Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL and I made it

I've signed up for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL next year being hosted by Jo of Seredipitous Stitching 
The whole idea of it is to stitch up some of those kits/ charts us stitchers have been given as gifts/RAK's etc over the years or to use those lovely threads and fabrics that have been gifted and then to post progress on the 15th of the month.
I have several things I was planning to do next year that were gifted to me so I signed up to help me keep going
Wander on over and join in the fun, the doodah over on the right should take you to the sign up page or you can use the link above

And this post means I've made it to the end of NaBloPoMo and for the second year running I've not had to resort to posting pics of my completed TW's :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Dance

Late on Thursday evening I finished Flower Tender :) it's my 23rd finish of the year and the last of the larger Pocket Dragons I have, it was also my Jan 1st start this year.
As with the other two it's stitched on 30 count white Murano with DMC, it's does have a plague under it on the chart but I was never sure if I was going to stitch it or not and decided that I prefer it without in the end

If anyone has the one's that came out in kit form please let me know

Friday, November 28, 2014

Couple of beading finishes

For the last few years I've been wanting to make a couple of little festive pendants for myself to wear in December and yesterday I finally got around to making one it just needs stiffening which is on the list for tomorrow

When I finished the Celtic knot a few weeks back I wanted to do some earring to match it but size 15 delica's don't come in the colours I used so I had to do something else instead and this is it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash November report

I've been using the bonus £ this month and have given a few things a new home.
1 X Crescent colour and a DMC both to finish projects and 2 Daffodils kit's both from Heritage, the large one is the last of the floral panels I wanted to get to get and I got it for less than £10 on the bay of evil (aka ebay).

New starts from stash = Ornament for an exchange that I can't revel, Dragon Rampant coasterWhoops fob
PHD's worked on = Splendor (finished), Skating Penguins, Toy Gatherer, Flower Tender (finished about 30 mins before I came on line)
£ spent = 0 from budget
Budget left = £124.64.   £104.64 left and £20 for November
Bonus Budget left = £19.33

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Toy Gatherer progress

Not much progress this last weekend as I ended up being fairly busy with other things but all progress is good

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mystery Bead a long

A couple of months back I was on facebook and a post popped up from Jean Power about an upcoming secret christmas kit/bead a long she was doing in Dec.
Because I'd been selling some stash off I had a healthy paypal balance and so decided to sign up.

The pack arrived a few weeks back

And inside 

All I know is that it's a double sided ornament and it's based around snowflakes and sparkles so very me in theme :)  Instructions will be sent out daily from Nov 30 and I'll probably post about it every few days

Monday, November 24, 2014

Penguins progress

Last week I worked on Teejay's stocking and got 3 more penguins almost done and had I not been feeling off one evening I would of had them finished :(

I'll be back on them full time next week so I can get it finished for Christmas

Sunday, November 23, 2014

TV watching cat

A few days ago I was catching up on some of the older things on the sky box and Rosie was glued to Cat Watch 2014, makes a change to Columbo which is a favourite of hers 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

TUSAL time

Yes folks today is the New Moon and so it's time to post pics of rubbish once again :)

I've added orts from Skating Penguins, Splendor (aka Mel's Rose), Ho Ho Ho, an ornament, Toy Gatherer, Dragon Rampant, sampler fob and Flower Tender

And my beading orts

Find out about TUSAL

Friday, November 21, 2014

Goodie Bag exchange

I finally got round to taking a pic of the goodie bag exchange from last Saturday!

The theme this time was Saints and after much head scratching on my part and getting no where Lucy had the bright idea of St Anthony
It's difficult to put lost items in a bag so all my items were to try and help things not to get lost

This one escaped the pic

This the one I received from Clare's Mum based on St Anne and I have to say I was a little gobsmacked by some of the items esp. the tattered lace cat

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Summer Kimono progress

I've had a hard time putting this one down but I've had to so I can get a couple of Christmas ornaments done for exchanges but I'll be back on it as soon as I can be

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Celtic knot

I finished this several weeks ago and at the time I did take a pic but it was awful and I deleted it and being me forgot to take another one.
I wore it on Saturday and realised I hadn't posted it so here it is :)

It's from a recent issue of Bead and Button but I don't have which one to hand although I'm thinking it was September /October time.
I really enjoyed it and hope to do more of them in the future

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend progress

I'm quite pleased with my progress this weekend and it's going quite quickly or it at least it feels like it is hopefully that will last and I'll be done sooner than I think, a girls allowed to dream!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Flower Tender update

Last week after stitching the coaster and fob that went wrong I pulled out Flower Tender to work on for the rest of the week and I got most of his wings done.
I'll be back on him next week and with any luck I'll have him almost finished

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ornament finish

I forgot to post this yesterday :(
We have a raffle at the meet up and the money raised pays to keep the BB ad free for however long the £ will pay for and we all take something along to donate as a prize.

This was my donation, Santa tube ornament from Threadabead 

I forgot to take a pic of the exchange bag I received today so hopefully I remember to do that tomorrow

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Coaster finish

Today at the meet up we had a special visitor from the USA and unknown to her everyone going stitched a coaster as a memento of her trip here.
This was mine, Dragon Rampant from issue 17 of Mary Hickmott' s New Stitches

Friday, November 14, 2014


I'm off to Nuneaton tomorrow for a gtg with some of the girls on Needlecraft Haven and we have a goodie bag exchange.
I stitched this for my goodie bag and had it stitched together and the ribbon in place and it was going so well until I turned the right way out and discovered that I'd put the ribbon in the wrong place.
I called myself a few names and decided that no way could I put it in so it now lives on my fabric scissors and other arrangements have been made for the goodie bag.

And of course I had to have help while taking pics

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bracelet finish

A few months ago I bought a Jill Oxton special magazine that was nothing but bracelet's.
Being someone that would rather make a thing than a piece of jewellery I quite surprised myself finding so many in it that I would want to make which is why it came home with me.

I wanted one that I could leave in my beading box that goes to classes & groups so that I had something to fall back on if for whatever reason I didn't work on the project I had with me but a month or so I go I get fed up of having so many things half done and finished a few of them this being one of them

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Summer Kimono

I've been working away on the Summer Kimono adding at least a few rows every day and here's how far I am

My plan is to have it at the point where you do the front of the sleeves by the end of the weekend

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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

For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon (1869 - 1943)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend progress

I'm quite pleased with the amount I got over the weekend and again I'm wondering why I put this aside so long ago!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Skating Penguins progress

Last week I worked on Teejay's stocking.
I was hoping to get these 3 done and start on the next row but it wasn't to be with finishing Mel's Rose on Monday and WI on Wednesday evening I didn't quite make it :(

Saturday, November 08, 2014

New weekend project

I went with The Toy Gatherer from Shepherds Bush in the end I figured that it was about time I finished it :)
I have no idea when I started it but it was before 2004 that's when I started to take notes of start/finish dates and it doesn't have one.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Beaded CdC update

I haven't posted an update on this for the biggest part of a long time but I've been plodding on with slowly on and off this year and I'm coming up on the halfway point now.
All my previous pics have been of it in 2 pieces and I joined them together a few months back and then separated them again because I really wasn't happy with the join and I worked out it was because I had the second one the wrong way round, silly girl!

One of my goals for this year was to get one of CdC finished and it's looking like that isn't going to happen :( but I can always make it one of next years goals and

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Follow on from yesterday's post

I did remember to take a pic of my bead mat being used as a starter strip :) and if you'd like to know how make/use one I've found this for  you

And here is said project after I took it off  just to make it a little clearer, before you ask it's called Summer kimono and I started with the sleeve section

Yesterday the postman brought me this lovely RAK, I have no idea who sent but it certainly made my day much brighter and on the off chance the sender is reading this post I'd just like to say Thank you for thinking of me and making my day better

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Bead mat progress

I'm not sure if I've even posted about this this year!

Any way just lately I've been adding quite a bit to it and I'm up to 78 colours and 105 squares.
I have another strip about half done and enough colours waiting to finish it and start the next one

I got so fed up of doing diamonds for last years mat that I would not of done one this year had I stuck with them!   Squares are so much easier to do and it has the added bonus of being able to use it as a peyote starter strip, this I know because I have done just that today :) and in fact may well make that tomorrow's post if I remember to take pics that is

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Happy Dance time

Another weekend project has bitten the dust :)
Last night I finished Splendor known around here as Mel's Rose stitched for her 21st Birthday and it's only 2 years and a couple of weeks late :)

Splendor part of A Bed of Roses
Silver Lining

I'm already thinking about what my next weekend project will be

Monday, November 03, 2014

Bit more quilt

I've been tacking more diamonds a while at various appointments over the last couple of months and thought it was about time I started sewing them together

Sunday, November 02, 2014

National Blog Posting Month

You may of noticed yesterday that one of my goals for this month is to post every day for National Blog Posting Month.
This is my fourth year now but it's the first time I've officially signed up for it and I just looked and found out that I'm number 571 of  1125 :)

If you would like to know more about NaBloPoMo you need to follow this link to Blogher

Saturday, November 01, 2014

October progress & November goals

For October I said
Finish the model for Sparklies   Done
Finish my weekend project  No but I'm close to finishing
Decide what's next at the weekend  I've got a pretty good idea
Keep selling my unwanted stash   Yes more has gone to new homes
Make progress on my quilt   I've done a bit on it
It would be nice to finish something else  I did finish finish something else but not an old one

For November I'd like to
Finish my weekend project
Decide for certain what's next at weekends
Get Teejay's penguin stocking half done
Finish something else
Keep selling stash
Post every day for NaBloPoMo 2014

I stitched for 100 hours and 30 mins in October!  I had 2 new starts and 2 finishes one of which was a new start and I stitched every day

Current PHD total = 30