Monday, 16 October 2017

16th October 2017 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you to all who read and/or commented on last weeks post.

Here is what I have been up to over the last week

Prairie Schooler Alphabet

This is where I left the project last week
and this is where I am now at
I did not get as much done as I had hoped so I must try  and do better this week.


Here is where I left him last week
and again I have not got as much done as I had hoped but I did get some done
So you can see I filled in a little more of Daddy Orangutans face.

Enchanted Aurora

This was my evening focus project for this week and here is where I left if last month
and the second photo is my progress. This project was the other one I was counting stitches to achieve my total for The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group Every Member Counts SAL - Stitches and Witches and Frogs, Oh My !!. I needed to get to a total of 3231 stitches and I added 1519 to this project giving me a total of 3240 so challenge complete.

Viennese Waltz

Here is where I left it last week
and a recurring theme for this week in that I did not get as much done as I had hoped but I did continue with the lower right of the top half. I did only about an hours stitching.

Strawberry Thief

Here is where I left it last week
and I continued working up the right outer border and I made reasonable progress with a couple of hours stitching

Moonlit Kitties

This is where I got to last week
and here it is now
Slowly making progress with this one.

Because I want to get some things completed by the end of the year I have decided not to work on Autumn Sampler. I know I said I was going to do 45 hours but I only have so much time and something has to give. So for the time being that is on hold but at least I now have all four started.

Other Stitching

I had one new start this week which was Northern Expressions Needlework's Shades of Gold
and I did a very little bit of stitching on this project
I chose to use the recommended DMC colours of 728 and 780 on 18 ct Chocolate Aida.

I also took part in another Challenge with The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group. This one was called Stitchy Recipe for a Witchy Brew. You could work on any project you liked. So I dragged out a very old project Summer Ball a design by Sandy Littlejohns from three old issues of Cross Stitch Collection ( I don't know what they are as I bought the kit from the magazine which also included a the chart.)
This was my starting point, I had to stitch 1500 stitches I managed 1520 stitches
But also to complete the challenge you had to add a photo of a bowl, with 5 needles, 7 skeins of floss, a highlighter, scissors and the project photo.  This part I did not initially realise was a actual requirement (I am still fairly new to these challenges)
So that's all the stitching I have done this week.

I did have some Happy Mail on Saturday. My DMC collectors tin with the new 35 shades of DMC came. The tin is a lot bigger than I imagined it would be.
I also received the new release from Hands Across the Sea Samplers (HATS) which is a limited release and is a double chart pack of two sister samplers Isabella Uffindell 1829 and Ann Tong Uffindell 1835 both the original samplers where stitched when the girls were 10 years old they are beautiful. They are also large sampler Isabella has a stitch count of  332 wide by 481 high and Ann is 320 wide by 378 high.

This chart pack was £40 and in my mind worth it. It is not coming out of my Stitch from Stash as I am having it as my Christmas present from my husband as I did not want to miss out as I they are only doing a limited run of this chart and I really want to stitch them both. I know I work on a variety of things but Samplers were my first love and the thing I always return to. Reproductions are very much an area I want to work more with. I now have 5 of HATS charts or which I only have 1 started. This will be remedied in the coming months. Now I have the challenge of getting both these girls kitted up. I will most likely do them on 40 ct 1 over 2 linen threads as to silk or DMC I am not sure yet. It sadly will probably come down to cost, but we shall see. HATS does have a chart which as yet I do not own that is beautiful and only uses about 11 skeins of silk so that might be the one where I give silk a proper go, but as I do not own the chart - it is a way off yet.

As of this coming week I am abandoning my rotation as I need to concentrate on getting Prairie Schooler Alphabet where it needs to be for the beginning of 2018. I need to get Simon finished and he is still a long way off and ideally I would like to get at least one more completion before the years end.

I am not going to do my usual update of Books and TV mainly because I have hardly read anything and have watched the same shows I mentioned last week. However I will make a quick comment regarding the series Victoria. The current run ended last night. There is a Christmas special to come. As much as I have really enjoyed the series I do have a little bug bear with it. The dramatists keep changing the actual history. If you are going to do a historical drama please stick to the facts as too many people will  take what they see to be fact when it is not. Criticism over, apart from that I really enjoyed series 2.

So that's it for this weeks update

Happy stitching

Lisa x


Monday, 9 October 2017

9th October 2017 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you to all who read and/or commented on last week's blog post it is very much appreciated that you take the time to do so.

Here is my stitching progress for the last week

Prairie Schooler Alphabet
This is where I left it last week on letter P and below is where I have now progressed to.
Some reasonable progress made over 4 days I took the weekend off stitching on this project. This letter is working up quite quickly which is good.


This is where it was last week and below is my progress. Not as much as I would have hoped but getting there nonetheless.
I only worked on this on three days this week but am pleased with the progress I am making on Daddy Orangutans face. This coming week will see this completed as I am going to make it my focus. There are a lot of colour changes in this section so this has slowed me down and also caused me to have a bit of a slump with my stitchy bug. This project is to be a focus during November and December and I will abandon my evening rotation so that I can get this project completed.

Parrot Tulips
This is where I left this project in August, once again I used this project to count stitches for the Every Member Counts SAL in The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on FB. Over the 5 nights I worked on this I got 1721 stitches done toward the target figure of 3,231 stitches. Below is my progress

I  stitched for 13 hrs over 5 evenings. This project is now going away until next year when it will be part of my Year of Wips which I have joined on Facebook in the Souful Stitching group. I will be doing 18 in total 8 of these will be my Prairie Schooler Alphabet 1 is a Mystery Project that will not be revealed until 18th October 2018 and the remaining 9 will be from my huge wip pile. This project being one of them. The challenge runs from 18th January until 18th December 2018 and I have already filled in a 2018 planner with my proposed schedule for the year.
There are a lot of blanks at the moment as I have not yet decided what my 9 projects to make up the total of 18 are. I will finalise my choices closer to January 18th 2018.

Viennese Waltz

 This is where this was left last Saturday and below is this Saturday's progress.
Next week I should complete the top half.

Strawberry Thief
This is where this was left last Sunday and below is this Sunday's progress.
I finally completed the bottom right hand corner and this pleased me I will now continue working up the right hand side. This is  going to take longer than I had hoped but I am enjoying the process.

Autumn Sampler
This is where I left this project last week. I am now back on schedule to reach my 45 hrs during Autumn. I worked on this for 3 and half hours during the week and this is where I got to
I am really enjoying this one the colours are really lovely and cheerful.

Moonlit Kitties
 This is where I left this project last week  and below is where I have got to
I worked on this for 4 and 3/4hrs over 6 days. I am really enjoying how this is coming together.

I purchased a couple of things this week  a chart from Artecy that I have wanted for some time
and the Angel Trilogy of bead kits from Mill Hill
I have spent more than my Stitch from Stash budget for October these totalled £29.06 but I will have at least two finishes this month so I will still have a positive balance going into November.

TV and Reading

So it was much of the same. I continued watching the usual suspects. Liar continues to be interesting and as yet I am not sure what the outcome will be, and it is good to see Ioan Gruffudd acting using his lovely Welsh accent and playing a character that is a bit suspect. Dr Foster ended this week and my overall feeling about this second series is that it was just a bit sad. The son being the overall victim of two toxic parents. I still feel it did not need a second series. We also started watching the third series of Lucifer which both Simon and I really enjoy, it is very tongue in cheek and Tom Ellis really hams up the main character.

In regards to books I continued listening to A Discovery of Witches which I will finish listening to this coming week and last night as I stated in one of my Flosstube videos I started a re read of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier in memory of my late sister who died 10 years ago on the 8th October. I read three chapters and for me du Maurier can do no wrong and in my opinion this book has the best opening line it just draws you straight in wanting to know more.

The only other thing of interest this week we went and collected my husband's new company car. It is a Volvo XC60 and so far we really like it, a very comfortable drive.  It is the first time we have had a Volvo. The only thing I don't like is new car smell it literally makes me feel ill, but that will fade after a couple of weeks.

So that is it for this week. Until next week

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 2 October 2017

2nd October 2017 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you to all who read and commented on my last blog post. In the last week I have filmed and posted an update video to  my YouTube channel Loubie's Lot if any of you are interested. It is in two parts as my iPad decided to cut out on me and I do not know how to edit.

So what have I worked on in the last week.


I only managed a couple of hours on Simon this week so not a lot of progress to show and sadly I did not reach my goal of getting the bottom half completed. This will happen in October.
You can probably see I got a little more of Daddy Orangutans face completed and hopefully over the  next week I will complete  his face.

Lady Lilac

This was my evening rotation piece this week and above is where I left it last month. Sadly I had headaches this week and was feeling tired come the evening so I only managed to do around 10 hrs stitching on this project. So no page finish this time. I had hoped to complete the top row by the end of the year but with only 15 more days available to work on this it is very unlikely. I will however complete this page by then.
This is where I got to I suppose just over a third of Page 4 is now complete. Hope I do better at the end of October as I do love this project.

And regarding my evening rotation projects the sampler that won to be stitched and completed next was the Winter Seasonal Sampler by The Craft Collection, so this will be worked on in the third week of October.
Viennese Waltz
Again I only managed a couple of hours whilst watching Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night and continued with the background and stitching in beneath the lady's shoulder.
It's slow progress but progress none the less.

Strawberry Thief

This is where I left the project last week
and this is where I got to on Sunday evening. As you can see still working on the bottom right corner but making steady progress. What you can see is about 2 and half hours stitching.

Autumn Sampler

This is where I got to last week and this is where I am now
I am currently about 30 minutes behind my schedule to get 45 hrs in on this project before Winter arrives and I switch it out for the Winter Sampler. That said I am pleased with the progress I am making.

Christmas Stitching

I continued working on both the Mill Hill kit Melchior and the first of the Dimensions Gold Victorian Ornaments

Where I left it last week
and here is where I got to spending about another 2 hrs stitching.

Where I left it last week
and where I got to adding another 2 and half hours stitching.

I am pleased with the progress on both and intend to spend a little more time on each on the 3 allocated days at the end of October as I would like to get them both finished before the end of the year.

I did not do anymore stitching on Twelve Days of Christmas by Joan Elliot however I did start a Christmas Stocking which was in my planned starts for this year.
This project is Gingerbread Mice from Donna Kooler's 2nd Edition Stocking Stocking Collection. I am stitching it on 14ct Easy Count fabric from Zweigart and a minimal start has been made but a start none the less.

Other Stitching
I then spent some time working on Cross stitch Smalls and for this I picked up my Live Like its Heaven on Earth which is a complimentary chart from Designs by Lisa
This is where I left it last time and I managed to finish it
This project was stitched on a grab bag piece of linen from Crafty Kitten using Carrie's Creations, Gentle Arts and both DMC and DMC CV. And helped to top up my credits with Stitch from Stash for September. Mentioning Stitch from Stash I ended the month with an £83.83 balance to carry forward.

I also purchased a new full coverage chart called Tempest by Charting Creations the artwork is by John William Waterhouse. I had been umming and ahhing as to whether or not to get it but the imagery is so clean on this piece and the waves looks so real that I bit the bullet.
I have made a very small start on this on 25ct Easy count but I did not photograph it. I only put in about 50 stitches. I was working off my iPad but I did not like it and was unable to print chart out as my printer is out of ink. Once that is sorted I will do some more on this and will then post a photo of my progress when there is something to show.

I also continued with Mini Bathtime by HAED which I was trying to get to 1000 stitches for the Around the World 60 times SAL in The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on FB. I am pleased to say I did eventually manage this
So we then entered October on Sunday and so it is now a month of new plans
The above photo is my scheduled stitching.

Moonlit Kitties

On Sunday I made a start on this.
and this is where I got to
So a small start but a start nonetheless. I am hoping to work on this everyday with a view to having it completed by Halloween.

Prairie Schooler Alphabet

So I am now on to Letter P
and this is where I got to on the 1st October

I also took advantage of the Sewandso 2 small and 2 medium kits offer for £10 that was purchased through Amazon. This is what I got
The value of what I received is somewhere between £40 -£50 so it is good value and on the whole I like what I received the biggest kit the fan I am not sure is too my taste but we shall see.

TV and Reading

Well it was really much of the same. I continued watching Victoria, Liar, Doctor Foster, Doc Martin, Cold Feet, Outlander and Timeless and continued listening to A Discovery of Witches (a re-read). I did finally finish a book. I started reading The Final Girls last week and completed it over this week. It is definitely worth a read if you like thriller type books but I only gave it a 3 star because the ending wasn't the surprise it could have been due to the actions of one of the characters in the middle of the book. As for bedtime reading I am struggling a bit even though my bed book The Cottingley Secret is really good, I have just been a little too tired to give it the attention it needs.

So that's it for this week. I hope you have all had a good stitching week and that hopefully you will return next week for more of the same.

Bye for now

Happy Stitching

Lisa x