Thursday, April 20, 2017

Water Baby Quilt is Growing!

Super, super, super quick update here! The Little One is going through a very annoying sleep regression, which means I'm not getting much sleep and it takes me forever to get anything done during the day.

I've gotten a little more done on his baby quilt (my last update is here). The deadline I've set myself is his 2nd birthday in December, so I've given myself plenty of time.

I've sewn the next layer of the Come Dive with Me charm pack and another round of the white inner border. This is so much fun to work on! The fabric is so perfect for the Little One too - he's such a water baby and he absolutely loves swimming.

That's it! Told you it was a quick update. It's already 10:45 pm and I'm completely exhausted. I'll try to have more to share next week.

Big hugs,

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hey folks! I hope you're all doing wonderfully! Life has been pretty busy around here, but it's been a good busy. And now it's time for the April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A couple of months ago I started Let it Snow, from Hands On Design. This was a gift from Emma of Emma's Bloglet during our last exchange. Here's my progress this month:

It's finished! Well, not final-finished, but stitching-finished. I actually have no idea how I'm going to final-finish it, so it goes in the drawer with the rest of the UFOs, I guess!

I don't know if I've finally managed to get a decent picture of the color variations in that floss, but I've basically given up. No matter what kind of light I take pictures in, they always look the same on screen. Oh well!

Lots of love,

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 5

Hi everyone! Just a quick update post today. I've been keeping up with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, and I've got a little progress to share on Kindness. Here was last week's stitching:

And this week's:

I've gotten a lot done on the border since my last update, finished the trio of orange hearts, and nearly finished the pumpkins. Pretty good, right? I see the light at the tunnel, folks!

Lots of love,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Come Dive with Me!

A while ago I shared that I was planning on quilting my baby boy a blanket this year. Well, after quite a bit of online window-shopping, I finally made some decisions, placed the order, and waited (very impatiently) for the mail to arrive. And I'm happy to announce that the package full of beautiful goodies arrived safe and sound. This is the fabric I settled on:

I got a charm pack of Come Dive with Me, a seriously adorable fabric range. I also got a yard of plain white fabric to coordinate, some batting, and a lovely navy blue minky fabric for the backing. I had found a great pattern that sounds super easy here. Armed with all my goodies, I dusted off my sewing machine and started:

Like I said, super easy pattern. No weird cutting. It uses every single one of the 42 squares in the charm pack, and all I have to do is cut up the white fabric into different lengths. So I've sewed the center bits together with the inner border, and then I pieced the next few strips together. The second stage will be to sew that all together.

It's looking so cute already! I'm so happy with it. I've still got a long way to go - the finished quilt will have three layers: patterned, white, patterned, white, patterned, and then one more white border. But I've given myself a realistic goal: the end of the year. I'm hoping to get this quilt ready for the Little One's birthday in December. I can get this done by then, right?


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 4

Hello, gorgeous people! How lovely to have you all drop by. I hope your weather is treating you better than ours is treating us. It's been alternatively raining/sand-storming the last couple of weeks. Our street is covered in mud right now. Lots of fun!

All right, here's some stitching. I've been working on my latest Little Sheep Virtues, Kindness. This was last week's progress, at 600 stitches:

And this week's, at 700 stitches:

I've gotten more done on the border, finished the leaves on the tree, and started stitching the little orange hearts. Progress is slow but sure!

Big hugs,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The March Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hi folks! I'm typing this up as my son naps beside me (he absolutely refuses to nap in his crib - has to be our bed or his car seat!) and a dust storm rages outside. Very bizarre weather. We went out for a walk earlier and it was quite hot but insanely windy. And now this!

Anyway, time for the March Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in. This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. We stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month. I'm a day late, I know, but I've had a really busy week! My parents were here for a few days, so they got all the energy and attention that my son wasn't already monopolizing!

Last month I started Let it Snow, from Hands On Design. This was a gift from Emma of Emma's Bloglet during our last exchange. Here's my progress this month:

I finished the two half snowflakes on either side of the text and got some stitching done on the border. Those of you who know me well know that borders bore me to tears, so I like to do them in small doses.

I keep trying to get a decent photo so you can really see the color changes in the Hydrangea floss I'm using, but I'm not sure I've achieved it. It's really so pretty!

All right, this post has literally taken me all day to write. I took the pictures twelve hours ago! The baby's in bed, so I've finally managed to take a shower, and now I'm going to veg in front of the TV until my eyes cross. Yay!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 3

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I've been running around all week trying to get things ready for my parents, who are coming for a visit tomorrow! I'm so excited. I have to get up early, take the Little One to swim class, came back home, give him a bath, and then run off to the airport. I have such a tiny little window of time to do all this before they land, but I'll figure it out.

Anyway! You're here to see the stitching, and so the stitching is what I shall show you. I'm making slow progress on Kindness, my latest Little Sheep. Here it was last week at 400 stitches:

And here it is this week at 500 stitches:

So since my last update I've stitched some more on the border, finished the grass under the tree, and added those white bits on top of "Kindness."

That's all for now!

Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Giveaway Winners!

The time has finally come to announce the winners of my double giveaway! A huge thank you to everyone who entered their name in the draw. I wrote down everyone's names on slips of paper, emptied my son's toy bucket, tossed them in, and had him pick out two names.

The winner of the first package is...

And the winner of the second package is...

Congratulations, ladies! I'll send you both emails now asking for your addresses.

Big hugs,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 2

Well, the Little Sheep Virtues SAL is supposed to be a weekly check-in, but I completely forgot to take a picture last week! So instead of 200 stitches, this is Kindness at 300 stitches:

I finished the bark of the tree, stitched the word "Kindness," and started the border along the bottom. A lot of brown at the moment!

I've decided I want to try to make a quilt for my son by his second birthday. I knitted him a baby blanket before he was born:

I knitted this with three balls of Nako Jelibon, if anyone would like to know, and it's 30x30 inches. And it's been warm and snuggly and fits him just fine, but he's growing so much that he's definitely going to need something bigger by the end of the year! So after spending the last few days looking online at all the little boy quilt fabric options, I finally ordered some. I can't wait for it to get here! Will keep you guys posted.

Whoops! Almost forgot - if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. There's a chance for two people to win!

Lots of love,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The February Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Well, since I hit a roadblock last month with Fresh Apple by running out of floss, I had to pick up a new Gifted Gorgeousness project. I had a root around my stash and came up with another chart that Emma (Emma's Bloglet) had gifted me during one of our exchanges. This girl is so generous and gifts me with so many sweet charts! Half of the projects I've worked on for Gifted Gorgeousness have been from her!

This is the January installment of Hands On Design's A Year in Chalk. I have no plans to stitch the whole year - this one was part of our Christmas in July exchange and is super cute all on its own.

I'm stitching this on a mystery piece of 28-count dark blue evenweave. I had black, but I decided to change it up a bit. I'm using DMC Blanc for the white bits and a gorgeous variegated floss I had called Hydrangea from a South African company, The Cherry Tree. I don't know if you can see the colors properly - it's been pretty gloomy here and hard to take a decent picture - but it's a lovely mix of blues, greens, and purples.

Oh, and if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. I'm doing the draw next week. There's a chance for two people to win!

Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Kindness Sheep Update 1, and a Long-Overdue Frame Job

Hey everyone! Not much stitching going on here, I'm afraid. I couldn't really tell you why I'm so busy, because I'm not sure myself, but there always seems to be 133497 things I need to get done every day.

So all I've managed to do is 100 stitches on a new start, the latest sheep in the Little Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija. I finished the Courage sheep quite a while ago, so it's about time I started the next one. Here is Kindness:

I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like all the other sheep. It's a good start, I think - I'm halfway done with the tree already!

I also have a very old, newly framed piece to show you:

This is my birth sampler! I rescued it from a trunk in my mother's bedroom a couple of years ago. My mother does not have a crafty bone in her body, so you could imagine my shock when I saw it. It's not cross-stitching, it's crewel work, and it must have been a kit with the design printed on the fabric, because I can still see faint lines under the thread.

The very existence of this is bizarre, and so is my name. She named me! You would think she'd have remembered the "h" at the end.

Anyways, I took it to the framer a couple of weeks ago and picked out this lovely antique-looking wooden frame. I wanted it to look old, because it is old! I'm so happy with it. It's a wonderful little heirloom, and I'm glad I have it safe behind glass now!

Whoops! Almost forgot - if you haven't signed up for my awesome 5th-blogoversary giveaway yet, you can do so here. There's a chance for two people to win!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

5th Blogoversary Giveaway!

Hello hello! Welcome to my 5th (FIFTH! What?! When did that happen?) Blogoversary Giveaway!

Now, since this is a momentous occasion, I've decided to have not one but TWO giveaways! Doubling the chances of you getting some really nice goodies. And what are these goodies, I hear you wondering?

Behind door #1...

1. A lovely cross-stitched cushion. This is a freebie from La-D-Da, one of my favorite designers, called "1-2-Buckle My Shoe" (you can find this and other freebies here, if you're interested). Stitched on a piece of mystery fabric using a variegated DMC (#4240), edged with lace, and backed with navy blue fabric.

2. A baggie of antique wooden spools.

3. Some CC and DMC floss.

4. A piece of 32 count Stoney Point linen.

5. A Janlynn small kit called "Balloon Ride Birth Announcement" (I was given so many birth announcement kits when my baby was born, and I only ever used one!)

6. Stitch with Sudberry leaflet #3.

7. A beautiful pink pendant from Yemen. Not sure what the stone is, but I know it's real silver!

And behind door #2...

1. A pretty little punch needle cushion. This is a design by Notforgotten Farm. Punched onto a piece of brown weaver's cloth using DMC colors, edged with twine, and backed with one of my favorite gray fabrics.

2. A baggie of antique wooden spools.

3. Some GAST and DMC floss.

4. A piece of 32 count Twilight Blue linen.

5. A Butternut Road birth sampler (Yep, another one!)

6. Stitch with Sudberry leaflet #62.

7. A lovely yellow pendant from Yemen. Again, not sure what the stone is, but it's real silver.

All right, that's what's up for grabs! If you're interested in winning either package, please leave a comment below. If you'd rather have one or the other, you can specify. I'll leave this open for a month, until the 28th of February, how does that sound? Plenty of time to join in!

Some rules:
1.      Be a follower of this blog,
2.      Have an active blog yourself, and
3.      Leave a comment on this post.
Good luck!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Back to Blackberry House, and a Small Win

Hey folks! I hope you're all staying nice and warm and cozy. This has been the lamest winter in Dubai history. It hasn't even rained! We did have a small sandstorm yesterday - so much fun. I don't know about you, but I love getting my face blasted with sand when I go outside (not!)

This week I've been working on Plum Street Sampler's Blackberry House, which had been neglected since before we went away for the holiday (for my last progress post, click here). This is where I am now:

I've stitched more of the stems and leaves in the upper left, plus a couple more berries. I've also filled in the dark seeds of some berries on the right side. Here are some close-ups:

I also completely forgot to share this last week, but I won a small giveaway over at Mii Stitch's blog:

Thank you, Ingrid! It's so cute, I can't wait to stitch it. Such a lovely little gift waiting at the post office.

Lots of love,