Sunday, 15 January 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness January 2017

Hello everyone

Can you believe it's already time for the first Gifted Gorgeousness post of 2017?  The year is flying by already.

If you don't know about Gifted Gorgeousness please click here to go to Jo's blog and read all about it.  The idea is that participants show off anything and everything to do with gifting!


I have three projects that qualify to show you today.  The first was a gift I received almost a year ago from my birthday twin, Maggee. We discovered that we shared a birthday and exchanged gifts last year. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to start this Maggee but I really love it! I am going to stitch this one in the parlour on a Wednesday with the girls over at Needlecraft Haven.

A Stitcher's Blessing by Erica Michaels
Stitched on 32 count Wolf evenweave by Sew it All
with WDW Eggplant
Started 11 January 2017

Next up is a project you may already have seen on my friend Ingrid's blog here.  This was a gift from Rachel last year and when I saw Ingrid's finish at the start of the month I had to shamelessly copy it, down to the fabric choice! I hope you don't mind Ingrid but they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

January Fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Fairy Dust Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
Started 3 January 2017, finished 6 January 2017

And finally here's my progress on the huge Santa's Midnight Ride which was a Christmas gift from my husband and sons. I've made a start on Santa's face and beard in the centre.

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions
Stitched on 18 count dark blue aida with included threads
Started 27 December 2016

Here's a reminder of how it will look when finished...


If you hop over to Jo's blog you can see links to all the Gifted Gorgeousness stitchers this month!

See you soon

Justine

Sunday, 1 January 2017

First post of 2017

Hello and a very happy new year to everyone reading this! I hope 2017 brings everything you hope and wish for.

How did it get to be January again so quickly? Here's a little January stitch for you...

A Bit of January by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Stormy Sea aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started and finished on 28 December 2016

Julie very kindly offered me the whole set of these twelve charts and I plan to stitch them throughout 2017. I have plans to turn them into a perpetual calendar but as regular readers will know I am not very good at motivating myself to finish things so don't hold your breath!

I stitched a few Christmas ornaments in December but haven't yet finished them so I am going to save them until they are actually finished and ready to go on next year's tree before I show them here.

This year marked a first in my ten-year marriage - my husband bought me something stitching-related for Christmas!  Well it was actually from our sons but the idea and money came from hubby so I'm counting it as his first.  I must encourage him so you will be seeing a lot of this one this year...

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions

Luckily I love it as there is a lot of stitching involved!

As for 2017, I haven't made any definite stitching plans. I reduced my WIP list from 11 at the start of the year to 7 by the end though one of these (Sheltered) was a new start so I actually finished 5 WIPs. These are the two I am most proud of...

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
Started 2 January 2015, finished 5 June 2016

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

I would like to finish another two of my WIPs at least, to work on my new Santa stitch, and I am hoping to stitch some smaller things from my ever-increasing stash. I am also planning to join in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL again this year.  This really is my favourite SAL as it means I use all the beautiful things I have been lucky to be gifted with.

I wish you all a very happy stitching year!

Justine
Monday, 5 December 2016

Advent Calendar Day 5

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of our advent calendar, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

Let's open the door shall we?

This is an ornament I stitched a couple of year ago, which I don't think I've shared before. It was my first ever Christmas ornament and it has graced our tree ever since!

Snow Birds by Country Cottage Needleworks

Jo always sets us a question and this year's is to share our treasured Christmas decorations. My parents never really decorated much for Christmas - a small artificial tree with multicoloured decorations which was typical of many UK homes in the 1970s. The fashion now is for several trees, different themes and decoration throughout the home.

We only have room for one tree however, this one...



Some handmade and some shop-bought. Here's a closeup of three of my favourites.


Made by DS1 (snowman), DS2 (star) and a joint effort for the star on top of the tree!

I hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas.

Justine
Thursday, 1 December 2016

Gifts from Kim and a couple of "real" finishes

Happy Advent! I can't believe I haven't posted at all in November. Mostly because I have been working on a secret Christmas stitch for someone who reads my blog so I haven't had anything to show.

I had a happy mail day last week! As many of you will know, Kim of Wisdom with Needle and Thread has been celebrating her 60th birthday all year by sending out 60 RAKs to stitching friends all over the world. I was surprised and honoured to be counted amongst her friends and would like to share with you what I received from Kim...


The most beautiful stitched ornament, a gorgeous piece of Moda fabric (hanging at the back), a sweet Mill Hill beaded mitten kit, some DMC and last but not least the card on the left which is a print of a painting done by Kim in oil on porcelain, entitled "Ziva". Isn't she beautiful?

The stitched piece has very special meaning for me and matches perfectly an ornament I purchased from Kim a couple of years ago when she had an etsy shop.  Here they are together...


Thank you Kim for your generous gifts and happy birthday once again!

In the middle of November I met up with the lovely ladies from Needlecraft Haven which inspired me to finish-finish something for the show and tell table! First up was this Durene Jones chart which I stitched in October...


Here's the reverse, I just love this fabric...


And this Lizzie*Kate stitch, again finished in October...


Two very simple finishes but I was pleased with how they turned out.

Well I'd better get back to my Christmas stitching! Hope you are all getting ready for Christmas, and I'll be back next week with a door for you to open on Jo's Advent Blog Hop.

Until next time

Justine
Sunday, 30 October 2016

Halloween Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the spooky Halloween blog hop hosted by our very own Head Witch Jo!

Shock horror I have actually finished something to show you today!  Here are some little ornaments I have been stitching for my sons this year.


Halloween ornaments by Durene Jones
From World of Cross Stitching magazine issue 233
Stitched on 16 count antique white aida
with recommended DMC and Light Effects threads

Short and sweet from me this year, here's your letter...


(Photo courtesy of Clipart)

Now hop along to Melinda's blog Family Business for your next letter!



THIS WAY Ha ha ha! Happy Halloween!
Friday, 21 October 2016

Lots of finishes!

I've been busy for the past few weeks and have completed quite a few projects, including some new starts and a couple of WIPs, so I've got lots to show you today.

My friend Mii Stitch and I had a little cross stitch retreat at the beginning of October.  We rented a cottage and stitched to our hearts' content!  I started 3 projects - finished one while we were there and the other two the day after we came home.

Do Not Disturb by Durene Jones
(from Cross Stitcher magazine)
Stitched on 16 count Stormy Sea aida from Sew It All
with DMC threads
Started 8 October 2016, finished 9 October 2016

Halloween Owl by Durene Jones
(from WOCS magazine)
Stitched on 16 count antique white aida
with DMC threads
Started 7 October 2016, finished 10 October 2016

Is It Too Late to be Good? by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cafe au Lait aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 9 October 2016, finished 10 October 2016


Thank you Mii for enabling all these new starts and finishes!

I had a fourth project packed up for the retreat which didn't get started, so as soon as I finished the others I stitched this one... (The snowman just needs some buttons for his chest)


Snowman '10 by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tin aida with sparkles
from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 10 October 2016, finished 15 October 2016


After all those new starts I was longing to tick something else off my WIP list.  So I went back to this one and am proud to say it is now finished!  I really fell out of love with it in the middle of stitching it but it grew very quickly as it's on 14 count (which I never stitch on now) and maybe one day it will make it out onto display.

Family Band Sampler by Riverdrift House
Stitched on 14 count white aida with included threads
Started 1 January 2014, finished 19 October 2016


I then picked up another project that I'd started for a friend earlier this year and had another finish yesterday...

Let's Party by Imaginatings
Stitched on 16 count Margarita aida by Sew It All
with DMC threads
Started 19 March 2016, finished 20 October 2016

I love the name of the aida colour, so appropriate for this design!

And finally, I started and finished another of the Lizzie*Kate Twelve Blessings that I planned to stitch one a month throughout the year and have on display this Christmas.  Sadly I've only stitched five of them but they do stitch up quickly so you never know!

Charity (Twelve Blessings) by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 19 October 2016, finished 20 October 2016

My next project is another one from the WIP list.  I'm hoping to reduce it by two by the end of the year.

Thanks for reading!

Justine



Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Solo September update

Hello everyone

Better late than never, here's my update for Solo September. This was my own SAL where I and many other stitchers pledged to stitch on just one project for a whole month. I am planning a round-up post in a couple of days but thought I had better share my own progress with you.

I had a new start on 1 September, a Dimensions kit entitled Sheltered which was chosen by younger son. And it now looks like this!


I haven't been able to put this down and will be continuing for at least the remainder of this week, until the tiger cub's face is finished.

Thanks to everyone who joined me for Solo September - stay tuned for a round-up in the next few days.

Justine