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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness July Link-up Post


Welcome to the July Gifted Gorgeousness link-up.  The link-up date will continue to be the 15th and I will keep the link-up open until the end of each month so you have plenty of time if you are late posting.

The format remains exactly the same, there is a list of rules on the main sign-up page if you want to check what is required but basically anything connected to the word "gift" is allowed, whether it was a gift TO you or is a gift FROM you.

In the past month I have stitched a few gifted pieces:-

Just Nan's 12 Days of Christmas - chart was a Christmas present:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Chatelaine's Gardens of London - Birthday gift

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast from Crafty Kitten

I had my Longest Day Marathon and some of those pieces were gifts:

Two favourites were both Nora Corbett; Gathering Eggs and Raven:



The final piece is my focus for this month; Lyndifarne's Discworld Mappe which will be a gift for my son:

stitched on 32 count Murano custom-dyed by Sparklies

I actually managed to get a good bit stitched on Saturday afternoon, all the wings and around the hippo's bottomus!  What a thing to stitch!  I'm hoping to get quite a bit of that hippo done later today as next week is a busy week.

I also received some gorgeousness too - chocolate gorgeousness all the way from New Zealand!  The lovely Margaret wanted to thank me for helping her out and sent a box of goodies.  Unfortunately the Large Boy picked the parcel up from the doormat and read the customs label so he knew it wasn't stitchy goodies and wanted to share LOL.



Now it is your turn to show us your Gifted Gorgeousness for the month. Please use your name or your blog name in the field and NOT the words "July Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month. And link to the actual post, not just your blog. It is easier if you copy and paste the link, rather than typing freehand.

Please could you remember to link up as well as make your post.  There have been a few people making GG posts but not linking.  Which means they don't get entered into the draw.  If you have technical or memory issues, just leave a comment and let me know!

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Finally, the Summer Postcard Blog Hop has started!  The first card went out to Ariadne from Greece, so follow the link below and find out who sent the card to her.  Hopefully her post will appear sometime this week.


If you want to take part, just email me a photo of something you have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   It can be a new piece or something from your archives.


Friday, 13 July 2018

July TUSAL

Tusal

It's TUSAL time, the Totally Useless SAL where we all show our ORTS and link-up on Daffycat's blog.

Here is my TUSAL jar with two projects:


I've been stitching part of Jardin Prive's Happy Hallowe'en Night each month for the Hallowe'en Ornie Blog.  This month the theme is Pumpkins but as I had already stitched the pumpkins last year, I did the little graveyard this time:

stitched on 32 count Cognac linen
 Here is the whole piece:


There's a lovely big Haunted House for next month.  I'll have to allocate a few more days to stitch that!

The other piece in the photo is my Discworld Mappe by Lyndisfarne Designs.  This is my focus piece for the month and I've stitched a turtle flipper and a hippo wing.  Yes, hippos have wings when they are heraldic beasts.

stitched on 32 count Murano custom dyed by Sparklies

It's been another busy week and next week will be even busier with work every day.  But last weekend I did manage to get some scrapbooking done!  Hurrah!

Just Nan - Have a Heart


Just Nan - Royal Blossoms

Just Nan - Honeysuckle Rose and Painted Lady

Joan Elliott - July Mermaid from The Year of Magical Stitching

I'll post more photos of these on my Happy Dance blog so you can see the close-ups of the stitching.


Finally, the Summer Postcard Blog Hop will be starting soon.  I have a few photos sent in already and will be sending the first one out this weekend.  If you want to take part, just email me a photo of something you have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   It can be a new piece or something from your archives.










Saturday, 7 July 2018

Zodiac SAL - Cancer



Welcome to the  Zodiac SAL.  I will be posting on the first Saturday of each month with information about that month's sign and a linky for anyone who wants to join in.  The linky will stay open until the end of the month.

Last month we had three people link up with me, please do visit them now if you missed their posts before:



Cancer, the Crab, is a Water sign ruled by the Moon and covers those born between 22nd June and 22nd July.



In Greek Mythology the story of Cancer the Crab is said to be connected to Heracles.  Some storytellers say that during Heracles' fight with Lernaean Hydra, Hera, sent a crab from a swamp to snap at Heracles' toes because Hera had sworn to kill Heracles.  Heracles was able to kill the crab by smashing its shell with his foot.  As a reward for its efforts serving her, Hera placed the crab in the sky and it became Cancer.




Cancer People: What They’re Like

Cancer people are homebodies at heart, even if they’re out and about in the working world or the queen bees of their social hives.  They love returning to a space that they can call their own.  Home and deep bonds, especially female ones, keep them feeling secure.  Many Cancers are passionate foodies who love to cook and of course, eat!  Many Crabs love to host their own house parties for a regular crew.  Creative Cancers are the ultimate culture vultures, always up on the latest Michelin-starred restaurant, new band or raved-about independent film.  Great with kids and pets, Cancers make excellent parents and caretakers.  Need a little TLC?  Call on Cancer, who’s always ready with a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on.  (Be warned: You will need to return the favour soon enough!)  But don’t get too hooked on Cancer’s compassion or your relationship can get codependent.  That shell can be a bit too snug and Crabs can lose perspective, lapsing into pessimism.  Before claustrophobia strikes, make sure to set healthy boundaries.  Encourage Cancers to dry their tears and face their fears.  They need friends who give them space to vent but also remind them of their strength.

Source: Astrostyle - Cancer



Famous Cancer People & Celebrities:
Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Khloe Kardashian, Jaden Smith, Kourtney Kardashian, Vin Diesel, Robin Williams, Lana Del Ray, Lindsay Lohan, Gisele Bundchen, Li’l Kim, Courtney Love, Pamela Anderson, OJ Simpson, Selena Gomez, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald R. Ford, George W. Bush, Franz Kafka, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Pablo Neruda, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Bronte, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta


As luck would have it, The Bronte Museum has a sampler which Emily Bronte actually stitched herself:



This sampler has been reproduced with permission by Moira Blackburn


For the stitching part of the SAL I have chosen a series of designs from the Donna Kooler book 365 Tiny Cross Stitch Designs. I am stitching them all on one piece of 32 count Millenium Blue fabric. Here is Cancer:


Here is the whole piece so far:



I am also stitching the Satsuma Street Zodiac and since last month I finished Libra:

stitched on 28 count black evenweave


There are no Cancerians in my immediate family but there are little crabs on this piece which I stitched for my cousin's son:

On the Beach by Madame Chantilly


So, let's hand over to you! This is the place for you to link up if you want to join in, please link to the actual blog post, not your blog homepage and include your name so we can see who has joined in.

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Finally, the Summer Postcard Blog Hop will be starting soon.  I have a few photos sent in already and will be sending the first one out later this week.  If you want to take part, just email me a photo of something you have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   It can be a new piece or something from your archives.








Friday, 6 July 2018

6 Days Work on 12 Days of Christmas

What a small amount of progress to show for six days work too!


The problem was being tired on Sunday after 3 early morning starts courtesy of the Small Boy and needing a nap in the afternoon.  Followed by 3 days of work getting some overtime in covering my colleagues' holidays.

Some days I barely managed 20 stitches on this design so I'm not counting them in my Pie Chart at the end of the month.

Here is the whole piece so far:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

This one is the next one of my Just Nan smalls - Floral Sunshine:

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

I started that one for March Madness in 2017 and restarted it on 25th June, 2018

I have been making steady progress in the evenings on Alice and Flamingo by Mrs Peggotty:

stitched over 1 on 25 count blue evenweave

I have nearly finished her face, her eyes look so much less creepy now!






Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  I will be returning to the Postcard theme.

Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   It can be a new piece or something from your archives.  The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

I have received some cards already but haven't responded to those people yet because of the reasons at the beginning of the post!  But I will.  This weekend is for emails.






Saturday, 30 June 2018

June Pie and Stitch from Stash

Time for the end of month round-up and statistics.  June was the focus month for my Chatelaine Gardens of London.

Here is where I left it at the end of April:


And here is where I am now:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten

Here's a close-up of the Garden, the blue Queen's Stitches don't show up too well on the blue fabric but once I get the rest of the Garden filled in they will be more visible.  All the spaces in the centre are for beads and there are more speciality stitches in the border. 


The Chatelaine part of the rotation finished on 25th June and I picked up my spooky conversion of The Enchanted Alphabet by Lavender & Lace to stitch the rest of the X I started for The Longest Day Marathon:

stitched on 32 count Tiger Lily Murano by Sparklies

Here's the whole piece, only 2 letters to go then it will be time to add some more spooky motifs:



The Longest Day Marathon did take a day off my rotation and combined with some extra work shifts meant I only managed to stitch for 10 days on my Chatelaine.  Here's the full pie for June:



I did actually spend some money this month.  I needed some charms for my Just Nan Smalls and got 6 bags for the price of 5 from an eBay seller.  You've seen the butterfly used already on the Small SAL post.  Then I needed some DMC replenishing so an order was put in to Lakeside Needlecraft.

June
Charms eBay £10.25
DMC £18.03
Total £28.28

The first period of Stitch from Stash is finishing now and the second starts 1st July.  This is designed to give people who have zero self-control a fresh start and keep them interested LOL.

My biggest expense so far is magazines but I have cut my subscriptions down to two - Just Cross Stitch and Cross Stitcher (which is a legacy subscription from when I got Cross Stitch Collection).  I pay £8.72 for 3 issues rather than £22.39 for 6 issues.  You can see why I won't cancel at that price!

I did manage to avoid spending money on any of the five re-released Mirabilia charts.  If Touching The Autumn Sky had been one of them I would have gone for it.  Seaside Kingdom was tempting but to be honest I'd rather save my money and get both of the Royal Games cards charts.  I have asked Dawn to put my name down to the Cameo design.  I like that one and it's not Limited Edition.



Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  I will be returning to the Postcard theme.

Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   It can be a new piece or something from your archives.  The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

Entry into this Blog Hop also counts as another Peak for my Five Peaks Blog Hop Challenge I am running all year.  If you participate in or comment on all five Hops this year you will be entered into a draw at the end of the year.







Friday, 29 June 2018

June Smalls SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus

This year I am showing my Just Nan 12 Days of Christmas blocks for the Smalls SAL and also my 30-a-day projects.  All smalls also by Just Nan.  It's a Nan-a-thon year!

Here is Block 6 on the 12 Days of Christmas:

stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen

Following on from the excitement of the 31 starts for Maynia, I completed 2 Just Nan smalls this month.

First was Honeysuckle Rose which hasn't got its charm yet:

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

 Then a nice quick stitch; Dragonfly Summer renamed Butterfly Summer as that was the charm I had:

stitched on 32 count White evenweave


A Just Nan Small finish means a new one is started - Floral Sunshine:

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

I am hoping to do some scrapbooking this weekend and get some of the older ones mounted and fully finished.  We shall see!



Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  I will be returning to the Postcard theme.


  • Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard. 

  • I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  

  • The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!   

  • It can be a new piece or something from your archives.  

  • The Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  

  • Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!  

  • If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.









Sunday, 24 June 2018

June WIPocalypse Stitching Retreat

WIPocalypse
WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings

Each month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World.  For me, this will be my "18 in '18".  Many of them are part of SALs so I will be working on them each month.

This month I have stitched on all my outstanding projects because of the Longest Day Marathon!  Here's a little collage of all the projects:




That was easy to post!

I also got a finish from my list of 18 earlier in the month.  Satsuma Street's Libra:

stitched on 28 count black Jobelan

This weekend I have continued with my focus piece for the month which is Chatelaine's Gardens of London.  I have completed the inside of the top left Garden and just have the Rhodes, Queen and Rice Stitches in the border.  Beading will be done at the end.


Here's the whole piece:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten

Measi always sets us a discussion topic:

June - Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include. 

I have been on two quite different retreats.  The first was a Re-Treat with the emphasis on the treat.  Two sisters owned a converted barn where they held the retreats for only 6 other ladies at a time.  One sister taught the stitching and the other sister did the cooking and also the pampering in the evenings.  I had a wonderful time!  We spent three days just stitching, chatting, eating, having our nails done and shopping in the pop-up shop they had there.

The second was more formal, based in London at the Imperial College in Kensington, I signed up for a goldwork course.  This was fascinating but sadly I never finished the project.  I have sent it to Dima as she has more chance of completing it than I do.

So my ideal retreat would be a combination of the two; time to chat and a class to learn a new technique or a special class project with a designer I admire.  I would love to get together with more stitchers, especially my blogging friends but that just isn't possible at the moment.  But if anyone is passing this way do get in touch and come round for coffee and stitching!



Finally, there will be a Summer Blog Hop this year.  I will be returning to the Postcard theme.  Each person emails me a photo of something they have stitched which is suitable as a postcard to a fellow stitcher along with a short message of the kind you write on a postcard.  I will forward the photo to another participant who shows it on their blog.  The photo can be anything Summer themed, beach themed, holiday themed, you get the idea!  If you'd like to take part then leave a comment or send me an email.

Edit to add - the Hop will run over the whole of the Summer with a few cards going out each week.  Final deadline will be the end of August, just in time for Back to School!