Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fudging, frogging and another late TUSAL !

Oops....I'm late again at posting pics of my ort jar. Not only am I late at posting the picture but I think I might have forgotten to empty my orts from last month as there seems to be quite a lot of threads for the amount of stitching that I have accomplished since last time.

I have almost finished my lighthouse stitching. Just the french knots and the dreaded back stitch to do....

Unfortunately I had  to do some fudging and some frogging as I had made a mistake somewhere, but couldn't figure out where it was...arghhh....don't you just hate when that happens? Since I can't find where the mistake is I figured no-one else would know....well except you, my blogging friends! Hope you'll keep my secret!

The little french knot flowers add a bit of colour....and (gasp) I like doing french knots! Weird huh?!!

Can't wait to finish this, but then I'll have to make a decision about which of my new kits to start on next....such a nice problem to have :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Stitching time? What's that?

Well it's been another week where life has hijacked my stitching time! I didn't really get a chance to stitch during the week, but I made up for it at the weekend....although I really should have been doing other things, but hey....what's life without stitching?!!!

I'm still not loving stitching the white, but I did force myself to do some more of it. You can see it better in this picture...

....unfortunately for me, there's still quite a bit of the white to finish off.  Arghhhh.

Did you notice my little scissor holder (go on...scroll back up and you'll see him!)...isn't he cute?

I spotted him in the clearance section of my local craft store just before Christmas...can you believe he was reduced to only $3.  So of course, he had to come home with me! Cute and functional and best of all....didn't break the bank!

Well, life is calling....tons to do! Thanks for popping by to my little corner of the blog world :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Still snowing!

I think mother nature is playing a cruel joke on us as it's snowing again! The forecast for this storm is anything between 6 to 10 inches....we await (snow shovels in hand) to see just what the final total will be!

So being stuck inside should have meant plenty of stitching time but, alas, not. I managed only a few stitches in the lighthouse design....but, progress is progress no matter how little!

I did manage to get some of the dreaded white completed!

I also managed to finish the free kit from this month's World of Cross Stitching magazine.

It's a sweet little design that was quick to stitch and I think might end up being made into a card. I love the free kits as they are perfect for stitching up quickly. You can pop them in your bag for stitching on-the-go knowing that everything you need is there (minus the old specs....can't forget them!) and then you have a supply of stitched pieces for last minute cards! 

So with all the snow we've been having, the poor birds have been rather hungry and flocking to the bird feeders in the back garden. It's a bit of a struggle to get out and clear all the snow off the feeders, but the rewards are some wonderful birds that we don't normally see....

...a rather large red-bellied woodpecker (I think!)....

...and a slightly cold looking Carolina wren with his feathers all puffed out trying to keep warm! Isn't he cute?

Speaking of trying to keep warm, that's what I'm about to try to do as I shovel more snow off the drive! Roll on Spring!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Time to hibernate!

I love snow....on Christmas cards and on Christmas morning...maybe a few other times....but when it gets to this amount....

...it's time to hibernate. The snow is still falling so goodness knows how much we'll end up with. Here's to staying inside and stitching!

This is my progress on the lighthouse design...

The sky seemed to take forever and I was getting a bit bored with it (the fact that my new kits were calling didn't help either!), but once I started the cliff side, it just seemed to really come together and I felt I was really progressing. There's quite a bit of white stitching to be done, which I'm not really looking forward to doing...three strand on 18 count seems to be quite a slow going chore! Maybe the lure of the new kits will be too much competition for the awful  three strands of white....we'll have to wait and see :)

My crocheting has been coming along nicely too....although I have had to undo quite a few rows .....

It's getting quite large now and not so easy to photograph! I've finished the first ball of yarn but I'm wondering if I'll need to buy a third ball to complete this to the length that I'll need. Fingers crossed that the store has more of this brand and colour.

Well I'm off to get the snow blower out and clear the drive (or maybe just leave it till hubby gets home and let him do it!)....then settle down for some stitching!

Until next time...happy stitching!