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Sunday, 17 February 2019

February's ornament

My February ornament is all stitched, as with my January one I will make it up at a later date.

(Please excuse the dreadful photos!!)

Crowning the Tree by Blackbird Designs
Started February 3rd
Finished February 17th
Stitched with the called for threads on a piece of mystery fabric from my stash.


I came across this chart all kitted up with the threads when I was having a sort out in my little crafty space at the beginning of the year, I think this year is going to be the year that you see lots of things that I had previously forgotten about, lol.

The weather has been brilliant this past week, still cold, but the days have been mostly bright and sunny, it really feels like Spring is just around the corner with lots of promise of colour to come in the garden and my pots too.







On Thursday I spent an hour raking some more leaves up (they are never ending in our garden because of the oak tree) and I decided to open up my little blue house and give it a sweep and clean ready for warmer days.  I don't think I ever posted any photos of my little house after it was all painted last year.  It's stretching the imagination a bit to call it a Summer House, It's really just a space to sit when the weather is nice, it sits half way up the garden between the two lawns.



The chairs are what the previous owner left in the conservatory, Mark wanted to throw them out when we moved in but I stood my ground, for the last four years they were stored first in our garage, and then after Mark converted half the garage they were stored in my daughter's garage.  
Every so often he would say they should to go to the tip!

When I finally got my little house towards the end of last summer I bought some new cushions off ebay and now I'm so glad I stood my ground, lol.  One day I would like to paint them white, but for now I'm happy with them as they are.

I bought these postcards last year when I went to Llandudno and put them in a frame I bought from The Range, they look right at home in my little blue house.


And  I crocheted a large mandala rug for the floor and chalk painted an old table.
The cushions I think I showed last year.



I have wanted a little space like this in the garden for such a long time and now I have one :-) and I can't wait to spend time sitting in here this summer.

I wish you all a wonderful week

See you soon
-X-

Sunday, 10 February 2019

En Retard!

This chart could not have a more perfect name for the title of my post :-)

I lost momentum on *En Retard and failed to get it finished in time for Christmas 2018, but when I picked it up last Saturday I found that I only had three stars, the eyes on the reindeer and the backstich on the sleigh to do.


I had an idea when stitching it that I would like it to be mounted in a frame but with linen behind it, and I found the perfect thing in Home Sense.  The frame had string draped inside with those mini pegs to hang things from, so I just cut that away, the backing was perfect, just what I had in mind :-)


I laced the stitching on some white foam board (which I bought from Hobby Craft) and then hot glued three small pieces of the same foam board onto the backing board in the frame so that the stitching would stand a little proud.  Then I hot glued the stitching to those three pieces of foam board.  I was careful to only place the glue onto the foam board on the back of the stitching, not on the fabric.


En Retard by Madame Chantilly stitched on 28 count fabric using the called for threads except for the red, which I changed to Threadworx 1089


I'm rather pleased with the outcome :-)

It's only the second time I've tried lacing and it's really not as scary as it sounds.  I quite enjoyed the process, to be honest I found it much easier than making up small ornaments.
I initially thought that the frame could do with some embellishing, (it seems to be the thing at the moment when finishing cross stitch), now i'm not so sure.  I'm going to leave it for now, it's got to be packed away until Christmas anyway so I'll see how I feel when it makes another appearance.

Mark went to Twickenham this morning, his work had paid for tickets to see the England game and a hotel for tonight too, no point in him coming all the way back here tonight to go that way again in the morning for work, so I've had a quiet Sunday stitching and catching up on some podcasts. 

 England won, if you're interested, and he said the atmosphere was amazing :-)

I wish you all a lovely week and I'll see you soon

-X-

*En Retard, translation, late! 
Or you could say that I'm just very early for Christmas 2019 :-)

Thursday, 31 January 2019

January, it was good

I always seem to start the year off well with making things, there is something about January that makes me feel positive, something to do with new year goals I suppose.  Lets hope I can make the it last for more than just a month :-)

After my tidy up / sort out in my crafty space I realised I have quite a lot of acrylic yarn, not really enough of any one colour to make anything but paired together I will be able to make up some little blankets.  This one has already gone to it's new home


I have not idea why I have so much Stylecraft in yellow, on it's own it's a bit bright, but put with white I think it looks really fresh and clean.  


 I bought this little octopus kit from the Cotton Pod when we went to Yarndale last September.
It only took a night to make but, those sleepy eyes! oh my goodness, I think I stitched them on at least six times!  Finally I got them so I was happy :-)

He has gone to live with Oliver, who, I'm happy to say still loves his stuffed animals and teddy's


I finished my first ornament of the year.  You might remember I'm stitching monthly ornaments along with some friends on a small FB group we have going.  I'm going to wait and do the actual finishing  when I have a few to do.


My second stitched finish was only finished tonight and I couldn't wait to show it to you even though it's still on the Q snap!

Good Tidings by The Drawn Thread
Started December 26th 2019 - Finished 31st January 2019

I had wanted to get it all done by the end of January, and I have, by the kin of my teeth, lol. 

I'm still not overly keen on stitching on linen, I don't like the unevenness when stitching so I'm glad it's done if i'm honest.  It has a few 'personal design features', but on the whole I'm happy.


January has also been a good month for reading.  
Towards the latter part of last year I didn't read as much as I would have liked and I missed having my nose in a good book.
This month I read 3 books on my Kindle and listened to 3 audio books
My favourite for the month was The Friend.
My least favourite was The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

So that's it for January, not a bad month at all, what about you?  How have you filled your first month of the year?

-X-

Sunday, 20 January 2019

All the UFO's, well stitching ones anyway

There have been a lot of posts on Instagram this last week about tidying up your crafty space.  I don't have a craft room as such but I have been able to re-claim our smallest bedroom for storing all things crafty since Oliver is not sleeping over now that Jenny isn't working late's.  
It was slowly turning into a dumping ground though, as rooms that are not occupied have a habit of becoming, so this week I've made myself go in there for at least half an hour each day to sort out drawers and boxes. 
I found out all my cross stitch projects, UFO's and finishes not "fully finished" and also two projects that I really don't think I want to finish the stitching on.

So here we go....

The stitching is all finished on this one but it was too large for an ornament and I didn't know what else to do with it. (any suggestions would be welcome).


This is a Lizzie Kate stocking and I didn't know how to go about finishing it!
 (you can see how old this one is!!)


Pear Tree is a very old finish, older than the one above but I remember that I cut the fabric too close to the stitching and I was so annoyed with myself that I just shoved it in the cupboard.  Every now and then I get It out and still don't know what to do with it.


This Carriage House Samplings piece has been in the cupboard for a couple of years too, I just need to take it to be framed!  
I remember I was putting off taking it at the time of finishing the stitching because I knew it was going to cost probably £50 plus to get it framed.  
It's more than likely going to cost me more than £50 now, but I really should take it in.  
I have two more of these 'Girls' to stitch and I know they are not everyone's cup of tea, but I do love their quirkiness.


Prairie Schooler Santa's waiting for minimal stitching to get them done.
All the backing card and fabric is all cut out ready to finish these.



 I started the one below in 2017, LHN 'Snow White' I just lost motivation with this one, but I do still like it so it will get done sometime.


Remember this one?
I have no idea why this one didn't get finished for Christmas, it was so close.  I even had the frame all ready for it too.  Perhaps I can get this one done in February.


These next two are really old, old projects, so old I can't remember what this one is called, lol. I forgot to look when I pulled it out yesterday, I do know that it's supposed to be a pillow and it's still on the scroll frame.
I still quite like it so perhaps someday I will finish it 


This one was started as a SAL with a fellow blogger, Judy, who lives in Canada.  Judy no longer blogs but we do speak on Instagram, I'll have to ask her if she ever finished hers.

Sampler Game board by The Drawn Thread

 I do want to finish this but I'm not keen on the fabric, it's very 'floppy'
This is how it would look once finished


The next two projects are the ones that I no longer want to carry on with.
 The first one is Elizabeth Jackson by Samplers Revisited

I like it but I haven't got the wall space and the colours really don't go in my house anymore


Homespum Elegance Summer Patches
This is stitched on the called for cushion, not much stitching left to do, but again, won't really go in my house now.

I am looking to sell the last two partly stitched pieces because it really would be a shame to leave them stored in bags.  I have listed them on ebay and on a FB group, but If you know anyone that would be interested in buying either of them then do let me know, my email is in the sidebar.

So that's my Stitching UFO parade It's not as many as I thought and certainly no where near as many as some people have on the go but I would still like it to be less.  
I'm going to try harder this year to keep more focused, and now that I've sorted these out you never know I might decide to work on the ones I want to keep and fully finish the ones that are stitched. 

Have a great week
see you soon
-X-

Sunday, 6 January 2019

New Year Stitching

At some point in January I want to a post about all the things I've carried over from 2018 but I need time to get them together, take photos ect so today is all about the new starts.

A small group of us on Facebook are doing an ornament SAL.  We started out with good intentions last year to stitch a Christmas ornament a month, well that didn't turn out too well, but undeterred we are setting out yet again to attempt to stitch twelve ornaments in 2019, some are alternating between Christmas and Halloween some will stitch just Christmas, we will be sharing our finishes on the last Sunday in the Month, although mine will more than likely not be fully finished as it's such a pain to get all the finishing paraphernalia out for just one thing.

January ornament
LHN "Gingerbread Cookie"


My new start on New Years Day was "Good Tidings" by The Drawn Thread


I'ts been a while since I've stitched anything using just one strand of thread but I do love the way it's looking.

This coming week I will be alternating between these two pieces with perhaps a little bit of scarf knitting when the light becomes to poor to stitch by.

I hope 2019 got off to a good start for you, it was back to work for us on Wednesday and it was nice to get back some routine to the days, I like routine, I function better with routine, plus I always start the new year with a new 'back to work wardrobe' so I get to start wearing all my new clothes, of which I got quite a lot this time, all in the sales I hasten to add.  I don't really go in for sales but I chose shops where I could buy good quality clothes at more or less half their original prices and that will last more than just this year, a lot of the time I bought on line, so no trekking around shopping centres winner all round!  

I hope you all have a good week whatever you are doing

See you soon
-X-

Monday, 31 December 2018

A round up of makes for 2018

Just wanted to pop in with a quick round up post for 2018.

Now I look back there have been more finishes than I thought, so here they are, in no particular order.



There are a couple of project bags I made in this last month and I also knit a couple more dishcloths but no photos.

I failed to read my pledged 50 books on Goodreads this year, I managed 39, still not bad.  My reading really slowed down the latter half of the year, I started some books and just couldn't get into them and time is too short to waste time on books that don't hold your interest.  I will set me challenge again tomorrow and go though my bookshelf and choose one to start off 2019.

I haven't got a lot to do today, I tided the garden up yesterday when it was dry and Mark cleaned the windows.  I'm pretty much up to date on all my jobs seeing as I'm been off work for almost two weeks.  I've been binge watching Luther (again) because the new series starts Tomorrow, (at last something worth sitting down to watch!)  This afternoon I will plonk myself on the sofa and start watching series three :-)

We are going to have buffet tea tonight with a glass of something alcoholic.  I will be stitching on something I started over Christmas which I will show next time.

Happy New Year to you all, thank you for following and commenting on my posts, I know blogging has fallen out of favour with lots of people, it seems that Instagram is the place to be now, and although I do like Instagram (and post there quite a lot), I still prefer reading a blog post, I feel like I get to know the person more through a blog, and there are some lovely bloggers out there:-)

Keep on blogging! 

 I wish you a happy and healthy 2019

see you soon

-X-

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Christmas ornaments

I finally managed to get the kids ornaments finished off

For Oliver

For Bonnie


For Arthur

I also finished this Heart In Hand 2018 Santa


This was going to be for Oliver but it turned out too big to hang on his tree so he chose the snowman one instead.  I have to confess that i'm happy to have this Santa staying with me because I absolutely love him!!  I already had the frame and he fit it perfectly, so I laced him onto some foam board and luckily the back still fit on the frame too.

Below is a five minute craft from last week

The picture is from the box my Christmas cards came in and I already had the box frame and coloured bells.  I just thought the picture was too lovely to throw away and It makes a nice decoration.

I've managed to get quite a bit done this week not being a work, including almost all of the present wrapping.  I've run out of paper for Olivers so will have to get some more tomorrow and get those done.  I have a hair appointment tomorrow afternoon then a good tidy up of my little crafty space is on the to do list.

See you soon
-X-