Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness number 5

I have another finish for this week's mega mini challenge. And let me tell you, this one was a challenge to finish! I'm not a fan of stitching white on white and this one seemed to be nearly all white on white, luckily for me it's such a cute design that I was determined to get it finished....

Am I the only stitcher with an aversion to stitching white on white?

This is another Margaret Sherry design and is a sort of companion piece to the one I did for Mega Mini Month Madness number 3. The difference is that I stitched the first one on pale blue aida, but had none left for this design. (Yes, some stash enhancement is definitely called for now :)  )

Not only did I manage to get this piece done, I also managed another felt heart!  I can now score off two things in my Christmas planner.....such a good feeling! Here's the felt heart for this week....

All that needs to be done is the ribbon for hanging.

I'm hoping to maybe squeeze in another small finish before the end of the month.....this challenge has really set my needle on fire!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness number 4

This week, I went from this....

....and this...

...and made this...

Yup, this is the year that I'm finally going to be organized for Christmas! Woohoo!

All those craft ideas that I have for Christmas? They're in my planner.
That 'must stitch' design....that's in my planner too (along with a note of the threads that I need to buy!)
And that new recipe I want to try....yup, that's in the planner, along with a list of the ingredients so that I don't get home and realize that I am missing the one crucial ingredient !

I had seen quite a few Christmas planners on Pinterest and decided that was what I needed to keep me organized, but they were all made using three ring binders. I have nothing against three ring binders...they're great for holding recipe pages torn from magazines, cross stitch charts, and you can find plenty of free printable pages....but they are rather cumbersome to be carrying with you to the supermarket or to the mall! :) I wanted something that I could pop into my bag and see all the lists I had made and scribble notes inside etc.  Then when visiting the lovely, and very talented, Helen Phillips blog I saw that she had made a Christmas memories book using a spiral bound journal which you can see here.   Bingo...the perfect solution!

So here's a better picture of the planner, which was just made by covering the original notebook with some fancy Christmas papers and, of course, my stitching!

I even covered the inside page!

Not too much layering of paper, so it was quite quick to make.

Can't forget the back!

Just have to make sure I have a pen in my handbag!

Roll on Christmas!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness number 3

Another cute little design to show you for this week's mini  finish. This time it's a Margaret Sherry design that was a free chart from Cross Stitch Crazy a few years ago.....

Awww...aren't they cute! I stitched these adorable little polar bear cubs on pale blue aida which you can see slightly better on this next picture....

I didn't follow the chart exactly and also altered the sky to half cross stitch.....much quicker to do and since the background is already the blue fabric, I thought it worked rather well.

I'm not sure that the eyes stand out enough so I may go back and either add another stitch to make them a bit more obvious, or  do the eyes in a shade darker. 

So....I'm giving myself a little pat-on-the-back for another mini finish completed for the challenge. The next design for the challenge is already started, but there's not enough to show....yet!

Finally, here's a picture of one of my Christmas designs that featured in this month's Cross Stitch Gold magazine....

Cross Stitch Gold Issue 115
Immediate Media Co.

The model was stitched by the lovely Caroline Lord, who, like me, ended up singing Christmas carols in the middle of summer all because of this design! :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness number 2!

Oooh...I'm loving this month of stitching minis! I feel so organized :) 

Click here to find out all about Mega mini Month Madness.

After stitching the hedgehog last week, it dawned on me that the design would be perfect for my niece who breeds hedgehogs. Then I remembered that I had another hedgehog design would be even  better for my niece and her hubby....

Heehee....I'm sure they'll love it. I think that I might add a couple of white french knots for the mistletoe berries before I make it into a card.

And still adding to to the list of Christmas finishes, here's more....

I plan to make  quite a few of these felt hearts and stars to hang along the mantelpiece at Christmas. These ones are very plain as I was really just experimenting with the size of the shapes. The next few will test my patience and skill (or lack thereof!) at embroidery as I plan to decorate the shapes....well that's the plan at the moment! I'll let you know how that all turns out...if there are no more felt ornament pics you'll know that the whole plan was a failure! :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness number 1

Here's my first mini stitching for the Mega Mini Month Madness hosted by Pull The Other Thread.  The challenge is to post one mini stitched piece every week for the month of October.... a great way to get a jump start on the Christmas stitching!

This is one of my designs that was in Cross Stitch Crazy magazine last year.....such a cute little hedgehog, don't you think? He's going to be made into a card....once I get some Christmas papers from the craft store!

I've got all the threads all ready for mini number 2! Wow.....this is so unlike me to be so organized....let's hope it lasts!

Just a little reminder that you can still get the free 'Everything Stops For Tea' chart by clicking here.......enjoy!

Until the next time...happy stitching!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Everything stops for chart!

Just to give you all a bit of a warning....I am going to be mentioning the 'C' word in this post even though it's only September! :) So if it's too early for you to be hearing the word 'Christmas', you might not want to keep reading...although you will miss out on a lovely free chart!

My goal this year is to make quite a few homemade Christmas gifts - that was  my goal last year and probably the year before that too, but sadly I always leave things to the last minute and end up having to go with shop bought gifts...and a lot of disappointment on my part! 

But this year, I'm starting early! I'm determined to do more homemade gifts this year. Here's part of gift number one all stitched up..... 

I've got a couple of ideas of how I want to incorporate this into a cute little gift, but I feel good that the stitching is done...yayyy me! I'll show you how I finish this off as a gift in another post.

So in the spirit of Christmas (yes, I know it's a bit early for that!) I have a little gift for you....the chart! To get your copy of the chart, click here. (I've got my fingers firmly crossed that the link will work) And for the key, click here. If you'd like to change the colour scheme, please feel free to do so. I stitched this on 14 count cream aida and the stitched area is approx 15.4 cm x 10.3 cm. (85 x 57 stitches)

Please remember that the charts are for your own personal use only. Using the charts to make gifts for family and friends is fine (I'd love to see how you use them!), but please do not offer the chart for re-sale.

If you click here , you'll see how I used the design before....mmmm, don't those cookies look good!!!

I've also done a couple of coaster designs to match this make sure you visit never know when I'll be giving them away! (Soon, I promise.)

With all that talk about tea, I think it's time to pop the kettle on and make a cuppa!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 22, 2014

A little French Christmas finish.....

After a wonderful trip to Paris with my daughter, I really wanted to stitch something to remind us of our trip.....photographs aren't enough!!! 

Unfortunately for me (perhaps not so for my credit card) the one cross stitch shop that I really wanted to visit (and had figured out how to get there) was closed for the week while we were there. Click here for the website and all their lovely designs.....excuse me while I drool quietly in the corner! 

So, sadly, photographs and memories would have to suffice.....until I came across a lovely design on Pinterest, which I just had to stitch....

It's another freebie design and the chart can be found here

It stitched up quite quickly and the colours look gorgeous although they look a bit strange in the picture - the reds of the ribbon are actually a rich burgundy colour, not a horrible brown as it's showing. 

This freebie design along with the free alphabet heart design that I stitched a few weeks ago, got me to thinking how nice it was to get free,I've decided that I'll post one of my charts for anyone to download and stitch....pop back next week to get the chart! Free stuff (especially cross stitch) is always good :)

Now, if like me, your thoughts are turning to Christmas stitching and are hoping to be organized and not leave it all to the last minute (Ha! I NEVER do that!), you might want to pop on over to Pull The Other Thread blog and sign up for the Mega Mini Month Madness. The rules and sign up can be found here. (oh my many links in this post!) Basically you have to post 5 mini finishes in the month of October...anything goes. I'm planning on getting some Christmas card stitching done....just have to decide what designs to stitch....and that, dear friends, could take me a while!

Until next time...happy stitching!