Hi Blogger Friends,
This post will contain what I did in May - stitching and reading wise and my plans for both in June.
Well the best laid plans of mice and men as they say. I mentioned in my last post both that I had been unwell in April and that I intended to take part in Stitch Maynia an event organised by the Facebook group of the same name where you start 15 new projects the first 15 days of May and I posted photos of all the projects I hoped to start.
Lets just say that getting over being unwell took longer than I anticipated and my Stitchy Bug up and left me. So for Stitch Maynia I managed days 1 and 2 before bailing out and not doing much stitching at all.
Below are the two projects I did work on
I also finished off the Wales Santa by Mill Hill which I had been working on in April, I do still need to finally finish it off but all stitching and beading is done. I intend to get the Ireland and Scotland Santas to go with this one.
May Pin Cushion - the 11th in the series by Sheena Rogers for Cross Stitch Collection Magazine
May 31st saw the end of Spring in terms of my stitching on the Janlynn Spring Sampler and this is what 46 hrs of stitching looks like
Other than this I worked on two other projects. I did a little on Lady of Shalott and this is where I am now
And what would a month be if I did not start something new and as my stitchy bug was not really present I wanted something small that I could pick up and put down so I started Sheena Rogers Art Deco Daydream mini cushion, which had been one of my Stitch Maynia choices although I did not start it for Maynia
Finally in May I was contacted by Riolis the Russian Cross Stitch company about trying a couple of their small kits and letting them know what I thought of them.
I received two kits
Below are the results - they were fun stitches and I look forward to working on my larger project at some stage in the future - it no longer daunts me in any way.
My experience of Riolis is that I would have no hesitation in recommending them the instructions included in the kits were very clear and in several languages. I have seen quite a few of their kits varying from the straight forward to a lot more complex. I would not be put off purchasing any of these in the future. They are well packaged and I had plenty of spare thread particularly in the birthday cake kit.
I also got a few things in May
I have wanted some grime guards for my 11 x 17 inch q snap and also for my 8 inch hoop which is the one I use most frequently. I saw these on another Floss Tube video and went to the Etsy store to check them out. They are from a store on Etsy called Mae Designs based in Croatia. Maja the shop owner conversed with me about exactly what I wanted and sent photos of fabrics so I could choose what I wanted. Bearing in mind she told me that she had a few orders to deal with before getting to mine I still received them in under 2 weeks and as a thank you she included a little needlebook in the same fabric as the grime guards and a little ladybird needleminder. I would not hesitate to order from her again. The hoop cover I think might also work on my 10 inch hoop as it is very generous with the fabric.
So that was it for May in regards to my stitching. But May did see a resurgence of my reading bug. In May I read 15 books of which 4 were Audio, 1 was Non Fiction and 3 were Childrens books. I am amazed at the amount I got through. To start the month at bedtime I decided to read Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone but also listen to the audio book narrated by Stephen Fry. To say this was a joy is an understatement, I got so much more from both reading and listening and intend each month to go through the rest of the series, this will take me to November as I will start each on the 1st of the Month and make sure I complete it within the given month. I know some of the later books audios are quite long but I do tend to read for 45 minutes - 1 hr before sleep so even the largest which I think is book 5 Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix will still be able to be completed within a month. I also now own all of the lovely 2014 paperbacks and they look really good in my book case. I also love the feel of the slightly waxy covers, below is an image of the edition I am referring to.
Finally, finally, finally and I expect your all thinking about time. I also got myself a left handed pen by Stabilo which also has a stylus so you can use it on your iPad or other devices and when we were on a day out in Gloucester I got myself a Harry Potter Gryffindor journal as I love journals and this one had the back pocket the ribbon marker and the piece of elastic to keep it closed - my basic requirements. If my husband had not bought it for me I probably would not have got it as it was a bit pricey at £13
I have also joined a monthly long SAL on Stitch Maynia Facebook group called Whine and Wip's for this I am working on
Other stiching will include starting Enchanted Aurora and whatever else I can get done.
Reading wise my overall aim is for 4 fiction books, 1 Audio (excluding my HP book) and 1 Non Fiction, if I do more brilliant. Of the fiction books I will be reading Jane Eyre, this will be a re-read but I have not read a classic is a while and thought this would be a good one to start with. I also have it in the lovely Knickerbox Classics edition
So that's it folks I think I may go back to doing weekly updates as this has taken me forever to type up.
Bye for now