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SAL – Snowflake Serenade #01

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and after the happy dance last time, I get to start a new project.

I had a good sort out of my To Be Stitched box and five different projects shouted loudly enough to be freed, that I’ve pulled them out and am hoping to do them all this year. (I know, very optimistic given my recent track record LOL) Apart from one, they’re all fairly small, although one isn’t cross stitch and looks a little bit scary.

This one is by one of my favourite designers, Country Cottage Needleworks, and is called Snowflake Serenade. I’m using the recommended threads and I’ve picked a fabric from my stash that I think goes nicely. It’s a 28 count Permin Linen in Lambswool. It’s nice and slubby – lovely!

This is the stash and the picture of how it will eventually look. I’ve had this chart in my stash for at least four years. I know this because I’d already taken the stash photo and it was dated 01/01/15. I thought it’d be lovely to do at this time of year and it’ll be much simpler and quicker than the last project.

I thought it’d be fun to start off by doing the outline first, as then I could have fun filling in the boxes. This proved to be a bit more troublesome than I’d anticipated as apparently, I can’t count. I was about halfway done and I had to frog a fair bit of the top as I’d missed seeing one of the very fine threads that you get in slubby linen and was half a stitch out. Once I’d put that right, I found that it was a whole stitch out for most of what there was left so that got frogged and redone. I bet you can guess how many times I counted, checked, and counted again after that, but the rest got done without any mistakes.

I was really keen to carry on so thought I’d do a bit of the border for this update too and may have got a bit carried away. Look! That’s all the border finished! I’m really on a roll with this and can’t wait to get into the little boxes now. I’m so chuffed with how good a start I’ve made for this year. Let’s hope I can keep it up LOL

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

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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 – Crazy cat lady #19

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

This is where I got to last time.   It was so close to being finished and this time I am doing that happy dance. This is it finished in all its glory. 

I love the look that the grey tabby is giving to that slipper!

There should be a line of text beneath the picture, reading Crazy Cat Lady, but I’ve decided that I prefer it without so I left it off.

The kit was from Heritage Crafts and the chart was excellent, being very clear and easy to read. The straddled cross stitches and different partial stitches made it a bit more challenging than some projects but it also made it more interesting and fun to do. I did replace the supplied 14 count Aida with some nice 28 count evenweave, which made all the partial stitches easier to do, plus I much prefer the look and feel of it. I loved that there was a separate chart for the backstitch, so the lines didn’t obscure the partials.

My next project is all ready to start. It’s from one of my favourite designers and is quite different to Cat Lady. Hopefully I’ll have some progress to show you on that in three weeks.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny,Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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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A bit of optimism

Last year I managed to complete just one cross stitch project. The year before was the same. I have a rather large stash of charts and kits waiting for attention and if I carry on at that rate, I’ll never make a dent in them, which means that I really shouldn’t buy any more. That’s not good, as I’m constantly seeing shiny new charts & kits that I need.

This is my current stash of kits, plus charts that have been kitted up. I have a lot more charts that haven’t been printed off yet, plus charts in books and magazines. This gives you an idea of the problem though.

So, I’ve had a sort through and any that really called to me were put to one side as a possible next project. I ended up with five and I know this is very optimistic, given my record, but I’m hoping to complete all five before the end of the year.

This was the first one that called to me. I’ve had this one in my stash for over three years. I loved it when I first saw it as I love most things to do with Middle Earth, plus it has owls. Bonus. I think it’ll be brilliant fun to stitch and it makes me smile every time I see it.

Next to be put to one side was this one. This has been in my stash for at least four years, probably longer. It won’t take long as it’s tiny and I do love using WDW threads.

Then I found this one. I put it to one side, and then put it back in the box before getting it back out again. I fell in love with it at the NEC craft show several years ago and it’s been intimidating me ever since. I’m going to have a go at it, and if I make a hash of it, at least I’ll have tried, right? Finally I picked out two by CCN, one of my favourite designers. This one will be a fairly quick stitch and is so pretty. And this one shouted loudest to be freed from the box and has already been started. I thought it was perfect for this time of the year and it’s a nice simple design with only whole crosses, so very relaxing after the last project. Next Sunday is the SAL post and I’ll be showing off my finished Crazy Cat Lady. The following SAL post will be my start on Snowflake Serenade. Hopefully I’ll have quite a bit done on it by then.


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SAL – Crazy cat lady #18

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

This is where I got to last time.   I’m really pleased with the progress that I’ve made this time. Look, there are almost two more cats! The grey cat needs a bit more cross stitch and they both need to be backstitched, but once that’s done, there’s just the rest of the pink & white stripes plus some text and it’s done. I’m really hoping to have a happy dance next time.

This is the whole thing at the moment, or as much as you can see on the scroll frame. I can’t wait to get the faces stitched on the two new kitties.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie,Clare

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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 – Crazy cat lady #17

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

This is where I got to last time.  
And this is where I’m up to now.

Please excuse all the ends. I did intend to tidy it up before photographing it but I’ve been busy playing with my early Christmas present 😉

At least you can see where I’ve stitched this time though.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyTonyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie,Clare

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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 – Crazy cat lady #16

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

This is where I got to last time.  I’m not sure it was worth doing an update this time as I got so little done. Maybe you can play spot the difference LOL
I know I say this every time, but I am hoping to get more done for the next update. I’m sure I could get this finished if I could just find the time to sit down and stitch 😉

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyTonyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie,Clare

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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 – Crazy cat lady #15

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

This is where I got to last time.  I didn’t get much done for this update, but there is a new cat and a bit of floor. I know I say this every time, but I am hoping to get more done for the next update.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:
Avis, Claire, Gun, LucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbierose,
ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaHeidi,
JackieSunnyHayleyTonyMeganCatherine, Deborah, Connie,Clare

Look how many of us there are now! We’re getting more people join us all the time and it’s great to see their progress posts every three weeks.

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.