Friday, 29 November 2013

Turtle Trot SAL for 2014

Okie dokey.  I've seen some of you posting your Turtle Trot SAL posts this year and I've decided I want to play too.

If any of you want to join in too, the signup page and rules are here.

So I've picked my 10 for next year (I thought I'd definitely got at least 10 started, but a lot of them are only teeny ones and I wanted to go for the larger pieces).  They are in various states, but I thought I'd get them organised now as it's probably going to be a bit of a busy month in December, there is all sorts already in my diary.

So here are my 10 at their starting points - more than anything I wanted a variety of colours so that when I get bored of one, I can hop right to the next one:


A santa ornament from JCS 2012 Christmas magazine

Bluebell Lane

Moonlit Waters

Froggy piece

Dolphins - this has been in my stash
for YEARS!


Cat to go with the other cat

Cat Coasters (this is the first piece)

Orchid with printed fabric

I really wanted to get a start on more HAEDs but I think that's a bit unrealistic to get it all kitted up and ready to go in time for this SAL starting, so I'm planning to get through some of my backlog to leave some room to start another HAED when time allows.  Even if I finish all these, I've still got a few kits and heaps of other stash.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my friends who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that you have a wonderful day, whatever you will be doing.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Moonlit Waters Page 4 finished

Hooray! Finally!

It feels like such a huge achievement when I finish a single page of this project.  I see other people whizzing through their HAEDs but I like to have a few things on the go, especially since I stitch away from home quite a bit, so it's nice to have multiple projects.

But anyway, here's a picture of pages 1-4.  It's definitely coming on nicely.

Have a great week everyone :)

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Runaround Jo

No stitchy updates from me this time.  I feel like all I've done for the last few weeks is sleep and run around!  For someone who isn't working at the moment, I've spent barely any time at home.

This is down to lots of things really - I'm finally back in the gym into a proper routine a couple of days a week and I'm now volunteering at a lovely little place where they use crafts to bring together members of the community who might be going through or have been through difficult times.

My friends who live closeby have also moved to the other side of London, so I had a few weeks taken up with either packing, cleaning or babysitting, which was great fun for me since I wasn't the one moving!  I'm hoping to still see plenty of them, but of course in the winter with the dark nights it feels like a terribly long trek. The good side of the journey is of course a solid hour of cross stitching on the tube :)

So finally, this evening I've got a couple of hours to catch up on everyone's blogs again... hooray!  And hopefully I'll get some stitching done tomorrow.

Hope you are all doing ok :)

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Seashell Treasures started

Hello there!

Firstly, can I just say... 'Brrrrrrrrrrrr!'

I know, it's November - and usually by Bonfire Night it's freezing.  But I most definitely have pulled out the wooly scarves and gloves this week.  And the heating is finally on.  But as well as that I have to put on extra jumpers because my hands always seem cold and it's very hard to stitch with cold hands.

Anyway, I've been working on a bit more of Moonlit Waters, but I'm almost at the end of Page 4, so I'm going to wait until it's done before I post the photo of that.  I still can't believe I'm only on Page 4, how long is it going to take me to get that finished, I wonder.

But my travelling/evening project at the moment is a Dimensions chart called Seashell Treasures.  This is where I've got to after about a week of working on it on and off:

Hope you are all lovely and cosy wherever you are... enjoy the rest of the week and have fun if you're heading to a bonfire tonight :)