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!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Just the weather for warm woolly blankets!

I've been itching to start my crochet afghan.....makes sense doesn't it....82ºF (28ºC) here and I start thinking about warm woolly blankets! I know, weird, huh?

Anyhoo, once I figured out how to do the pattern and how many repeats I would need ( although messed that part up.... I did way more than I needed and now have an afghan the size of a small forest!) I really got going with it and am loving how it's crocheting up....

It's quite a simple pattern....otherwise I would never be able to do it...but doesn't it look impressive?

If there are any crocheters out there reading this, please don't look too closely at it as there are probably loads of mistakes and the tension is probably awful too! :)  I just hope that when I go back to the craft store they have more of the wool in these three colours (I know, rookie mistake not buying enough to complete the project!)....keep your fingers crossed for me.

So, no cross stitching done this week...unfortunately there's never enough time to get everything we want done....but, I do have a picture of my design in this months World of Cross Stitching magazine...

...I might have to stitch it and alter the words to 'Do not disturb...crocheting in progress' !

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Coffee and cuddles.... finally finished! Although I love the design, I'm so glad to be finished it. It feels like I have done more unpicking that anything else on this piece. It's all my own fault though...I'm so fussy about colours that when it's not exactly what I want I have come to the realization that it's better (and quicker) to unpick it and re-stitch it in the right colours...otherwise it ends up as a UFO. Anyhoo, after all my unpicking to get the colours just the way I wanted them, I then went and did a really stupid thing....I blame it on watching the telly while stitching! After finishing all the cross stitch, I just grabbed some black thread that was in my stitching tin and started working on the back stitch without really paying too much attention. Next day when I looked at the poor finished kitty, it looked horrible! Luckily, I had only back stitched  one of the kitties and mugs, so I didn't have too much to unpick. A dark grey thread looked so much better and I finished of all those cute kitties quite quickly....which was lucky as I was beginning to get fed-up of the design! So, here it is in all it's unpicked and re-stitched glory....

Each kitty is so cute and seems to have it's own personality...

I just have to find a suitable frame and then that's the first of the Christmas gifts done! Yay me! :)

I decided to have a break from the stitching in the hopes that the frogs would find somewhere else more interesting to live....any takers?

 Here's the lovely colours of my next project...

...yup, I'm going to tackle another crochet afghan....wish me luck!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, June 13, 2014

I won an iron...and I love it!

True to her word, after offering an iron as the prize on her blog, the wonderful Sharon, sent me an iron! Luckily for me, it's the type of iron that stitchers like to use....

..isn't that cute?

She also sent me the most wonderful package brimming with goodies, all individually wrapped... was like Christmas opening each parcel...

....such an array of wonderful things! I love the 'No Ironing" wall hanging (which is now hanging above my tumble dryer) and if you look closely you'll see that she even found the cutest iron motif  fabric. The iron design was by Gaynor from Stitchers Anon, who designed it especially for  another thank you, this time to Gaynor! I love receiving handmade gifts, and this is only the second time that I have ever had someone stitch me something! I really appreciate it as I know how busy you were Sharon, and I know the amount of time it takes to make something like this. 

So what else was in the package, well there was some wonderful over-dyed threads....and can you believe that I have never stitched with  these? Well, that is all about to change. I think this may be like the opening of Pandora's box......I can see a new obsession starting here!There's also a fat quarter of pink polka dot iron fabric, which I will certainly make good use of! Some wonderful ' handmade with love' labels, counting pins, lavender tissues (one of my favourite fragrances!) , a spool of the most gorgeous cream lace edging,  a cute frog tape measure, the cutest little tea-light pail, which for some reason isn't in the picture and some wonderful sweets....which didn't last long!

So, a big THANK YOU to Sharon for such a beautiful prize're wonderful, I love it all!

I'm off now to check out all those wonderful over-dyed threads...I can now understand why everyone is raving about them...yes, I'm a convert!

Until next time...happy stitching!