Monday, 22 December 2014

Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler - Finished :-)

Hi Blogger Friends,

Just a quick post to show you my finished Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler.

I really enjoyed stitching this project. I stitched it on 28ct Polstitches Jobelan in Past Times and used the recommended threads.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays/ Yule or whatever you celebrate at this time of year and thank you for reading my blog posts.

Bye for now


Monday, 15 December 2014

Lizzie Kate Hollie and Hearts Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Just a quick update on my Lizzie Kate Hollie and Hearts Sampler. My aim was to complete part two in the last week and I am pleased to say that I have done so.

Below are my starting points and where I am at now
I am hoping to complete this project this week and really am liking how it looks on the Polstitches Past Times 28ct Jobelan.

Below is a photo that I took when I got out of the car by my house. Normally you cannot see the little chapel from where we live but because of the fading light it was silhouetted against the sky. I am quite pleased with the photo even if it is slightly blurry.
Anyway just a short post this week, but am trying to keep up to date at least with a weekly post.

Bye for now


Monday, 8 December 2014

Lizzie Kate Update and some Ornaments

Hi Blogger Friends,

This week I did do a little more on my Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler below is where I started from and where I got to
The reason I did not get more done was I got sidetracked when I discovered all of these ornaments that needed finishing.
So far I have done these

They are complete minus the stuffing and the Time for Tea will be a pin cushion not a Christmas decoration.
I also completed this one using a different technique for me. I stitched this with a piece of wadding and felt as backing
I have two more carollers finished that I will complete this way and if I get time will try and stitch the remaining 3 that were in the set of six card designs. This turned out to be a really quick way of completing the ornament so I think I will be using it again. It is also quite light.

Finally this week my sugar cravings kicked in once again so I made Grandma's Apple Slice Cake. Now I think I used too big a pan to cook it in as when it was straight out of the oven it was quite cake like but once it cooled properly and hardened it was more like a biscuit/flapjack texture. It did however taste very nice.

That is this weeks update. I am hoping to get more ornaments completed this week as I intend putting up my tree on the 12th December and my aim is to complete part 2 of the Lizzie Kate sampler.

Bye for now


Monday, 1 December 2014

Christmas Ornament stitched plus weekly round up

Hi Blogger Friends,

Just a quick post about what I have been up to over the last week.

So I am going to start with where I have got to with the Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler.

I am now onto part 2 of the 3 part project and would have got a little more done if I had not had a visit from the FROG !!
So my aim for the coming week is to complete part 2 and hopefully make a start on part 3.

Last night I finished stitching  my first Christmas ornament for this year. Every year I like to make a couple and add them to my growing collection ready for my tree which this year I intend to put up on the 12th December. I just need to finish the ornie off and need to purchase some black felt as I want to complete the design as it was on the chart book. It is from Book 103 Blackwork Angels by Prairie Schooler. I stitched it on 28ct white Jazlyn using DMC and Petite Treasure Braid.
This is all the stitching I have done over the last week.

At the beginning of last week I had the desire for cake as it was really cold. So I  made a very nice Carrot Cake with Quark, Honey and Orange/Lemon juice filling/topping. I have decided this is what I will cook for Christmas as none of my family like traditional cake and this is easy enough for me to do as I don't bake very often. Below is a photo of me enjoying said cake with a lovely cup of tea.
The downside of cake is that it put me in a sugar craving spiral for the rest of the week. So my healthy eating went right out of the window. Anyway back to Fat Fighters (aka Slimming World) tomorrow to try and get back on track until Christmas when I am taking a few days off of plan.

On Saturday we went to Bath to look at the Christmas markets it was a lovely day out and the displays were great. It was really busy but I am glad we went. Below is a photo of the river in Bath I presume it is the Avon but not 100% certain of that.
Whilst I was there my Husband bought me a new Matryoshka (Russian Doll) to go with my collection. This one has a total of 7 stacking dolls and is about 8.5 inches tall. It is the largest one in my collection and this is my 7th stacking doll.
and below is the rest of my collection showing all the dolls and their contents

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by HAED (BAP 2015 - 2029 with a lot of luck)

Hi Blogger Friends,

On January 1st 2015 I am going to start work on a very large project. It is Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by HAED, Artwork by Aimee Stewart. The design is 980 x 708 = 693840 stitches.

I am currently sourcing the materials. I finally settled on using 28ct Jazlyn using 2 strands of floss over 1 thread full cross.

My aim is to work on it for 3 days per week and my goal for these sessions is 300 stitches totalling 900 per week. This is where I get my calculation of completing the project somewhere near the end of 2029. I will document my progress each week on my blog and hope that I finally do finish a truly large project.

Wish me luck !!!!! I am going to need it :-)

That's all for this post.

Bye for now


Monday, 24 November 2014

Weekend Challenge - Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler

Hello Blogger Friends,

This is a small update as I have not done a great deal of stitching in the last week. But this weekend I did do the Weekend Challenge with Cross Stitch Friends group on Facebook.

I chose to work on Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Sampler which was released as a mystery project last year. I am stitching it on Polstitches 28ct Jobelan in Past Times.

Below are my before and after photos. I did 893 stitches over Saturday and Sunday and am pleased with my progress Part 1 is now nearly complete.

I forgot to include in my last post a photo of the stitchy stash I had received which includes Part 1 on the new Lizzie Kate mystery Things Unseen, this years Flora McSample Christmas stockings and the piece of fabric I am going to stitch Things Unseen on from the Crafty Kitten.
I have also continued to work on the Attic 24 Cosy Stripe CAL and below is my progress so far. The photo is the project folded in half.
Well that's it for this now. Hopefully I will have a little more to show in my next posting.

Bye for now


Sunday, 16 November 2014

5 Months since last I posted - How time flies

Hi Blogger Friends,

It has been a long time since I last posted on my blog. The main reason for lack of posting was we have had a few computer problems and also I could not remember password and then could not work out how to retrieve it. Anyway I finally sussed it out and I am now back in the Blogasphere.

As always I will endeavour to blog more regularly from now on.

This post will just be some of my updates on crafty things.

These are the first two of 6 designs by Lesley Teare that were in Cross Stitch Card Shop Issue 97. I have made a start on the third one but not yet completed it.

I did two ATC the themes being the Number 7 and By the Seaside ( I was very pleased with this one and so was the recipient)

Some Biscornus and a Humbug. The mini biscornu top and the Humbug were just me playing with thread and fabric. The second biscornu is called Meadow Flowers and is stitched on a fancy DMC aida and the third one was from and old issue of The Gift of Stitching Magazine.
This was a freebie kit with Cross Stitch Crazy issue 193 and it took me two hours to do.
This is the Day of the Dead Mini Cushion from Sheena Rogers. I really enjoyed stitching this it was a lot of fun and is so colourful.
This is a card insert designed by Joan Elliott and was in a freebie booklet, there are a couple of other designs in it in this style.
A New Day by My Big Toe Designs stitched on Polstitches 28ct Regency Linen using DMC threads

I have also made two items of Jewellery since my last post. A bracelet that was in New Stitches magazine Issue 246
and a necklace that I bought as a kit from The Bead Merchant I purchased the charcoal variety and it was really fun to make. Although it is called a Twister Rope I refer to mine as my Sherbet Pips necklace as the coloured beads remind me of the old sweet.
So that is everything I have completed since my last post. But as always I have been working on lots of other things. Below are my current projects
I just started this single size crochet blanket following exactly what the designer Attic24 Cosy Stripe Blanket CAL is doing on her blog page as a CAL through out November and December 2014. I am quite a bit behind but will hopefully complete it not so long after the project ends on her blog.
This is the Lizzie Kate Christmas Mystery Holly and Hearts that was released in 2013. I ran out of time to get it completed last year so am trying to get it done between now and this Christmas. I am using the thread pack that came with the charts and I am stitching it on Polstitches 28ct Jobelan in Past Times. I am loving it so far. I was initially unsure that the fabric would be ok as some of the thread colours are similar but I think it looks great and gives it the olde worlde look that I was after.

I have made a start on a new BAP this time I am doing When Dreams Come True by Love Thy Thread this is using DMC threads on 18ct Aida 2 strands full cross. I bought this as a kit and so far so good.
On Wednesdays I have been working on a sampler. This is the Historical Countries Mystery Sampler that ran for 12 issues in The Gift of Stitching Magazine. The fabric is 28ct Polstitches Sampler Linen in Edwardian and it is gorgeous - photos never do it justice. It is a huge project but I have really enjoyed returning to it after a long break. This will be stitched on again every Wednesday from the New Year. I am currently doing Christmas related things on Wednesday from now until the end of the year.
Finally for this post I have also made a start on the lovely Let's Do Tea design by Ursula Michael. It stitches up quite quickly so I am hopeful I will find time to complete it before the end of the year.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my little update and I will try and post more frequently from now on and get back into the blog environment.

Bye for now


Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Few Finishes and other things

Hi Blogger Friends,

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted but I have been quite productive in that time. I have decided I will try and do at least weekly posts from 1st July so that when I do sit down to do them they are not quite so lengthy.

Cross Stitching

My first finish since my last post was a freebie cover kit from WOXS magazine. I am going to give this to a lady who I walk my dog with most mornings as she is going into hospital for a bladder repair and will not be out walking her dog for about 6 weeks.

The next thing I did after completing the above over 2 nights I started a 10 day challenge with one of my groups on Facebook. Below are my starting point and my finishing point. I worked on Michael Powell's Up the Garden Path kit for 7 out of the 10 days. I realised that I had done the sky in full cross stitch and not half but I am not going to frog it so the sky  will continue  in full crosses.
I did nearly 1700 stitches on this project.

On the 6th June I received these Lizzie Kate charts from Crafty Kitten
and below are my finishes for all these designs
This is stitched on a piece of Polstitches Grab Bag Opal Linen using DMC Floss
This is stitched on Polstitches 28ct Soft Clouds Jobelan and DMC Floss
This is stitched on Crafty Kitten 28ct Chocolate Orange Linen using DMC floss
This is stitched on 28ct Polstitches Rustic Rhubarb Jobelan using DMC floss
and finally this was stitched on Polstitches Dusky Rose 28ct Jobelan and again with DMC Floss

I have also been working on my FWC Round Robin and I completed this Assisi card for it using DMC thread and Rainbow Gallery metallic
and I received my own back this is Ink Circles Reloaded Mandala I chose to do the Sunflower colourway. I used 14ct lemon aida and DMC thread
I am so pleased with how it turned out it's gorgeous :-)

The ATC I stitched as part of the May exchange finally got to its recipient in Australia so here it is
I have not taken part in this months exchange as I could not find any suitable charts. Hopefully the themes for the coming month will be easier for me as I do enjoy doing these small stitches.

I have also joined a SAL on Facebook for the Joan Elliott Mystery SAL. Below is my progress so far on the border stitching. I am using Enchanted Fabrics 28ct Monaco in Spring Meadow and DMC  Floss
I need to try and get the border done by 1st July as it will be around then that the first chart for the boxes will be released.

And finally in stitching I started working on A New Day by My Big Toe Designs on 28ct Polstitches Regency Linen using DMC Floss. This chart was gifted to me about 3 years ago and it is only now that the words have really spoken to me. In fact I am very much in to word designs at the moment.

Here is what the finished design should look like and my progress after two days

Other News

I am delighted to say my daughter has passed her first year of her Geography with Natural Hazards degree and is now back home and working at Starbucks for the summer.

Hannah and I went to the first showing of the Disney film Maleficent. Sleeping Beauty is my favourite Disney animation so I went along with a bit of trepidation as I am not overly keen on Angelina Jolie as an actress. I needn't have worried we both loved it and was well worth seeing. It is rated a PG in the UK and I would say it isn't suitable for very young children as some of the scenes I thought would be a bit scary for little ones. I loved seeing the bad fairy's story and how she became the way she was. I also liked the fact that true loves kiss did not need to have a romantic connotation.

I finished reading 4 books

1. Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard. This was the second book by this author that I have read. It dealt with mental health issues and was set on a Scottish island. I really enjoyed it.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I read this as it has been really hyped and my daughter wants me to go with her to see the film. I like to read a book first before seeing the adaptation if I can. I was expecting it to really break my heart as it deals with teenage cancer sufferers, but I actually found it quite humorous. Also because I could see what was going to happen quite early on I think that is the reason I was not in floods of tears by the end. The movie might be a different matter though.
3.Summer at the Lake by Erica James. It has been a few years since I have read any of her books but I really enjoyed this one. Floriana receives an invite to her friends wedding (she had feelings for him) and not paying attention gets knocked down by a car. Two strangers come to her aid and they befriend each other. We then get to know the other characters Adam and Esme (and Esme's back story) who accompany Floriana to Lake Como for the wedding.
4. The Goodbye Quilt by Susan Wiggs - this is the tale of a Mother and daughter road trip to drop daughter off at college and on the way the Mom stitches on a quilt. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I was a little disappointed with it. It could have been so much more.

I also finished listening to The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard which is the first book in the Cazalet series which I thoroughly enjoyed and was a re listen. This centres around the Cazalet Family there home in Sussex just before the outbreak of WWII.

Finally on books/movies - the other Saturday afternoon I sat down and watched Austenland having previously read the book. Like the book the film could have been so much better. I love anything Austen whether it is set in Austen time or modernised. The only plus point was it had JJ Feild in it, who I think should be a bigger name than he is.

It is nearly a year now since I gave up eating chocolate bars and since joining Slimming World last August I have lost nearly 2 stone in weight and I was very happy with this weeks 4lb loss. I don't always adhere to the SW diet I often use the nutrition calorie counter on Spark People, particularly when we are on a poor week and I have to utilise whatever I have in the freezer. I still have about 23lbs to go but I will get there.

This week I have cooked three new things. Firstly I bought a tin of chicken in white sauce from Sainsburys. I don't very often use convenience foods but my white sauce never seems to work out right. Anyway to this I added some blanched broccoli spears and put in a pyrex topped with mashed potatoes and a little grated cheese and baked in the oven until it was browned. I served it with green beans and carrots and it was delicious.

The following night I did this recipe that I found on Pinterest Beef Orzo Skillet recipe
this too was great and had the plus point that it is all cooked in the one pan. My husband even liked it and he can be a fussy so and so.

Finally yesterday I made Peach and Chickpea curry from A Girl Called Jack  which I have loaned from my local library and here is my version
I made this as my daughter is a vegetarian. She later informed me she isn't too keen on chick peas. Anyway my version differs from the recipe stated as I used chilli flakes and not a whole chilli pepper. I added a half used yellow pepper that would have otherwise gone to waste and I used dried coriander leaf as I do not have that herb fresh. I thought it was lovely. Later when I read the top of the recipe I discovered it was an adaptation from a Turkey curry recipe and I think that would be very nice too. I would definitely eat it again and it freezes well so if I do it just for myself no problems as I will freeze the other half. It is also a cheap meal which is a plus point.

Finally here is a photo of me with my dog Lily on Selsley Common

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