Saturday, March 08, 2008

A cake, two starts and a finish

Thank you for all the birthday wishes. I did have a lovely day - helped by the delicious coffee cake Martin got from the farmer's market:


I also had a bit of a starting splurge... You've seen Cappuccino. Well, here's Random Thoughts - started as my two motifs a week piece last Saturday.


And here's Blackbird Designs' Secret Garden. I couldn't resist trying one of those birthday skeins so I chose one from Barbara that I'd never heard of before. It's coming out really well on this 36ct Pipi fabric.


And for the finish - Barbara's winter exchange piece shot over the Channel and arrived within 2 working days. Here's Winter Welcome from Country Cottage Needleworks, also stitched on Pipi but 32ct this time.


Some of you may realise I stitched the same thing for Barbara as Sue stitched for me. It worked out so well. I was halfway through Barbara's piece when Sue's arrived and as I really like the design but I'm not keen on stitching something twice it couldn't have been better!

13 comments:

  1. Your new starts are just great, Nicki!!!

    How cool that you stitched the same design you received :) That has happened to me once or twice and I too was happy to receive it as I really loved the design and wanted to stitch it for myself :) Yours turned out really lovely! Congratulations!

    Have a great weekend :)

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  2. Happy FORTY-ISH birthday! I LOL! When I saw your cake! :)

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  3. Love your new starts Nicki. I shall be watching Random Thoughts eagerly:)

    Love your cake!

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  4. I have to get those candles for Niek's birthday next year! ;) LOL!!

    Hey, I love your two new starts!! :D :D

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  5. I just love your cake! Fabulous!

    I really like your start on Random thoughts - I can tell that as you progress on this piece I am going to be enabled to add it to my stash - you have a knack for making me look again at pieces I have dismissed or missed in the past. The stashing is never over!

    What a great winter exchange!

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  6. Hi Nicki,you are so going to enjoy stitching Random Thoughts - its one of my all time favourite projects :) Your birthday cake looked divine, what a hoot the candles are.

    have a great weekend :)

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  7. Nicki, with my PC troubles and crazy days at work I completely forgot your birthday!!!

    Happy belated birthday, my dear friend.

    (((hugs)))

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  8. That cake looks yummy! Great new starts - I've been holding myself back from starting Secret Garden. Now I can stitch vicariously through you!

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  9. I love that, happy 40-ish! Love your new starts, looking forward to seeing more of them.

    Beautiful gift for Barbara, how perfect that you don't have to stitch one for yourself!!!

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  10. Yummmmm...chocolate cake...

    Your stitching is wonderful and I look forward to seeing your progress!

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  11. Great cake! Happy birthday! Love the lovely starts you have made and will be visting again to follow up. :-) Have a nice day!

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  12. Two lovely new starts! They both look great so far! I love your Winter Exchange to Barbara too, such a pretty design :)

    Glad you had a good birthday :)

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  13. I luv your blog ... I enjoyed all the stitchie posts - and, then, I saw your cake. LOL. So yummy looking. Happy Belated Birthday to you : )

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