Saturday, July 22, 2017

2017 Goals ~ Mid year (ish) review

I thought I'd do a mid year review of my goals for this year to see how I'm dong with them.

For 2017 I've said
Keep up with the TUSAL assuming it continues   So far so good, I'm mostly late posting it but it's up
Keep up with Gifted Gorgeousness  Again so far so good
Finish Santa's Village (fed up with saying this one so def going to do it this year)   I've done one of the 6 I had left at the start of the year so I better do something about it!
Finish more than I start    I have no idea a this point what the balance is!
Get my PHD's to 20 or lower (I've been working on getting this number down for 10 years now and I'm doing well as I started with 47!!)  Current total is 30 (at least it was at the start of the month)
Finish a TW  I've finished one but it was one I started last week so I'm not sure if I'll count it or not because I meant one that's a PHD
Finish a Silver Lining flower    Yeah one I've completed :)  My Daffodils were a Silver Lining pattern
Get at least 6 kits stitched from stash   No I've got a couple started tho

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dragon Robe progress

The beading I'm in on facebook has different challenges each month and for July (and August) it's to finish a PHD or however many you want to finish and earrings.
I've not made any earrings yet or finished a PHD but I have made good progress on one :)
I pulled my Dragon Robe out and got to work on it and it only went away again when I had to make some samples for WI craft group, I'm hoping I'll get back to it at some point soon.

Last time I posted about it was back in April 2016 and it looked like this in case you don't follow the link

And here it is now.  I've started the increase for the sleeves now and will soon reach the point where I will have to work straight up for a few rows and then add the rest of the sleeve width before I can go back to working straight rows

Monday, July 17, 2017

Angel Progress

I never got round to posting an update last week so you get a double one again today:)

Here's how I got on July 8/9
Most of her wing done and a chunk of over one this is also a really pic of the true fabric colour

This last weekend (July 15/16) 
I didn't have as much time with her this weekend but when I did work on her in the day I decided to concentrate on the over one neck and face and leave the 'normal' stitching to the evening when I use my daylight lamp, as good as it is you can't beat proper daylight :)

I'll carry on and do the same thing this coming weekend and there is a slim chance she'll be finished over the weekend but I may just carry on with her next week if I'm really close

Saturday, July 08, 2017


It was my Mum's birthday a couple of weeks ago and on a recent trip to Spellbound I bought a couple of bauble kits.  Both kits made 2 baubles and knowing Mum's birthday was only days away I made one from each kit for her.

This one is Medina

And this is the Art Deco

Now I just have to make the other two for me

Friday, July 07, 2017

Miss New Years Fairy finished

I put the last bead on this afternoon while watching Doctor Who 
The chart and threads along with the beads were gifted to me last year :)  She whispered in my ear for a few months until I finally got round to starting her on June 1st.  I had hoped to have her finished quite quickly but it wasn't to be with having to go back to Kent last week.
She's not the type of project I would normally go for but I have to say I've really enjoyed stitching her.

I used Dr Smiths Tonic from Sparklies which as may of worked out by now is one of my favourties :)  I also had to sub a different Crescent Colour for her dress and went with Lunar Eclipse after much trail and error.

A couple of rare (for me) arty shots to show her bling off better with the added bonus of a much better idea of the true fabric colour

I was surprised to discover that Mill Hill Magnifcas are in fact Delicas which I have a *cough cough* few of, I know that probably isn't news to a lot of you but I rarely stitch designs that call for beads so had no idea!    If anyone knows of a Mill Hill number to Delica Number conversion please point me in the right direction for future ref, thanks

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Angel progress

I finished the collar of her dress apart from the beads, did a tiny bit of the over one for face and neck and made a start on the other wing.

The plan for this weekend is to finish the wing and do a little more of the over one

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Late once more :(

I really don't know what's up with me this year I just can't seem to post this even remotely on time although for this one I had just come back from Kent, had visitors for a few days and then had to return to Kent so I was somewhat distracted.

Not many projects added to my orts this time and most of the ones added came from Angel of the Morning!  there are some from Miss New Year's Fairy and Needlework ABC's tho

Even less has been added to my beading orts this time, with being away for most of the last 2 weeks I've hardly touched any but I do have a few small finishes to show

Saturday, July 01, 2017

June progress & July Goals

For June I said
Finishing the Angel would be nice   I knew it was a long shot so I'm not disappointed I haven't
Start the Spring SAL  No :(
Stitch (and finish) the monthly NH challenge  No :(
Finish something else would be nice (no idea what)  No :(
Get at least a couple of hexie flowers done   Yes :)
Sell some stash   I can't remember if I have or not!!

For July I'd like to
Finish the Angel
Pick a new weekend project
Finish New Year Fairy
Start Autumn Seasonal SAL
Maybe start Spring Seasonal SAL
Get June's monthly NH challenge stitched and finished
Get July's NH monthly challenge stitched and finished if I like it (it's not been posted yet)
Get a couple of hexie flowers done
Sell some stash

I had my annual stitching weekend in June which greatly helped with my stitching time but I also ended spending a lot more time in Kent then was planned for which had the complete opposite effect :(  I was only due to go for 4 days but due to things I had no control over and 1 1/2 days being wasted by someone else I had to make a return trip :(   It has meant that July's stitching has got off to a good start tho because I'm in so much pain with my leg today that I can't do anything else!

So I stitched for 68 hours 20 mins in June, had 2 new starts and 0 finishes and 1 day with no stitching :(

Current PHD total = 30

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Angel progress

I tried to work out how to post from my ipad last week and didn't get very far :( so a double progress post once again.

First the one from June 17/18 which was my annual stitching weekend at Dove Farm so lots of progress was made and she can now fly round in circles :)

And this last weekend.
I've had visitors staying with me so although I stitched I didn't get as much done as normal but all progress is good 

If all goes to plan she will finished by the end of July

Monday, June 26, 2017

June Gifted Gorgeousness

Gifted Gorgeousness is a fantastic idea dreamed up by Jo to encourage stitchers to use those things lurking in our stash's that have been gifted to us.

I only have one project this month that falls under that heading and it's Miss New Year's Fairy.
Last year on my stitching holiday in I was gifted the chart, leftover thread and beads for her and she has been whispering in my ear for a few months now so on the first of the month I started her.

I had hoped to have her finished in time for my GG post but it's not to be :(  I had my annual stitching weekend last week and then had to go to Kent for a few days and most unfortunately I have to head back there tomorrow.
I will have stitching with me but it won't be her she's going to take a little more concentration than I know I'll be capable of in the evenings.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Angel progress

I didn't make huge amounts of progress last weekend but that's ok all progress is good :)

And an overall view of her now, please excuse the wrinkles

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fairy progress

I'm really happy with the amount of progress on her last week.
All the gaps are either beads or Krenick which I didn't have and had to order, it's here now and I've made a start with this evening.

I'd love to get her finished this week but I doubt I will, my days are busy, I'm bowling 3 nights and I go away on my annual stitching weekend on Friday plus I'm due to start a SAL with some friends 

Friday, June 09, 2017

EPP project

My scrappy cushion cover came out to play for a little while this afternoon and I added 4 more to it.
The biggest problem I have is that I don't have as many different fabric as I thought I did so it's much harder to avoid similar colours together.

Sadly as yet no hexie flowers have been made this month but I still have plenty of time to get some done

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Angel progress

Me and my useless memory means that I once again forgot to post a progress pic of my Angel a couple of weekends back :(   I wish i could say I was off doing fabulous and interesting things but I wasn't my weekends have never been either of things really and now that I'm single it's even more true!

Anyway here she is after May 27 & 28

And after last weekend June 3 & 4 

I have to admit that I did actually do something on the Sunday afternoon tho :)  I went to a bead fair, had a wander round bought a few beads and a kit and most importantly I saw a few friends there inc one I've not seen for a few years

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Another late TUSAL

Yes folks once again I'm late posting pictures of my rubbish :(
You should by now know all about the Totally Useless Stitch A Long but just in case you have no idea what I'm waffling on about click on the link to find out more

So since last time I've added orts from my Seasonal SAL, Angel of the Morning, Sunflowers, Miss New Year's Fairy, Christmas Tree Farm and Needlework ABC's

And my beading orts which have had more white added to them from my Cheshire Show entry and some grey from a commission project.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Last week stitching

I wanted to start a new project June 1st so spent a little more time with my Sunflower the first few days of the week

And then I made my start :)
Miss New Year's fairy from the holiday fairy collection by Mirabilia.  The chart and leftover thread were gifted to me last year and for the last couple of months have been wispering rather loudly so I made my mind up to start her.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Last Cheshire show progress post

All the triangles/ diamonds stitched together to form a mat 

which is folded and stitched together to make this

the next step is to stitch the 2 ends together and finish it off.
Please excuse my messy bead mat/area I really should try and clean it up before using it to take pics!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

May progress & June Goals

For May I said
Decide what I'm going to work on while I'm away on a stitching holiday.   I took my Summer SAL 
Make good progress on my Angel.  I'm very happy with the amount I got done even with not working on her for 2 weekends
Start my Birthday project    Done
Start the Summer SAL project   See above but I also finished it
Sell some stash    A couple of things found new homes

For June I'd like to
Finishing the Angel would be nice
Start the spring SAL project
Stitch (and finish!) the NH monthly challenge
Finish something else would be nice (no idea what!)
Get at least a couple of hexie flowers done
Sell some stash

I stitched for 86 hours 59 minutes in May which was greatly helped by going on a stitching holiday for a week.   I had 2 new starts and 2 finishes and I spent time with a needle every day

Current PHD total = 28

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More Cheshire Show entry

About half way there with the joining up 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Last week's stitching efforts

The Christmas Tree Farm in Santa's Village went from this

to this and makes finish number 15 for the year

And my sunflower went from this

to this

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bit more Cheshire Show entry

Once I'd made 2 of the triangles I joined them together and added the extra rows needed in final construction

Join me next time for the start of joining them all together 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Angel progress

After not working on her the first 2 weekends of May I picked her up last Saturday morning and by Sunday evening she looked like this

Reminder of her before, it's been so long :)

It's going to be mostly purple progress again this weekend as I have large chunk of it still to do.
The end is slowly coming into sight and I'm starting to think she may be done around the end of June

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cheshire Show entry

I've been working on my entry for the Cheshire show for the last month or so and a few days ago I realized I hadn't shared anything about it :( so it's time to put that right.

It took a while to first of all pick the colours for it and I had help and useful suggestions from Vicki at Spellbound Beads on a trip there.  Then I spent an afternoon playing about with patterns on paper and they still got changed when I beaded them!

But this is the bit you really want to see, the pics :)
All 24 triangles will be the same 4 patterns although the solid one will be different each time so that the pattern does what I want it to do when it's finished

I'm actually about 3/4 finished now but will break up progress over a few posts so I don't bore you to much or overload on pics :)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Gifted Gorgeousness

Gifted Gorgeousness was the brilliant idea of Jo to encourage stitchers to use those items in our that have been gifted to us from the smallest charm to the biggest kit or projects that will once finished be gifted to someone. 

First for me this month is my progress on the Linen & Threads Mystery SAL the chart is a freebie and so it's a gift :)
I'm using 40 count sand linen, B2500 and whatever colour I feel like at the time for mine

Next is April Monthly Challenge over on Needlecraft Haven.
Once again it's a freebie this time from Alita.   I used some of my lovely Calypso NN thread and a scrap of silver lurex Linda (very sad they stopped making this) for mine.
The stitching was done mid April but I only got round to making it up this week!  I used one of those mini easels that comes with a tiny canvas for it and I think it turned out quite well.

And lastly this years Birthday start.
My Daughter gifted me the chart/ thread pack for Needlework ABC's from Little House Needleworks for my Birthday.
I'm using the Crescent Colours that come in the pack and Dr Smith's Tonic from Sparklies