Friday, September 28, 2018

Fun Finds Friday...

All I can say is....if only!

Image from Facebook.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, September 24, 2018

Oh dear!

I'm at that stage in a project when I'm beginning to think about starting something new.......does that happen to anyone else? I'm more than half way with the stitching of the seashells designs (I'm not even thinking about all the back stitching that has to be done!) so really I should have my sights set firmly on finishing off this project....but no....I can feel my fingers itching to start a new design.

This week I worked on finishing more of the border design, which is a bit boring but great to do when you are binge watching something on Netflix as it doesn't require too much concentration...

And with these before and after pics you can see my progress. This is from last week....

...and here's this week's picture...

Now I just have to concentrate on finishing this off and not get distracted by a new project.....wish me luck!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....fall pattern

The end of summer is almost here and the leaves are beginning to change, so now is the perfect time to start on some fall/autumn stitching - if you haven't already! I found a wonderful little free chart that would be a quick and easy stitch....

Image from

Perfect colours for this time of year! The free chart can be found here.....along with links to more free chartsI'm such an enabler, aren't I?

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, September 17, 2018

No speedy stitching this week!

I think I have exhausted that speedy needle that I was working with last week....this weeks progress is quite a bit less than last week's, but hey-ho....progress is progress.....

I managed to complete a bit more of the border and finished the shell on the top left hand side...

And a third shell is beginning to emerge! 

I also pulled out one of my UFO's and managed to finish it....

It's been so long since I worked on this blanket that I couldn't even remember the bad is that?!!! I thought I had pinned the pattern on my Pinterest page but it wasn't there (although I did find some other wonderful projects that I had forgotten about - that to-do list just became much longer!). In the end I had to track back on my blog to find out the source of the pattern - and to my horror, I realized that I started this blanket in January (hangs head in shame) The pattern can be found here and the yarn that I used was Bernat Pop in the colour Blue Blaze.....such pretty colours, don't you think?

Another reason I didn't progress much with the seashell stitching is that I was out with my camera, snapping at the last of the summer dragonflies...

...the light was just perfect and the dragonflies were quite happy to pose for me...

Now it's time to get back to those seashells!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, September 14, 2018

Fun Finds Friday...

Here's another 'funny' that I couldn't resist sharing....

Image copied from Facebook.

Do you agree? :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Speedy Seashell Stitching

I found a turbo charged needle! After going through several needles from a new packet in which almost every needle was either broken or defective in some way, I finally found a good one. I think the stitching gods (or maybe that should be goddesses?) looked down kindly on me and gave me a super speedy stitching needle! Wait till you see the progress I made this's where I was last time I worked on this design...

...and with the help of my speedy needle, here's where I am now....

and as you can imagine, I'm holding onto this needle and making sure it doesn't get lost!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, September 7, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....a bit of history!

Cross stitching in the First World War.....what a wonderful piece of history. Click here to watch the video of an amazing piece of cross stitching and WW1 history.

Isn't that amazing?!!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The trouble with three day weekends.... that you get all mixed up with the days....Monday feels like Sunday....and today feels like Monday to me!

Anyway, on to the stitching news. I did manage to get the wedding sampler finished but in my haste I forgot to take progress pictures. We were literally walking out the door to go to the wedding when I remembered that I hadn't taken any pictures. Luckily the gifts were in a gift bag and not wrapped up, so it wasn't too hard to grab the sampler and very quickly snap some pictures. The light wasn't very good but we didn't want to be late for the ceremony so it was a case of 'anything is better than nothing' when it came to pictures....

......since I wasn't sure what style of frame the couple would like I opted for a plain black with a cream matt/mount.....

I changed some of the colours (again!) on the stitching. I used a darker pink in the border swirls and was much happier that it showed up a bit more. I also changed the colour of the 'happily ever after' from black to a dark grey. The border stitching was done in two strands of silver metallic with one strand of pale grey, but the slight sparkle doesn't show up on my hastily taken pictures! I also altered the lettering style for the names and the date, the style supplied in the chart looked a bit too small in my opinion 😃

Here are the kit details...

Dimensions # 65045  Happily Ever After Wedding Record.
Finished size 5x7 inches
14 count ivory aida

The colours came out significantly darker than in the kit picture.......

 If I were going to stitch this design again (and I might do, as I think it's a nice design for quick wedding sampler) I would choose the paler version of the colours. I also like the fact that this would be an easy design to stitch using different colour ways...perhaps using the colours the bride has chosen for her bridal party.

So, a happy dance for a finish, and a happy dance for the newly married couple....and yes, I did cry during the ceremony!

Until next time....happy stitching!