Saturday, 17 September 2016

Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!

Our dear friend Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is celebrating a big birthday today.  Many happy returns Jo!  In her own unique style, she is marking the day with a blog hop with a difference.  If you head over to Jo's blog, you will see a list of the blogs taking part.  Reading the blogs in order will give you a history of Jo's life so far!

You can read here about this year in Jo's life...


In 1984 Jo was 18 years old.  She was studying 'A' levels in the Sixth Form at school, having passed 'AO' level Maths in the summer.  She continued to work after school and on Saturdays in a fruit and veg shop in town.  Her hobbies were listening to rock music, going to the local rock club and going to concerts with her friends.  She also continued to work on the drama productions at school with the Dracula Spectacular being the highlight of the Sixth Form.

I was 12 years old in 1984 and just starting to really listen to music.  Unlike Jo however, I liked pop music and especially the Top 40 chart on the radio every Sunday evening.  This was the year I was given my first record player, with a turntable that skipped if anyone walked near to it!

1984 was a great year for pop music - though in researching this post I found that Black Lace's Agadoo was the 6th best selling record of the year, so maybe not.

Some of my personal favourites from this year would have been Howard Jones' "What is Love?" (the first single I bought), Prince's "When Doves Cry" and "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell.  But seeing as Jo was a rock fan, I've chosen this one for you to enjoy...

Jump by Van Halen

This was also the year that the original Ghostbusters film was released, and of course who could forget the Christmas number 1 for that year...


Jo I hope you have a wonderful birthday and I wish you many happy years of stitching and blogging ahead!





Justine
Thursday, 15 September 2016

Solo September is halfway through!

Solo September is my own SAL where we stitch on just one project for a whole month.  This month I'm joined by 19 other stitchers who are all making good progress on their chosen project (I hope!)  Please see this post for more details and links to the blogs of those who are joining in.

My chosen project for Solo September was a new start on September 1st.  This is what it will look like when finished...

Sheltered by Dimensions

And here is my progress halfway through the month...


I am stitching the big tiger's leg, to the right of the baby tiger in the model picture.  You may be able to tell that I've finished the leg and am now stitching the foot.

I knew September would be a busy month but I was hoping for a bit more progress.  The good news is though that I love stitching this one.  It's really relaxing and as I prefer to stitch cross-country, I am stitching colour by colour and watching the shading come together is very satisfying!

A big cheer to everyone else who is solo stitching this month - good luck and hope you are making better progress than me!

Until next time

Justine
Thursday, 1 September 2016

Solo September project reveal

Well I bet my regular readers weren't expecting this!


And neither was I!

My stitching mojo has been missing a bit in August so I decided to treat myself to a new start, and my youngest son saw a stitched model of this one and to cut a long story short it came home with us!

So for September I will be mostly stitching grey and white.

I have no idea how long this is going to take me but it's very different to what I normally stitch!

Good luck to everyone who is joining in with Solo September and stitching on just one project this month.  Hope you all have a good month and don't forget to share your progress with us.

Justine
Monday, 29 August 2016

Solo September sign up

Hello everyone

Back by popular demand (well I've had one email asking where the sign-up page is!) I'm hosting another monogamous month, where we stitch on just one project for the whole month.  This month I'm a bit more organised and we will have a sign-up page so that anyone who wants to be jealous at how much progress we all make can find a link to the blogs of those who are joining in.

If you haven't heard of this SAL before, take a look at my posts for Faithful April and Just One July.  The idea is that rather than flitting from project to project, you pledge to stitch on just one project (or two if you finish your original choice!) for the whole of the month.  It's a great way to see progress particularly on larger projects or those that you keep putting to one side for whatever reason.

There are no rules to the sign-up except that it would be nice if you could link to this post below with a blog post including a "before" photo of the project you plan to work on, and I will put another link-up post at the end of the month where you can put a link to your blog showing your "after" progress.  Feel free to post updates throughout the month, and link up here if you would like.

I'm a bit later with posting this than I would have liked.  The main reason is that I can't decide what project to work on!  I had planned to work on Frosty Forest which was here last time I stitched on it...


and should look like this when finished...




But I am really keen to have a new start!

Anyway, I still have three more days to go before I have to make a final decision.

I hope you'll join me and see just how much you can achieve with one month dedicated to a single project!

Justine


Thursday, 4 August 2016

Just One July and Solo September

OK so I know it's August now, but it's been one of those weeks...busy at work and home and barely time for anything!

Just One July was my own little informal SAL where I decided to stitch on just one project for the whole month.  Several stitchers decided to join me and lots of progress has been made!

I was off to a great start to my month by finishing this project which was promised to my younger son back when I started it in January 2014.  Glad to have this off the WIP list...

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

The second half of the month was much less productive.  I don't know whether the heat got to me or if I'm just not enjoying this project.  I chose to stitch my second oldest WIP and could have had it finished too if I'd spent more time on it.  Anyway, it went from here...


to here...

Family Band Sampler by Riverdrift House

This is stitched on 14 count white aida which isn't something I would choose to work on now but it's surprisingly relaxing and stitches up quickly.  I'm just over halfway through it now but I could have stitched so much more!

I am planning to run my monthly SAL again for Solo September - but this time I will do a "real" SAL with sign-ups!  It will be low stress, the only commitment will be to work on just one project for the whole month (or two if like me you have a finish!) and to post a before and after photo to share your progress.  You can feel free to update your blog during the month to share progress if you wish but there's no obligation to do so.

I will be putting a sign-up page up later in the month, and feel free to join me if you want to make a big dent in something, or if you have a deadline to meet, or just fancy stitching One At A Time for a change!

Happy stitching!

Justine
Thursday, 14 July 2016

Just One July - or is it?

Hi folks

It's time for a Just One July update.  This is my own little SAL where I, and a group of stitchers joining me, stitch on just one project for a whole month.  Except of course where you finish that project during the month, then you have to choose another one.

And guess what?  I have a finish to share!

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 16 count ice blue aida with included threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

Here are a few close-ups of my favourite details...

Pirate bedroom complete with treasure map

All aboard for a barbecue anyone?

Shark!!!

And just for Rosey, another view of Pirate Kitty and the mice...

I'm so thrilled to have finished this one, and younger son is going to be even more thrilled when he comes home from school and sees it!

So now I have to find something else to stitch for the rest of the month.  Don't worry, I'm not abandoning my little SAL.

Hope everyone is having a good stitchy month, especially those who are joining me for Just One July!

Justine

Friday, 8 July 2016

Just One July - the first week

Well the first week of Just One July is over and I have some progress to share.

Just One July is my own little unofficial SAL where I stitch on just one project for a month in an effort to make significant progress on some of my WIPs.  There are quite a few stitchers joining in too so you might see this popping up on other blogs you read.

This month I am stitching on the Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads.  This was started in January 2014 as part of the Crazy January Challenge, and is going to be a gift for younger son.

Here is what it will look like when finished...

This is where I was up to at the start of the month...


And this is what it looks like now!


I am pleased to say that all of the cross stitch on the ship is finished.  There is just the sea to stitch and then the backstitching needs to be completed, and it will be done!  I'm hopeful of a finish before the end of July.

I'm really enjoying stitching this - I must be a One at a Time stitcher at heart.

Until next time, happy stitching!

Justine