Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A bit of a catch up...

Hello there!
Today I'm going to share with you some of the other projects I was working on in May & June. I usually like to blog about things in the order they happen but sometimes that just doesn't work out because presents are travelling to their forever homes or I am having camera/computer issues! For example in my last post I mentioned the series of monthly smalls from Rainbow Gallery that I have decided to stitch, well when I was writing that do you think I could find the photos of the June one?????!!! Well here it is now, better late than never!
Stitched on a 14 count mushroomy colored aida with DMC colors from my stash, I picked out two little silver charms also from my stash in lieu of the suggested button, and used turquoise ric rac & organza ribbon from my jar of odds & ends (every little bit of ribbon that comes my way gets saved & stashed in that jar!). I chose this fabric from my scraps box because it reminded me of seaweed, you can see the pattern a bit better across the back...
Also in June I finally got around to finishing off the Somebunny to Love design that I completed stitching back in April with this yellow fabric...
I added a hanging sleeve to the back so a piece of wooden dowel could be threaded through to hang it up (like you do with a quilted wallhanging) and this is why the top of it is sitting up off the floor at an odd angle in this next photo...
I didn't start another big Somebunny project for Hubbie's birthday (which is right in the middle of June) but I did stitch him this little baby Somebunny for his card...
He was a cover kit sent me in a big bunch of goodies by the lovely Laura from Strawberry Mouse Crafts & as soon as I saw him I knew that was Hubbie's birthday card sorted for this year! Thank you Laura!! :-)
Thinking about birthdays I realise I never showed you the little things I made for the lovely Lori from Hippywitch Crafts when it was her birthday back in May! Ooops! Can you guess what animal she is rather partial to? First I knitted her these two little guys...
They are from the Jean Greenhowe Jiffyknits booklet & although they're small I think they have lots of personality!
Then I decided to stitch her a scissors keep & for some reason (which seemed perfectly sane at the time) I decided to try & recolor the cats to look like her two beautiful pussy cats! Trying to recreate their gorgeous colorings on tiny 10 square high cross stitch kitties was... ummm... challenging?! I'm not sure how successful/ recognisable they are but this is how they turned out...

Here's a shot with my embroidery scissors to give you an idea of the scale...
I stitched them on 28 count evenweave with DMC colors,the chart is a freebie which you can find here.
I can also share another birthday present with you now that I mentioned back here. Remember those monster feet? Well this is who they belonged to!

It's Mike from Monsters Inc.!
He is a free pattern from the wonderful Stacey at Fresh Stitches which is available here. She is my all time favorite ami designer, I just love her patterns, they are so clear & easy to follow and this one was no exception!! I also discovered during his photo shoot that he can stand up by himself by supporting himself on his fingers!

How cool is that?! He was great fun to make & is now spending his summer accompanying my six year old nephew on his daily adventures :-) 
I have a couple of other stitchy projects which I can't share with you yet but I do have a semi finish that I can show you - I finished stitching the squares for Little H's advent calendar!! Taa-dah!! 
So now begins the work of assembling it into the actual advent calendar... I will bring you pics when I'm done.
Well that's May & June covered, next time round I hope to be able to show you what I have been working on this month! Thank you for visiting with me here today, I hope you have a lovely week!


















Friday, 3 July 2015

Seeing stars!

Hello there!
Over the last few weeks there have been a couple of definite themes running through a lot of my projects - three common colors & stars. Firstly I finished my USA Ripple blanket before July 4th!

Here it is in it's new home...

Last summer I managed to get one little patriotic design stitched up & we found the perfect frame for it on our travels in the States later in the year...

This is a free design available from the Janlynn website, they have a great variety of freebies there!
Another website with some great wee freebies is Rainbow Gallery. I have stitched quite a few of these in the past but have a lot more earmarked for the future. This last week or so I have managed to tick two of these off the list, this is Liberty Star by Erica Michaels...

I swapped out the listed specialist threads for DMC colors & stitched it on oatmeal 14 count aida using some little star buttons & red & gold cording from my stash to finish it off. Do you see the tiny little white button dotting the "i"? It was one of the cute little buttons Laura from Strawberry Mouse Crafts sent me earlier in the year - thank you Laura this one has found the perfect home!! I backed it with some bright stripy fabric...
Also on the Rainbow Gallery page the same designer has a series of monthly smalls which I have decided to stitch now that I have a lovely new place to display them in the front room. Here is the July one...
Stitched on 14 count antique white aida with DMC colors & finished with more buttons (thank you Laura!), ric rac, & fabric from my stash. And lastly I stitched "Wave" by Bent Creek... 
Using more of the 14 count oatmeal aida I changed out the listed DMC colors for ones that went better with the fabric I wanted to use to finish it with. So here is my new little ledge all set for the month... 
I have also been working on a new wallhanging based around the panel I bought at Big Sky Quilts last year. If you follow me on facebook you might have seen these in progress pics already, little squares & triangles...
...which became these blocks...
...and some little stars waiting to be appliqued...
This is still very much a work in progress but I am planning on concentrating on this now the cross stitched smalls are done, so hopefully I will have more to show you soon.
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely weekend however you are spending it and HaPpy JuLy 4 to all who are celebrating! 











Thursday, 2 July 2015

#MandalasforMarinke

Hello,
Many of you will have heard the sad news this week, Marinke aka Wink from a creative being blog lost her fight with depression last Friday. I only found her blog a few months ago when her first book was published (available here) and was just beginning to fully realise the amazing creative spirit behind it. Her sister has written a beautiful tribute to her here & I can only imagine what her family & friends are going through right now. Kathryn Vercillo from the crochet concupiscence blog has set up a collaborative crochet art project designed to honor Wink’s life and work, celebrate her amazing creativity, and raise awareness about depression. You can find full details here, but the basic idea is for us to crochet one of Wink's mandala patterns & send it to Kathryn so here is my contribution...
I chose this pattern to represent sunshine, bursting through the dark skies of depression & bringing the blue skies back. That hope can be hard, if not impossible, to see on the blackest days. This might make little sense to those who have been lucky enough to not have first hand experience of depression but a while back I came across this short video which aims to explain what depression can be like. I believe anything which deepens understanding, raises awareness, & helps eliminate the stigma of depression is worth supporting and I am sure Kathryn will receive great support for her project from the whole crafting community.