Sunday, 21 September 2014

Happy...but of course :)

Hello lovely people...

I am sorry I am late with my update but I have had major issues with my PC today :(  I was using Chrome as my browser and well it was causing lots of issues.  Jon being my PC expert tried to fix the issues but sadly could not so now I am using Firefox as my browser... lets hope this one works better.

Ooooh yes Friday was Friday Night Sew In... I just love it as its quite a surreal feeling knowing that virtual friends are stitching all over the world at the same time as me.

Bet you all want to know what I have been stitching?

Sure OK I will show you!

Here is what I showed you all yesterday ... what I started...








Then I carried on stitching...



Not a lot left to stitch now... just the green outer shape then its done ready to make into a Christmas ornament... for my mums Christmas tree :)  Mum wanted a traditional ornament to put on her tree so this is what I come up with.

If your not sure what the design is... its Prairie Schooler Book No.48 A Christmas Visit... I chose one of the Santa Clauses from there.

Well continuing with trying to get more iron into me at any opportunity I can, I bought something that really looked yummy today...Han spotted it!

Its called Nutty Super Wholefood Salad...


 
 Let me tell you all it was delicious... I really mean that.  Of course I am still taking my Spatone apple supplements ... I am hopeful that my iron levels are starting to increase now.

With all this extra time on my hands, I think... oh not about anything in particular... just things!  And well do you know I am feeling really happy right now :)  Do you all want to know why?  Oh its a silly answer really... but one that makes me smile lots.  Because I amaze myself ... its really hard for me to stitch, I wish I could explain things for you all to try to understand how hard it is for me to sew and stitch... I will try.

Well forget following instructions written or verbal... I find when people try to explain things to me they talk quick and I just cannot take it in at all.  Its almost like the person telling me is talking another language and I cannot understand them.  I find this with a lot of things in my daily life... I get really frustrated because of this.  So written instructions... hmm if its on white paper forget it! Even written instructions on colored paper I struggle with sometimes as I dont fully understand what I am to do... or when I am to do it.. sure it could be numbered.  But I tend to over read things and somethings just dont stick so I get frustrated.  

I am what you call a kinesthetic learner.... I like to touch and feel what I am doing and try to understand what I am touching before I do anything with it.  I learn best by people showing my and me trying at the same time, I have short term memory and a really bad working memory issues too so to be shown a lot of things and then to do them I just cannot do.  

So you see being self taught... everything to do with stitching, I am self taught.  I sat for hours and I mean hours teaching myself how to cross stitch, I wanted to do it so bad, I loved the amazing things people created and wanted to do it too.  I had lots of frustrated failures, but I never gave up.  Even to this day I still get very frustrated... and yes that means I throw  my stitching across the room!  I think I like it so much because for me its repetitive.. and I love repetitiveness.

So you see... I am happy because for me every day I stitch is amazing and I still cannot believe I can do it!  I try that is the main thing for me, sometimes its not very good what I do.. but that is really good for me as I learn form that... and next time I do it I have some understanding ha ha if I remember!  And with stitching every day is a challenge for me... but I love it!

OMG!! sorry went off on a tangent there!  I guess I just want you to understand a little more about me ... me the stitcher :)

Hmmmm enough I think?!

OK... happy stitching everyone 

Smiles :)

Friday, 19 September 2014

Lovely day.... you think?

Hello lovely friends :)

Hope you are all well, smiling and stitching?!

Yes today is a wonderful day as it is Friday Night Sew In!!  As it just happens I have been really busy all day, with one stitch thing or another!  And I will be stitching tonight too :)  Oooh I just love to stitch :)

So onto something I have been wanting to show you all ever since I finished it!! But just could not as I sent it off to my Round Robin partner Catherine :)

Here is what I stitched for her...










Its a letter design from one of my stitching books... I saw it and knew it was ok to stitch Catherine's initial so stitched it!  I am really thrilled with how it turned out and I love the colors too.

I sent this with a few 'other' bits .... you know ribbon, lace, buttons that type of thing :)  


Ok onto some more stitching...

As you all know I have finished my Lizzie Kate Snowman '10 now and was looking to 'finish' it today... I have now done so..

What do you think? Here it is, start to finish...











Having been the first time I have stitched anything like this before .... I dont think its that bad... I think now its finished I can criticize it!!  Well maybe I would of moved the design over slightly and maybe even put it in the middle?  Oooh the possibilities!  I know for next time! ha ha It was so enjoyable to do though... I loved it :)  Not bad.... and the whole point I do something different is to learn and make new things... I love learning :)

Onto more, yes more stitching!! 

This is my new project... a little clue! ha ha ha 







This is that fabric that I thought just did not suit the last project.. but I think works for this one.  Its 18 count Aida in Putty color....  Hope you like what I am stitching?!  I will be doing it tonight through the Friday Night Sew In with Friends :)

So my post tomorrow may be a bit clearer!

Well must dash as I have some stitching to do!

Smiles to you all :)

xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thank You wonderful friends :)

I would just like to say a HUGE Thank You to all my lovely friends out there... how wonderful you all came forward to help out :)

Simone has now found the next person to stitch the Traveling Lizzie Kate Chart... Thank You  all :)



Well I am pleased to say I have finished my Lizzie Kate stitch.. Ok so I left the little squares off the top and bottom... yes well I just could not get them to look right so took them off.

Here is how it started yesterday....



And today here is the finished design....



I put it next to a piece of white tissue so that you can see the color of the aida. 

Now I have decided to 'finish' this in a different way... I need two fabrics to go with it... here are my choices... which do you think??

One...

Two...

What do you think?



As its Friday tomorrow.. that means its FNSI so I am really looking forward to this.. virtual stitching with friends all over the world...AMAZING!

And I cannot wait to go around and see what everyone has been up to :)



I hope you all happy stitching?

And tomorrow I will get my sewing machine out... and 'make' something!  At this point I have no idea what I am going to make, it will just 'happen'!  So we shall see! ha hah a

And I still dont have my eyes back 100% so cannot concentrate on the smaller count designs at the moment.  So looks like I will have to do another new quick stitch!

Will show you my new stitch and hopefully what I have made tomorrow  :)

Smiles to you all :)

so very sad....can you help?

Hello wonderful friends..

I have heard some troubling sad news today when I opened my email box...

You may re-call a while ago I was one of the lucky people chosen to do the Lizzie Kate Travelling Chart :)  I loved stitching it and it was  a lot of fun.  

The lucky person to be chosen from my blog was Simona and her blog Crocette, sogni and co.  

I was saddened to hear from Simona that after trying and trying for a long time no one apart from an anonymous person asked to stitch it.  And as she wanted to see what the person stitched it like it was not such a good idea to accept this person.

And here is the wonderful stitch Simona did... (borrowed from her blog)


So now Simona has asked for my help.... she is willing to post it out to anywhere just as long as the person has a blog... so the finished stitch can be seen.

I would like to help Simona.. please if your a follower of mine and would like to stitch this lovely Lizzie Kate design please please please pop over to Simona's blog.... HERE IS THE LINK  and say I sent you and you would love to stitch it.

Simona has followers on her blog.. her blog is lovely, she stitches some wonderful things... if you have not popped over there... please do.

I do hope that someone can help as I would love the Travelling Chart to continue to travel...

Fingers crossed :)

Thank You :)

Smiles :) 

xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

keeping busy...


Hello my wonderful friends :)


Do you remember yesterday I showed you all my next project....

Well I did start to stitch on this fabric.. it just did not feel right so unpicked it all and started again on some different fabric.

Here is how it was...


And here is where I am after stitching all day...


Yes its a fun stitch.. its a Lizzie Kate design called "Snowman '10" and I am loving it!

Here is another photo with the full picture...


And oooh look I can do more experimenting as it comes with beads and buttons!


Its a cute stitch and a fun one and I think it will make a nice addition to my Christmas things.



Something really AWESOME to share with you all... a while ago I entered a wonderful giveaway with many lovely things to win.... not for one minute did I think I would win!! 

But to my shock surprise and amazement I did! 

Whilst surfing around blogs looking at all the wonderful things you all make I came across a really great blog called Quilt Inspirations ... it has hundreds of free designs and beautiful work as well as lots of things going on... its worth a look if you have not visited there before.  

HERE is the link to the blog.

So yes!! I won!!

I won some wonderful fabric...

Here is what I received.... and yes I sent a confirmation email Thanking them :)


How beautiful are these.... I am thinking now how I can use them :)



I hope you are all well and stitching away happily :)

I am staying positive and happy... stitching makes me happy :)

Smiles to you all :)

xx