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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Theme-Tas-Stitch Just one July link up

Hello friends

I can't believe it's link up time already so here is this month's Theme-Tas-Stitch link up post.

This months theme was...

Just one July -
Pick a focus piece for the month and see how much progress you can make - show us before and after pictures if you can.

Well its been Just One gift after another for this month. I was really hoping I would be able to finish my Anchor Sampler because let's face it - it's been hanging around for too long now and I have less than 1000 stitches to go. that will be coming out today
Here is where i left it last time...

And after one evening of stitching

The right flowerpot is done and the second butterfly. That just leaves 726 stitches for the bottom border and 22 French knots in the trellis and snail feelers. I'm aiming for a finish this weekend! 

I did get 5 cards made too for teachers at DD's school. I started them in Maynia...

And here are the finished cards...

I had a biscornu exchange too with Mini, but I'll save that for another post.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to. Here's the linky.
The theme for next month is...

Animalia August -
Give some love to those projects with our furry or feathered friends.

Tiff has had the idea of doing Dragons so there are a few of us going in that direction. I'm also hoping to do a bit on my Mill Hill Squirrelly kit too.

Good luck to all the mums embarking on the summer holidays!

Happy stitching


Gifted gorgeousness - late again!

Hey everyone

Phew it's been a busy few weeks so I'm finally catching up.  I hope you're all having a good stitchy weekend. Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo of Serendipidous Stitching and where we show what we've stitched that has been gifted to us or will be a gift.

I finished the 28ct over 1 tea and cakes for Laura's birthday and popped it in a little white frame. 

I also made Laura a beaded bookmark at the jewellery party I hosted. The Lady who did DD's birthday party also does Adult ones so I got the girls together and we had Pimms and puddings too. Here are my makes. Laura's bookmark was the purple one. 

I also worked on the 14ct version of tea and cakes which is on gifted aida and with some gifted floss. The both are a free design from Lakeside Needlecraft designed by Durene Jones. 

August GG will be full of gifts as I did an exchange with Mini, stitched teacher cards and worked on my Anchor Sampler. 

Right off to stitch as DD has set me a challenge of 3 finishes by the end of the month. Eek! 

Happy Stitching. 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - June - Just about

Hello Friends,

Over a week late for GG this month hosted by the fabulous Jo at serendipidous Stitching where we show our stitching that uses gifted items or that will be gifted to others. I just don't know where the month has gone. I have managed to stitch a a fair bit of stitching in including this for my best friend's birthday. It's a long standing joke that she always buys me jelly beans and I always buy her flying saucers. It was a chart from the Emma Congdon chart book that came with Cross Stitch Crazy recently and I changed the word Chocolate to Jelly beans and the brown stitching for green as it's my favourite colour and charted pink worked well as it is Sarah's favourite.

I've been stitching on the Tea and Cakes Sal from Lakeside Needlecraft. It's a free sal designed by Durene Jones and I've stitched it on gifted fabric (14ct and 28ct over one) and with mostly gifted threads.

I've started stitching the teacher cards for DD, I though I was going to get away with just 2 as DS is now at high school, but DD has a different teacher once a week and extra phonics lessons with a 4th so 4 it is!

Lastly I was very lucky to win this lovely chart from Mii. I can't wait to stitch this! 

I hope you've all had a great stitchy month.

The slightly late Theme-tas-stitch June check in

Hi folks,

Sorry it's late. When I signed up for my business administration diploma I don't think I appreciated how much time it would actually take up. 

So this month's theme was Jardin June and the challenge was to stitch on a floral or garden themed piece. 

I've been stitching M'lady's Sweet Greenhouse designed by Gaynor of Stitcher Anon for the Lakeside Needlecraft sal. 

I've done a bit more than that now but I'm currently sat on an airfield in Leicestershire watching crash tests for a work thing so I can't take an updated photo. It's such a lovely design. The flowers and palette that have been released so far are so pretty. 

I did flowers on these little Lizzie Kate freebies and started some butterfly and flower cards that are diary of an Edwardian lady cover gifts from magazines. 

So what have you been up to? 

Link up below and share your garden goodness! 

Next month is inspired by Justine and is Just one July! 
Pick a focus piece for the month and see how much progress you can make - show us before and after pictures if you can.
Happy stitching friends. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Blogger of the Week

Hi all and Happy June!

Just in case you are not following the blogger of the week blog set up by the marvellous Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. It's a fab idea carrying on the tradition from the now defunct Cross Stitch Collection Magazine where each week we get to meet a wonderfully talented stitcher and learn all about them.

Blogger of the Week

This week just so happens to be me, so if you want to find out more about me or some other really great stitchers then head on over to Blogger of the week

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

My first MAYnia!!

I did it, I did Maynia, just 2 months after my own March Madness!

For those who don't know Maynia is a SAL held every May in the Facebook group Stitch Maynia. The idea started as 15 new starts for the first 15 days of May. Now it is very much whatever is manic to you. I chose to do 8 new starts and 9 wips for the first 17 days and then to work on the same projects, rotating daily for the rest of the month. - well that was the plan. I found the tea and cakes SAL and M'lady's Sweet Greenhouse SAL over at Lakeside needlecraft and the second round of rotation went out the window! I did manage the first 17 days though...

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wipocalypse May check in

Hi Friends,

Wipocalypse time again (hosted by Measi) where we work on those pesky wips living down the side of the sofa! And yes, late again for the link up! Only 5 days this time!

For this month's Wipocalypse I worked on all my wips including my quilt would you believe! These are pics of the ones that were the original wips from the start of the year.

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.

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:

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


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"

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.


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.


Easter of course


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. 


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.


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 

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.