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!

Monday, April 23, 2018

The long forgotten March Stitching Update

Image from Princess Sassy Pants website
Ok... here we go again.... another update post.... you don't hear from me for months and then you get your blog news feed filled up with my stitching!!  I found this in my draft blog listing - apparently I forgot to come back and finish it off and post it!! 😟

So what was in the stitching basket for March?

I previously posted my March WIPocalypse post and the update is here.  On that post I showed you Christmas Quaker II, Boo Club, Happily Ever After, Little Sheep Virtues and Shimmering Mermaid.  They each got some love, as did some other WIPs.  There were some new starts and some finishes during March that weren't in the linked post.. so strap yourself in and let's go back to the future!

Finish #9/2018
Warm Hands, Warm Heart - The Little Stitcher
Started: 28th February 2018
Finished: 5th March 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Antique Ivory"
Threads: DMC & Whisper White
Source: Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2017


March Start and Finish #10/2018
Snow! - Carolyn Manning Designs
Started: 10th March 2018
Finished: 11th March 2018
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Arabian Nights" Stitches & Spice
Threads: DMC, Kreinik 9294
Source: Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2017


March Start and Finish #11/2018
Spring Fling - Val's Stuff
Started: 24th March 2018
Finished: 25th March 2018
Fabric: 28ct Cashel "Fairy Forest" Stitches & Spice
Threads: DMC as charted
Source: Free chart

Stitching Progress and New Starts for March

New Start
Christmas Carols - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 11th March 2018
Fabric: 28ct Brittney "Scottish Heather" Jodyri Designs
Threads: DMC as charted


New Start
Leprechaun Lodge - Blue Ribbon Designs
Started: 17th March 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Peacock Fantasy" Stitches & Spice
Threads: DMC & WDW


New Start
A Stitcher's Prayer - Little House Needleworks
Started: 18th March 2018
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney "Mulled Wine" Jodyri Designs
Threads: DMC

Reindog - Mill Hill Kit
Started: 12th February 2018


Here's my little bar graph for March.... Boo Club got most of the love during March, followed very closely by Happily Ever After.



I should be on time for an April update as long as I don't get side tracked again!!


Til next time... happy stitching!

IHSW April 2018


Look at this... I have finally remembered to post about my IHSW stitching! Wonders will never cease!

Friday 20th April 2018 - Friday Frolics
For my Friday Frolics I decided to pull out one of my many Little House Needleworks WIPs!  I didn't manage to get a lot done but progress is progress!  I originally started this design for the Jane Austen Reading and Stitching FB group SAL.  The first part of the SAL was related to "Sense and Sensibility"... hence the strange starting point! I now plan to add the author names before deciding which part to stitch next.

"The Bookshelf" - Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 28ct Opal Lugana "Gaia" - Under The Sea Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted


Saturday 21st April 2018
Saturday saw me looking for something that had metallics or beads for the Coffee Stitcher SAL over on the Stitch Maynia FB group.  On this occasion I managed to find a WIP that I could focus on for 2 stitching sessions of the challenge. (Sat - Metallics/Beads and Sun - Speciality Stitches)

"Debi's Roses" - Chatelaine/Martina Rosenberg
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Garden of Eden" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted; substitute PTB26 for Kreinik Gold
(Very old free design from Martina)


Saturday I managed to finish most of the DMC cross stitching, and then on Sunday, once I did the last of the cross stitch, I moved onto the gold back stitching, and the gold Algerian eyelets!  My plan for Sunday was to do the eyelets and start beading but after doing one side I had just about had enough..  I managed to get a bit more done and then called it quits!  This one will have to come out another day for finishing!

Sunday 22nd April 2018
So after my golden eyelets experience, I decided it was time for something different... so I started a new Christmas inspired design... the weather was cold and damp on Sunday, and after a night of heavy rain, thunder and lightning on Saturday night, my thoughts are being pushed in the direction of  winter...  (yuck!)

New Start
Holly-Word Art - Ursula Michael
Source: World of Cross Stitching (issue 223?)
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney "Woollen Mittens" Jodyri Designs (Nov 2016 Ltd Edition)
Threads: DMC as charted


This design is my choice for the Stitch Maynia April Tour de Designers SAL as the designer this month is Ursula Michael.  I haven't stitched one of these style of charts before so I am really pleased with how quickly it appears to be stitching up!

So that was my stitching weekend!  Hope you all had a great stitchy weekend too!



Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs x

Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday!


It's Friday! If you're stitching today/tonight don't forget to post on the Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics blog!  I always forget so this is a reminder to me to do a post over the weekend! 😉

And guess what... it's also the 3rd Friday of the month so that means it is time to hermit and stitch all weekend - don't forget to post all about your stitching fun on Monday, or you can post all weekend on Facebook - link to the FB group is here.


Sorry... I have no stitching pics to show today... just thought I'd do a fly by public service announcement post!!

See you later.... and happy hermitting!




Til next time, happy stitching
Hugs xx

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness April 2018

GG SAL hosted by Jo (Serendipitous Stitching)
Guess what!  I have 2 GG finishes to show you this month! What a surprise......
First up is a GG piece that I have been stitching on for a very long time.... my original post about this gift was way back in 2013, however I didn't start stitching on this particular project until January 2015.

Finish #14/2018
Gift from Kaye (Kitten Stitching)
"Moutons de Saisons - Ete" - Collection Tra La La
Started: 9 January 2015
Finished: 2 April 2018
Fabric: 28ct Cashel "Fairy Forest" Stitches & Spice
Threads: DMC as charted


As you can see from the picture above I didn't have a lot to finish the last time I put it down... so over Easter I made a concerted effort to get that border finished!  I still have the Winter and Autumn ones to do so my Moutons de Saisons will re-appear on the GG posting schedule again one day!

The next finish I have to show you is a more recent start...

Finish #13/2018
Gift from Tiff (Tiffstitches A Blog)
"Dream Big" - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 1 May 2017
Finished: 1 April 2018
Fabric: 28ct Brittney "Dawn of Spring" Jodyri Designs
Threads: mix of DMC, Weeks Dye Works & Jodyri Designs


This is another one that I focused on over the Easter break and got finished!  I love the carrot... I stitched that in a Jodyri Designs limited edition thread - it is the same thread that I used for the flowers in the border but looks a little bit different in a large block than in the little flowers.

Are you ready for another mid-month update on Boo Club?

Finish #7, 8 and 11/2018
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



I have now started the Spiders block and the border continues to slowly grow!

That's all for this post.... I will be back again one day soon for more stitchy updates!



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

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!

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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

February 2018 Stitching Update

Image from Princess Sassy Pants website
February update... lot of pics to show... the stitching shown below is everything not mentioned in either my February Smalls update or my very late February WIPocalypse update.

February Starts
Give Joy - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 6th February 2018
Fabric: 28ct Opal Brittney "Elf" Jodyri Designs
Thread: DMC
Source: Just Cross Stitch Ornie Magazine

Reindog - Mill Hill Kit
Started: 12th February 2018

Rosemary & Thyme - Gail Bussi
Started: 13th February 2018
Fabric: 28ct Opal Lugana "Sagebush" Under the Sea Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted
Source: Cross Stitch Collection magazine June 2012

Bliss Fairy - Nora Corbett
Started: 14th February 2018
Fabric: 32ct Opal Belfast "Pink Champagne" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted

Warm Hands, Warm Heart - The Little Stitcher
Started: 28th February 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Antique Ivory"
Threads: DMC & Whisper White
Source: Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2017

Other WIP Stitching
The Bookshelf - Little House Needleworks
Started: 8th January 2018
Fabric: 28ct Opal Lugana "Gaia" Under the Sea Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted

Beach Cottage - Country Cottage Needleworks
Started: 13th January 2018
Fabric: 28ct Opal Belfast "Dawn Light" Stitches & Spice
Threads: DMC, WDW, Classic Colourworks

Flip Flips - Mill Hill kit
Started: 8th January 2017

Rococo Ladies - Soda Stitch
Started: 13th January 2018
Fabric: 32ct Belfast "Fall to Pieces" Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: DMC as charted

And here's what all that stitching looks like in graph form!


Stitch From Stash Update
February Check In:
Carry Over Balance: -$89.00
Budget: $25.00
Expenses: $150.60 (ouch!)
Credit: $13.00 (2 finishes)
New Balance: -201.60

Think that is everything for February.... the Olympic SALs meant that I did a lot of bitty stitching during February so apologies for the long post!!


Til next time, happy stitching!
Hugs xx