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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Blogversary giveaway.

Hi everyone. 

Yesterday as I was writing my GG post I realised it was I my 5th Blogversary. (Thank you Facebook for reminding me) I must say my stitching style has changed a bit, I think mainly because I see such wonderful designs you all stitch that I must stitch too! Thank you to you all for visiting and all your lovely comments on all I do. 

So in the spirit of GG, as I've had some wonderful wins this year and to celebrate 
I've had a dig in my stash box and found 5 kits that 5 lucky followers can win. All you have to do is say which kit you would like to win and tell me what your favourite stitchy/crafty gift has been. (Mine was full set of DMC from hubby)

I'll draw the winners on 5th September. (A couple of boxes are a bit squished but the kits are all intact)

Prize 1

Tatty Teddy kit


Prize 2

Anchor Oriental bag kit


Prize 3
Anchor Wordsworth Cat bookmark


Prize 4
Blackwork Star


Prize 5
3 DMC mini kits


Good luck to you all and if I don't follow your blog, please leave a link and I'll visit!

Kerry

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness

Hello friends

GG time again, hosted by Jo at Serendopitous Stitching where we celebrate stitchy supplies gifted to us or stitching we will gift to others. It's been a pretty rubbish stitching month I must say, I've barely made progress on anything. 

First up is Plum Street Samplers 12 Days of Christmas. Day 5 is finished except for the 5 golden rings as I don't want to crush the metallic thread so I'll do that at the end. I've started day 6 too. So I'm using gifted threads from hubby. (And the chart was gifted by the designer)


I got out my small floor frame as I was finding my hands were aching holding a hoop. I have a larger floor frame which is great for big frames but not so much for hoops. My little one can hold both but doesn't maintain the position with heavier  work. 

I'm going to do this kit that I won in Sarah's giveaway earlier this year for one of the Minister's at church, his wife gave birth last week so it'll be perfect for them. If I can ever sort the threads! 


I've been lucky to win two other giveaways recently... Jo was very kind and sent me Elizabeth Shephard as she has finished hers and I won the sweetheart tree chart too in the GG giveaway. Mii hosted her Blogversary giveaway and I won the blackwork kit. Yay go me! 


It's my 5th Blogversary today (ignore my side bar - it's wrong!) so I'll be launching a giveaway later with the chance of winning one of 5 prizes! 

Kerry







Monday, 8 August 2016

Jo's linky party

Hi Friends

So Jo at serendipitous stitching is hosting a summer linky party and this is what Jo has to say...

 The title is The Tenuous Shoe-Horn.  We all know how much I love to shoe-horn a project into a theme and there has been a degree of this with the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL too, all in good fun. All you have to do is make a post and link-up on that date, or very close to it, showing a stitched project with a tenuous link to the theme.

The Tenuous Shoe-Horn Party


So here is my summer entry...



I stitched this for our 10th anniversary. So summer brings long light evenings and they don't get much longer than my wedding anniversary which is on the longest day.




Summer seems to also mean Dragons, I've been back through my photos and I can find at least 7 that I've stitched in June.


You can't have summer without a trip to the beach although British summer's often lack sun!


I thought I'd throw in a bit of crochet as I made this blanket for a little girl born last July and I love the bright summer colours.

I've also been given some beautiful summer stitching - all from Steph for various summer swaps





So all in all not that tenuous, but definitely Summer!

Happy crafting friends.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Just one July - final post.

Hello

Just one July has been great fun and I'm really pleased with how I've progressed. Thank you to Justine for the idea and for the encouragement. 

Here's where I was up to from my last JOJ post. 

Here's how it's grown over the month...


9th July


17th July


25th July


I'm really pleased that I've hit my target. I've decided to leave all the French knots until it's finished so they don't get squashed or caught. I hit my target with 7 days to spare so carried on to see how much further I could get. 

31st July


5th August


That just leaves 2321 stitches to go! 

So 5th August sees the start of the Olympics in Rio (Go Team GB!!) and the wipocalypse challenge. I'll be working on these projects:


Check out the July wipocalypse post for details. (Sorry no link - it's really tricky to add links on my phone) Good luck to those competing in the  Wipocalypse Olympics too, I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on. 

Kerry

Monday, 25 July 2016

Smalls SAL - July

Hey friends

Me again, smalls sal time, hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. 

Lots of small finishes since last month. I've shared most already so here's a quick recap. 

Travelling box makes


Laura's birthday makes


I still love those dragons and the love to create sign. 

So in to this month's smalls finish. Here are the butterfly cards all made up. 


They were from Crazy magazine with the green one being an extra requested by my daughter for her teacher. We gave them along with these fab little decorations made by my friend Clare who has a fab Etsy shop called Pretty Flamingo Designs.


Something that wasn't small at all but was amazing that I just had to share.  My eldest left primary school last week and one of the mum's made this rather marvellous cake. 


The figures at the front are all the teachers and they are a brilliant likeness. The pictures are all the kids that were in T's class. 

My August small will be one of my wipocalypse pieces, fingers crossed for a finish. 

Happy stitching friends


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Just one July - a little bit more

Hello,

Tis me again with another update on the sampler. As you know I am focusing on one project this month - Anchor Traditional Sampler. 


This was where I was at last Sunday 


It's been a really busy week as my biggest left primary school and I've been doing planning for 4 summer craft mornings at my church in August. We had approx 40-50 kids each session last year so it's a busy one. I also have holiday club at the end of August so I'll be making cowboy themed crafts with loads of kids for that. 

So back to JOJ. Here's this weeks progress. 


This just leaves me with 410 stitches, 20 French knots and an evenings worth of 
back stitch and the top half will be done. 
Here's a little close up of the band I've worked on this week. The pretty hearts, crowns, stars and thing in the middle 


I'm going to carry on until 4th August  as that's when my wipocalypse challenge starts so I wonder how far I'll get...

Happy stitching friends 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wipocalypse

Hey folks 

I'm a bit late with this month's wipocalypse post. It's been a crazy busy week as my eldest has left primary school today. We've had various leavers events this week so I've been dishing out drinks at the inflatables party on Wednesday, leavers disco and parents drinks in the pub last night and tonight we've had a family movie. We watched Ant Man, I did find some bits rather amusing but for the most it seemed rather predictable. 

Any hoo, back on to wipocalypse. I've not done a huge amount on the sampler this week with everything that's been going on but I did finish the butterflies. 


They were a cover kit from Crazy. I managed to squeeze a 4th butterfly on the fabric and my daughter picked greens for the final one. 

So on to next month's wipocalypse:

Olympic Stitching Challenge!

(Pinched from measi's blog) As we go into the July WIPocalypse, it’s time once again to start thinking about Olympic stitching plans. If you do want to participate in the Olympic Stitch-a-Long challenge, we’ll be running three mini “competitions,” and it’s up to you to decide how you want to approach it.  Hopefully one of these options appeals to you!

  1. a rotation challenge (for those who like to work on a bunch of different pieces)
  2. a distance challenge (for those one at a time stitchers, or anyone else who wants to do some serious focusing on a particular piece)
  3. a color challenge (stitch only in the colors of the olympic rings on your WIP pieces, OR… your nation’s flag).
So here are my plans:

Plum street sampler 12 days - finish days 5 to 8

That blimmin' winter biscornu - finish the thing!!

Bunny card - finish 

Blackwork seasons - finish summer and any more progress I can make. 



My plan is to do 3 days on 12 days and then rotate daily through the rest and then back to the start. Theoretically this will cover points 1 and 2. I love the idea of the Olympic Rings challenge - 12 days covers red and green, biscornu is stitched on blue fabric and of course black work covers the black! I've nothing yellow so I'll shoehorn something in somewhere! 

I might even pinch Jo's medal idea and award myself gold medals if I complete any of the above, plus bonus medals for anything I make significant progress on during that period if I reach my targets. 

This challenge runs 5th - 21st August so I shall carry on with the anchor sampler until the 5th and then see how things are doing. I've a few new kits in the basket calling me rather loudly...

Have a great weekend. 

Edited as didn't publish Friday night.