Saturday, 8 September 2018

Remember Me?

Yes I know I said I'd be back soon and it didn't happen! Coming back to blogging after not doing it for months is so hard and I'm not entirely sure whether I'll keep up with it so posts may be few and far between. I just didn't know where to start again as I've has lots of finishes so lots of photos to take, edit etc. I just wish that you could get the Blogger app in the Apple store as I'd blog on my iPad and it would be so much easier and quicker. Unfortunately there isn't a decent blogging app for Blogger. Typical! My laptop has been painfully slow editing my photos this morning so I'm only showing my WIPs and my latest finish. I may show my finishes another time as there are a lot of them.

So my latest finish is my sheep SAL with Barb. I loved stitching this one and I have personalised it rather than stitch it as charted. The photo does not do the fabric justice.

Little House Needleworks Dear Diary Julia Flynn

Crafty Kitten Winter Skies opalescent

DMC

Started 22nd June 2018

Finished 7th September 2018

SAL with Barb

Barb, Sue and I are still stitching on Lizzie Kate's on a Monday and I am stitching the Snow Belles. I have 3 done so 3 to go. This is such a fun stitch.

Barb, Sue and I are also still stitching the Farmhouse Christmas series. We have 6 done and we're onto the 7th although I haven't started it yet. I will be doing so tomorrow. We can't believe that this series is almost done now. We just have the last one to come towards the end of the month.

I seem to have a few SALs going which is really nice. I just wish we could stitch together in person rather than virtually. Barb and I decided to start Kathy Barrick's Good Intentions. We'd both seen some lovely WIPs of it by Lainey and Mouse and they made colour changes. So here's mine so far. I'm sorting colours as I go along and using a mixture of Victorian Motto, DMC variations and Seaside Treasures so far. 

Another SAL is with Sue and Lisa and her friend Amanda were joining in but I don't know if they've got any done so I think it is just Sue and I at the moment. I seem to be stitching a lot of Christmas and Winter but they are my favourite things to stitch! This one is Silver Creek Samplers My Christmas List. My photos are really not doing these pieces justice at all!

Lisa and I are still carrying on with our HAED pieces each week but I forgot to take a photo of Guardian. I will finish it if it the last thing I do and, by God, it probably will be at the rate I am going LOL! 

My final WIP for now is a SAL I came across while scrolling down Facebook. It is a Christmas one ( of course ) and you can find it at Brise De Terre It is a freebie one and it is in so many parts. It is only stitched in 2 colours but, of course, you can make it your own. I started it at craft group on Tuesday morning but then discovered I had started it in the wrong place so it all had to come out! As it was it made me rethink the threads I was using. The bit I have got done is in DMC 310 and I'm thinking of doing the red parts in Carrie's Creations Holly Berry which was a Jayne's Attic exclusive several years ago so I'm hoping I will have enough!

Those are my WIPs at the moment. I hope you have enjoyed looking at them. 

I have been feeling very guilty about the amount of charts I have in my stash so the last Farmhouse Christmas is going to be my last chart for a while. I am hoping just to stitch from stash until I get my chart stash well down. I know there are people out there who mock me and laugh at me every time I say that but I feel like a complete failure and I'm letting myself down each time so this time it is something I need to do. I don't need new stuff and I know us stitchers are prone to collecting but I just can't do it anymore. So if you see me lusting after a new chart please stop me lol! Barb and Sue are going to help me and join me so fingers crossed we can do it between us. I regret the amount of HAED charts I have and as they are PDFs I can't sell them on. I'll never stitch them all so they are a waste of money!

Well that is all for now. I'll try and blog more often now as I do really miss it and the lovely fellow bloggers I have met.

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxx

17 comments:

Mary said...

Sally, I'm so happy that you have decided to continue blogging. I enjoy seeing all the projects that everyone is working on and discovering new patterns to purchase. I think that is the only downfall of blogging, so much temptation!! Isn't it frustrating when your photos do not do your project justice? I find that happens to me. Each and every one of your stitches are lovely, I am especially drawn to anything by LHN and LK. I love stitching Christmas too!
It's enjoyable to participate in SAL's, RJ and I are on our second one and we can't wait to start out next one. Stop by when you have a chance. Mary

gracie said...

Hello....beautiful projects to keep you busy. Nice to read your post today.

Vickie said...

I enjoyed getting caught up with your stitching Sally. And I find you to be a dear friend Sally. I am NOT mocking you my friend. I fully encourage you to try again this year to hold back from spending. I rarely buy a new chart. I am very successful at this for years now. I just enjoy others progress and keep working on my own stash instead. I KNOW you can do it Sally!

butterfly said...

Good to have you back Sally , most of us are still around .

love your WIPs and SALs I just started a French one for Christmas .

Have a fun weekend .

Linda said...

Please don't quit blogging Sally. I so love seeing all of your gorgeous stitching. This pot is no exception. Your pieces are all gorgeous and I love seeing all of them. I really love the Silver Creek one.

Linda

Bethan said...

It's nice to see you back! It's so annoying there isn't a good Blogger app - I blog using my husband's chromebook as it is less clunky than blogging on the laptop bizarrely. Lots of wonderful projects - I think you Lizzie Kate Snow Belle's is my favourite x

Juls said...

All lovely Sally!!! I so enjoy your blog posts!!
I use BlogTouchPro app to blog from my iphone...makes it easy....just a thought!!1

Kay said...

Hello again. I really like the Silver creek Christmas sampler that you are doing, it is a new one to me. I also feel bad about the amount of cross stitching things I have as there is no way I will ever get through them all and our tastes change too. Stick to your guns and do what make you happy. x

Christine said...

Lovely to see a blog post from you Sally.
Some really great stitching there, good luck with the chart embargo

Julie said...

Nice to see you .... great projects you have been working on with friends.
Good luck with the non-buying!

Vee said...

Your snowmen are adorable. I love stitching snowmen!

Beth said...

Keep at it Sally - I do enjoy your posts!

Katie said...

Beautiful work on your WIPs. Don't beat yourself up over having a stash. It's just something we all need in case the designers all stop making new designs. Unfortunately I don' t think they are ever going to stop. Don't feel bad though. I have so many WIPs and then a HUGE pile of things I want to start and then I have several pieces that I really really want to buy like I need more haha. Good luck sticking to your plan though.

Carol said...

Always nice to see a new post from you, Sally! Even though I have kept up with your finishes on IG, it is always nice to read more about them on your blog, too :) Love the "Christmas List" WIP--that must be such fun to stitch :)

Astrids dragon said...

I've posted using my iPad before, I just go to blogger.com - but an app would be nicer!
They all look great, but I really love My Christmas List!
I don't need any new stash either, but every once in a while, I stray!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Lovely to read a post from you Sally and see your WIPs. I hope you don't give up blogging as I love seeing your work.

Brigitte said...

Such lovely stitching, Sally.
I feel the same about some charts I bought but will never stitch. So sorry that you can't sell some of your HAEDs because they are PDFs. But maybe you will decide to stitch them one day.