Thursday, 14 February 2013

Secret Stitching Sweetheart blog hop

Happy Valentines Day everyone.  I'm afraid to say I didn't receive a card in the post or flowers or chocolate :(  But I did receive a book I had ordered and that was just as good if not better - what can be better than a present to yourself that you really want?  I was very excited when I saw the package waiting for me on the mat and couldn't wait to open it.

And here it is.  It's 'Red Home' by Natalie Bird and includes ten red themed sewing projects for the home.  I brought this as it has a pattern for stitching a thread catcher and as I am always picking up bits of thread from around the house - or pulling them off my person - I thought this may help me to contain my mess in a stylish and practical way.  You need two contrasting pieces of fabric so now I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow so I can go to my local fabric shop and have a browse.  And who knows, I may even go wild and choose non-red colours!  I also need to pick some backing fabric for the jubilee cushion cover I made the other day so it may be an expensive trip.

As it is Valentines I decided to get into the spirit of things and join in the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Jo has organised over at Serendipitous Stitching - - please go and have a look.  You may have seen the colours I used for my stitching piece as I posted them a few days ago.  Well, here is the picture I have been sent.

I love it!  It is a beautiful piece of stitching and I love how it has been presented with the lovely spring flowers in the background.  I think I am going to have to up my game and this will certainly provide some inspiration.  I'm off to see what other people have created and see who made this fab heart.

Have a lovely day all and if like me you didn't receive any chocolates then pop out and buy some for yourself because you are totally worth it!


And if you are interested in getting a copy of the book I purchased mine from Red Raspberry Quilts -
It's an Australian company so you pay international postage.  I can't fault the service and the book arrived well wrapped and in the promised timeframe.


  1. Thanks for taking part. I hope you find your Secret Sweetheart soon.

    The book looks lovely, it would be perfect for Nicola's Scarlet Letter Year but a little late to order one now! That's just my luck LOL.

  2. Great book! What a lovely Valentine Stitch for you! Hop you figure it out. It wasn't me. I am still searching for mine too. ;)

  3. Claire! Thank you! I just read your lovely comment and poem. ;) Perfect colors for me. You are a no- reply commenter. Um, google that. I do not remember how to change that. I believe you go into your profile and check that you want it to show your email address. Otherwise people cannot reply directly to your comments, through email. ♥

    1. OK, I've had a look how to do this but I'm not finding anything of use yet. If anyone stops by and can help, I would be very grateful!

  4. Great Valentine - very pretty!

    Happy Valentine's Day xx

  5. Hi Claire. It was me. I'm so glad that you liked it, this has been a fun way of finding new blogs to enjoy

  6. I think I recoginzed your stitching right away when I was blog hopping yesterday, because of the colour hint! :D Both yours and you sweetheart's Valantines are great!

  7. That book looks very interesting...may have to look into it! So glad for the blog hop so that we now have met....