Friday, 24 January 2014

Stitch from stash


Well it's nearly the end of the month so I need to check in with my stitch from stash challenge. Mel over at Epic Stitching came up with the idea of us stitching from stash this year. There are 130 of us joining in and we have £25 a month to spend if we need it.

As soon as I saw this challenge I signed up as I have so much stash. I have so much fabric and charts not to mention the full DMC collection of threads and lots of hand dyed ones. I roughly have a plan of what I want to stitch this year but nothing set in stone yet.
I have managed 6 finishes so far this month. 5 of them were WIPs and the 6th was the NH forum challenge. I still have some WIPs to work on but I will be starting some new projects in the next few weeks too.

So this month all I spent was 90p on a DMC thread. I am very pleased with that considering all the sales that are on!

Please pop on over to Mels to see what the other stitchers have been up to.

Laura x x

Monday, 20 January 2014

IHSW

Good morning I hope you are all managing to keep warm in this freezing weather.

This weekend was IHSW - International Hermit Stitch Weekend (I will add a Link later). This was my first time taking part and I managed to get quite a bit done.

I stitched on this L*K design, it is April and I hope to have the full year completed in 2014. I have already done January, February and March.


I am a bit late with this design, you have probably seen them all over blog land completed. I started this when it first came out and here is where I left it.


It is now like this, I will finish part one tonight.


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I also managed to stitch an ornament which is the challenge over at the Needle Haven forum but I can't show you that until reveal day.

I have had a few finishes this year already so I will be showing those this week.

Thank you for visiting.

Laura x


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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Christmas gifts and things

Well hello, apologies for the lack of blogging. One of my new year resolutions is to blog a couple of times a week. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa bought you all you asked for.

I spent a lot of time making gifts for Christmas. I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot more time than I do money so I made quite a few homemade gifts.

For both sets of parents I made hampers. I included cookies in the tin, jam and chutney which I made in the summer, handmade fudge and peppermint bark, a box of candles, a small bottle of wine and a bottle of beer. The gift wrapped up in this one is a quilt that I made - I will show photos on my next post. Please excuse the decor the dining room is getting te plastered this month and is a mess!



This one was the same but the gift is a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of all the grandchildren. My mum had a pandora bead. These were so easy to make and they went down so so well.




This next photo is another quilt I made for my special girl Bella. As you can see she likes it a lot :-)




A random photo here but this is from a wreath making class I went to at the beginning of December. It is still on the door going strong.




One of my best friends and I decided to do complete handmade gifts for each other. Her birthday is New Year's Eve and I can't remember what I gave we for what so here is all of the gifts.

I made her these wrist warmers




I made the pattern up as I went along with some yarn my mum gave me. I need to make myself some soon.





Next are these earrings. I have a pair and she is always admiring them so now she has her own. The flowers were originally brads but I cut off the back and stuck them on to earrings.




She always likes a brooch and these two were so easy to make.





I am a list maker and have a list for everything. I am always encouraging Ali to make a list so I made her this notebook. The cross stitch pattern is from an old crafts beautiful magazine and is designed by Helen Philips.




All of the gifts went down very well but I think this year I will start a lot earlier!!

Thank you for visiting

Laura x