A blog trying to focus on all the nice things in life, those moments when everything turns out right. Finding the perfect fabric for that chart you love, the ideal sampler quote, just the right picture in all the 1000s of magazines you own. Meeting people who share your interests and obsessions and totally understand why you NEED that chart when you already have enough to last until you're 104
This year I have been stitching Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas one each month. We are in the final month, only the little Dragonlet Drumming to go. But there are more than just Christmas Dragonlets on the FB page. For example, there is this cute little Birthday Dragonlet:
The chart comes with all the numbers so you can personalise it for the Dragon Fan in your life. It is my friend's Birthday today so we went out for a little drinkie last night. We went to the old faithful pub we all used to drink in our teens and twenties. We have all been back periodically since then and the place stays the same. Although it is lighter now since the smoking ban - you can see the other side of the bar! It's always been a real ale pub for bikers and alternative people and it still is. You can guarantee you'll always see someone you know in there. You can go dressed up to the nines in full Goth regalia or just a jumper and holey jeans and not feel out of place. One of my favourite stories which sums up my town perfectly is this:-
A friend had gone away to university as a mature student. She lived away for three years rarely returning. At the end of her course she arrived back in town and went into the pub with her luggage to meet the people she was going to be lodging with. Someone turned to her and said "Oh hi, are you off somewhere?" She thought - Thanks for missing me, I've only been away for three years!!
Back to stitching - I have finished one of my Hallowe'en Blog Hop prizes so that will be off in the post soon. I have also been working on the LOTR Challenge for this Spanish Blog Crochettes. Reveal Day for that one is Friday 13th December, the day the latest Hobbit film is to be released.
I do have two little finishes from a while back to show you - Shebafudge won my 400th Follower Giveaway a million years ago back in June! I was stitching this La D Da rose design for the Needlecraft Haven Challenge and thought it would make a nice prize. I then decided to make it into a little bag and put some rose flavoured goodies inside. Except I couldn't find any! So eventually I decided on Turkish Delight because that can be rose flavoured and it is at least pink! Amazingly Sharon loves Turkish Delight so it turns out it was a good choice. I also sent her a huge piece of pale blue aida she wanted for a Parade of Penguins designs which is 60 inches wide - WOW.
Here is the little Rose bag:
The other giveaway was for spotting the altered word in my Just Nan Autumn Typography finish and the Southpaw Stitcher won that one for noticing one of the Autumns said Awesome instead. I wanted an Autumn themed piece and fell in love with the Owl by Blackberry Lanes Designs from the JCS Hallowe'en Ornie Special. I made him into a little bag too:
That's a chocolate spider poking out of the top!
This is the owl with his backing fabric prior to making up.
I stitched the owl over 1 on 28 count black jobelan but stitched the chequerboard border over 2 because it was so much quicker that way! The variegated sky is DMC 92.
Finally, the Advent Calender Blog Hop is proceeding nicely, everyone is remembering to post on their day a and sharing their foodie traditions. I hope you are finding some "new-to-you" blogs and leaving comments. Because that's what this is really all about; meeting new friends.
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.
Just for a change, the TUSAL jar is posing with my Advent Calendar tree and the current new start, a Dragon Dreams Birthday Card. There's really not much to see on it so far!
Here's a closer picture of the tree:
The tree came from Wilkinsons and as it black and gold it can double up as a Hallowe'en tree too! I bought two sheets of scrapbooking paper, one with 25 numbered panels and the other with an assortment of Christmas "patches". I cut them all out, stuck numbers on the patches and mounted them on the tree with velcro tape. Then I cut out and stuck each motif on a number panel using double-sided tape. Each day I remove the numbered block and replace it with the relevant panel.
Because everything is velcroed I can just get some Hallowe'en patches and use them instead of the Christmas themed ones.
Here is the latest progress picture on the higher numbered motifs:
I love everyone single one of these but especially the two little girls in red and green. Only two motifs to go! You may have noted my reference to using the tree as a Hallowe'en tree too. The Large Boy and I had got as far as jotting down some notes as to which motifs we would include when this plopped through my letterbox:
It's Spooky Countdown by Primitive Hare! The lovely Chiara of The Grey Tail was visiting the needlework show in Albimente and had a giveaway to win two different signed charts. The charts were both won by some people who weren't me but never mind I thought I could always treat myself later.
Anyway Chiara had promised to send me some DVDs a while ago so as a "sorry they took longer to reach you than they should have" she sent me the Spooky Countdown chart! And not just a chart, but a signed chart. How amazing is that? And before you ask, it wasn't signed by Chiara (which would have been exciting enough) but by Isabella the designer her very self! So now I have two charts signed by the designers. (I got a signed Teresa Wentzler from Karen for my Birthday).
Finally, the Advent Calendar Blog Hop has started, we have three people posted so far - Vickie, Kevin and Shirlee. I hope you've been over to their blogs to read what they had to say about their foodie traditions You can find the Calendar post by clicking on that door to the top right of my sidebar. BTW apologies to anyone who thought they'd slept through December because I put the door for the 24th at the top of the post! Blogger arranges posts so the most recent things are at the top so I have done the same for the Calendar. ooops!
Each month Heather thinks up a theme for us to stitch to, or in my case, a theme to somehow shoe-horn my existing stitching into, no matter how tenuous the link!
This was the theme for November:
What can you make without making an X?? Blackwork, hardanger, embroidery, needlelace, and the list goes on! Don't panic...you can even backstitch for the month!
Not a very successful month for sticking to the theme I'm afraid! I did finish the Mirabilia for the Round Robin. She has lots of beads and some backstitch so that's OK. I mailed her off to Rachel who now has possession of the piece so I'm happy to show it on here.
This is the piece I stitched; Titania, Queen of the Fairies
and a side angle to show the beads and fabric sparkle:
And the whole thing, Rachel has not quite finished the beading and the Kreinik on her piece or added her name:
From left to right we have January Garnet Fairy, Adia, Fairy Idyll (Lenna's colour conversion) and Titania.
Heather and I did have a little discussion about how small an X had to be before it became eligible for No X October! So here are some small Xs:
This is the JBW Alphabet Kitty for November, stitched on 28 count black over 1. The theme is 5th November Fireworks Night so there are lots of splashes of bright colours and some stars in the air. I couldn't find a firework charm or any fabric so I'm going to stitch some ray stitches on another piece of black and use that as the backing.
Next month's theme is:
It's the end of the year...are there some projects you thought you'd have done by now? Let's take a walk down memory lane and start the new year with a clean plate.
This is quite a good one for me as I have two giveaway prizes to stitch and a Hobbit Challenge piece to finish too. As well as finishing off two of my year-long challenges; the JBW Kitties and the 12 Dragonlets of Christmas.
Finally, the Advent Calendar post is all set up to run from midnight tonight, Vickie is our first poster so I'm looking forward to seeing what she shares with us all. I bet there's a poodle somewhere in the post! I just love Henry and Mabel. I have my supplies for MY advent calendar all ready to make it up tomorrow:
I have three different ornament challenges running this year, the JBW Alphabet Cat stitched in a different colour scheme each month, the Dragon Dreams 12 Dragonlets of Christmas, a FB exclusive and the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL blog.
I stitched the 11th Dragonlet of Christmas right at the beginning of the month, so here he is:
He's a Piper Piping! Bonus points for anyone who can identify the tune he is piping.
The JBW cat got left to the end of the month and I haven't quite finished him yet, so I don't spoil the surprise here is a "top of the head" scan:
That fabric is actually black jobelan. Bonus points for anyone who can guess the theme this month.
I haven't stitched a Hallowe'en ornie (yet) because I've been concentrating on my Little Stitcher's Advent Calendar. So here is the second part of that:
Cutesville! Gingerbread men and little bunnies (or maybe hares given the length of their ears?). The fabric is 32count Belfast in Vintage Grain as Shirlee asked me about it. The colours do show up nicely. The chart calls for a Vintage 32 count but not one that I had and I did have Grain.
I have bought the supplies for my finishing idea for this Advent Calendar while in town today, all I need is some velcro tape, some double sided tape and I'm ready for making up just in time for the weekend. I promise to Show and Tell as soon as I get started.
Finally, as soon as I finish this post I will be sending out the dates for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop so watch your inboxes if you signed up. There is still one place left if anyone wants to be in, just drop me an email.
I have been pretty much a OAAT this month (One At A Time) working on The Little Stitcher's Fairy Tale Advent Calendar. Apart from one day when I misplaced the thread ring and had to wait for replacement threads! Thank heavens for SewandSo's fast delivery.
Here are the first sixteen designs in rows of four:
The consensus seems to be number four is a dog.
Love the blue snowflake in this row.
Look, Karen, squirrels!
And another dog, a dachshund?
The lady on the left is Saint Lucy. whose Feast Day is celebrated on 13th December mainly in Italy and the Scandinavian countries.
I'm really enjoying this little series, managing to keep to one a day on average. This week I'm going into town to see if I can get the supplies I need for my display idea.
I did make a couple of new starts, one for the Hobbit/ LOTR Challenge found on the Crochettes blog. Reveal Day for that is St. Lucy's Day by co-incidence. The other is going to be sent out as a prize recently awarded on this blog so I shan't name the design but here's my start:
OAAT is satisfying but does not provide alot of photos! Around the Blogisphere I have noticed that not so many people are participating in NaBloPoMo this year, in previous years my Reader has been jammed full! Astrid has found many reasons to be grateful this month. Nia has her baby-brain well and truly in gear. Lili seems to be single-handedly keeping the Hallowe'en SAL Blog going with some lovely designs. And Daffycat has released her annual reindeer ornie which I had to have this year because I'm sure she has modelled it on our visitors:
In other blogs, people are deciding what to do about the various activities many of us take part in each year. The WIPocalypse, Theme-a-licious, IHSW etc. There's a new one for next year, the Just Nan SAL hosted by Zeb of Keep Calm and Stitch, so if you're a fan pop over there and sign up. I'll be hosting my usual blog hops (click on the tab at the top of this page for more details). The next one will be the Advent Calendar Blog Hop. We have a mere two spaces left for this now. So if you would like to join in this year, send me an email quick! Click on the door to the right for more details.
Finally I'd like to share two blogs I really enjoy - Needleprint and Mr X-Stitch. Two very different blogs but with the same mission - to share crafty goodness with us all. Needleprint is the more traditional of the two, lots of information about books, museums and tantalising antique sampler auctions. Mr X-Stitch is more modern and edgy, especially their X-rated Saturday entries!
Click on the relevant image to learn more about the two blogs.