Friday, February 17, 2006
My First Finish For 2006

Welcome to my new Blog. (Hi Carol:) ) Well I have finally got my act together and will try to Blog each day. My friend Carol Sutcliffe has inspired me to start a Blog. Hers is the best I've seen so hopefully I can try to make mine something interesting as well:) My name is Karen and I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Australia. I am married to Brendon and we have a Needlework store in Katoomba called Dragonfly Dreams. We moved up to the mountains about 18 months ago and can not imagine living anywhere else. We just love it.

Ok, onto my stitching. Above is An Open Heart that is my first finish for 2006. I am very proud of it as it feels like I have been stitching this forever. While I think it is stunning now it's finished. I did not enjoy stitching it. This is a SAL I was doing with Carol and Tannia. For the first time I have finally finished a SAL I have started with Carol. I am so glad I have not let her down for once:) One of my goals for 2006 is to keep up to date with my SAL's and Chatelaine projects.

The projects I am currently working on are:

1) Chatelaine - Medieval Town Mandala
2) Chatelaine - Mystery IX
3) Mirabilia - Stargazer
4) Long Dog - Bois De Luc
5) Shepherds Bush - Reeds Stocking
6) About to start a SAL with Carol - Houses Of Hawk Run Hollow

These are all my current works in progress. Following is a picture of my Stargazer progress. I am stitching her on 32ct Lugana in Snickerdoodles from Sugar Maple. I am really pleased with how she is looking on this fabric.

Well, it is getting late so it is time to turn in. I look forward to getting to know a lot more people through My Blog:)

posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:44 pm  
  • At 1:26 am, Blogger Carol said…

    Karen has started her blog!!! And, I get to be the first to comment in it!! My dear friend, I added you to my blogroll this morning and will tell my blogging pals about this blog in today's entry - soon you will hear from many wonderful stitchers!

    Your AOH is stunning!! It makes me want to finish mine now :-) I am so proud of you, but you never let me down Karen, never, not in any way!!!

    Welcome to blogging!! I am at work and have to keep this short - I have a very depressed gentleman waiting in my waiting area/hallway right now for his session... can't leave him waiting past his session start time... so will email you tonight!!

  • At 3:20 am, Blogger Christine Doyle said…

    I am wandering over from Carol's blog - congratulations on starting your own! What a beautiful finish! AOH looks awesome! I will be tracking your progress of Stargazer - love the design - it will be great to see it done!

  • At 3:29 am, Blogger BeckySC said…

    Hello :)
    I am visiting VIA Carol's blog :) I have heard a lot about you through Carol :) She think the world of you so I know everyone else will as well :)
    It's nice to meet you :)

    An Open Heart is stunning and Stargazer is going to be beautiful :)

    Welcome to the world of blogging :) A whole new experience :)

  • At 3:39 am, Blogger Shelleen said…

    I have heard alot about you from Carol :-) it is nice to get to know you. Your Open Heart is beautiful and a great start on Stargazer.

  • At 4:54 am, Blogger Gill said…

    Welcome to the world of blogging! I'll look forward to seeing your progress on Stargazer - she looks marvellous so far.

  • At 5:20 am, Blogger Carina said…

    Hi Karen! I don't know if you remember me, but Carol told me about your shop and I came in to visit last July with my husband David. (He's the Aussie; I'm the Seppo!) ;) We'll be back in Sydney this July again and I definitely plan on visiting your beautiful shop!

    I'm glad you're blogging now!

  • At 5:56 am, Blogger Mel in Dubai said…

    Yay!! Karen has a new blog!! That was a nice surprise to see when I read Carol's blog tonight :) Welcome back!

    Your AOH looks stunning! I am planning to start this very soon - probably March 1st. I want to catch up on MTM first - I am so very far behind [cringe] (something to do with a newish obsession called HAEDs!!). But after seeing Carol's beautiful progress on hers I am actively working on mine again - woo hoo!

  • At 6:09 am, Blogger Von said…

    Welcome to blogging, Karen! I too have come your way from Carol's blog and I'll be putting your blog into my Newsgator acct so I'll receive your new entries automatically, if you have your feed settings set on "yes".
    I am absolutely in love with AOH and would love to stitch it someday. I'm wondering why you didn't enjoy stitching it? But you hung in there and have a real heirloom! Congrats!!

  • At 6:53 am, Blogger Judith said…

    Welcome to blogging Karen, I also came here from Carol's blog and wow AOH looks just beautifull. I was thinking of buying and stitching it, but now I read it was no fun stitching it. I am wondering why it was no fun?

  • At 6:56 am, Blogger Kim said…

    I am also visiting via Carol's blog. Congrats on starting your own. :D Your heart project is fantastic and how fun to own your own store...every stitchers dream. ;)

  • At 8:08 am, Blogger Nicki said…

    Another visitor from Carol's blog! Welcome to the blogging world - I love how you've got your weather and time and Carol's too.

    AOH is stunning - congratulations! And your Stargazer start is beautiful too. It's going to be great on that fabric :)

  • At 9:22 am, Blogger Susimac said…

    Another visitor from Karens blog too, and welcome to bloggingland LOL!! Your Open heart looks lovely and Mirabilia Stargazer will be gorgeous when finished, you are off to a great start with it, I will bookmark you in my blog so I can come back and visit.

  • At 10:29 am, Blogger Jenn said…

    Hi Karen! I've added you to my blog roll too. Your An Open Heart is so nice. Stargazer is on my wish list it's such a pretty piece.

  • At 10:35 am, Blogger ~Harsha~ said…

    Hi Karen!! I came from Carol's blog too! LOL.. I'm really in awe of your DT AOH finish!

  • At 11:22 am, Blogger deletethisaccount said…

    Nice to see another stitching blog out there :)

    Open Heart looks lovely!!! It'll be my first finish this year as well :) just finishing up the outter border and then the beads and she's done :)

    LOVE your WIP list!!! some really beautiful stuff!

  • At 11:51 am, Blogger zoeandcooper said…

    Welcome to our little blogging community!! I look forward to getting to know you better...Carol has so many wonderful things to say about you.

    Congratulations on finishing AOH. It is so beautiful. Your start on Stargazer is wonderful too. I can't wait to finish my Woodland Fairy so I can work on this piece too:)

  • At 12:00 pm, Blogger Cindy said…

    Hi! Welcome to the blogging world :) Looking forward to watching your stitching adventures unfold!

  • At 1:26 pm, Blogger Katrina said…

    Hi Karen, great to see your blog up and running as I have heard all about about the fantastic stitching you do from Carol. Big waves to you from across the "ditch", Katrina in the NZ

  • At 3:10 pm, Blogger Bastet said…

    Heard a bit about you from Carol. Yep another clicker from her blog. Welcome to the wonderful world of cross-stitch blogging. Open heart is stunning and your start on Star Gazer is amazing. I can't wait to see her come alive on the fabric.

  • At 3:47 pm, Blogger Julie said…

    I am also visiting via Carol's blog. Welcome to blogging! You stitching is lovely and it was such a treat to see 'An Open Heart' done.


  • At 8:54 pm, Blogger Heather said…

    Congratulations on your first 2006 finish. Carol is an inspiration to us all.

  • At 2:15 am, Blogger Lelia said…

    Open Heart is lovely. Such a delicate design & looks stunning!

    Welcome to blog land + new on-line computer friendships.

    Looking forward to more posts & pics.

  • At 7:44 am, Blogger Kerry said…

    Welcome to the world of blogging, Karen. The more the merrier.

    Your Stargazer is looking very pretty and I look forward to seeing more progress.

    I'm sure you'll have fun and I'll be adding your blog to my feeds so I can stay in touch with what you get up to.

    Kerry across the water in NZ

  • At 1:39 pm, Blogger AnneS said…

    Welcome aboard to the great wide world of blogging, Karen - good to see you here! :) I met and became friends with Carol through blogging, and it's really broadened my horizons with my stitching - it's a very supportive and caring community ... you share each others lives so much more reading blogs :) Look forward to seeing you 'around' :) (Anne in Melbourne)

  • At 9:04 am, Blogger Tannia said…

    Hi Kaz!

    Lovely new blog - well done :) Ihaven't posted in mine for ages so perhaps you can motivated me to do that as well.....AOH looks fabulous......I did some on mine today as well and when I find my digital camera I will post a picture.

    Now that all my work stresses are sorted (I finally have a new job) I hope to have more time and energy to stitch. Although I am starting a Masters Program at UNSW in March so time will be limited *sigh* I torture myself!

    Again well done on the blog and the finish!

    Love Tannia

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