Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Little Bit of Winter

No, not the weather! Just my finishes from the past week! All winter themed ones which is nice. 

I only had a little bit to do on Day 10 of The 12 Days of Christmas with Barb on Friday so it didn't take me long to get it done. Only 2 more to go now. I have loved stitching these as they are so quick and easy. I think I'll wait until I get tne other 2 done then make them all up together.

The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas Day 10.

32 count Vintage Country Mocha linen


My second finish is this one. So pretty and I think I'll make it into an ornament for my tree.  Loved stitching this and this week I plan on starting Marching Orders which is another Just Nan.

Just Nan Wintry Mix.

32 count unknown fabric


Final finish this time is part 3 of 9 but still a finish! I took it to craft group yesterday to pop the final few stitches in and many of the ladies were admiring it.

Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forest Snowman's Cottage

32 count Pearl grey linen


I was stitching away in the hope of getting Carriage House Samplings 1823 Emma Elizabeth Blackwood Sampler but didn't quite manage it! Just the rest of the border and a couple of black stitches to go. I'm going to stitch the alphabet chart as well then, if Faye still would still like the mag, I'll be passing it on.

I think my needles were on fire stitching June's Honeysuckle on Sunday. I've got behind on these as I really would have liked to get one per month done but as we're now into August and I'm still on June something tells me it's not happened! 

Finally progress on my lovely Garden Bliss.  This is just so nice to stitch and so comforting to work on.

Has anyone signed up for the new ornament series by Country Cottage Needleworks? I haven't as I'm going to wait and see what each one is like. I was extremely tempted when they were first announced but as time has gone on I talked myself out of it. Glad now that I did as I need to be a good girl for a few more months then I can have a good spend up lol. I have bought already this month ( more about that slip up in my Stitch from Stash report ) but as we have a bonus this month that we can spend before our budget my whole budget will get carried forward!

I tried to get a photo of the super moon the other night but because of the cloud couldn't until it cleared which meant it was high up in the sky so, to me, it looked like a normal moon! Posting a few more of my recent photos too.

We have a lovely sunny day up here today although it is rather windy. We've had a couple of days of awful wind and rain and even though we do keep getting the odd shower the sun is shining brightly in between times. It is feeling rather autumnal is a morning now but I don't think summer is over yet. The forecasters are saying it will return but I have to admit that I'm enjoying these slightly cooler temps.

Until next time.

With much love

Sally xx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

It's Arrived!

Wahooo guess what arrived last Thursday? Yep my last Frosty Forest auto AND my lovely Silver Creek Samplers Garden Bliss chart. It is as gorgeous in real life as it is in the photos online! I will admit to feeling a little emotional when I saw it. Of course I just had to sort some fabric and converted the GAST and WDW online to DMC,  although I did change the skin tones a little, so that I was ready to start it on Tuesday evening. So this is my start on 32 count Crafty Kitten Vintage Petals. This will now be my Tuesday evening stitch. My Dad would approve of this one although he approved of all my stitching and always took great interest in it.

When I ordered my chart I also ordered one for my long time online friend Fi, as she had asked if I would get one for her, and on Monday I received an RAK from her of an extremely cute sheep needleminder. Thank you so much Fi x

Before I show my other WIPs I will announce the winner of the JBW Designs Our Family chart. As only one person showed an interest in it and that person is Michelle! Congratulations Michelle! The chart will be in the post ASAP.

So what else have been up to? Well I have finally got some trims on some bits and pieces that have been sewn up for a while so here they all are. I decided to pop outside and use my holly etc as props! These were mostly stitched last year. Still have several to decide what to  do with.

I have been beavering away on LHN Needleworker and I took it with me to Gill's on Monday.  She was having another open day for her wool store and I took it just in case we had a bit of time for crafting which we did . Unfortunately I realised I'd made a mistake in my counting last week but I have done too much to frog so it is staying. I will have to be careful with the top and bottom border when I stitch that to make them right or just leave them off. I'll decide when I get to them! Almost finished the wording last night.

Just Nan Wintry Mix is almost finished. I have been enjoying stitching a Just Nan again. It's been a long time since I stitched one and I have loads that I've stitched.  This one is just so pretty. I might sit outside this evening, depending on the weather, and see if I can finish it. I'll be stitching another Just Nan when I have finished.

I made a good bit of progress on my CHS piece from the Just Cross Stitch mag. I love how this is looking. The colours are so beautiful . I plan on stitching the alphabet design as well.

Not so much progress on June's Honeysuckle this week. Sunday afternoon we went to the cinema to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. The cinema is getting rather expensive now but I used some of my Tescos club card vouchers to get 4 adult tickets so it didn't cost anything other than £10 of my vouchers which is a good deal. Afterwards we went to KFC so by the time we got home and I got settled down to stitching time was getting on. It was good to get out though and the film was fantastic although we all ended up crying. Won't say why in case any of you are planning on seeing it!

Monday evening I cut my stitching time short so that  we could commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1 with "Lights Out " from 10 pm to 11 pm. The idea was to just have a single candle or light source. It was very poignant.  My Grandad's cousin died at the Battle of Arras in May 1917 from the wounds he sustained. 

So this is how my Frosty Forest is looking.  Almost done with Snowman's Cottage.

Today is Jess' 23rd birthday but we're just having a quiet day . I can't believe she is 23! How on earth did that happen? 

That's all from me for this time. I hope you are all enjoying the rather hot weather we've been having over here. I'm sorry to say that it is way too hot for me. I have been sitting out in the garden but only in an evening when it's not quite so hot!

Also another message for Sue about the Better Homes and Gardens A Cross Stitch Christmas book that Lo How A Rose was in. On my last post I did leave links that would take you directly to the book both on Amazon UK and USA but I'm guessing that you didn't see them. I have just found a photo of the book from when Lois sent it to me so here it is :)

Thank you all for continuing to visit me and for leaving lovely comments . I appreciate each and every one so much.

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Our Family & Another Wee Giveaway

Hello again everyone! It's supposedly a little cooler today and, even though the wind is blowing and it's cloudy, it doesn't feel like it is.  Phew it has been way too hot for me but these last few evenings I've been sitting out on the patio stitching and it has been lovely. Much cooler than sitting indoors.

First of all I have a finish. This lovely chart was passed on to me by dear Julie I don't remember when. I started it and for some reason it became a UFO. I picked it up and still have no idea why it got put away as I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching it. So here it is!

JBW Designs Our Family

Unknown fabric


I did not have a bird charm so used a bee instead. My plain heart charms did not fit in the box so I used a made with love charm.

Now Julie has said I can pass this chart on so if you would like to stitch this please tell me in your comment. I would prefer it if you have a blog so that when you have finished with it you can pass it on or if you are a member of Needlecraft Haven and can pass it on there.

Typing of Julie it is her birthday today so Happy Birthday Julie! I saw a lovely design that Gaynor of Stitchers Anon  had designed for her retreat both virtual and real but as I couldn't stitch it straight away I asked if it was OK if I stitched later! So this is what I stitched for Julie and I am happy to say she loved it. I also sent her a needleminder but forgot to take a photo of that!

Stitchers Anon From The Heart

40 count sand Newcastle Linen


Just want to say thank you for all your lovely comments on my Lo finish.  It will be going to the framers soon I think. Sue asked which Better Homes and Gardens book the design was in.  I can't contact you directly as you're a no reply blogger and you have no blog either so I hope you will read this :). It is from the Better Homes and Gardens A Cross Stitch Christmas book which you can find on Amazon UK or USA  here and here. I do hope that helps.

I do have another finish and this time it's the 9th Day of the 12 Days of Christmas.  I can't believe that Barb and I only have 3 more to do!

The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas Day 9

32 count vintage country mocha linen


I had a new start on Saturday to replace Lo. Oh how I like a new start! I have felt a little stale with some of my stitching lately so it's been nice to finish some things and have  new starts. Helps keep the ole creative juices flowing! Just wish I could get more creative with the finishing!  So this is my new start. It's from a Just Cross Stitch magazine from a few years ago and is Carriage House Samplings 1823 Emma Elizabeth Blackwood Sampler. I'm stitching it in DMC on 40 count cream Gander linen.

Sitting outside stitching has kept me away from my tablet so has meant no interruptions playing games etc so more progress. Here's June's Honeysuckle from Sunday evening.

Snowman's Cottage from Monday evening. Hoping to finish this next Monday and start the next one.

I managed to stitch on LHN Needleworker with no frogging this time. I'll be stitching on this tonight with the ladies in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven.

Finally some progress on Just Nan Winter's Eve.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my final auto of Frosty Forest will be here soon as that will mean that Garden Bliss will arrive too. My long time online friend Fiona asked me to order her one too which I was happy to do. It should still be within what customs will allow but now I'm worrying a little as if they include postage it won't be. I think if they take postage into consideration it's a con! However I will see what happens. I'll have to be patient but waiting for new stash is not a patient matter! Lol. ETA IT'S HERE! Will show it next post :)

I am hoping to try and blog and comment on blogs more regularly than I have been doing of late. I start off with good intentions but it never seems to last. I need a good kick up the butt and a good talking to lol!

Take care everyone and thank you for visiting :) Please leave me a comment if you have time as I love reading them.

With much love

Sally xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

July Stitch From Stash & Another Finish!

It has soon come around to my Stitch From Stash report. I can't believe that we are a week away from August.  Also ow on earth did that happen?

This month does seem to have been rather productive in the finishing department and I have also started some older stuff from my stash :).

So my big finish for July is this beauty.

Brightneedle Lo How A Rose ( from the Better Homes and Gardens Christmas book )

32 count Crafty Kitten Fall Foliage ( lighter dye that Dawn did for me )


Started 8th March 2014

Finished 20th July 2014.

The book is now on the way to Barb :) Thank you Lois once again for sending me it.

I have made a little progress on Country Cottage Needleworks Frosty Forest Snowman's Cottage.

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Christmas didn't quite get finished so Barb and I will, hopefully, finish it this Friday.

Almost finished JBW Designs Our Family.

I made a start on June's Honeysuckle.

New start in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven was Little House Needleworks Needleworker. I messed up and had to frog twice!

Another new start in place of Warm Winter Woolens is Just Nan Wintry Mix. I've had this in my stash for God knows how long!

Do you remember this finish I had last year? Finally all finished up properly!

I'm debating what to start in place of Lo. It may be a Carriage House Samplings from a JCS magazine that Suzanne passed on to me a while ago then I bet it passed on as I promised it to Faye. I've sorted threads and fabric.

So before I announce the winner of the Jane Greenoff chart I'd better fess up to my little bit of spending for July. Last year some of you may remember that my sister and I had a poem read out at our Dad's funeral and I was after a chart of one of the verses which was his favourite. My sister remembered him writing it in her autograph book and he'd bought me a bird bath with the verse inscribed on it. Well at the time I couldn't find anything that I liked so, just on the off chance, I emailed Diane of Silver Creek Samplers to see if she would consider charting it. I had a lovely reply from her then left it at that. A few weeks ago I noticed that she had some new releases and there it was! The verse I had asked her about so beautifully charted. It is called Garden Bliss. Thank you so much Diane for a beautiful design. I will admit to having tears in my eyes when I saw it. I entered a contest she had running to win our choice of her new releases but decided that I would buy it when the next Frosty Forest auto came out which it just has so I'm hoping I won't have too long to wait for it arriving. So I spent about £5 on that lovely chart. My Frosty Forest doesn't count as it's an auto. That leaves me with £10 from the July budget so I have £42.90 to carry over :).

So onto the winner of the chart I was giving away. Just 4 people entered, Gracie, Bianca, Dani and Cucki, and the randomiser chose Cucki :). Cucki I think I have your address so I'll get it in the post to you as soon as I can.

I was very happy to receive a message from Dani to say that I'd won one of the travelling patterns, LHN Summer Garden, so watch out for that one when I receive it and get it stitched :). Thank you Dani :).

Finally thank you to everyone who posted congratulations for Jess on her graduation. Let's hope it isn't too long before she can find a job. Poor Abi has been looking a year and still not got one. She's applied for several but not even been offered an interview.

So that's it from me for today. I should be finishing a gift so better get this post published and get my sewing machine out!

Take care everyone and  try and stay cool in the  rather warm weather we're having. It has been too hot for me I'm afraid!

With much love

Sally xxxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Wee Giveaway & Finishes

Oops it has been a while since my last post so this may be picture heavy. I haven't really been in the mood to blog then last week was quite a busy one.

On Monday last week I helped my friend Gill with her first open day for her wool business. She had asked me a while ago if I would help out and I was happy to. It was a brilliant day and I enjoyed it. Of course I could not resist buying a hank of lovely wool and a pattern. Tuesday morning was my usual craft group morning then Wednesday I hopped on the bus to see Chris for the day which was brilliant as we hadn't seen each other since my birthday last December.  We had a lovely day chatting and stitching. Thursday Gill came up to see me and we spent the morning chatting. No crafting done but it's lovely to just sit and chat.

Since I last blogged I've had some finishes. You know what they say about buses, you wait ages for one then several turn up, well it seems to be the same for me and finishes! 

This is the first one.

Country Cottage Needleworks The Needlework Shop

30 count R & R Irish Creme Linen


Started 9th April 2014

Finished 9th July 2014

Thank you Mouse for the loan of the charts :)

Next finish is my SAL with Shirlee. I must reply to your email Shirlee.  I have been so lax of late.

Little House Needleworks Warm Winter Woolens

35 count WDW Straw Linen


Started 8th May 2014

Finished 10th July 2014

SAL with Shirlee.

Final finish is this one. There hasn't been one of these that I haven't loved.

Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal May's Lily of the Valley

40 count pearl grey linen


Started 18th May 2014

Finished 13th July 2014

Last Tuesday was my dear friend Karan's birthday and I stitched this little beauty for her. It is a Jane Greenoff Tiny Linen Pinkeeps Dutch Sampler. Karan loves it so I'm a happy stitcher.

I won this chart in a giveaway June had so would now like to pass it on so if you would like to win it please say so in your comments and I'll pick a winner next week :)

I have almost finished Brightneedle Lo How A Rose.  The wording is done so just have the rest of the flowers to stitch. This design is so pretty.

As you may know Lois very kindly sent me the book with the chart in so I decided to stitch a little something as a thank you. I like to do this when people lend me chart etc and even though it may take me a while I do get around to it eventually. So this is what I sent her and I'm so pleased that she loves it.

Shakespeare's Peddler Jenny Bean's Pin Tuffet

36 count fabric


Started 31st May 2014

Finished 10th June 2014

So not many WIPs now until I have some new starts. Only other ones I have are the CCN Frosty Forest series so here's my progress on Snowman's  Cottage.

My lovely friend Barb is feeling a little better so is back stitching with me so Friday we did a little on Day 9 of The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas.

Do you remember this WIP?

It is JBW Designs Our Family. Julie very kindly sent me ages ago and I started it but it turned into a UFO. I decided it was time to pick it up again and get it finished.

A while ago I purchased some wool and a pattern from my dear friend Gill.  I started knitting it a while ago but not very often so I haven't done much but this is where I am at. It is knitted sideways which is new to me but it is going OK so far! This photo doesn't show the true colour though.

My big news of this post is that at the beginning of July Jess  got her results  from uni and obtained a 2.1 Batchelor of Arts in Creative Writing and English.  Yesterday was her graduation ceremony at Hull City Hall so off we went for a proud parents / sister day :). She didn't really want to attend but we said it was a celebration of her hard work so she agreed to go. We don't have the official photo as yet as we have to order it but I have a few that we took. It was a lovely day and we all shed a few tears when we first saw her in her robes and then again when she went to receive her degree.
 Jess and Abi
 Jess and Me
 Jess, her Dad and me
 Spot the redhead!
Actress Sheridan Smith became an honorary doctor

I will be back next week I would think for my Stitch From Stash report!

Until next time.

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxx