Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 2

Well, the Little Sheep Virtues SAL is supposed to be a weekly check-in, but I completely forgot to take a picture last week! So instead of 200 stitches, this is Kindness at 300 stitches:

I finished the bark of the tree, stitched the word "Kindness," and started the border along the bottom. A lot of brown at the moment!

I've decided I want to try to make a quilt for my son by his second birthday. I knitted him a baby blanket before he was born:

I knitted this with three balls of Nako Jelibon, if anyone would like to know, and it's 30x30 inches. And it's been warm and snuggly and fits him just fine, but he's growing so much that he's definitely going to need something bigger by the end of the year! So after spending the last few days looking online at all the little boy quilt fabric options, I finally ordered some. I can't wait for it to get here! Will keep you guys posted.

Whoops! Almost forgot - if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. There's a chance for two people to win!

Lots of love,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The February Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Well, since I hit a roadblock last month with Fresh Apple by running out of floss, I had to pick up a new Gifted Gorgeousness project. I had a root around my stash and came up with another chart that Emma (Emma's Bloglet) had gifted me during one of our exchanges. This girl is so generous and gifts me with so many sweet charts! Half of the projects I've worked on for Gifted Gorgeousness have been from her!

This is the January installment of Hands On Design's A Year in Chalk. I have no plans to stitch the whole year - this one was part of our Christmas in July exchange and is super cute all on its own.

I'm stitching this on a mystery piece of 28-count dark blue evenweave. I had black, but I decided to change it up a bit. I'm using DMC Blanc for the white bits and a gorgeous variegated floss I had called Hydrangea from a South African company, The Cherry Tree. I don't know if you can see the colors properly - it's been pretty gloomy here and hard to take a decent picture - but it's a lovely mix of blues, greens, and purples.

Oh, and if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. I'm doing the draw next week. There's a chance for two people to win!

Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 1, and a Long-Overdue Frame Job

Hey everyone! Not much stitching going on here, I'm afraid. I couldn't really tell you why I'm so busy, because I'm not sure myself, but there always seems to be 133497 things I need to get done every day.

So all I've managed to do is 100 stitches on a new start, the latest sheep in the Little Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija. I finished the Courage sheep quite a while ago, so it's about time I started the next one. Here is Kindness:

I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like all the other sheep. It's a good start, I think - I'm halfway done with the tree already!

I also have a very old, newly framed piece to show you:

This is my birth sampler! I rescued it from a trunk in my mother's bedroom a couple of years ago. My mother does not have a crafty bone in her body, so you could imagine my shock when I saw it. It's not cross-stitching, it's crewel work, and it must have been a kit with the design printed on the fabric, because I can still see faint lines under the thread.

The very existence of this is bizarre, and so is my name. She named me! You would think she'd have remembered the "h" at the end.

Anyways, I took it to the framer a couple of weeks ago and picked out this lovely antique-looking wooden frame. I wanted it to look old, because it is old! I'm so happy with it. It's a wonderful little heirloom, and I'm glad I have it safe behind glass now!

Whoops! Almost forgot - if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. There's a chance for two people to win!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5th Blogoversary Giveaway!

Hello hello! Welcome to my 5th (FIFTH! What?! When did that happen?) Blogoversary Giveaway!

Now, since this is a momentous occasion, I've decided to have not one but TWO giveaways! Doubling the chances of you getting some really nice goodies. And what are these goodies, I hear you wondering?

Behind door #1...

1. A lovely cross-stitched cushion. This is a freebie from La-D-Da, one of my favorite designers, called "1-2-Buckle My Shoe" (you can find this and other freebies here, if you're interested). Stitched on a piece of mystery fabric using a variegated DMC (#4240), edged with lace, and backed with navy blue fabric.

2. A baggie of antique wooden spools.

3. Some CC and DMC floss.

4. A piece of 32 count Stoney Point linen.

5. A Janlynn small kit called "Balloon Ride Birth Announcement" (I was given so many birth announcement kits when my baby was born, and I only ever used one!)

6. Stitch with Sudberry leaflet #3.

7. A beautiful pink pendant from Yemen. Not sure what the stone is, but I know it's real silver!

And behind door #2...

1. A pretty little punch needle cushion. This is a design by Notforgotten Farm. Punched onto a piece of brown weaver's cloth using DMC colors, edged with twine, and backed with one of my favorite gray fabrics.

2. A baggie of antique wooden spools.

3. Some GAST and DMC floss.

4. A piece of 32 count Twilight Blue linen.

5. A Butternut Road birth sampler (Yep, another one!)

6. Stitch with Sudberry leaflet #62.

7. A lovely yellow pendant from Yemen. Again, not sure what the stone is, but it's real silver.

All right, that's what's up for grabs! If you're interested in winning either package, please leave a comment below. If you'd rather have one or the other, you can specify. I'll leave this open for a month, until the 28th of February, how does that sound? Plenty of time to join in!

Some rules:
1.      Be a follower of this blog,
2.      Have an active blog yourself, and
3.      Leave a comment on this post.
Good luck!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Back to Blackberry House, and a Small Win

Hey folks! I hope you're all staying nice and warm and cozy. This has been the lamest winter in Dubai history. It hasn't even rained! We did have a small sandstorm yesterday - so much fun. I don't know about you, but I love getting my face blasted with sand when I go outside (not!)

This week I've been working on Plum Street Sampler's Blackberry House, which had been neglected since before we went away for the holiday (for my last progress post, click here). This is where I am now:

I've stitched more of the stems and leaves in the upper left, plus a couple more berries. I've also filled in the dark seeds of some berries on the right side. Here are some close-ups:

I also completely forgot to share this last week, but I won a small giveaway over at Mii Stitch's blog:

Thank you, Ingrid! It's so cute, I can't wait to stitch it. Such a lovely little gift waiting at the post office.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The January Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

A very belated Happy New Year! I know I disappeared for a month - we were actually in Japan spending the holidays with my parents-in-law. It was so lovely. Just to have some help with the baby, to be able to leave him with his grandparents for an hour or two so I could take a walk or go shopping...priceless!

We got back a week ago. I've been trying to catch up with everything, including reading everyone's blogs, and I'm nearly there. The laundry has been done, the house has been cleaned, the fridge has been restocked. Back to normal!

Speaking of normal routines, it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL! Jo from Serendipitous Stitching has started it up again for 2017, so make sure you swing by her blog to sign up! We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A couple of months ago I started SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple to add to my fruit bowl. You can see my last progress post here. I'm a little late, but I managed to get some more stitching done this week:

Quite a bit more stitched up. The apple is nearly finished. The problem is, I've run out of the Oatmeal floss, and I'm definitely not paying postage to order one floss, so sadly this project is going to have to wait on the backburner until I have a big enough order to warrant the postage price.

On the bright side, this means I'm going to have a poke around in my stash to see what I can stitch up for next month! I've got quite a few gifted goodies, so it really depends on which ones I can kit up easily...

I'm also going to be announcing my annual giveaway soon, so stay tuned for that!

Happy xxx's,

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The December Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, and a Bit of Berries

Yep, it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL again! This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

Last month I started SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple to add to my fruit bowl, and I've managed to make a little more progress on it:

Not much, but I really only had an hour or so in the evenings to work on it this week. It's been busy around here - we're having my baby's birthday party on Saturday! Technically his birthday's next week, but we had to schedule it on a day when our friends and family could come. It's just been a whirlwind of buying decorations and ordering the cake and sending out the invite...when did it get this complicated to have a party?!

Last weekend I had time to stitch on Blackberry House a little:

You can see my last progress here. Just a couple of berries and a leaf added to it. I'm making my way from the right side to the top now.

Well, that's all I've got today! Thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs,