Wednesday 30 November 2022

November round up and Temperature SAL

I have been very busy this month but not busy posting on my blog. The main reason is time - my hours and minutes have been filled getting all my Christmas crafting done and it isn't the right time to share photos.  

However I have made a little bit of a catch up on my Temperature SAL - my winter cake band covers January to the end of March and then October to the end of the year. I have just started stitching my October days so I do have a bit of catching up to do. 

Tomorrow is opening day for the Needlecraft Haven Christmas Exchange, I am pleased to know my ornament has arrived with my partner but as we have had no post for a week mine is yet to arrive. The post strikes seem to have had a big effect on our local area, we haven't had deliveries on the non strike days. 

Last week I posted my Christmas cards to our overseas friends and I am relieved to know they are beginning to arrive. Tomorrow is card writing day and then Friday will be posting day for any card or parcel for the UK ... and my fingers will be crossed! 

Tomorrow is December - can you believe it? It will be a busy day, as well as the usual change over of ornaments there are all the advent items to put out - and it's Advent Calendar day which is always exciting. 

Online it is Topsy Turvy SAL start day for December, Christmas Forum and Advent time at Needlecraft Haven and Christmas Tree Church Festival blog time ... busy but so so exciting. 

Apologies for my lack of reading and commentating, I will catch up on everyone's blog posts soon. Time to sign off and pop up to church to set up the Alphabet Tree.

Thank you to everyone who has stitched a letter - here they are all together - I stitched 32 using either a DMC or Assisi chart and I received 34 beautiful designs from all over the world - thank you. 

Tuesday 15 November 2022

Gifted Gorgeousnesses in November


Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted each month by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. GG, on the 15th of each month, is 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. If you visit Jo's blog you'll find the links to everyone's Gifted Gorgeousness posts.

My first GG goes back to October and is both sent and received. Needlecraft Haven's Halloween Exchange is always fun. I stitched one of Durene Jones' cats for Mary and I received a beautiful ornament from Mel along with some yummy treats and thread. 

I stitched Durene Jones' little ghost for our daughter and her fiance. I'm not sure if the do anything anymore for Halloween but it was fun to and an excuse to send a few treats too. 

Along with my Halloween Exchange Mel also sent two beautiful letters for the Alphabet Tree. Thank you to everyone who has sent a letter or letters, I'll be putting the tree up at church on 30th November. It's always an exciting, and emotional, moment when the tree has been decorated with all the ornaments hanging. I'll take plenty of photos for a future blog post. 

This time of year most of my stitching is gifts and gifts that cannot be shared, it just means my January Gifted Gorgeousnesses is a full blog post.

Friday 11 November 2022

Fully Finished Objects in November


Rachel, Ten Hour Stitcher, hosts Fully Finished Objects, a super chance for us to show and tell about the crafty items we have completely finished.

This month I have a few finishes. Although one is not a fully finished object I am happy dancing. 

Firstly I can now include my Halloween ornament that I stitched Mary for the Needlecraft Haven Halloween Exchange. It's another from Durene Jones, her designs are lovely. 

I also stitched one of her designs for a little Halloween ornament I sent to our daughter, of course the parcel included a few treats too. 

I also finished two lovely letters sent by Melanie for the Alphabet Tree, thank you Mel.

My next FFO is a little heart for October's Topsy Turvy SAL with the theme Valentine's. It's a chart from an old magazine but I didn't save the details of which one. I stitched it on plastic canvas. 

I'm enjoying the Topsy Turvy SAL as it doesn't take up all my stitching time and is a change to stitching all the current themed items. It's spring this month, and December, so it will be nice to stitch something spring themed amist all the Christmas preparations.

I have also stitched and finished my ornament for the Needlecraft Haven Christmas Exchange but I can't share just yet.

I can however share my Temperature SAL summer cake and finish. These flowers show the temperatures for April through to the end of September. I have recorded the highest and lowest temperature each day for the location we are in. It's lovely to look back and remember where we were especially on the bright yellow hot days. 

To finish it I have backed it using backing parchment. I used pva glue for just sticking the paper to the edges, this makes it wipeable so easy to keep clean after being round a cake. I'm looking forward to using it, I best get on and stitch the winter one. 

I have also been upcycling some Christmas cards. Using cards we've previously received I have added some gold or silver detail and made new cards to give this year. I enjoy doing it and I do love a bit of recycling. Here's a few I made. 

My final finish is not fully but I am so so pleased to have finally finished the buttonhole edgings on my tablecloth. I don't pick it up very often so it's a slow go and the marking out took as long as the stitching. Now I can focus on the kloster blocks before deciding which holes to cut. This piece was a Round Robin quite a few years ago that I didn't make up so it will be nice to get it finished. 

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Springtime - Topsy Turvy SAL

It's Springtime - Topsy Turvy SAL stitching for November (and December is all about spring. 

I'm hoping to do the spring design from Durene Jones to match my autumn ornament. 

Here's the link to the 2021 post with all the freebie links. You can join in the Topsy Turvy SAL on Facebook, with Needlecraft Haven or by posting on your own blog. 

As usual photos of this month's stitching can be shared from the 20th.

My spring photo is my spring mini cushion from a collection I stitched a few years ago.

Happy spring stitching in chilly November.