Saturday, 31 December 2011

Bloggy Review of the Year 2011!!!

I thought before the new year started I would review what I have achieved in 2011 stitchy-wise!  At the beginning of the year I counted up all the charts I had saved on my computer and decided I would not buy or download anymore charts until I had completed the majority of them.  When I added them up at the beginning of the year I had 85 charts to complete.  At last count I have completed 28 of them plus a few designs that were charts I had.  I feel pretty pleased with this as I have also worked on projects for other people.  This year I am going to continue to narrow down the charts on my computer.  As part of this I went through each of the designs and deleted several that I no longer wanted to do and added a couple to replace them.  I have therefore reduced the list to 52 charts left of which five are part of my current rotation and four of these are near completion (Fractal bookmark, HAED Christmas Tree and Animals, Waterlilies and Cross Stitch Wizard).  I will write a list of my new 2012 list as a separate page.

To celebrate all my finishes I thought I would put pictures of them below as it is sometimes easy to forget just how much you have done!!


































I have also finished the Oakhaven Owl 2011 SAL but my sister has borrowed my camera lead so I can't upload it yet.  In total that is 32 complete finishes not including the progress I have made on the five main pieces in my rotation!!! I'm really pleased with that but I hope to beat it next year!!! 

Happy Stitching Everybody and Happy 2012 !!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

GIVEAWAY and UPDATE!!!

I have just entered a cool giveaway on Randi's blog to aid her attempt to reach 100 followers.  The link is here.

Sorry it has been so long since my last post but I am spending all my time on my Christmas projects in order to get them finished on time.  I have one more present left to stitch and if I spend all my time sewing I might just get it finished!! I have been taking lots of pictures however so my next update will contain all the finished items.  I had better get back to it !!!!!

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Oakhaven Owl 2011 SAL: Update Seven, The Great Escape SAL: Update Two, Playing around with Hessian and Keyring

Hello Fellow Stitchers,

I have completed the next owl in the Oakhaven Owl SAL.  I think this is my favourite so far, the owl is soo cute and I like the way it is holding the pumpkin!! I can't believe the next owl signals the end of the SAL, it seems like only yesterday I started it but I have really enjoyed it, I think the designer (Tonia Pappan) has really designed it well and is really talented:


I have also completed part four of The Great Escape SAL (from The Stitch Specialist's Yahoo Group).  At first I felt a bit daunted by this part as it seemed a bit too advanced for me but I persevered with it and followed Abi's very clear instructions.  The final result is really something, I can't believe the texture that it has added to the piece and I am looking forward to getting on with part five:


I also spent yesterday making myself up a little keyring adapting an alphabet that I found in SEW magazine.  I needed this as I keep losing my front door key ever since I broke my last keyring.  It took no time at all to stitch up but I like the result:



Next up is a bit of play that I had.  I am currently taking a dressmaking course designed for adult learners.  As part of this course we spent some time doing embroidery on coloured hessian fabric.  When I got home I continued this on some plain hessian that I bought.  Since I already knew the stitches that we learnt (lazy daisy, chain, feather and blanket)  I thought I would play around with different  fabrics and ribbon.  I did some simple applique with blanket stitch using some beautiful satin fabric I found in my LNS and also a bag of assorted ribbons.  I was quite pleased with how it came out as this really took me out of my comfort zone.  I am primarily a cross stitcher, have quite a mathematical mind and like to follow patterns therefore to create a more 'free' piece of work was extremely hard.



My blog posts have been becoming more sporadic as of late because I have started my christmas stitching.  I am working on some projects for my family but I can't update my blog with them as my family read this blog.  I am however, taking WIP pictures at different stages and intend to have a separate blog post after christmas showing what I am making from beginning to end.  This means I cannot spend as much time on my HAED as I like but I am still plugging away at doing by making it my morning project ensuring it gets at least at hour a day on, so it should be completed soon as I want to display it for christmas.

Don't forget it is November's IHSW this weekend.  For anyone unaware of this great idea follow this IHSW Link.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!!!





Sunday, 30 October 2011

Mega Update Post !!! (Travelling Projects: Update Two, Morning Projects: Update Seventeen, Fractal Bookmark: Update Five, Oakhaven 2011 SAL: Update Six and The Great Escape SAL: Update One)

I can't believe its been so long since my last update and its been even longer since my last stitching update.  Therefore this update is going to be a mega update.  First up is my latest travel project.  It is a small freebie of a bowl of pansies. This would have been a quick stitch but the only time I really work on my travel project is when I am at my sisters or grans so it took a while to actually finish.  It is quite a cute picture and the bright colours were lovely and cheery to stitch:

Details (Bowl of Pansies)


Designer:  Debbie Cripps (Link no longer available as was a freebie from her website)
Material:  28 count evenweave in green tones, Hand-Dyed fabric from Polstitches
Threads:  Recommended Six-Stranded DMC Cotton


Next up is my current morning project finishes of which there are four.  I have finished Average Dog.  I think this design is one of favourite of all time.  I LOVE the saying and the colouring of the dog.  Here he is in all his glory:




They all have a halloween theme and once again are all internet freebies.  I LOVE stitching halloween designs.  In particular I LOVED stitching the witch on her broom.  It was my first experience of using Kreinik threads and I must say I was impressed.  They added a real sparkle to the design and were really good to use.  I am also really impressed with my French knots on 'Best Witches" because I think they turned out really well.  Here are the piccys:

Details (Pumpkin):

Designer:  Freebie from Sew Discounted website (no longer available)
Material:  14 count aida in a Hand-Dyed smoky grey
Threads:  Recommended DMC Six-Stranded Cotton


Details (Best Witches):

Designer:  Barbara Ana
Material:  28 count evenweave Hand-Dyed from Polstitches
Threads:  Recommended DMC Six-Stranded Cotton





Details (Halloween Ride):

Designer:  Freebie from Herrschners website at this link
Material:  28 count misty blue evenweave
Threads:  Recommended Threads


I have also completed the October Owl of the Oakhaven SAL I am taking part in.  It looks like this (and is one of my favourites so far):


I have also completed the latest page of my Fractal Bookmark.  This is the last of the full pages and I have only one small page left to complete.  I am only showing a picture of the page I am working on because I am so close to the end:



I have also started taking part in The Great Escape SAL designed by Abi Gurden and available via The Stitch Specialists yahoo group.  I have currently completed the first three parts and the finished pic is available by following this link.  I recommend joining the site because everyone is very friendly and the designs are gorgeous.

Details (The Great Escape SAL):

Designer:  Abi Gurden
Materials:  32 count Belfast Linen in Pansy Impressions (Opalescent)  by The Crafty Kitten
Threads:  Vikki Clayton HDF Threads


I will stop bombarding you with my updates now and promise to update more frequently.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!



Thursday, 13 October 2011

AND THE WINNER IS.....

Congratulations to... KATE... who was the winner of my giveaway.  I drew names this morning and let Kate know so I hope she likes her prizes!!!  Here was my very scientific method of drawing names !!!!




I will be back later in the week with some updates, as I have had lots of finishes that I have neglected to post!!! Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

GIVEAWAY UPDATE!! (OOps!!!)

I just noticed in my last post about my giveaway that I wrote that the closing date was Monday 12th October 2011 at 12.00pm (U.K. time)  I've just realised that Monday was actually the 10th of October, so I will be extending the deadline for entries until 12:00pm (U.K. time) on Wednesday 12th of October and then I will draw names the next day.  Happy Stitching Everybody and sorry for the confusion!!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

GIVEAWAY !!!!

So better late than never, here is my giveaway.  This is to celebrate my etsy store and to be almost near fifty followers on my blog !!!  I hope you like it.  All you have to do to enter is be a public follower on my blog and publish a comment on this post.  Entries have to be in by Monday 12th of October 12:00 pm (U.K. time).  I will be drawing and announcing the winner on Tuesday 11th of October.  So here are the prizes:


The prizes will be a handmade doughnut pincushion, a plastic keyring and coaster all ready for your finished pieces, some madeira glissengloss thread, a skein of dmc variation thread and one q snap cover which you can choose the size of (between 6x6, 8x8 or 11x11).

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Etsy Shop

I have started up a new etsy shop to sell some of my craft items.  It only has a couple of listings at the moment but if you would like, please go over and have a look at this link.  It is to celebrate this that I am going to have a giveaway, I will be announcing the giveaway and prizes when I update my blog on Monday so keep tuned !!!!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Crafternoon Fun !!!

I have spent the afternoon playing with my new toy:  a brand new Janome 2200xt sewing machine.  Although it is only a basic machine it is really good quality and a joy to use.  I have needed a new machine for a while now and was lucky to get this at the weekend because I was about to go stir-crazy without one!!!!  Here is a piccy of the new love in my life !!:

Isn't she a beauty !?!!?

Anyway to celebrate I have spent the afternoon stitching up this project that was free with Homestyle Sewing magazine in the UK.  The magazine came with all the materials to make one of three projects and I chose the small make-up bag to sew(the others were an ipod case or teacosy).  I am pleased with the result but it was a struggle.  The pattern in the magazine wasn't very well worded and the material wasn't large enough to create the bag in the same way as the picture in the mag.  In the end I just decided to make it up in my way but I think it turned out quite well, so without further ado....

The front:




And the back:  



I like the bright fabric and it has a bright pink lining inside.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Monday, 19 September 2011

IHSW Results, Dolphins: Update Two and Morning Project: Update Sixteen

I have lots of updating to do this week, so no waffling!!!  For this month's IHSW I was disappointed not to have as much stitching time as normal so I sent what time I had completing the September Owl for the Oakhaven SAL.  It is such a cute owl and I LOVE the colouring on the leaves, they really 'pop' off the fabric:

September Owl:


And all of them together:


Hopefully next IHSW I will have a bit more time to stitch.  Last week I finished the next (second) page of my large dolphin design.  It is sun a fun stitch and the large dolphin is starting to show!! I am super excited to continue this design as I want to see the dolphins come to life.  Although it is made up of large chunks of colour, the detail in the sea is really effective, it really feels like the sun is shining through the ocean.  Next up is the fifth (and penultimate) page in my fractal bookmark:

The page I was working on:


And as a whole so far:


Next up is my current progress on my morning project.  Average Dog is going really well and is such a pleasure to stitch:



Thats all for now but I just wanted to let you know to stay tuned to this blog because I intend to host a giveaway either at the end of this week or beginning of next as a thank-you to all the lovely comments and inspiration that I have gained through the blogging/forum world.

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!