Monday, October 24, 2016

Tea....and an award nomination!

More tea....this time peppermint tea!

These blocks are stitching up so quickly....I can't believe how much I'm able to get done each week.

I did change some of the lettering on this one.....I just hope that the designer Krista Hamrick doesn't mind. I altered the letter 'p' so that they were both the same....she had each one slightly different and my OCD just kicked in :) It's not a huge difference and I'm happy with it, which I guess is what it's all about!

So, on to the surprising news! This little blog of mine has been nominated in the British Craft Awards for the category of Best Cross Stitch! 

I'm thrilled and humbled that of all of the wonderful stitchy blogs in blog land that my little blog has even been noticed! So, if any of you dear readers would like to vote for me, please click here. You can vote from anywhere in the world. Please click on the Cross Stitch category and there are a couple of other questions to answer (all about cross stitching)  and will take literally less than a couple of minutes of your time. It would mean the world to me if you could do this. Please do check out the other nominated blogs.....they are all fantastic!

Thank you!

And some other good news.....look what arrived from Lion Brand.....

The replacement yarn! So not only did they replace the six balls that I had originally purchased, but they added another ball just to make sure that I had enough yarn of the same colour batch to complete the project! How awesome is that? So another big shout out to the customer service team at lion Brand....especially Ben who co-ordinated it all for me....Ben you are wonderful!

Just a quick reminder that there is still time to add your name if you'd like to be in the running to win the Christmas Gnome charts. If you'd like to add your name to the drawing, click here and leave a comment. Winners will be announced next week, Monday 31st October 2016.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, October 17, 2016

More tea.....and a giveaway!

Another tea block needle is smoking hot!

 Black favourite to drink!

I like my tea piping hot just as this one looks with all the steam coming from the cup....perfect!

My next decision is whether or not to do each block in order or to jump around the chart and use some different colours! Mmmm...what to do?

I might not be able to get as much stitching completed over the next couple of weeks as I am doggie sitting for my friend while she is on holiday and her pooch is rather an attention hog. Also, the thought of getting doggie slobber all over my stitching isn't very appealing. Sooooo.....a perfect excuse to have a little giveaway so that I'll have something on my blog over the next couple of weeks!

Remember my Christmas gnomes......

...well there's actually fifteen....yes fifteen all together. (You can see close up pictures of these three here.) There are twelve of the larger gnomes and three of the smaller ones.....and I thought it might be nice to share these little cuties with you. If you would like to be in the running to win the chart for all fifteen Christmas gnomes please leave a comment below.  I'll announce the winner two weeks from today which will be October 31st, giving the winner plenty of time to stitch these for Christmas :) Please feel free to share this giveaway on your blog if you want to. If there are lots of entries, I'll pick a couple of winners!

Good luck!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, October 10, 2016

More tea!

This little Tea sampler is just so much fun to work on.....I think it's because each little block is a finish in itself . You know how we stitchers love that feeling of a finish :)

So here we have blackberry tea...

....block number three in the sampler so far...

 ...loving the bright colours in this block...

 I originally thought that the blue was a bit strange for the cup and saucer and was in two minds whether or not to change it to white and greys, which was how the picture on the packet looked, but in the end, I decided to go with  designer Krista Hamrick's choice......

....she knew best! It looks great.

And the wonderful Krista Hamrick has designed a coffee counterpart to this sampler which you can see here. I think this coffee chart just might be going on my wish list to Santa!

Until next time..happy stitching!


Monday, October 3, 2016

A surprise appearance by.......

.....good old Max! 

I finally finished stitching the third and last block. As you can tell the back stitching still has to be done.....I'm truly wishing that I had done the back stitching on each block before starting the next block....but I didn't, and now have to do it all....urghhh!

Here's how all three blocks look. 

So, decision I crack on and get this finished or do I do another tea sampler block and then do the back stitching? Mmmm.....I know which one is calling my name!!!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Tea.......and a shout out to the Lion Brand Yarn Company!

I just had to share a wonderful email that I received.

Those of you who are regular readers may remember my heartache over the baby blanket that I had started (click here if you have no idea what I'm talking about !)  I have to make it very clear that the fault was all mine....a rookie mistake if ever there was one! I had not purchased enough yarn to complete the project and the new yarn I bought on-line was completely different.

Anyhoo, I received a wonderful email from the Lion Brand Company from Ben who has probably the most enviable job ever....he interacts with bloggers from the crafting community! Sweet job, Ben....I'm rather jealous! He contacted me  with the offer of sending me replacement yarn for the project or a project's amount of any other yarn from their site! Talk about great customer service :) I'm totally over the moon with this offer from them. I love the original yarn and really would like to finish the blanket using this yarn as I think it's just a tad different for a baby blanket. Anyway, since we usually only hear of complaints and bad service, I wanted to highlight great customer service. Thanks Lion rock!

Hopefully I will be soon able to show you, dear readers, a completed crochet baby blanket using that gorgeous multi-coloured yarn!

What I can show you today is another tea block completed....

 ...a bit of a grey day, so the lighting isn't too good.

 ....and with an empty teacup so that I don't have another panic attack!

This sampler seems to be stitching up pretty quickly!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 19, 2016

A cup of tea!

Quite literally, a cup of tea all stitched ....

...and back stitched too! And rather bravely of me (or maybe that should be riskily or stupidly, you pick the most appropriate!) here it is with the real thing...

...which was placed there just for effect and then whisked away rather quickly before there were any accidents with the tea spilling onto nice white fabric!

I had thought that each time I had completed one of the tea blocks I could photograph it with a different teacup or mug, but after the heart palpitations I had when the tea was close to the stitching, (I won't even begin to describe my panic as the teacup was placed onto the fabric!) I think I might just change my plan :)

Last week, hubby and I decided to head off to Canada for a short break (hence there was no post last week) Montreal was the place of choice since the World Cup Of Hockey had an exhibition match being played there.

Loved the hockey and loved Montreal...such a beautiful city....

I have to say that Montreal feels just like Paris, but with ice hockey and maple syrup.....lots and lots of maple syrup! 

And beer sangria.....

So, from tea to beer sangria all in one nice little post!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

All mixed up!

These bank holiday weekends really do mess with your head! Monday seemed like Sunday and today feels like it's Monday.....hence I'm late with my weekly post!

The bank holiday was great and hubby and I got loads done around the house and in the garden.....the to-do list was getting so long it was ridiculous. So, with all the work being done there wasn't really a lot of time for stitching or crocheting. Luckily I had a few nights earlier in the week where I had indulged in  my crafting therapy! :)

Max had some more stitches added.....not an awful lot, but better than none at all being added!

I really want to get him finished as I can feel myself becoming a bit bored with him. I don't want to put him to one side as I know I probably won't pick him up again if I do! Anyone else end up feeling like that about a project?

As for the baby blanket saga,(Click here if you didn't see what happened!)  I heard back from Lion Brand yarns asking for a picture of the colour change in the yarn and they said they would be looking into the differences in the dye lots. I was pleased that they had responded, but still not sure about what to do with the yarn that I already have and how to salvage what I had already started. Thank you to everyone who gave some suggestions....time to put my thinking cap on!

While I was waiting for a response from Lion Brand, I was itching to start something for the new, this is the start of my new baby blanket.....

...and this time I have LOADS of yarn! Lesson learned :) The pattern for this blanket can be found here. I changed the colours to make sure I didn't have the same problems as last week :) I have so much white yarn that I could probably make two baby blankets....and some booties....and a hat or two!

Hopefully this week I will be able to find time to work a bit more on both of these projects.

Until next time...happy stitching!