Stitchy Saturdays – Some Finishes

As you know I had promised my mum that I’d make her a wall hanging mail organizer (surely there must be an easier way of say that!), in any case I finished the stitching with only a few hiccups, but really struggled when it came to finishing it off.
In the end I cheated, I found this beautiful place mat at John Lewis and since the dimensions were sort of what I had in mind I just attached the stitching as a pocket on the place mat. I had already bought a hanger from the RICO Collection and to attach the place mat to the hanger I made some loops at the top using some suitable ribbon. I’m really pleased with this one, probably one of my nicer finishes, in fact I might make one for myself.

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Here is a closer look

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At the end of March I signed up for a bookmark exchange with one of my facebook groups. I decided to stitch a Lizzie*Kate pattern I received from a friend, it’s called Peep. I found some hand dyed evenweave (28 count I think) from Polstitches and matched the floss I had as closely as I could to the charted DMC colors (I was missing a couple). After I finished stitching I mounted it on some white self-adhesive felt, but I forgot to take a picture before sending it off. Here it is though before I mounted it on the felt.

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Here is a closer look at the cute chick 🙂

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I also finished April’s Christmas ornament. I stitched one of the Little House Needleworks (LHN) ornaments from 2010 – Frosty Flakes. I didn’t have the charted colors so I matched them up as closely as I could. For the scarf I had the suggested dmc floss, but I wanted it to look more like the hand dyed so I used two different colors together. I think it turned out rather well. The ornament was stitched on 32-count DMC raw linen, one of my favorite fabrics.

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I stitched the snowman in white together with some Kreinik blending filament (pearl), and his yellow nose is stitched in Madeira silk

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Lastly I stitched up these Mackintosh Roses, the charts were out of one of my Zweigart booklets (the Rose one). I used the same fabric as i did for the bookmark, but quite a subtle part of it color wise. And I stitched the roses in Victoria Clayton HDF silks Victorian Mauve and Tigerlily. I loved stitching with them, they didn’t tangle or any thing. I’ll make it up into a card, not sure who for yet though.

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While stitching I definitely thought the purple Victorian Mauve looked best, but looking at it now I love the different colors in Tigerlily.

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It’s Official

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Congratulations

William and Catherine

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge



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QS Rose Dreaming – Long Overdue Update

I think the last blog update on this piece was back in June. I did mean to update back in September, but some how it slipped my mind. I’ve got quite a bit done on her face, this was mostly done by September though, as you can see in the first picture.

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I’ve managed to do a little bit more, but it’s not much. And as I’m trying to get around to all my WiPs at the moment I don’t think I’ll be picking it up until about June.

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She does look good though doesn’t she 🙂

Thursday Three

1. Royal Wedding – I’m sorry people but I am genuinely looking forward to it. I love the royals, and I love any excuse to ooh and ahh over all the beautiful gowns, romantic vows etc. I had decided I wasn’t going to stitch anything to commemorate the occasion, but The Sampler Girl’s Royal Wedding Souvenir has been screaming out to me lately so I think it might be stitched after all.

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photo from The Sampler Girl

2. Getting organized – we’re moving next week and I always view a move as a chance to start over, de-clutter and getting myself (and hubby) sorted. A great tool in getting organized is Martha Stewart’s Organizing Tip of the Day newsletter. Arrives in my inbox everyday, and contains great advice. It’s not always relevant, but easily adaptable. Today’s tip show how to make your own corkboard 🙂

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3. New house – we were approved for our new house on Tuesday and next week we move in. I can’t wait, even though moving is stressful it’s be great to get our stuff in there. Here is a picture of our new living room

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Thursday Three

1. Craig Tracy and the South China Tiger Project – there are only 100 South China Tigers left in the world, and the majority of these living in captivity. Save China’s Tigers is a charity committed to keeping this species of tiger from extinction, and New Orleans body painting artist Craig Tracy recently created an amazing work of art to create awareness for the cause. Visit the charity’s website to find out how you can help, and visit Craig Tracy’s website to see more incredible works of art. Can you see what the tiger has been painted on?

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2. Oath of Fealty and Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon – one of my very favorite fantasy books are The Deed of Paksenarrion books. Recently I discovered that Elizabeth Moon has written two sequels to the series, and I was truly overjoyed. Considering the first 3 were written 20 years ago I’m sure you can understand why I never even expected more books. I’ll be ordering the first one very shortly and I can’t wait to read it. If like me you are a fan of this series buy the new book, or if you are more on the ball than I am and you’ve read them already, head on over to the Paksworld Blog where Elizabeth has posted lots of back story, reference etc and is really good about posting new things and answering fans questions (as much as she can of course). Finding out about these two books (and the third in the making) has quite possibly made my year.

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3. Accessorize Necklaces – as usual Accessorize is great for some inexpensive bling. I’ve got an occasion coming up and I think I’ve found the perfect necklace to wear – the Ring Collection Long Pendant Necklace. It’s doubly great as I don’t like wearing rings on my fingers (don’t even wear my wedding ring most days), but they look excellent on a chain don’t they. Of course if you are one of those people who love waring rings and you have a jewelery box full of them, you could make your own necklace, all you need is a long chain to put them on 🙂

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More giveaways

Angela from Hooked on Stitches is having an amazing giveaway. She has offered up three finishing methods, and all you have to do is stat which method and which chart (any LK or LHN) you’d like to receive. At the end of the month she’ll pick a lucky winner who will get what they requested. Head over to her blog to see Angela’s beautiful finishes and join the giveaway. I went for pillow finish, what will you go for?

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Head on over to

Cross Stitch and Cupcakes for an excellent and generous giveaway. You only have until the 19th to enter, so hurry up 🙂

Thursday Three

Another Thursday, another Thursday Three. This week it’s pictures galore!

1. Parenthood – The second episode of this American TV show is on tonight at 10pm on 5* (formerly Fiver). I’m actually a few episodes into season two, but thoroughly enjoying watching the the beginning again. The show has a great ensemble cast, in particular it’s great to see Lauren Graham working again. She made Gilmore Girls into the great show that it was and she is doing a brilliant job with this show too. I’d say of you like Gilmore Girls and you like Brothers and Sisters, you’ll love Parenthood, which is a bit of both.
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2. Brands at DP – I love the new brands at Dorothy Perkins (well they are new to me). A month or so ago I got a beautiful blouse there and now I bought this gorgeous dress. Hmm, having trouble putting up the picture, should have it up by noon Friday. In the mean time, it’s part of the Purple range, and it’s a green 50’s summer dress. Don’t you just love the 50’s inspired dresses in the shops right now? Perfect if your hips and bust are more than a bit generous.

3. Fjord Ponies by Ink Circles – This is my must-have chart of 2011. I haven’t really stitched anything Norwegian/Scandinavian since I took up cross stitching, mostly because there aren’t a lot of designs out there. This one is amazing though, never mind it’s by an American designer. I’m thinking it’ll be a lovely birthday gift to myself 🙂
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Thursday Three

This is a new addition to the blog, which I’ve seen featured on several other blogs. I thought it would be fun to do my own take on it.
Every Thursday I’ll feature three things, sometimes they’ll be related, but mostly it’ll just be three things on my mind at the moment.

1. Sims Medieval – the new game is out. From what I’ve read it seems like a watered down Heroes of Might and Magic (low on the Might and Magic). I’m sure it’ll be fun enough to play, especially for people who want more structure to their Sim playing, this one has goals. But I don’t think I’ll be getting it just yet, maybe second hand in a few months time?

2. Lush Japanese Aid Soap – the wonderful Lush has released a limited edition soap where all the money made will go to Peace Boat, a charity which organizes teams of volunteers, transporting aid goods and cooking hot meals in the disaster zone. Let’s hope today’s earthquake does not make the situation any worse and that those who need help receive it without delay.

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3. Spring Giveaway over at Rhode Island Stitchers – Surely crafters must be the most generous of bloggers. I love entering all these giveaways, and I plan another one for my blog in the beginning of May, a Blogoversary Giveaway.

March in Hindsight and April Predicted

Wow another totally useless month. Cross stitch goals went well, but everything else, not so much. I have no excuse, just plain lazy and feckless these days.
So let’s look at the March goals and see how I got on.

Every Month:

1. Post on my blog at least once a week Only just managed this, and most of them are very rubbish posts.
2. Post picture of my TUSAL jar on each new moon
3. Stitch a biscornu for my Basket of Biscornus My favorite one to date, the shamrock biscornu
4. Stitch a Christmas ornament
5. Plot 3 new stories/plotlines Actually plotted about 6, all linked. More on that at a later stage
6. Write 10,000 new words (either on existing novels or new stories) Made a start on the above plots and wrote about 14k on two different plots. This new idea is really bringing back my love of writing!
7. Read 4 books a month, and write reviews for them Have to review 16 for April – not yet giving up hope that I’ll get this sorted out

March Only:

1. Finish wall hanging for mum The cross stitched part at least
2. 2 x Mother’s day cards Used two freebie kits as well
3. Finish one more project started during Crazy January Challenge This was of course the Blackwork Lady
4. Restart C25K challenge as it was completely ignored for Feb It remained ignored for March as well
5. Complete Scissor fob for exchange Completed, sent and received, a perfect exchange in every way.
6. 2 x ATC’s for exchange Stitched one of my favorite ATCs so far
7. Post an excerpt every week from one of my WIPs (can be new, old or discarded) Yeah that one didn’t go to well did it, will keep it in as a goal for April
8. Stitch Giveaway for PayitForward Giveaway Started but not finished

Ok, I guess it doesn’t look too bad, as usual the fitness and the book reviewing is being ignored, but at least all the things with deadlines got done and I did get a fair bit of stitching done.
April’s Goals won’t look too different from March, just a few changes to the stitching goals. Have a look here.

Every Month:

1. Post on my blog at least once a week
2. Post picture of my TUSAL jar on each new moon
3. Stitch a biscornu for my Basket of Biscornus
4. Stitch a Christmas ornament
5. Plot 3 new stories/plotlines
6. Write 10,000 new words (either on existing novels or new stories)
7. Read 4 books a month, and write reviews for them (Have to review 16 for April – not yet giving up hope that I’ll get this sorted out)

April Only:

1. Post an update of all current WiPs with pictures
2. 5 x cards for various occasions
3. Start a Thursday Three from the first Thursday in April
4. Restart C25K challenge as it was completely ignored for Feb and March
5. Complete Bookmark for exchange
6. 2 x ATC’s for exchange
7. Post an excerpt every week from one of my WIPs (can be new, old or discarded)
8. Stitch Giveaway for PayitForward Giveaway
9. Stitch LoveQuiltsUK square
10. Stitch minimum of two cards for charity.

A good chunk of stitching to do there, but then again i don’t have the added pressure of finishing more CJC projects. Family birthdays etc are just around the corner so there will be a lot of cards from now on, but I quite enjoy the smaller stitchings (stitchlets 🙂 )

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