Thursday, 19 March 2009

~ Ta Da ~

It's finally finished!! My first SAL with Sandra for 2009 is finally finished .... yay!!!!

I stitched, I dyed, I crackled , I tore my hair out, I re-dyed, I re-crackled, I tore my hair out some more but then I resigned myself to the fact that I had tried my best and even although it isn't perfect, I did it and it is kind of OK!!

Sooooooo here is Blackbird Designs Autumn Song!!!!!

I made the tiny pouch for a cute little acorn waxer that Sandra sent me.

Now, here is Sandra's beauty....

Don't you just love that lining fabric and those little acorn accessories.

Thanks Sandra for doing this SAL with me . Autumn Song has been on my 'to-do list' for a long while and now, with your support and encouragement, it is done. We are now onto week two of our second SAL project for the year ~ With My Needle ~ Flowers For Lily which is a pretty little needlecase and shouldn't be quite as tricky to assemble as the box LOL!!

Thank you for your concern for us over the cyclone threat we had. Fortunately, the cyclone didn't cause us any problems personally but it did cause major environmental issues locally when a shipping container lost 31 containers overboard and up to 30 tonnes of heavy fuel oil leaked into the sea when the containers came loose and tumbled overboard piercing the hull of the MV Pacific Adventurer. It has been disastrous for the wildlife and required a huge clean up to our beautiful coast beaches.

I am also very cross with our local council at present who decided to cut down 50 beautiful trees which lined the street that our house backs onto. The beautiful weeping fig trees have gone!! We have been informed they will be replaced with 'more suitable species' but all I could think of was the poor little birds, who had nests in them, flying off when they were frightened by the noise and later coming back to find their trees, homes, nests and babies gone!!! I am thinking of putting up a sign in my garden..... what do you think??

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

~Joyce Kilmer, 1914


  1. Congratulations on finishing it Chrissie, it looks beautiful.

  2. First, Chrissie, congratulations to both you and Sandra on such wonderful finishes! They are both beautiful. I will be starting a SAL soon with a new stitching pal online so that should be fun!

    Second, I am very sad to hear about the disaster. That type of thing (oil spills) just seem to happen more and more often and everywhere! And the trees! I agree, it's devasting when they take down old trees which displaces a lot of wildlife. I don't see swallows much anymore and I loved seeing them every spring & summer. Anything you can do to encourage them to nest in your garden is probably a good thing!

  3. Thank you for all your help and encouragement with our first stitch along of the year Chrissie, I hope we can manage a few more - maybe we will get quicker!! I am sorry to hear about the trees being chopped down, they did that with an avenue of Poplars where we used to live and they never did replace them. I think perhaps the birds would have finished nesting for the year so I'm sure no babies were lost, but I hope they do replace them with something nice.

  4. After all the trouble you had with this, it's turned out so well! I love it!! The crackled effect looks so good. Lovely work from both of you.

    That was bad news about the oil spill. So much damage was done. Really heartbreaking to see.

    Sad too about your local trees being cut down. Those poor birds and wildlife. It's never just a case of 'cutting down trees' is it?

  5. Both Autumn Song's are gorgeous, congratulations to you both

  6. Congrats on the finishes, they are both gorgeous!

    That's so sad about the trees. I know you must hate it.

  7. Chrissie - how did I miss this post???? I love your finish ~it's gorgeous!!! It is so much more than ok! It's fabulous. I love the layers of color and crackle on the box - it's rustic and old looking and fabulous!!! I love the side band and how you finished the inside as well. Seriously, looks like it could have been their model. congratulations!!!

    Sorry for your trees and birdies - I hate to lose a tree for any reason.....

  8. Your crackle box looks lovely! You did a wonderful job Chrissie.

    Sorry to hear about the beaches and the trees. Boy! Local councils have strang views sometimes. My dad had beautiful 100 year old Maple Trees infront of his home and the city chopped them all down and left the huge stumps! The only ones left standing are becaues a few people were home at the time and became instant tree huggers! It gave them time to complain to city council and save the trees infront of their homes.

    I live your homeless birds sign :)

  9. I "love" your homeless birds sign.

  10. Your Autumn Song box is fabulous Chrissie!
    I had already admired the one Sandra did in her albums and yours is every bit as lovely.
    You can both be proud of a great finishing achievement.


  11. Una verdadera maravilla, felicidades.