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!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Winter stitching!

It seems as if Mother Nature has finally realized that it should be Spring and has given us some almost Spring-like I go back to stitching a wintry design! Go figure! I went back and started stitching some more of the beautiful cardinal design....

....I managed some more of the bird and decided to do some of the ice covered branches......

It's very slow going as I really am not a fan of stitching on black fabric. The end result will be beautiful but I'm sure it will test my patience after a while!

On the couple of nights that stitching on black just seemed to unbearable I ended up picking up my crochet again...

This blanket has been languishing in my crochet basket for a while. It was nice to be working on this again and it's one of those projects that you can do while watching the telly......the cardinal isn't this kind of project so I'm hoping to get a few more rows of this blanket done.....maybe even finish it soon? 

Hope you're having a wonderfully crafty week, and thanks for stopping by!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, April 20, 2018

Fun Flowery Find!

So this week's Fun Find is a flowery one....just so that I could keep up the alliteration!

This is what caught my eye this week (Instagram has a lot to answer for!)........

Photograph copyright DMC

These are the new DMC Daisy hoops...aren't they adorable! They come in the four colours pictured above and in either circular  or oval shaped hoops. Click here to see the DMC Instgram post. Sadly for those of us living in the US, these bright and cheerful hoops are only available in the UK and some European countries......all I can say is...... 'thank heavens for international postage!'

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 16, 2018

When you're about to do a happy dance....but.....

.....don't you hate it when the word 'but' is in the same sentence as 'happy dance'? 

So there I was ...all set to do my happy dance as I had finished my little embroidery project.....

 ...but then I noticed that something wasn't quite right...

....did you spot it? Yup, I used the wrong colour! One side of the design is stitched with  pink and magenta and the other side is pink and lilac! Now on some things it really doesn't matter if you've used the wrong colour....usually no-one would notice but on this it seemed kind of obvious -  although how I missed it while stitching I'll never know!  So my happy dance was delayed while I unpicked the lilac and re-stitched with the magenta....

...and it does look so much better being stitched in the right colours....don't you agree? And since I'm thinking of finishing this one off by using a bright magenta hoop, I'm glad that there's a bit more magenta in the design.

Here's the details of the kit...

Bucilla Plaid stamped embroidery called Bohemian Paisley
Stamped on dark blue denim fabric.
Finished size 6 inches
Threads, fabric, and instructions included.

As much as I enjoyed trying something a bit different (and I'll definitely be doing some more embroidery as it was fun) I'm really itching to get back to doing some good old  cross stitch!

Until next time (and don't forget to check in on Friday to see what fun finds there are this week!)....happy stitching!