Saturday, April 28, 2012

Beading finishes

After I'd done my 'test' cube I went on to make myself a pair of earrings.

I'm in the mood to bead Christmas ornaments rather than stitch them so I pulled out my Jill Oxton's and made a stocking

And just show it's a proper stocking and not just one side

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Dance

I've been working on this on and off since Jan and finished it last night.
Please excuse the wrinkles, I did run the iron over it and it looks just fine IRL but not it seems on camera!

Lizzie Kate
Normal is a setting

Monday, April 23, 2012

TUSAL part 2 & progress

I spent most of the weekend at DBF's and even remembered to take a pic of my TUSAL jar there.
All that's been added to it is alot of pink from the Peony I'm working on when I'm there.

Since I had my camera with me for the TUSAL I thought I'd take a quick pic of said Peony

And not being home much meant that Mary didn't get much attention this week but she did a little bit of love

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New weekend PHD

Last weekend I pulled out Mary Wigham as my new weekend project but only realised when I picked her up yesterday that I never posted an update!

So here she is before I started

And after the weekend

Here's a better view of the area I worked on

I'll be back in the next day or two with this weeks update

Saturday, April 21, 2012


It's that time of the month once more, it seems to of come round really quickly this time!

This time there are orts from LK Normal is a setting, Scary Book,4 Seasons sampler, The Castle, NH challenge, Mary Wigham and loads of nymo etc from beading.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Rosie

Rosie is 2 today.
Happy Birthday my insane little pussy cat

Go look here to see her the day she came to live with us.
I took this one yesterday ready for this post

She had to sniff the camera while I took pics and I couldn't resist taking one while she did, makes me smile every time I look at it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Beading bits and pieces

In the last week beading wise I've.......

Made some diamonds for my bead mat but haven't added them to it yet

Made a square using instructions from Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork which my Parents gave me for my birthday last year and I've only just made something from it!!

I made the square because you need 6 of them to make a cube but I decided to reverse the colours to make the cube.
Now I've made one and know what I'm doing I'm planning on making a pair in different colours to make a pair of earrings

Then I pulled out a box that had projects in it from when I used to go to a weekly class at least 6/7 years ago.  Most of the things in there I can't see me ever finishing them so I wove the threads in and have kept them as samples.
This netted collar was in there as well and I've put off doing anything with for years now because my taste has changed colour wise and the design calls for it to be a full collar and that's not something I'd ever wear.  So I decided to finish the repeat the was half done and finish the end off so it matched the other.  Maybe one day I'll decided how to finish it off so it's wearable.

Here's a closer pic of the design.

The only other project in the box to finish is an angel who's been flying round in circles since the day I worked on her as she only has one wing!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Happy Dance

That's right it's time to put your dancing shoes on Scary Book is finished :)

I started on Jan 1 2009 and finished on April 9 2012.
I used 30 count murano and DMC floss and I loved every stitch of it

Now I know this is a really, really long shot but has any one out there got any of the Pocket Dragon kits and would be willing to lend me the chart for it???
Years ago I saw a couple of them and didn't get them and now it's one of those things I really regret.
There were 4 in the set Maid Marian, Will Scarlet, Writing to you and Sweets

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Sunflower finish

I found this design a while ago while surfing round some beading sites but can't for the life of me remember where it was to share a link but it's a freebie that much I do remember.
 I had to wait for my local bead shop to get some of the Delica's in for me before I could start it which I did on April 1st.
The last beads went on this morning not yesterday as I hoped, it took much longer than I thought it would 

Friday, April 06, 2012

4 Seasons update

I've been making good progress on the 4 seasons sampler from last years JCS lately.
I know I should put it down and move on to other projects during the week but I'm enjoying it so much I'm tempted to carry on.

P.S The stitching is straight it's me that's useless at taking pics

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Quick update

The sunflower panel is almost done

Fingers crossed I'll be back tomorrow with a happy dance

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Beading bits and pieces

First up is March'e progress on my beaded CdC AKA the mad idea

Sometime last year I was looking round Spellbound Beads site and came across instructions for a beaded mat and thought it was a great idea and I'd have to try one.
Then I had the idea (I really should stop doing that, it's not good!) that I could do one as a record of the colours I've used during the year so waited until this year to start.
Then I wondered how I'd remember what year it was from and eventually came up with putting the year in the central diamonds.   Good plan only I couldn't get it to work no matter how hard I tried and how many different fonts I used it just wasn't having it.   I had a light bulb moment of using Roman Numerals instead and after some more playing about with a design programme and some brick stitch graph paper I cracked it.

And here's the result.
I've decided that I'm not going to do the diamonds until I've finished a project and I'm only going to do one diamond in the really expensive colours (like the gold ones).   So far the only colours in there are the ones from the badges and Mum's Mother's Day present but I do have more to add.

And lastly I started a new project.  I found this freebie on the web somewhere and now can't find it again so I'm really glad I saved it!

It's a Sunflower BTW and this pic is old and out of date now but I've not taken a new one yet

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Scary Book

My progress on Scary book from the weekend.

The end is in sight and it's Easter this weekend which means Bank Holidays and so 4 day's to work on it.
Keep your fingers crossed for me to finish


In the last week I've been given this award 3 times!!!!

Many Thanks to Michele Ursh and Rahenna for thinking I'm worthy :)

Liebster is a German word meaning favorite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.
The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.
1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.
4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

I'm passing it on to....

Hmmm now for the hard part, 5 things about me.

1. I left my husband 6 years ago and we still haven't got divorced
2. I love Sunflowers but I don't like yellow as a colour
3. I play Crown Green Bowls
4. I still don't own a copy of The Hobbit even though it's my favourite book
5. I turn 40 this year but I don't feel my age

Sunday, April 01, 2012

March progress & April Goals

For March I said
UFO RR  Done, posted home and I'm now done with the RR
Finish Feb's ornament  Done
Stitch March's ornament  Nop, kinda lost interest in doing another once Feb's was done
The fob from Needle and Thread would be nice  Nop, never even thought about it :(

For April I'd like to
Stitch an ornament
Finish Scary Book
Start getting supplies together for my Birthday start next month
Pick a Rose to stitch for Mel's 21st later this year
Try and do the fob this month!

In March I stitched for a total of 81 hours and 16 minutes, had 1 finish, no new starts and one day of no stitching but I did put Henry together that day.