Monday, July 31, 2017

Lots of strawberries!

It's definitely been a strawberry week! 

First of all, I finished all the back stitching on the adorable Margaret Sherry hedgehog, found the double sided tape (which was no mean feat - you haven't seen the chaos in my crafting space!) and made him into a cute card....

Then it was time to go back to stitching.......yes, you've guessed it.... strawberries! Etudes aux Fraises, by Veronique Enginger. Here's  close up view of the area I was working on...

This was how it looked last time..

...and with this weeks progress, it now it looks like this...

Slowly but surely I'm getting there!

Thank you for dropping by and leaving me your comments....they are always very much appreciated!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Another busy week!

It's been another one of those weeks where stitching has had to take a back seat! I did manage to grab one of those freebie magazine kits and stitch on the odd free moment so, luckily for me, I do have something to show this week...

This was a free kit from the magazine Cross Stitch Crazy....two Margaret Sherry designs with matching cards....cute!

The back stitching shouldn't take too long and I'll have another card finish to add to my stash.

Here are my card designs that were in the magazine . For some reason I didn't share the pic when they were published....which was probably a good thing as I have something to show today when there's very little stitching to share :)

Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 230
Immediate Media Co.

Too bad I don't have any graduates to stitch for this year....but there's always next year!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, July 17, 2017' finished!

I have unpicked the Tea and cakes SAL so many times that even when I started to stitch with the wrong colour, I decided just to live with the mistake!

Last time, you may remember that block three looked like this...

.... I was unhappy with the lettering, so frogged it, re-stitched it and then it looked like this...

....I then decided that the rose was too big, so frogged it and decided to do a different rose and stitch it in tired brain didn't so-operate and I picked up some pink thread and stitched.....

....the size of the rose is fine, but I think it might have been better if it had been stitched in yellow! I'm not sure if the fabric would have survived yet another round of I'm sticking with the pink rose.

Block four was also altered form Durene's original design and this time I picked the correct size of rose and only had to stitch it the once....yayyy!

So a little happy dance was performed at the completion of this  SAL. Details of the free charts can be found here.

Only a few stitches were added to Etudes aux Fraises this week.....but every stitch done means it's nearer to being completed.....

And summer sundae designs in this months World of Cross Stitching magazine...

....if only I had a real sundae in front of me now!!!!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Bits 'n' pieces!

It's been a bits and pieces kind of week......I've been working on a few different things...some have gone well....others, not so well!

First of all I decided to pull out Etudes aux Fraises before it had too much dust on it! 

Now that I'm back working on this I'm glad it didn't become a UFO....

...sometimes smaller projects have a habit of creeping in and then taking over!

And speaking of smaller projects...

...another free kit that I decided to stitch as I have a few birthdays coming up in the next few months and have used all my stash of stitched cards....

I just need to get out the double sided tape and this was can be called finished! Yayyy.

The Tea and Cakes free SAL has been driving me crazy.....and it has nothing to do with Durene Jones, the designer, or  Lakeside Needlecrafts who are very kindly providing the's me! I wasn't too keen on the 3rd and 4th block because of the lettering so I decided to go through some old cross stitch magazines to find some other Durene Jones designs that would fit into the hard would it be to find something? Ha....let me tell you....nearly impossible! I did find one design by Durene that with a little bit of manipulation would have fitted, but once I had started stitching it, I decided that I didn't really like it with the rest of the I had to frog ...grrr.

So after more unsuccessful searching I decided to just stitch the design as Durene had intended.....

....I'm still not too happy with the lettering....

....I think I can hear the frog croaking somewhere....think he might be visiting me again tonight! Sigh.

And finally another little finish....but not cross stitch...

My daughter's friend is expecting a baby girl next month, so this cute little sea critter was just begging to be crocheted! There are some other little sea creature friends to make a little set so I have the feeling the crochet hook will be quite busy over the next few weeks.

Since the frog seems to be having an extended stay at my house, I hope that your stitching is going well!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

July stitching log

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