!!!
I have a lot of project started…but I have a one track mind…stitching Curious Cat By Margaret Sherry on my Silkweaver Lemon Sparkle fabric…so on Friday I start it and this is the progress….

I have some little progress also for my Mirabilia….

Thank you for all your advice on my dilemma…I’m still thinking what to do :o)
I need a change so I have renewed my blog header…and if I manage I’ll change also the background!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

...Back to blog...

I’m back to blog after a series of long week end:
  • Easter week end: 3 days;
  • 25th April (National Liberation Day) week end: 4 days
  • 1st May (Labour Day) week end: 3 days

It’s wonderful to have so many holidays so close but the work days among this week end are very hard and very busy….well stop complaining!!!

We spent the last two week end in Pinarella (a seaside resort on the Adriatic) we have a caravan up here from May to September….well on Saturday we went to see the 26th International kite show at Cervia (near Pinarella)…it was an incredible sight!!!

We bought a little Winnie Pooh kite for Alice DD….she had a great time with it!!!...also my DH had a great time!!

I bought also a silk purple scarf and a little bag for my cross stitch work….I like very much the picture on it!!

In this week I work on my Melanie Exchange piece…so no photo for it….no other substantial stitching progress for me…I’m not much productive in this period :o(

Thank you to vEr0n!c@ for her helpfulness…my RR cloth is on the way of Malaysia so that she can complete it!!

Thank you to Coral and Jenn for your Happy Birthday wishes…

Thank you for all your comment on my Archie….

For Isabelle at last we eat all those boiled eggs….my mum make a big mixed salad with it :o)

...That's why I write in English…

After several comments on my choice of writing my blog in English I would like to explain why I do so…there is a very simple answer when I started blogging all Cross Stitch blogs were in English so I decided to write mine in this language and now I have quite a lot non Italian blogger friends who read my English blog so I won’t change my choice maybe I’ll create a twin Italian blog…what do you think?

Dopo parecchi commenti sulla mia scelta di scrivere in inglese ho deciso di spiegare il perchè risposta è molto semplice quando ho iniziato tutti i blog sul punto croce erano in inglese così ho deciso di scrivere il mio in questa lingua, adesso i blog di crocette italiani sono aumentati notevolmente ma ci sono parecchie amiche crocettose non italiane che leggono il mio blog quindi credo che non cambierò la lingua stavo pensando se creare un blog gemello in italiano come fanno tante ragazze francesi che ne dite? Dite la vostra sul mini poll che ho creato....Grazie :o)