Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween

Trick or treat time !! I hope you are all ready for the spooky fun. Our friends are coming round for dinner so I have made a Halloween themed dinner. Here's our feast:

Mummy Sausages with bloody guts (salsa) and
fly bread (olives) for starters
Ghoul-lash with jacket spuds for main
Ghostly pears
Death by Chocolate mousse
 I have decorated the lounge a little and carved a pumpkin too. It's been a fun day, I loved creating all the foodie bits.
Boo !!
Halloween table
My Pumpkin (not the best photo)
Halloween Mantle
 Have a great night everyone - Happy Halloween :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stitch from Stash report October

I've just made it for this month's report. I have had a few finishes too.

The birthday exchange in Needlecraft Haven shares threads to complete Little Blue Bungalow by Blue Ribbon Designs. I stitched mine this month and finished it. I use an old watch box as a needlebox for my holidays - it's the perfect size for my bobbins, tape measure and scissors. My needlebox now has a lovely new top :)

My Needlebox
I also finished the Monthly Challenge - a little late as it's September's. It's from The Shop Around the Corner. Hopefully I'll get October's and November's done this month.

Challenge 9
I spent a little money too this month - just a little trip to The Fabric Guild with my Mum. I didn't really see fabric I liked but I did by a few finishing bits.

My new stash - £5.95
Here's my October report:

Charts
  • the Drawn Thread - October
  • CCN - Sleighworks
  • Monthly Challenge - The Shop Around The Corner (tree)
  • Blue Ribbon Designs - The Blue Bungalow (birthday exchange)
Fabric
  • 28ct white
Thread
  • DMC colours as required for charts

Finishing
  • red felt for Monthly Challenge
  • white cording for Monthly Challenge
  • lilac cording for needlebox
  • old watch box for needlebox

Additions to Stash

fabric and lace from discount warehouse £5.95


I hope everyone has had a good October - it will soon be Christmas shopping time, now there's a different budget to stick to :)

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Autumn and Birthday stitching

I have finally blogged about our trip to France http://aimetus.blogspot.co.uk/ (photo heavy) which is good as tomorrow we are off again - this time to Turkey !! but more of that another time.

I was very, very late in stitching my Autumn exchange piece for Dusty but it arrived yesterday so I can now share a photo. I used various designs from a book I have - 2001 Cross Stitch Designs. There were many colours but I love how it came together.

Autumn Bookmark for Dusty
Fabric backed
I was very pleased with the backing, I used fabric for the first time instead of felt. Using Bonda Web I made the backing by turning edges to be the exact size I needed then Bonda Webbed and fabric glued them together.

My birthday was in September and as I am part of the Birthday Exchange on Needlecraft Haven I had a lovely selection of DMC threads. Every year when I allocate threads I chose a design we can stitch using them - this year the design was an online freebie from Weeks Dye Works (so I had to convert the thread colours to DMC for the exchange) and is by Blue Ribbon Designs http://www.weeksdyeworks.com/free-designer-charts.php (last one on the page)

I started mine at the caravan last weekend and have now stitched it - I'll finish it after we're back.
Birthday Exchange
I have my stitching sorted for holiday - I just need to finish sorting my Kindle. I have the books sorted including the latest challenge from Needlecraft Haven, I just need to upload some music too.

Thank you for calling by - happy stitching x


Friday, 3 October 2014

Mid trip post

We had a lovely time in France - I haven't had time to blog it all yet but I did blog about our weekend in London prior to going. You can read all about it in my other blog Aimetu's http://aimetus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/saints-bar-london.html

Last weekend was our fourth round in the scout wine tasting and that's in Aimetu's too http://aimetus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/wine-challenge-round-4.html

We are off to the caravan this weekend and will be closing it for the summer - a little early this year but the reason my blog title is 'mid trip' is because next Monday Hubby and I are off to Turkey for a week of doing nothing !! Not our usual style of holiday but we both just want a complete rest. So with going away and a busy autumn I doubt we'll visit Wales again until 2015.

I received my Holiday Exchange from Dusty this week - it's stunning. Thank you Dusty for my beautiful biscornu, threads and chart. Dusty stitched a Chatelaine design - so lovely and perfect colours which match my tablecloth.

Holiday Exchange from Dusty
Dusty (http://dustysdailydoings.blogspot.co.uk/) sent Little House Needleworks 'Hands to Work' chart and two Crescent Colours threads; Joshua Tree and Tennesse Red Clay. Also in my parcel was a pack of iron on embroidery transfers, two lovely butterfly postcards and a brochure about Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens (www.MagicWings.com)

Dusty is coming to visit us in November, a whole week which will include the Needlecraft Haven Autumn Meet Up. I'm so excited to be able to meet and spend time together after so many years corresponding online across cyber space. I did wonder if Dusty's brochure was a hint for a return visit.

My gorgeous exchange
On Wednesday I went to Warwick to the Lord Leycester Hospital http://lordleycester.com/ to a talk by Jo Baker (http://www.jobakerwriter.com/) the author of Longbourn. It's a brilliant story that I discovered thanks to Ursh's nomination early this year for the Needlecraft Haven Reading Challenge. It's the story of 'below stairs' in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Jo's novel matches Jane's and is a delight to read following the activities of the big house and how it relates to the servants. Jo said her inspiration came from reading P&P (many times) and wondering who the other characters were who appeared with carriages, posies for shoes and other items. She began to think about their life and Longbourn was written.

It was a lovely talk, with coffee and cake from the Historic Tea Room. Jo very kindly signed my well read, well used book.



Well I had best go and pack for the weekend - stitching will be a priority as I am looking forward to some stitching time - it's been missing for a few weeks.

Have a good weekend everyone, thank you for calling by and reading my news :)

Saturday, 27 September 2014

September Stitch from Stash

Oh dear - even less stitching from me this month, in fact I am behind with quite a few of my projects.

I'm not worried though, just haven't picked up a needle much. We have been away too - 12 lovely days in France

Here's my September report:

Charts
  • the Drawn Thread - September
  • CCN - Sleighworks
  • 2001 cross stitch design book

Fabric
  • 28ct white
  • Aida band
Thread
  • DMC colours as required for charts
Finishing
  • Fabric and ribbon for September
  • Felt

Additions to Stash

  • Ribbon bought on holiday in France €4.50 (£3.75)

So my total spend was £3.75 ��

I can share a few photos though. Mary was my partner for the Needlecraft Haven Holiday Exchange (in last month's report). I sent All the World chart by Kappie, Beachcomber & Clam Shell Weeks Dye Works threads and stitched a blue and white seaside themed biscornu. We had to include a postcard from a holiday place or home, I included one of Tywyn in Wales where we have our caravan. 
holiday Exchange for Mary 
I managed to finish my September The Drawn Thread in time but I haven't even started October's yet.

September - The Drawn Thread
Ribbon bought in France
Hopefully I will stitch more next month (I seem to have been saying this a while). 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Before I go ....

.... on holiday I thought I better do a quick catch up blog. My stitching has not been happening as Philly is home from her summer working in Cyprus and we've been busy busy busy.

We had another quick trip to the caravan as we had to have a replacement boiler so needed to check it was ok and of course pay the fitter. We came home a new route - via the Horseshoe Pass and Llangollen - the scenery was stunning.

Horseshoe Pass
Oh no not those two again !
You can see the road round the bend and
cutting through the other side

Llangollen Bridge

The River Dee
LLangollen steam railway
I've also been doing a bit of baking - a courgette cake, a coconut cake, a Guinness cake for Michael and everyone working on getting the new bar open (hopefully this weekend) and a Schokogugelhopf for Philly coming home.

Coconut Cakes
Courgette Cake
Schokogugelhopf

 The only stitching I have to show is the Monthly Christmas Challenge for August - a cute snowman from Wollen Sails http://woolnsails.blogspot.com.au/2011/12/free-christmas-cross-stitch-patterns.html

August ornament
I still have the Autumn exchange for Needlecraft Haven to stitch, this month's challenge, October's The Drawn Thread, Santa's Village and of course so many other lovely projects I've seen. I will be taking stitching on holiday and hopefully will get quite a bit finished.

...to sleep - have you read the book by S J Watson? We went to see the film yesterday (it was my birthday so a nice treat to go with Nick and Philly, Michael was working) - as in most cases I prefer the book but the film was good and did differ slightly but did not take away from the story. I also listened to it on Radio 4 Extra's Book at Beachtime, half an hour a day at anytime using the radio iplayer.

Well that's my quick catch up - I had a lovely birthday yesterday but packing calls. Thank you for reading my news, please leave a comment as they are lovely to read. Holiday news in a few weeks :)



Monday, 25 August 2014

Stitch from Stash for August

I can't believe I haven't blogged for a month - I seem to be slowing down in many things; stitching, reading and blogging. We've had quite a sad time too as two weeks ago we lost our lovely Ruby, I haven't felt like doing much at all. I have added bits of news to my Aimetu blog and hopefully my mojo all round will return soon.

Anyway here is my report for August - I actually spent some money this month on gifts, exchanges and a little stash replacement.

Charts
  • the Drawn Thread - September
  • CCN - North Pole Post Office
  • Disney (kit)
  • Dusty's RR chart provided
  • Biscornu chart, free online
  • Monthly Christmas Challenge - Little Snowman by Wool n Sails
Fabric
  • 28ct white
  • 14ct white
Thread
  • DMC colours as required for charts
Finishing
  • Backing board for Eeyore
  • Buttons for Holiday exchange
  • Stuffing for Holiday exchange
  • Fabric for Monthly Challenge
  • Cording for Monthly Challenge

Additions to Stash

10 DMC skeins to replenish stash
Frame for Eeyore
Chart and speciality thread for Holiday exchange
Two CCN Santa Village charts (already promised to purchase from a friend)

 Total spend £27.56

I can't share all my work as the Holiday Exchange has not yet arrived with my partner and the monthly challenge reveal is at the end of the month. Whilst I have purchased Eeyore's frame I have yet to assemble it so again no photo and I have not yet finished September - The Drawn Thread. It looks like I need a little kick start this week as there does seem to be a lot needing my attention.

Here are the items I can share:

August - The Drawn Thread
assembled after the close of last month's SFS
North Pole Post Office - CCN
Eeyore - to be framed
July Monthly Challenge
gallery opened after close of last months SFS
Dusty's Welcome RR - Needlecraft Haven
I stitched the right side of the alphabet and
the bottom panel

Please send positive thoughts my way so I can get stitching, reading and blogging again - thank you for calling by today x x