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, February 14, 2019

Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop 2019

Image from Princess Sassy Pants website




It's Valentine's Day which can only mean one thing... Time for Jo's (Serendipitous Stitching) very special Valentine's Blog Hop...

The idea behind the blog hop is that everyone who is participating in the blog hop sends a photo of either Valentine's or love inspired stitching or finished piece to Jo and she will send the photos out to everyone who has joined in the blog hop... but only Jo knows who got what stitching pic! 

It is now up to us to go hopping around blog land and see who has our pic. (Jo will do a post with a link to everyone's blog who is taking place.... so Jo's blog is the perfect place to start the blog hop)

Once we find our picture we can then reveal ourselves as the Secret Stitching Sweetheart!  (I also love trying to guess who might have stitched what as I wander around drooling over the beautiful stitching pics!)

Below is the delightful Stitching Sweetheart pic that Jo sent me.


💖 Is this yours?  💖
💟  Leave a comment below if it is  💟

If you have come to my blog first today... thank you for visiting... If you would like to continue on with the blog hop (or even just start at the beginning) pop over to Jo's blog and see who else has joined the party link to Jo's blog is here.

Somewhere out there is my Secret Stitching Sweetheart pic... let me know if you spot it before I do!!

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not.... enjoy your day... and feel the love! 💝


Happy Stitching... And Happy Valentine's Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

WIPocalypse 2019 - January Update

WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings
The object of the WIPocalypse is to stitch on projects that you want to complete before the end of the world, or the end of the year - whichever might come first! WIPocalypse is run by Melissa over at Measi's Musings and is now in it's 8th year.  

For 2019 I am going to try and work on 19 projects (ie 19 in 2019!).  The full list of my projects can be found on my WIPocalypse 2019 page.

Oh my goodness.... the end of January is here! Can you believe it - one month of 2019 is almost done! Time does fly when you're having fun!  I am a couple of days late with my update post, but better late than never is my motto this week!

So here we go - I do have a small update for my "19 in 19" 😃

Quaker a Halloween - Jardin Prive


Henry VIII - Cloudsfactory

Dog Park - Satsuma Street



 Peacock Lady - Joan Elliott

So that is the sum total of my WIPocalypse projects for January.  I am pleased with my progress on the Peacock Lady - it would be wonderful to get a finish on that one this year! 😊


Til next time, happy stitching

Hugs xx

Monday, January 21, 2019

IHSW January 2019

Image from Princess Sassy Pants & Co
Welcome back to my blog!  Today I am here to report on my stitching for the past weekend while I hermitted!!!  The weekend just gone was the 3rd weekend of the month which means it was International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW).  I tend to hermit and stitch most weekends but there is something special when you know that around the world other stitchers are also joining you in your craziness!!!

IHSW also coincides with Friday Off The Grid (FB group) and Friday Frolics run by our own Kitten Stitching Kaye.

Stand by for the update!

Friday 18 January 2019

Finish #2/2019
Design: JOY
Designer: Rovaris
Source: Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue 2018
Started: 6 January 2019
Finished: 18 January 2019


Fabric: 32ct Raw Gold Belfast
Threads: DMC 840; red Mill Hill beads for holly on tree branch
Joydri Designs Threads as per below:
December 2016 Limited Edition"Elf" (fussy cut for the letters, green present and leaves)
"Genie of the Ring" (dress and hat on the elf, bird and 2nd present)
March 2017 Club Exclusive "Winter Frost" (snowflake and ribbon on 2nd present)

Design: Bentley Bear
Source: Free Gift - Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 138 (June 2010)
Started: 22 January 2016
Stitching Challenge Starting Point 18 January 2019
Stitching Challenge Finishing Point 18 January 2019

Saturday 19 January 2019


Design: Hocus Pocus Trilogy - Muriel
Source: Mill Hill kit
Started: 13 October 2017
Stitching Challenge Starting Point 19 January 2019
Stitching Challenge Finishing Point 19 January 2019
New Start #5/2019
Design: Forever & Ever
Design: Cottage Garden Samplings
Started: 19 January 2019

Fabric: 36ct Edinburgh "Feldspar" Picture This Plus
Threads: Weeks Dye Works as charted
Stitched 1 over 2
Stitching Challenge Finishing Point 20 January 2019

Sunday 20th January 2019


I stitched the fill in colour on the Forever and Ever "L" first up to complete my stitching challenge requirements, and then moved onto:

Design: S'Mores Bear B-Q
Designer: Tempting Tangles
Source: Just Cross Stitch October 2016
Started: 26 August 2018
Stitching Challenge Starting Point 20 January 2019
Stitching Challenge Finishing Point 20 January 2019
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen "Rocky Creek Canyon" Stitches & Spices
Threads: DMC, Dinky Dyes Silk "Pilbara", Classic Colour Works "Hickory Sticks"
I am stitching the silk and CCW 1 over 2 and the DMC 2 over 2 - just for something different!

Design: Morning Has Broken
Designer: Mari Richards
Source: Cross Stitch Collection
Started: 17 May 2018
Stitching Challenge Starting Point 20 January 2019
Stitching Challenge Finishing Point 20 January 2019
So there you have it... lots of stitching variety for the weekend.. This variety was lead mainly by the stitching challenge in the Magical School of Stitching & Literature as I had to stitch 200+ stitches for 5 separate tasks (Classes) plus I decided to do an extra task and watch the first movie while I stitched... So with some fenangling I managed to get all the stitches done by bedtime on Sunday!!

Now I am off to find something else to stitch for my Mira SAL and another Magical Stitching challenge.  I certainly have plenty of Mira's to choose from.... 😼




See you next time!

Happy Stitching
Hugs xx

Gifted Gorgeousness - January 2019

Image from Princess Sassy Pants & Co
Happy GG New Year! It's time to start off a brand new GG year and this year I am planning to post way more regularly than I did in 2018! Although as you will notice I am late posting this month - so I am already behind the eight-ball! I did have great intentions to post on time but alas... my plans did not come to fruition!

First up... we have a gift of fabric from stitching friend
Earlier this month I was stitching a small Christmas Ornie design on a left over scrap of fabric that was gifted to me way back when.... in fact I can even show you the original post if you want to click in the link here.  This fabric also became a part of the very first GG post I ever made... link to that post is here.

Design: "JOY"
Designer: Rovaris
Source: Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue 2018
Started: 6 January 2019
as at 15 January 2019

Next up we have a Free Design from a Designer
Link to freebie chart is below

Design: "Happy Howloween"
Designer: Brooke's Books
Source: Brooke's Books Website (link to freebie page)
Started: 14 January 2015
Stitching Challenge starting point 11 January 2019
Stitching Challenge finishing point 12 January 2019

And last but not least, a gift from a Stitching Friend
Chart was purchased using a gift certificate from Linda (Stitching with my Furbabies)

Design: Fur-ever Friends - Laurel Burch (Mill Hill Kit)
Started: 17 May 2017
Source: Mill Hill Kit
Stitching Challenge starting point 21 January 2019
Stitching Challenge finishing point 13 January 2019
I stitched on "Happy Howloween" and "Fur-ever Friends" for a couple of stitching challenges (Cross Stitch Finish Line Stitchathon and Magical School of Stitching & Literature stitching challenge).  As the challenges were in 2 different Facebook groups I was able to use the stitch totals for both challenges!  Love it when that happens 😸

That's it for my January GG update.  See you again soon.  If you want to know more about the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL pop over to Jo's blog and check out her sign up page (link is here)



Til next time, Happy Stitching! 😻

Hugs xx

Monday, January 7, 2019

WIPocalypse 2019 - Kick Off Post

WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings
The object of the WIPocalypse is to stitch on projects that you want to complete before the end of the world, or the end of the year - whichever might come first! WIPocalypse is run by Melissa over at Measi's Musings and is now in it's 8th year.  

For 2019 I am going to try and work on 19 projects (ie 19 in 2019!).  The full list of my projects can be found on my WIPocalypse 2019 page.

Okay.... yes I know I failed dismally last year with posting about my chosen 18 in 18, and I can't make promises about this year but I will try harder to post regularly on my chosen 19 in 19!

So what have I chosen this year?  There are a couple of favourites still in the list because they didn't get finished last year, but there are also some newbies in the list.  I have tried to be a bit more strategic in my thinking this year and have picked projects that have been around a long time but are also very close to being finished.  I have also picked a couple of bigger projects in the hope that I will get some progress on them during the year and they then might also become close to being finished!

So here we go - welcome to my "19 in 19" 😃


 12 Days of Christmas - Little House Needleworks


12 Days of Christmas - Maria Diaz


Quaker a Halloween - Jardin Prive

Pink Sparrow Sampler - With Thy Needle & Thread

Orchid (Flower Pixie Fairy) - Nora Corbett


Peace on Earth - Cottage Garden Samplings

 
Deer & Grapes Mystery Sampler - Jean Farish

 
 
Snow Love (Snow Story) - Lizzie Kate


Pumpkins 4 Sale - Little House Needleworks

Henry VIII - Cloudsfactory


Dog Park - Satsuma Street


Autumn Bird - Satsuma Street

 
Shimmering Mermaid - Mirabilia

 
Spring Bouquet - Margaret Sherry

 
Tulip Time - Just Nan

Mini Mandala II "C" - Chatelaine

Eightsome Reel - Papillon Creations

 
Peacock Lady - Joan Elliott

 
Coffee Saves Lives - Heartstring Samplery

My goal for 2019 is to try and get at least 50% of these finished (ie 8 or 9 out of 19 WIP's finished).  A stretch goal would be to get either the Mira or the Nora Corbett design also finished in 2019!

Wish me luck.... I will need buckets of it!! 😊





Til next time, happy stitching

Hugs xx