Welcome to my blog!

I'm Lori and I love to craft. I cross stitch, knit and crochet and anything else that takes my fancy! I love to make amigurumi and other knitted and crocheted characters.
I live in the north east of England and when I'm not busy with thread or wool I love to read thrillers and watch things on the TV that make me laugh. I have a love of tattoos too and have quite a collection!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lots of gorgeous post and it's ami swap time!

Hello :-)

Hope everyone has sunshine back again after the cold and snow of this week and  I thought I was being a pessimist last week in the gorgeous weather when I thought 'we'll pay for this!' lol!

Well this week has been interesting. I was out on Saturday night with all my family for my parents golden anniversary, posh hotel for dinner, ooo fancy! Then I was up all night and ill all Sunday throwing up so I guess it wasn't that fancy, lol! Turns out it was only me that was ill so I have no idea if it was a bug or something I ate but not fun. Luckily it didn't last and I was fine again Monday :-)

So while feeling awful and trying to stay focused I had an order for a Tulip Cottage to get stitched and posted for Monday morning. I made it! I loved the red door that was requested, I hadn't thought about red for a door as there was so much red with the cap of them but it looked good.

Lots of tulips around the garden and purple climbing flowers round the door.....

I also made another Jubilee Cottage for a customer, I do like stitching that one :-)

Now I'm back to the 3D cottage I'm cross stitching, it seems to be taking ages to get done but the walls are stitched and I'm onto the roof then I just have to build it! Here's a progress picture so you can see how much detail is in it with all the backstitch and French knots.

The bit at the top that looks like a barcode is the start of the thatched roof!

It's getting there! 

Ami swap was this week too yay! For those who don't know this it's a swap I do at the start of every month with the lovely Steph over at Show and Tell. We have been doing this for a couple of years now and it's always brilliant to get lovely presents every month :-) So This month Steph sent me this gorgeous pink sheep, isn't it so cute! Also a little bunny, very sweet and a little stitched friendship cushion with gorgeous beads around the edge. Thanks so much Steph it's fabulous! 

and this fabulous card too, it's the sheepish sheep, lol!

I sent Steph this cute bunny and chick and embroidered card. 

This was the first of these bunnies I made, it turned out so cute I made another for my Etsy shop :-) I can see more bunnies in the future! 

Got a lovely surprise this week too from Laura with a Easter pressie arriving! Thanks Laura! She sent me the cutest little blue birdy with a sweet tuft of hair, three gorgeous stitch markers and a bag of Creme Eggs :-)  

Two lovely cards too from the lovely Helen and Laura.

And if that wasn't enough gorgeous post I got this! My lovely friend Jeanne in Canada made me this fabulous business card case...............

Isn't it perfect for my cards? I was amazed that this is the first felt thing she has made, wow! It's gorgeous! It's been a great post week :-) 

Whoa, that was a lot of stuff! So that's me for the week,  have a good Easter everyone!

Now back to the cottage building.......


Chaucer's Aunty said...

So many lovely things! Gorgeous toadstool house, the red door is very cute. Love all the goodies from Steph, especially the card!! and the bunny and chick you sent to Steph are gorgeous, I have the pattern and must make one for myself, I love the fabric on the ears and feet. The 3D cottage looks gorgeous, so detailed, but definitely time consuming! Glad you liked the Easter goodies :-) The business card case is amazing! Wow! Hope you're feeling better now. love Laura x

Ali said...

Oh no what a shame about being poorly - hope you are ok now - your makes are as gorgeous as ever!! Looking forward to seeing your 3d house complete lovely gifts - given and received - take care lovely have a fab easter xx

Kath said...

just arrived here whilst blog hopping, I love all your cute crafts! I am intrigued to know how you make the toadstools stand up!
look forward to seeing what you make as we go along.Blessings, Kath

Knitting Nix said...

Wow what a lovely post full of beautiful creations. I am completely in love with your bunny, she is adorable.

Kerryp77 said...

Hi Lori, What gorgeous bunnies. The cottage looks amazing already, very much looking forward to seeing the final 3D one. Lovely card case too. x Happy Easter. x

Inthesky said...

Happy Days, I especially love the business card case, isn't it perfect for you? How kind :)

Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Hello Lori,
So much loveliness here as glad to hear you are feeling better too!
Your cross stitch is wonderful...definitely a treasure and I always love to see your monthly swaps...How fab is your business card case?...Just perfect!
Hope you have a lovely Easter...i am going to be looking in your ETSY shop for a little house next week now I have some time!
Susan x

LiteraryLadybug said...

Love those mushroom cottages! The red door was really cute. I would have thought that was too much red as well but it really worked! And how cute is your business card case?!?! What a nice friend you have to send you such lovely things. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

Steph said...

Wow! I see what you mean now about the 3d cottage! That is really detailed, but it is going to look fabulous when it's all done.
Another gorgeous little house.So many beautiful flowers on it.
^_^ Glad you liked your pink sheep ^_^ That's not a cute bunny that you made for is the cutest bunny ever!!^_^I LOVE the little white one too!!
Aww! That is such a cute chick that Laura made for you!His little tuft of hair!! That is so sweet ^_^
Gorgeous cards and that card case is fabulous! Simply perfect for you ^_^
Happy easter hugs for you.

The Dotty One said...

Sorry you were ill - glad you are a bit better now. Your toadstool house is super cute as always and really looking forward to seeing how the cross stitch turns out.
So much lovely post too! Lucky you! It all looks great and that business card case is just perfect!

Rhona said...

Hope you're all better now! Love that toadstool with the red door. Lovely gifts, and isn't the business card case just perfect!

catherine said...

Wow such lovely things and the toadstool cottages are beautiful. Thanks for visiting me at my blog and hopefully I'll be resettled again soon. Hope you had a great easter
x catherine

Flutterby Patch said...

Wow Lori, you have to be ne of the busiest crafters I know. I love the toadstool and always fancied living in one when I was very small. Now I'm very big I fancy living in a half timbered thatch cottage so I'll definitely want to climb into your pic when it's finished.