Friday, July 20, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....organization!

 This was a tip that I read about somewhere and can't find the original link....typical!

So now that I have made friends with my sewing machine (yes, it's finally happened....who'd have ever guessed that?!) it's time to get my sewing supplies tidied up and organized. If you're like me and have a box with your all your threads and bobbins tossed into it in a big jumble, here's a great tip to get the correct thread bobbin with the spool of thread first time......

 .......a golf tee works beautifully! Isn't that a simple but brilliant idea?

Now I have no excuse not to have a neat and tidy sewing box and the right threads at hand all the time.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 16, 2018

Stitching and sewing!

Cross stitching has taken a bit of a back seat this week as I have been trying to get on with the fidget quilt that I wanted to make for my mother-in-law. Somehow the day doesn't seem right without being able to add at least a few stitches to a cross stitch project, so I have been aiming to get at least one thread length of stitches done each night to the seashells design....

The fidget quilt is a priority to get done as we are heading back to Scotland again in two weeks time. This project meant that I was forced to become friends with my sewing machine.....and it worked! We're maybe not best buddies yet, but we at least understand one another :)

This is the whole thing laid out.....lots of bits aren't attached yet but I wanted to show you how it's progressing and how it will look. I'm really pleased with it so far....I still have the quilting part to do, so my opinion might change! 

So, for anyone who doesn't know what a fidget quilt is (I didn't until recently!) they are small quilts for people with dementia/Alzheimers and can be laid over the persons lap or laid on a table. They include little activities to keep fingers busy and can help reduce anxiety. 

The beads on the ribbon will be attached after I have finished the quilting part, the beads will be able to be moved along the ribbon. My mother-in-law likes to fold fabric or tissues so I tried to incorporate this type of thing into her quilt... the little triangles of fabric can be lifted and folded...

....and the strips of fabric  here have a pipe cleaner in between the layers so they can be manipulated, rolled and folded etc....

....these little fabric yo-yos were such fun to make. They still have to be sewn on, but that's another part for later...

 ...and this ribbon layer will also be attached at the end. This is just a fun part that my MIL can play with. There are different textures and colours....

....another textured part.....since she used to be a great knitter, this seemed like something she would like...

........and a little magnet closure should keep her restless fingers busy. (And I discovered a new stitch on my sewing machine!)...

This has been a fun project to do and I'm sure I'll make another one for her. I also think that I might try my hand at quilting.  My friend's daughter is pregnant and a little baby quilt might be a good sized project to start with.....I can hear the fabric at the craft store calling my name!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....a Friday Funny!

Something a bit different for this week's Fun Finds Friday......a bit of light-hearted humour ....

Picture credit  - Needlework Retailer

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 9, 2018

I found the button!

The missing button mysteriously turned I have a finish to show you!

Doesn't the little camper van button up the cuteness factor on this little card?

And carrying on with the beach theme, here's this weeks progress on the seashells design...

...which could have been more, but I noticed that I had stitched some of the pink in the letters using the wrong colour - at least I noticed it before I had completed all the letters! (Trying to look on the bright side of things!!!) So after reverse stitching the pink (doesn't that sound better than unpicking or frogging?!) and re-stitching in the correct shade of pink, it looks so much better. I just hope I don't run out of that colour - always a risk when you're stitching a kit.

Here's hoping the frog stays away this week!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, July 6, 2018

Fun Finds Friday......

Here's something a bit different for this weeks Fun Finds Friday post. If you're like me, you'll love all the hand dyed fabrics and threads that are available. Have you ever wondered about dying some threads or fabrics yourself? Ifyou have completely no idea how or where to start doing this (I'm definitely in that category!), here's a little help.

Image taken from Pinterest

I've only listed links on  how to dye threads or floss as it's often called, and I'll do another post on hand dying fabric at another time.

Here's hoping these links might help spur you on to tackle some home thread dying! Good luck....and let me know how you get on!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 2, 2018

Almost a finish!

I was soooo close to having a cross stitch finish for today, but it wasn't to be......

....this was another one of the free gifts from the CrossStitcher magazine that I picked up while in the UK. The design came with a cute little camper van button to stitch in that blank spot you can see in the stitching. Unfortunately I have put it somewhere safe and can't for the life of me find it anywhere!!! Hopefully when I have a clear out of my work space I will come across it and finish this cute little card.

This little design didn't take up all my time last week, even although I am still the queen of slow stitching! While we were back in the UK we saw for ourselves how much my mother-in-law had deteriorated with  Alzheimers. I decided to research how we could help her even though we were so far away. I came across many ideas of activities that can help slow the progression of the disease, so I decided to make as many of these activities as I could. So I set out last week armed with my sewing machine, felt, glue gun and various other crafty bits I have stashed away. 

The first activity was matching the felt colour to the straws and moving the felt from one side of the straw to the other.......

The next one involved me using the sewing machine...which as you know, me and my sewing machine have a strained relationship! :) This was a marble maze, so you have to move the marble from one side to the other. This is a great activity to keep fidgety fingers busy. Instead of just sewing round the maze once, I stitched several times in a contrasting thread colour so that it can be seen easily and not cause frustration. 

This next one is a set of coloured craft stricks with velcro dots attached so that different shapes or patterns can be made. Here it is in it's own little bag....

The last activity (so far!) involved some paint sample chips, clothes pegs and the trusted old glue gun. This one isn't quite finished but only has a few little bits to finish it off....

All these activities can be placed in their own little bag and stored away or easily carried if needed. My next activity will be a big challenge for me as it does involve that dreaded sewing machine (but for my mother-in-law. it's worth conquering my fear) and I'll be attempting to make a fidget quilt for her....wish me luck!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, June 29, 2018

Fun Finds Friday.....a tiny one!

It's amazing what you find when you decide to clear out your sewing basket! 

This was a little project that I started many, many, moons ago and since the chart is still available as a freebie it seems perfect for today's FFF post!

Yeah....told you it was tiny! And just to add some perspective on how tiny it is, here's it next to a quarter...

So although the chart is a free, you might need to buy a magnifyer or at least have have good eyes!

You can find the chart here.

I don't know why I didn't finish this (maybe, just maybe, it had something to do with the size of the stitches!) but looking at it again, I think I should try to finish this one - after Monday's post, I have no excuses not to! 

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 25, 2018

I'm back!

It's been a month since I last posted, well disappeared really, and what a month it has been. 

The reason everything went quiet on the blog was that my Dad suddenly passed away. As many of you know, we live not only in different countries, but different continents, so things were a bit crazy to say the least for getting back to Scotland. It was a very sad and emotional trip back home. I did take my stitching with me but didn't really have much time to stitch and on the evenings when we did have some free time, I didn't feel like doing anything.

I did buy a cross stitch magazine for on the plane back to the US (CrossStitcher magazine issue 332) and started working on one of the free gifts. In the magazine it states that it would take about 5 hours to complete....ha! Even on a seven hour flight, I still didn't mange to finish it .....proof that I am still the reigning queen of slow stitching :)

But this next part will surprise you.....not only have I completed the stitching (this is where you want to make sure you are sitting down)....I have completely finished, finished it....yes stitched, sewn, stuffed and all the little paraphernalia attached....yay me!

Ribbons, bows and bunting all sewn on - isn't it cute? This one didn't even make it to the pile of shame.....just straight off to the sewing machine and all done and dusted in a day....good job you were sitting down, wasn't it?!!

I have done some more stitching on the seashells design as you can see from the before and after shots....

....gosh.......way more than I thought.....

Even though I didn't get much stitching done while I was back in Scotland, it's amazing how comforting the hobby of cross stitching can be, don't you agree?

So things are back to normal (well Blog wise anyway) so check back on Friday to find out this week's Fun Finds!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, May 25, 2018

Fun Finds chart!

Don't you just love bright and cheerful cross stitching? I stumbled upon this design on Instagram and fell in love with the colours.....and the fact that you can change the colours to suit what you have in your thread stash or change it to pastel many possibilities!

Image from Pinterest

The design 'American Honey Stitching'  is by Keera Job and you can get the free chart here

I guess that's another one to add to my never-ending to-stitch list!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, May 21, 2018

It's been one of those weeks!

I've been good this week...well kind of!

I was determined to work on the cardinal stitching, and so that I wasn't tempted to pick up the seashell design, I took it off the q-snaps and put it at the bottom of my sewing basket. The cardinal was put on the q-snaps but despite my good intentions, there wasn't an awful lot of time to stitch through the week.....sometimes life gets in the way. But to preserve my sanity I decided that I would stitch at least one threads length every night.

 Image taken from Pinterest

Stitching is addictive and this sums it up nicely...

  Image taken from Pinterest

I was hoping to spend the weekend stitching, but my daughter called and asked me to go shopping with her on Saturday......then Sunday was a day spent with a friend, so this weekend wasn't one for stitching progress - but it was fun :)

So here's how the cardinal is looking now...

Any progress is better than no progress.....don't you agree?

Here's wishing you (and me!) a week with lots of stitching progress!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....stitchable mesh!

This week's Fun Finds again comes courtesy of Pinterest. This caught my eye as something a bit different and would make a great gift for anyone who loves to travel....also for non-travelers....... really it would be a great gift to stitch for anyone really!

Picture taken from Pinterest

This project uses stitchable mesh which I had never heard of before. A quick search with good old Google came up with many stockists....the usual big named craft stores and on-line retailers. Click here for the  post from The Scrap Shoppe blog which has the instructions and also a link to the etsy store for the gorgeous floral map chart.

Hope you like this weeks find.....I've added yet another project to my to-stitch list!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, May 14, 2018

I have no self-discipline!

I admit self-discipline at all! I said last week that I was going to work on the cardinal design but I didn' excuses.....I just carried on stitching those seashells.......

There's not much progress on this design as we have been enjoying the lovely summer weather and walking in the evenings which means that there isn't a lot of stitching time. 

Here's where we have been walking....isn't it pretty?

Sadly the baby geese that I shared with you last week haven't fared too well. There were six babies last week and this week there were only two. They are getting bigger and are waddling around, still looking adorable.....

The sunshine brought out the turtles who were soaking up the rays...

They're not as cute as the baby goose, but they did look funny all basking in the sunshine.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....

This Friday's fun find proves that you can cross stitch on almost anything! Check this out...

Photo  from Pinterest

Dare I admit that I have a letter rack and pencil holder in this boring office supply style? Guess it's time to update the look....the instructions are here. How cool is that?

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Nothing brightens your day like......

.....some new cross stitch supplies! 

I treated myself to a new set of q-snaps as the sizes that I have just weren't quite working for me, they were either a bit too large or a bit too small. My local craft store doesn't stock these so I had to order on-line and wait for the postman to deliver them.....oh the anticipation! So with my new 11 x 11 inch q-snaps I managed to get a fair bit of stitching done. And this is where I have to come clean and admit that I didn't, as promised, work on the cardinal design - such a surprise, uh? :)

Here's where I was last week with the seashells design....

....and here is my progress......

 ....with the nice new q-snaps!

And you can now tell that it's definitely a seashell!

Progress on stitching projects slows down for me at this time of year.....firstly because it's the ice hockey play-off season (we're big hockey fans!) and you can't stitch and watch hockey! And secondly, because the weather is getting better and it's nice to spend some time outside. We are very lucky to live quite close to nature preserve where we like to walk. This weekend we came across this mama and her fluffy little babies....

...aren't they cute? We didn't get too close as we didn't want to stress her. It definitely feels like Spring has finally arrived!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Fun Finds Friday - Cross stitch bag

So this weeks Fun Finds kind of ties in with my post from Monday when I realized that I should go through my stash to get reacquainted with what I already own!

So I had found this design that I thought would be great to post.....

Image copyright

....cute, practical, and helping to save us from using plastic carrier bags. The chart and instructions can be found here. You will have to subscribe to Polkadotchair mailing list to access the chart, but the good news is that you can then access all of Melissa's other craft templates and designs.

 Now you may be wondering how this ties in to my statement of getting reacquainted with what's in my stash...well look at what I found while going through it all.....

So now I have no excuse....I can help save the environment and use up my stash....and also have a cute bag too!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 30, 2018

You know you have a problem when...... buy the same design twice! I admit it, I have a problem.....and this is the design that I bought not once but twice.....

....has anyone else done this? I think this should be a wake-up call for me to go through all my stash and get reacquainted with what I have 😊

It was a relief to be working on white fabric again and it seemed to stitch up fairly quickly compared to the black fabric and the cardinal from last week.  Here's my progress so far...

....I decided to do some back stitching so that it's not so much of a chore at the end....

Now my problem is that I want to do more of this design instead of going back to the cardinal which was my original plan......will I be good and stick to the plan? Tune in next week to find out!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, April 27, 2018

Fun Finds Friday

This week while having a quick (ha ha!) nosey on Pinterest, I came across this picture....

....kind of looks like the hoops from last weeks Friday Finds, doesn't it? Unfortunately the blog that the picture links to, appears to have been closed. I was so excited to see how I could make these hoops and then so disappointed because there were no instructions. So, what's a girl to do when she can't find a tutorial on how to make them? Well, I guess she has to do it here we go!

Gather all your supplies.....hoops (of course!) and fabric (a small pattern would work best on this project) then your choice of either glue, double sided tape or glue tape runner. I tried all three and there were pros and cons to all. In the end I felt that the glue runner seemed best but feel free to use what you have on hand.

First step is to trim your fabric into long strips, mine were about 1.5 cm wide, but they don't have to be exact!

Then dab a spot of glue on the inside of the hoop to hold the fabric in place. I found that the tacky glue was a bit messy and I preferred the tape.....but there's no rules about what you can use.....

 ....then keep wrapping around and around pulling tightly until you come to the end of the hoop. Another dab of glue or bit of double sided tape to finish off at the other end and you're done!

Of course after I had taken this picture I realized that I should have covered the metal fitting....duh! So......undo all that work and start again......

.....much better! For my next hoop I decided to use some cutting or snipping frayed edges.....much simpler......

..... and a nice shiny finish too!

So many lovely colours and pattern in ribbons that can match any project you are working on....

....add the same ribbon to make a hanging loop and a little bow to finish it off...

...and you have it all matching! 

Doesn't that look great? The design I used here is one of Joan Elliott's from her book 'Cross Stitch Greeting Cards'. The blue in the design and the ribbon matches perfectly! What a great finish....well, I think so anyway!

Until net time...happy stitching!