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SAL – Ice cream sundae #01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I have a new start.

This is a design by Country Cottage Needleworks. I’ve done a couple of the other ‘menu’ designs by CCN and they’re great fun to stitch, and fairly quick too. So far I’ve done Coffee menu and Pie menu. I may add Cake menu to my stash at some point as I think they’ll look lovely on the wall all together.

I’m using a lovely fabric. It’s 28ct cashel linen in light mocha. It feels really nice and is easy to stitch on.

As I mentioned last time, I’ve marked the squares out for ease of counting, and I’m finding it really useful again. I’m hoping to finish this in two updates and I’ve made a good start on it. I’m exactly halfway down it so I’m bang on schedule.It’s making me hungry for ice cream while I’m stitching it. I could just fancy that banana split. Wonder if I’ll manage to finish this without succumbing to temptation LOL

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMegan,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.

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SAL – Cappuccino #03

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve finished Cappuccino.

This is where I was up to last time.And this is the finished piece. That fabric looks a different colour every time I photograph it LOL

So, now I have all the coffee trio completed, I need to start looking for a suitable fabric to frame them with. I’ve got a vague idea of using something with a subtle coffee bean pattern to it. I just need to find it now 😉

I have a ‘delicious’ new project to start so hopefully there’ll be lots of progress on that in three weeks. I’ve already prepared the fabric. Having the squares marked out was so useful on Cappuccino that I thought I’d do it again.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMegan,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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SAL – Cappuccino #02

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve made progress with Cappuccino.

This is where I was up to last time. And this is where it is now.
It’s not finished yet but it’s almost done. All the border is completed plus the cup, and I’ve made a good start on the lower section. Hopefully there’ll be a happy dance next time.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMegan,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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SAL – Cappuccino #01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve started a new project. Apologies for the length of this post, Apparently I had a lot to say LOL.

I said at the start of the year that I wanted to complete five cross stitch projects this year, and I specified which ones they would be. So far I’m doing quite well. I made a spreadsheet to work out how many updates I’d need for each piece and I’m actually a bit ahead of schedule. So, instead of taking it easier, I thought I’d add another project to the list. Of course I did 🙄

You see one night, as I was drifting off to sleep, I had a brainwave. As I’m prone to forgetting things, especially night-time ideas, I made a quick sketch before going to sleep. The next day, I rummaged in my To Be Finished box to see if the idea was feasible.

Would you like to see my To Be Finished box? (Frodo did.)It has a lid, to keep all the stitched projects clean (in case anyone was worried), and it lives on the Cross Stitch bookshelf. It has inside it all the projects that are stitched but need to be framed or finished off in some way. As you can see, I’m much better at getting the stitching done than I am the framing.

The box has some lovely projects in it, such as these. And all of these. And these, which are what prompted my night-time sketching session. I’d remembered that I have one left to do in the Coffee Trio. They’re gorgeous little projects, that come complete with silk threads which are lovely to stitch with. They’re by one of my favourite designers, Little House Needleworks. They’re fairly small and after the success of framing Snowflake Serenade with that pretty fabric, it occurred to me that I could quite easily do these all in one frame, one below the other, which is what I sketched. *I may regret saying ‘easily’*

And, in order to do that, I need to stitch the third one – Cappuccino. (It is on the same fabric as the other two, but the lighting clearly wasn’t the same for both pics.) So, that’s why a sixth project was added to my To Do List and I’m hoping, really hoping that it doesn’t stop me from finishing the others as the last one is the largest one of the six.

The fabric is a lovely permin linen. It’s 32 count, so finer than my usual 28 count, and is quite slubby and uneven. I can cope with slubby and I can even still cope with 32 count (although it’s maybe best to use up all of my finer fabric before my eyes get any older), but 32 count AND slubby is a bit too likely to cause mistakes. So, I’ve used some stuff that’s a bit like fishing line and marked out the grid. The grid lines were checked for accuracy about a dozen times so now it’s much easier to make sure everything is stitched in the right place. It’s really speeded up my stitching actually so I’m thinking it was definitely worth the time it took.

This is how far I’ve got with it. That’s almost half way, so a bit more than I’d hoped for. The silks are lovely to use. Much nicer than the ones used on Aconites. They don’t snag or fray and just glide through the fabric. I love the overdyed effect too! Aren’t the purples pretty?! The only thing that I don’t love is working with one strand of thread. No loop starts, so more ends to sew in.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanze, ChristinaKathyMargaret,
CindyHelenLindaHeidi, JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine,
Deborah, Clare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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SAL – You can touch the dust #01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve started a new project.

Before we get onto the new project though, look what else I’ve been doing! I finished off Snowflake Serenade. Usually I just bung them in the ‘Waiting for framing’ box once they’re stitched, but I found some pretty fabric at Secret Garden Quilting and managed to use it, instead of adding it to the fabric collection LOL

Look, it’s hanging up and everything!

I put some more poles up in my craft room as they worked so nicely for the Cottage of the month series. I think Snowflake looks rather nice there and I have room for several more on the poles. There’s an incentive to get the sewing machine out!

So, on to the newest project. This is another small one and is by Lizzie*Kate. I’ve had it in my stash for ages. I think I bought it on one of my stash shopping trips in Orlando a few years ago. It caught my eye and I ‘needed’ it LOL I bought the yummy overdyed threads at the same time as the chart and had put a lovely fabric with it so it was ready to go. The fabric is 28 count Cashel linen in vintage dune. It’s two-tone and looks like it would if someone spilt coffee on it, but in a nice way.

I started in the middle and worked my way up to the top. I was going to stop there but I was really enjoying it so sort of, ummm, finished it…

Cute, isn’t it. I’m way, way ahead of schedule now. I may sneak an extra project into my plans for this year, and I do have something in mind.

Ooh, and I found some lovely fabric in my stash that’ll be great for framing this. The two greens in the fabric match the threads perfectly. Maybe I’ll get that done before the next update and have it hanging up with Snowflake.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaret, CindyHelenLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare,
Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #04

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and Snowflake Serenade is finished!

This is how it looked at the last update. I loved stitching Frosty the snowman. He may be my favourite section, partly because of the French knots which came out perfectly at the first attempt. (Much to my amazement!)

This is the final box, which I’m calling The 12 days of Christmas as the birds look like they might be the 2 turtle doves.

And this is the finished piece. I think I completed this in record time (for me) so I’m chuffed to bits.

I’m trying to find some nice snowflake fabric to frame it with but this seems to be the wrong time of year for a decent selection. Trust me to want stuff out of season LOL

I’ve got the next project ready to go and hopefully will have some progress to show you in three weeks.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, GunJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaret, CindyHelenLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare,
Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.


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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #03

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and I’ve managed to fill in two more boxes as well as finishing the one that I’d started.

This is how it looked at the last update.  This is Winter Wonderland, which I’d made a start on before. I may redo the small tree if I have enough green thread left at the end. It’s a variegated thread and when I did the large tree I dotted the stitches about a bit to get a mottled look but for the small one I didn’t, and it looks a bit odd. I’m not sure how the two WDW threads are going to hold up as there’s a lot more green and brown still to do, but I’m crossing my fingers.

Let it snow didn’t take long at all with just a bit of text and a handful of snowflakes. Finally for this update is White Christmas. The snowflakes took some concentration to get right but the box didn’t take too long to do. You can see why it’s called Snowflake Serenade now, can’t you. I’ve had Christmas carols going round in my head while stitching!This is what it looks like now with just two boxes left to do. Those last two boxes are more detailed and have a lot more in than the last couple but I’m hoping for a happy dance next update.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaret, CindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare,
Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Do allow for people being in different time zones, so not posting all at the same time, but it’s well worth doing a bit of blog hopping to see all the lovely projects that are being worked on.