Friday, 31 August 2012

Once in a Blue Moon Update!!!

Its a full moon for a second time in a month this week which means a second post as well !!!!  I received my giveaway prize from  Gizzimomo's blog.  She wrote a really nice message in my card.  I am really looking forward to stitching it, I might save it and stitch it on Halloween !!!



I also have a new gadget, a mighty bright light.  It's amazing, I can't believe I survived sewing without it.  It is a brilliant addition to my sewing, especially when it starts to get half dark i.e. not enough for a light to be put on, it's really bright:


I have a sewing update for you as well.  I finished part four of Papillon Creations 2012 SAL.  Everytime I work on this piece I feel more proud of it.  It looks amazing.  I was worried about the colours when I first started because it was the first time I had chosen my own ones for a design.  They seemed a bit clashy but they are really coming together now!! 






Until next time, Happy Stitching Everybody, 

Donna

P.S. Parsley is having a giveaway over on her fab blog, check it out at this site, fingers crossed !!!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Are You Surprised ???? Another late IHSW and TUSAL post and I won a giveaway, yiphee !!!!

It is not a surprise that I am late with both these posts.  I have been working lots lately so can't get to the computer as much as I want.  I spent last weekends IHSW catching up with the Oakhaven SAL that I am a part of on yahoo groups.  The July cat is so funky in its fourth of July colours !!!



I can't believe we are up to September already, this year is going soooo fast !!  As promised here is my latest Tusal post, the jar is getting so full now I have to keep pushing the threads down, I hope I have enough space left till the end of the year !!!



As I wrote in the title to my post I won a giveaway !!! I am stalker follower of Gizzimomo's thread and when she reviewed some Mouseloft kits I knew I had to enter because I just LOVE them, they are a great bargain and perfect to slip in my handbag to take around.  I chose 'Spooky Castle' as my kit to win because it is Halloween coming and I really liked the kit !! I can't wait for it to arrive !

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Donna

P.S. To try and carry on my luck I have entered another giveaway at Craftymoo's blog, she is being very generous so go over and take a looksy !!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Giveaway !!

Gizzimomo is having a fantastic giveaway, Good Luck if you enter at this link

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Donna

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Siberian Forest Page 3 Finish

I have finished page three !! I am so happy with how this is turning out.  The picture is just stunning in its detail.  I have a full sized HAED in my stash and I was using this freebie as a tester to see how I got on and I must say I am hooked.  The only downside is that I have to wait for the next part to come out !!!! I just want to finish it !!!  Nevermind, I have parts four and five of the Papillion Creations SAL to be getting on with.  This page didn't take too long to complete as although there were some hard confetti sections there were still some bigger sections with blocks of colour.  I just love the nose !!!



Aren't his eyes mesmerising !!!

I have also been working on my Dolphins design.  I haven't worked on this one for a while so to remind you here is a picture of where I left it the last time with two pages of fifteen completed:



And here it is now with three pages completed.  This is a really nice design to stitch, perfect after the complexities of Siberian Forest.  There are nice big blocks of colour that make it go really fast.

Now off to work on Papillon...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!

Donna

P.s.  It's that time again... IHSW... check it out on my sidebar

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Official Stashaholic !!!

I have another finish.  This has been my latest travel project.  It's such a fun design and also has a speciality thread version that I am going to work on as well.  Mabel is a contributor on the Cross Stitch Forum I frequent and specialises in Hardanger but I always loved this design since she created it.  Her site is called Mabel's Fancies.  I stitched it on hand-dyed fabric from, you guessed it, The Crafty Kitten using the recommended DMC.



Official Stashaholic (Cross Stitch Version)

hand-dyed fabric from The Crafty Kitten 
recommended DMC threads
designed by Mabel Figworthy from Mabel's Fancies
started:  25/6/2012
finished:  28/7/2012

I thought I would also share with you my book collection.  I have a passion for collecting needlecraft books both old and new.  I am constantly going through the shelves of the local charity shop to try and find some good ones.  I like to mix up the old and new.  I don't just want to collect them I want to read them all as well.  In order to motivate me I thought that once a month I would do a little review on here of the ones I have read that month.  I figure that will keep me reading !!!!  Here is a picture of my bookshelf so far....




Happy Stitching Everybody!!

Donna

Friday, 3 August 2012

** ahem ** JULY !!!!! TUSAL !!!! **ahem**

I can't believe I forgot !!!! Here finally is my tusal picture for July (the picture was taken in July just didn't get round to posting) ...


In the background you can see part of the reason for my distraction !!!  My new Overlocker !!!  It is beautiful and works like a charm.  I will be using it mostly for my dressmaking as it makes my seams look so neat !!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!