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!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Late Gifted Gorgeousness Post - August 2017

I have been very remiss in posting for GG stitching for a couple of months.... but here I am at long lost with an update on no less than 3 x GG pieces!

Tulip Time - Just Nan
Started: 4 August 2017 (#48/2017)
Fabric: 28ct Lugana "Malva" Chromatic Alchemy
Threads: DMC as per chart
Fabric was a gift from Tiff (Tiffstitches A Blog)

I showed a start picture in my recent starts posts - I worked on this piece for another couple of hours after the challenge was revealed.

Dream Big - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 1 May 2017 (#37/2017)
Fabric: "Dawn of Spring" Jodyri Designs
Threads: mix of DMC, Weeks Dye Works & Jodyri Designs
Chart was a gift from Tiff (Tiffstitches A Blog)

The last time you saw it I was working on the rabbit using the Jodyri Designs thread "check name)
After a couple of days rotation in August it now looks like this:

Now I have just noticed that it would appear that I have never showed this start below... sorry...

Fur-ever Friends - Laurel Burch (Mill Hill Kit)
Started: 17 May 2017 (#41/2017)
Kit Fabric/threads: 28ct black linen with DMC
Chart was purchased using a gift from Linda (Stitching with my Furbabies)
I started this in May but haven't picked it up since... I really must do so soon as the colours are so gorgeous even if stitching on black is a pain in the you know what! 😏

Have a great stitchy week... and

Til next time, happy stitching
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 link here, or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.

Long overdue new starts update....

Image from Princess Sassy Pants pinterest page
I was going through my blog and realised that there are so many stitchy things that I haven't shown you yet!  So pull up a comfy chair, grab a cuppa and settle in for my New Start Parade!

Nantucket Rose - Lavender & Lace
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Whole Lotta Love" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Thread: DMC as per chart (#49/2017)
Started: 19 August 2017 (Nantucket Rose SAL hosted by Dena)

Castles in the Air - Long Dog Samplers
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "At Last" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Thread: DMC White (accents will be in gold or silver)
Started: 20 August 2017 (#50/2017)

Tulip Time - Just Nan
Fabric: 28ct Lugana "Malva" Chromatic Alchemy
Threads: DMC as per chart
Started: 4 August 2017 (#48/2017)
Guess What Challenge - Cross Stitch It's Fun FB group
Peacock Lady - Joan Elliott
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney "After the Rain" Jodyri Designs
Threads: DMC as per chart
Started: 9 July 2017 (#47/2017)
Joan Elliott July - FB challenge

Debi's Rose - Chatelaine (Martina Rosenberg) Freebie
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Garden of Eden" Colour Cascade Fabric
Threads: DMC as per chart
Started: 2 July 2017 (#46/2017)
Colour Cascade Fabric SAL

Coffee Saves Lives - Heartstring Samplery
Fabric: 28ct Belfast Opal "Gold Digger" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Hand-dyed threads as per chart
Started: 17 June 2017 (#45/2017)

Maidens of the Season Pt 1 - Mirabilia
Fabric: 28ct Lugana Opal "Silver Springs" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC as per chart
Started: 28 May 2017 (#42/2017)

Roccoco Ladies - Soda Stitch
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen "Fall to Pieces" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted
Started: 16 April 2017 (#36/2017)
Stitch Maynia Tour De Designers SAL April 2017

The Porch Swing - Paula Vaughan
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney Linen "Year of the Rooster" Jodyri Designs
Threads: DMC as charted
Started: 26 March 2017 (#33/2017)

I think that's it for new starts other than the monthly SALs which I will save for another post...

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Friday, August 11, 2017

June & July WIPocalypse Update

WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings
WIPocalypse is run by Melissa over at Measi's Musings and is now in it's 6th year (amazing!).  The object of the WIPocalypse is to stitch on projects that you want to complete before the end of the world! 

At the beginning of January I picked out 17 WIPocalypse projects to work on in 2017.  The full list of my 17 projects can be found on my WIPocalypse 2017 page.

Well, here's a thing.... I am woefully late with my June & July update... oh well, I'm here now!! Better late than never!! 😌

12 Days of Christmas (Plum Street Samplers)
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodyri Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Midnight Hour)
Stitched on Day 6 and Day 7.... and managed to finish both!

Halloween Happiness (Sandra Cozzolino)
Fabric: 28ct plain purple fabric
Threads: all DMC
June: stitched on the green words, frogs, "L" with the lizard
July: stitched on "A" with ghost, "L" that is a little tree

Deer & Grapes Mystery Sampler (Jean Farish)
Fabric: 32ct Lugana "Autumn Glade" - Stitches and Spice

Progress as at 27th May 2017
Progress as at 26th July

Moutons de Saisons - été (Collection Tra La La)
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen "Fairy Forest" - Stitches and Spice

Progress as at March 2017

Progress as at June 2017

I haven't answered the questions this time around... but if you would like to see my stitching spot have a look at my last video... I did a quick video while sitting in stitching spot - complete with stitching buddies!!  Link is here

Sometime in the near future I am planning on doing a WIP parade video so I will link that here as well and you will see my oldest WIP... A couple of years ago I did find some old WIPs which technically you could say are my oldest WIPs... but they are resting!  If you want to look at that post the link is here.

So there you go.... a little bit of an update on my stitching throughout the month of June & July.  The next check in is on Sunday 27th August 2017. If you want to see what everyone else has posted over the last couple of months, drop into Measi's blog and check out the June link up & July link up pages.

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Thursday, August 10, 2017

June & July Smalls Update

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

It's time for a catch up on my Smalls stitching for the last couple of months. I didn't get around to posting for June mainly because the couple of pieces that I had finished I wasn't able to show as it was an exchange gift.  July was a good finishing month for me... so here's what I have to show for the last 2 months:

Penguin & Snowman Card and Christmas Bells
Card: Free gift from Cross Stitch Card Shop
Christmas Ornament - Mary Engelbreit kit
Card finished: 24 June 2017 / Christmas Bells finished: 3 July 2017
Stitched for Christmas in July Exchange

Happily Ever After - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Dark Fantasy" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC, Jodyri Designs, Dinky Dyes (borders)
January, February finished in June; April finished in July

Dear Santa - The Little Stitcher
Fabric: 28ct linen
Threads: DMC
Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2015 issue
Finished: 19 July 2017

Truly Endless Knot II - Ink Circles
Fabric: 28ct linen
Threads: DMC, Silk N Colours (light bulbs)
Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2015 issue
Finished: 24 July 2017

Kiri Kitten (Free Gift) Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine
Fabric: 14ct Aida (decided to stitch it on a larger piece of fabric for a pillow finish)
Threads: kit threads
Finished: 23 July 2017

So that's it for my June and July finishes.  I did manage to also finish a couple of blocks on 12 Days which I will show you in the next post!

Before I go... I mentioned my first June finish in my June GG so I didn't show it above... however I can now show you that I have FFO'd and given it to my sister already - on the day that they picked up their new Golden Retriever puppy! Fate stepped in on that occasion... Henry comes from the same breeder that bred/owned Rosy's grandmother!! Me things Rosy sent him their way 😂

I finished it on a cork memo board with a picture of Rosy (the photo was from a birthday party and Rosy was Super Rosy!)  The memo board is going to sit with Rosy's ashes and have other photos pinned to it.

To see everyone else's Smalls posts for July pop over to Heather's blog and check out the link up post

Next Month – The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on Friday, 25th August 2017 and I already have an August finish! Hopefully you will see it at the end of August and not September or October!! 😉

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Christmas in July Swap

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I am hanging my head in shame..... I keep meaning to show you the most gorgeous exchange gift I received from Shelly... but I have been so tardy at posting lately (as you may have noticed!!) and I am only now getting around to doing it!!

So.... for those that might not know Kaye (Kitten Stitching) organised a Christmas in July swap - I joined because I can't resist Christmas and who doesn't want to celebrate it twice a year! 😄  Kaye sent us a list of who was sending to whom and away we went to stitch and send....

I sent to Astrid (Dragon Stitches & Stuff) - but more on that later!  I received from Shelley (An Arizona Stitcher)... and look what I received (it's gorgeous!)

So first up... it came wrapped in pretty Christmas fabric and tied up with string - love it!
Then when I unwrapped the fabric this is what I uncovered...

and then after unwrapping the next round of wrapping, I found the most gorgeous stitched gift...

and isn't that ornie so cute as well.... Shelly, thank you so much - I love my kitty - he is just the sweetest thing and is going to be taking pride of place at Christmas time!  And those caramels were yummy!!

So now that you have drooled over the gorgeous kitty I received in my swap... I will quickly show you what I sent to Astrid.

The snowman & penguin card was from Cross Stitch Crazy and the Christmas Bells are a Mary Engelbreit kit that I received in a giveaway pack many years ago (2013) from Anne (Doll's Musings)... my post of the giveaway win is here.  Finally managed to stitch it for this exchange, and I hope that Astrid loves it...  I also made a little scissor fob and added some little extras, some of which aren't in this picture... 😊

So that's it guys! Sorry it's been so long between posts... time is not my friend anymore!

Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs x