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!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Where have I been? Nowhere & back again!

Hello! I can't believe that this little blog has been neglected for so long 😨
I have no excuse -- reasons a plenty but no excuses!

But I am back and hopefully I am starting a new chapter with my blog and this chapter will be the start of a new and beautiful friendship! 🤣

So... where do I start?  That is the million dollar question!

First off I will start with a heartfelt thank you to everyone who still talks to me either through the alternative social media channels of Flosstube (YouTube) or Facebook, and Instagram when I remember to post!! I have not always been very good at keeping up to date with everyone's blogs lately so I will start by going back to my daily routine of reading blogs on my way to work each day...  I will never catch up on old news but at least going forward I can be in the news loop!!

So since February when I last posted I have been quite busy with my stitching. One of the quickest ways to catch up that would be to watch my Flosstube channel (link below)


Now, for those of you that haven't heard there is a bit of a counting stitches craze happening... The School of Magical Stitching started up in February, and oh boy did that turn my world upside down! I have never been a true believer when it comes to counting stitches.  I would do it only if I had to, but now Magical Stitches (MS) rules my life and every stitch counts, and every stitch is counted!! 🤣
Magical Stitches revolves around the Harry Potter books.  The group was started up last year to read and stitch Jane Austen, but this year it morphed into this awesome fun and challenging world of magical stitching...

I have also joined another group (which was a result of an event in the MS group) that revolves around my first love The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien). Once we get to end of that book it will no doubt move onto the Lord of the Rings series... This group is awesome!

If you enjoy stitching, stitching challenges, and reading, these two groups are fantastic.

So, as you can imagine in 5 months a lot of stitching has happened, but I can't show you everything today... so I will try and focus on another monthly challenge / SAL - Joan Elliott July.  There is a FB group for this annual event, if you're interested let me know and I'll post a link, or just search Joan Elliott July and you should find it.

My plans for this month were to make a new start and to also work on a couple of JE WIPs... so far so good!  But my plans have been slightly hampered by MS homework and Semi Sane Stitcher’s Bingo! Yes.. I know I am crazy but I do whole heartedly embrace that crazy every day!

Enough rambling...how about some pictures?

Father Frost (Joan Elliott)
Started 1 July 2019
Fabric: 32ct Opal Lugana "Silver Springs" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Chart: Cross Stitch Collection issue 97

Progress as at 26 July 2019

The strange blobs at the top are a result of the bingo card I am playing.... when my DMC floss number is drawn I need to do 50 stitches of that colour... next time I play the bingo game I will make my numbers work a bit better with my WIPs!

Also this month I have been working on Air Goddess & Peacock Lady. Although... not a lot of stitches went into either so far this month as I have only pulled them out for bingo!  The "Faces of Joan Elliott SAL" WIP also came out for a few bingo stitches!

Air Goddess (Joan Elliott)
Started: 20 January 2018 
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Atlantis" Polstitches
Chart: Cross Stitch Collection #191 (December 2010)

Progress as at 26 July 2019

Peacock Lady (Joan Elliott) 
Started: 9 July 2017
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney "After The Rain" Jodyri Designs
Chart: World of Cross Stitching issue 134

Progress as at 26 July 2019

Faces of Joan Elliott SAL
Started: 2014
Fabric: 28ct cream evenweave

Progress as at 26 July 2019

So that's it for now..... next time I will do an update on my starts and finishes so far for the year.. there have been more of one than the other!! 🤣

Til next time, happy stitching!!
Hugs xx