A slight obsession with books

Reading and Fibrecrafts


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SAL – A whole lotta latte #10

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is coming on nicely now.

This is how it looked last time.


The plan was to try to finish the stripey cup and saucer but technical issues meant that I’ve had difficulty stitching over the past couple of weeks. I use a freestanding magnifier/light which I can’t stitch without, especially on black fabric. I’ve had this particular one for about 18 months and recently the flexible arm has got a bit too flexible and has not been able to hold the weight of the lamp. The only way I’ve been able to use it is to rest the lamp on my collarbone and peer down through it. Not ideal, as apart from being an uncomfortable position, it kept slipping off.

I was reluctant to replace it as the lamp part was working perfectly so I’ve come up with an ugly, but effective solution.

Ta da! What would I do without duck tape? Ribbon is removable so the cats don’t think it’s a new toy for them to play with.

So, the stitching. I managed to get some more done, once the lamp was fixed, and have got the cup done but not the saucer. I love this cup; I think it’s my new favourite.

The plan for the next update is to get that saucer done and make a start on the final cup & saucer.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy, Heidi, Connie

Look how many of us there are now! 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 – A whole lotta latte #9

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is on page two now.

This is how it looked last time.

I’d finished page one and I was ready to scroll round to start page two. I decided to try to finish the purple cup, with its saucer for this update and this is how it looks now.

I even finished the backstitch on it so I’m rather pleased with that. There’s a lot more of the stripes cup to do than there was of the purple one but I’m hoping to complete that before the next update. Wish me luck!

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  Mary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! 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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Adventure playground – progress

We’re still landscaping the new cat enclosure and it’s taking a long time. We’ve had to remove the top layer of soil to make room for the hardcore that needs to go underneath the artificial grass. That’s pretty much done now but it still needs a bit of levelling.

We’ve had plenty of help from the cats though. They love it if one of us is outside with them especially if there’s a wheelbarrow involved.

Rosie has definitely got over being nervous about going outside. She runs up and down the ladders as much as the other two. Frodo loves to lounge on the shelves and keep an eye on what’s going on.

Sammie loves it up high too.

The shelves make a great spot to watch the birds and squirrels from as we’ve got bird feeders outside the pen.

We have had a bit of a problem with dirty cats as both Rosie and Frodo think it’s great fun to roll on the ground and Rosie has been digging for worms which she then plays with.

We’ve started to get a few grasses, ready to plant once the artificial grass is down. I’ve got them on the patio for ease of watering and the cats love to get in between them. I can’t wait until we’ve got them growing all over the garden so they can hide in them.

The enclosure was definitely worth getting. The cats love being outside and we’re happy knowing they’re safe.

Hopefully it’ll be landscaped soon it looks a bit nicer than it does at the moment.


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Temperature blanket #5

I’ve finished another round of hexagons so time for another photo.

Plenty of Plums and some Raspberries appearing along with more of the Heather in this round. On a couple of days it was close to using the Cherry which is for the days that reach over 30º. On those days it was a bit warm under there while I was attaching the day’s hexie. It’s going to be a lovely snuggly blanket once it’s finished.

 

 


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SAL – A whole lotta latte #8

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is onto page two now.

This is how it looked last time.

It didn’t take too long to finish off the rest of page one, complete with backstitch.

At this point, it was ready to scroll the fabric round a bit. I just did one turn as I find it easier to work at the bottom of the fabric as my arms get tired if I have to stretch to the top half.

I have done a little more to it since,  but haven’t had time to take a photo. For the amount I’ve done, it’s probably not worth it to be honest. I keep meaning to get the cross stitch out of an evening but I had the bright idea of re-reading one of my favourite sci-fantasy book series and I’m completely engrossed in it. It’s a 14 book series and the books are definitely on the chunky side. I may be some time yet as I’m currently on book five, so don’t expect too much from the next update either 😉

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  WendyMary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! 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 – A whole lotta latte #7

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and A whole lotta latte is growing nicely.

This is how it looked last time. I’d made a decent start on the purple cup by doing some of the orange and green swirly patterns that are on it plus the steam.

The plan was to carry on with that cup as far as the end of page one, and then make a start on the cup on the other side. I think I managed that nicely.

This is the purple cup now.


There’s still quite a lot of cup to do but that’s all there is on the first page and I want to finish that page off before moving down any further as I’ll also need to move the fabric round on the scroll frame.

I’m quite pleased with how much I got done on the other cup too.


I just need to do a bit more on that to get to the bottom of the page.

This is what it all looks like now.

I’ve just got to finish that bit of cup and do the backstitch and then scroll round and carry on down the second page. I feel as if I’m really getting somewhere now.

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  WendyMary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! 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 – A whole lotta latte #6

This is the scheduled three-weekly post for the SAL that I’m doing with several other crafty blogs and this time I’ve managed to do more than half a dozen stitches. Whoo hoo!

This is how it looked last time. Only the top tea-cup was backstitched, the pink border didn’t go all the way along the top and I’d barely started one of the two cups that the blue cup is balanced on.


Now the blue tea-cup is backstitched too and the pink border goes all the way along the top and down the sides as well.

I’ve done a few stitches to the cup on the right so that I could do the backstitch on the blue cup, but mostly I’ve concentrated on the left cup which now has coffee and some pretty steam swirls. I’ve started filling in the pattern on the cup before filing in the two blended shades of purple background but looking at the photo, I’m thinking those green and orange swirls look like a sad face.

I’m hoping to do the rest of those cups down to the bottom of page one, which is where I’ve stopped stitching the pink border on the right. Then I can scroll round a bit more and carry on with page two. I’m getting a bit more used to working on the black now, although it’s still slower going than it would be on a paler colour, but it is helping that the fabric is so taut, thanks to the frame that I have it on. It’s easy to tighten and slacken with the main downside being that it weighs a ton!

For the stitch-a-long I’m linking up to these lovely blogs:

AvisClaireGunLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina Kathy,
 MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine,  WendyMary MargaretTimothy

Look how many of us there are now! 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.