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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Smalls SAL May check in

Hi everyone,

Bank holiday weekend, half term and time for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather - the aim - a small finish of our choice each month Here are my finishes for May...

Bee Keeper by The Drawn Thread. I loved stitching this one and I'm planning one for each season and several of them for my Christmas tree.


A hug will do by Lizzie Kate. Another freebie and I'm planning on making a flat hanging for DD.


I've also finished the May month stitch by Palko-Lap, stitched in one of my favourite  Anchor variegated threads 1345.


I joined the Lakeside Needlecraft SAL group on Facebook and I've started the the Tea and Cakes SAL designed by Durene Jones. I've done one version on 14ct Mulberry Aida and the second on 28 count 1 over 1. I'm about to start week 2 tonight. they are such cute little designs!


Hope you all have a great stitchy week!




Sunday, 21 May 2017

Theme-Tas-Stitch May Link Up

Hello lovely stitching friends

It's been one of those weeks! DD has had a viral infection so had 4 days off school and spent almost a whole week crashed on the sofa watching endless Cbeebies. Shes's nearly back to her normal self. So throw in working (very slowly) from home and masses to do for college, it's been exhausting.

So on to Theme-Tas-Stitch. This month's theme was:


Monochrome May -
Choose a colour and stitch on your projects that contain that one colour.
So my take on this was to pick various projects and to chose one colour from it to stitch on with.
I didn't do masses as I got bitten by the MAYnia bug and I've done a different project every day. So here are my stitches...

I worked black thread on Maia Giraffes. But it is literally a black line so so not worth a photo and Blackwork seasons from Kincavel Krosses.


Green thread (470) on Days 10,11 and 12 of 12 days of Christmas from Plum Street Samplers.


and Green 3346 on Just Nan's Spring Frills.


I stitched gold on Blackwork Bird Song by DMC and added gold beads too.


I also did the gold knot on Celtic Bird by Textile Heritage. 


A bit of a shoehorn as I stitched 3 projects with variegated threads too... It all came from one skein so it counts right?!

May by Palko Lap stitched with Anchor 1345


I started the latest SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft - Tea and Cakes by Durene Jones.

I stitched one one 14ct Mulberry Aida using Dragon Floss New Arrival.


and a second version over 1 on 28ct antique white or cream evenweave using Anchor 1335.


So what Monochromatic marvels have you stitched? Here's the link up.


Next month is...
 Jardin June -
Venture outdoors and put some stitches in a piece that has a garden or floral theme.
I'm looking forward to this one, I have at least 4 projects that will work with this theme and my big plan is to finish the Anchor Traditional Sampler!!!!

Happy stitching friends 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness May

Wow, how is it time for GG already?  I hope you've all had a good stitchy weekend. gifted gorgeousness is hosted by Jo of serendipitous stitching where we show what we've stitched that has been gifted to us or will be a gift.

So I've a few bits to show...

Just Nan Spring frills humbug. A gift from Carolyn. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wipocalypse April

Wipocalypse time too (hosted by Measi)and another week late link up! Birthdays, college work (essay on employment rights anyone!) and illness all contributing factors along with the desire just to stitch!

I did loads on Blackwork birdsong which I know is a very new wip. I just need to stitch the metallics and beads that I'm substituting for the french knots.


Progress too on Anchor sampler - I got the right border completed. I had from the green horizontal border down to do.


12 days of Christmas - a start on day 10.



a bit more on the Celtic bird


my new work in progress is my stitching bullet journal!! I'm totally loving creating the pages and have monthly stitching plans, wish lists, inventories and lots more.


Just a really short post. I'm taking part in MAYnia on facebook so I'm working on all my wips and 8 new starts too. SO much fun!

Have a great weekend

Kerry

Smalls SAL - April edition.

Hi everyone,

Smalls Sal time again, hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus

We've had a crazy busy week as both Smalls had their birthdays last weekend. DS turned 12 and we celebrated with Go-Karting and Pizza. DS turned 7 and had a Jewellery making party with 6 of her friends. They also had party games too.
We had a great weekend, but very tiring to say the least!

So back to the Smalls SAL. It's a lovely easy going sal where we can pick our own smalls and show a finish on the last Friday of the month. 

I set myself a challenge of 10 finishes in April and I'm pleased to say I hit my target. They were all smalls so here goes for a mammoth post! 

The first four months for my calendar stitched in various variegated threads by Anchor and DMC. By Palko-lap 


Hello spring by Lizzie Kate


Spring keeper by The Drawn Thread


Cactus embroidery


Seahorse by Mouseloft


Little alphabet sampler


Gilmore Girls by Wee Littlle Stitches


That was quite some stitching considering I got most of Blackwork Birdsong finished too. I was really lucky to have a few days over Easter when I could just stitch. 

I'm joining in with Maynia over on Facebook in May, stitching on at least 17 projects including 5 new starts! Lets hope I get a small finish for next month! 

Have a great weekend! 





Friday, 21 April 2017

Theme-Tas-Stitch April link up

Hey friends,

I can't believe that April is 3 weeks through already. Next week is a totally crazy one for us as both kids have their birthdays. DS is turning 12 and is off Karting and having a sleepover with 2 mates. DD will be 7 and is having a jewellery making party with 6 friends. I doubt I'll stitch much next weekend as I'll be an exhausted mess!
So on to Theme-Tas-Stitch. This month's theme was:

April Showers - 
What pieces do you have that contain water? - It might be rain, river, sea or lake - see how many stitches you can make!
 As I said last month this was going be a job for the mighty shoehorn for me as couldn't think of anything in my WIP pile that had water in. I had a root in my Mouseloft pile and found a little seahorse. I have a seaside themed downstairs cloakroom so I shall FFO it for there. I was going to put it on one of the tiny easels & canvas you can get in the Works but the fabric is too small. I said to hubby I should have stitched on blue fabric, so I might stitch a second and do as above, maybe in purples. 


So next month we have...
Monochrome May -
Choose a colour and stitch on your projects that contain that one colour.
I have a plan!! I'm joining in with Maynia in Facebook's Stitch Maynia group, so to combine the both the plan is to stitch one colour from each of my 10 WIP's on the go from March Madness and kill two birds with one stone. 

Link up below and I look forward to seeing what you've been up to.
Happy Stitching 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Top 5 Tuesdays - Signs Spring is coming

Hi Folks

After many weeks of doing the top 5's in my head or sharing them in comments of the participants I've decided to join in properly and do my first top 5 list. This is a little weekly post hosted by Kate where we post on a different theme each Tuesday - some are stitchy others more general.

This week is Top 5 signs spring is coming"

1.
In our house Spring signals lots of birthdays, My Mum has her birthday at the end of March and both children have end of April birthdays. I stitched this for mum last month.


2.

Spring flowers - Most have gone over now but we still have a few tulips giving the garden cheer and DD spotted this morning that our apple tree has blossom on it too.


3.

Easter of course


4.

Lighter evenings making stitching easier - and also harder to persuade small people it really is bed time! I also love being able just to take a light jacket or gillet out rather than being bundled up in a big winter coat. 

5.

Changing my stitchy display on on the fireplace


I hope you enjoyed my first top 5. Kate has links to all the others joining in.

Happy stitching

Gifted Gorgeousness April.

Me again!

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by Jo at Serendipitous stitching. Where each month we show our stitching made up from gifted items (chart, fabric, kit etc) or that will be a gift. 

So my main focus this month has been Blackwork Birdsong by DMC. This was a gift from Steph. Steph has just come back to blogging. Yay! 
 Here is where I got to at my last update - the collage shows days 1-8 work.


I've been stitching a length of thread or so a day. So this is 12 days work on it. I'm almost done with the black so just the gold after that. I think 7 days will see a finish. I hadn't meant to focus on it but with the kids getting older I don't often start stitching until getting on for 9pm.
I started writing this yesterday and I've just gone to photograph last nights work and found a hole in the middle of the fabric. I think someone aged around 6 may have been playing with it...
I'm hoping as there is a little blackwork motif in the spot I can sew a piece of fabric underneath and patch it. So here is  up to last night. 

I finished this little alphabet which will be an ornie for the travelling box when it comes. It's stitched in DMC Coloris 4507. The left picture shows where I'd gotten to during March madness and the right shows the finish! I'm not entirely sure how I'll FFO it yet but there is plenty of time. 


My final finish is the cactus embroidery kit which my daughter has decided is for her! It was loads of fun to stitch and was from Tiger. 


It's Theme-Tas-Stitch next week and I'm working on a little kit for that. April was always going to be the toughest month for me as I have nothing with water in it and the only piece with snow was done and dusted in February. Its only a small shoehorn but I'll leave that until the 21st.

Don't forget to do the Easter blog hop on Jo's blog too if you haven't already.

Kerry

The hippety hoppety Easter blog hop

Hello everyone

So today is the Easter blog hop hosted by Queen of the blog hop Jo at Serendipitous Stitching

The Easter blog hop will have you hopping all over the bloggersphere to find the mystery Easter phrase. I'm guessing a lot of you are here as I'm first on the list. Don't forget to hop back to Jo's blog to leave the mystery phrase at the end. (If you are here because you read my blog and have no idea what is going on - Jo has all the run down and why aren't you following Jo!)

So here is my Easter picture. I decided to stitch a little Spring design freebie from Lizzie Kate in the recommended DMC. threads and with pink buttons from my stash as shown on the chart, stitched on 28ct DMC Evenweave. I picked up the frame for a bargain in Clinton Cards for 99p! That was the day I got £34 worth of very nice small frames for less than £4. I wish I'd brought more!


Here it is with my little Spring/Easter display - the two cushions and spring book are from Steph, the felt sheep from the other Steph, I stitched the toadstool biscornu and Laura stitched the Easter and snail ones


and what you've all been waiting for....

My letter is...

And now you need to hop over to Ariadne's blog for the next letter. 

Have a lovely Easter and I'll be back for GG tomorrow. 
Happy stitching 
Kerry

Saturday, 8 April 2017

WIP weekend and a couple of finishes.

As its been just over a week since I last posted I thought I'd show you what's been keeping me busy. 

I had a finish last Saturday. I love Gilmore Girls so I knew this wouldn't stay as a WIP long. It's by Wee Little Stitches and stitched on something green and sparkly from a Sew It All grab bag with the recommended DMC. 


I also finished February from the monthly series by Palko Lap. 


I've also been stitching Blackwork Birdsong daily, doing a 6 strand length of thread each day as coverage is 2 over 1 at the moment. When I do down to 1 strand for the infill and the metallics I'll only do a couple of strands. But it's coming along really nicely. The collage shows 8 days of work as the top middle was days 2 & 3. 


I've been using the JOD from March madness to pick my projects for this month and I've set myself a crazy challenge of 10 finishes in April, including some of the small starts from March Madness. It's probably do-able but does include 3 small new starts too. I blame the euphoria of a finish on April 1st for giving me the idea! 

I've also been watching floss tube for the first time this week. That's been lots of fun and I've seen some beautiful projects and gorgeous stash. I joined stitch maynia on FB too and that's just full of enabling too! I've signed up a couple of the designer of the month SAL's to use stuff I have in my stash. I really need to write it on my stitchy calendar though. 

I hope you've been enjoying the glorious spring sunshine if you're in the uk. We had a bike ride to the park this afternoon which was lovely. 


Thursday, 30 March 2017

WIP (a little bit late) ocalypse

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe how hectic the last few weeks have been, it's certainly been March Madness for everything in our house. I'm 5 days late for WIPocalypse hosted by Measi. A SAL where we do battle with the WIP's down the side of the sofa in an attempt to get the pile under control!

WIPocalypse Button

Here are my worked on WIP's for the month:

Anchor sampler - one kit fits all SAL's!



Blackwork seasons - Just a start made on the Autumn band.



I should have done some on 12 days but the mood really didn't strike.

March Madness has also given me a whole host of new WIP's  - 13 to be exact.

January.
February.
March.
Just Nan.
Celtic Bird.
Redwork alphabet.
Lizzie Kate Friendship.
Gilmore Girls.
Maia Giraffes.
Blackwork Birdsong.
Jubilee Heart.
Cactus Hoop.
and whatever comes out of the JOD tomorrow.


And on to the WIPocalypse question of the month...

March 26 – What stitchy blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?

All of the blogs I follow are in my side bar. I follow most because they are a source of inspiration, encouragement and it's nice to feel part of a community. It has been where I have discovered many new designers and also been stash enabled once or twice! Some blogs really cheer me up and  make me laugh Many blogs i follow were found through other blogs and joining in with SAL's and a few I followed back at the start of my blog in 2012 no longer blog. It's also lovely to think that others out there want to see what I've been creating too.

I only do the Wipocalypse group on Facebook, but there is a private group for my travelling box friends and we often use that for advice especially with crochet problems. I don't do flosstubes - if anyone can recommend one or two, I'll give them a go.

Happy Stitching

Kerry

Smalls SAL - March

Hello Friends

Time for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather - the aim - a small finish of our choice each month.


It was Mum's 70th Birthday week so I stitched her this little kit from Hobbycraft. Flippin' awful kit, bad chart and key, ridiculous number of fractionals and basically just a slog from start to finish.

I finished it off as a little heart and made cords from the left over thread of which there was masses. I could have stitched it twice or three times (not that that was a feeling that came over me at any point once I'd opened the kit).

My lovely friend Ria also made her this beautiful cake with Mum's favourite yellow roses.



I'll be back at the weekend with a final round up of Theme-Tas-Stitch.

Happy stitching.