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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Just Cross Stitch May/June 2013 magazine giveaway

Somehow I managed to get two copies of the May/June edition of the Just Cross Stitch magazine.  When I was ordering a couple of other magazines from Country Designs I’d forgotten that I had already picked this one up when we went to Bideford (or at least I think that’s the only other place I’d have got it from).  If you would like to own this copy then please leave a comment for me.  I will leave the offer open until the end of July and I am happy to post it worldwide.
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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Fun, fun, fun

It was the Exeter Scrapaholix meeting today and Moya and I had a great day.  I didn’t get a lot done, but I did manage to complete this LO and a couple of cards made out of the scraps of this months kit.  I already had photos printed out from last months crop and I always try and work with just the monthly kit and whatever photos I have left to scrap from previous months (if any).  Now the photos were quite bright colours but the kit had more subdued colours so it took me a while to figure out how to make them work together.  I did swap out the grey/brown cardstock in the kit with a sheet of black cardstock and added the ruffled border with some adhesive ribbon tape that I have had in my stash bag for some time.  A few punched borders to give a few decorative edges, one a Martha Stewart and the other an EK Success.  The tags and journalling block also came from my stash bag, but the alphabet stickers and gems came with the monthly kit.
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With the pieces I had left over I decided to make a couple of cards.  This time I used the grey/brown cardstock and some of the white cardstock from the kit.  A decorative border again with the EK Success punch and a ribbon from my stash.  The owl stamp and sentiment is from the Clearly Besotted stamp set I bought earlier in the month and the leaf stamp is from an SU border stamp set.
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We had some rain and thunder while we were at the crop and it was raining most of the way home but stopped once we were just outside of Plymouth – normally it’s the other way round!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Seven Virtues

Over the weekend I made a start on The Seven Virtues by La-D-Da as my morning stitching.  It was another pattern I picked up from The Patchwork Rabbit a while back.  It wasn’t my first choice for a new stitch but I didn’t have the required threads for my initial choice so that one will just have to wait a little longer.  The Seven Virtues only uses four different coloured threads of which I had two but these two are the predominant colours so will keep me going for quite a while.  It is my intention to order the other two threads at the end of the week.  I will probably order the threads for the other stitched piece along with a few more charts that I see The Patchwork Rabbit has added to the shop recently – tut, tut!  The Seven Virtues was stitched onto 30 count straw linen by WDW but I found some 28 count Dove Grey linen in my stash so it will come up a little larger than the original design but at least it’s another piece of LFS (Long Forgotten Stash) that is being used.  It’s surprising what you come across when you are looking for something else.
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I have also been working on the teddy bear sampler.  The photo on the left is where I had left it back in the middle of May and obviously the one on the right shows the updated progress.  I’m leaving filling in the name and date until I have completed the main stitching.  I’ll also do the rest of the gold filament thread until towards the end so that I don’t crush the thread with the hoop as I’m working on it.  I only started working on this again Sunday so am quite please with the progress I’ve made in the last few days – fingers crossed that August deadline might just be achievable.
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Monday, 22 July 2013

Stocking SAL update

I’m almost round to the heel of the stocking and more of Rudolph is starting to appear.  I’m still being very good and doing the backstitch as I go along which I think is far better for me as I’m not a great lover of backstitch.
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I’ve picked out another new start for my before I go into work morning stitching and made a start on it yesterday.  I will share a photo of that hopefully tomorrow.  I am hoping it will be another fairly quick stitch. I have also been working on the teddy bear sampler and have set myself a target of trying to get it completed by the end of August.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Mad Hatter’s Summer Tea Party

was held at Cowslips yesterday.  Jacqueline, Moya, Allie and myself drove down in the gorgeous sunshine and parked in one of the farms fields and walked through their flower/vegetable  garden to spend many enjoyable hours looking at all that was on offer.

In the workshop room there was a fantastic display of quilts using lots of designs with Kaffe Fassets fabrics and designs.  In the barns there were lots of stalls ranging from Cornish willow, cut flowers, organic fabrics, painted furniture, knitting, chocolates, sugared flowers and vintage goods.  There was also an AGA cookery demonstration by Jo Wheatley who was the winner of the Great British bake off, a puppet show for the children and a book signing by Jo Colwill (the owner of Cowslip) for her first book Cushions and Quilts.  I bought her book and another book by Lynette Anderson called It’s Quilting Cats & Dogs out of one of the gift vouchers my dear friends had given me for my birthday.

We’d taken along a picnic to enjoy as we knew the cafe would be extremely busy and incredibly hot inside.  It was lovely to eat out in the bright sunshine, enjoying a variety of foods made and bought with each other, being able to enjoy the lovely views across the countryside looking towards Launceston Castle and being thankful for such fun times that friendships bring.

I also bought a sweet tea cosy knitting pattern from The Wool Sanctuary and a vintage wooden box from Attic Antics which had a lovely Christmas design on that I will use for putting the Christmas sweets in each year from now on.
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Friday, 19 July 2013

Delighted

that I have completed the Summer Time Delights piece of stitching within a week.  I’ve been working on this a little every morning – just need to think how I’m going to finish this one off.  I’m not sure whether to frame it or make a small pillow from it.  It was a complete joy to work on although I did make a slight alteration to the pattern as the bottom right hand corner was slightly different to the other three corners surrounding the wording.  I made them identical as I couldn’t have lived with it otherwise!
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While many are saying it’s too hot I am loving the sunshine and it’s wonderful to have something near to a proper summer, something we have lacked for the past couple of years.  We had to go into town this morning (bank of mum and dad to the rescue again for one of the children) and after we had moved money around we took a stroll up onto Plymouth Hoe.  I took a few photos, one of the Eddystone Lighthouse, Tinside Pool (which looked very inviting) and looking towards The Barbican.  We stopped at the cafe on The Hoe and had a drink and enjoyed the warm sunshine on our backs.
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This afternoon I have made two lemon cakes – one of which will be for the picnic we will be having tomorrow.  I have also enjoyed an afternoon of sitting in the garden working on the stocking SAL as well as pulling out a few weeds that caught my eye whilst stitching.  A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Curtain Call challenge

The Curtain Call challenge has their first challenge up on their blog and there is an inspiration photo and the theme feeling nautical for you to use.  I’ve gone for a pirate nautical theme for my card.  The papers are from a pack of papers by Rusty Pickle, along with the chipboard anchor.  The stamps are from SU but now retired  - great ones for the boys.  I’ve distressed, inked and curled some of the edges and added some platinum stickles for a bit of sparkle.
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The sun continues to shine and I’m off to spend a couple of hours with Colette and family – it’s Savannah’s birthday today so it will be nice to see what lovely presents she has been bought.    Enjoy your day.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Seeing Spots

The Clearly Besotted challenge this month is Seeing Spots.  I’ve made this card for Savannah’s first birthday which is on the 17th of this month.  The bingo card is from some scraps from the last Exeter Scrapaholics kit and I’ve added the sentiment ‘hugs & kisses’ which is from the stamp set I recently bought from Clearly Besotted.  The owl is also from the same stamp set which also comes with two different little hearts which you can stamp onto the owl – this one has tiny little dots.   This was my first purchase from Clearly Besotted and I really, really like how they stamp out and that a lot of the stamps sets have a matching die just like this cute owl.  I’ve added some SU Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon to the card and another sentiment from SU.
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Another gorgeous weekend with lots of sunshine.  Yesterday our eldest son and his family came round and we had lots of fun playing in the garden with the sand pit, paddling pool and enjoying a BBQ.  It’s back to work for me today though Sad smile

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Naughty new start

Yesterday DH had taken the day off work and I also had the day free so we took Max on a train ride to Penzance.  It’s about a two hour journey as it stops at all stations on it’s way down so I decided to take a small piece of stitching with me.  As we settled down on the train I took the kit out only to find I’d forgotten to include a needle with which to stitch it with!  When we got to Penzance I managed to find a sweet little shop selling buttons and bows and needles so I was happy to think that I could at least start it on the return journey.

We walked from Penzance along the coastal path to the fishing port of Newlyn which is only about a mile and a half.  We came across a lovely public house called the Tolcarne Inn which is dog friendly and serve lovely food – predominately fish (no surprise there as it’s in a fishing port).  They had a lovely little seating area outside where we sat and enjoyed beer battered pollock and handcut chips and some Betty Stogg’s real ale.  Max also enjoyed some of the fish. 

From Newlyn we continued our walk along the coastal path until we came to Mousehole another tiny fishing town full of character with tiny side streets, galleries and a few cafes.   A really pretty place where we stopped and enjoyed an ice cream – Max enjoyed a mini milk.  It was an incredibly hot day and on the way back Max kept stopping under any shade he could find.  Now we always take water with us for him but it’s not always easy for us to get him to drink it – this time I was able to get him to drink it by tipping a small amount into the lid of the bottle several times – as you can imagine there were a lot of stops to ensure that he drank something but it meant we could really take in the views along the coast path.

By the time we got back on the train I was far too hot to do any stitching so I didn’t actually get to start my new piece of stitching until today.  Well at least I’ve got plenty more needles for stitching now! 
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The chart I bought from the Patchwork Rabbit and is called Summer Time Delights and is by Widgets & Wool Primitives.  I have decided to stitch it onto one of the Crafty Kittens fabrics this one is called Lemon Sorbet and is 28 count Lugana and is very pretty and very soft to work with.  This is the one I will work on before I go into work mornings and shouldn’t take that long to stitch up.  My main focus for the rest of the month really does need to be the teddy bear sampler – maybe I can get it done for Christmas as it certainly won’t be ready in time for her birthday on Wednesday.

The weather continues to be hot, hot, hot here in the South West and it’s been great to make the most of it with our visit to Penzance and some time in the garden – let’s hope it continues for a while yet.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Stitching finished–just framing required

I finally finished the Lovely MIL stitching today.   For once the sun is shining too brightly to take a really good photo of this.  It’s the first time I have as far as I can recall ever used seed beads on a stitched project and love the finished effect with them.  It will mean having to have it double or maybe even triple mounted but they have certainly added that something extra special to the design.  With any luck I will be able to take it to the framers in the next couple of weeks and will hopefully be able to give it to my MIL early part of August.
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DH has taken tomorrow off work and I was owed a day for covering someone else on Saturday so we are going out for the day with our four legged friend Max.  It will be great to take advantage of the wonderful weather we are having at the moment.  Not sure how much time I will have for my stocking SAL but if I get at least a few stitches in I’ll be happy.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Lovely MIL stitching update

It’s been quite a while since I showed you the Lovely MIL stitching so I thought I’d give you an updated look at it’s progress as of Wednesday 10th July.  I’m now working my way up the left hand side and creating the vine.  At the top of the vine will be another heart which along with the heart on the opposite corner will be filled with pretty pink seed beads, which will also be dotted along the vines.  There are also some other pretty little flower gems with seed bead centres to be added – it is going to be gorgeous when finished even if I say so myself.
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The gorgeous hot sunny weather is continuing and I bought some more flowers to go in the front garden while out with Mum today but I will put them in when the sun has gone down – far too hot at the moment.  Hopefully the lovely weather will continue through the summer months although a bit more breeze would be appreciated LOL.

I've just got back from a wonderful evening with crafting friends - we were spoiled with raspberries, meringues and a choice of cream or creme fraiche - lovely and refreshing on a very hot summer's evening - thank you Jacqueline.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Wimbledon withdrawal

After watching and being very distracted by Wimbledon for the past two weeks – a very worthwhile distraction and huge congratulations to Andy Murray for winning the men’s title  - I might just get time to blog again.  What an amazing match and my friends will know just how happy I am for him to finally have won and put all those doubters hopefully to shame!  I am sure there will be many more exciting matches between Novak and Andy in years to come along with all the other talented tennis players that came to the forefront this year.  What an amazing tournament this year.

I did manage to get some stitching done over the past two weeks and I’ve a couple of photos to show my progress on the stitching SAL.
Friday 28th Junes progress
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Friday 5th Julys progress
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I have also been working on the MIL stitching and have completed the bottom border so will be working up and completing the left hand side of the vine which will leave me just one flower section and a heart to cross stitch and then I can put the seed beads in place.  Fingers crossed this will be a finish this month.

For those in the UK I hope you are enjoying the sunshine – I know I am when I get the chance.