Friday, 12 June 2015

Operation Church Date

One of the reasons I've been distracted from my hobbies lately was being consumed by my sister's wedding. She is my only sibling and obviously this was a big occasion for her, so she needed my support throughout the whole planning. This did mean a few early morning phone calls to discuss flower colours or dress styles, but she wasn't too "bridezilla" thankfully!

I haven't got many pictures from the day, but I thought I would share this one so you can all marvel at the gorgeous dress. It fitted like a glove and everybody agreed she looked stunning :) The groom scrubbed up well too!

They were married in front of a handful of guests at Guildford Cathedral. The day went very smoothly, and everybody had a lovely time. The newly-weds honeymooned in New York City and she even remembered to bring me back some almond M&Ms! She's the best sister and I'm so pleased she married a man who knows how wonderful she is. 


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Posting for Posterity

Just to make a neat gap between my old stitching projects and my upcoming new ones, I thought I would post the finished Blackbird Designs sampler. It took me so long to complete this piece, not because it was particularly difficult, but because I lost my mojo for awhile. But it's done and dusted now :)

I think I would like to have it framed, but it doesn't really match the decor in the flat with this colour scheme. So for now, it will simply have to go in the drawer with the others! I should get around to finishing a few pieces really, it's such a shame to keep them hidden. Maybe I shall dedicate a future day off to a craft day, and I can make a huge mess again! Are you a messy finisher? Or is it just me?!


Monday, 8 June 2015

Back With A Bang

Hello hello! Thank you for your lovely welcoming messages on my last post, I knew there was a good reason I was missing this community. I've always found readers on blogger so friendly and I'm so pleased that hasn't changed :)

To get back into crafting and cross stitching, I decided to have a good old clear out. I needed to do this anyway, as Lawrence will be moving in to the flat next month and the poor boy will need a bit of space! I created a huge pile of glorious mess in my attempts to tidy up:

I managed to clear the box you can see above and fit in everything that was left into my craft tower. I was ruthless, donating bits where I could and chucking scraps that I no longer had use for. I even threw out a couple of WIPs that I knew I didn't have the heart to finish. It's a clean crafting slate. 
I have three old WIPs that only need backstitching done to finish them, so that will be what I'm working on over the next week or two! Then it will finally be time to go stash diving and find pretty new projects for me to get stuck into :)

Best wishes to all,


Saturday, 30 May 2015

My Friends

I have been away for far too long.

I can't believe the last time that I logged in to blog was last November. That's the longest break I have ever taken from this blog since its creation. There are many reasons why I took an unscheduled break, work load, family bereavement, illness, weddings and at one point, a distinct lack of stitching. I'm sorry for disappearing so suddenly, but I'm sure many of you can relate to the way life gets in the way sometimes!

But I looked over my stash today, in readiness for Lawrence moving in, and I thought, no, I'm not ready to give up this hobby. Stitching used to give me such pleasure and peace, there's no reason to give it up.

I cannot wait to be inspired by all the stitching activity that's been going on whilst I've been away. I've only picked up my stitching again recently, but I will hopefully have a few pictures to share soon.

Best wishes to all,


Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Good Old Days

Just flying in to share my latest progress pic of my Blackbird Designs sampler. I think I forgot to mention in my last post that I'm stitching this one over one :) It's tiny, but only one colour so I'm still enjoying myself. Here it is so far . . .

When I first started cross stitching, I would often spend most of a free day stitching. I would put on a couple of films and sit and stitch for hours on end. I don't get to do that much anymore, because there always seems to be "more important" things that require my attention. I should really carve some time out for my hobby, because it definitely puts me at ease. My workload is getting more intense as the festive season approaches. Unfortunately, I have to attend a funeral alongside Lawrence next week. He lost his grandfather recently, and the two of them were very close. I'm going to support him and the rest of the family.
With all the drama that's been happening recently, as well as the build up to Christmas, I think I just might deserve an evening of stitching in front of a film. It's my favourite way to spend me-time.
Thank you for being patient with my lack of posts. I hope to be back in the swing of things soon.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stitch From Stash Update: October

Hello friends. I'm back in the library to bring you my latest report. Stitching was slow at the start of the month, what with the craziness of moving in and settling down into my new flat. But my mojo has returned, boosted by a lovely gift all the way from Canada.

Yes, I was lucky enough to win a SFS prize last month! I couldn't believe it! I was sent four gorgeous charts by Blackbird designs. I couldn't wait to get started on one. I'm stitching this with Dark Chocolate thread on pink fabric. It's dreamy.

So, onto the report!
New starts:

I'm up to the backstitching on Mouse, but I didn't manage to take a pic before rushing out. I really want to get this one finished, it's taken me far too long.
That's all I've got from this month's SFS. I'm so glad Mel will be running a similar event next year. I've enjoyed every month :)
Best wishes

Friday, 24 October 2014

My Home

Thank you all for your kind comments on my last post. I certainly do feel like there is a bright future ahead, even if this particular chapter has come to a close. I'm enjoying living in my own place and working to maintain it. I truly do love making my flat into a cosy, warm place that I love to be in. I knew I had to put my own stamp on the place, and what better way with cushions!

I bought reasonable inserts from the massive Fabric Land in town. Making your own is certainly cheaper than buying anything from the high street. And you can make them unique too :) So, after making my fabric choices . . .

. . . and measuring, cutting, pinning and tacking the pieces . . .

. . . I began my wrestling match with the sewing machine. Now the thing is, I love my sewing machine, it was such a good buy. But it's sort of a love-hate relationship - I have a short temper when it comes to sewing. I will sit patiently and stitching for hours at a time, but sewing? I want it over and done with as soon as possible :P Still, they didn't turn out too badly. This is my new little living area . . .

I made the two base cushions and the brown/orange one on the left. I love the mismatched style and they're very cosy :)

The wicker sofa isn't particularly comfortable but the addition of cushions and a throw has improved it greatly :)

Next up, SFS update and a new project.
Best wishes to you all,