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... 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'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'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......'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.....'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 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 ..... 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 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 I have to be honest here and do the full disclosure 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!