Monday, December 5, 2016

Almost a finished block!

Well I didn't manage to complete a tea block this week. I guess it was bound to happen.....I think I probably exhausted that turbo charged needle of mine!

The block is almost completed....

...another couple of evenings and the back stitching will be finished. 

And I realized that I haven't posted a picture of how the whole sampler look so here it is....

 ...of course, it's a bit wrinkled as I am one of those people who takes their stitching off the frame to do the back stitch and I have to crumple the fabric to be able to hold kind of un-does all the good work of having it on a fame while stitching! Rest assured it will be washed and ironed once it's all finished.

I also managed to (finally!) make some cards with some old stitching.....

....nothing too fancy but cute and perfect for some last minute birthday cards for a set of twins. Now that the paper crafting stuff is out I guess I should make an effort to get some more cards made....I do have *one or two* pieces of stitching waiting to be finished. 

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Another tea block....

 ....this time, it's green tea.  Not my favourite fact, if truth be told,  I can't stand green tea but it does looks good in cross stitch! 

I now only have three more blocks to do then the sampler is complete! Who would have guessed that I (probably the world's slowest stitcher) could complete a sampler this quickly! Hope I haven't jinxed myself by saying that :)

Not only did I complete the tea block, but I started one of the little free kits that comes with the World of Cross Stitching magazine.  I love these little kits as they are  quite quick to stitch and come with a pre-printed card and envelope......nice and easy.....usually!  

But this time...... looks like someone was having a bad day when they cut the aperture for the card!  

Guess I'll have to get out the card blanks and do some paper crafting....after the stitching is completed, of course!!!

Hope you're having a better day then whoever did the card aperture!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, November 21, 2016

And this weeks winner is.....


Congratulations, I will email you the chart tomorrow.

And speaking of winners, I was a lucky winner and received this wonderful gift form Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching....

Some gorgeous Christmas fabric (which I have just noticed that I've photographed upside down....sorry, Jo!) and the cutest little Christmas charms....

...which refuse to load maybe just turn your head to the side to see them better! :) Thanks Jo.....that was such a sweet surprise!

No stitching to show this week......hopefully lots to share next time!

Until then....happy stitching!


Monday, November 14, 2016

We have a winner!

In fact we have two winners for the Ugly Jumpers charts! Both bits of paper with the names on them   came out of the bowl together, so I figured it was a sign that both these wonderful stitchers should receive the charts!

The winners are....La  trame della Galaverna and Justine ! Congrats to both stitchers....emails with the charts will be winging their way to you tomorrow!

Since I'm having so much fun giving away charts, let's have yet another giveaway! This time the chart for this cutie is up for grabs.....

....this is how he was finished off and made into a cute Xmas card....

Sooooo....same as always, if you'd like to be in the running to win this chart, please leave a comment below. I'll announce the winner next week, Monday 21st November. Please feel free to share this on your blog.....I'm enjoying meeting new bloggers. 

Please ignore the web site details on the photo....the web site no longer exists :(

So, what have I been working on this week? No surprise for regular readers.....another tea block! This time it's Oolong....

I've had a few emails asking about details for this kit - it's called 'Tea Time' by Design Works and the kit number is 2596 . The original artwork is by Krista Hamrick. Hope that helps those of you who are looking for the kit.

So I'm off to start another tea block so that I'll have something to show you  next week!

Until then...happy stitching!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas chart giveaway....and more tea!

So, who still has some Christmas stitching still to do? Here's your chance to win another one of my charts....this time it's for six 'ugly' Christmas jumpers! 

Here's one of the designs that I have stitched up......

These designs are great for cards or for finishing as an ornament....or whatever else you want to do with it....the choice is yours!

There are six ugly jumpers in the set - the one pictured above, snowmen, penguins, Xmas pudding, Santa hat and Rudolf .

If you would like to be entered into the drawing for the chart of all six jumpers, please leave a comment below and I'll announce the winner one week from today, Monday 14th November, giving the lucky winner plenty of time to stitch this for Christmas.....or to just add the chart to their stash! :)

So onto the next tea block. I finished the back stitching of the Chamomile tea block....

...and completed the block below it....

I'm not sure if I like the spacing on the letters on the  word I might go back and unpick it....but maybe not....I can't quite decide :)

The pictures aren't great as my DD took my camera ....thank heavens for cell phone cameras!

Anyway, another block done....I'm over half way with this sampler! Woohoo :)

Remember to leave a comment if you'd like to be in the running to win the chart....and feel free to spread the word of the's always nice to meet new bloggers.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, October 31, 2016

Some tea and some winners!

I know I said that I would pick a winner for the gnome charts, but instead I decided to pick six winners!  Yes....six lucky people will be receiving a copy of the gnome chart. And the lucky winners are....

The first six names from the state of the art, giveaway name supplying bowl were Caitlin, Gominam, The Crafter's Apprentice, Ariadne, Mii and Lynn B.  I will be emailing the charts to you shortly!  Please do check out these lovely blogs if you haven't already met these wonderful bloggers. 

Thank you to everyone who entered...... and since it was such fun to meet some new bloggers (and hopefully spread some happiness!), I'm going to do another giveaway next week! I just have to decide what  chart to please do pop back next week. 

And now for some tea!

The next tea block hasn't been going as quickly as the others. First of all I had to frogging some of the design as I didn't like the colour choices on the chart....

The tea colour just didn't seem right. So I frogged it and started the tea afresh! I like the new colour combination much better. This square seemed to stitch up quite slowly, but I think it's because I didn't really like the colour of green thread....why on earth that would make stitching it happen more slowly, I don't know, but I really didn't enjoy stitching this block as much as the others. Anyhoo, there's not much more to do and this block will be definitely be completed in the next couple of days.

Once again, congrats to the six lovely stitchers receiving the chart and thank you to all who entered.

Until next time....happy stitching!


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!