Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January Smalls SAL

and DUCJC 2015 Days 24 to 27

Stitching Lotus Ornament SAL
The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I am going to have two monthly challenges:

1. The Primitive Hare Hallowe'en Cubes SAL with Giovanna
2. The Hallowe'en Ornie SAL themed blog.

But because I have also been taking part in the DUCJC 2015 I haven't really got a finish for either this month!

I stitched on the first cube on Day 17 and here is my progress:

Stitched on 32count Vintage Linen.
I intend to stitch these on Sunday afternoons unless I have to work.  
Hopefully I can finish this one this Sunday.

The theme for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL Blog was Witches.  I did start a Brooke's Books Witch and I also stitched a witch as part of Prairie Moon's Thine is the Trick and the Treat so I am counting that for this month's ornie!


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DUCJC 2015 - I am doing well keeping up with the new starts.  The box to choose from is getting emptier and the stitched box is getting full!  Only a few more days to go then I can return to my favourites.

Day 24 - Shepherd's Bush - She Tends:

Stitched on 32count Light Mocha Belfast linen

Day 25 - Shepherd's Bush - Mulberry:

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen
This is the sixth of the series I have stitched.

Day 26 - Dragon Dreams - Dragon of the Winter Moon:

Stitched on 32 count Moondust Murano evenweave from Crafty Kitten
All of the white body is Anchor Marlitt which is a silky thread and quite slippery!

Day 27 - Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat:

Stitched on 40 count hand-dyed linen.
I stitched the skull motif to the left on day 27.

I have been stitching TitTatT all month, one strand per evening except for day 27 when I took it into work.  I saved this project from day 27 because I knew I had a full day at work and thought there would be little time for stitching.  I totally forgot I get a lunch break when I work a full day!  It's usually only a 20 minute coffeebreak.  So I got some midday stitching and completed another motif.

The doorbell just rang and I have to show you what the postman delivered:


Yes, an entire cone of DMC 310!  With all the Hallowe'en stitching I do I thought a cone made economical sense!  425m for £16.50 works out at 31p a skein of 8m.  And I get a really nice solid card cone which I am sure can be made into something spooky when the thread is all used up!
The cone came from Crafty Kitten and because I had a voucher from Heather of It's Geek to Me all I had to pay was postage.  I also got some Crescent Colours for one of my final 31 starts,

The little book next to the cone is my 2015 Diary.  I usually use the cover gift from WOCS magazine but they didn't have one this year, just a desk calendar.  So Santa brought me one.  The cat is printed but the rest of the cover detail is embroidered on.  Very suitable, thank you Santa,

Finally, I will be hosting the annual Valentine's Day Blog Hop this year.  See this post for more details.  Just send me a photo of your lovely stitching to be sent to another blogger on Valentine's Day,  I've added the Heart to my sidebar, please feel free to copy it onto your blog to link back here.

  



Saturday, 24 January 2015

Days 20 to 23 of the DUCJC 2015

The DUCJC is being held this year in memory of SoCal Debbie and I am attempting to stitch on 31 different projects throughout January.  A mixture of WIPs and new starts.

This week was a busy week at work so I chose three of my WIPs to stitch on those three days.

Day 20 - Jannlynn - Gathering Honey:

Stitched on 28 count linen.
I stitched more of the green in the bottom two blocks and some more backstitch.
I think I can start adding some flowers next time!

Day 21 - Joan Elliott - Faces SAL:

Stitched on 28count Snapdragon evenweave by Crafty Kitten
This will be a fairy eventually!

Day 22 - Just Nan - Winter Typography:

Stitched on 32 count lilac linen.
I stitched the mittens, the bunny, the scarf and some of the pink in the border.

Day 23 - Stitcher Anon - Marley was Dead:

Stitched over 1 on 28count Platinum linen.
A new start at last!

Only a week to go on this challenge.  I have found it easier than I thought.  Some of the pieces have been very hard to put down but being able to start a long-awaited design has made it easier.  I am hoping to finish all the obligation stitching and most of the smalls throughout the year.  It would be nice to finish Gathering Honey too because that is for a friend.  I think the JE Faces will continue into next year though.

The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL's first monthly sign up was a great success and I have visited everyone who linked up now.  I had so many page views for that post and also my 7000th comment!  The lovely Gillie left that comment and I have offered her first choice of my finished charts later this year.  My intention is to finish a few of the smalls and have a giveaway, possibly on my Blogaversary in April.  So Gillie will get first dibs and then whoever enters!

Finally, I will be hosting the annual Valentine's Day Blog Hop this year.  See this post for more details.  Just send me a photo of your lovely stitching to be sent to another blogger on Valentine's Day,  I've added the Heart to my sidebar, please feel free to copy it onto your blog to link back here.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

January TUSAL and Stitch from Stash

Month: January
Spent: £ 0.00
Earned: £ 0.00

Tusal

It's TUSAL time again!  For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.

I emptied the 2014 ORTS into a bag and intend to use them to stuff an ornie sometime this year.  Here is the jar with just a few bits of fluff in the bottom, along with today's DUCJC project:

Gathering Honey by Jannlynn

Stitch From Stash 2015
Stitch from Stash is hosted by Mel from Epic Stitching

Essentially the idea behind Stitch from Stash is that we are limited to spending US$25 (or £15) per month. There are various exemptions (Birthday money, existing mag subs, clubs etc) but the idea is not to try and pervert the rules and to stitch some of that stash!  I will be posting on or around the 20th of each month because that is when I get paid!

Mel allowed us a little break from SFS after the December check-in until the January sign-up but I was very good.  I ordered two of Primitive Hare's lovely thread holders and the Hallowe'en Cubes for my Christmas presents.  Due to a little mix-up in the emails I was sent the Christmas Cubes, so of course I had to re-order the Hallowe'en ones and pay for the Christmas ones.  Can't just send them back, can we?

You can see the Witchy thread holder here:


I'm using her to hold my black threads.  The ghostie is currently in use on Elizabeth Shephard holding the green silk.

I also got framing vouchers for Christmas but not so much money as last year!  I bought a sweet sheep design for Jacquie because I knew she would love it.  Then I found out she'd been in hospital so it became a Get Well Soon present!

And that was it.  I cancelled my subscription to World of Cross Stitching because I just wasn't that into the designs and they had increased it to over £10 every three issues.  I'm keeping up with Cross Stitch Collection, partly because they keep featuring me in it!  Since I was Blogger of the Month I was asked to contribute to an article on SALs which I did, along with Heather Stitching Lotus.  I am also continuing with the Jodyri Threads of the Month club which is exempt too.

This is the part where I would show my new starts from stash but since I am doing the DUCJC everything has been a new starts from stash so I will just show the latest two:

Day 18 - Teresa Wentzler - You were Hatched

Stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave

Day 19 - Nora Corbett - Little Snowy Gray Cottage

Stitched on 32 count opal Blue Hydrangea by Crafty Kitten

Usually I would stitch all the DMC before starting the Kreinik but this design is nearly all Kreinik!  Acres of it so it's a large eyed-needle and short lenghs for me.

Finally, I will be hosting the annual Valentine's Day Blog Hop this year.  See this post for more details.  Just send me a photo of your lovely stitching to be sent to another blogger on Valentine's Day, 



Sunday, 18 January 2015

Days 15 to 17 of the DUCJC 2015

Gosh, this makes post titles a doddle, doesn't it?

The DUCJC is being held this year in memory of SoCal Debbie and I am attempting to stitch on 31 different projects throughout January.  A mixture of WIPs and new starts.

Day 15 - Just Nan - Haunted Pumpkins Tree:

Stitched on 28 count Chocolate Orange evenweave from Crafty Kitten
I stitched the two pumpkins on the bottom left.

Day 16 - Joan Elliott - Believe:

Stitched on 28 count opal evenweave Robin's Egg by Silkweaver Fabrics
I really didn't want to put this one down and continued into the evening when I usually read blogs

Day 17 - Primitive Hare - Hallowe'en Cubes:


Stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain linen.
Giovanna will be SAL with me on this one.
One cube per month until Hallowe'en.

I emailed Isabella to ask for this chart plus two thread winders for Christmas.  Due to a misunderstanding she sent me the Christmas Cubes instead.  So what's a girl to do?  I decided to keep those too, pay for them and ask her to send the Hallowe'en Cubes in addition.  As a little "sorry" she invited me to choose one more chart of my choice!  I loved the design Gracie had stitched for the Christmas competition so chose "Dear Santa, define Good".

My previous post was the link-up for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  I have now visited and commented on every blog who linked up so far.  The link-up will stay there so please feel free to join in any time this month.  There has been some great stitching going on, lots of lovely gifted charts and fabrics plus a good few shoehorns too!

Finally, I will be running the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop on Valentine's Day.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop
 
It's really very simple, all you have to do is email me a picture of something you have stitched which is suitable for a stitching friend on Valentine's Day.  It could be a heart, or a pair of cute creatures, or the word "love" or anything which warms your heart. Really anything you think a fellow stitcher would like to receive in her email Inbox.   It can be something you've stitched in the past or something you've made especially for this year.  It could also be quilted or sewn this year as I know some of my followers do other crafts too.

Send me the email by 10th February.

When I have all the emails I will randomise them and send one to each participant on 13th February.  Then on 14th February you must post the picture you receive onto your blog under the heading
 Secret Stitching Sweetheart. 
There will be a list on my blog of everyone joining in, so check out all the blogs and find out who got your picture and identify yourself  in their comments as their
Secret Stitching Sweetheart. 

Does that make sense to everyone?  I hope so!

If you'd like to be involved then leave a comment on this post, I'll be putting little reminders up from time to time and will email on 9th February to make sure you send the pic in time.  

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness January Link-up Post

and Days 10 to 14 of the DUCJC.

Gifted Gorgeousness

Gifted Gorgeousness is my first ever year long SAL.  Click on the picture above for the full details.

We will be posting and linking up on the 15th of each month, because it is 2015.  Should be easy to remember.

This month I am also taking part in the DUCJC in memory of SoCal Debbie so I have many projects to show you!  

Day 1 was a giveaway prize - Little Snapdragon by Dyan Allaire:


Day 2 was a gift for my cousin to celebrate her new baby - Hobby Horse by JBW:


Day 3 was a giveaway prize -  Poinsettia Place by CCN:


Day 4 was a giveaway prize - Friends are like Angels by Lizzie*Kate:


Day 5 was a giveaway prize - Sunflowers and Acorns by Beehive Needleworks:



Day 6 - not a GG piece!

Day 7 was a giveaway prize - Strawberry Sampler by The Sampler House:


Day 8 was a gift - Hallowe'en Town by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery:


Day 9 was a gift - Sugared Almond Cottage by The Nutmeg Company:


Day 10 was stitched on gifted fabric - Book of Spells by The Goode Huswife:

40 count Jewel Butterbeer from Under the Sea Fabrics

Day 11 was bought with Birthday money - Trixie the Hallowe'en Witch by Brooke's Books:

28 count tan evenweave

Day 12 was a gift - January Wordplay by With Thy Needle & Thread:

over 1 on 32 count Star Sapphire linen

Day 13 was stitched on gifted fabric - Autumn by Lizzie*Kate:

over 1 on 28 count blue evenweave

Day 14 was a gifted kit - Elizabeth Shephard by The Scarlet Letter:

30 count linen supplied with kit

Wow!  This is definitely the Year of the Gift for me!  Here is the place for you to link up so we can see what Gifted Gorgeousness you have been stitching so far this year.  Please use your name or your blog name in the field NOT the words "January Update" so I can easily see who has linked up this month.  And link to the actual post, not just your blog.  Thank you.  I can amend links if you make a boo-boo though.













Finally, I will be running the Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop on Valentine's Day.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop
 
It's really very simple, all you have to do is email me a picture of something you have stitched which is suitable for a stitching friend on Valentine's Day.  It could be a heart, or a pair of cute creatures, or the word "love" or anything which warms your heart. Really anything you think a fellow stitcher would like to receive in her email Inbox.   It can be something you've stitched in the past or something you've made especially for this year.  It could also be quilted or sewn this year as I know some of my followers do other crafts too.

Send me the email by 10th February.

When I have all the emails I will randomise them and send one to each participant on 13th February.  Then on 14th February you must post the picture you receive onto your blog under the heading
 Secret Stitching Sweetheart. 
There will be a list on my blog of everyone joining in, so check out all the blogs and find out who got your picture and identify yourself  in their comments as their
Secret Stitching Sweetheart. 

Does that make sense to everyone?  I hope so!

If you'd like to be involved then leave a comment on this post, I'll be putting little reminders up from time to time and will email on 9th February to make sure you send the pic in time.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Days 6 to 9 of the DUCJC 2015

The DUCJC is being held this year in memory of SoCal Debbie and I am attempting to stitch on 31 different projects throughout January.  A mixture of WIPs and new starts.

Day 6 - Joan Elliott - February Cherub

Stitched on 28 count evenweave dyed with fruit tea
I stitched the cherub's hair.

Day 7 - The Sampler House - Strawberry Sampler

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

This chart was part of a giveaway from Lee Under the Mountain.  It is a very old hand-drawn chart from 1990 and I love it.  There is a certain charm to hand-drawn charts.

Day 8 - Frosted Pumpkins Stitchery - Hallowe'en Town

Stitched on 28count Moondust evenweave by Crafty Kitten
I filled in some windows and a little bit of fence.

Day 9 - The Nutmeg Company - Sugared Almond Cottage

Roof stitched on 28 count Honeysuckle Pink evenweave.

This was a gift from Susan Yellow Flower Meadow.  She has sent me three of these cute cottages charts and leftover threads.  I hope mine will look as good as her's!

I'm actually getting into the swing of this challenge now.  It was hard the first two days because I just wanted to carry on with the same project and not put it away knowing it would be a month until I could see it again.  But now I am back at work and stitching on WIPs those days it is easier because I have an exciting new start to look forward to the next day!

Finally, three of these count for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL I am running this year.  And all of them count towards Stitch from Stash which I am also taking part in.  So goals are being met!

Monday, 5 January 2015

WIPocalypse January 2015 Introduction

WIPocalypse
WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings

The focus of my WIPocalypse will be my "15 in '15"which are 15 charts I want to stitch in 2015 (following on from my "11 in '11", "12 in '12", "13 in '13" and "14 in '14" - imaginative, eh?)

  1. Joan Elliott – Diary February WIP
  2. Just Nan – Winter Typography WIP
  3. Frosted Pumpkins – Hallowe’en Town WIP
  4. Praire Moon – Thine is the Trick and the Treat WIP
  5. Joan Elliott – Faces Mystery SAL WIP
  6. Madame Chantilly – On the Beach WIP
  7. Just Nan – Haunted Pumpkins Tree WIP
  8. Jannlynn – Gathering Honey WIP
  9. JBW – Rocking Horse
  10. Teresa Wenztler – You were Hatched
  11. Kingfisher for school
  12. Dragon of the Winter Moon from Riona
  13. Joan Elliott – Believe for school
  14. Primitive Hare – Hallowe’en Blocks
  15. Nutmeg Cottage from Susan


So far I have stitched the JBW Rocking Horse and Prairie Moon's Thine is the Trick and the Treat (this is my evening focus piece, one thread every evening).

 



I am also taking part in the DUCJC where I am attempting to stitch on 31 different projects throughout January.  Here are the starts for Days 4 and 5:

Day 4 - Lizzie*Kate - Friends are Angels

Stitched on 25 count yellow evenweave using Jodyri Threads Salsa

Day 5 - Beehive Needleworks - Sunflowers and Acorns

Stitched on 35 count linen


Measi also sets discussion topics for each month:

January
Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

The projects and goals are pretty much covered above.  Introduction to me?  Well, the blurb on the right pretty much says it all.  I like to stitch, blog, help other stitchers and bloggers, organise SALs.

Which brings me to the next part!  The advert for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  This will be running all year and involves you stitching anything which could come under the category of a gift and then blogging about it and linking up here on the 15th of any given month.  We have 44 stitchers all signed up so far but you can pop in at any time during the year and join in with the fun.

Finally, it's back to work tomorrow so I think the Day 6 stitch will be a small one!


Saturday, 3 January 2015

DUCJC 2015

The DUCJC is a very special challenge in memory of a very special lady.  SoCal Debbie was a prolific stitcher, blogger and commenter.  Sadly she passed away very suddenly last year.  One of her favourie challenges was the CJC:

CJC = Crazy January Challenge, one new start for the first 15 days of January
UCJC = Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, one new start for all 31 days of January
DUCJC = Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge, stitch 31 projects one per day for January

Linda Stitchin' with my Furbabies is organising this all via a FB group.  Thankfully Linda is not making us all attempt the SDUCJC (Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January Challenge) or 60 starts throughout January and February which she did with Debbie in 2012.

I have listed out my choices on my Challenge page.  Here are the first three days of stitching.  All three days have been "at home" days so I have got plenty done.  I decided to have three new starts for these whole days and save the WIPs for work days when I have less time to stitch.

Day 1 - Dyan Allaire for Kustom Krafts - Little Snap Dragon

Stitched on 32 count Morning Sky by Crafty Kitten

Day 2 - JBW - Hobby Horse

Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen using DMC 115
This will have my cousin's baby's name added under the rocking horse.

Actually, that raises a good question - why is this called a hobby horse when it clearly is a rocking horse?  A hobby horse is a stick with a horse's head and maybe some little wheels that you ride around whereas a rocking horse you sit on and rock back and forth.  French speakers - are there two different words in French for these toys?

A hobby-horse.

Day 3 - Country Cottage Needleworks - Poinsettia Place

Stitched on 32 count Permin Twilight Blue linen

I don't have the subtle variegated green so I am using a blend of the converted DMC and the next shade to it (3364 and 3363).  I have found this is a great way of substituting varigated threads especially when you don't want the stripy effect, just a less blocky look to a solid area of stitching.  I will get some more stitches in this one tonight.

What are my thoughts of the challenge so far?  Don't pick your favourite projects at the beginning of the month!  I am already itching to carry on with the first two choices!

I've also spent some time today tidying up the blog, making sure all the links have been updated to this year's SALs and removing the old ones.  I am miles behind on adding projects to my Happy Dance blog so that will be next.  I have a couple of finishes which were gifts so I couldn't show them before so that will be for another post too.

Finally, these three new starts all count for my Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  Two were gifts from generous stitchers and one will be a gift for someone.  Credit will be given on the 15th January when we share our first GG Update.  Don't forget, you can join in any time, this year, no obligation to post every month.