Friday, 31 August 2012

WIPocalypse - August Part 2

Well, I really feel like I haven't achieved much in the way of progress since the last post, maybe I'll change my mind after I've posted some pictures!

Lets make a start with SK Blue Moon:

August P2

August P1

Pretty happy with the progress on this, although it doesn't look like much, it's definitely all coming together and I think I've finally gotten over my fear of this project.  Page 3 was released today and I'm only just halfway through page 1....I'm such a slacker!

Next up, Lickle Ted birth sampler:

August P1

August P2

They found out this week that the baby is going to be a boy.  They haven't got any names in mind as yet, but they still have plenty of time.  I have no idea if this will be finished for the birth, but hopefully shouldn't be too late!

In case you missed my last post, I had a new start, just because I felt like it!

This is a kit I've had for a while that I bought from Colray Crafts (don't worry, they are authorised HAED vendors) that came with the proper chart and full skeins of each colour used.

Last up is another new start, but this is one that was designed by a friend of mine and I'm hoping that stitching it up and posting it on various boards might help bring her a little publicity:

This is a small free chart called Ravenhair, it's designed by Jennidee and I'm stitching it up on a piece of Polstitches Fairy Dreams from one of their grab bags.  The photo was taken on my phone so really doesn't do justice to the colours.  If you would like a copy of this chart, head over to her blog, Tapestry Moon and drop her a message.

As a last thing, I just wanted to share with you a a picture of something I stitch last month, but as it was for an exchange I didn't want to post anything until it had been received:

This is a design by Joan Elliott from her book "Bewitching Cross Stitch".  It's 1 of a set of 4 inspirational words.  It's stitched on Opalescent Lilac Ice fabric from Sparklies and I changed to beads to white Ceylon pearl seed beads.

Monday, 20 August 2012

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend - August

Well I was naughty.....not exactly a surprise if you know me!  At least this time it didn't involve spending money.

I started a new BAP (Big A$$ Picture)!  It's actually one that I've had around for a long while - at least a year or so!  I bought the kit from Colray Crafts of Zindy Nielsen's A Rose For My Love:

As my threads hadn't arrived for the charts I got for my birthday and this one was ready and waiting with gridded fabric, working copy of the chart and the complete set of threads, I decided to make a start.  I know I shouldn't really as I've got others I really should be working on and I plan to start The 3 Fates as soon as my stash arrives, but I'm blaming the pre-wedding nerves (only 1 month to go) and needed something to distract me (yeah I know.....any excuse!).

I haven't got too far but this is my small amount of progress:

Please excuse the 2 colour gridding, my pen ran out so I did the top bit in red fabric marking washable pencil!

I definitely think that next year, I'm ditching the rotation, not joining up to any SAL's and just doing my own thing, stitching on what I want, when I want....well that's the plan for now, whether I stick to that who knows! :)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012


Since discovering Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED), I developed a real love of art.  Now don't get me wrong, I've always been a admirer of artwork, but HAED have really opened my eyes to artists that I never would have known about and styles that I would never have ever considered previously. 

I've largely always been a fan of pencil sketches and have a couple of framed pencil sketches on the walls of my house.  When I saw Nikki Burnette post an original pencil sketch for sale on Facebook, I took the leap and snapped it up.  This is the artwork I bought:

It's now framed and sits on my bedside cabinet so I see it every morning when I wake.  Since then, I've also bought a print of her new work, Rayne:

As well as these, with some money I that I received for my birthday, I bought some signed Jasmine Becket-Griffith prints:

Faces of Faery 117 - Steampunk Witch
Angel of Starlight

The strange thing is that previously, I've really only ever liked life-like pictures, mainly of females!  Thankfully by other half loves art and even though these pictures wouldn't be his first choice, he appreciates them and encourages me to display them.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

WIPocalypse (slightly late) August #1

It's a few days late but I hope I can be forgiven!  Anyhow, the first of the August WIPocalypse posts.

No finishes this time, but a new start and progress for you.  First up we'll go with QS Clara:


As I've mentioned before, I thought I'd do the black outline then colour it in.  It's coming on well so far.

Next up, SK Blue Moon (HAED SAL).  Still having issues making progress, but at least this time you can see it a bit!  I seem to spend hours on this without anything to show for it, but determined to finish it and keep ploughing on will not defeat me!


As I've not worked on this for a while, I decided that Endless Dream (HAED) should have an outing.  Didn't get a lot done, but a small bit of progress is still progress.


Last up, my new start, Lickle Ted Patchwork Sampler:


This has had to take precedence over my Celtic Fairy for now as it's a baby sampler for my cousin's baby which is due in January.  I really wanted to be able to have it finished for when the baby is born, although it's not a huge problem if it works out to be slightly after.

That's all for now, look forward to seeing all of your lovely pictures. Thanks for reading, any comments are always greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


It was my birthday last Saturday and I was overwhelmed by the kindness shown to me my my online stitchy friends!  I got a ton of cards from friends on one of the online forums that I am a member of, which left me speechless.

I got 2 RAK's (Random Acts of Kindness) from friends on the HAED stitchy forums:

This one is Dream Catcher by Nene Thomas, which was gifted by the extremely kind Nikki:

This one was from Liz, who is so sweet, generous and helpful!  It's The 3 Fates by Jasmine Becket Griffith:

I also got some lovely presents from my OH, I have him well trained and he bought me 2 HAED charts also. 

Panda Heart by Kayomi Harai:

and Mini Pink Lightning by Jasmine Becket-Griffth:

As well as a beautiful Jasmine Becket Griffith ornament:

In case you hadn't guessed, I'm a bit of a fan of Jasmine's!  Now my dilemma is what chart to start first?