Monday, January 04, 2021

January 1st starts

 Last year and this year I started doing a new beading start on January 1st.

This year’s beading start is the peacock bauble from Spellbound beads which was a Christmas gift from my parents

And my stitching start is Cirque des Triangles from Ink Circles.

The fabric is a custom dye from Sparklies and I’m using good old DMC

And Since today is Monday and I’m looking after Elliot here’s a pic of him to end 

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Review of 2020

 I thought I’d do a quick recap of 2020 

I started the year with 26 projects of which I finished 2

I started 26 projects (which I didn’t realise was the same as I started out with until I looked to write this!) of those 26 I finished 21 leaving me 5 to carry over to this year so I ended the year with 29 🙁

I don’t time myself anymore but because of a group I joined on Facebook I count stitches instead and I did a total of 138,370 not inc Jan because for some reason I didn’t record the months total.  The best month was March due to a team challenge which I’m pleased to say my team won 🙂

I’ve made an effort to blog more the last few months and will continue to do that and hope to get back to taking part in TUSAL, gifted gorgeousness and hermit weekends assuming they all still run, well I know hermit weekends do on Facebook.

I took my annual ort jar pics on Jan 1st before emptying them and finding them their annual bath

And lastly this popped up on my feed so I stole it and I’m sharing it with you all as a new year blessing 

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Last finish of 2020

 I just put the last stitches in this my last finish of 2020

It’s from Cross stitch with art on Etsy

The fabric is the October fabric club from Sparklies which actually a very pale blue and I used DMC 606 and 699 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Secret stitch finish

 I got it finished in the end but it was a couple of days late for Christmas 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

This year’s family ornaments

 It’s a damp, breezy day in November as I write this post and set it post today.
I can’t have the post go live as soon as it’s written as at least 2 of the recipients of these read my blog occasionally.

Earlier today I finished the last of the ornaments for family.
I’ve been making ornaments for my parents and both daughters for a few years now and I always try and make sure they are similar 

This year I went with this stocking set from Threadabead

Had a few hiccups along the way with them, like spending an hour looking for one of the oranges in the snowman’s nose and giving mum a call with the long shot of having lent it to her for something even tho she’s not beading right now and finding I had!  To using the beads I’d set side for the hanger on Santa’s secret book and having to find something else I could use.

But I’m really happy with the way they turned out and will eventually get round to making a set for my tree.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Secret stitch

Earlier this year I bought a gently used chart off a Facebook selling site of a Harley after checking with my fella that he liked it and told him I’d stitch it for him next year.

Early in October I had the bright idea of stitching it for him in secret for Christmas year and started it and then promptly didn’t do any more on it for a few weeks!   The last 10 days or so I’ve made sure I’ve worked on it for a few hours every day while he’s at work and I’ve made steady progress on it.

This is how far I got up to Friday evening and I’m hoping to get the back end finished off before he’s off at the end of this week.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Baby’s first Christmas ornament

 This year as you know we have an new family member, this handsome little guy Elliot so to mark the occasion of his first Christmas I made him a star.

The pattern is from Hookin’ to the beat 

I’m one of her test beaders and when this one was posted I jumped at the chance to do it.  I’ve also put in my claim to test next years version of it ready for the bump that’s on his way 🙂

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Santa’s secret book

I finished this a few weeks ago and it took me until a few days ago to get round to taking pics of it!
The design is from Threadabead

I added the hanger so I can put it on the tree 

Monday, November 09, 2020

Slightly dotty snowmen finish

 I failed in my weekly update on these 🙁 but at least I’ve finally remembered to add the finished project!

Loved stitching these with a fiend and we have our next project planned but the kits are out of stock currently so until then we are doing ornaments from this years JCS ornament issue.

If your tempted to stitch these guys yourself, be quick as the kit is being discontinued in January 

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Remembrance Day


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them