Tuesday, 6 August 2013

TUSAL - post 8, a finish and the zoo

Hello all,

I sat down to write this post thinking ... I have another biscornu panel finish to show you, but it turns out I haven't photographed it yet. What a dumpty. I had the camera out both this morning, and then realising I haven't pictured this month's orts, after work. Never mind I'll keep that for the next post ... but I have something even more exciting to show you ...

toy panda!

I bet he is saying I am not perfect but definitely cute
One of his ears is a bit lopsided, and the nose a little too high ... but this is my 1st attempt at sewing a toy in about 10 years or more. I'm sure I have sewn a guinea pig when I was little. But that was many years ago. So what has inspired this little beauty you might ask ... well my recent trip to the Edinburgh zoo of course. I had the kit for this panda bear on my projects to start shelf for about a year, but seeing pandas in real life inspired me to bring it out.

When I went to visit the pandas ... they were a little naughty ... and were right in the middle of their 16 hour per day sleep.
this is the naughty bear that slept with its back towards me

Tian Tian was a little better at posing while sleeping:

Ain't she cute? I really hope she is pregnant. She underwent artificial insemination back in April, but pandas take upto 10 months to decide whether they want to be pregnant or not. Ultrasound scan is scheduled for this month after she undergoes training for it. 

I have more photos of other animals from the trip to share in a later post.

And now onto TUSAL.

August 2013

2013 up to now and August next to it

the year so far
I am doing quite good for stitching. Many many orts ...

A few more giveaways I couldn't go past

#1 - 5th Blogaversary Giveaway @ Always Smiling

To enter click HERE
Deadline: 9th August 2013

#2 - Blog Hop Giveaway and Competition @ Stitchers Anon 
A very inspirational lady. She is the one who organised the 2013 SAL ... and I can't stop stitching the current designer we are working on.
She is doing a few giveaways, so one can pick between:

I think I have shared all ....

To enter click HERE
Deadline: 25th August 2013

#3 - Birthday Give-away! 100 winners @ Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
Nancy organises the most exciting giveaways and this one is no exception. Do mention that it was me who sent you.

To enter click HERE
Deadline: 14th August 2013

Till soon,


  1. What a sweet toy! Great work, Lija, he's adorable! :D

  2. I think your panda bear is adorable Lija!!! You've done a really lovely work :)

  3. Such a cute panda! He looks very cuddly. We were very lucky to have twin pandas born at Zoo Atlanta this year! It was a big surprise to everyone. Here is a link to the Panda Cam: http://www.zooatlanta.org/1212/panda_cam

  4. Pandas are sooooo cute! They melt my heart =)

  5. I wait for the biscornu in your next post.:)
    The panda is very cute,the pandas...:) I hope it pregnant...:)))
    Good luck for the giveaways.:)