I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Smalls SAL April 2016

Hosted by Stitching Lotus
Today is posting day for the Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus.  This is my first posting for this SAL... I have always watched from aside while people posted all their Smalls for the month and now I have decided to join in the fun.

During April I finished the following Smalls.  You have seen then all in previous posts so I hope that you don't mind seeing them again.

"Christmas Bauble"
Designer: Jody Rice (Satsuma Street)
Cross Stitch Stitch #208
Stitched for Christmas Ornie SAL Blog

Started: 5 April 2016
Finished: 6 April 2016
Stitched on plastic canvas with DMC threads


"Halloween Portraits - Ghost"
Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs
Just Cross Stitch - Halloween 2015
Stitched for Halloween Ornie SAL Blog

Started: 6 April 2016
Finished: 6 April 2016
Stitched on plain 28ct Linen with DMC threads


"With Love"
Designer: Lesley Teare
Free Gift - Cross Stitch Card Shop
Mother's Day gift for my Mum xx

Started: 7 January 2016
Finished: 15 April 2016
Stitched on 14ct Aida with threads included in free gift


"Very Merry Christmas"
Designer: Medina Originals
Just Cross Stitch - Christmas 2015
Stitched for JCS SAL on Facebook

Started: 19 January 2016
Finished: 23 April 2016
Stitched on 32ct Belfast "Camofudge" from Stitches & Spice
with DMC threads

That's all folks.... see you next month..

Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

Monday, April 25, 2016

Purple Haze and more!

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Today is Anzac Day... 
a day when we remember those wonderful men and women
who fought for the freedoms that we take for granted today

I have a bit of a stitching update for you today... and another finish :o)

Finish #16
"Very Merry Christmas" - Medina Originals
Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2015 magazine

Very Merry Christmas - Medina Originals
JCS Christmas 2015
Very Merry Christmas is my finish for the JCS SAL on FB.  I stitched this on 32ct Belfast "Camofudge" from Stitches & Spice.  Unfortunately I couldn't get a good photo that shows the true colour of the fabric.... the progress photo below is a bit closer to the true colour of the fabric.

Sadly I had an email from Noami the other day to say that due to ill health she is closing down Stitches & Spice.... such a shame.  I love her fabrics - hopefully she has enough in stock so that I can get some more of my favourites before the doors close for the last time!

Stitching Update:

Joyful World SAL - February (Snowflower Diaries)
I managed to get a little bit more stitched on the bottom row of "February" over the weekend
February - Joyful World SAL
Snowflower Diaries
Next up is a long forgotten WIP... "Faces of Joan Elliott SAL".  I haven't stitched on this since September last year.  I decided to pick this one up again yesterday for the Stitch Maynia Colour-A-Day "Purple Haze" event. (Colour-A-Day is where one day a month you stitch only that day's colour)

"Faces of JE SAL" - purple haze stitching
For "Purple Haze" I started the fairy in the bottom right hand corner... the Holly Fairy (I think she is called).  This is all the purple in that fairy done now!  Update photo of the whole piece is below:

Well, that's it for this update... time to get back to my stitching again.  Not sure what I will work on today - it might be my Chatelaine WIP or maybe back onto the fairy or Joyful World...  Spoilt for choice at the moment!

So til next time... happy stitching
Hugs xx

Friday, April 22, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2016 - Update #4

Continuing on with my tradition of being late for posting.... here I am late again for my GG post! :o0

Friday Frolic & GG Entry:
This month I have a finished gift to show you.... this was one of my DUCSJC2016 and Cross Stitch Crazy January starts.  When I left it on January 7 it looked like this....

... and now after stitching on it last Friday night for Friday Frolics and IHSW it is finished... and framed!

Finish #15
"With Love" - Designer: Lesley Teare
Free Gift from Cross Stitch Card Shop

With Love - Designer: Lesley Teare
Cross Stitch Card Shop Freebie
The free gift included a card but I decided to paint up a small frame and use the card opening as a mount instead. (Think I went a bit overboard with the dots!! I was definitely feeling my inner dottiness when I painted this on Sunday!!)

So where does the gift part come into my latest finish? Well, I will be sending this one to my Mum for Mother's Day... (hopefully she doesn't read my blog before next Sunday...)

So that was my Friday Frolic stitching... now onto the rest of weekend's stitching...

IHSW Update:
On Saturday I decided that it was high time to start another of the Snowflower Diaries "Joyful World SAL" pieces as I am woefully behind in stitching these cute designs.  Also, I thought that I could use "February" as part of my Stitch Maynia "April Showers Bring May Flowers" SAL entry.  (My stitching for Mum is also an entry for that SAL)

Snowflower Diaries - Joyful World SAL - February
This is where I got to after stitching on this on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening.

So overall I had quite a successful IHSW!

I do have another WIP to show you... this one is a 2015 WIP that I started as part of last year's crazy January challenges.  When I last showed this one on my blog back on 1 February 2015 it looked like this:

It now looks like this:

Flowerpot Kitty - Designer: Helz Cuppleditch
Free Gift - World of Cross Stitching magazine
This is a Helz Cuppleditch design and was a free gift from The World of Cross Stitching magazine (WOCS).   I have to admit that I am finding the threads in this freebie absolutely horrible to stitch with.... they won't lie flat and they keep fraying/shredding..... and if I have to frog... oh my goodness don't get me started on that! I suspect they are very cheap!! I now remember why I put it away after starting it last year! But I am nearly finished so I will leave it in the stitching basket and try and get it done before the end of April.

The rest of the week just gone I have been stitching on my JCS Christmas Ornie... fingers crossed that will be finished over the weekend.  Sorry forgot to take a progress pic last night...

So that is it for my latest stitching round up.... Before I go, I would like to thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.  I really appreciate your kind thoughts and wishes :o) I am feeling a lot better this week so hopefully that is a good sign that things are settling down again!

This weekend we have a long weekend here in Australia for Anzac Day so I will be resting, stitching and catching up with Floss Tube, or the many episodes of the Good Wife, Silent Witness and whatever else I have taped on Foxtel!  So a big weekend ahead...

Til next time, happy stitching
PS: if you have noticed all the purple on this post... besides it being my favourite colour... this is my tribute to Prince who passed away overnight ;o( 2016 is turning out to be a very sad year..... ;o(
Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  The GG SAL is about stitching charts/kits or using fabrics & threads that we have received as gifts, won in giveaways or anything that is intended be a gift or giveaway prize... or anything else that you can loosely use the word "gift" for!!  If you wish to sign up for this SAL, click on the button below or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.