Monday, February 24, 2020

When a project is calling your name!

These new projects sure can shout your name loudly! This particular project has to be done by a specific date...and since it's a wedding sampler, it really does have to be done by a specific date! I managed to talk myself out of finishing off the wolves design before starting this one....not that there was much argument, or in fact, much talking! This wedding sampler, with all it's wonderful colours, was practically launching itself into the sewing basket!


This design may look familiar as I stitched it last year for my friend's daughter. Luckily I had matched the threads in the kit with DMC threads as I knew I would want to re-stitch  the design. Here's what it will look like when I finish it.....


The only difference is that this time I'm stitching it on white aida as I didn't have any cream aida in my stash. 

Wednesday, which has become my favourite day of the week,  saw the release of week eight of Peppermint Purple's year long blackwork SAL. Another lovely design was added....


The last few weeks have been hard to get a picture as it's been so grey and dull. Today, it's hard to get a picture because it's so bright!


In case anyone wants to join in, the patterns are all free and can be found on the Peppermint Purple Facebook page.

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, February 17, 2020

Feeling the blues....

....and loving them! The blue variegated thread is looking wonderful on the Peppermint Purple SAL......


...shame the blue aida isn't showing up as blue though!  Here's a close up of all those wonderful  blackwork designs....


You can find the Peppermint Purple SAL on Facebook if you want to join in.....anyone else doing it? 

Winter's Lace hasn't been neglected this week either, although there hasn't been as much progress as I would have liked. Life has a habit of interrupting our stitching time.  But each length of thread stitched means I'm a bit closer to being finished, so I can't complain....


....it's really taking shape. 

Until next time.....happy stitching!

Rhona


Monday, February 10, 2020

I've been a busy bee!

I feel like I'm on a roll....I've managed to get a few , albeit little, things done!

First of all, I finished the Margaret Sherry kit. Although I ran out of thread from the kit, I was able to use some DMC threads that I had in my stash. Although it didn't match exactly, since it was for the lid of the box and the label, it was away from the rest of the yellow so the difference wasn't noticeable....or at least, not too much!


...and the wonders of back stitching....


.......the little kitty is brought to life!

Week six of the Peppermint Purple SAL arrived and that section was duly stitched...


Unfortunately the pale blue aida doesn't show up as blue on the pictures. The variegated threads look wonderful on this design....here's a close up so you can get a better idea of how they look....


And if that wasn't enough, I managed to get a little bit more of the wolves design stitched too...


Stitching the pale blue of the sky is a bit boring, but it doesn't require too much counting or attention so it's great to do while watching the TV and some things, like  ice hockey (big fan here!), have to be watched and not just listened to :)

I'm hoping that this week I'll continue to be as productive. I'm off now to tape the Margaret Sherry design in the card to have a complete finished finish :)

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, February 3, 2020

That 'Oh, no" moment!

Don't you just hate that moment when you realize that you don't have enough thread to finish off your project? And when it's a kit you desperately cross your fingers that the thread in the kit is dmc,....and then cross your toes in the hope that you have it in your stash! And you can probably guess from all that, that I have ran out of thread for the Margaret Sherry kit that I started last week.....


Pale yellow is the colour in question. I used what was in the kit down to the last itty-bitty scraps to see if I could make it work. sadly, there is the top of the box lid to do and also the label. I  might alter the colour of the label and do it white if I can't match the pale yellow.

Wednesday's are now something to look forward to with the new pattern from Peppermint Purple being released in the year long stitch-a-long.  A couple of hours stitching and I'm all done with week 5 and looking forward to week 6.....


This is definitely the kind of SAL that I can enjoy as each piece doesn't take too long to tackle.

Anyway, I'm off to hunt through my thread stash to see if I have the elusive pale yellow thread....keep your fingers crossed for me!


Until next time.....happy stitching!


Rhona

Monday, January 27, 2020

It's a free SAL!

Stitch-a-longs are wonderful and even better if they are free....we all love free stuff (especially stitching stuff!) don't we? I stumbled on a beautiful and free stitch-a-long and one of the great things about this one is that it last all year long! Normally I would run a mile from anything that lasts that long as my interest usually wains half way through, but this SAL (stitch-along) takes only a couple of hours per week. Even I can do that :) Of course, I'm always late to the party, so I had to catch up....but it was so easy to do. Here's me all caught up to week four...


 I chose a pale blue 14 count aida that I had in my stash and used a DMC blue variegated thread that was also languishing in my thread box unused and unloved (but not anymore!)

Here's a close up of weeks one and two boxes....


...and then weeks three and four...


...week five will go in the last box....


So, where can you find this wonderful stitch along? Its by Peppermint Purple and you can find it on Peppermint Purple's Facebook page.  There's also a SAL group where you can see all the wonderful different colour combinations people have used. Each section is released on a Wednesday...suddenly Wednesdays are fun again!

Since these black work squares don't take up too much time (even if you are playing catch-up!) I had enough time to start another little design.This is a Margaret Sherry cutie from World Of Cross Stitching magazine......


So now I'm feeling all happy in my little stitching corner!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, January 20, 2020

Drab coloured threads.

After the bright coloured threads I used for the Tomte bookmarks, I'm back to using dark, drab coloured threads....


....but they are making such a pretty picture! I'm back working on the wolves design. This is where I was last time I showed you a picture of it....


....and here's where I am now....


...lots of blending colours to make a beautiful design that doesn't look drab at all!



Until next time....happy stitching!


Rhona

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Starting the new year the way I ended the year....

.....with another gnome! 


This last book mark was for the hubby who is a New York Rangers fan, so I changed the colours  to match his team.....


After stitching four of these bookmarks, I am officially done with gnomes. At least for now!!!


There was no sewing involved in making these bookmarks....everything was glued! I decided to share with you a tip that I learned years ago, for storing  tubes or bottles of glues so that they always work without you having to shake them like mad and then end up getting a big squelch of glue when it does finally decide to make an appearance from the bottle (sound familiar?).....


...leave them with the tips down (with the caps firmly on!) inside an empty jar. This way the glue is already at the tip and easy to use.  Big bottles of glue can be stored the same way....


A simple but effective way....how do you store your glues?

And finally I want to share with you some cute little egg cosies that I designed for World of Cross Stitching magazine....


Quite literally 'eggs and soldiers'! Not sure if anyone other than Brits would understand eggs and soldiers, so click here  to find out about eggs and soldiers. And in the unlikely event that you need a recipe you can find one here .  Anyhoo, they would certainly brighten up breakfast...or lunch!

Until next time.....happy stitching!

Rhona


Monday, December 23, 2019

Another gnome!

These gnomes are taking over! The third gnome bookmark is finished....


Joe loves green so it made sense to do this one in shades of green. Here it is with the one I showed you last post which is for my daughter...


I was hoping to be able to show a picture of all three bookmarks together, but I had to post the first one so that it got to my son in time for Christmas. He's serving abroad so fingers crossed it gets there in time for Christmas.

Here's gnome number four....hope you're not bored looking at gnomes! This one is for the hubby and I decided to change the colours from the chart so that it matches the hubby's favourite hockey team (New York rangers) colours ....


....my plans for having it finished by today were well and truly scuppered when I ended up having a terrible  headache yesterday and spent the best part of the day in bed! Guess who's got lots of stitching and finishing to get this done in time?!!

An early copy of the Just CrossStitch magazine arrived in the mail with my 'deer at sunset' design gracing the front cover....


The model was stitched for the magazine by Brenda Smith, who did a wonderful job bringing my design to life.

Well since I still have some gnome stitching left to do, I guess i should go and thread the needle and get back to stitching!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and hoping that Santa will leave some stitching stash in your stocking :)

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona


Monday, December 16, 2019

Two little finishes!

Don't you just love those quick to stitch and quick to finish pieces? And when they are Christmas gifts too, it's even better!

So last week, you may remember that I was working on some cute little Tomte designs and making them as bookmarks. Here was the first one all finished.....


.....I made a matching little tassel for his hat...


He was popped inside a book and sent off in a Christmas package to my son. The second Tomte that I had started last week was also finished (I'm definitely on a roll here!).....


...a nice bright pink tassel on this one's hat.....


 If you're wondering how to make a tassel click here for a quick little tutorial about making them.

Isn't he cute.....


And then Tomte number three is well under way and should be finished in plenty time before Christmas....


This one is probably going to be done on green felt and with a red tassel. Now the burning question is....do I have time to whip up a 4th Tomte bookmark?!!! Pop back next week to see if I have :)

Until next time....happy stitching!


Rhona

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Advent blog hop....Day 12.

Welcome to my little corner of blog land and to day 12 of the Advent Blog Hop organized by the wonderful Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year....busy and hectic but always full of love. I always plan to stitch a host of gifts for everyone on my list....but by December there's only three or four people actually receiving hand made gifts from me - I'm just not organized enough! 

I have made some cross stitch Christmas cards to send this year.....




Quick and easy ......except for the back stitch on some of them!

I love this ornament that I made several years ago....it always makes me smile when I bring it out at this time of year...




Now as for Jo's question of favorite Christmas movie.......I don't really have a favorite Christmas movie. I do love the old classics though....there's just something about Christmas and old movies....Miracle on 34th Street anyone? Or maybe White Christmas? Not a classic, but definitely a golden oldie....Trading Places. What's your favourite?

Think I'll go and get my stitching out and start (re)watching these Christmas movies!

Until next time.....happy blog hopping!

Rhona







Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas gnomes

Christmas gnomes, Tomte, sprites....whatever you want to call them.... are so popular this year and are everywhere....even cross stitching! I decided follow the trend and stitch the Christmas gnomes bookmarks that I designed for World Of Cross Stitching magazine issue 286......


.....they were so much fun to stitch! (They were fun to design too!)  As you can see from the picture above, I couldn't wait to start the back stitching just to have this little gnome's face come to life! I changed the colour of his little suit because ....well you can do that sort of thing with cross stitching and because the recipient loves blue....


The kids (who are not really kids but are all grown up, but still kids to me!) always get a book as part of their Christmas and this year will have a little Christmas Tomte bookmark to go with the book. This one with a more girly colour scheme is still in the hoop, bit shouldn't take too long to complete...


Next on my to-stitch list is one of my Highland Cows (or heilan' coos as they are known as in Scotland!) designs from Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 263....


...but I'm having trouble deciding which one to stitch first!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A sparkling, sequined finish!


These four little Christmas characters are popping in to say 'Hi!'.....


At last....after much grumbling and moaning (with a few unsavory words thrown in too!) I have a finish! 

This was certainly not the pleasure to make as the other stockings have been. I had lots of problems with this stocking and took lots of pictures to show how badly off each piece was, but have decided that I will concentrate on the good and show you just the finished piece (who wants to hear anyone moaning and complaining at this time of year!) So here are the cast of characters that make up the stocking....





.....hundreds and hundreds of sequins and beads....



 ....a little 'handmade with love'  label from my stash....


....and baby's name embroidered on the top (I wasn't going to show her name, but since her mama has it on social media there's no privacy issues)...


...... a plain white lining (no pictures as it's a bit boring!)....and we have a finished stocking....


This certainly was a labour of love but I'm glad it's done and am pleased with the finished stocking.

Here's the details of the kit...

Manufacturer - Design Works
Kit name - Winter Friends  #5260J
Finished size - 18 inches

Would I make another felt stocking? Absolutely - but not using this brand! I personally prefer the Bucilla kits and feel they are made to a much higher standard.

Anyway, now to parcel this sparkly stocking up and send it on to it's new owner, just in time for Christmas!

Until next time.....happy stitching!


Rhona