Last winter I worked on this lovely stitchery pattern by Gail Pan Designs. One of my NZ friends, Elizabeth (hi Elizabeth!) kindly sent me the dyed fabric, the buttons, trims and vintage threads to use to accessorize the finished collage.
Recently I bought the right sized frame for it and spent a few hours over the weekend putting it all together.
A close up of the stitched piece, I used a Cottage Garden thread, Latte I think it was.
Here's my current stack of library books to make my way through over the next few weeks.
I loved the latest book by Nicky Pellegrino, Under Italian Skies, another wonderful read by the NZ author, which transports you to a small town in Italy.
I have been reading Fall of Giants on my Kindle on and off again all year but I'm nearing the end of the 1000 pages! This book follows the lives of several families in the lead up to the first World War and the aftermath.
One of my favourite books so far this year has been The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. This is the first book in a seven book series, each story focusing on one of the daughters adopted by a mysterious billionaire. This book has two story lines set in Rio de Janerio and Paris eighty years apart.
Another recent read, Memory Man by David Baldacci, is action packed and once I started I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to the next in the series of this one.
It seems like all my stitching lately has been Christmas designs of some sort but that's because I always try and get as many of the year's ornaments stitched in the first half of the year. I have two more finished to add to the 2016 Family and Friends Collection.
This is the second time I have stitched Gingerbread Cookie by Little House Needleworks, such a cute design.
*** whoops, thanks Amy for noticing that I'd missed filling in some white stitches on the candy cane!!
Faith by Niky Creations is from the 2014 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine I think.
It's now officially winter here in New Zealand and this week has seen the return of winter flannlette PJs, hot water bottles, thermals, merino socks, winter coats and boots, and umbrellas at our house. I think I might even make some hearty winter vegetable soup over the long weekend coming up!
As soon as I spotted the new Cupcake blanket colours on Lucy's blog, I knew it would be a perfect winter project to work on.
This is the first time I've crocheted with Stylecraft yarn and it so lovely and soft to work with I'll definitely have to order some more sometime.
I ordered my pack of the colours, 15 in total, from the Wool Warehouse in the UK, which took just under a week to arrive at my door step.
The pattern for this blanket is very straight forward, Lucy's Cosy Stripe pattern, using one crochet stitch, Treble Stitch, or Double Crochet in the US. There's 90 "rows" in total, so it might possibly take me all winter to make! We'll see!
This particular ornament has been on the to do list ever since I first spotted it way back 2013, in that year's Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine.
I actually stitched this back in February this year and it has been sitting in my finishing basket ever since, waiting to be put together. Instructions for the cupcake finish can be found on the Victoria Sampler website but I sort of made it up as I went along.
Gingerbread Cupcake by the Victoria Sampler
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine 2013
The silicon cupcake cases came from one of our local home ware stores, just the right size.
After the usual around the house jobs, some baking for lunches, making up some Slow Cooker Bolognaise and some computer work for Glenn, I spent a few hours at my sewing machine over the weekend.
This little Lizzie Kate design was stitched sometime last year and it has been sitting in my finishing tray for ages.
I have been working on several of these little stitcheries by Anni Downs to make into bookmarks for birthday gifts. This one is for my cousin Donna, who is celebrating her birthday today. We're looking forward to catching up with Donna and her boyfriend later in the week as they coming to stay one night before heading up north.
This little all in one baby top has been finished for a week or two, all I needed to do was sew on some pretty pink buttons
Several weeks ago I was contacted by Elise Ross from SpruceXstitch to see if I would like to review one of her kits.
Based in Sydney Australia, SpruceXstitch was founded just over a year ago in March 2015, aiming to offer modern cross stitch kits and instant downloads, and that are vibrant and fun to make.
Elise sent me one of the Flowerpot kits. The kit comes with everything you need including beautifully coloured threads, a piece of fabric and an easy to read chart. A needle is also included.
All in all I think these kits are great - I think they'd make awesome gifts, especially for a beginner to cross stitch. With attention to detail and quality, the kits are great value for money. Please visit SpruceXstitch to see more.