Monday, 27 June 2016

Lots of finishes and preparation for Just One July

Hello everyone

Well I might have been away from my blog but I've been busy stitching.  I have quite a few small finishes to share today.  Sadly as is usual for me none of them are actually finished into anything, but I have plans!

Firstly here are two Lizzie*Kate patterns which were gifted to me by Mii Stitch.

Life is Better by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 25 June 2016, finished 26 June 2016


This was a sweet bonus chart which was included with the one above.  Perfect for me as I am a real worrier!

Stitch Now by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 13 May 2016, finished 14 May 2016

Another gift from Mii Stitch, this is such a cutie!  Perfect for summer.

Odd Dog with Butterflies by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue/Pink aida by Sew it All
using included threads
Started 20 May 2016, finished 17 June 2016

Next up is this cute cow stitch which I just fell in love with.  I changed the colours from the recommended ones as I knew I wanted to stitch this on a bright fabric. I'm usually nervous of making alterations but I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Happy Moood by Barbara Ana
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Pink aida by Sew it All
using DMC threads
Started 5 May 2016, finished 24 June 2016

There's more!  I also stitched two of the cottages from Country Cottage Needleworks Seasonal Celebrations.  The original charts are much longer and have seasonal words across the bottom.  However I have to admit I shamelessly pinched the idea from Judith of Judith Makes just to stitch the cottage at the top.  I so admire her finishes and am going to try something similar with mine.  Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Spring from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC and GAST threads
Started 14 May 2016, finished 19 May 2016

I changed Summer a little bit as it had two enormous ants (as big as dogs!) on the left hand side of the design.  While they were fun, I decided to replace them with more flowers.

Summer from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Sunshine aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads
Started 7 June 2016, finished 23 June 2016

Right, I think you're all caught up now!

JUST ONE JULY

Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in Just One July.  This is my own little SAL where I pledge to stitch on just one project for a whole month (you can read about my success with Faithful April here).  My project for Just One July will be this one...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads

Here's the latest photo I have of this project.  I'm pretty sure I've stitched a little more of it since then.  I think a finish this month is definitely achievable!


Despite all my mini finishes above I'm looking forward to being a one at a time stitcher again for a month!

That's all for now, until next time!

Justine

50 comments:

Patricia Green said...

You've gotten a lot done lately. Love what you're going to do for Just One July. I'm going to join you on the SAL. I've been working on "HippocampusInPatches" by Tam's Creations (a hippocampus is a seahorse), but got distracted doing thank-you cards. In July, I'm going to focus solely on Hippocampus and see how far I can go. Good luck with your project!

Kerryp77 said...

So many gorgeous finishes. Love both sentiments of the Lizzie Kate's. I'm all set for just one July. I'm sure we get lots done

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the absolutely adorable finishes Justine. You put me to shame. I'm excited to join you next month for your SAL. I do have to do a start or two a day to catch up with Kate, but other than that I will be working on Sleeping Beauty which is pretty much what I do now.

Linda

Tiffstitch said...

Great finishes! I'll have to go check out Judith's blog to see her finishes as well, but I like how you've stitched the cottages as well. Count me in for JOJ!

Rhona said...

What wonderful finishes....you certainly have been busy!

Vickie said...

Woo hoo! Such adorable patterns. I love, love Odd Dog. Oh my! So cute. :D
You are going to do great on Just One July. I know it!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That first L*K design is just perfect! I love the sentiment.
I also saw Judith's version of the CCN cottages and liked them that way too.
I'm hoping to complete my TW dragons and then go back to Little Snap Dragon for my Focus on a Finish in July. Unless something else grabs me but it will still be one focus piece.

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Wheeeeeeee so cool! Many happy finishes and probably one more next month.

Julie said...

Such a lot of lovely little stitches you've put into these pretty projects. Ship Ahoy ... that boat will be a floating finish after a months stitching on it....cant wait to see more of it.

Linda Harris said...

Well done on all those finishes they are all adorable. Good luck with your Just One in July which I am sure you will achieve.

Bea said...

Busy needle with some great finishes to show for it. And really cute ones to boot. I really enjoyed watching your rocket come to life, so looking forward to the ship.

Angela said...

A bunch of lovely finishes!

Anthea said...

Hi Justine
Wow gorgeous little stitchings there... love that cheerful cow!... I'm sure you'll make some wonderful progress (or even finish!) the Pirate Ship!

Barb said...

You have so many pretty smalls. I have quite a pile to finish too. That pirate ship is going to be amazing!

Ruth said...

If you hear cheering, that's me. I'm giving you a well-deserved standing ovation!

butterfly said...

So much beautiful stitching , love everything , you have been so busy.

Marilyn said...

All cute projects.
Love Cut Thru Pirate Ship.
Marilyn

Mini said...

Keeping away from Blogland has been so fruitful for you ..6 finishes in one post!!!
How did you complete the first one in one day? Amazing.
Loving all the cute lovely finishes. This post may as well qualify for GG with so many gift stitches from Mii :)
I'm in for Just one July..hoping to keep you good company.

Mii Stitch said...

Check this out!! 6 finishes!!
You have indeed been a busy bee :)
I love all of them but quite agree that little odd dog is just too cute.
As you know, I will be tagging along your JoJ challenge.
I am sure you will be able to finish the great pirate ship before the 31st July!! Go Justine!!!

Carol said...

Oh, my! You've really been busy, Justine... Love your latest finishes and I'm right there with you on being a worrier. I wish I wasn't, but it's just in my nature, I guess! Oh well--there are worse things, right?

Looking forward to your Just One July stitching--can hardly believe June is nearly over :)

Keebles said...

Wow! That's a significant amount of progress and finishes!

Faith... said...

My you have been super busy! Everything looks awesome and I especially like the saying "Stitch now, worry later" it is perfect!! You can count me in for July - I am looking forward to working on Dinosaurs.

Lumiruusu said...

You are a very busy needleworker and I like every single piece you have stitched!

Melinda said...

I love the little cottages shortened. I think that is a wonderful idea. Wake up in a Happy Mooood is Perfect - I have added this to my wish list. Love this Pirate Ship - Just one July sounds fun - but I know me, and I could never just work on one project for a month. I know you can finish your Pirate Ship!

Beth said...

The cottage idea is wonderful - your finishes look great!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful finishes! I love your cottages. Good luck with Just One July - sounds totally doable! :D

Penny said...

You have stitched some really cute pieces! I'm afraid I'm a worrier too so the Stitch Now design would be a good one for me. : )

Karen said...

Love the idea of Just One July. Love your finishes too. Happy stitching.

Karen said...

Love the idea of Just One July. Love your finishes too. Happy stitching.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Justine, what a gorgeous post. I'm totally impressed by all your finishes. You are just the opposite of me - when I start 6 projects, you finish 6 of them, lol. I love them all. Love the sentiments on the first two. And this little doggie hunting the butterfly and Barbara Ana's cow just made me smile. Very funny designs.

I had already seen the seasonal houses on Judith's blog. I also love how she finishes her projects. These little houses look great also without the words underneath.

Another Cut Thru project for your Just One July. And it's so so great. My grandson would also love it as he is into pirates right now. It looks like you could finish it in July. And wow, there are already many co-stitchers that will join you. Good luck next month.

Heather said...

Awesome job good luck!

Irmeli said...

How wonderful finishes, all of them. Good luck with your Pirate Ship, it looks great.

Weronika said...

Amazing post Justine. So many great finishes! Haw did you managed to complete all of them?! I am little jealous... ;)

Anna van Schurman said...

So many nice finishes! I am in for Just One July! I'm going to go with Mary's Stocking to see if I can get it done.

Thoeria said...

You certainly have been busy, Justine! I love your finishes!! The LK sentiments are spot on :)
The pirate ship looks fantastic! I can't wait for you to have it all done :) I'm pretty sure there's a young man waiting anxiously for it :)

Katie said...

Wow you've been getting lots of beautiful things finished up. Love them all. The dog is of course my favorite by far. Can't wait to see how much you can get finished up. I can't join you since I have to work on my Family Crest and my Year of Whimsy July piece.

Manuela said...

So many wonderfu finishes. I like them all.
Wonderful progress on your project.
Greetings Manuela (your new follower)

Ariadne said...

So many great finishes!You are amzing at whatever you stitch!AriadnefromGreece!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Beautiful projects and progresses

Sheryl S. said...

Gosh, you have been busy, a lot of pretty stitching, love the Odd dog with Butterflies and the little houses and that wonderful Bothy design, lots of colour changes there as always. great work.

gominam said...

Your definition of "few small finishes" is quite a lot for me:) They are so pretty, love the Odd dog, so cute! Have fun in your July stitching, lovely design (Bothy's have a lot of backstitching that scares me).

Desiree Ehleiter said...
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Desiree Ehleiter said...

Wow, that is a lot of finishes for one month. All are lovely, but I fell in love with Odd Dog! Can't wait to see how far your Only One July gets you!

Rose Threadandpassion said...

looks like you've been very busy indeed... many compliments for your beautiful stitching works!

Lesley said...

Gorgeous stitching.
You can definitely get your Just One July piece finished:)

Cindy's Stitching said...

So many great pieces. The summer piece has awesome colors. Happy 4th of July

Irene said...

quanti lavori bellissimi!! La nave dei pirati è favolosa, sono sicura che la finirai

Stitching Noni said...

Wow! Love seeing all your gorgeous finishes :). Well done!
It never ceases to amaze me how much I get stitched when I don't do anything else... I love blog reading/posting and floss tube but there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything... I need to get more organised!
Great idea for July - it worked in April and I know it will work in July :) Enjoy!
Hugs xx

Vickie said...

I just learned about your SAL and I want to join! For the first half of the month I worked on my Disney Preening Pixie and I finished it last night...so for the rest of the month I am going to work on my HAED - Faery Tales

The Crafty Princess said...

Wow they are all amazing! I really love the colours in Summer and Spring. I don't think you need to worry about making personal changes, you have a good eye for colour and that fabby is perfect with the moo cow. It's very cheery and a nice thing to see when you start your day. I know I can't stick to one project a month so I bow to those that can, Good luck stunner
xox Alicia