I decided to spend all of IHSW on My Lovely Sewing Tools from Gift of Stitching magazine and made some good progress as you can see:
I also finished the CCN design Cherry Hill Cottage which I will scrapbook. I need to visit the craft shop and maybe buy some cherry themed trimmings. I used the variegated DMC 107 for both the red and the pink but forced the colours by cutting the skein into red and pink sections.
(for overseas followers - in England children attend Preschool anytime from 2.5 to rising 4, then Nursery from the year in which they are 4, then proper school in the Reception class from the year in which they are 5. Unless you work fulltime then they can attend a creche style setting confusingly also called a Nursery but it's from babyhood. Preschool is mainly just playing with a little bit of structure at the beginning and end of each session.)
My followers are slowly increasing in number, the Easter Treasure Hunt was great for helping me and all the participants make new friends. I was thinking of a 250 Giveaway when I received an email for Yiota, remember Yiota who sent me a lovely Cross Stitch Kit to review? She was offering to sponsor my next giveaway! Three winners will receive an email chart of one of Yiota's lovely designs. So while you're waiting for my followers to reach the magic number, why not pop over to Yiota's Cross Stitch Kits site and have a look at all the gorgeous designs there and try to decide which you would like to win. Don't tell me yet!
Anyway, "talking" with Yiota inspired me to make a start on the Coffee Fairy. As my kit was supplied with aida I decided to use some evenweave I had. I bought this piece from Sparklies with Nora Corbett's Trick or Treat Fairy in mind. It's called Monarch - should be Mad Monarch! I have never seen such an outrageously mad fabric before. But it is perfect for Coffee Fairy. I'm planning on just stitching the fairy, her cup and biccies not the background. But here is the beauty of my plan - if the fabric is too overpowering then I can stitch as much of the background as I need, maybe just an oval around her. Here is one evening's progress, it's the rim and handle of the cup:
Coffee Fairy 1 day a week,
Baby ABC - 3 days a week alternate with
My Lovely Sewing Tools weekends and
2 different Round Robins weekdays as and when.
And Green Goddess must be fitted in too, and Papillon ATW, and I got the fabric for Snapdragon today...
That's just the evening stitching. There are all the smalls for daytime too.
Finally, I got my copy of Just Cross Stitch (the American mag) through yesterday. Gorgeous projects, there are several I want to stitch, so much better than the English mags! I'm definitely going to cancel at least one of them later this year (when a certain series of charts finishes!) and spend the money on fabric instead.