Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oh, the feelings of guilt!

Yup, I'm feeling a bit guilty. I started another project. But just to make things clear, I'm not feeling guilty about starting another project, I was feeling guilty for NOT starting it!

My hubby surprised me last Christmas by giving me not one, but three wonderful cross stitch kits...and thanks to the wonderful invention of Amazon's browsing history, he was able to get the kits that I had been drooling over. So last week while I was stitching some more of the lighthouse design, I mentioned to him that Dimensions had sent me the replacement threads for Twilight Silhouette and that I could finally get back to stitching it. He then looked at what I was stitching and asked if I hadn't liked the kits he had got me for Christmas as I hadn't started any them....didn't like them?....I loved them! And that's when I felt guilty about not having started any of them. So...the only thing to do was....

...to start stitching!

The design is called Max the cat and it's by Dimensions. The cat looks so like one of our cats (one of the reasons that I had been looking at the kit), the only difference being the eyes....Smokie's eyes are a bit more green, so I think I might try to change the colours and make them more like Smokie's!

So I am now the proud owner of another WIP :)  (It's such a hard life!!! )

I did also manage to finish something else this week!. I had heard that the local women's shelter were looking for warm hats, gloves, scarves etc for both the women and the children. So decided that it was time to get the old crochet hook out ......

....hopefully this will be the first of many that I can donate. Isn't it cute? This was made using a free pattern that can be found here.  A big thank you to Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me for sharing the pattern (and many others)  for everyone to use.

Now all I have to do is decide what project I'm going to work on (guilt free!) each night!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Free chart!

Here it is....the free chart for the holly design....enjoy!

The DMC colours I used were...green 700 & 702,  red 666, white B5200 ....but feel free to use whatever colours you have in your stash.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Christmas stitching

I have been reliably informed by a rather smug very organized friend (who has already started her Christmas shopping!) that there are less than 100 days until Christmas....YIKES!!!

Sooo...even although we are still basking in the sun (yayy!), it's probably time to start at least thinking about Christmas stitching.

Using a small Christmas motif I decided to start with making some things to decorate the house at Christmas.  Using an old jam jar, some coloured wire and ribbon here's what I made...

...an adorable little candle holder!

 ...I think a few of these across the mantle piece at Christmas time will look  great....

...and the Epsom salts to hold the candle in place looks like snow and sparkles wonderfully when the candle is lit.

If it wasn't quite so warm and sunny, I could almost get into the Christmas spirit! :)

Hope you like my little Christmas candle holder....pop back later in the week as I'll be posting the chart of the holly motif for you to print off and use.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Twit twoo cute!

A corny title for this post,  but that's the title in the magazine and once that was in my head, I couldn't think of anything else! So here it is.....

Craftseller magazine Issue 54
Immediate media co.

....my little owl design as featured in this month's Craftseller magazine.

Here's a close up of the stitching that I did...

...I even had to dust off my sewing machine and make it into a cushion....always the scary part for me.......

...but the sewing machine co-operated and it turned out rather well!

This week, I managed to get some more stitching done on the lighthouse design... this was last week's picture....

....and here's what it looks like now....

...it's really coming together! All these Autumn colours in the design are perfect for stitching at this time of year!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Ahhh...the joys of a long weekend!

A long weekend means plenty of guilt free stitching time, and then tonight, having family and friends over for an evening of beer and pizza (yeah, we're a classy lot!)

So there will be no stitching for me tonight....pizza and stitching probably isn't the best combination, but luckily I managed to get quite a bit of stitching done earlier this holiday weekend. I was able to finish off the free kit form the World of Cross Stitching magazine....

..the back stitching was a bit fiddly but well worth the effort! The printed card that came with the free kit  is just super-cute...

 ...so now Christmas card number 1 is finished! Just another one or two or three to make! It's a good job it's still only September.

I've also been working on Beacon at Daybreak, which is coming on a treat. This is where I was the last time I showed a picture of it...

...and this is how it looks now...

...all those wonderful colours in the sky have been a delight to stitch...

At the risk of sounding like a McDonald's commercial ...I'm lovin' it! Heehee! (sorry, I absolutely hate McDonalds, but their slogan is just so appropriate!)

Until next time...happy stitching!