Monday, 20 August 2018

Gift Gorgeousness 2018 - August Update

Hello everybody!!!!! I am here again. 

I have been busy with other things and  didn't have time to update my flower collection, but it is going on. The last flower I showed you was the rose made in May. After that I finished three more flowers. In June I did a nice daisy. Petals are originally in white but I changed the colour to a very pale blue as in white they were really difficult to see in the fabric.

In July was the turn of an iris or lirium, I don't know exactly what it is. But I don't really care about the name. It is looking gorgeous in the collection.

The one I did this month can be a fuchsia but I have no idea if I am right or wrong. But again it looks very nice in the whole of the embroidery.

And I cannot go without showing ho is the full job going. Only four flowers are missing and I need to make the months' name and that will be over.

As usual comments are welcome.

Monday, 13 August 2018

TUSAL - August update

It is a long time now I am not showing my ORTs jar for the reasons I have been explaining. I am bit more free now, my plot is under control (well, all under control that can be, there is always something to do) and I am having more time for stitching. I didn’t do so much these last months but the amount of ORTs in my jar had increased a bit.

As in every update, you can see all my ORTs in the portable box and how is my jar after I transferred them. It is nice to see the increase compared with the last post.

Happy New Moon and see you next month.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

August Bullet Journal Layout

August is the first month I am going to plan completely in my bullet journal. I started it by the middle of July and made only half a month. Still I don’t feel very confident in drawing, lettering, etc and that is why I am going to plan a minimalist August layout. I am practicing some lettering and doodles as training to make more beautiful layouts.

August is the month when the first harvest festival (Lammas) is celebrated. That is the reason I chose a cornucopia full of fruits for my August cover page. Just after the cover page I introduced the monthly calendar for August.

Two collections very useful for me are the habit tracker and the sleep log. I think I improved both compare with the trackers I did in July. I left more space between lines in the habit tracker and I am using a different colour for each day track. I reduced the size of my sleep log to have space to have more information. I fixed slots of sleeping time instead hours and a space for quality of my sleep.

For the mood tracker I decided to draw 31 leaves in a cup. I like the design and at the same time it is easy to draw mainly when I am not very good in drawing (hope to improve with my training). That is going together with a mood graph where I track my mood (good, normal, bad) in the morning and evening. I included also a space to write or draw what make me feel happy or bad and finally the Level 10 Life which I will fell by the end of the month.

After that there is a page for doodles (or I should say rubbish as I am terrible drawing). I am following the August Doodle Challenge in Instagram hosted by Christina77 (@christina77). The theme for this month is zoo, but looking at my animals it seems to be a joke……

After that I will include the weekly layouts. I am changing them because I don’t know which design is better for me. That is something I will keep changing until I find the best for me.

Do you have any idea, suggestion or comment? They are all welcome.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Starting my Bullet Journal

It is done. I finally started my bullet journal with a mixture of excitement and fear. I have seen very beautiful bullet journals on Instagram and Pinterest and I know mine is not going to be like them. But my hope is that someday, after drawing and practising a lot, I can also do something nice.

I don’t like the plain cover of my elephant notebook so I decided to change it. I chose an adhesive paper in white and red diagonal stripes and I covered my book with it. For the inside part I chose a flower paper from my card making supplies and decided to make a small pocket in case I want to carry stencils with me. I cover all with a transparent self-adhesive book cover to protect it. In the inside part, I included something which resonate with me.

I started as it is advised for bullet journal, with an Index and Key pages. In my notebook there are two pages for Index, but I left two more pages just in case. After the Index and Key pages I prepared a Password Log layout.

I have included after the password log all the collections which will be in use the whole year. First I made a future log for half a year, from July to December. I prepared after that a spread to track if my monthly bills are paid and I dedicated a page to my lovely Luna (when she needs her pipette, anti-worm tablet, vet appointment ...).  I dedicated couple of pages to my embroideries, one of them containing all the projects I am working in or I am going to work in and the other page is for tracking the advances on my WIP.

I made a page for the books I want to buy during this year once they come to the market and other to keep all the ideas I have to improve my journal.

After that I will be including monthly layouts and collections. I hope I can improve in the future and have a journal that I can proudly show,.

Monday, 6 August 2018

New Project: Bulley Journal

In 2016 I read about Bullet Journal for the very first time. Maybe most of you know what is that, but I am going to tell what it is for those people who don’t know. The Bullet Journal or BuJo idea was created in 2014 by Ryder Carroll. You can have a look to his website, BulletJournal, for interesting ideas. He defines the Bullet Journal as "The Analog System for the Digital Age". It is basically a journal, diary, to-do lists, notebook, etc. It is 100% customizable and you can include whatever you feel and want. And the most important thing is that even if you can buy expensives notebooks and pens, what you really need is ONLY a notebook and a pen.

The first time I read about it I thought, even if I liked the idea, that it was a bit time consuming and wasn’t for me. I didn’t think about it anymore. But recently I can’t remember where, I read something about it again. When something comes twice to knock at your door it should be for a reason, so I decided to go deeper into the Bullet Journal world and start looking for information and reading about that. And surprisingly, I found myself thinking that Bullet Journal is ideal for me. I like to make lists of all but I keep them in a sheet, post-it, middle of a notebook, etc and I can never find them when I need.

I am going to give a try. I have been doing reseasrch for some time to check which are the best notebooks and pens and I found that they are all quite expensive. I decided then to buy cheap brands in case I don’t like and decide to stop. If I enjoy and want to continue with my bullet journal I will by slowly the good brand supplies. But I wanted to share what I got now and show my ideas. If you have experience, ideas, suggestions, etc feel free to let me know, I will appreciate it.

The Notebook

The best notebooks for Bullet Journals are the one with dotted pages. There are lots of brands in the market, being Moleskine and Leuchtturm 1917 the most popular but also the most expensive. I want to try in the future both brands and compare, but for the moment I bought a cheap notebook. It has dotted and numbered pages, a page for the KEYS and couple of pages for the Index. The brand is Elephant and I bought in Amazon.

Pens and Pencils

Pens are the other thing you can’t miss for bullet journaling. As for notebooks there are many brands and types and it is not easy to decide what to buy. I bought cheap brands and I will be buying the most expensive ones with time.

Most popular pen’s brands are Sharpie, Tombow, Micron, Zebra,.... But I made a cheaper brand collection to begin with.

I have normal fine liner pens to write what it is the proper planning (events, tasks, appointments,....)

I have a collection of gel pens in different colours including metallics and neon shades. These gel pens are my favourite. There is no bleeding or ghosting when I use them. It is also important for me to have pencils. I have some Staedler pencils for drafts in different hard and darkness and a collection of 36 coloring pencils bought in Hobbycraft.

I have a crayola collection which can be very usefull as they also don’t do ghosting and for lettering (what is something I still don’t know well how to do) I have a collection of brush pens and a collection of waterpencils.

Washi Tape

That is not completly neededbut as I had lots from other craft supplies I decided I can also use them in my Bullet Journal. Washi Tape can be very usefull as decoration and in case you need to correct a mistake. I have plain color washi tapes in pastel and neon colors and lots of decorated tapes that I normally use for cardmaking.

Other Supplies

Obviously you don’t really need the following supplies but they make the things so much easier.

I have a set of eraser and sharpener, very useful when working drafts. The ruler is a ‘must have’ for me, I am not able to draw a straight line otherwise. Tracer and charcoal papers can be also very usefull if you want to copy a picture from elsewhere (br carefull and take only free pictures). I have a set of stencils to make the most common shapes that will save me lot of time.

That is all what you can need. Ah, no. I forgot something very important. You will need also your imagination, patience and art to keep a beautiful journal.

As I am newbie in Bullet Journal any comment or suggestion you have will be welcome.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Back After a Break

I have been away from the blog for quite a long time now. I never stopped stitching but I considerably reduced the amount of time I am dedicating to that. I will explain the reason later on because first I would like to show you the advances I did on my project during my absence, even they are not too many.

I am really delayed in the Blackwork Tangram SAL organized by Lakeside Needlecraft. All the parts have been released no but I am still struggling to finish the third part. I finished the second one and for that I chose yellow thread (DMC 444). Hope finish soon with the complete job.

I continued with the fifth part of the Connie Gee Design SAL. That one is quick and easy and I did it while watching my favourite programs on tele.

May and June flowers are done. May’s one is a nice rose in pink color similar to the ones I have in my garden. The flower representing June is a daisy. I love daisies. I remember when I was a girl removing one by one all the petals of a daisy thinking in the boy you liked at that moment and telling ‘He loves me, he doesn’t love me’ for each one of the petal. The last one was the one deciding if the boy loved you or not. Obviously it is something silly but it was funny when I was a girl.

Why I have been far from my blog and my craft? The reason is that in May I got an allotment plot. It wasn’t in very bad conditions when I took over, actually it had few raised beds covered with black plastic ready to cultivate. But nothing is 100% perfect and other areas were completely covered with weed. It took me long time and effort to clean it up, it is not completely cleaned now, but at least I have some space where to start planting and later I will finish with the wedding in the remaining parts.

This picture shows how it was when I took over.

On top of the weeding, there are a lot of tasks to do in a plot. You need to dig before planting, plant, water, support some species,.... And what it is more annoying, fighting against the birds and pests. I planted my onion sets and when they start spouting pigeons ate some of them. Luckily I am going to the plot daily so I could notice soon and cover them with a net.
Something similar happened with my beans, broccolis and kales. I don’t like to use chemicals as I like to grow organic veggies. One day I reached there and I saw all my beans and kales eaten by someone.

I thought quickly in slugs or caterpillars so I add some coffee grinds to avoid slugs and sacrifice lettuce leaves to attract caterpillars. But I couldn’t see any sign of them and my plants were eaten over and over. Then I decided to put a net covering the kales and they are now growing healthy. Finally I realized that the one eating my plants were again pigeons, so after fitting a net over the beans they are also growing nice.

Anyway it is really rewarding when you see the veggies for the first time. I have now tomato, pepper and courgette fruits

Hope my amount of job in the plot decreases now and I can come back to my embroidery and blo 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

WIPocalypse - April Check In

This month I didn’t work in all of my WIPs as I wanted to make a good advance with one of my projects I am carrying over for more than a year. Nevertheless, I worked on few projects and bellow is the update of the project status:

  1. Dreamcatcher: 33%
  2. Banner of the Sabbats: 25%
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL: 33%
  5. CrossStitcher SAL: 8%
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala: 25%
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water: 90%
  14. A Year of Flowers: 33%
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets: 33%
  17. Prickly But Cute: 20%
  18. 12 Days of Christmas: 25%
  19. A FOB A Month: 25%
  20. Magical Mystery SAL: 40%
  21. Blackwork Tangram: 17%
As I mentioned before, I advanced in some of my WIP projects. I finished the fourth flower of the A Year of Flower design, a lovely pansy which I showed in the Gift Gorgeousnedd 2018 post.

 For the 12 Days of Christmas I stitched the third owl corresponding to Three French Hens. I know I am a month behind but I still didn’t have time to catch up.

The next one is so cute and I didn’t show before. It corresponds to the Prickly But Cute SAL and it is calles ……… It is a very nice cactus.

Couple of days back I showed in the Small SAL post the fourth aromatic sachet. It is a Vervaco design showing a ladybug in some green leaves. Back of the sachet and the ribbon are red to match with the design.

On the 1st May it was the festivity of Beltane, one of the cross-quarters festivals of the Wheel of the Year. For that occasion I did the Beltane design from CTHdesign as part of my Beltane decoration.

The next two embroideried I am going to show are not part of any SAL but of what I call “Small Occasional Projects (SOP)”. One of them is very simple but I wanted something like that to show near my main door. It is a “Blessed Be” card and it is very nice to welcome people coming home.

The second one is a tree formed by different words related with life. I did it to celebrate the Earth Day which was the 22nd April.

Moving on to blackwork, I did the fourth part of Connie Gee Design SAL. I am not so excited with that SAL at that stage but as it is easy and quick to do I am going to continue.

I started a new blackwork project. It is called "Blackwork Tangram SAL" and it is organized by Lakeside Needlecraft. It is a free SAL consisting in 6 weekly parts (each part will be relesed on Fridays) I am going to change the colours as the call for colours are not my favourites, The first part is done in Christmas red (DMC 666) and the border are in black (DMC 310).

I left for the end the Queen of Water as it is related with the question of the month. I started this project on 2016 and it went through periodsin which I advanced a lot and periods in which I did not touch for long time. But now I have in mind other ladies and before starting them I want to finish this one (my mum insists me as she doesn't want that to be an UFO). So here is my advance. On the left you can see how it was and on the right how it is now.


The Question of the Month Measi's Musing is proposing is to talk about the longest-running WIP or UFO. I need to say that I have plenty of UFOs but I am not going to talk about them. The longest project I have been working on is the HAED "Looking Back" designed by Crystal Dune. I was working on it for 2 years and a half.

The longest running WIP is the Queen of Water I showed above. As I said, I am working on it for more than a year.

And that is all for this month. Looking forward to read your advances.