Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stitch from Stash and Smalls SAL (very small!)

Stitch from Stash 

How did I do...... really well, ZERO dollars spent!  Even though we had a weekend amnesty thanks to Mel's partner because of the Nashville show, I still didn't succumb but I did make a bit of a wish list, I must admit!  Don't have much to show you in stitching as much of the month was taken up finishing and releasing two round robins to Maryland and Lancashire.  I have almost finished a small ornament but not quite and really not done a lot more on the Nature's Alphabet SAL with Julie :(

So... moving swiftly on to the ..........

Smalls SAL

Well.... before I show you..... it IS meant to be small, right?  Oh good........

because it surely is, as you can see!  Not a very fancy finish as I was trying to get it done before I left for Wyoming.  It's a freebie found here and was the challenge for this month on Needlework Haven.

That's it from a sunny, snowy but still chilly Wyoming.... back to the little people!

Love and hugs.....

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My giveaway winner!

I drew the winner of my GYB blog post and it is........

Toni of Easy Street Ramblings!

Congratulations, Toni!

Goodness, this event was almost too much fun!  I really didn't pace myself at all well and have a LOT of blogs still to discover, hope I get through them all before Vicki announces the next party!  Many thanks to everyone who commented and/or became a follower.  I am looking forward to getting to know you all better!

Apologies for posting this a day late, I contacted Toni yesterday then forgot to press publish when I heard back from her!

Monday, February 10, 2014

February Turtle Trot and a lovely gift!

Time for another progress report.... it's the 10th of the month so it's this one - the very slow (here, at least) Turtle Trot 2014.  I signed up for this last month but have a feeling I didn't follow the rules and post my intended BAPs.....  well, not to worry, the point is to get 'em stitched!

So what I have achieved?  Um, not much on the big projects, for sure.  I am feverishly trying to get a couple of RRs completed and into the mail this month, one I am very late with and the other I will be spectacularly early!

One I am REALLY enjoying is this one..... a couple of weeks ago I was reading  a post from Julie where she mentioned she had just begun Nature's Alphabet by Elizabeth's Designs.  This has been in my stash for ever so I (virtually) plonked myself on Julie's sofa and informed her we would be SALing together - that's what cabin fever does to you, makes you pushy, lol!  She graciously agreed and Tuesday is "our" day to stitch together.  It's hard to put down, you want to keep stitching little boxes!

This was after the first week

...and this is where I am now.
Hard to believe these two pictures are showing the same piece of fabric.  The top one is closest to the real thing.  This is going to be stitched from stash so there are some empty spaces until I find the right substitute.  So that's it.... not much really!

So what's the lovely gift, I hear you say?  Well, at the beginning of the month I got a very unexpected email from the lovely Cath over in Queensland.  We are two of the 600 or so participants in Grow Your Blog 2014 and had left comments on each other's blogs.  I'd won her giveaway for the event!  Much to my surprise the parcel arrived today and I know Cath didn't post it before the 2nd.... just over a week from Oz to US!

Look what she sent..... beginning at the beginning, lol......


A beautiful handmade stitcher's wallet with a candle wicked design on the front, with buttons, needles, thread, fabric, scissors and a tape measure!  Just gorgeous and will be put to good and frequent use!  Thank you so much, Cath.......... have you needed your wellies yet, lol?

There is still time to enter my giveaway here, leave a comment and don't forget to have a look at some of the other blogs taking part!

Time to get back to stitching.... RRs to finish and send off..... complete something for OPAM..... and the Smalls SAL......try not to spend any money on stash....... not a good idea to have a look at the Nashville previews, by the some progress for February's Themalicious......attempt to redeem myself with the Scarlet Letter SAL before the 20th........  stitch a class sample for EGA......the NH monthly challenge........ and pack.......more on that next time!  Off for a bit of a lie down!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Themalicious In a Garden.......

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Jardin January
The holidays were a little stressful...let's relax in a nice garden. Work on any piece with flowers or gardens.

It's that time..... Themalicious and anything that can be produced that has to do with a garden, however tenuously, lol!  And quite a lot, it seems, grew quite merrily this month!
Dusty's RR from Needlecraft Haven
Victorian Welcome Sampler
Debra Designs
Dusty did the beautiful bit in the middle
(including the backstitching!) before sending
it to me, so far all I have done is the curly B looking bit......

I was wondering why I was enjoying stitching on Dusty's piece so much?  It is very pretty but not something I would necessarily choose to stitch in either design or colours and then I realised...... it reminds me of Swinburne Lodge, Darlington, the house where the Wyoming Cowboy was born and where we spent four very happy years.

The Gift of Stitching 2006 Issue 7
Midsummer Night Designs
Sweet World
I am using a lovely Stef Francis silk instead of the called for
Anchor, it looks a lot better in real life.....

Nature's Alphabet
Elizabeth's Designs
A SAL with Julie
The Algerian eyes under the B will become flowers!

Mouse's RR
LHN Little House Neighbourhood
Didn't actually STITCH a flower but there are some
as well as grass on the piece so I decided it counts!

Grilles de Maryse SAL 2014
Forgot about it until the February part arrived
so not much accomplished in January!

Polly Wolly Doodle

Band Sampler by Sharon Cohen
Just Cross Stitch Jan/Feb and March/April 2009
Quite impressive, wouldn't you say, lol?  And onto next month and.....

Fantastical Fiction February
What kind of fantasy creatures inhabit your Works in Progress? Or perhaps some fictional characters have leaped from the pages to your needles? Let's stitch on projects inspired by imagination

Can't find quite so much for the subject of this month's theme, which, quite frankly, is just as well because one of the pieces is probably coming into its THIRD year of not being finished and the other chart belongs to Ms Liz of Oz (no blog, sadly) who would probably be VERY glad to get it back this side of heaven!

Shakespeare's Peddler
Magic Garden

The Primitive Needle
Cape Cod Girls
lent by Liz
and yes, I DO know where the original is (I think!), put away
for safe keeping as this particular chart is rarer than hen's teeth!

So onward and upward, my hearties, hope all is well with everyone.  I am still hoping to get to all the blogs in Grow Your Blog 2014 before the middle of February......

Love and hugs,