Saturday, 28 January 2012

Cat in a Tea Cup Finished

Yes, we have a finish.  Cat in a Tea Cup by Margaret Sherry, from Cross Stitch Card Shop issue 82.  
And here it is.


Close up

- ooOoo -

We had a fox come and visit us in our garden today, and stayed for about an hour.  
He just loved the sunshine on our bank.  He cleaned himself up and then had a nap.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Here is the link.  Closes on 17 February 2012.

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Monday, 23 January 2012

IHSW & Week-End Stitching

The International Hermit and Stitch Weekend was on the 21-22 January, and I was determined to at least start on one of my UFOs.  The Time and Season sampler by Moria Blackburn was the one I chose to start on.  I had ago at one of the boarders at the bottom.  Filling in the leaves and flower heads.  It was further along the line that I spotted a mistake, and I had to do some 'frogging'.  So my TUSAL has lots of fluffy green bits in.  But I am glad that I have made another start on my sampler.

Here is a close up of what I have done.

Here is what it looks like now.
Here is what it looked like before I started.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Here is the link.  Closes on 17 February 2012.

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Thursday, 19 January 2012

More Angels Finished.

Hi Everyone

I've been busy stitching more of my Blackwork Angels and have completed 6 altogether this year.   

The Prairie Schooler - Blackwork Angels.

I have also started to stitch a lovely little Margaret Sherry 'Cat in a Teacup', which is the free cover kit, just out in "Cross Stitch Card Shop" Issue No. 82.

Cat in a Teacup by Margaret Sherry

There are now 2 free downloads on "Margaret Sherry Kits".  Just click here to see the new design of the 'Super Speedy Snail'.

Now I must do some of my UFOs & WIPs.  Remember there is the Hermit and Stitch Weekend coming up on 21-22 January.  If you want to join in, just click here to sign up for this month.

It's been very cold and wet at the moment.  But we did have some lovely sun sets the other night and my camera came out to catch the moment.

Last Saturday I went out walking with my friends.  The sun was out and there was blue sky.  The ground was hard and crisp as we had a frost that morning.  Here are a few photo's I took of our walk at Whirlow.

Mallard Ducks on the Ice.

More Ducks on the Ice.
Whirlow in Winter
Sheep in there thick winter coats
The contrast of the day was amazing.  Ice on the pond for the ducks, and then flowers still in bloom, like the gorse bush and rhododendron.  The temperature dropped suddenly as we entered a lower part of the valley and you could see the frost all around.  It was good to get out of the house and see it all.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  Here is the link.  Closes on 17 February 2012.

Until next time, Happy Stitching

Monday, 9 January 2012

Another Finish and WIPs/UFOs

WOW!  I can't believe that it's now over a years since I've been blogging!  Welcome to my new followers.  I am amazed at having 142 followers!  

Today I wanted to show you my latest finish, another Blackwork Angel by The Prairie Schooler.  Yes, I know, you have seen it before, but this one I'm keeping for myself.  The last one was made into a tree decoration for my friend Janet.

Angel with Sheep.

WIPs and UFO's

I've got so many unfinished items plus works in progress (depending on how old they are) that I have joined a UFO/WIP Stitch-a-Long for members of the Margaret Sherry Cross Stitch Group (MSCSG).  So hopefully, I will get some more progress done on my stitching.  Here are the ones I want to start on first.

Time and Season Sampler by Moira Blackburn.

OakHaven Designs, Owl SAL 2011 by Tonia Pappan

Freebie design "First Snow" by The Drawn Thread

Blackwork Angle by The Prairie Schooler.

I have also got some UFOs from  "The Stitch Specialists" Group that I am still working on, but I will only share them on this blog.  The designs are by by Abi Gurden.

Tree of Stitches by Abi Gurden.

Little Lace Learning Hardanger SAL by Abi Gurden

 I'm looking forward to finishing these two especially, then I can start the next design Abi has started.

Well, I think that's all from me!   So, until next time Happy Stitching Everyone.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Finish and A Giveaway!

Well, I said I would be stitching for Christmas, and here is my first finish for 2012.  The Prairie Schooler - Blackwork Angels.  I just love these designs and hope to do more of the set.  I'm already half way through the next one.

The Prairie Schooler - Blackwork Angels.


Yes, this is a first for me.  It's my blogoversary in 4 days time, so I want to celebrate with a Giveaway. 
I've had a look at my collection of leaflets that I have collected over the years and found these.

Starting from the top left there is:-
  • Ginger & Spice - The Tulip & The Rose
  • DMC - Country Kitchen
  • Artistic Needle - Musical Christmas
  • Zweigart - Cork - Pulled and drawn threadwork
  • National Park Needlework - Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park
  • American School of Needlework - Santas at Work & Play
  • Lily Fire-Screen Chart (Magazine Freebie)

So here are the rules if you want to join in the fun.
  1. Be a follower - old or new.
  2. Post a comment on this post.  Please add your email address to your post please.
  3. For an extra entry, post a link to my giveaway on your own blog, and come back and tell me you have done so.
  4. Closes on Friday 17 February 2012.  I will do a draw over the week-end.


And finally, here is a cheeky squirrel at the fat balls, which we put out for the birds.

Grey Squirrel.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year!

A Very Happy New Year to All My Followers.

I thought I would share with you the Christmas gifts I sent to my friend Mary Grace in Malta.  I sent her some Hobbycraft kits to stitch and she has already stitched them!   She has also reminded me that I did not share with you the Christmas Card I stitched for her in 2010.  So here they are:

Joan Elliot Design - Christmas Card 2010.

Hobbycraft Kits.

Hobbycraft Kits.

What's new in 2012?  

  • Well, I have got a new picture on the top of my blog, called "Kiss Me" which is designed by Margaret Sherry. 
  • I have also joined a new blog group called "UFO/WIP Stitch-a-Long for MSCSG Group".  So I will be stitching lots of my "Un-Finished Objects" and  showing you my "Work In Progress". 
  • I've also decided to start stitching for Christmas.  I was rather late starting last year and did not stitch as much as I wanted to.  

Until Next Time, Happy Stitching Everyone