Monday, 20 September 2021

Topsy Turvy September - Happy New Year

 


I'm very excited as today it the opening day for the first Topsy Turvy SAL album - Happy New Year Sept 21

You can join the TT SAL on Facebook, post about your stitching on your own blog or join in with the members of Needlecraft Haven.

I took my stitching away on our holiday to Scotland, although I did not get very much done (too much to see, too much whisky to drink). The fabric I used was in my stash so I'm not sure where it came from. I chose it because it was stiff and easy to work on free hand. 

I decided to stitch the free chart from Cottage Needlecrafts and I'm hoping to finish it as a flat ornament.


I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's Topsy Turvy stitching, it won't be long before we start our next theme, where does the time go!

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness in September

 


The 15th of each month means it's Gifted Gorgeousness time, and although I'm a day late it's time to share my latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. 

My first GG is Needlecraft Haven's Summer Exchange. For this we had to stitch a mini pillow for our partner. The theme was 'something to make you smile'. I received a gorgeous mini pillow from Melanie, the design was just perfect for me.

I also received a skein of thread and an owl card, a lovely gift, thank you Melanie 



I stitched for Mary in France, because of the current restrictions it was easier to send my pillow unmade. I enclosed some fabric and a choice of ribbon for finishing. It all fitted neatly in an envelope so it wasn't classed as a parcel. 

This is Mary's photo, I think she plans on using the red ribbon. 


My final GG was a special wedding gift. Our daughter's best friend got married in early September, our daughter was one of the bridesmaids. The happy couple spend a lot of time surfing so I knew this was perfect when I saw it. 

The design is 'Let's Marry By The Sea' by Ursula Michael, I didn't do all the design, just the flip flops and lettering. I know our daughter's friend loved it, I'm hoping to have a wedding photo to share soon.


We are currently on holiday in Scotland which is why I'm a little late. We will be home in time for the first Topsy Turvy SAL Gallery ... how is your New Year crafting going? 

Friday, 10 September 2021

Fully Finished Objects - September

 


Rachel, Ten Hour Stitcher, hosts Fully Finished Objects for us to show and tell about the crafty items we have completely finished. These are the pieces I finished in time for this month's check in. 

I have caught up with my 12 Days of Christmas. I've completed both my Jardin Prive and Plum Street Sampler pieces for July and August. 





I just managed to complete them before we came away on holiday. We're on holiday with friends in Scotland, extra special today was my birthday.






Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Topsy Turvy SAL - off we go

 We're off - TT21 is starting with September stitching about 'New Year' 

I have started a group on Facebook - open to all if you'd like to join in.

I have found a few freebie designs online - you'll need to change the year as some are a while ago ... amazing how time flies. 

Here are my finds: 

Happy New Year

Cottage Needlecrafts

Crafttown

Cross-stitching biz


The photo is an ornament I finished in 2015 as part of Needlecraft Haven's Challenge - Gazette94


Happy New Year stitching 🤗

Sunday, 29 August 2021

WIPocalypse August and a new SAL


My September plans will bring a bit of difference, I'm hosting a new SAL that you are very welcome to join in with .... Topsy Turvy SAL

Every year in January I am so enthusiastic about the new SALs and the stitching everyone is joining in with. I joined in quite a few this year, all enjoyable but mainly focused on Christmas. I often feel I have missed stitching for other events, especially seeing some designs stitched by others. So welcome to my Topsy Turvy SAL designed to help stitch a bit more than Christmas designs.


On the 20th of every month I'll be blogging my Topsy Turvy progress - I'm not sure about widgets so I'm not doing a link up - if you have a Topsy Turvy post please leave a comment on my post for that month and I'm sure other stitchers will pop by to see your stitching.

There is no sign up, no obligation to start or even complete every month, just dip in and out as you wish. There are no rules on finishing, whether the item was a gift, or the size, it is a SAL to change things around a little bit. 

Every month is a different theme based on time, seasons and celebrations but a while before the actual event. I have set it out this way so there is time to finish but it isn't long to wait to display my stitching which will hopefully mean they are not lost in a 'safe place'!

I'll be blogging about my progress and hopeful finishes following my Topsy Turvy plan: 


September - a design to celebrate New Year

October - any design for Valentine's 

November and December - springtime designs

January - Easter stitching 

February and March - summer designs

April - a little treat for myself, any small design I fancy

May and June - autumnal designs

July - a design for Halloween

August - Christmas stitching 


If you'd like to join in each month on the 20th blog about your design and how you are doing. It doesn't matter if you have only kitted up your design, made a start, finished it or made it up completely, it will be fun to see what everyone is doing. 


Here were my August plans for WIPocalypse and a little update on how I did:
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Seven Swans-a-swimming: both stitched
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Eight Maids-a-milking: both stitched
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs - Merry Christmas: kitted up
  • JCS ornament SAL - Carolyn Manning Designs - Caroling Friends: stitched and finished
  • JCS ornament SAL  - Lisa LeAnn Designs - O Christmas Tree: nothing
  • Summer Exchange with Needlecraft Haven: stitched and sent
  • Summer Challenge with Needlecraft Haven: stitched and finished

I hope you will join the Topsy Turvey SAL, here's my September plans with my TT included: 
  • New Year design for TT SAL
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Nine Ladies Dancing (PSS and JP designs)
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs - Merry Christmas
  • JCS ornament SAL  - Lisa LeAnn Designs - O Christmas Tree
  • JCS ornament SAL - The Little Stitcher - St. Lucy's Light
  • Summer Challenge with Needlecraft Haven

Friday, 27 August 2021

August Smalls


Mary at Mary's Thread hosts the Smalls SAL. On the last Friday of the month we share our small stitching items that we have completed but not necessarily fully finished. Mary has a link up post on her blog so we can pop over to see everyone's work. 

This month I have been focussing on catching up with my 12 Days stitching. I have nearly completed my Jardin Prive Day 8 too and I hope to have them all finished 8n time for September's Fully Finished Objects post.




It will be WIPocalypse time in a couple of days, if you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I have been a little Christmassed out this year and have been thinking about changing my stitching plans. 

Well I have decided to do my own SAL - of course anyone can join in and I will be hosting it on Needlecraft Haven. All the details will be revealed in my WIPocalypse blog on Sunday. 

Monday, 16 August 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness in August


The 15th of each month means it's Gifted Gorgeousness time, the time each month when we share our latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. 

This month I have a special GG to share. It was my stitchy friend Julie's birthday at the end of July so I made her a pin box and card.


I love using boxes, I have quite a few from watches, charms and many other gifts. Using a Pandora box I added padding and covered the charm cushion. I covered the inner lid with felt yo match the colour in the design I stitched. 


The design was in one of my stitching magazine, I can't say which one because I only keep the pages I like and it doesn't have the designer or magazine number on. It caught my eye being square and stitched over one it was the perfect fit for the box. I did add an extra outer row of stitches in blue. 

I mounted, and slightly padded, the design onto card and glued it to the box. The final touch was a decorative edging. 


I have a super special gift to share next month ... I can't wait for the recipients to receive it and to be able to show everyone. 

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Fully Finished Objects in August

 


Rachel, Ten Hour Stitcher, hosts Fully Finished Objects for us to show and tell about the crafty items we have completely finished. Thanks Rachel, your FFO prompt each month really helps me finish my projects instead of them still in my project folders.

My first finish is for Needlecraft Haven's Summer Challenge. It's one of the Christmas choices by Gazette 94. I decided on the Joy design and stitched it on perforated paper mounted on felt.


My second finish is for Jo's JCS Christmas Ornament SAL from the 2020 Christmas magazine. I'm a little late as this design was for July : Carolyn Manning Designs  - Caroling Friends.

I need to get stitching now as I have finished all the pieces in my box! I'm sure I will have some ready for September's post ... fingers crossed! 

Friday, 30 July 2021

FFO, WIPocalypse and Smalls for July

I just haven't been online, no real reason, time just seems to be running away but I'm not actually busy ... I do apologise for not blog visiting, I noticed there's lots of Olympic stitching happening so I must pop by to read all your news. 

Here's my very late FFO post, my slightly late WIPocalypse post and my on time Smalls post - hee hee


I am up to Day 6 with my 12 Days of Christmas SAL. It feels weird to be half way through the year. It is easier to stitch the beads on now the light is bright, why did I use invisable thead! I'm doing this SAL with the members of Needlecraft Haven and Jo's Group on Facebook. 




I'm also doing Jo's JCS SAL on Facebook. I'm a bit out of sync but I have finished Ursula Michael Designs My Friendly Gnome which was the choice for May.


At Needlecraft Haven we have seasonal challenges. Each season there is a Christmas themed design and a general design to stitch. I have stitched the spring challenge Belle Parole from La Comtesse but stitched the words individually instead of the main tree.

I found the fabric in my stash, lovely gold flecks and it did stitch up well but finishing was a bit tricky. I found the fabric so soft and it unravelled very easily making turning and closing a challenge. 


These were my WIPocalypse plans for July along with how I did: 
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Seven Swans-a-swimming - kitted up
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs Merry Christmas - kitted up
  • JCS ornament SAL - Carolyn Manning Designs - Caroling Friends -kitted up
  • A wedding gift - finished
  • A birthday gift - finished 
  • Summer Challenges with Needlecraft Haven - one completed, one kitted up 
Not bad really as my focus was the two gifts, especially the wedding gift which I can share in September. The birthday gift can be shown next month. 

Here's my August plans (is it really August!):
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Seven Swans-a-swimming
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Eight Maids-a-milking
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs - Merry Christmas
  • JCS ornament SAL - Carolyn Manning Designs - Caroling Friends
  • JCS ornament SAL  - Lisa LeAnn Designs - O Christmas Tree 
  • Summer Exchange with Needlecraft Haven
  • Summer Challenge with Needlecraft Haven 
As I have said before I'm going to look at my stitching calendar for 2022 in August/September to try to have a difference from just Christmas stitching. There are Christmas SALs I will still do but I need more variety. I might even set myself a finishing challenge .... oh! 

Looking at my post I did complete quite a bit this month, the wedding gift took a while. Hopefully next month I'll be posting on time. Thank you for visiting, it's lovely to read our comments. I'll leave you with a few photos from last weekend when our daughter and boyfriend came to stay, first time in 2021, we had such a lovely time. 





Friday, 16 July 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness in July

Oh my I'm way off my stitching plans, my reading plans too and I have no reason why, I just seem to be slow at everything including blogging and other online stuff. However nothing is a necessity and my life is not ruled by the internet so it will be what it is hee hee

That said I have one GG to share. I made this earlier in the year for my friend's special birthday. She lives in the USA and shares her birthday with Independence Day, however Mr Postie delayed my parcel so it has only just arrived. 




The design is Tulip Heart by Make Stuff Be Happy, a freebie design that was the Winter Challenge on Needlecraft Haven. I slightly changed the layout and made it into a tissue pouch, my very first attempt. 

I am a day late for Gifted Gorgeousness as it is the 15th of each month. It is still good to share our latest gifts. These can be gifts given or received, or any item made using fabric, threads, buttons, ribbon, chart, backing fabric that has been gifted.

This great idea is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you visit her blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts. 

Although I have no more stitching gifts you might like to pop over to my other blog Aimetu's- wine, food and travel. Our son gifted us for Christmas a gin making day which we did last Saturday and our daughter and partner, also for Christmas, adopted us a vine . I've put the links to each post as the caption to the photos ... two great gifts from our great, now grown up, children. 

Bond Street Distillery - our gin making day




Wednesday, 30 June 2021

WIPocalypse June

 

WIPocalypse is all about stitching we want to do before the End of the World. Measi hosts this great idea at Measi's Musings. As well as sharing our stitching Measi asks month there is a question too, you'll find my answer later on in my post.

These my June plans: 

  • 12 Days of Christmas - Five Gold Rings by Plum Street Samplers 
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Six Geese A-laying
  • JCS ornament SAL - Ursula Michael Designs My Friendly Gnome
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs Merry Christmas 
  • Starting a wedding gift
  • A birthday gift
  • Spring and Summer Challenges with Needlecraft Haven 
  • December Flip It
I managed to finish the two 12 Days pieces, the JCS ornament for May and December Flip It. 



I have caught up on much of my stitching this month although we have been away. I have also stitched a bit on the Needlecraft Haven challenges and the birthday gift. I have kitted up the wedding gift and some of my other small projects.

I need a day for finishing now, in fact I may set up my sewing machine as I have some larger projects to finish that have been waiting a long long time. Hopefully it will stitch nicely for me, if  not I think it may be time to look at changing it. 

This month's questions is about how our stitching is mid year, a half year review. I think I'm ok, I'm managing to keep up with the SALs I signed up for .... just, and I have completed the gifts for birthdays in the first part of the year in time. I'm pleased too to have finally finished Lizzie Kate's Flip Its. 

However, as I said in a previous post I am going to look at my stitching plans as it all seems to revolve around Christmas. All my SALs are Christmas based and it's easy in January to be very keen and there's always so much to sign up for. I am going to look at setting my year's plans  September and hopefully include more variety for 2022.

And so to my July plans - the birthday and wedding gifts have priority 
  • 12 Days of Christmas - Seven Swans-a-swimming
  • JCS ornament SAL - My Big Toe Designs Merry Christmas 
  • JCS ornament SAL - Carolyn Manning Designs - Caroling Friends 
  • A wedding gift
  • A birthday gift
  • Summer Challenges with Needlecraft Haven 

June Smalls

 

Mary at Mary's Thread hosts the Smalls SAL on the last Friday of the month we share our small stitching items that we have completed but not necessarily fully finished. Mary has a link up post on her blog so we can pop over to see everyone's work. 

I'm quite late with my smalls post for June, we have been away for a few days. I bought Hubby a driving experience for his birthday last December and as restrictions have lifted slightly he finally managed to go last Friday. We then went on to Portishead for a weekend break with friends, something we all enjoyed and certainly needed. 

I have finally finished my Flip Its, I am a little unsure about the incorrect grammar but the designs are lovely so hopefully I will not be too ocd about the missing capital letters. I'm still unsure on finishing them. 


I did manage to stitch May's ornament for Jo's JCS Christmas Ornament SAL on Facebook. Ursula Michael's My Friendly Gnome is so cute, it was a joy to stitch too, quite a quick stitch.


My final two smalls are my Day 6s for the 12 Days of Christmas SAL with Needlecraft Haven and with the Facebook group. The Plum Street Sampler and Jardin Prive designs are quite different. 



I have quite a few pieces to finish now as I have a couple of items I cannot show as they are gifts. Hopefully I will be able to have a finishing day soon to get them all done, although we now have an inflatable hot tub in the garden. It's so nice and an hour easily slips away, so peaceful sitting in the warm water in the garden just taking a moment. 

I better write my WIPocalypse post for June as I'm a bit late for that too ... oops!


Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness in June

 Whoo hoo I have finally finished all my Flip It's. These were gifted to me by Justine and I'll be gifting them on to my friend in Canada. Here's my December finish and the full set.



Originally I was going to make them into a banner for our gazebo to separate us a bit from our neighbours. However last year, during our lockdowns, they had so many parties and visitors I was getting quite anxious as their seating is literally the other side of the fence so Hubby put up some full size rattan screening which is much better. Therefore my banner is not needed ... I'm going to have a good think about what to do.

In fact I'm going to have a good think about my stitching in general and this year I am hoping to  set my year's stitching plans at the end of August, maybe early September. I will have some of this year's SALs to finish but setting plans at the end of a year and start of the next has often meant most of my stitching has been Christmas focused and I'd like a change. I also have some finishing to do so I may set that as part of my plans. 

Sorry Jo I went off topic ... thank you for hosting another GG, I do look forward to posting each month on the 15th and seeing everyone's projects. The list of Gifted Gorgeousness participants is on Jo's blog Serendipitous Stitching.  


I already have a GG piece for July, it's being posted today .... it must be someone's birthday soon then 😉