Monday, December 23

A Bit Of A Funk

I have been in a bit of a stitching funk lately.  I got lots that I want to start and have actually tried a few times to start something new but each time I just sit there an stare at the fabric and eventually just put it away.

I am still stitching so I don't know what's the problem... maybe subconsciously I just feel like I already have far too much started already?

Anyway the one thing I have been working on is 99 Bottles and here is what it looked like about a week ago:

And heres progress as of today:

I think I am just going to stick with this for now and see how long I can stick to this before I itch for a new start.

Wednesday, December 11

It's been awhile...

It's been a combination of busy and distracted that has kept me away from both stitching and blogging.

I talked about making a end of year present for the daughters school teacher but I never got it completed in time.  Now it will just have to be given to the teacher on the first day of school.

This leaves it at about half way now.

I spent the last two days working on HAED Ariadne... only got about 200 - 300 stitches in but at least it progress.

As of right now, I have no idea what stitching I will pick up to ork on next.

Friday, November 22

Generosity and Updates

A while back I was reading blogs and I cam across three designs that I loved.  Debbie messaged me and offered too send me all 3 of the designs once she had finished them.  Well they came in the post the other day and are making me want to start them all.

Thank you so much Debbie for your huge generosity and I will enjoy working on them.

Since my last update I have finished row 3 and 4 of page one Ariadne.

It is going to be put away as I have a "end of year" present to complete for my daughters teacher, and only a few days to do it in.
Why do I always keep things to the last?

Let's hope my fingers fly on this one.

Monday, November 11

A New Project

But it's not cross stitch.

We have lived in this house for 7 years now and I have never had a space of my own as such.

In the average home the woman is the one that makes the house a home and the husband that lets her:-)
In my house it's different.  The husband takes a majority interest in the house and is finicky that he likes things just so.

He does all the work by hand (his choice) and I guess that makes him feel like he has a right to decide how things must be as he is doing the physical labour.

As a woman it does bother me sometimes that I walk through a house that doesn't have "me" in it.
You see we have totally different tastes in things and we clash on ideas.  I came to terms with this years ago and learned to just let him be.  When I used to fight it, it used to cause problems and I eventually learned that it's a small price to pay for a happier marriage.

We have a small flat in the back yard and I was given that as my craft room but it never really worked for me.  It's on the far side of the yard and I always feel separate from the house if I use it and also my daughter has grown up in this house and it's difficult to sit in there with a young child who doesn't want to be in there:-)
So it ended up being a storage area and I still had the problem of my wips being in the house and not really having a place to put them when I wasn't working on them.

We have a spare room in the house and I talked my hubby into letting me turn that into my craft room instead.  It used to be my daughters room until we moved her into the warmer bedroom and it has been sitting empty ever since, waiting to be turned into a guest room.  It's still painted pinks from when she stayed in there so my first job will be painting the walls.

I chose and picked up the colours of paint today and am excited and scared at the same time.  I love warmth and colours and I might have gone overboard with my colour choices:-(  I don't have an eye for colour so not sure how the two colours will work but I am holding thumbs that it turns out beautiful.

Other than painting there is a small vanity that I want to work on by removing the top half that hold the mirror, painting it and using it in the craft room.  I will also be needing a few pieces of furniture which I hope I will be able to find in the 2nd hand store etc.

But first things first... painting!

And I will of course take pictures before and as I go along, as it's a super important time to be able to have a craft room and also to have a room that can be done to suit my likes and every time I go in there it will be me.

I do warn you that it's going to be bright, cheerful and somethings will be quirky.

Monday, October 28

Mini Ariadne And Cut-Thru" Gypsy Wagon

I finished Row 2 Page 1 of Mini Ariadne and this puts me at 3% complete:

I also pulled out Gypsy Wagon again and did a little more on the roof:

Hoping that next time I might actually finish the roof.

Thursday, October 24

New Start: Jewel On The Water

After my last two finished, I figured that I deserved a new start.

It doesn't look like much at the moment but new starts never really do:-)

I fell in love with this design the second I saw it in the magazine.
It's designed by Lesley Teare.

Wednesday, October 23

Where my Christmas Decorations are from

They are actually not decorations as such...

It was an advent calendar that I actually did make for my daughter:

I liked them so much that I decided that I wanted some of them hanging on my Christmas Tree:

It is out of Cross Stitch Crazy November 2011.

Monday, October 21

Ariadne and Christmas Decorations

I have made some nice progress on Mini Ariadne.  Row 1 of Page 1 is complete.

I know it's not much progress but it makes me feel a bit better breaking it down into page rows as it makes small "finishes" to be pleased about.

I also worked on some more Christmas decorations.

Next time it comes up in my rotation I will add the gold metallic threads and do the actual finishing.

I have been really enjoying my stitching time as I have been watching Stargate SG1 at the same time.  
I have been staying up way late but it's been so good at the same time.

I finished Season 3 last night and hope to start Season 4 soon.

Tuesday, October 15

A New To Me Blog

I came across a new to me blog today.

She doesn't do many updates as such but her stitching is lovely.

She doesn't have many ppl who comment on her work, so please go take a look at her blog.

Cross Stitch Angel

Monday, October 14

A Bit Of Everything

The last time you saw Hocus Pocus it looked like this:

As of about 15 minutes ago it now looks like this:

This project falls just short of the one year mark as I started it Halloween last year.  We don't celebrate it here but I felt like at least acknowledging it in theory and so I started this.

I have attempted starting a HAED a few times.  I actually almost managed a whole page on my BB SAL of Literate Dragon before I gave up and put it away.

I think my problem is that I either started projects that were too big for a first, or like LD, just too much confetti.  I think once I have a completed HAED it might motivate me to start a bigger/harder design.

So here is a new start... Mini Adriane

Winter has just passed us and clothing wise it was a terrible winter for me.  I need new jerseys and can't stand what they have in fashion at the moment... okay for the last two years.

So I spent most of the winter bundled up in tracksuit tops and thick jackets which did not look good at all.  So I decided to pull out the needles and make myself a few jerseys during the year.

Here is the start of my first one:

Okay I have two questions to answer from the last two posts.
I can't remember (off the top of my head) who asked about what online game I was talking about... it is called Ultima Online.

And Debbie, sadly I have not touched my 99 Bottles since the last update but my fingers have been itching to add a few more to my row.

Saturday, September 21

Broom Parking Information

I don't know where to buy the chart, as it was given to me but here is the information that Linda and Kaisievic asked for:

It is done by Angel Stitchin
and the design code is AS60-091

Hope that helps:-)

Friday, September 20

A Start And A Finish

I can't believe that I have not done an update in almost a month.

Hubby and I used to play an online game when my daughter was a baby... well they closed down the game server about 8 years ago, and we were sad because we loved playing.

Just over a month ago I happend across news that a new server  had been opened bout 4 months ago and I happily told hubby.  I was met with him asking me just when do I think he will have time to play a game.
But a few days later he told me that he had ordered permanent internet connection for us, and yes you guessed it, we have spent the last while playing the game.

It took a bit of work because my char was new, the game had changed a bit since we played and lastly I had just forgotten so much, that I had to re-learn allot.

I started a very easy design called Broom Parking and really enjoyed stitching it.
It is all in black so no worries about the colour changes, it was easy to put down in a hurry and pick up for a minute here and there.  It is such a small fun design that it should of only taken a few days but it took me 21 days to complete.

Broom Parking
Started:  31 August 2013
Finished:  20 September 2013

I inherited a few charts from a friend and this was just one that I knew I had to make.  It just made me smile every time I saw it.
Even though it is all black, I found that I never got bored once... I enjoyed it every time that I picked it up.

Saturday, August 31

A Witch's Best Friend Update

I worked on this for 2 days and boy did I want to pull my hair out.

It's Joan Elliott at her best!
Each part consists of many colours and the design is very busy.

But I love the finished design and I am sure it will be worth it, if I survive.

Saturday, August 24

Too Many Distractions!

Firstly 99 Bottles is coming along great.  It's such a fun stitch as you feel accomplished everytime you finish a whole bottle, and it makes the fact that you have 99 to do, much more manageable.

I cheated a bit and worked on it for 3 days, but shhhh don't tell my other projects that:-)

I then worked on A Time For Giving for 2 days and lets just say that not much happend in those two days.



It looks like I accomplished a bit over 2 days, but honestly there was a bit more added after my last update and I never blogged about it so it just looks like more.
I didn't do much stitching the last two days as I have had far too many distractions.
Distration One:
I was watching S1 of the TV Series Arrow.
I love the story line of the series, but I tend to love any of the Superhero movies, so it was a given that I would enjoy this.
My problem was that I would put on an episode with stitching in hand and would all of a sudden realise that I have watched the whole episode and my stitching was just left lying in my lap.
I just enjoyed watching the main character of the series way too much to miss any of it.
Distraction Two:
It started out innocently (as it always does).  I was just looking around for new blogs to add to my reading list when I came across one that does English Paper Piecing.
I thought that it looks interesting and so I read some more. 
Then I thought:  Wow I would love to make a table cloth for Christmas with that technique.
A couple hours later I had read blogs and watched you tube videos and technique pages.
And today I popped into the fabric shop and bought some quilting fabrics:
I am not sure about the brown one on top working with the colours, but I really just couldn't resist those cute and tiny motives on it.
I really don't need another project and probably spent a bit too much money on the fabrics (sorry hubby) but I really just couldn't resist.

Distraction Three:

I spent a big part of yesterday sorting out all my WIPs and new starts.
I have put them in their own individual folders, which includes my working copy, the fabric and any threads needed for that project.
Now at any given time I just have to pull out the file to be ready to stitch.

I still have the last 3 projects to sort out and will show a pic of my storage solution on my next update.

I had grand plans for today with my stitching.
Daughter has a friend visiting so she is happily occupied, hubby left very early this morning to help a friends nephew move.   This meant that I had the whole day to stitch with very little interuptiions from daughter and absolutely no guilt from feeling like I shouldn't be stitching because hubby might think I am being lazy.

Instead I have tidied house, being sorting out my projects and spent a fair amount of time at the fabric shop and then this update has taken forever.  Hubby should be home in about 3 to 4 hours so hopefully I can get my butt in my chair asap.

PS I apologise for the weird spacing in this post and the previous one.
I have no idea why it is doing that and the extra line spaces don't show up under the html and that means I can't fix/change it.

Friday, August 23

Attempting A New Rotation

If you look on my right side bar you will see a new list up.

This is a list of all my WIP's and also any new starts that I already had set up (already had fabric for).

I will stitch each project for 2 days and will work down the list in Alphabetical order.

I worked on 99 Bottles for the 2 days, also worked on A Time For Giving yesterday and today.

I will do a update on both of those tomorrow morning.

I am hoping that this will allow me to stitch guilt free as all projects will be worked on and I will only have a short amount of days between the times that I stitch on them.

I have decided to resurrect my projects on 18 count.
I spent the money on the fabric, and also spent a bit of time on stitching and I just don't like to see them being wasted.  The progress on those will be slow and I am sure not much progress when it's time to update but at least they are not gonna be chucked.

Honestly I also like the size of the christmas stocking on 18 count.  It's nice and big to put things in but not so big that I have to have alot of stuff to fill them with.

Tuesday, August 20

Hocus Pocus Update and (yet another) New Start

I have been working on Hocus Pocus for a few days now but it was mostly catching up on half stitches and backstitch so it would of been more like "spotting the difference" than anything else.
So I waited until I had a significant difference to show in my update.

I last worked on her a few months back when we were on holiday.

This is the last update pic: 


And this is her now:

I have been watching Debbie as she stitches on her 99 Bottles wip.  I have had this for ages and I finally gave into starting it after seeing her progress.

I didn't have 14 count so I am trying 18 count again.  I have solved the issue (hopefully) by making this a daylight project and working on HP in the evenings.

I was planning on doing 1 bottle a day but these take more time to stitch then I thought they would.  Yesterday I finished a bit of the shelf and one bottle.

I planned on doing one bottle a day but today's bottle had a few colour changes and I never managed to finish it.  So I think I won't push myself and will just do an update once I finish 2 bottles each time.

I have a bit of frogging to do on the first bottle though.  I am used to designs that have the symbol . which means white.  So I subconsciously just grabbed the white when I saw the symbol but today when I worked on the 2nd bottle I realised that white is actually : and . is a yellow.  So the white you see in the pic needs to be frogged and replaced.

I am sure I will be back tomorrow night with 2 bottles correct and finished.

Friday, August 16

Cute Cat Update

I have been working on Hocus Pocus for the last few days but it's slow.  I am adding half stitches and backstitch etc and so the photo doesn't look much different from the last time I worked on her.

I will wait till significant progress has been made to do an update.

But I thought I would share a few cute pics of my darling kitty, who is going through the "teenager" phase atm:-)

Remember this bundle of fluff: 

Oh how I miss those big ears!!
Well she is growing too fast even though she isn't even close to a year old yet.
She has already had her operation so that she can't have kittens.  It was bittersweet sending her for that one, as I would dearly have loved to have seen kittens being born just once in my life, but there are too many stray cats and abandoned cats at the SPCA that I just couldn't send out another few kittens into the world and not knowing what would happen to them and wondering if I chose good homes for them when I gave them away.

Monday, August 12

31 Day Blog Challenge Days 9 &10 and a Finish!

Ok lets get the challenge done first.

Day 9 is "Worst Habits"

This is a hard one as a person doesn't like thinking of their own bad points.
1.  My temper is a bit too short (can one call this a bad habit?)  I always think of how to make myself better in this way so I would think it's a habit because one can work on changing it.
2.  I leave everything to the last minute.  I always tell myself that there is time, until there just isn't any time left.
3.  I don't have much money sense.  I spend before I think about it and always regret if I overspend.

Okay even though there is probably more, I will leave it at 3:-)

Day 10 is "Best Physical Feature"

I am not a "pretty person".  I would say I am on the average scale.  My face is round and I have no bone structure but I must say my best feature would have to be my mouth ( at least in my eyes).  I have a bottom lip that is much fuller than my top lip.  I know that a few years ago it was all the rage to have your bottom lip made fuller by collagen and I was always chuffed that mine were like that naturally.  Think Angelina Jolie's lip and thats what I mean.

I have another finish as of today.

My Glass Aglow is done!!!

I made a list of all my WIPS and planned starts (that I have the fabric for) and ther are a total of 8.  I ran the numbers through the Random Number Generator and it gave me # 1 as the result.  So next up I will be working on Hocus Pocus until it is done.

I am hoping to get all the wips completed this year so that I can start 2014 fresh.  I plan on making a list of at least 14 things I want to stitch in 2014 and will add them to my sidebar closer to the end of the year and will use the RNG to choose one each time I have a finish.

Saturday, August 10

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 7 & 8 and new stand (sort of)

I missed yesterdays blog challenge so I will do both today:

Day 7 is "Pet Peeves"

I think my worst one is when someone invades my personal body space.  You know if you are standing in a line somewhere and someone literally has their body shoved up to you and is actually physically touching your back or keeps on bumping you.

I also dislike it when you go to the bathroom only to realise that theres no toilet paper in the holder because the person who was there last finished it and never put a new one on.  The worst is that you usually only realise this once you actually need the paper.  Sadly my family does this all the time:-)

Day 8 is "whats in your handbag"

Okay luckily for me I cleaned out my handbag awhile ago, and this is not as embarrasing as it would normally have been.

My wallet
Cross stitch

I am such a happy woman right now.  I have been wanting a proper cross stitch fame/stand for ages now.
I have looked into getting one from 123 stitch but the import tax that the post office would charge was a bit too much.
I looked at ordering one from DMC until the local shop told me that it would cost over R2000.00 and I couldn't ask hubby if I could spend that much on it.

I was looking at a online auction/buying site a few weeks ago and saw a scroll frame for a measley R80.00!!! I bought it immediately and yesterday hubby spent the day in his workshop and made me a stand for it.

Now I have this absolutely stunning thing:

I am truly happy right now with this that I keep on just walking past it and looking at it:-)

Thursday, August 8

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 6

Today's challenge is "Your 5 senses right now"

Sight:  I see the dog and cat having a snooze, my stitching calling my name (though I have worked on it today) and my daughters presents needing wrapping (yes left to the last minute) and then I have to hide them for her to find in the morning.

Sound:  I hear the fish tanks pump and the wind outside.

Smell:  The fish tank leaks a bit when you lift the lid to feed the fishes.  In summer it's not a problem as it dries very quickly but obviously not so quick in winter.  Now I get that damp musty carpet smell.  Luckily we will be putting tiles in here soon so this will be the last winter that I have to smell that.

Feel:  I feel my eyes burning and envious of the animals, hubby and daughter who are all asleep already.  But I am up late as usual:-)  I have been up late for a bit too many nights now and am starting to feel it.  But all you moms out there know how we relish that time in the evenings that are just for ourselves and usually I stay up late enjoying that time.

Taste:  I still taste the cuppichino (did I spell that right?  Too lazy to go to the kitchen to see if it is) I had a few minutes ago.  I love Nescafe for bringing out a instant cuppichino that one can make at home although the real deal is much better.

Wednesday, August 7

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 5

Yesterday I pictured myself having a lovely relaxing time stitching.

You see today is my 32nd birthday and as a present to myself, I decided to do only basic cleaning and also clothes washing, and the rest of the day would be spent lazing around with stitching in hand.

When in actual fact my day has been cleaning, a bit of reading and then I did a tiny little bit of more soapy goodness.  And yet still not a stitch done...

But I will remedy that in a few minutes.

Okay todays challenge is "10 songs that I love right now"

3 Doors Down - Be Like That
3 Doors Down - Here Without You
Cold - The Day Seattle Died
Daughtry - Crawling Back To You
Daughtry - It's Not Over
Evanescence - Further Away
Evanescence - Hello
Evanescence - Where Will You Go
Prime Circle - As Long As I Am Here
Prime Circle - She Always Gets What She Wants

Now I am off to go do a bit of food shopping and then go pick my daughter up from school.

She is super excited because they will be having a 4 day weekend, as the teachers are going on a course so the school is closed tommorrow and will be closed on Friday as it's a public holiday.  Friday is her 9th birthday and then on Sat we are having a party for her and all her friends will be there.

Tuesday, August 6

31 Day Blog Challenge Day 4

Thank goodness that today is an easy one.

I am so totally exhausted right now.  I have stood in my kitchen since 12 this afternoon till 9:30 tonight.  I spent a few hours making soap goodies and had a great time doing it.
But by the end of that my feet were killing me but I had to make supper, then the after supper washing up, then making lots of cupcakes for my daughter to take to school tomorrow and then the cleaning up after that.

I really was in no state to still be standing when it was time to make the cupcakes but its a yearly birthday thing I do for my daughter.  She always has her birthday on a public holiday so usually the last day of school before her big day, I send cupcakes for her to give to her class mates as a mini celebration.  This year there are two days of no school before her bday so they had to get done tonight.

Now I am doing my update and then I am going to fall into bed with my sore feet and aching back and do a little bit of reading.

Okay Day 4 challenge is "What I'm Afraid Of"

I am afraid of heights.  Not in the usual sense though because I can go up high but what scares me is the falling down from that height.

Hope that makes sense considering how muddled my brain is right now.

Sadly I didn't even get one stitch in today.  But tomorrow is my special day, and I am going to celebrate it by only doing the basic cleaning and washing and the rest of the time I will spend it with my stitching in hand.

Monday, August 5

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 3

Todays challenge is at least something easy.  Share your favourite quote.

So here is mine...

" In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away. "

- Shing Xiong

And now for a stitchy update.

I am still working on Glass Aglow and here is the pics from a few days ago.
I am further along now and hopefully will have a finish by the end of the week or so.

My package or soapy goodness arrived this morning, so now I am off to go play with it.

Sunday, August 4

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2

Okay todays challenge is to tell 20 things about yourself, so here goes:

  1. I was a very premature baby.  After spending months in the hospital, my parents put me in a shoe box for the drive home.
  2. I am a socially awkward person.
  3. I have lived in 5 different cities or towns.
  4. I only got my drivers license at the age of 27, even though we are able to get our license at the age of 18.
  5. My husband is 9 years 11 months older than me.
  6. I am a short person and look younger than I am.  This causes embarrasment as 3 people have thought I was my husbands child.
  7. Fact 6 has greatly amused my husband, especially when the 1 man patted me on the head when he greeted me:-)
  8. I love fantasy.  Any movies or books.  My favourite authors vary from the weird fantasy (Darren Shan, Mercy Thompson etc) to the more nomral fantasy (Trudi Canavan, David Gemmell) and for a very good laugh I love Terry Pratchetts Discworld series.
  9. I am a Pagan in my beliefs.  I am drawn to the Wiccan aspect of it.  Although I do not practice it due to my husbands family being very Christian and they would be horrified.  It just makes things easier for my husband and daughter.
  10. I would love to take part in the TV series Survivor.   I think it's an amazing thing to experience and to know that you have done something that tests you so much.
  11. This list is driving me nuts as I am having a hard time coming up with the stuff to put on it.
  12. I am a terrible cook.  Being a stay at home mom for the last 6 years, it is obviously my job to cook, and my food still tasted the same as when I learnt.  I am one of those people who will just never get it right.
  13. I get cold very easily.  Winters drive me nuts because no matter how many layers I wear, I am still cold.  I could never survive in a snowy climate.  Our houses are not built with any heating and so we rely on a heater in our lounge for night time use.
  14. I studied to be an interior designer and yet never got a job in the field.
  15. I am now studying accounting.
  16. I am an organ donor.
  17. I like silver jewellery to gold and would rather have a coloured stone than a diamond.
  18. I have a black thumb.
  19. I like rock music like Live, Nickelback, Prime Circle, Draughtry etc and even like Metallica.
  20. Even though I have tried doing stitching rotations I have come to realise that I am a one at a time kind of gal.  I hate the idea of a project taking me 2 or 3 years to do.  I wish I was a person who could handle rotations, but they just stress me out.
And thankfully this is done.  I found this challenge extremely hard and am just glad it's done.

I will be back tomorrow for Day 3 and a stitchy update.

Saturday, August 3

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 1

I saw Measi doing this on her blog and thought it looked interesting.  It took me awhile to search out the actual challenge list and I found it today, so I am starting it today.

Day 1 is to introduce yourself and to share a picture.

Ok so lets get the picture out of the way.  I don't think it is cheating putting up a picture from 2007 because I pretty much still look the same.  You see I hate pics of myself as the camera truly hates me.  I never seem to look decent in them and so I have very few pics of myself, and this is the most recent one that I have on my pc.

It is a pic of myself and my daughter when she had to dress up for a concert.

I tought myself to cross stitch when I was about 16 but only did 3 projects.  Then life got in the way when I finished high school and went off to study.  My first serious boyfriend, my studies and just life in general got in the way.
I then got taught how to knit and met my husband when I was 21.
We kind of put the cart before the horse and got pregnant before we got married but I was married and a new mom at the age of 23.
I started cross stitching again and made my daughter 3 Teddy Bear Projects:

Then I bought myself a  spinning wheel and taught myself to spin and for a few years I did't touch cross stitch at all.
For the last few years I have spent way too much time cross stitching and I love every moment of it.
Now I am 31 (just about 32 in a few days), I have been married 9 years and my daughter will turn 9 two days before my birthday.
I live in South Africa and most of the time feel lucky to live here.
We have large houses compared to what I have seen of the overseas houses on TV.

We are blessed with a beautiful countryside and the chance to go visit game reserves whenever we want and to be able to see animals like lions, elephants etc.

The sad things living here are basically the school education that is not very good compared to overseas.  A person who is highly qualified here wouldn't really be able to get a job overseas easily, even if they were lucky enough to be able to immigrate.
The politics also puts a damper on living here.

And my major gripe is as far as cross stitching is concerned.
Because everything is imported here it is expensive.

I have a full set of threads that I have accumulated over the last few years.  I once sat down and worked out how much I had spent on my set and was shocked to realise that it pretty much summed up to the same amount as a decent jobs monthly salary.  Fabric costs an arm and a leg here and so I usually only buy 1m or 2m at a time.

Luckily the hubby has his love of tools and so we have an agreement:  He sais not a word about my spending on my hobby and I say not a word when he comes home with yet another tool or woodworking machine.  It works for us because he knows his tools cost way more than I spend on cross stitch:-)

I have Scottish and Irish blood in me from my great grandparents and am married to a South African born German.  His whole family speaks the language and one day I would love to learn the language.

I think that is enough rambling for now.

See you tomorrow for the next day's challenge.

Saturday, July 20

A new start.

I figured that as I just finished two wips, I could give myself a new start.

I will not say, or show what it is supposed to look like, as it will be more fun to see it forming.

Tuesday, July 16

Such A Quick Finish

I finished The Princess Sleeps Here last night.

I washed it and this morning after giving it a gentle ironing, it got framed.

My daughter wanted a pink frame and the only one I found was a bit on the large size but I think it looks good.

Heres the finish and the after framing pics:

I also managed to finish another christmas decoration over the weekend.  Though I should of chosen beads for his eyes instead of french knots, as the french knots looks a bit weird.

Sadly the first decoration I made in January is missing.  I was using it as a needle cushion over the last 2 weeks and after my daughter had 2 friends over the weekend and now I can't find it.  I assume one of them picked it up and put it somewhere in the house.

I have searched and searched but it's not wanting to be found.  Hopefully I will find it before Christmas.

Friday, July 12

The Princess Sleeps Here

Here is my new start after working on it for three days:

This is such a fun and fast stitch.  I am really enjoying it and it is so nice because you can backstitch each letter after stitching it.

Debbie asked about my Cut-Thru design and sadly I must say that I have decided not to continue with it.  I have had eye ops, and even though I am 31, my eyes are not so great.  I found working on 18 count not fun at all.  My eyes would burn after awhile and I really started dreading stitching on it.

Sadly this means that my daughters stocking and the fabric I planned on starting BOIC has also been put away.  I have not had a chance to buy any new 14 count yet to restart and I won't be buying any for a few months because of a new project that I started.

I am wanting a way to start making a bit of my own spending money and obviously have to invest funds to get it going and the next few months cash wise will be put into this endevour.

I am planning on making bath products that are specifically for kiddies.  You never find anything fun to make kids really enjoy their baths in the shops and I think it would be something fun to try out.

Here is this months products:

Aren't they gorgeous??? They are cupcake soaps and I had so much fun making them.

End of July I plan on making some bubble baths and handwashes and other fun goodies.