Saturday, 28 January 2012

Wedding plans!

I've finally sorted out a few things for the wedding!

We've found a venue for the wedding reception.  It's nothing posh, but it's a private room in a restaurant and it has lovely food and a nice relaxed feel to it.  As it's a very small wedding with close family only I think it'll suit us down to the ground!

I managed to get bargain wedding invitations from E-bay!  I was only having a look to get some inspiration and I saw these:

I was amazed when I bid and won them for £0.99 for 24 invitations!  They arrived earlier this week and they are actually nicer than they look, I was really happy.

I am very lucky and I have a friend who is starting a new career as a designer.  As well as designing cross stitch, she's also an amazing designer of bead work and she's making me a headband to wear for the wedding.  I feel very honoured!  I would urge you to pay a visit to her blog page Tapestry Moon and check out her work.

Stitching wise, I managed to make some progress on my Blue Moon SK last week and this week I'll be stitching on Henry.  I'm saving my progress pictures until the next WIPocalypse update, if you are not familiar with WIPocalpse then pay a trip to Measi's Musings (I know it's a similar name but I didn't copy, honest!) and check out the info!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Sewing Corner

As promised the photo of my new little corner of the dining room which is now my "sewing corner".

It's so lovely having most of my stitching stuff in one corner rather than it being randomly scattered across the house and the chair is very comfortable.  Although you can't really see it, there is also a foot stool so I can rest with my feet up and stitch away to my music or an audio book.

I take part in a surprise exchange on a cross stitch forum, unfortunately in December I was let down my sender, so the organiser made and sent me this lovely book mark:

I was absolutely thrilled with it as I love reading and my old cardboard bookmark is now looking very tatty as it's around 15 years old!

Monday, 9 January 2012

WIPocalypse January progress

This is my first WIPocalypse post so I hope I do this right!

I've done some work on 3 of my current projects and I'm actually pretty happy with the progress so far.

Henry VIII and his 6 wives:

New start of Blue Moon SK for the 2012 Freebie SAL from HAED:

TT Violet Sometimes from HAED:

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Happy New Year!

I'm not usually one to make resolutions but I do have a few goals for this year:

1. Try to lose 7kg more before my wedding in September
2. Spend more quality time stitching
3. To try and engage with people more and be more of a "joiner" than a spectator and hopefully make a few friends

To help with goal number 3, I decided to join the WIPocalypse organised by Measi's blog.  It's taken some time but I think I've finally come up with a list that is shown on the side of the page.  There may be some changes made through the year so it may be subject to change. 

My 2 current WIP's, Henry and his 6 wives and my mermaid will be high on the list to get completed.  As well as the WIPocalypse, I have signed up for the HAED SAL and chose the SK Blue Moon to stitch so that and the TT Violet Sometimes will also feature heavily.  I think I'll set up a sewing rotation so that I can work on them fairly equally then as and when I get them finished I can replace them with one of the other projects on the list.  I'm looking forward to taking progress pictures and seeing other people's progress as well.

I've not actually stitched a HAED chart before so I may well be biting off more than I can chew, but I done as much preparation as possible.  I've test stitched a small amount, fully gridded the fabric, got all the threads sorted and different colour highlighters ready to mark off the chart as well.  As soon as I get my stuff sorted in my new sewing area (which should hopefully be tomorrow) then I'll make a start!

I know a lot of people stop working on small cross stitch projects once they start working on HAED's but I don't think I'll be like that as there are loads of smaller projects that I love and dearly want to stitch.

I have a feeling that 2012 might actually be a good year for me!