Thursday, 23 October 2014

Nancy's Giveaways!

Nancy from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having some amazing giveaways. She is such a generous person and whoever wins them will be very lucky!  I have some of her floss, it's great to stitch with and the colours are beautiful.

She's giving away her complete 1795 Sampler Collection, closing 15th November here: Click here! 

This one is for her 1840 Floss Collection, closing 30th November here: Click here!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Saturday SAL & Other stuff.....

I'm a little late with my Saturday SAL post but I'm sure you'll all forgive me!

This is the latest update:

I'm not going to post the previous picture, just scroll down a bit or check out the Saturday SAL tab! Also, we have a lovely lady called Sasha who's joined us too!  It's ticking along nicely and I'm happy with it so far!  I'm going to have to miss next week's as I'm away but I'll enjoy catching up when I return.  

I was lucky enough to have been gifted a beautiful chart from a lovely friend of mine called Kim (from Sense and Stitchability).  It's Key to Life by Denise Garbis from Tilton Crafts.  Thank you so much, she's lovely!

Which leads on nicely to final piece of news, I was dragged into a StartALong for Tilton Crafts charts and as I had one pretty much kitted up and ready I decided to make a start on Awakening - Denise Garbis.  this is what she'll look like when complete, along with the tiny start I made!

Annoyingly, I had a colour missing and there was loads of it on the first page.  It's a measly start but I will continue once the thread arrives hopefully when I'm back from the family visit.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Saturday SAL

I know, yet another SAL....I am so weak!  Although I'm doing this to support the lovely Linda, who took part in a Saturday SAL with Debbie, who sadly passed away.  I thought it would be a lovely idea if I joined in too.  She completed the last project and was due to start Candy Cane Christmas by Ursula Michael so I grabbed the pattern and ordered the threads, rifled through my fabric and I was all set!

I chose some DMC 14ct Blue Marble Aida that I've had for ages and it just happened to be the exact size I needed!  

I've set up an extra tab at the top to keep the WIP pictures of this separate from my other projects.  I'm sure that a lot of you probably follow Linda's blog - Stitchin' With My Furbabies already, but please stop over there and check out her beautiful stitching!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

No willpower.......

This will not come as a shock to many of you.....but I have no willpower, particularly when it comes to stitchy goodness.  I mentioned in my last post that Nene Thomas charts were being retired from HAED, well, Michele has managed to get 3 new ones finished just in time for people to grab them before they disappear.  She has also extended the sale for an extra day to help, although the charts will be available until 15th October.

Carousel Horse Raven Black

Lord of Snows

I have loved the picture "Prophecy" since I first saw it and it was one of the pictures I was particularly sad that HAED would not be able to chart, so when I awoke this morning to the news it had been charted, I ran off to buy it!

As you may suspect, Prophecy wasn't the only chart I bought!  I also added Mini Winter Wings, Mini Wind Moon, Mini Moon Indigo, Mariposa and SK Deidre!

Mini Moon Indigo
Mini Wind Moon
SK Deidre
Mini Winter Wings

I also had to grab Elsa from Tilton Crafts as it is also being retired and I have to stitch it for my niece....ok who am I kidding...I need to have it :)

So between all the charts, a couple of extra pieces of Crafty Kitten fabric, can you believe I'm still thinking of joining the Lizzie*Kate SAL and also possibly the Passione Ricamo SAL as well!  My Hubby does keep trying to talk me out of them, not due to a financial reason, but from a time point of view.  I moan that I never get enough stitching time to get everything I want to stitch done!  I admit, he may be right, but it doesn't stop me from looking and longing does it?

I also have an update of The Three Fates to show you!

I had been stitching the right side of the design and now I'm going to switch back to the left side for a while.  I foresee a fair bit of blue in my future!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Artist retiring from HAED

I just wanted to make a small post to highlight the announcement that Nene Thomas is retiring from Heaven and Earth Designs effective from 15th October 2014.  I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to purchase these before they are no longer available.  There is also a 25% sale at present, so it makes sense to grab them whilst they are a little cheaper.

This comes as great disappointment to me as I very much love her artwork, however I have purchased a  large number of her charts over the years so I will have plenty to stitch.

This is a small selection of some of her charts that I own and hope to stitch in future.  I would also like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Nene for allowing her artwork to have been charted for such a long time and I'm sure she didn't make the decision to no longer license her artwork for cross stitch lightly.