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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I'm a Jingle-ing!!

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this
~ Terry Pratchett ~

Sometime ago Rita from Il Mio Mondo a Colori asked if anyone wanted to join in on a SAL that she was organising to do with Annette and Nia.  The design that the girls had chosen to stitch together was Lizzie Kate's "Jingles Flip-It" series.
Lizzie Kate "Jingles Flip-It"
Rita thought that it would be a great idea to see if anyone else might be interested to join in and stitch this cute design as well... and so far there are 11 stitcher's who have joined in the fun.

Now originally I said that I wouldn't take part as I didn't think I would get the time to stitch it especially with the other SAL's that I have already signed up to stitch this year.... but this design just kept on kicking at me and eventually I gave in and bought it!!!

Rita and Annette have been very good and have posted regular updates over the last couple of months and they are well into their stitching.  Hopefully I will catch up.. but probably not!!  If I can get close to a finish by the end of the year I will be very happy!

Back to my Jingles... on Friday the last of my back ordered Weeks Overdyed threads arrived from Stitches and Spice and the time was finally right to start stitching!  Yesterday saw me spending an hour or so preparing to start on the first design.  Needle and thread and fabric finally met while I was watching a couple of episodes of "House of Cards" last night - yes, I can now say that I have started to "Jingle"!

And this is how far I had managed to get last night by the time I had stopped stitching for the evening:

LK "Jingles" - "Deck the Halls"
as at 12 April 2014
Not a lot achieved so far.... but a start is a start!!

I have taken a long shot of the fabric so that hopefully you can see how nice it looks.  Unfortunately the photo doesn't quite show the shine that it has and the colour is not quite the same as in real life.  The name of the fabric is "Sugar Cane Crunch" and it is a very pretty opalescent 32ct hand-dyed Belfast fabric that I got from Stitches and Spice.

Hopefully by the time of the official update at the end of the month I will have a lot more stitching to show you!



Til next time, happy stitching and Jingle-ing!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Where's Witchiepoo??

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo was one of my favourite characters from H.R Pufnstuf!  I just loved her!  However when it came to choosing my design for the March Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog I couldn't find a Witchiepoo to stitch....  so we will have to make do with the image that I found on the web!

Web image
So what did I stitch for my March ornie?  Well, it could only be one of the lovely seasonal witches from Maja's Snowflower Diaries blog!

Jo mentioned in one of her posts on the SAL blog that three (3) to thirteen (13) witches make a coven... and then when I was deciding what to stitch Jo also commented on my post that three witches can make a coven and how two of Maja's Spring Witches had already been stitched... so if I stitched Spring we would have a coven!

So I stitched the Spring Witch, and we now have a coven of the Snowflower Diaries Spring Witches for March!

Spring Witch (The Snowflower Diaries)
Started 23 March 2014, Finished 4 April 2014
This little witch is such a cute design, and very easy to stitch.  I stitched my little witch in DMC threads and it was stitched on some gorgeous sparkly fabric which unfortunately doesn't show up on the photo very well.

The fabric that I used to stitch my witch on is 32 ct Belfast (yes I know, 32 ct!!) and is called Wintered Marble (grey)"" but it is actually cream not grey.   This fabric is new to me and comes in a pack of fabric that I recently ordered from an Australian hand dyed fabric on line store - Stitches and Spice.  Their hand-dyed fabrics are lovely and this is the second piece of their fabric I have stitched on.   (Can't show you the first piece yet as it is travelling to a location far, far away!)

So now onto the April stitch which is "Owls".  I have already picked my owl design out and started stitching. I am stitching another design from the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 special edition magazine.  Will post an update soon.....

So til next time when I will either be updating you on my owl friend... or showing you my secret stitch.... have a great week, happy stitching!





Big hugs,
Stitching Noni xx


Hallowe'en Ornie SAL 2014 Themes
April -Owls
May -Monsters
June -any freebie chart
July -Pumpkins
August -Ghosts
September -Black cats
October - Trick or Treaters
November -Bugs, insects or spiders
December -Free choice

Sunday, April 6, 2014

TUSAL - March 2014 Take 2

But ne'er the rose without the thorn
~ Robert Herrick ~

And so it has happened again... two new moons in the same month for the second time this year.  All though that was actually a week ago and I am only just reporting in!  But then again I think you are all very used to me being late with my ORT report each month!!

The ORT's this month have a real mixture of colours.... some have come from my Halloween February stitching of the Count and others are from a secret stitch, and then the ones on top are from my Halloween March stitching.

Unfortunately I had some frogging happening on my secret stitch while I was trying to work something out... which is why the ORT's jar looks extra full at the moment.  Nothing that a little squish down won't fix!

March 2014 Take 2 TUSAL
This month's photo has been taken with some of the lovely roses that are currently flowering in our front garden.  The smell from the red roses is wafting around the house at the moment as we have the doors and windows open letting the gorgeous Autumn sea breeze flow through.  Such a wonderful breeze and a beautiful smell... just delightful!

That's it for this ORT report.  If you would like to sign up and join in the fun this year, then pop on over to Daffycat's blog and leave a comment saying that you're in and start collecting your ORT's!  And if you don't want to join in with the ORT collectiong, you will still find some links to some great blogs that you can read to while away the hours!!

The next 2014 ORT report will be ready for publication on or around 28th April 2014.

New Moons - 2014
28th April
28th May
27th June
26th July
25th August
23rd September
23rd October
22nd November
21st December

Til next time happy stitching!




"Bee" happy and take the time to smell the roses!
Hugs, Stitching Noni xx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A flyby post.....

Yep, this is a real flyby post.... I have been very lazy lately in regard to my blog and haven't posted for a couple of weeks, and I am so far behind in my blog reading as well. I even forgot to sign up for the IHSW last weekend. No excuses, I knew it was happening last weekend, I just didn't get around to signing up.... But I did stitch.... Sorry no peaking though as it is a surprise stitch and you can't see it til the recipient sees it.... Sorry! Oh, and no hints either!!!

Anyway, the reason for my flyby post. After stitching my little Dracula friend for the Halloween Ornie blog, I signed up to follow the Pickle Barrel Designs blog so that I could see what other gorgeous designs Nancy releases... When I went for a visit to her blog the other day guess what I saw... A post with three new releases and a giveaway! For me to enter the giveaway all I have to do is leave a comment and send a new follower over to Nancy's blog to say hi and to leave a comment to say who sent them.

Please do go and visit the Pickle Barrel Designs blog and say hi and let Nancy know who sent you before 31 March 2014 and you never know I could be the lucky winner of a brand new Pickle Barrel Designs chart. There are 3 new releases being given away. I can't decide which one I like yet.... Maybe "Life Lessons"... Thank you in advance for helping me win... And don't forget to enter the giveaway too!!

Well, my flyby post is now at an end as is my train ride into work.... Hopefully this will post before I hit the tunnel and lose my connection!!

Til next time, happy stitching

Stitching Noni xx

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Count Me In!

Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness
~ Author Unknown ~

Well hello again!  I am back to show you (finally) my finished February stitching for the Hallowe'en Ornie 2014 Blog.

My February design was "Count Me In" by Nancy Greenburg of Pickle Barrel Designs.  This design was published in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Collection 2013 issue.  Such a fantastic source for Halloween designs.

"Count Me In"
Started 20th February 2014, Finished March 2014
I love how the orange stands out on the purple coloured Aida.  Very Halloween-ish colours!!

The March theme is Witches.  I have found so many different designs to stitch which contain witches, but I am still not sure which one I particularly want to stitch!  Although the Snowflower Diaries Seasonal Witches are very high on the list.

That's it for the time being.  Unfortunately not a lot of other stitching has been done lately except for the Count!  So now I had better get myself organised with some of my other stitching projects that are either on the go and waiting in the wings otherwise I won't have anything else to show you on the next post!


Til next time, happy stitching
Stitching Noni x




Hallowe'en Ornie SAL 2014 Themes
March -Witches
April -Owls
May -Monsters
June -any freebie chart
July -Pumpkins
August -Ghosts
September -Black cats
October - Trick or Treaters
November -Bugs, insects or spiders
December -Free choice

Monday, March 3, 2014

TUSAL - March 2014

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast
~ Author Unknown ~

Another month has gone by yet again.... and how do I know that!

Well, because it's TUSAL time again!  It seems quite strange doing this report as there was no new moon in February and two in January and I feel as if I haven't prepared an ORT Report for ages!   This month there are two new moons as well, and then things will get back to normal with one a month between now and the end of the year!

So what is in the jar this time round?

TUSAL March 2014
Well, as you can see, there is lots of black and orange and purple.  Those colours are from my Halloween stitching, and there are also some ORT's from my latest Chatelaine.  The pile is growing but I don't really seem to have a lot finished stitching so far this year to show for all the ORT's!  Never mind, I have nearly finished the Count and then it will be time to rotate back to the Chatelaine... or maybe time to start one of the MS SAL designs!

This month's TUSAL photo shows the pretty tin that we bought back from Paris with us.  It was full of yummy toffees and came from the wonderful Angelina Tearooms.  I just love collecting tins like these... full of yummy delights when first bought home, and then refilled with lots of other delights - threads, ribbons, buttons, etc!!!

That's it for this ORT report.  If you would like to sign up and join in the fun this year, then pop on over to Daffycat's blog and leave a comment saying that you're in and start collecting your ORT's!

The next 2014 ORT report will be ready for publication on or around 30th March 2014.

New Moons - 2014
30th March
28th April
28th May
27th June
26th July
25th August
23rd September
23rd October
22nd November
21st December

Til next time happy stitching!



Be Happy
Hugs,
Noni xx