Thursday, 21 January 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness


Hello Stitching Friends,

My first Gifted Gorgeousness post for 2021. This SAL is hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching and involves  showing something stitch related that we have received or have made to be gifted. We can check-in from the 15th until the end of each month. More information clicking here.

I´m joining the group today, with two stitched designs which I have finished this month and hopefully one of them will don the front of a cookery book cover I want to make for my granddaughter.

I stitched this pattern first.  It is called Dame au Gâteau by La Sylphide Toquee ,  It looked a bit pale, so I added some outlining but I think  the design will be too big for the size of the cover I have in mind.

because I want to mix and match the pattern with  an assortment of purple and scarlet fabrics.

I found another little pattern  suitable for a cookery book which I had half completed  some time back and I just finished it off adding  the same pile of little cakes from the first design and the overall size is better , so I will use this embroidery for the book cover.

I have also been knitting a few little jackets for some dolls which a friend of mine makes.  The pattern is one of J. Barrett´s  which I used years ago to make Barbie´s clothes for my granddaughter.              

I haven´t added the buttons as my friend will choose those.



Thank you for stopping by and looking.

Thursday, 7 January 2021

Something Warm

 Hello and a very  Happy New Year to Everyone,

I thought twice about getting up this morning as my phone showed - 4º C, so I had a lazy cuppa while watching the news and only decided to get up when the sun started to enter my windows an hour later.

It´s been very cold lately and I had to find my lap rugs. I found one that I had knitted for my mum-in-law years ago and when she passed away, it was returned to me and I don´t think I ever showed it on my blog.

I wanted to use up some wool stash at the time and just knitted small squares in a variety of different stitches, some fancier than others.

I knitted two blankets at the same time, one mainly blue with a couple of pinky squares and the other all greens and beiges for myself, both with different but very simple crochet edgings.


Maybe it´s time I made some different lap rugs something a bit more ambitous

I always enjoy knitting or doing some crochet in winter and my wool stash seems as large as ever… how could that be?

Thank you for stopping by.


Saturday, 26 December 2020

Christmas time

 Hello Everyone,

I thought I might pop in with some half forgotten stitching today as everything is calm and quiet at my house  after the hectic days of Christmas cooking and gift wrapping.  Days of continuous coronavirus restriction changes when we didn´t know whether my daughter and the grandkids would be able to spend Christmas with us or not and dithering about whether to send Amazon gifts to my house or to theirs.

I made these little crochet bags last month and somehow never got to post about them

I had been wanting to knit or crochet something, and chose these when I saw them in the magazine Labores, I was pretty sure that I would have some suitable wool without having to buy any.  

and I found these Christmasy colours in my stash and they were quick and easy to make as there was little variation of crochet stitches in the pattern.

and they were just granny squares sewn together.

I thought they might come in handy to hold  Christmas gifts, (in the end they didn´t) but anyway were fun to make.

Thank you for stopping by.  Christmas time blessing and happiness from my family..

to yours. 



Monday, 14 December 2020

Advent Calendar Blog Hop - Day 15

Hello and welcome to day 15 of this year´s Advent Calendar Blog hop hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.  Check here for the daily links to all participants in this fun hop to get us all in the mood for Christmas.

I was eager this year to start my seasonal stitching well in advance and I started several projects which would  have been finished  by now if there had been more days in November – I´m sure there were less than usual this year.

I´m sharing my efforts at doing a couple of applique hoop decorations as I´d seen some really lovely designs on the internet and thought I would use up some of my felt stash.

Using a piece of net fabric for the background stretched over a hoop. I then  cut out  felt shapes to form a picture, just making it up as I went along – mainly trees as you can see.

I outlined the trees with some Kreinik (bag of bits) sparkly thread which looks pretty but doesn´t show up at all in my photos, added some beads and sequins and then  surrounded the pattern with a piece of trim, forming a loop for hanging.

Jo asks us to mention a favourite Christmas book or story and I really haven´t got one.  I remember as a child having a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale book which I loved and in particular The Snow Queen and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

I also treasured the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and should still have my copy hidden away somewhere. 

This book as everyone  knows has several different film adaptations, the first being in 1933, although I think there was a silent film versión in 1917 - and the latest remake just last year, directed by Greta-Gerwig.  It will be interesting to see just how far this latest versión differs from the original story written in 1868.

Many thanks to Jo for organising once again this blog hop which I hope everyone is enjoying.

Merry Christmas to all and Happy Stitching.


Monday, 30 November 2020


 Hi Everyone,

I´ve been really busy this week working on my Christmas stitching, jumping from one project to the next and doing a bit of crocheting again – which I always seem to do at this time of year and then started worrying about how to send Xmas cards if I couldn´t even buy them locally due to our lockdown.

I sorted through a briefcase overflowing with my old cards thinking that I could repurpose some.  My stepmum who lives in Cyprus always sends me really pretty ingeniously repurposed cards but I only got as far as looking through  the cards and reminiscing all the afternoon .

Well, I could try and make some fabric cards using a gorgeous fabric called Heavenly Pixies by Michael Miller which I bought years ago at our local patchwork shop and had no idea at the time just what I would use it for.

And then some festive fabric, I´m getting really low on that, another one for the backing , some batting and I also added another stiff interfacing.

I did a small cross stitch greeting to add to the back  of the card and that´s about it,  Don´t think they look too bad.

Having now finished  these cards , I can get visiting my blogging friends and see what everyone is doing.



Monday, 16 November 2020

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - November

 Hello stitching friends,

I´m late, but not too late to check-in for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL hosted by Rachel of Ten Hour Stitcher and celebrated on the 10th of each month,

Just a tiny finish to show today since I haven´t had much time for stitching lately.  This last week, a  lock down week,  was plagued with annual medical revisions, which I had to attend decked out like an undercover agent, with face mask, glasses and a rain hood due to the inclemency  of the weather, and after being questioned, tested and disinfected by  a group of astronauts , was received by another astronaut who turned out to be my doctor/dentist.

So, little time for sewing, but I did manage to finish a second Blackwork  Flowers with Birds pattern by Lesley Teare

I love these pretty little designs. There are six in the collection all very bright and colourful except for the blackwork of course and bit by bit I hope to finish them all.

 I tried sewing another little notepad holder  but this time I don´t like the finish  and it will be redone in a different way.

I think it is the stitched surround which seems to limit how I wish to finish an ítem, but on all accounts  it will have to wait until after Christmas.  Too much to do right now, at this time of year the days just seem to disappear.

I was surprised by a little self sown wild flower which sprouted from a pot a couple of weeks ago and has lovely bright flowers, since this photo was taken, it is much larger now and has 7 blooms at the moment, perfect to brighten these dull worrying autumn days.

Keep safe and sound everyone.



Saturday, 31 October 2020

Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Happy Halloween Everyone,

I´m joining Jo of Serendipitous Stitching today for her fun Halloween Blog hop.  Check out all the participants in the links given on Jo´s blog and where you can start collecting letters to form a mystery phrase.

My cute little stitched Halloween piece is a free design by Magali found here I stitched it  years ago and it has been sulking in a drawer ever since. 

Last week I cheered it up by adding it to a handy bag

Nothing like having a place to store your spiders

I also hunted about without luck for some Halloween themed fabric to make a few coasters as they  always  make welcome  gifts but in the end I had to rely on my stash as Halloween isn´t celebrated much here and there´s no inspiration anywhere.

Here is the letter you have come for.

Your next stop is with Astrid at astridxstitching blog, so join me now in collecting more letters and seeing what others have been stitching.

Thank you for stopping by and to Jo for hosting this great hop once again this year.



You might also like

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...