Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Finally a Solution to the Comment Notification Issues!

We received notification this afternoon that the problems have now been resolved.

As many of you are aware we have not been getting email notifications when comments are left on our blogs following the European GDPR changes.

In order to receive emails now there are a few simple steps to follow.

1. Go into your Dashboard.  Select your personal blog.

2. Click on Settings on the left hand side.

3. Click on Email and this screen will appear:

No automatic alt text available.

4. Delete your email address from the large box and click Save (orange box at the top right).

5. Retype your email address and click Save again.

6. You will shortly receive the following email:

7. Click Subscribe and wait for the emails to come pouring in!

8.  Repeat for every blog that you admin and want to receive email notifications.

I have heard there are issues with some hotmail addresses so maybe use your gmail address instead.  There may be unreported issues with Yahoo and aol too.  We shall see.

Please share widely so everyone knows we are back in business!

Comments have been turned off for this post as I will combine it with the previous one in the future.

Monday, 18 June 2018


That was a good Hermit Weekend, lots of progress on my beautiful Chatelaine design.

Here is where I picked it up on Friday:

And here is what it looks like now:

I'm hoping to complete this small garden by next Monday which is the end of my rotation.

The other project I've been working on is Alice and the Flamingo by Mrs Peggotty.  Here's where I was last IHSW:

And here is where I am now

stitched over 1 on 25 count blue evenweave

Here's a close-up of the part I've been focusing on, love that bow in her hair.

A few people have said that they don't do Facebook and asked if I could host a link-up for them, so here it is!  Just add your name and the link to your actual IHSW post, not just your blog home page.


Finally, the next IHSW will be 20th - 22nd July so make sure you note the date in your diary or come and join us in the Facebook Group - IHSW on Facebook.  If you don't do Facebook then you can check in here or on Joysze's Blog - Random Ramblings.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness June Link-up Post

Welcome to the June 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

Just Nan's Diamond Bouquet - chart was a gift and this was a finish, another off the 18 in '18 list

stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave

Lyndisfarne Design's Discworld Mappe - a gift for my son.

stitched on 32 count evenweave custom-dyed by Sparklies

And the starting point for IHSW on Chatelaine's Gardens of London - a Birthday gift

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Belfast by Crafty Kitten

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 "June 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!



Finally, as mentioned above, it is IHSW this weekend.  International Hermit & Stitch Weekend, where you get to kick the family out of the house and spend the entire weekend stitching to your heart's content.  Or just try squeeze in ten minutes stitching time for yourself.  Sign up on the Facebook Group via the link below or on my blog on Monday:

A number of people have asked me to host a blog link-up page as they don't have Facebook so it will appear on Monday (evening as I'm working all day).

ps - this is my 777th post!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018



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:

On the left we have the most recent Just Nan Small finish, Honeysuckle Rose:

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen

I need to add a charm in the centre.  I ordered a batch from eBay and will be having a little finishing session this weekend.

The project on the right is the next Just Nan Small to be the focus, Dragonfly Summer:

stitched on 32 count white evenweave

I am undecided whether to buy a large dragonfly to go in the middle or use one of the butterflies I bought this week.  Watch this space!

Having finished the SALs part of my rotation, I started on my focus piece for the month; Gardens of London by Chatelaine:

stitched on 32 count Cotton Clouds Linen by Crafty Kitten

I'll be working on the little garden this month and it would be great to finish all the plain cross stitching by the 25th.  But I do have some extra work shifts to cover holiday so we shall see.

There is an extra incentive to finish this.  A group of Chatelaine stitchers have put together a Gallery of Martina's designs and they don't have Gardens of London yet.  So no pressure there!  You can find the Gallery here:

Finally, the email comment notification issues are still on-going.  Blogger had said they were working on it back on 31st May but have said nothing since then.  Blogger is a free platform so there's no sense of urgency for them.  The work around of clicking "Notify Me" or "send follow up comments to..." is working insomuch that you get the emails but from a "no-reply" address.   So please keep commenting, on my blog and the other blogs you follow.  Please spread the word that people need to check their dashboard for comments and how to work-around it.

I certainly value every comment and reply to as many as possible.  I also comment on as many blogs as I can.  I do not return to other people's blog posts to see if there is a reply.  So if that is how you're doing it, please email me the reply or don't be surprised when I don't acknowledge it!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Finishing Fun After a Month of New Starts!

I'm limbering up for the Longest Day Marathon later this month by trying to clear a few WIPs!  Ideally I'd like to have 26 or fewer by 22nd June in order to spend 30 minutes on each one and still have time to eat and look after Small Boy.

The first finish this week is one of Satsuma Street's Zodiac designs; Libra with two birds representing my husband and my older son.  This is the second design from the series I have stitched, the first being Virgo for me.

stitched on 28 count black evenweave

The colours are gorgeous on these designs, they really pop against the black fabric.  They are a quick stitch too.  15 days in total.

after 4 days of stitching

 after 7 days of stitching

after 11 days of stitching

The next project to be finished is a band sampler I've been working on just one or two days a month, totalling 9 days altogether.  This is a former class project I was gifted; Diamond Bouquet:

stitched on 28 count lilac evenweave

The chart came with the beads and the ribbon which is couched in place by speciality stitches.

 There are so many different stitches in this design which made it great fun to stitch.

Finally, I mentioned The Longest Day Marathon earlier.  This will be taking place on Friday 22nd June this year.  The Longest Day is Thursday 21st but I have my Toddler Group and an afternoon tea for a friend's birthday that day.  I will be posting photos live on the IHSW Facebook page and then doing a recap post here.  If anyone wants to join me, either on the day or at the weekend that would be brilliant!

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Zodiac SAL - Gemini

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:

Gemini, the Twins, is an Air sign ruled by Mercury and covers those born between 21st May and 21st June.

The brightest star in Gemini is Pollux, and the second-brightest is Castor.  In Greek mythology, Gemini was associated with the myth of Castor and Pollux, the children of Leda.  Pollux was the son of Zeus, who seduced Leda, while Castor was the son of Tyndareus, king of Sparta and Leda's husband.  When Castor died, because he was mortal, Pollux begged his father Zeus to give Castor immortality, and he did, by uniting them together in the heavens.

Gemini People - What they are like:
Gemini people can come across as clever and quick-witted, eager to dish out the juiciest pieces of news and happenings to their friends via text message and social media. And in case that’s not enough, they’ll probably send you a Snapchat story for good measure. Geminis love fast cars, trendy clothes and any wacky gadgets or games they can tinker around with. Part of the fun (and curse) of Gemini people is that you’re never quite sure which personality you’re going to experience. Will it be the vivacious, pun-dishing jokester, or the snarky, mean-spirited critic? But if you’re willing to see Fifty Shades of Gemini, they’ll color your life in thrilling ways!

Source: Astrostyle - Gemini

Famous Gemini People & Celebrities:

Angelina Jolie, Kanye West, Colin Farrell, Prince, Johnny Depp, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube, Macklemore, Alanis Morissette, Fetty Wap, Kendrick Lamar, Iggy Azalea, Troye Sivan, North West, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Morgan Freeman, Blake Shelton, Kate Upton, Amy Schumer, John F. Kennedy, George Bush, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Joyce Carol Oates, Salmon Rushdie, George Orwell, Salvatore Ferragamo, Charlotte Olympia Dellal

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 Gemini:

I have no idea what that is meant to be!  Just a wobbly II I think.  Probably my least favourite of all the blocks.

Here is the whole piece so far:

I am also stitching the Satsuma Street Zodiac and this month I picked up Libra which is my current WIP:

stitched on 28 count black evenweave

I stitched all the green vine today.  It would be nice to get this finished this month.  Not least because it's one less WIP for my Longest Day Marathon!

There are no Geminis in my immediate family and while I did stitch a birth sampler for twins many years ago, I did not keep a photo unfortunately.  I really regret not photographing all my early finishes.

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.


Finally, The Longest Day Marathon will be taking place on Friday 22nd June this year.  The Longest Day is Thursday 21st but I have my Toddler Group and an afternoon tea for a friend's birthday that day.  I will be posting photos live on the IHSW Facebook page and then doing a recap post here.  If anyone wants to join me, either on the day or at the weekend that would be brilliant!  You can see how I did in previous years:


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Maynia Round-up and Pie

It's the final day of May and the final day of Maynia.  Started in 2015 this SAL suggests you start 15 new projects in May.  Or 18 for 2018.  Or 31 for each day.  Or maybe go Monoga-Maynia and just stitch one project.

I decided to do the full 31 with 31 Just Nan smalls - a Just Nan-a-thon.  Here is the result:

The mathematically minded will have instantly spotted there are actually 32 designs there.  Day 28 was the Tiny Bunny Biscornu and there are two designs in that chart (one for each side of the biscornu) so I decided to start both.  Plus it gave me a better number for the collage.

The plan now is to return to stitching one at a time, a minimum of 30 stitches per day.  Then next year for Maynia I will stitch on each one of the remaining designs rather than have another 31 new starts!

The rest of the month I did my usual rotation with the Discworld Mappe being my main focus piece.  I completed the giant turtle head:

I also made great progress on my 10-a-Day project which is another Just Nan - Autumn in the Square:

stitched on 32 count Light Mocha linen

My Temperature SAL grew another side; it has felt warmer here but the thermometer is still reading lower than it feels so plenty of green and yellow but no more orange:

stitched on 22 count white hardanger

You can find the chart here - Stitches in Blue by Hetti

So here is how the Pie chart looks:

A 3 day course and some extra work shifts meant I had less time on Discworld than I wanted and more days where Mrs Peggotty's Alice and the Flamingo was pretty much the only measurable stitching I got done.

Stitch from Stash looks great again.

nothing £0.00
Total £0.00

A big fat zero.  I did buy some boxes to fully finish the Bande des Dragons from last month so that order (I included some scrapbook stuff) took care of my spare money for the month.

Finally, the ongoing saga of the comment notification emails:

Blogger eventually deigned to tell us that they are aware of the problem and are working to fix it.  In the meantime the work-around is to click "notify me" in the comment section of your posts and then the emails will come through.  They will be from "no-reply" commenters but if you know the person's email address you can just over type it when you reply.  Hope they get this fixed soon.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

E-mail Notifications of Comments on your Blog

Public Service Announcement:

For reasons known only to the Blogger Techies, we are no longer getting email notifications that comments have been made on our blogs.  It is assumed that this is connected with the new GDPR rules - i.e. Blogger will not share your email address with anyone without your express permission.

The work-around is to check comments on your Dashboard as they are listed there in date order.  If you post regularly this is more efficient than checking the blog itself.

I moderate comments which means I will not publish any comments until I have a chance to reply to them so there may be a delay in your comment appearing.

The easiest way to reply to a comment now is to copy and paste from the Dashboard into an email.  Assuming you already have the person's email in your address book.

I have disabled comments on this post.  I just wanted to share with you all ASAP.

Edit to add:

The work-around seems to be to comment yourself and tick the "notify me" button.  Then you get sent an email every time someone else comments.  BUT they all come from "no-reply" addresses so you still need to know the person's email to reply to them.  Also, if you moderate comments, you don't get the email until after you publish the comment!  We must be patient and wait for Blogger to fix this.

Edit to add:

Thea - Community Specialist said:

Hi all,

Thanks for stopping by.

We're currently tweaking our emailing system, but we expect it to be working again within the next week. Thank you for your patience - we look forward to getting it out soon!


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