So what have I been busy doing? I have finished these two little stitchery blocks, so they can wing their way back to Queensland as part of the flood appeal. I got the 'Hug's and Kisses' blocks to do and I like the wording of the one on the left " Count your life by smiles not tears, count your age by friends not years"
This is the stitching part of the two cushions for my mum. Mum wanted something in purples and applique. They are actually on a white background, but the photo has uploaded more of a mauve one. I have usually done needleturn applique, but I found this pattern in an old magazine and it was in buttonhole stitch. I am not great at using a thimble, nor could I find one that I found easy to use, so the end of my middle finger was a little battered as I kept pushing the needle through with it (and it went through the skin a few times. Ouch!). If I am to do more like this I will have to find something to protect the end of my finger.
Now all I have to add some borders and add the back and they will be done.