Sunday, April 23, 2017

I'm a winner :)

I went to a bead fair today at Haydock race course organised by Beads up North with Mum.  We didn't actually decide to go until mid morning so didn't arrive until about 1.30.
Once you've paid your entrance fee there is always a table with a free prize draw to win some goodies donated by the exhibitors so as I have done every bead fair I've gone to for the last 8 or so years I entered and thought nothing more of it.
Because we arrived late in the day (much easier to get around if you do BTW) and Mum was on her scooter it took us longer to get round than normal (stopping for a coffee and to chat to friends and stallholders as well added in) we were one of the last to leave when it closed.   We both stopped for a call of nature before the trip home and while I waited for Mum one of the girls asked me if I was Lindsay so I said yes, Lindsay L*****, yes would you like to see my driving license :)   OOOOO you've won one of the hampers.  Cue me going your kidding me, I don't win these things!
The only reason she thought I was me is because a couple of years ago they had a charity competition to string beads and I won it.

If you follow the link above there is a pic of my ugly mug :) along with Gordon Halfpenny and my little hamper of goodies but here are the detailed ones :) (with links to the generous exhibitors, please do go and check out their wares)

The Hamper

A CD from The Jacobeadery

Multipliers from CJBeaders

A lovely assortment from Silver Moon Beads

My pic really doesn't do justice the colour of the heart from Bargain Accessories 123

Swarovski Hearts from Tilly's Bead Box

More hearts from Gemstone Boutique

Pearl necklace and snake charm from Mr Bead

Watch face (I already have an idea for this) from Silvar Design

And lastly something to refresh after a hard days bead shopping.
I'm guessing this is from Halfpenneys because there's no clue on it and there was one in the other basket as well

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Seahorse box finish

I've had the pattern for this for time now and finally got round to starting it on Mothers day.
I was happy with the called for background colour to me it was a bit wishy washy so after some fiddling about and posting on facebook for opinions I settled on this darker green and I have to say I'm really, really happy with the result.

You can find the pattern on Julia Pretl's site and in fact if you click the link right there in front of you should be a pic of the box with the original colour

As you can see it's a triangular one this time

The finial from a different angle just because I can :)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Angel progress

I forgot to add my progress last weekend once again :( and I only worked on her on Saturday because on Sunday I was on the train to Northampton so that Lucy wasn't on her own for her first motorway drive on Monday.

And here she is after this last weekend.
I was getting a little fed up of blue so did a little bit of purple for a change

Monday, April 17, 2017

A new start

After finishing the Lizzie Kate boxers I made a start on the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL.
This has been popping up on my facebook feed for a while now and over the last few weeks it's been nagging away at me so I had a root around my stash to see if I had a piece of fabric big enough and found one in the end :)

I'm stitching it on 40 count sand Newcastle linen using good old DMC in B5200 and whatever other colour speaks to me when I feel like adding some colour

This is a mere 5ish hours of stitching over 2 days last week and I can already say that I'm loving it

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lizzie Kate finish

Middle of last week I finished off Ice Cream from Lizzie Kate's Sweet Tooth Boxers Jr 

Which means I finished the set off :)

I used good old DMC for it and changed a few of the colours as I went because I wasn't happy with the suggested ones for the GAST used in the original.
It's now safely tucked away in the drawer until I have the energy & ££ to sort out framing it for my kitchen

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

A finish and some progress

I've been working on Lizzie Kate's Sweet Treats boxers the last couple of weeks and have now completed the 3rd one in the set ~ Candy

Ice Cream is well underway as you can see so with any luck I'll get it finished this next week

Friday, April 07, 2017

Late TUSAL again!

Once again I'm late in posting my pics of rubbish :(  I really should write the dates in my stitching diary!

Orts have been added from Flower Urn, RR, Angel of the Morning, a model, Candy and Ice crean

And my beading orts, the pile of blue is from a project that was taken apart and the white is from the box I've been working on the last couple of weeks and the eggs 

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Weekend progress

As I said in my monthly goals My Ark has been put away for while and I pulled out another project to work on at weekends.

This is Angel of the Morning from Lavender and Lace.
I have no idea when I started but it was before 2004 when I started to keep a record.  I do remember being so in love with her that I drove over the pennies to Wye Needlecraft in Bakewell (now sadly closed) on the day she arrived in the shop so I could get the chart and supplies for her.
She was started and then as happened so often back then a model arrived and once it was done something else was calling my name.
She went out on a UFO RR at one point and this is how she returned home to me and in turn how she looked on Saturday afternoon.

And here's how far I got with her

Monday, April 03, 2017

Small finish

One of the 5 projects I finished last month.
DMC mini kit called Flower Urn it's only about 3 1/2 inches square so not something you would expect to take days to do but it did for me, this was the project that got one x some days

But it counts towards my goal of stitching some of kits up this year (yes I'm trying to think positive here)

Saturday, April 01, 2017

March progress & April goals

For March I said
Finish the model   Yes and another one arrived and was done and returned
Pick a new weekend project    Yes but for reason's I'm not going to go into it's been put aside and another picked
Stitch on the last RR   Yes and it's been sent home early as well
Start something new  Yes and I finished it
Work on hexie flowers   I think I managed to get a couple done early in the month but that was all
Sell some stash   Yes more things found new homes

For April I'd like to
Start my summer SAL project (and maybe the spring one as well)
Make good progress on my weekend project
Start & finish the last of the LK sweet tooth boxers
Stitch the NH April challenge
Hexie flowers as ever :)
Sell some stash (well there's a surprise goal)

I stitched for 78 hours 56 minutes in March not bad for a month that involved a major upheavel in my life that's going to take time to get over and meant that some days I literally put one x in something so I could say I stitched that day!! But I still managed to have 4 new starts and 5 finishes mostly in the first half  of March.  I'm slowly returning to my normal self and have made friends with my needle once more :)

Current PHD total = 26

Friday, March 31, 2017

Model revealed at last

Last year around October time I spotted a post on Facebook about model stitching for magazines and because it's something I've done many times before I decided to apply.
Many emails were exchanged and I eventually got a couple of projects sent out to me one of those has now appeared in print :)

My not very good pic of him

And here he is in the magazine, issue 272 of Cross Stitch Collection (the final issue)

You may of noticed that mine doesn't have the beads on it that's because they weren't sent to me 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

And another egg is done

This one is It's a Nest Egg a worksheet from Oak Tree Crafts.

When I mentioned to Mum that it was eggs this month she said you can do one of mine so I did :)
Mum picked the colours from her stash but it was up to me to decide in what order I used them.
I think it turned ok and Mum loves it

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Second Gyro egg is finished

This one is a little larger than my first one but still uses the tutorial from Eva Maria Keiser
I wanted to make this one with solid sections in and it took a little brain power to figure it out so they fitted together, I also knew I wanted plenty of colour in it and had originally decided on just 4 but when I sat down to start that didn't happen and I ended up with 8 colours.

I think I managed to get all the colours in, the scissors are for scale

Lastly one of both eggs together 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March Gifted Gorgeousness

Gifted Gorgeousness is the brain child idea of Jo.  The general idea is to use those items in our stash that have been gifted to us over the years or that is being given as a gift

First for me this month is the Needlecraft Haven Monthly challenge from Feburary.
Christine picked out this freebie for us we could pick which one we wanted to do or stitch both if the mood struck.  Fella saw me print them out and commented how much he liked this one so I stitched it and made it into a little hanging pillow for him.

Next came opening day for the meet exchange over on Needlecraft Haven.

This is the one I sent out to Justine

And the one I received from Tina

Believe it or not that bar of Chocolate is still sat in the fridge it's not that I don't like it but being diabetic I rarely eat it but bowling season kicks off soon so I can enjoy a little before I go and play 

Such a pretty lining fabric

And lastly some progress on My Ark for Fella's grandson

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gyro egg finish

I'm a member of a beading group on facebook and each month they run a challenge, it's entirely personal choice to take part and this month I have :)
This month it's eggs ready for Easter, we have patterns written for us by fellow members, lots of links to free patterns online as well as several you tube videos.

I settled on a Gyro Egg in the end a free pattern from Eva Maria Keiser and looking round her website I can see several other future projects.

This is the sort project I really enjoy and a second one is planned :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Fanfare pendant

I spotted this made up on Southampton Bead Shop's stand at a craft show I went to last month and fell in love with it.
Turns out it's a free pattern when you buy the beads needed so fella and I spent 15 mins or so working out the combo added some seed beads from my stash and here's the result

It's actually been finished and sitting on my bead mat for about 5 weeks now :(  it accidentally got covered over with other things and rediscovered when I had a tidy up

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Late TUSAL :(

TIme got away from me and I completely missed posting my TUSAL on Feb 26 it wasn't until posts starting popping up in my reader (I'm behind there as well!) I realised, oh well better late than never.

My main orts jar I've added orts from a model, Daffs, Needlecase exchange (something I've yet to blog about!!) NH monthly challenge (another one I've not blogged about!!!!!) and My Ark

And my beading orts lots of black from a finish I can't share until the end of August and lots of white from the gyro egg that'll be up in a day or two (it's already written and scheduled) oh and a pendant (that's also written)

Friday, March 10, 2017

New weekend project

I was undecided which project would replace the Daffs at weekends but fella dropped massive hints about finishing the birth sampler for his new Grandson so I went that.

Here it is as it started out

And after the first weekend on it

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Congratulations Mel

Mel has been promoted at Cadets and is now a Staff Sargent :) :) :) 

Not only that but she now is also a detachment commander :) :) :)

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

February progress & March goals

For February I said
Finish the Daffs    Done :)
Get the model at least half done   Not quite but not far off :(
Get my meet up exchange stitched, made up and sent   Done :)
Work on hexie flowers   Yep a few more added to the pile
Sell some stash  A couple of things were rehomed

For March I'd like to
Finish the model
Pick a new weekend project
Stitch the on the last RR
Start something new
Work on hexie flowers
Sell some stash

I stitched for 96 hours 14 minutes in February, not bad going for a month that's 3 days shorter.  I had 3 new starts and 4 finishes 3 of which were the new starts and I had time with a needle everyday

Current PHD total = 27

Jo asked of the Daffs was my oldest PHD and sadly no it's not I have a few that don't have a start year noted which means they were started before 1 Jan 2004 and one of them is as old as Mel is

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Finished Apple

I actually finished this off a couple of weeks ago but have only just got round to posting about it :(  

Autumn's Hidden Treasure from Oak Tree Crafts only mine has a slightly different name because it was originally a class project unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the class at the time although it was booked and paid for well in advance it was around the time my Father In Law passed away and his send off was on class day.
It took me over 2 years to get round to working on it!

In case your wondering why it's a hidden treasure.... it's a box I took the lid off to get a decent pic of it but it never crossed my mind to take one of the inside of the box, silly me