My apologies for not updating my blog for a while....I have been really busy doing ATC exchanges, birthday cards, and a couple of exchanges!! I'm also still working on my Mickey Mouse SAL, he's not too far from being finished.
I've also been experimenting with card making too, which is an interesting diversion from my stitching at times!! And it's also another excuse to buy lots of new stash!!!
It was Stitch-a-Long weekend on Facebook this weekend, so I concentrated on my Mickey Mouse. I got quite a bit done, and he's looking very cute!! There's not too much to do now, just the border & wording, then the backstitch.
I finished her last night after 3 weeks of stitching her, and I am really pleased with how she turned out, the colours are gorgeous!! I want to do her again to keep for myself, and I also fancy doing my daughters' initials.
I'm posting her off tomorrow to the lady who will then make it into a quilt for sick kids, I've enjoyed stitching for something so worthwhile.
I've been so busy stitching in the last couple of weeks, and I seem to have a needle in my hand almost every time I sit down!!!
Here's an update on my Flower Fairy quilt square, it's all done except for the backstitch...and it's such pretty colours! Even the French knots weren't too bad!!
I've also done a couple of small stitched pieces for some ATC (Artist Trading Card) exchanges on one of the forums, they are so dinky but great fun to stitch, and I'm looking forward to embellishing them to make them look pretty!!!
I've also been experimenting with decoupage, which is good fun...I'll post some photos of my creations when they're completely finished!
I noticed today that one of my fellow bloggers, the lovely Sheila, has nominated me for this award....woo hoo!!!!
Thank you so much Sheila, it is quite an honour, and I'm so pleased you enjoy my blog.
I also want to thank everyone who reads it and leaves me comments, it's lovely to know people stop by.
I also thank my hubby & daughters for putting up with my crafty mess, my bits of thread everywhere, and the need to visit craft/stitchy shops where ever we are......
Here's the link to Sheila's blog: http://sheila-sheelagh.blogspot.com
In return I'd like to nominate the following people: DaffyCat http://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/ Lorraine http://k1ns.blogspot.com/ CJ http://tea-n-stitches.blogspot.com/ kelly http://i-love-cross-stitch.blogspot.com/ Margie http://its-all-about-cross-stitch.blogspot.com/ Jenn http://feelingstitchy.blogspot.com/
I've been busy the past few days on 2 new projects. Both are from the forums I'm on, and I'm enjoying them so much!!
This is the Flower Fairy Alphabet quilt square I'm doing, this is for a charity quilt. It's the letter S, and it's the Strawberry fairy. The chart booklet was in World of Cross Stitching a few months ago. She's coming on well, I've had a few thread traumas along the way, eg wrong colours bought etc, but they're sorted now lol
I finished the Tatty Teddy sampler on Sunday, after only 8 days....definitely a personal best!!! The backstitch was a nightmare, even though I tried to just do my own thing....it's put off doing another one for a while lol All he needs now are the baby's details in a few months time, and then I can get him framed.
I've always liked Lizzie Kate designs so I couldn't wait to start one of the charts I'd bought at the stitching show.
I started this one on Friday afternoon, and finished it on Monday lunchtime after only 11 hours of stitching!! It was a real pleasure to stitch, and it looks so good.....especially as it's such a simple design.
I can't wait to do more of these designs....I plan to finish this as a wall-hanging with wire hangers.
I went to the Pins & Needles stitching show yesterday with my good friend Paula, and we had a blast!!!! We were both very good and stuck to our budgets, but still came home with bags full of stuff!! We were slightly disappointed that there wasn't more stitching stuff, a lot of stalls were dedicated to cardmaking & jewellery making, but it was still very good.....and we're planning on going to the Xmas craft fair too.
I bought: 2 Lizzie Kate charts: Housework never killed anyone & Praise your Children Humphrey's Corner kit....a real bargain £2.99 instead of £8.99!! Madeira threads White Felt Snap frame 2 rolls double sided tape Country Companions chart book Small flexihoop Snowman/snowflake buttons Stickers & embellishments for cards Backing papers for Xmas & kids 3 Decoupage kits
I did this card this week for my Mother in Law's birthday tomorrow, and I'm really pleased with the result! She loves Oriental things so I thought this design would be perfect for her!! I finished it by adding a square of handmade paper to add more oomph.
I've done quite a bit of stitching on this the last couple of days.....and I'm pleased to say that all the cross stitch is done.....just the backstitch to go!! Yay!!! I hope to get it finished in the next couple of days.
This was made for me by my exchange partner, and I love it!!!! I chose Somebunny as I think he's adorable, and this gorgeous picture is now on my window sill for everyone to see!! It is beautifully stitched, and the frame & mount fit the design perfectly!!!!
I have been involved in a Character Exchange on the Stitch & Craft forum which has recently finished. The posting date was Friday so I posted this to my partner. She chose Eeyore as her favourite charcter, so I did this kit for her, and then had the idea of turning it into a pin cushion. I'm quite pleased with it, as it's the first time I've ever attempted one!!
Happy Mother's Day to all you mummies out there....whether your children are little or big!!!
I've been thoroughly spoilt by my girls, they love making the day special for me.
I got a beautiful snowglobe from my eldest, and a big soft teddy from my youngest, along with a sewn card & a flower she made at school. They also gave me a card with a lovely verse in it which made me cry!!!
And they also prepared breakfast for me....with my darling hubby's help of course!
I did quite a bit of stitching over the weekend, I gave up on the Somebunny card though, it turned out badly....the colours were really weak, so I stitched a different card instead for my friend's birthday (photo to follow).
I also did some more on my Lighthouse as part of the SAL on Facebook, here's a pic of my progress. It's just more sky, but it's a stitch closer to being finished!!!
I picked up my copy of this magazine at the weekend, and there's even more lovely projects to add to my already long To-do list!!! There's a lovely new Popcorn chart which I really like, some folk-art sampler type designs celebrating Spring & some birthday cards which will hopefully come in handy this year!! I also quite like the bathroom pics, they're quite cute!
The free kit was a Blue Tit, sweet but not sure if I'll stitch it though.....
Well I've got quite a bit to do this weekend, mainly cards for birthdays that are coming up next weekend & of course Mother's Day!!
I'm currently working on a Somebunny for a card, which is almost finished, just a little cross stitch & the back stitch left. Then I need to do a card for my Sister-in -Law, I've chosen a pretty design in shades of yellow & purple, which shouldn't take too long!
Then I also hope to get some more done on my Lighthouse, as I'm taking part in another SAL this weekend, this time it's a Facebook group that's arranged it.
Happy stitching everyone, and have a lovely weekend xxx
My friend and I had a lovely afternoon out yesterday checking out a new craft shop that's opened near us.....it was quite good and we both came away with some goodies!!
It didn't sell any stitching bits sadly, but I did buy some bits to finish my stitched cards nicely, and a few decoupage kits to try.
I bought: 2 lots of silver peel-offs, an All Our Yesterdays decoupage kit, a horsey decoupage kit for my daughter's birthday card, 5 pack of blank cards, 2 sheets of handmade paper, 2 sheets of Xmas backing paper, and a little pack of pink flowers.
As you can see, I also bought a couple of stitchy bits, a skein of thread for a card I'm doing, some bobbins for my threads, and a little tomato needle keep.....
I'm trying to decide which project to do next, as my Lighthouse is so nearly done. I've got the tough choice between an adorable Popcorn kit or another All Our Yesterdays kit, which is so cute...... Hmm it's a hard one....
We had a chilled day at home today, watching some movies with lots of poporn & sweets, so I used the opportunity to get some more done on my AOY.
I've been involved in a SAL this weekend with the Craft & Creatures forum, so I posted a pic on Friday, and will post another tomorrow....I'm quite proud of what I've got done since Friday, I've managed about 8 hours!!
I'm also hunting out designs for some birthday cards I need to do for family members this month....and I need one for Mother's Day!!
I started this project on February 15th, it's an All Our Yesterdays kit called the Lighthouse, and I am really enjoying stitching it. The colours are lovely, and it's coming to life before my eyes the more I stitch it!
I am a married stay at home mum who loves cardmaking, stamping and all things papercraft!!! I have recently discovered the joys of stamping and Promarkers and I am now addicted! I also have way too much stash but can't stop collecting more!!