Friday, 26 June 2009

Right about now...

...the funk soul brother...and sisters...sort of
As fat boy slim mused...almost...

I should be so lucky, lucky lucky lucky, I should be so lucky in...swapping
Yeah! In y' face Kylie, you might be lucky in love luv but you aint got what I got, no Siree!

So cast your minds back if you can be bothered and you may recall that I've been a-swapping like the wind of late and I'm so chuffing chuffed with what I've received I wanted to share my wonderous bounty with you all...and possibly rub it in a little bit too x;)

So swapper number one please...
First up Penny Nickels one woman crafting genius, printer, spinning (not literally)and stitchy whizz.
This was care of the Phat Quarter Anatomy Swap

I just love this so much...I'm still running round the house with it and generally annoying the family ("JUST PICK ANOTHER NUMBER!")... but not only is it a lovely and very clever piece of stitchery, it's immense fun and takes me way back to my care free snot and marmite days and you can't knock that!
Saucy versions of these and her other magnificent works are available at Penny's Etsy shop and I have to say they are rather potent in a knee trembly way, so if you're looking for a stitchy aphrodisiac then look no further...the minx! :)

Swapper number two please...
Mrxstitch manbroiderer extraordinaire...that's THE Mrxstitch as seen in CrossStitcher magazine
One man, a needle of truth and a hoop of justice. To protect society from the threat of evil mutants... and also grows his own veg...huzzah!

This was our recent mutual appreciation society swap. Now I've seen some cross stitch in my time, but never anything as incredibly accomplished as this! I hope you can see the tiny stitches in the photo's...they really are teeeensy!!

I love the cockerel and his feathery tail so much and was extra thrilled when I found out he comes with a hidden message that can only be seen at night, or if your impatient like me under a duvet at 3 in the afternoon! :)
It really is a masterpiece of skill and stitching talent; I love the colours, the font and the quote makes me laugh out loud...perfect...nuff said! :)
It has been likened to a Wedgewood plate so fingers crossed this will prompt a whole dinner service in the same vein. So if you want to be a smug cow like me and have a piece of mrxstitch magic for your very own or have a hankering to have a go at your own then head on over his etsy shop for some kick-ass cross stitch patterns!

And if your after some hot contemporary stitching action check out the blog

Swapper number three please...
Beefranck cross stitch queen, blogger extraordinaire and the giggly half behind podcast Emergency Pants
This is the piece she did for me in our Mimi/Beefranck Love In.
I had no idea what she was going to do for me so when this arrived I was thrilled to the gills!

She's totally latched on to my obsessive mad cat woman leanings and couldn't have produced a more perfect piece. I love it sooo much it's living in my bedroom
The lions are heraldically, majestically gorgeous and I have decreed that this will be my official coat of arms!
I'm totally blown away by the skill and delicacy of her stitchery; the border is to die for and the "oh Hai!" is referenced from one of my absolute favourite websites lolcats and I can hear her saying it in my head everytime I look at it...this makes me smile and that is a gift in itsself.
So grab your purses and get over to her shop for some of the most inspiring, delicate yet devilish cross stitch you can get

So to the positive Royalty of cross-stitch I salute you folks and thank you for garnishing my world with your lovliness...oo-er!

Now I'm off for a wee while, I've had a surge of inspiration involving a've been warned!
Thanks for droppin' by x;)

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Pussy Cat Pussy Cat, where have you been?

I've been to USA and now I'm living with the Queen...of cross stitch and podcaster extraordinaire Beefranck! Adam Ant may or may not have once said...I cannot tell how much I love him, I happily went out with a white stripe on my face, can still do all the moves to Prince Charming and was one the FIRST people to fancy him without his make up on...Mimi-music FACT no.2 people!

So yup I've been at it again! :)
This time with my aforementioned soul-stitch-sista Beefranck.We are in the process of exchanging stitcheries and this is my piece to her wonderousness!

So I present without further wittering...

The painting is a pawtrait of Shampoo, quite possibly one of the prettiest cat's I've seen - I hope I've done her justice!

Watercoloury challenged... in shades of lilacs and blues and yellowy greens.

See wee Shampoo all wide-eyed amongst the fronderies!

I've included a few of her favourite things in a Julie Andrews stylee...

The row of folks at the bottom are from the Mystery Science Theatre 3000, pointing at wee peek-a-boo Knocking Frog!

The words are from They Might Be Giants "Little Birdhouse in your Soul":
I'm your only friend
I'm not your only friend
But I am a little glowing friend
But really I'm not actually your friend
But I am!
Not to put to finer point on it...

...Say I'm the only Bee...Franck
In your bonnet

Currently resisidng in the USof A...and I apologise for making the owner cry! x;0)

So if you are looking for a bespoke, totally unique customised portrait, be it pet or person, then gimme shout...and cake...cake's always good.

Thanks for droppin' by! x;)

Monday, 8 June 2009

OHHH Crash! Bang! Wallop!...

...Wot a picture! Wot a photo-graffff!!!!
As Tommy Steele once said...seen him live I have...he's very short...(not Hannah Gordon short mind) and that folks is a Mimi-music FACT!
Right that's enuff show biz gossip for remember this wee fella?

Well I've only gone n finished it! I know!
Now you may recall a while back inspired by and featuring one of my Dad's fabulous tunes, I did this...

...well I've used one of his nursery rhymes this time. He came up with this when I was about 4 or 5. I had a Fisher Price wind up fake radio thing; it had a bit of a clock affair on the front, which you wound up and it played Hickory Dickory Dock, kind of a pre-cursor to an I-Pod/Ghetto Blaster only all sharp pointy corners, lead paint n marginally less entertaining. Oh the merriment was relentless!

So in another collaboration I give you...

(To the tune of Hickory Dickory Dock...)
OH! Hickory Dickory Dockery
The Mouse smashed all the crockery
He smashed a plate
He smashed a glass
So along came Mummy
And smacked his...

See the little bugger!

He's smashed Wedgewood, Hi-Balls, Royal Doulton and Tumblers!
Loads of glittery sequins wot I have fashioned to look like smashed up crockery and shards of glass are hidden amongst the grassy embroidery...

Mousey mates are of course denying all responsibility..Mickey n his chum say "Not us!" (altho he was the little bastard who'd eaten all the cheese!)
Mighty Mouse say "NOT ME!"
Danger Mouse is having none of it either!

Big old patch of leafyness in bright reds and clashing pinks and oranges are festooned with glittery glass beads in shades of green adding a wee bit o glitz to the general mayhem

So if you're after a bit of Mimi memory mayhem in mousey form, head on over to my Etsy shoppy and spend like the wind!
And a right big thank you...THANK YOU!!!!!!!... to the divine Wardi (I've been a huge fan of her work for many a moon now!) for featuring my works over on Feeling Stitchy x

Pip pip for now and thanks for droppin' by x:)