Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Gifts

The snow has finally reached us in South Wales today. It's taken me three hours to get home from work, a trip that normally takes 20mins. The frustrating things is that the conditions weren't that bad, it was just gridlock trying to get out of the city.

Anyway, here are some pics of work done by girls. These tags were stitched by Rebecca (13) for some of her school friends.
and these were stitched by Gemma (10) for her friends.
They have all gone down very well.
If I don't get back on here before the special day, Merry Christmas everybody.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Totally Useless SAL

I started getting involved in this earlier this year and it fell by the wayside as the originators blog stopped. However, Daffycat is going to run it next year so I'm taking part again. If anyone is interested in joining in, all in the name of fun, it serves no purpose as the title of this post suggests, pop over to her blog and have look. She's running a giveaway with it as well.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Dragonfly continues to progress. Page 7 is now complete only 13 more to go.

I've taken a little break though and just stitched some Christmas gift tags from the latest issue of Cross Stitcher.

We're starting to feel quite festive in the house now, there is quite a danger that the decs might go up this weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Getting Festive

I hope you all had a good time at haloween. My children when out trick or treating and came back with enough sweets to keep them going until Christmas. They thought it was very successful.

Over the last few weeks, when Hubby has been away of an evening, I've taken a break from Dragonfly and continued to stitch on the Advent calender. I've now finished through to No. 5 and No.6 just need the backstitch adding. Hopefully, I'll finish that tonight.

I'm still not sure how I'm going to finish them, I was going to cut them out, fray the edges and sew onto littlebags that I was going to make, but now I'm not so sure (just because of the work really). I've stitched them all onto one piece of fabric so they will have to be cut out and turned into something. Any inspiring ideas greatfully accepted. Although why I'm worrying about finishing them at the moment is beyond me - it's taken nearly two years to stitch this many!

Friday, October 8, 2010

The eyes have it!

Yes, my Dragonfly girl has two eyes now. She looks back at me as I work. I've now finished 6 pages of the 20 and an still happy working on her. I really thought I would want a change by now but appart from feeling guilty about not stitching on Enchanted Flute, there are no projects I would rather be doing.

I have managed to do a bit more of the EMS Advent Calender (if anybody remembers I was even doing it.) I'll try to get some update pics next time hubby is away. I'm currently on number 5 - it's only taken me two years! I'm only stitching on it when he is away so it's taking along time. It won't be ready this Christmas but maybe next year ?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Long Time No See!

Where have I been? I don't really know. My only excuse is Life - it just gets in the way of everything I want to do. Please could somebody add another few hours to the day - and then stop me beeing too tired to enjoy them!

Anyway, my abscence from the bloggy world has not meant an abscence from my stitching. I have taken a break from Dragonfly and stitched some more on Celtic Summer. She now looks like this:-
All the gold made me start to think of Christmas, and that reminded me of a beading kit I had started for last Christmas, attaching about three beads and then abandoning it. In need of a quick finish and a break from all my BAPS I went back to it. The result is this (appologies for the appauling photograph):-

As far as Dragonfly is concerned, I've done about half a page since my last post and the second eye is now appearing.

I will try to post more regularly again, but you know what they say - the best laid plans ....

Happy stitching all and if anybody is still watching this blog, thank you for visiting and your patience.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Eye Eye!

Well one eye anyway. I've finished page 5 of Dragonfly. I've taken a week off work this week to be with the children and they've dissapeared with their friends all day, leaving me with the time to stitch - what a luxury. No don't remind me about all the chores I should have been doing!

I'm really impressed with how the eye has turned out. It's got so much depth to it, I couldn't see it while I was stitching but as soon as I stepped back from her Wow. And that's not blowing my own trumpet it's all credit to the charters at HAED and, of course, the original artist, Selina Fenech.


As you can see I've been messing about with my blog and I really don't know what has happened. Stay with me, hopefully I'll get it sorted some time!

Edit - think I've done it - let that be a lesson to me, it's taken me about 3 hours to sort it out!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dragonfly update

I've been working hard on Dragonfly and I've now finished page 4, that's the first row of pages complete. As you can see I've also made a good start of page five, this has one of her eyes on so she will soon be looking back at me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Home Sweet Home

I've put down Dragonfly long enough to stitch this piece for my sister who moved into her new home last week. I've made it up into a hanger but forgot to take a picture of it finished.

I've still been very busy with Dragonfly and have actually finished page 4 and started page five (the second row of pages - so exciting). I'll try and get a pic in the next few days and update you.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dragonfly has wings

Wow, it's been over a month since I posted. Where does the time go? I guess that as I'm working on bigger projects at the moment there is less to show, I'll try to post once a month though at least. This makes a good record for me if nothing else.

So here is dragonfly. I've now finished page three of the chart and started on page four. I think this will stitch up quicker than page three as the wings were more confetti stitch and therefore slower to do.

Happy stitching all, and thanks for your visit.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Response to Patricia

This is a piece called Enchanted Flute from Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) by Josephine Wall. The link will take you to the right page of the web site. Warning though, they have loads of beautiful designs which may well tempt you.

Let me know if you do get anything.

Happy stitching.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Another butterfly

I've spent the past week stitching on Enchanted Flute again. Another butterfly is appearing in the picture and there is another larger butterfly to do before the page is finished.

I'm really torn between stitchingon this and on Dragonfly. They are both addictive. For now I'll will stick to a weekly rotation (changing on a Monday), but I might change that to fortnightly so that Enchanted Flute can progress a bit quicker. There are so many confetti stitches in it that it does grow very slowly.

Happy stitching and thanks for your visit.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Page 2

Here she is, page 2 of Dragonfly is complete.

I'm going back to Enchanted Flute for this week's stitching. Have a good one everybody.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A New Start

Well I just couldn't resist. I've done it, I've started Dragonfly. This is a finished page 1 and a tiny bit of page 2. There's 20 pages in total, although the last 4 are all partical pages. I am absolutely hooked on this one at the moment. She seems to develope so much quicker than Enchanted Flute probably because there are a lot less confetti stitches in this one.

Anyway, thank you for visiting, and enjoy your stitching.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I've been spending money!

They had a one day sale on the HAED sight yesterday to mark St Patricks day and there is a chart I've had my eye on for a while (You can see where this is going can't you!)

Yep, I gave in and bought Dragonfly

It's not as extravagent as it looks. To start with there was 30% off the chart, then I've already got the fabric and most of the threads. I've just ordered the rest of the threads from Sew and So they are always very quick at deliverying them so I should have them either tomorrow or Saturday. When I think I'm going to have time to actually stitch this, of course, is a different matter. Watch this space!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Butterfly Pattern

The butterfly pattern in my last post can be found here

Monday, March 15, 2010

I'm Back!

I know I haven't been around for a long time. I completely lost any urge to stitch and got into a couple of computer games which used up all my spare time. However, over the last few week I've started stitching again - hurray!

So what progress do I have to show you? Well I got started again by stitiching this butterfly for cancer research. I thought it would be something fairly simple, just one colour thread and would give me a finish quickly to encourage me to get going on my other things. So here is the butterfly.

Since then I have got going again and put some time into Celtic Summer. She now looks like this.

I'm spending this week stitching on Enchanted Flute so I'll have something to show on that shortly.

Take care everyone and thanks for your visit.