Monday, September 15, 2014

A little Christmas finish...

.....a free kit from this month's Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine. Cute or what?!!  I did manage to get the colours mixed up and stitched the dark purple instead of the light purple, but you'd never know if I hadn't said anything!  You'd think that by now I would be able to read a cross stitch chart correctly  ;) So I have yet another design to be made into a Christmas card....good job I've a got a while to get my  Christmas card making mojo in top gear.

Also on my to-stitch-for-Christmas list are my designs that were featured in this month's Card Shop magazine....

Cross Stitch Card Shop Issue 98
Immediate Media Co.

....I'm totally in love with the little wire hangers...aren't they adorable?  

I've also been quite busy getting odd bits done with my crochet blanket....remember the one that I made rather on the large it is now....

....this is how it looks all rolled up .... and all those loose ends waiting to be stitched in...

...and now you can see just how much I have done! I think I may be almost half way there. Hopefully I'll be finished by the time the really cold weather arrives. 

Until next time...happy stitching!


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Almost a disaster!

Having made the decision to actually do something with my stitching (other than adding it to the 'to be finished' pile) I decided to take the plunge and do the bit I hate....finishing. These are all the bits of stitching that I have, sitting in the above mentioned 'to be finished' pile.....

....mmmm....just one or two to be done!!!

After taking this picture I just unceremoniously dumped the stitching back onto my desk and grabbed the heart shaped alphabet to do something with. I grabbed some pink felt and some card stock and went gung-ho with the scissors. As my courage began to wane I decided to sketch out a template for the heart and grabbed a pen to mark the felt with the shape I wanted. After tugging at the pen top for a few seconds it finally popped off .....splattering bright red ink everywhere! I should have taken a picture but I was in such a panic to get the stains off that grabbing the camera was the last thing on my mind. Luckily the stitching gods were looking kindly down on me, and the ink splatters were only on the edges of the stitching, the bits that shouldn't really be seen....phew! Lesson learned....never open a (leaking) roller ball pen close to stitching.

Anyhoo, my accomplishment for this week is getting the heart shaped alphabet finished as a hanging.....

...and not a single spot of red ink to be seen!

Until next time ...happy stitching!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Where did the weekend go?

Another week has flown by....and the weekend too! I didn't get any stitching done this weekend (even though it's been a three day weekend), but luckily I was rather productive last week and managed to get three little designs stitched. 

You can tell that the temperature here is in the 80's as I have been stitching......

.....CHRISTMAS designs! :)

These three cute mice charts were the free gift with this month's World Of Cross Stitching magazine. Aren't they cute? I seem to have become addicted to Margaret Sherry mice designs! I'm on the hunt for more MS mice to do for Christmas cards....time to start looking through some old cross stitch magazines. - this could lead to trouble!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Planes, trains and automobiles.....

...and buses too! Yes, I tried to stitch while on each of them when I was away. You really can't waste good stitching time, can you?!!

Sadly the three hour train journey was a bit too bumpy to be able to do any stitching, but there was plenty of time to stitch while we were waiting on our flight and, of course, plenty of time during the flight. With all the confusion of what can and cannot be taken on board a plane I decided to play safe and take a free kit from one of the magazines....

The only change I made was to swap out the fabric as I didn't like what was in the kit. You can't tell from the photo, but it's actually stitched on pale blue aida.

The next design that I worked on was a freebie design that I have had on my to-do list for ages, and this seemed a good time to  work on it as I had all the threads sitting in one of my many stitchy storage boxes. Three threads and some fabric isn't too much to carry around with you on planes, trains and automobiles! This design calls for linen threads which I had bought when they were on sale in Michael's a very long time ago....and luckily the colours I needed were all there just sitting in the box!

Again, the colours don't show up very well on the's stitched on white aida (although linen or evenweave would have looked much better!) and the thread colours are pale pink, pink and a sage green....very pretty. The chart for the design can be found here, although the recommended threads are now DMC colour variations. Either way, I think it's a pretty design. I love the matt finish of the linen threads, but hated stitching with them. Since DMC have discontinued their linen threads I can only assume that many other stitchers felt the same way! Have you stitched with linen threads before? Loved them? Hated them? Let me know, it will be interesting to hear what you think.

These two designs are now sitting in my 'to-finish' pile.....I really must have a weekend (or two) finishing off all my stitching!

I did start another kit on my journey back, but for some reason I can't find it. I do know it made it home as I remember unpacking it and thinking that there wasn't too much left to do....mmm, so much for putting it in a safe place!

Thanks for all the get-well wishes for my Dad - much appreciated. He's doing much better and seems to be on the mend. It was lovely seeing him, even though he wasn't well. I'll post some pics in my next post.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, August 15, 2014

And the winner is......


                        .....Mii Stitch

Congrats Mii, I'll email you for your address and get the chart off to you as soon as possible.

Thanks to everyone for all the lovely get well wishes for my Dad. He was quite surprised at the fact that, basically, complete strangers were wishing him well. My simple explanation was that stitchers are just wonderful like that!

I'll post pictures of my trip in my next post and hopefully, once I get caught up with all the post holiday laundry (which I swear must breed in the suitcase!) I'll attempt to get caught up with blog reading  :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Too hot to do let's have a giveaway!

It's been one of those weeks where it's been just too hot and humid to do anything! I also booked a last minute flight back home to see my Dad who has had surgery again,  and I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get organized for my trip tomorrow. Consequently I have nothing to show this week. Soooo,  I have decided to do a little giveaway instead.......sounds good uh?

So the giveaway is this CherryWood design studio 'Eat, sleep, stitch' chart.  Isn't it cute?

So, if you'd like to win this chart please be, or become, a follower and leave a comment under this post. That's it ....nothing hoops to jump through! If you want to mention this giveaway on your own blog, please do so, but if you don't...that's cool too.

Since I'm away for three weeks (yayyy!) I'll pick a name out of the proverbial hat on Friday August 15th 2014. 

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Late again!

Just a quick update... I don't know where the time is going to....I can't seem to catch up on everything that needs to be done!

Not much stitching done this's really too hot to do anything! But I did manage to get a few stitches added to Twilight Fairy....

This is one of those designs that you really have to concentrate on while stitching....which means no TV. Unfortunately for Twilight Fairy, I have been watching the DVDs of The Borgia's . Not sure when it was on the telly, but I have been getting the DVDs from my local library and I can't watch TV without doing something, so fortunately for me, the crochet pattern for the blanket I'm working on is really easy and I can crochet whilst watching the! Anyone else have to be be doing something while watching the TV?

Here's how much I've managed to get done since my last post....

Yeah, I've watched a lot of episodes! :) Finishing the little taily bits is not my idea of fun, but I'm trying to get them done in chunks rather than leaving them all to the end, which is why there are none at the bottom and loads at the top!

My hubby thinks it will take me about a year to complete it...which, of course, makes me all the more determined to get it finished in less than a year! Competitive or what?!!  :)

The pattern for the blanket can be found here, just in case anyone would like to try it.

I'm hoping to get caught up with my blog reading and replying to all the comments left here. Thank you so much for taking the time to say's much appreciated.

Until next time...happy stitching!