New FO!

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Started this in November. We moved house (twice) in September/October and I decided that getting all my threads out would be a bad idea! The first month in our new house was so crazy (whole place needs an overhaul) that I couldn’t get it out then.

As a result it wasn’t finished for christmas, it was finished and framed for Feb 5th. Not too late? It’s now living with the previous Snowman chart I did.

It’s stitched in DMC on 14-ct white aida, framed by me in a frame from ASDA! It’s not quite the right proportions but it’s really difficult to find a square frame above 3″. The pattern was in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 208.


House buying woes!!

The following is a rant! Sorry 🙂

Had an offer accepted in July on our first house. Sorted the mortgage out and just had to wait for the solicitors to do their thing. The house is empty and we’re renting so nice quick process. Or so you’d think. Start of September we are getting antsy since we have to move out by October, so I phone. Long story short, the conveyancer didn’t realise the mortgage docs were online and was sat waiting for them to turn up.
Two weeks ago I phone, and huzzah the contracts are finalised and are being sent out for us to sign! We just need to work out a completion date with the seller. Emailed her last Monday to check the date we picked was late enough  to get the paperwork done. No reply. Keep phoning. Phoning all week. Phoning all the number I have in the docs. We have to move out next week and still don’t don’t have a move-in date. Going to be homeless. Where is she? Why won’t anyone answer?

Finally got through to her supervisor today! She’s been on holiday. HOLIDAY. Which she failed to mention when she told me to get a completion date. So she’s off for a week and a half, and comes back the day before the completion date. Somehow I don’t think we’re completing this week. Better find somewhere to move the ENTIRE CONTENTS of my house into.

So, sorry for the rant but I needed to vent. Thanks.

Quick stitches – christmas tags!

I fancied doing some quick little stitches and my internet feeds are starting to fill up with christmas projects, so I thought I’d do some present tags for my niece and nephew. These took me about an evening each plus a bit of time putting the felt on. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t really mind if they just get thrown in the bin after, I had fun making them!

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Quick project [FO]

Finished size ~8

Finished size ~8″x8″

I miscounted so it’s off centre… also made the trunk 10 stitches too long. I left just enough space for framing. Oops. However, the back is insanely neat! Very impressed.

I saw this and immediately had to stitch it. It’s on 14-ct so it’s a bit larger than I’d like, and it’s done with a mixture of DMC and Anchor which makes the colour really POP! All supplies are from my stash. It took me about 3 days and half a season of Pretty Little Liars!

Original pattern found on a brilliant website full of free patterns. This pattern can be found here. The only slight problem is that it’s in French…

WIP Wednesday!


I was feeling a bit frustrated because I didn’t think I’d made a whole lot of progress recently, and I was thnking about how long it’s going to take to finish this window… and all the beige and white filling I have to do… and there’s that whole other curtain…

But actually, looking at how much I have done in a week I’m quite impressed! It’s looking good! Posting on this blog lets me see my progress, and that’s brilliant!

WIP update – Summer window

Huzzah! I have completed a whole page!!

Well, really it’s more than a page but on that entire page there are no little gaps to fill or bits to finish. This chart is only 2 pages long (plus a 15-stitch high line across the bottom) So I’m pretty much half way to finishing! Ignoring the backstitch of course. I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere!


WIP update – ‘greenwork’ sampler


Sorry about the damp spot – there was a bit of washable pen staining I had to get out

20150728_102042 So the annoying this about this is that in good lighting (second) you can barely see the middle threads, and they have the best designs! In poor light (first) I think it’s better because the aida isn’t reflecting / making shadows. I will have to try this sort of thing again, maybe with reds and pinks? I’ve got six and a half squares to go so I will finish. It’s just a shame it didn’t work out so well.

WIP progress update – Summer window

Yay I finished the curtain!

Yay I finished the curtain!


So hours later and it doesn’t look like I’ve got much further! The main achievement is that I’ve finished the left-hand curtain! Phew. Took me ages! I’ve also started to add to the window ledge. I’m trying to move left to right here, but there’s a section at the very bottom (about 15 stitches high) that’s on a different page, so I will probably leave that for last. I also finished the flower at bottom; I like having a motif (?) to complete, it gives me a sense of achievement, rather than just doing endless shading all the time. However I realise that if I do all of the pictures and none of the shading I will be stuck with months of shading at the end. With this in mind I’m working on the top of the right-hand window but also the shading around the top of the window. Mixing it up might help keep me going.


So yesterday I found myself in the strange position of wanting to cross stitch… but not wanting to carry on with any projects. A quick browse of pinterest gave me just what I needed! A quick, small, summery stitch. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it!

For info, this is done in 2 strands on 14 count with unbranded thread. I’m trying to use up some bits I have lying around.

20150717_112314Also found my next mini project 🙂


Inevitable mid-project boredom second project

I’ve always liked blackwork, and I thought I’d have a go myself. I saw a nice sampler on pinterest from this wordpress blog. But me being me, instead of just copying it outright I fancied a go at making a colour graded sampler. Here’s what I have so far:


I’m really enjoying the blackwork, finding the balance betweenthe most efficient use of thread and being able to follow the pattern. I’m not sure how well the grading is working. Maybe I should have done it in half squared but that seemed a bit confusing. We’ll see how it looks when it’s done. I’m also really noticing how hard cheapo threads are to work with. My summer window is using mostly DMC, with some Anchor thrown in. These cheap threads are rough and knot all the time. Still, I’m not wasting any of my stash.

The reason I picked green was because I need 8 shades of the same colour, and these were all lined up nicely together making my life easier. Remember this is a spur of the moment project. The middle colours (which fill the most squares) don’t seem to show up very well on white aida. Ah well you live and learn.