Sunday, 18 September 2016

Wipocalypse September

Hello everyone, It's WIPocalypse time again.  
I've been working on Bamboo Fan and Treasure Hunt Bookshelf.  Now that my son and husband are back at school I have been able to get back into a bit of a routine and pick up Bamboo Fan again on Tuesdays.  I haven't been able to get as much done on THB as I would have liked as I am so busy at work.  The company I worked for sold part of the business and I am now working for a different company.  Although I'm in the same place with the same people doing the same thing it's been hard work getting used to new procedures.  I hope it will settle down soon as we all get used to it but until it does my hours are all over the place.

Anyway, here's where I was last time.

And here's where I am today.

Our question this month is to talk about the journey through a finished piece.

I can't remember the exact name of this one but I know it's a Dimensions Gold kit.  I started it on holiday in Cornwall in August 2005 which seems appropriate as we have just been to Cornwall this year on holiday, the first time we have been back.  I remember that we stayed for 2 weeks in a cottage and had a brilliant time sightseeing.  I finished it in December 2007 just before our son was born.  It took a long time back then as I would pick up stitching for a few weeks then put it down again for a few weeks or months and I was working full time so didn't have the time for it.  I wanted it done before the baby came as I knew I definitely wouldn't have time for it then!  I started my maternity leave in the October and had plenty of time to finish it.  I'd already chosen a birth sampler to do for the baby which I just managed to start before he was born.
It took another couple of years before I got round to framing them both though!  Now I am looking at my 3 pieces that need finishing and feeling guilty, I really must get them done this year.  Does anyone have any recommendations for online frames in the UK?

That's it from me for now, happy stitching until next time!




Thursday, 15 September 2016

Mostly Blue at Craft Rocket

Good morning crafters, it's time for another challenge at Craft Rocket.  Our theme this fortnight is mostly blue.




I've stitched a Kokeshi doll from a magazine cover kit using the materials provided.  She was very fiddly to stitch as there are lots of fractionals and french knots and the aida was very stiff.


I've used blue card, flowers, pearls and ribbon from my stash.  The foiled card and sentiment are by Hunkydory.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:



Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Happy Birthday at Unicorn

Good morning Crafters, it's our first birthday at Unicorn Challenge so our theme this month is Birthdays!  I can't believe I've been designing with this great team for a year already, where does the time go?!


I've stitched a little scottie dog from a Mouseloft kit.  I've layered him on some tartan papers from my Lili of the Valley Classic Christmas pad and green card from my stash.  The button, bakers twine and sentiment are also from my stash.


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting today, please come on over to Unicorn and link up your creations and see what the very talented DT have made to inspire you.  You have until 30th September.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

Anything Goes at Craft Rocket

Good morning Crafters, it's time for another challenge at Craft Rocket.  We have a nice easy theme for you this month - Anything goes!


I have made a Christening card for my friend's son.  The chart is from World of Cross Stitching Magazine which I bought from Ebay.  It's really hard to find Christening charts!  I stitched it 2 over 1 using the recommended DMC threads on some evenweave that I had in my stash.


I found the gold aperture card in a scrapstore when I filled a bag with bits for £2 - bargain!

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:


Thanks for visiting today, please come on over to Craft Rocket and link up your creations and see what the very talented DT have made to inspire you.  You have until 13th September.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

IHSW and WIPocalypse August

Good morning everyone, I'm combining my posts again for both IHSW and WIPocalypse.  Although the weekend isn't over I want to post now while my husband and son are still home so when they go out later I can stitch without interruption.  They're off to Beaulieu to look at supercars - not really my thing!






I've mostly been working on Treasure Hunt Bookshelf.  I took Bamboo Fan on holiday with me to Cornwall but we were so busy I didn't get as much done as I thought I would and I haven't picked it up since we've been home.  I think I'll find it easier to get back into doing it on a Tuesday once my son and husband are back at school and we're all in our normal routines.  Here it was last time you saw it.




And here it is now.  I've just done some of the flowers at the bottom.




Here's Treasure Hunt Bookshelf last time.




And here it is now.  The 2nd row is finished and I started on page 19 on 9th August.





I managed to get quite a bit done in the 2nd week of my 2 weeks off work.  Our cat is diabetic and needs twice daily insulin injections.  He was fine for the cat sitters while we were away but had a hypoglycaemic episode the day after we got home and spent 5 days in the animal hospital being stabilised.  So while we were waiting around for vets to phone and each day thinking he might be able to come home we didn't do very much or go very far.  He's fine now and his blood test results are better than they've ever been so we're hoping that continues.


In other news I have finally found the Stitch Maynia group on Facebook.  I've heard it referred to in lots of flosstube videos and I'm now a member.  I've had a quick look through the posts and it certainly seems a very friendly group.  I've joined a couple of SALs for later in the year and am looking forward to seeing everyone's progress.

That's all from me for now, happy stitching!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Things with Wings at Craft Rocket

Good morning Crafters, it's time for another challenge at Craft Rocket.  Our theme this month is Things with Wings.


I've used a kit from a magazine to stitch a cute little fairy

I've used card, ribbon and sentiment from my stash.  The papers are from my Stocking Fillers paper pack.

I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting today, please come on over to Craft Rocket and link up your creations and see what the very talented DT have made to inspire you.  You have until 30th August.


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Glitzy Glitter at Craft Rocket

Good morning Crafters, it's time for another challenge at Craft Rocket.  Our theme this month is Glitzy Glitter so we would like to see some sparkle and bling on your makes!


I have stitched some baubles using a chart and metallic thread from a magazine cover kit.  I've layered it on some glitter card from my stash and used a peel off sentiment.



I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:


Thanks for visiting today, please come on over to Craft Rocket and link up your creations and see what the very talented DT have made to inspire you.  You have until 16th August.