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,