Monday, October 31, 2016

Some tea and some winners!

I know I said that I would pick a winner for the gnome charts, but instead I decided to pick six winners!  Yes....six lucky people will be receiving a copy of the gnome chart. And the lucky winners are....

The first six names from the state of the art, giveaway name supplying bowl were Caitlin, Gominam, The Crafter's Apprentice, Ariadne, Mii and Lynn B.  I will be emailing the charts to you shortly!  Please do check out these lovely blogs if you haven't already met these wonderful bloggers. 

Thank you to everyone who entered...... and since it was such fun to meet some new bloggers (and hopefully spread some happiness!), I'm going to do another giveaway next week! I just have to decide what  chart to please do pop back next week. 

And now for some tea!

The next tea block hasn't been going as quickly as the others. First of all I had to frogging some of the design as I didn't like the colour choices on the chart....

The tea colour just didn't seem right. So I frogged it and started the tea afresh! I like the new colour combination much better. This square seemed to stitch up quite slowly, but I think it's because I didn't really like the colour of green thread....why on earth that would make stitching it happen more slowly, I don't know, but I really didn't enjoy stitching this block as much as the others. Anyhoo, there's not much more to do and this block will be definitely be completed in the next couple of days.

Once again, congrats to the six lovely stitchers receiving the chart and thank you to all who entered.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Tea....and an award nomination!

More tea....this time peppermint tea!

These blocks are stitching up so quickly....I can't believe how much I'm able to get done each week.

I did change some of the lettering on this one.....I just hope that the designer Krista Hamrick doesn't mind. I altered the letter 'p' so that they were both the same....she had each one slightly different and my OCD just kicked in :) It's not a huge difference and I'm happy with it, which I guess is what it's all about!

So, on to the surprising news! This little blog of mine has been nominated in the British Craft Awards for the category of Best Cross Stitch! 

I'm thrilled and humbled that of all of the wonderful stitchy blogs in blog land that my little blog has even been noticed! So, if any of you dear readers would like to vote for me, please click here. You can vote from anywhere in the world. Please click on the Cross Stitch category and there are a couple of other questions to answer (all about cross stitching)  and will take literally less than a couple of minutes of your time. It would mean the world to me if you could do this. Please do check out the other nominated blogs.....they are all fantastic!

Thank you!

And some other good news.....look what arrived from Lion Brand.....

The replacement yarn! So not only did they replace the six balls that I had originally purchased, but they added another ball just to make sure that I had enough yarn of the same colour batch to complete the project! How awesome is that? So another big shout out to the customer service team at lion Brand....especially Ben who co-ordinated it all for me....Ben you are wonderful!

Just a quick reminder that there is still time to add your name if you'd like to be in the running to win the Christmas Gnome charts. If you'd like to add your name to the drawing, click here and leave a comment. Winners will be announced next week, Monday 31st October 2016.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, October 17, 2016

More tea.....and a giveaway!

Another tea block needle is smoking hot!

 Black favourite to drink!

I like my tea piping hot just as this one looks with all the steam coming from the cup....perfect!

My next decision is whether or not to do each block in order or to jump around the chart and use some different colours! Mmmm...what to do?

I might not be able to get as much stitching completed over the next couple of weeks as I am doggie sitting for my friend while she is on holiday and her pooch is rather an attention hog. Also, the thought of getting doggie slobber all over my stitching isn't very appealing. Sooooo.....a perfect excuse to have a little giveaway so that I'll have something on my blog over the next couple of weeks!

Remember my Christmas gnomes......

...well there's actually fifteen....yes fifteen all together. (You can see close up pictures of these three here.) There are twelve of the larger gnomes and three of the smaller ones.....and I thought it might be nice to share these little cuties with you. If you would like to be in the running to win the chart for all fifteen Christmas gnomes please leave a comment below.  I'll announce the winner two weeks from today which will be October 31st, giving the winner plenty of time to stitch these for Christmas :) Please feel free to share this giveaway on your blog if you want to. If there are lots of entries, I'll pick a couple of winners!

Good luck!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, October 10, 2016

More tea!

This little Tea sampler is just so much fun to work on.....I think it's because each little block is a finish in itself . You know how we stitchers love that feeling of a finish :)

So here we have blackberry tea...

....block number three in the sampler so far...

 ...loving the bright colours in this block...

 I originally thought that the blue was a bit strange for the cup and saucer and was in two minds whether or not to change it to white and greys, which was how the picture on the packet looked, but in the end, I decided to go with  designer Krista Hamrick's choice......

....she knew best! It looks great.

And the wonderful Krista Hamrick has designed a coffee counterpart to this sampler which you can see here. I think this coffee chart just might be going on my wish list to Santa!

Until next time..happy stitching!


Monday, October 3, 2016

A surprise appearance by.......

.....good old Max! 

I finally finished stitching the third and last block. As you can tell the back stitching still has to be done.....I'm truly wishing that I had done the back stitching on each block before starting the next block....but I didn't, and now have to do it all....urghhh!

Here's how all three blocks look. 

So, decision I crack on and get this finished or do I do another tea sampler block and then do the back stitching? Mmmm.....I know which one is calling my name!!!

Until next time...happy stitching!