I have just completed part 2 of the SAL...just in time for the release of the next part tomorrow.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Is anyone interested in a Halloween Ornament Exchange? If so,
- You need to be a follower of this blog.
- You don't need to have a blog, HOWEVER, I need to have a way of contacting you. Some are
"no reply" bloggers, so I cannot reach you. If you leave a message on this post and are a "no reply"
blogger, I regret I will not be able to add you to the group.
- Halloween ornament may be the ornament of your choice. It doesn't need to be cross stitched
- but it should be hand made.
- It needs to be a completed project, ready for your Exchange Partner to hang up and enjoy.
I will take sign ups until August 22nd and will notify each stitcher by August 30th who they are exchanging with. Please mail your ornaments no later than October 1st, notifying me when you slip it in the mail so I can make note.
Any and all stitchers are welcome - international exchange participants are welcome.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
This month I have worked on...absolutely nothing that was on my WIPocalypse list...ooops!
However, I can tell you all about my oldest and newest WIP's. That's easy!
My oldest is most likely to be a gorgeous Cat's Alphabet sampler by Janlynn. I started this in or around 2003. It was my first ever purchase on discovering Hobbycraft. I didn't know as much back then as I do now and two of the things I didn't know was that the oils from the scroll frame could mark the fabric and that I shouldn't really leave the fabric in sunlight for any length of time. Do you think you can guess how I learnt both of these? Yep it was hard to tell which one had done the most damage to the fabric, sun fade or oil marking. Strangely enough I was toying with the idea of getting a new bit of fabric to start this again as even after all this time, I still love the design. I would however, stitch it on evenweave instead of aida this time.
Sunday, 10 August 2014
On the non stitching front, I thought I would share a couple of photos of our allotment at the moment. In the bed bottom left are the few lettuces we have left that haven't bolted, the courgettes and squashes. The plot behind Luke has our late potatoes in which will hopefully provide potatoes for Christmas dinner. Under the netting on the right are cabbages and cauliflowers with the runner beans at the back there. Compared to everyone else, we grow a LOT of runner beans and so far we have picked 5.35kg of beans (and there are a lot more to come yet!) We need another freezer!
Thursday, 7 August 2014
Before starting the Trail we all chose a murder weapon and a suspect. They had some brilliant names! The Trail is based on the murder of Billy Bonka who was murdered on his way to the Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival. A chocolate festival? What more could I want? Anyway, I digress, the list of suspects included Mal Teaser, Emma Nems, Toby Lerone, Carrie-Mel Barr and Wally Nutwhip to name a few.
The first 4 clues were on the station, so we solved those whilst waiting for our steam train to arrive. They were all easy to find so we moved on to the Little Grey Cell game whereby we had to come up with as many words (3 letters or more) as we could from the words TREASURE TRAILS. Between us we came up with over 100 but we still need to do a final count up.
We decided to have a slice of cake each with a glass of water as 'dessert' after lunch. I can heartily recommend the lemon drizzle cake...oh my word...divine! And the size of it! HUGE! Rachael had Rocky Road and it looked the best one I have ever seen.
I was disappointed to see no chocolate pizza on the menu though. After eating the cake, we went downstairs and looked at the shop! There it is...chocolate pizza!!! What a disappointment though, we were all expecting real chocolate pizza and it wasn't. It was a huge chocolate button with various chocolate toppings to look like the things you would have on a pizza. So there were some lemon/lime chocolate drops to represent something green on the pizza - peppers? chillis? Who knows! On the plus side though, we did succumb to a chocolate bar each. Dark chocolate with toasted hazelnut, milk chocolate with bubblegum, milk chocolate tiramisu and white chocolate rocky road. We haven't tried them yet, so I can't tell you what they are like.
Of course, I have forgotten the best bit! There was a shop called Clark's Crafts right by the station and it had a large cross stitch section. I picked up 2 Just Nan charts for 33p each! I think they may originally have been complementary charts if you bought charms or something. One was My Fair Ladybug and the other was Bee Hive Violets. Both look like they will be very pretty stitched. I also got Rosebuds for £2.40 and a couple of other little bits and pieces. They had a huge section of old leaflets too which I really wanted to have a proper root through, however after being in there about an hour, both children were getting a little antsy!
So we have had a brilliant day out doing a well written and thoroughly enjoyable Treasure Trail whilst doing some other fun things too. The train ride was brilliant and both children liked it despite being teenagers! The staff were great and made the journey fun with the way they interacted with the younger children. Highly recommended if you are in the area for the day :)
Friday, 1 August 2014
Donna emailed to say that she received her Christmas in July exchange from me (luckily just in July!) So here is a quick photo of what I sent her.
Monday, 28 July 2014
Anyway, the Halloween Town SAL was £6.73 with the currency conversion. I have gone absolutely mad this month and bough a DMC 420 for 69p, making this month's total £7.42 if I can add up correctly!
I have had a new start, all from stash. I am working on Bothy Threads Cut Thru Haberdasher's. It's the chart version from a few years ago when they still did charts so I am stitching it on 28ct white jobelan with DMC.
Friday, 25 July 2014
Cath organised a Christmas in July exchange. My partner was Donna and today I received my package from her. She decorated the envelope with Christmas stickers, I wonder what the postman thought? Donna totally spoilt me. Look at all these lovely goodies.
There are some Christmassy threads. The green is the same as I am using for Oh Christmas Tree so if I run out I will have another skein to hand. There is a gorgeous piece of quilting fabric with snowflakes on and a pice of jobelan in Wood Violet. It is such a pretty colour. Donna sent me 4 charts too. One is a candle mat. I've never heard of this before but what a great idea. There's some really pretty ribbon with turtles on, brilliant for a Turtle trot project. The little ornie Donna made is so cute and I love the way she used ric rac for the hanger. The best thing she sent me though (apart from the gorgeous ornie) was some cute little buttons to 'build your own snowman' the are just brilliant!!!!
Thank you for everything Donna, I hope you like your package as much as I like mine.