Monday, April 22, 2019

Finished, framed and gifted!

And best of all....loved!

After a little mad panic by me the day before the bridal shower  - who knew that Michael's couldn't cut a mat for your stitching without having three days notice (and charge you $77 if you didn't have a coupon!) - everything ended up being fine.  With a little extra work on the stitching I managed to make it fit the frame that was also a last minute purchase....yeah, I like living dangerously!

As you an see in the picture above, the design had the swirls being cut off, but since I couldn't get the mat cut to the right size and, of course, the frames weren't the right size either, I ended up adding the top part of the swirly bits to make them complete. I thought it looked better that way....

 A plain-ish black frame and it looked  wonderful! And best of all....the bride-to-be loved it.

So let me give you the details of this design....

  • Kit by Dimensions
  • Ever After Wedding Record 70-35361
  • Stitched on 18 count Ivory Aida
  • Finished size 5 x 12 inches (30.4  12.7 cm)
  • Large colour symbol chart
  • Stitches used - whole cross stitch, long stitch, french knots and lazy daisy stitches

The kit had more than enough threads to complete the design as you can see by what's left over....

I marked the key with the DMC equivalent threads colours as this design is one I would definitely stitch again.

After gifting this, I realized that I should have recorded on the stitching or on the frame who had stitched it.....something for future generations to know. Of course, I always come up with these ideas when it's too late to actually do anything about them. I had a look on Amazon etc and there doesn't seem to be anything to add to a frame to note the name of the stitcher. There are some lovely labels that you can personalize with your name etc  that would look nice on cushions or small ornaments etc......and you just know that some of them will be making an appearance in my amazon cart, don't you?!!! Anyway, my question to you today do you record who stitched the piece when it's in a frame like this?

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 15, 2019

Loving the back stitching!

Hello again, dear readers. It's wonderful to be back blogging and reading the lovely comments so many of you left for me on my last post. Thanks you....they mean so much to me. 

Since the bridal shower is coming up fast....eeek..... I'll have to get cracking and finish the wedding sampler really quickly. Last week's post I had shown it to you with the cross stitching finished, so this week was a case of bringing it to life with the back stitching.....

As always, the difference is'd think we'd get used to the difference after stitching for a long time, but no, each time I'm always amazed at the difference...

This design included lots of french knots...

....luckily for me, I love doing about you? Love them or loathe them? Do you swap the out for beads instead?

All the back stitched swirls make the calligraphy come to life...

I just have the 'after' part of the design to do and the happy couple's names at the bottom, then I can get it matted and framed - hopefully in time for the bridal shower! 

I guess I should go and find that turbo charged needle!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, April 8, 2019


Yoo-hoo! Anyone still there? It's me....I'm finally back. 

What was supposed to be a two week break over the hectic Christmas period turned into a longer than intended break. Turned out I really needed some 'me time'. So now I'm back a raring to go :)

So what have I been working on since Christmas.....well it turns out to be quite a bit. I'll start with the cardinal cross stitching that you last saw like this.....

I decided to really push on with it as it was fast becoming one of those pieces that's relegated to the bottom of the stitching basket and ends up as being yet another UFO. Here's what it looks like now..

You'll have to excuse the poor quality pictures, but it's a rainy miserable day here and I couldn't get enough light to take pictures with my camera so the cell phone came to my rescue!

This has been put to the side (and not to the bottom of the sewing basket!) to work on some other projects that had/have firm deadlines.  Stepping out of my comfort zone I decided to make a couple of rag quilts for some newborn babies. The great thing about making quilts for babies is that since they are for babies they don't have to be too big and are therefore much more do-able for a newbie quilter like me. After searching on Pinterest I decided to do a rag quilt....great for anyone new to sewing and not sure about their skills with a sewing machine. The first one I made was for my friends daughter....and I totally forgot to take a picture of it! That's what happens when you're out of the habit of blogging! The second one I made is for my daughter's friend....this one I did remember to take some pictures......

I never realized just how difficult it is to take an interesting picture of a quilt....until now. Here's the quilt with the little bunny that was made by the amazingly talented Helen Phillips. You can check out her blog here. The bunny is staying with me and not a gift for the baby but just used as a kind of prop to make the picture a bit more interesting.

To make a rag quilt you have to do LOTS of snipping to make the rag edging (obviously!) It's tiring work, but well worth the effort. I invested in pair of spring assisted scissors which I would highly recommend if you ever decide to make one of these rag quilts. 

The rag quilts on Pinterest had the edge of the blanket snipped, but I thought it looked kind of unfinished, so I decided to add an edging which I think really pulled it together and finished it off nicely.

The baby shower is next weekend, so I'm feeling good about having this finished in time.

And the last piece I have to show you today is a wedding sampler which has been such fun to stitch...

I have the stitching finished and now have to do all the back stitching which is a big part of this design. I loved all the colour changes in the many bright colours that don't really show up well on the photograph....

This has to be done in time for the bridal shower (first one I have ever been to!) in a couple of weeks time. Fingers crossed that I can get it finished and framed in time!

Well, that's everything that I have been working on....time now to go and visit your blogs and get caught up with what you have been working on!

Until next time....happy stitching.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Fun Finds Friday

I though that last weeks Friday Find was amazing and, of course, I went looking for more cross stitched items....and I found lots! So many amazingly creative people out there and their ideas are wonderful, so I thought I'd share some more with you today...

Isn't this chair absolutely beautiful? You can read all about it here

Can't find a link for this beautiful blanket....but I'd love to have a blanket like this!

Not sure if I would have the patience (or a steady enough hand) to paint my wall like this!

 No story for this sieve, but the original picture can be found here

This chair is from Facebook and can be found here.

There's a whole article on this Spanish street art scene here.

Unfortunately there's no link for the shoes....but aren't they gorgeous?

 Cross stitched metal art? I didn't even know there was such a thing! You can read about it here.

 Click here for the story of this chair.

All the images were found Pinterest, unfortunately not all have links to the original source. Anyway, maybe they will inspire us to think outside the box...or the aida!

Until next time ....happy stitching!


Monday, December 10, 2018

Shhh....don't tell my secret!

The most wonderful time of the year is also the busiest time of the year and I haven't managed to pick up my needle very much, so there's not much progress to show. 

I do have a little secret to tell......I made a huge blunder with my stitching last week. I guess that's what happens when you pick up a UFO from ages ago and forget to re-read all the instructions....who has time for that?!! I realized, once I had taken my stitching of the q-snaps, that the white stitching on one side look quite different from the white stitching that I had just finished.......and then I realized......the white should have been stitched using three strands of thread and not the usual two! Arghhh.....what to do? Unpick all the white and then re-stitch know how I hate stitching on black aida, so that didn't seem like a very good option. So, here's my secret....promise not to tell? I just went over all the white stitching and restitched with one strand of thread! 

I guess if you were going to look at the stitching with a magnifying glass you'd probably be able to tell, but I don't think anyone will be doing least I hope not!

So that's our little secret....don't tell anyone!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, December 7, 2018

Fun Finds Friday

Taking your cross stitching to the next level....

Image from Facebook

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Searching through the sewing basket!

After finishing the seashells design (more on that later) I decided to go through my sewing basket and organize it (not exactly one of my strengths!) and work guilt free on a WIP . Now depending on how you look at it, this WIP could (or should) be classed as a UFO, yes, this one has been languishing in the sewing basket for a while.  So either way, WIP or UFO, this ones back on the q-snaps and getting some much needed love and attention.

Prepare yourselves for a blast form the past. This is how it looked last time I did any work on it.....may moons ago....

....and here is how it looks today...

It's a dull and dreary day here which makes getting pictures really hard, especially when photographing black fabric! As I've said many times before, I'm not a big fan of stitching on black fabric, but I do love the finished effect. 

I do have another start, which is guilt free as it's a design for publication. Unfortunately I can't show you the design, so I've tried to be a bit creative here and  just show some of it....'s just a tease until I can reveal it all!

So, back to the seashells design that I finished....I realized that I didn't give any details about the kit, so here goes...

The kit is by Design Works and the designer is none other than the fabulous Joan Elliott.
Finished size is 11 x 14 inches
Stitched on 14 count aida.
Black and white chart

One thing that I was very happy about was that there was more than enough threads supplied in the's the threads that were left over....

And as we all know, that doesn't happen very often, so kudos to Design Works for looking after their customers and supplying enough threads.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, November 30, 2018

Fun Finds Friday.....gingerbread men!

Christmas time always makes me think of Gingerbread fact, my mouth's watering just at the thought of them! Here's some calorie free gingerbread men  that would be quick to stitch for cards or tags ......

Image from Pinterest

You can find the free chart here. If you don't like the words 'bite me' you could always back stitch a name or greeting.

Here's another little cutie....

Image from Pinterest
The chart can be found here.

And the final little gingerbread man chart is this one....

Image from Pinterest

And you can find everything you need to know about stitching this one by clicking here.

And just in case you fancy some edible gingerbread men, here's a link to a great recipe :)

Until next time.....happy stitching (and baking!)


Monday, November 26, 2018

So many finishes!

Well I certainly managed to make up for last week and having nothing to show! I've done quite a few happy dances this week, I really should be a few pounds lighter....but I'm not :(

The first finish this week is....the seashells. Here's the top part of the design...

.....then those bottom large shells...

....then the little border at the base of the design...

....and here it is in all it's glory...

The pictures aren't that great as it's a miserable rainy day here....the kind you just want to sit in front of a fire with some hot tea and some stitching.

Then remember this....

...well I managed to finish him off too...

I misplaced the magazine so had to guess how to assemble him. He turned out fine and is just waiting for me to put up the Christmas tree where he can have pride of place as this years cross stitched ornament.

And for my final happy dance finish (which technically isn't quite finished as I still have to weave in the ends and add some buttons!) is this adorable little baby cardigan....

This is for my daughters friend who wants neutral colours for her baby. I thought that the pale grey would look nice if she decide to pair it with blue or pink when she discovers the baby's gender. I'm so surprised at how quickly this little cardigan worked up.....I can see there being quite a few of these in a little gift basket for the new Mum.

Well, I'm quite exhausted with all that happy dancing, so I'm off to pop the kettle on for a quick cuppa while I work out what to work on next (please don't mention UFO's and make me feel guilty!)

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, November 23, 2018

Fun Finds chart.

I came across the gorgeous little chart and wanted to share it with you as an antidote to all the Christmas stitching that you're either doing or about to do!

 Images from Facebook

This gorgeous design is by  Maria Brovko and you can find her on Facebook under the title/name Cross stitch patterns by Maria Brovko. her designs are gorgeous and well worth checking out.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, November 20, 2018 stitching this week!

I'm just back from a looooong road trip! All the way from New York to Alabama. Two days traveling, two days there, and then two days traveling back! Ah the things we do to see our (grown up) kids :)

I had planned to do some crocheting in the car (cross stitch is just too difficult to do in a moving vehicle!)  My daughter's friend is pregnant so what better to do than some baby clothes....unfortunately I just grabbed the hook that was suggested on the pattern and when I started crocheting , the little cardigan was turning out super tiny, too small for a preemie or even a doll. The cross stitch kit that I had grabbed to work on in the hotel during the evening didn't work out any better....the fabric was tough, the threads seemed really strange and no matter how careful I was, the stitches seemed to be very bumpy and I gave up on that too, so I have nothing to show you except some pictures of our trip.

Hubby and son at the riverfront, Montgomery Alabama......

Outside The Legacy Museum (well worth a visit if you're in Montgomery!)....

So much history here........

 Various shots of the capitol building...

The Alabama river....

A wonderful trip and worth all the driving to see our son.

Now to catch up on all the stitching and crafting that I missed last week!

Until next time....happy stitching!