Monday, July 17, 2017

Finally......it' finished!

I have unpicked the Tea and cakes SAL so many times that even when I started to stitch with the wrong colour, I decided just to live with the mistake!

Last time, you may remember that block three looked like this...


.... I was unhappy with the lettering, so frogged it, re-stitched it and then it looked like this...


....I then decided that the rose was too big, so frogged it and decided to do a different rose and stitch it in yellow.....but....my tired brain didn't so-operate and I picked up some pink thread and stitched.....


....the size of the rose is fine, but I think it might have been better if it had been stitched in yellow! I'm not sure if the fabric would have survived yet another round of unpicking.....so I'm sticking with the pink rose.


Block four was also altered form Durene's original design and this time I picked the correct size of rose and only had to stitch it the once....yayyy!


So a little happy dance was performed at the completion of this  SAL. Details of the free charts can be found here.

Only a few stitches were added to Etudes aux Fraises this week.....but every stitch done means it's nearer to being completed.....


And finally.....my summer sundae designs in this months World of Cross Stitching magazine...


....if only I had a real sundae in front of me now!!!!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona


Monday, July 10, 2017

Bits 'n' pieces!

It's been a bits and pieces kind of week......I've been working on a few different things...some have gone well....others, not so well!

First of all I decided to pull out Etudes aux Fraises before it had too much dust on it! 


Now that I'm back working on this I'm glad it didn't become a UFO....


...sometimes smaller projects have a habit of creeping in and then taking over!

And speaking of smaller projects...


...another free kit that I decided to stitch as I have a few birthdays coming up in the next few months and have used all my stash of stitched cards....


I just need to get out the double sided tape and this was can be called finished! Yayyy.

The Tea and Cakes free SAL has been driving me crazy.....and it has nothing to do with Durene Jones, the designer, or  Lakeside Needlecrafts who are very kindly providing the charts......it's me! I wasn't too keen on the 3rd and 4th block because of the lettering so I decided to go through some old cross stitch magazines to find some other Durene Jones designs that would fit into the blocks......how hard would it be to find something? Ha....let me tell you....nearly impossible! I did find one design by Durene that with a little bit of manipulation would have fitted, but once I had started stitching it, I decided that I didn't really like it with the rest of the blocks....so I had to frog ...grrr.

So after more unsuccessful searching I decided to just stitch the design as Durene had intended.....


....I'm still not too happy with the lettering....


....I think I can hear the frog croaking somewhere....think he might be visiting me again tonight! Sigh.


And finally another little finish....but not cross stitch...


My daughter's friend is expecting a baby girl next month, so this cute little sea critter was just begging to be crocheted! There are some other little sea creature friends to make a little set so I have the feeling the crochet hook will be quite busy over the next few weeks.

Since the frog seems to be having an extended stay at my house, I hope that your stitching is going well!


Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July stitching log


As promised, I have the monthly stitching log completed and ready for you to print off to log all your stitching for this month!

I have made two logs, one in colour and the other in black and white....I'm one of these people who never has colour ink in their printer, and I'm guessing that I'm not the only one like this! So choose whatever one works for you, print it off and start logging the hours or number of stitches done for each day....or however else you want to use it!

No pictures of it at the moment, but I'll have them for my normal Monday post.

Here are the links for the July log...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4TK-8-FV5HRYVB2WHowSmtZSXM/view

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4TK-8-FV5HRbmtNX3NNbkFuMXc/view

Please note that these are for personal use only and are not to be sold, shared or reproduced. By all means share the info about the log on your blog or social media, but please link back to this post....thank you!

And since it's July, I'm starting to work on a way to record my Christmas stitching so that I always know what design I've stitched for family and friends so they don't get the same one twice...or even three times!!!  I'll share the Christmas one as soon as it's completed.


Happy stitching!

Rhona