Sunday, 31 January 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness January 2016 - just sneaked in!

I didn't think I had done any stitching that qualified for Gifted Gorgeousness this month, but something happened yesterday which meant that I had to stitch something very quickly that definitely qualifies!

Elder son had his first wobbly tooth yesterday, so I quickly stitched up this gorgeous Lizzie*Kate chart which I was given by Shebafudge as the winner of her giveaway back in 2013.  I have long planned to stitch this but as usual I was on the last minute - dug it out last night and got stitching.  And not a moment too soon because the tooth has now come out!

Welcome Tooth Fairy by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Lemon aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads

Elder son chose the fabric and ribbon shown which will be used to make up a pouch this afternoon ready for the Tooth Fairy to visit tonight. I just need to stitch his name on first which will go in the gap under the star.  I am told the going rate is £1 now for a tooth.

This double qualifies for Gifted Gorgeousness as the ribbon was a gift from my dear friend Rachel at our first retreat last Spring.  Rachel - there were lots of ribbons from the glass jar that would have looked perfect with this design but I think he made a great choice with this one.

As so many of you kindly admired my latest finish Morning Glory, I am having a little giveaway for the chart, metallic threads and beads to finish it.  You just have to supply the fabric and threads (DMC are listed on the chart).  Just in case you missed it, here's my finish again (proud stitcher time).

Morning Glory by Nora Corbett
from the Pixie Couture series

Please leave a comment below if you'd like to be entered into the draw, which I'll do next Sunday 7th February.  No need to advertise on your blog or other social media as it's simply for followers and friends, one entry per person!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday - I now have a date with my sewing machine!

Justine
Thursday, 28 January 2016

Smalls SAL and a very sparkly finish!

I’m back with two finishes to share with you!

This year I’ve decided to join the Smalls SAL organised by Heather of the Stitching Lotus blog.  My intention is to stitch one of these Lizzie*Kate Twelve Blessings charts each month.  The first one was gifted to me by Mii Stitch and it is so cute I just had to buy the others!

Of course, I also intended to actually finish the ornament each month but that hasn’t happened in January, maybe next month?

Friends by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on Cloud Brown 16 count aida
with DMC threads
Started and finished 14 January 2016

Next up I’m so excited to show you a very sparkly finish!  I started this piece as part of the Crazy January Challenge 2014 so it has been hanging around for a while now.  I have no idea why as once I picked it up again I couldn’t put it down!  Last time you saw it, it looked like this…


And now here she is in all her beaded glory!

Morning Glory by Nora Corbett
Stitched on Lorchen 28 count by Sparklies
with DMC threads and Mill Hill beads
Started 9 January 2014
Finished 26 January 2016

Here are a few close up photographs of the beautiful beads…




Regular readers will know I am trying to reduce my WIP list this year, hopefully from 11 WIPs to 5.  I have already had two finishes from the list so I’m well on track.  Having said that, I don’t think it will be too long before I start another of these gorgeous Pixie Couture designs.

Thanks Heather for letting me join the Smalls SAL.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s smalls!

Until next time

Justine






Thursday, 21 January 2016

Magic and pirates!

Yes you read right, that's what I've mostly been stitching on this past few weeks!

I've had a new start and a finish!  This is actually my fourth finish of the year but I can't show you a couple of them yet.  This one is for my boys to commemorate a very special occasion which took place on 18 January - we finally finished reading the Harry Potter books!  It has taken us over 18 months of bedtime reading.  They have enjoyed them so much they immediately wanted to go back to the first book and start all over again.  Anyway, here's my little stitch, to be framed and hung by the bookshelves...

Harry Potter Glasses
by Natali Needlework (etsy shop)
Stitched on 16 count antique white aida
with recommended DMC threads
Started 12 January 2016, finished 17 January 2016

This was a pleasure to stitch and I can highly recommend the seller.  I was having difficulty in downloading the charts from etsy and she emailed them to me without any delay.  She also has great deals so I bought two charts and got a free one!  It's nice to get a good deal from a friendly shop.

I have also been stitching on my Cut Thru Pirate Ship was one of my Crazy January starts from 2014.  I really want to finish this one this year as it is a gift for younger son who was 4 when I started it and will be 7 this year!  I am stitching on this one with my friend Jan of Thread Garden - we stitch on Wednesdays though she lives in Tasmania so is always half a day ahead of me!

Here's my latest progress photo after three Pirate Wednesdays...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship
by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014

Since I picked this up again on 6 January 2016 I have stitched the Jolly Roger


and the part to the left of this picture by the ladder


Those of you who have stitched one of these before will know that they don't really come to life until they are backstitched so watch this space!

Hope you are all keeping warm - the UK has been really cold this last week.  Definitely stitching weather!

Until next time

Justine
Sunday, 10 January 2016

My first finish of 2016

Hello everyone!

Hope you're all enjoying a good start to the new year.  I'm not doing Crazy January Challenge this year, having still got projects left over from 2014 and 2015, but I'm really enjoying cheering on several fellow bloggers with their new starts.  It seems there has been a trend this year to choose smaller projects, and hopefully there will be lots of finishes to admire later in the year!

My goal for 2016 is to reduce my WIPs/UFOs.  I was honest with myself last year and got rid of 3 or 4 projects that I knew I would never stitch, which left me starting the new year with 11 started projects.  I know this is a lot less than some stitchers, but most of them are medium to large projects (for me) and I often find the list quite overwhelming.

Anyway, I'm off to a great start with my first finish!  This was started back in September 2013 just after I started blogging, and just before I started stashing!  It was pushed to one side in favour of new starts, but I'm pleased to say it is finally finished.

Here it was last time you saw it...


And here it is hot off the needles!


History Timeline by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 14 count white aida
with threads included in kit
Started 13 September 2013, finished 10 January 2016

This was an absolute joy to stitch, particularly when I picked it up again just after Christmas and became a one at a time stitcher again!  I'm so pleased with how it turned out and am planning to have it framed so we can use it as a history reference.

I am treating myself to a little new start now, but just a little ornament so that I can quickly go back to my WIP list and choose one of the ten remaining projects to finish!  My ultimate goal is not to have any UFOs, and for all started projects to be stitched on regularly.  It may take me a year or two but I will get there!

I wonder which project to pull out of the WIP pile next?

Until next time

Justine