I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Smalls SAL February update

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

Smalls.... well sorry... not a lot of Smalls to see for February!  I did manage to finish a couple of things which I would class as Smalls - one you have seen already in the previous post... but here's a recap:

Finish #5/2018
"I am Home" - Hands on Design
Started: 10 February 2018
Finished: 11 February 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Camofudge" Stitches & Spice
Thread: Jodyri Designs "Maypole Ribbons" (May 2016 Ltd Edition) & "Winter Frost" (March 2017 Ltd Edition) 
Source: 2018 Anniversary Freebie from Hands on Designs Blog

The other Small finish that I managed in February was one of my Little Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks

Finish #6/2018
"Little Sheep Virtues - Hope" - Little House Needleworks
Started: 1 January 2018
Finished: 25 February 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast - Sept 2017 Mystery Fabric - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Thread: DMC as charted

I did also finish the first two blocks of my Boo Club but I will show you those in my WIPocalypse Post tomorrow. 😉

So that is it for another stitching Smalls month!

Til next time... happy stitching!

Gifted Gorgeousness February 2018

GG SAL hosted by Jo (Serendipitous Stitching)
Are you ready for another mid-month update on Boo Club?

Giveaway prize from Nifty Needle Nannies 2016
"Boo Club" - Lizzie Kate
Started: 1 January 2018
Fabric: 28ct Lugana "Wicked Garden" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC black & white, all other WDW as per chart

Ok... yes I know my GG post is late... so late that it is almost time for the March update... but never mind... just for the record here it is!  So this is where "Boo Club" was up to as of 15th February 2018.  I have managed to complete more of the border and finished the next block but I will show you that in my February update post shortly.

I also wanted to share with you another piece of stitching that qualifies for a GG post...

Finish #5/2018
"I am Home" - Hands on Design
Started: 10 February 2018
Finished: 11 February 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Camofudge" Stitches & Spice
Thread: Jodyri Designs "Maypole Ribbons" (May 2016 Ltd Edition) & "Winter Frost" (March 2017 Ltd Edition) 
Source: 2018 Anniversary Freebie from Hands on Designs Blog

This was the stitching that I shared as part of the Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop on 14th February 2018.  The design is the latest freebie from Hands On Design - link to chart is here.

Because I love this picture so much I am going to keep it at the bottom of every GG post.... Miss Mouse is the most loving puppy you could ever have... her love is a gift to us so I think it is quite fitting that she is in my 2018 GG posts! 

Til next time, have a great stitchy week... and happy stitching

Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  The GG SAL is about stitching charts/kits or using fabrics & threads that we have received as gifts, won in giveaways or anything that is intended be a gift or giveaway prize... or anything else that you can loosely use the word "gift" for!!  If you wish to sign up for this SAL, click on link here, or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop

Image from Princess Sassy Pants website
It's Valentine's Day which can only mean one thing... Time for Jo's (Serendipitous Stitching) very special Valentine's Blog Hop...

The idea behind the blog hop is that we all send a photo of our Valentine's or love inspired stitching to Jo; she then sends the photos out to everyone who has joined in the blog hop... but only Jo knows who got what stitching pic!  It is now up to us to go hopping around blog land and see who has our pic.  Once we find the picture we can then reveal ourselves as the Secret Stitching Sweetheart!  (I also love trying to guess who might have stitched what as I wander around drooling over the beautiful stitching pics!)

Below is the delightful Stitching Sweetheart pic that Jo sent me.  I love that fabric colour and the beaded word LOVE... Gorgeous finish!

💖 Is this yours?  💖
💟  Leave a comment below if it is  💟

If you have come to my blog first today... thank you for visiting... If you would like to continue on with the blog hop (or even just start at the beginning) pop over to Jo's blog and see who else has joined the party link to Jo's blog is here.

Somewhere out there is my Secret Stitching Sweetheart pic... let me know if you spot it before I do!!

Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not.... enjoy your day... and feel the love! 💝

Happy Stitching... And Happy Valentine's Day

Saturday, February 10, 2018

January 2018 Stitching Update

Image from Princess Sassy Pants website
So as you have probably guessed already today is blog catch up day.... this is the third post from me today!  Wonders will never cease... but I have to admit that I am starting to have stitching withdrawal pains so hopefully this post will come together very quickly!!  😅

So the purpose of this post is going to be a very quick run down of what I stitched on during the month of January.  Some of this you will have already seen but hopefully you don't mind seeing it again...

January Starts - 11
Start #1/2018
Start #2/2018
Start #3/2018
Start #4/2018
"Snowy Days" was Start #5 for 2018... and Finish #4 so the picture is below in the "Finishes" section

Start #6/2018
Start #7/2018
Start #8/2018
Start #9/2018
"Holly Jolly Xmas" was Start #10 for 2018... and Finish #2

"L-O-V-E" was Start #11 for 2018... and Finish #3

January Finishes - 4
Finish #1/2018
SfS Credit - $2.00
Finish #2/2018
SfS Credit - $5.00

Finish #3/2018
SfS Credit - $5.00
Finish #4/2018
SfS Credit - $5.00
Other WIP Stitching

Now just for something a little bit different this year, I thought I would chart my actual stitching sessions so that I can see where my stitching time has gone....

The first graph is the stitching for January and the second one is all of the stitching for 2018.  Of course they look the same at the end of January (albeit they are in different styles!)

(Oooh... look you have got a little preview of a Feb start... I forgot to remove that label from the chart before saving the picture!!)

Stitch From Stash Update
January Check In:
Budget: $25.00
Expenses: $131.00
Credit: $17.00 (4 finishes)
New Balance: -$89.00

In my defence... Tammy (CCF) was having 20% sale so I had to buy some fabric that I have been waiting for a sale to order... and I scored two Mira charts for less than half price of a new chart (and one is a huge score!!)
$15 Australian for each of these charts....
that's half the retail price of a Mira in Australia!!
Ok.... so that is a bit of a marathon post above... sorry!! Hope you didn't get too bored by the end (assuming you got to this point...)

I have some great stitching coming up in February, and as it will be Stitch Olympics I should hopefully get some great progress happening on some of my WIPs - so stay tuned!!

Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Smalls SAL January update

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

Oh dear... another late catch up post!  January was a good Smalls stitching month... prepare to be blown away by my finishes for January!

Finish #1/2018
Rubber Ducky - Mill Hill kit
Started: 15 September 2016
Finished: 15 January 2018

Finish #2/2018
Holly Jolly Xmas - Emma Congdon / Stitchrovia
Started: 23 January 2018
Finished: 26 January 2018
Fabric: 28ct evenweave (tea/coffee dyed on a light green base)
Thread: "Aussie Plum" Jodyri Designs & Petite Treasure Braid PB10
Source: Cross Stitch Crazy

Finish #3/2018
L-O-V-E - Hands on Design
Started: 26 January 2018
Finished: 27 January 2018
Fabric: 32ct Jobelan "Hot Pink" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Thread: "Oink" & "Parisian Chic" Jodyri Designs
Source: Freebie from Hands on Design website

Finish #4/2018
Snowy Days - Little House Needleworks
Started: 6 January 2018
Finished: 29 January 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Antique Ivory"
Thread: DMC, Classic Colourworks "English Ivy"
Source: Just Cross Stitch magazine Christmas Ornament Issue 2014

So how's that for a great stitching Smalls month!  I am so pleased to have so many finishes in one month.... but don't worry I am sure that the momentum will probably not continue much past February!!

Til next time... happy stitching!