Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More blue!

Blue, blue, blue.......arghhhh, it's beginning to get to me, all that blue and no other colour to break up the monotony.

Not much progress to show as there were a few nights that I didn't manage to stitch and nothing at all done over the weekend.....how unlike me!

Here's how the blue birds are looking now....

I'll be glad when this one is completed!

A few evenings I didn't manage to get any stitching done for one reason or another, and I really missed stitching. I really felt like I had wasted the time (even though I am moaning about the blue threads!)  I guess our stitching hobby really is addictive.....so addictive that this happens....

....... you see a waffle chip and think "I can stitch that!"

This, I must add, was not my doing. This was from a Facebook post by a page called  'I Craft Because Punching People Is Frowned Upon' which I wanted to share with you as I thought it was so funny. Hope you do to.😏

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Ooohhh.....look what I got!

This was a gift from my hubby.....for Christmas 😊....

.......guess DMC didn't make enough of these tins to keep up with the demand at Christmas time when he placed the order. I'm not complaining.... a gift at any time is always wonderful....and new threads (or anything to do with cross stitching) is always appreciated!  I'm torn between ripping the threads out of the tin and using them or just leaving them in there, in all their glory, all colour graded and in numerical order......oh what to do, what to do?!!!! 😏

Well the blues are still firmly here, but that's a good thing.....it's the blue threads.....nothing else. Slowly but surely I'm getting on with those blue birds....well, technically it's the background as the birds are finished! I'm beginning to wonder whether or not to do the border round this design....the thought of even more blues is just too much!

The cardinal design also has blues in it, so I thought I should try to do some of the blue while there are some of the reds and pinks still to stitch, so that I don't go completely crazy stitching blues at the end, but I didn't get far with that plan......here's where I was last post....

....and here's where I am today.....

Now I'm going to go back and look lovingly at all those glorious new colours of DMC threads....and maybe get some blue stitching done!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, February 26, 2018

Feeling the blues!

I've been plodding along with all those blues on the bluebirds design.....but those blues are beginning to get to me!  It's been slow progress this week...

.....you can see the beginning of the lettering start to form, so that feels like progress. Once the back stitching has been done then I'm hoping that the lettering will stand out a bit more.

Luckily for me, this month's issue of The World of Cross Stitching  magazine  arrived and I was able to break up the boredom of stitching all blues with something that had some bright springlike colours to break up the monotony of those  blue threads....the free kit....

This was a super-fast design and I had this finished in one evening....yay me!!!! Another card finish to add to my stash.

And here's how you really know that those blue threads were getting to me.....I picked up the cardinal stitching more than once! Yup, even the black fabric was more appealing than blue threads :)

I had forgotten to mention in my last post the name of this design....it's called 'Ice Cardinal'. It's a dimensions kit and the design is by Mark Mueller.

Unfortunately for me, if you look closely at the ice covered branches you'll see that there's lots of....you've guessed it.....blues!

Looks like I'll be feeling the blues for some time to come!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A day late!

Ooops...I'm a day late in posting but I'm hoping that you'll forgive me when you find out why....please, please, please say you will!

I had planned to write this blog post yesterday after I had been to see the doctor about my knee. What I thought was going to be a quick visit turned into an all day session waiting for X-rays.....and what made it even more painful (not the knee, but the whole waiting thing) was that I hadn't picked up any stitching to take with me! I have a tin full of small freebie kits that are perfect for popping into your bag for just such occasions, but for some reason I didn't even think a bout taking one with me. Typical.....I could have finished about half of my stash while I was waiting!

So, onto what I did mange to stitch last week......

.....some more of the blue birds. I'm down to the bottom half of the design and onto the lettering so I feel as though I'm 'getting there'....although there's still loads to stitch on the main design and also all the border.

Feeling rather guilty, I picked up the cardinal design and added some more stitches to that....

......although I must confess that there weren't that many stitches added.The black fabric is stiff and hard and really not pleasant to work on, but it's such a pretty design! My original plan had been to wok on this one once a week, but as you can tell, that just hasn't happened!

I added another couple of rounds on my crochet blanket. It's hard to get a good picture of it....I really must take note on how other people photograph their blankets and see if I can get something a bit more interesting to show you :)

So that's all my progress for this weeks post. Thanks for popping by....and do please leave a comment....I love hearing from you!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Happily feeling blue!

I'm still staying positive about the blues in the Love Birds design......

...it's a bit boring but also quite easy to stitch....not too much concentration required....and it's nice to see it progress....maybe not as quickly as I would like! I keep seeing so many other designs that I would like to start.... no doubt you can relate to my plight :) 

Another few rounds were put into my crochet blanket.....

...it's hard to photograph it so that the pattern shows. It's really nice now that  it's getting bigger that the yarn colour change is taking place almost on each row now. This is another easy project to crochet and doesn't need too much concentration, so it's great to work on while watching the TV.... now that I've said that, I'll probably make a huge mistake and notice it and end up unraveling it all!

My starteritis seems to have  been cured....not sure if I'm coming down with finishing-it-off-itis as I do have a couple of finished finishes (if that makes sense!!!) Here's the little teddy stitching that I posted about a couple of weeks ago all finished and made into a card.....

And then there was another piece that I stitched wayyyyyy back before Christmas and was languishing at the bottom of my stitching basket......

...yay.....another finish....at least one person will be getting a stitched Christmas card this year :)

Who knows what other things might be finished off this week if the finishing-it-off-itis takes hold!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, February 5, 2018

The great thing about blogging!

I felt that this past week I hadn't really done very much stitching/crafting. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the week to do everything that you want to do (stitching and crafting) and what you feel has to be done (cooking and other pesky household chores) and what you should do (get to the gym and workout!) And here's where the beauty of blogging comes in......after taking pictures of my projects this week, I realize that I have, in fact, done quite a bit....ok, maybe not so much on the going to the gym part of it, but as the song says...two out of three ain't bad!

So, the starteritis from last week lingered over for a bit :)  I'm still not 100% cured.....

I bought this Janlyn cushion kit before Christmas (does that make it a bit better?) in the hopes of having it made in time to be a Christmas gift for my daughter and her fiance.......didn't happen! But it will make a lovely housewarming gift for them....I just have to add their names to the bottom. This was a fun kit if you fancy trying your hand at embroidery......

....the design is printed onto the fabric and you basically fill in the spaces .....

....my only 'complaint'  is that the black lines for the leaves aren't completely covered by the stitches.....this is just my OCD kicking in!

It was fun and definitely something I'd try again.....I did like the fact that you didn't have to concentrate too much as there's no counting involved.....makes it a great project for doing while watching the TV!

I also did some more rounds on my crochet blanket....

...these are taking longer and longer to do as you start in the middle and work out. The first few rounds seem to be really quick and now it's taking much longer....and will only get worse the bigger the blanket becomes!

And I can now show you what I teased you with last week....my sewing machine project.....yes, I'm still actually on speaking terms with my machine....we didn't fall out!!!!

This project was aimed at  making something useful and also using up some of the fabric stash that I have acquired .....

 .... a soup bowl cozy! 

You can find the instructions and pattern here. Now the site has it listed under their Fast Fridays section.....now I have to be honest here and do the full disclosure thing...it wasn't fast for me. Perhaps it's because  I made it on a Sunday.....maybe Sundays are named Slow Sundays...... I'm sure it's all about the name and  has absolutely nothing to do with my lack of sewing skills!  So, is it perfect....absolutely not! Do I love it....absolutely yes!

So not only can you use it for keeping your hands from burning on your soup bowl, but you can use it for storing your stitchy paraphernalia  .....

 ....and did you notice  that it's also reversible as well as super cute? Time to start busting out the fabric stash to make some more!!! 

Yeah, definitely seeing a black and white theme going on here. Wouldn't they make a great gift....just make one of these then add a bowl and a fancy soup mix....perfect as a get-well gift or even a (dare I say it this early in the year?) Christmas gift.

And as for cross stitching.....I did that too! Not much, but those bluebirds haven't been entirely  neglected...

So a big thank you to blogger for making me realize that I have indeed been a busy little bee last week! Let's hope this week is as productive.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Starteritis :)

I seem to be suffering from starteritis.....you know....that condition where you just have to start something new! I think I caught it from reading blogs....yes....it's contagious! Be warned.

I did manage to get  a bit more of the bluebirds stitched before the starteritis kicked in...

Not great progress, but any progress is better than none.

Then the starteritis began....the colours in the yarn were just screaming my name so I just had to buy it....you understand, don't you?!!!! I then found the perfect pattern for this yarn....

The crochet pattern is an easy one to do while watching TV etc....not too much concentration required! The pattern can be found here. I'm using a different yarn than the one the pattern calls for but it's very similar. This one is called 'blue blaze'.

And then the starteritis took hold.....I decided to start the free kit from one of the cross stitch magazines....

....my excuse was that you always need to have a supply of cards on hand! This little bear is perfect for  giving for so many different occasions....and it's a quick stitch, so a winner all round.

I also started  a project that had me using .......make sure you're sitting down for this as it may be a bit of a shock.....the sewing machine!!!! I sure have a bad case of starteritis! Yes, I used my sewing machine.....and I survived! I don't have a picture to show you just yet as it doesn't look like much at the moment, but I promise to reveal all once it's completed. 

I'm hoping that the next round of things to catch is finishing-it-of-itis :) If you do have that bug.....please feel free to send it my way!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Bluebirds and frogs....what a combination!

With it being wet and miserable outside, I think the frogs decided to move in with me so they could stay nice and warm.....let's hope they decide to move out quickly as I've had enough of them!

Don't you just hate when you make a mistake and then have to unpick all that work that you've spent all evening doing.....and to make matters worse for me, not only did I unpick it all, but then I stitched a whole section using the wrong colour.....more unpicking! I knew these blue threads would be a pain! So although I have been working diligently on this design, there's not much progress to show...

....here's where I am now...

I'm hoping that the frogs have finally got the message that they're not welcome and that they've  moved out!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blue birds

The blue threads are still on the go.....I'm still managing to use them without pulling my hair out.....well, not yet anyway!

This is where I was last week on the bluebird design...

....and this is my progress as of today....

We now have a Mrs Blue Bird! I feel like I have really progressed this week....and it feels good!

I also managed to get loads done on the crochet shark. My daughter was supposed to bring over some black yarn she had at her house so that I didn't have to go and buy a whole ball just for a few little bits on the shark...the eyes and gills.....but guess what she forgot to bring....yup, the one thing I needed! So here's my not-so-little shark (minus eyes and gills!)...

And I've just noticed that I've chopped off his fin in the picture! He measures about 22 inches long. When I picked up the book (Crocheted Sea Creatures by Vanessa Mooncie)  in the craft store, I had assumed that the creatures would be quite small - probably about half the size that they are.....I really should read things more carefully before I buy them....although I  still would have bought the book anyway! Hopefully I'll have the eyes etc completed by the next post :)

Since I don't have much to show you today, I thought I'd give you a little glimpse of what I'm working on....of course, it's top secret and I can't tell you what it is until it's published....but suffice to say, I'm having fun and am  doing something that's quite different from what I normally do.....it still involves threads and fabrics.....

....just not the fabric that usually work with!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, January 8, 2018

My first finish of 2018!

Let's hope it's the first of many for this year! So here it is, the dragon stitching for my daughters professor.....

The chart is called Tales of Wonder and is designed by Jennifer L. Aikman-Smith. The chart can be found free hereI changed the lettering from the original chart and also the dragon that was on the bottom - I wanted a larger dragon, so I used one of the other free charts that were available by this designer.

Now I just have to find some bell pull hardware (not as easy as I had thought!) and then it's completely done and ready to gift....what a great feeling.

I manged to spend one evening stitching on the blue birds design...

Not an awful lot of progress (I was watching the ice hockey on the TV at the same time) but at least it's not gathering dust.....yet! Those blues are beginning to get to me ;)

And as if I don't have enough stitching to be getting on with without starting something new, I started a new crochet project! I just couldn't help myself.....

My hubby got me a crochet book for Christmas and the projects in it are just so darn cute! The book is called Crocheted Sea Creatures by Vanessa Mooncie. I've started on the shark as I thought that might be a bit one of the easier projects to tackle. There's a cute puffer fish that I wanted to do, but the instructions seemed a bit complicated and I wanted something a bit easier to build my confidence!  I'm excited to pick up the crochet hook and get more done on this shark. Let's hope it doesn't prove too difficult for me to finish.

Anyway, that's all I have to share with you today, thanks for stopping by.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Wishing you a year filled with joy....whatever joy you desire, be it good health, exotic travels, more time with family, etc....but most of all joy from stitching.

This year I have decided to only have one New Year resolution as I'm not the best at sticking to my resolutions....anyone else like that? This year, my New Year resolution is to do more of what brings me happiness. I figured it's vague enough that anything could fit into that statement and I'm likely to keep that resolution all year long! 

So what have I been working on over the Christmas period? Well, first of all I managed to get the felt stocking completed.....and in time for Christmas! Yay me!!!

The sequins really sparkle but you can't tell from the pictures.  Santa's beard was made up of several layers each embroidered and sequined before being attached...

His mustache, eyebrows, cheeks and hat are all stuffed as well as being sequined and embroidered...

The hardest part was embroidering the name on the top. The last stockings that I made were done on pale or white felt and I was able to use one of those disappearing ink pens to write the name so that I had a guide while stitching. This time nothing would show up on the dark green felt, so I just had to stitch and hope for the best! I didn't manage to get the stocking lined, so that's a project to do before Christmas 2018....what's the betting that I leave it to the last minute? :)

I also managed to get a few stitches into the little birds kit....yes, lots of blue....I think after this, I'll be looking for designs that don't have any blue in them at all! 

Another new start was this design that was just perfect for my daughter who wanted something to give to one of her professors that she has kept in touch with. This professor teaches a class called Storytelling and Cultures. I was looking for something to stitch and came across this chart in my stash....

It was perfect for this wonderful lady. 

The designer is Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams Inc. Unfortunately she has taken quite a few of her free designs off the website due to illegal copying and sharing of her charts....a problem that many designers face. As much as I love Facebook, Pinterest and the like, there are just so many illegal copies of charts being shared that it's hard to see how long designers will be able to stay in business. The good news is that you can still find many free dragon charts on the Dragon Dreams Inc Facebook page.

So,  a big thank you to all who visited here and left comments in 2017 ...... fingers crossed that 2018 is a great and productive crafty year!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas spent with those you love....and (of course)some stitching!

Until next time..