Monday, 18 August 2014

A Well-Timed Gift

Hello everyone, thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has grown disheartened with a project. I'm sure it will get finished eventually, I'm just not feeling it at the moment.
One thing that did raise my stitchy spirits was this gorgeous parcel from Jacquie, from My Journey. I've only recently started following her lovely blog and was overjoyed to win her giveaway! Look at the goodies that she kindly sent :)

All of the gifts were beautifully wrapped in pretty pink paper. 

How lovely are those gift tags? I can't wait to get the rest of my stitching stuff back so I can make use of the trims. I'm also the proud owner of a Smiles pin cushion :)

Jacquie also included some Madeira threads and some aida squares, so I can get stitching on some card designs straight away.

Jacquie, I can't thank you enough for this wonderful parcel. Just as I thought my stitching mojo had been left behind in Winchester, you reminded me how much I love stitching and craft. Thank you! 
I hope you all have a wonderful week, best wishes.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Stormy Weather Equals Stitching Time

Hello friends, I hope you're all keeping warm and dry. These storms are awful aren't they? I've managed to dodge the worst bits, but I did have to walk to work in the rain at the weekend, not fun. 

I didn't have a lot to share with you when I first thought about writing a post. I will admit, I have fallen out of love with this little Christmas design. I still think it's cute, but the scattered stitches of similar colours are driving me mad. I will get it finished eventually, but it wasn't helping me to relax after a long day at work. Here's an update to share anyways . . .

I became so disenchanted with this piece, that I decided to move on to a different design. This is my new start, Barnyard by Bent Creek, a gift from Elisa a while back. It's a simple design, I pulled out my own thread choices from my Anchor box and got stuck in. I must say, I'm truly enjoying stitching this one, it's coming together quite quickly.

I think another reason I lost my stitching mojo for a bit was because I didn't have all of my stitching essentials with me. I went to grab my scissors to cut some fabric for Barnyard, before realising I didn't pack them! But this won't be the case for much longer. My parents are visiting at the end of the month and offered to bring some of my stuff down with them. This will make it easier for when I eventually move out into a more permanent residence. I am going to send them a list, and my stitching chest and sewing machine are going to be high up on that list! I'm missing my machine more than I thought I would, it's such a handy thing to have around. Hopefully we won't be apart for much longer :)

I hope you've all had a wonderful start to the week, despite the changeable weather :)
Best wishes,

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stitch From Stash Update: July

July has been a real whirlwind month for me. I moved out of the city I had lived in for three years, made a new city my home, started my new job and started committing myself to finally finishing a novel. And between all that, I've always made time for my stitching :) It's time for another update and this month, I actually spent money!

Total spends: 

99p for a DMC thread needed to complete Miss Peepers.

Finished projects:

I've had lots of lovely comments on Miss Peepers already, thank you all so much for your kindness. Here she is again, she was my only finish for this month.

New starts:

I started a Christmas in July themed stitch and I'm making good progress. It's a bit slow going because the various shades of similar colours means I have to concentrate, and sometimes I don't feel like doing that after a seven-hour shift! But I am enjoying the piece, I think it will be a sweet finish when it's done. (sorry about the creases)

So that's my update for this month. I think I've got plenty to keep me busy over the next couple of months, but I'll feel much more at ease when I can have all my stitching stuff back with me :)
I hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend. I'm posting early this morning because I'm off shopping with my sister today. It's been awhile since I've seen her and I can't wait to catch up :) Have a lovely day! 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Christmas in July

It's nice to be thinking of cooler climes during this spell of hot weather. I'm not too bad in the heat, but it would be much better if I was lounging under a shaded tree, rather than at work :P It's been a long week so I'm grateful for my day off today. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a few more stitches in today. Here is where I'm up to with my latest WIP . . .

I'm making steady progress, but I do have to concentrate. There's five different types of green thread, so I have to keep my eye on the ball :)
Hope you're all enjoying a lovely weekend, best wishes.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


I've finished Miss Peepers! I'm still so in love with this gorgeous little design. I used my own thread choices alongside some of the recommended DMC threads and I'm really happy with the result. I can see me stitching up another one of these beauties by the time summer is up :) Here she is!

It's funny. When I was a little girl, I couldn't stand pink. Pink annoyed me. Nowadays, pink and green is my favourite colour combination! It's funny how our tastes change as we grow up :)

I have a new start to share too. I'm embracing Christmas in July and started this darling little kit gifted to me from Cath over at The Stitchin' Chicken. It's mostly block colours with a few bits of backstitching, a lovely project to enjoy after a long day at work.

Back to work for me tomorrow, but I've got friends visiting for dinner tomorrow evening which I'm very much looking forward to :) I hope you all have a lovely week.
Best wishes,

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

A Different Kind of New Start

Hello all! I started my new job at the start of the week, I'm working at ALDI in Southampton. I was very pleased to get this particular job as its in an ideal location within walking distance from my house. I've done two shifts and today is my first day off. 

I like the freedom my new job gives me as I have two days off a week, as well as some afternoons. This is great for stitching time! Miss Peepers is coming along a treat. I was pleased to hear that I had been a bad influence on Justine from Justine's Cross Stitch, who has recently purchased this chart to stitch for herself. I can't wait to see your version Justine!
Here's where I'm up to with mine . . .

Not too much more to go actually, I think I may be able to finish it within the next couple of days. And then I'm going to have to get creative with what I stitch next. As most of you know, I packed up a lot of my stitching stuff when I moved to go into storage. I have a few supplies with me, but I also remember the vast collection of charts I have saved on my computer. I may not have a printer, but I know the library offers printing services. Oh, the lengths I will go to for cross stitching! :P
Hope you're all having a great week, best wishes. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A New Stomping Ground

Hello friends! Well, I've made it safely to my new place in Southampton. Sunday was a very busy day. My parents drove all the way from Glastonbury to help me move my stuff. They're storing most of it in their outbuilding until I find a more permanent residence. 

It was strange to see my room in Winchester completely bare. I felt a little sad as I closed the door for the last time, but I know I'm moving onwards and upwards. Plus, I know I'll see my former housemates regularly. They're not getting rid of me that easily!

I've settled into my new room here. I'm having to live out of my suitcase, but I can cope with that. I've got a cupboard and fridge/freezer space all sorted, so I'm perfectly content. I managed to get some stitching in last night, here's how Miss Peepers is looking . . .

I start my new job in just under a week. I'm quite looking forward to going back to work actually - more money for stitching supplies! Keeping within the SFS budget of course :P
Best wishes,