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!

Friday, April 17, 2015

O - Oriental

17th April "O" Post

Yee hah! It's Friday.... and as it is Friday 17th April, this must be posting Day 15 of the "Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge".

Today is "O" - "Oriental Stitching"

Orient: the Orient means the East. It is a traditional designation for anything that belongs to the Eastern world or the Middle East (aka Near East) or the Far East, in relation to Europe

Oriental: something pertaining to the Orient....

"O" is another one of those letters that I discovered I didn't have ongoing WIP's that I could shoe-horn into the letter.... so I had to have a new start!!!

"Jewels of the Orient" is a design that I have had sitting in my Joan Elliott box for quite some time.  I also have a number of Joan's "Geisha" designs that one day I would love to stitch, but as they are all quite large I decided not to start one for my "O" post.  Instead I decided to start the Kimono which is part of the "Jewels of the Orient" triptych.  This design is in a small D&C Joan Elliott book that came as a free gift with one of my UK magazines years ago (sorry I can't remember which one or when....). The design was originally printed in Joan's "Oriental Odyssey" book.

So say hello to my new start!

Besides the kimono in the set of 3, there are are two fans which I will stitch as I think they all look delightful together.

That's it for today's post... I thought I had better get it done and dusted early as I have to have a hydro-dilation injection in my "frozen" left shoulder today, and after that injection I am not if I will feel like typing.... fingers crossed I can stitch tonight as I think "Prancer" needs to come out of the WIP basket!

Don't forget this weekend is IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend).  Joysze is taking sign ups now, so head over to Joysze's blog, say hi and sign up for a weekend of indulging in our favourite past time!

Til then.... Happy Stitching and Happy Blogging!
Hugs xx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

N - New Year's Magic

16th April "N" Post
"New Year's Magic!"

It's Thursday 16th April and posting Day 14 of the "Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge".

Today is "N" - "New Year's Magic"

New Year: the time of the year at which a new calendar comes out and hangs on the wall and we all make these wonderful resolutions!

Magic: everyone needs a little bit of magic!

"New Year's Magic" is a design probably best stitched at the end of the year - but I saw this lovely fairy and decided to stitch her during my Crazy January Challenge.  At the risk of repeating myself.... this one is a Brooke Nolan design... link to her freebie page is here

The last time I showed her on my blog she looked like this:

Now she looks like this:

She is starting to taking shape now...  I know that she looks a bit weird at the moment, but I am missing a couple of thread colours so I have had to stitch around those spots for now! (My husband can't believe that I don't have every available thread when he looks at what I do have!!)

That's it for today's post... tomorrow is Friday!  I am so hanging out for Friday....

Also, don't forget this weekend is IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend).  Joysze is taking sign ups now, so head over to Joysze's blog, say hi and sign up for a weekend of indulging in our favourite past time!

Til then.... Happy Stitching and Happy Blogging!
Hugs xx

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2015 - Update #4

My goodness.... where has April gone?  Already it is time for an update on my "Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2015" (GG SAL) stitching.  As per last month, I am only posting pics of the designs that I have stitched on since my last GG SAL update.  For the full list on what I am stitching on for this SAL, please head over to my GG page... link is here!

Moutons de Saisons "Printemps et ete" - Collection Tralala
Gift from Kaye from Kitten Stitching.  The original post of when Kaye gave me these charts is here.

Tralala Collection - Mouton de Saisons
Moutons de Saisons "été"
I stitched on "été" this month as part of my A-Z challenge.  After a good stitching session over Easter sweet little "été" now looks like this:

This one is getting so close to a finish that I can almost taste it!! :o)

Halloween Limited Edition Charts - Lizzie Kate
Giveaway win from Carolyn (Taking One Stitch at a Time) - link to my post about the giveaway win is here

Halloween Limited Edition Charts - Lizzie Kate
Lizzie Kate - Autumn Fab Fob
"Autumn Fab Fob" was also another WIP that I stitched on during the A-Z challenge earlier in the month.  Some progress was made and fingers crossed the next outing will see this one finally finished!

So there you are.... only two GG SAL projects stitched on since the March update but both have had a good leap forward in progress!

See you all again next month ♥

Til next time, Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

If you're not sure what this particular SAL is all about.... Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts this SAL - the link to my post late last year about the SAL is here.... but essentially this 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.

M - Mary Mouse

15th April "M" Post
"Mary Mouse"

It's Wednesday 15th April and posting Day 13 of the "Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge".  Today marks the half way point in the 26 days of the A to Z challenge!

Today is "M" - "Mary Mouse"

Mary: a lovely name for a very sweet mouse

Mouse: is a small mammal belonging to the order of rodents, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate.

I told you I would be back with another Advent Animal from Brooke Nolan (Brooke's Books)

This one is "Mary Mouse".  Perfect choice for "M" day!  "Mary Mouse" is being stitched on the same piece of fabric as "Katie Kitty" and she is the third in the series of 25 Animals.

When I last stitched on her back in January I left her looking like this:

On Monday night while watching the first episode of Series 5 of "Game of Thrones" I managed to finish the bottom white border and started on her shoes and legs.

Loving her big green shoes!  Hopefully Little Miss Mary Mouse will soon have two legs to show off to you - but for now she goes back into the WIP basket!

That's it for today's rather late post... I will be back shortly with my GG update, and then back again tomorrow with my "N" post!

Til then.... Happy Stitching and Happy Blogging!
Hugs xx

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L - Lickle Ted

14th April "L" Post
"Lickle Ted"

It's Tuesday 14th April which means it is posting Day 12 of the "Blogging from A to Z April 2015 Challenge".

Today is "L" - "Lickle Ted"

Lickle Ted: a cute little teddy originally drawn by Michael Abrams and now licensed by DMC for the purposes of amusing children and grown ups alike...

 When I was looking for an "L" design to stitch I immediately thought of "Lickle Ted".  Now I have a stack of designs from magazines that I have collected over the years that I have been stitching.... and every now and then I go through the folders and re-evaluate what designs I might want to stitch and I try to do a bit of a "clean-up"...  However, no matter what I decide I won't ever stitch, I always end up keeping this cute little teddy bear!

This particular design is from the UK "World of Cross Stitching" magazine.  He was the free gift with the Christmas Magazine (Issue 104) back in 2005.

This design is only stitched with one thread of floss and so far it is stitching up very quickly.... but sadly he is now going to go away again as I need to stitch on a "M" project for tomorrow's post!

Til then.... Happy Stitching and Happy Blogging!
Hugs xx