Monday, 28 October 2013

Secrets and Fairies

Hello to all my blogging friends,
thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post about my gorjuss girl, they make me happy! I hope you all had a nice weekend and found some stitchy time for yourself.
For some odd reason I got this idea into my head that instead of starting a new pattern after I finished gorjuss, I could wait a few months until my baby arrives and then start a baby sampler for him/her. Crazy right? I don't know where my head was at, because after a few nights of having nothing to stitch, I started missing it and my hands were itching to start a new pattern (hence my blogs name). So, off I went out into our garage one night and looked through my tub of stitchy stash and pulled out a small kit, that won't take me very long. I bought it years ago at a stitchy show and put it aside because at the time I was working on something else.
It's a Anchor kit, Humphrey's corner. I just LOVE Humphrey's corner, it has to be my favourite cross stitch character by far, the characters are just too damn adorable! I've always had a soft spot for Humphrey's corner, and I picked a Humphrey's corner sampler to stitch for Tabitha when I was pregnant with her. I love looking at it every day on her bedroom wall, it's just so precious. It's funny how memories of a certain time come flooding back in to my mind when I look at a cross stitch piece I've done. I can look at a cross stitch and have memories of where I was when I started the piece, how old I was, how I was feeling at the time, what was going on in my life etc etc..cross stitch creates memories, and that's what I love about looking back on my pieces, and I guess what I was referring to in my last post.
I love this new piece I've started because the two elephant girls are just too cute whispering in each other's ears. They are dressed so sweetly too. I've always loved the Humphrey's corner cross stitch charts in the way the backstitch is charted too. I find it messy and never straightforward, and I think it suits it's whimsical style to a tea.
So here is my new start, obviously not much to see as yet. 

It is so nice having something to stitch again! How could I have possibly thought I could get by another few months without stitching anything??
I've also decided to challenge myself after I finish this one and make it into a little ornament instead of framing it. I've made a few cushions here and there but never an ornament, and I am always inspired by the beautiful ornaments my friends on my cross stitch blogs I follow do, so I've wanted to give it a go myself. So wish me luck, when it is finished!

I've also come across a beautiful designer called Svitlana Glushchenko recently. Her illustrations are just so magical and beautiful and I can't wait to get my hands on her little girl fairy characters. Her illustrations have been turned into cross stitch and I've fallen in love with them! She is so talented. I have found a website where you can buy her kits in the UK. I will be sure to put these three girls on my Christmas wish list. What do you think? aren't they gorgeous?

 Purple mood -Lansvit
 Sunny mood- LanSvit
Sky-Blue mood- LanSvit

Only a stitcher would know, you can never have too much stash right?

I know in my last post I mentioned I would be having a giveaway, and don't worry I've not forgotten! I am just in the process of putting it together still. I will be back in a few days posting about it.

Before I leave, tell me, do you ever look at one of your cross stitch pieces and have memories flooding back in at where you were in that time in your life when you were stitching it and what you were doing? who was in your life at that time? I would love to know....

Until my next post,

Happy Stitching xo


Saturday, 19 October 2013

My Gorjuss girl is fnished!

Hello to all my blogging friends,

I couldn't believe my eyes when one morning I woke up and noticed I now have 101 followers! I was really blown away because at times I wonder if my blog is really all that interesting, and I am not even sure people read my blog much anymore. I am not the sort of stitcher who has many projects on the go at once so I seem to always be showing you my updates from my current project all the time, and I often think that probably gets a bit boring for some. That's why I don't post all that often until there are some major developments that can be seen. Maybe one day I will have more time when I can start a few projects at once and really make good progress on them. It really makes my day when I see that people have left comments on my blog, it makes me smile when I know someone has taken the time to read my post and feel like leaving a comment for me. So to those that do, thank you! I also know that life can get busy ( I have a very busy toddler and another on the way) so believe me I do know, and it's not always time efficient to leave comments on every single person's blog even though you may enjoy reading it. That has been me many times! When I can I do try and leave a comment though. It has also been lovely building up blogging friendships with you all and seeing what else is going on in your lives. Your stitching and creativity inspires me every day! It also makes me want so many more patterns than I normally would if I wasn't introduced to the blogging world, since cross stitching shops are few and far between where I live, not sure if that's a good or bad thing, haha! I vote for good. You can never have too many kits or patterns!

I find so much joy and inspiration in reading my friends blogs. Stitching brings me happiness and a calmness to my life. Sitting down to stitch with a cup of tea and just me being in my own little world is a time in my day when I know I am truly relaxing and out to other worries or thoughts that would normally enter my head. It has also helped me get through some tough times in my life, and I can't imagine a life without stitching in it. I know I will always cross stitch, and I often see myself as a Grandmother myself stitching for my children and grandchildren one day. Even though it can be days until I get to do some sometimes, I do know that it is just sitting there waiting for me, and that I will do some eventually.

So to my 101 followers I will be having a giveaway! I promised that I would when I reached 100 followers and I do keep to my promises. I will just have to get organised and post it up on my blog when I can. How exciting! My first giveaway.

Now onto the stitching, I finished my gorjuss girl last night, yay! Don't you think she is just gorjuss? I do. Aside from enjoying the stitching part of her I also enjoyed the little extras the kit came with, the white beads on her dress, the ribbons in her hair, the cute little heart button that sits on the top of the J in gorjuss  and even though I struggled a bit with the ropes on the swing at the start (sometimes instructions can be confusing until you read them over a few times) I thought they came together at the end.
So without further ado, here she is happily enjoying a swing with her precious cat.

The kit is by Bothy threads, stitched on blue 14 count Zweigart aida, Madeira standed cotton and DMC light effects threads.


Happy Stitching xo