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.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Friday Frolics – Blackwork Tangram SAL Part 1

For few weeks I am going to join the Friday Frolics with a blackwork design SAL. It is a design from Peppermint Purple and it is organized free by Lakeside Needlecraft. The SAL is divided in 6 parts and each one is released on Friday. That is the reason why I decided to do Friday afternoon. It is quick to do and I prefer to stich it as soon as it is released.

For this project I chose a 14 count white Aida fabric. I am going to stitch the borders in black (2 strands, DMC 310) and the design of each part in a different colour, using only one strand.

I stitched the first part in Christmas red (DMC 666). I will be doing the border as the parts are coming.

See you next Friday.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Beltane Embroidery

1st May was the festivity of Beltane or May Day. Beltane is a pagan festivity in which we celebrate the union of the God and the Goddess. The God, born in Yule, is now a young man and the Goddess is ready to become pregnant again after giving birth to the God. God and Goddess celebrate their union and Goddess become pregnant (she will give birth in Yule). It is one of the fire festivals. In the celtic costumes it was a festivity dedicated to the god Belenus. Fires are lit and people go around and over them as a sign of purification.

The most popular of this festivity is the May Pole. That is a stick or pole (phallic symbol representing the God) in which ribbons are attached to the top. Ribbons are normally red and white representing the transition of the Goddess from Maiden (white) to Mother (red). People hold a ribbon each and dance around the pole, representing the union of the God and the Goddess.

I continued stitching the Sabbat serie I am doing. This time I didn’t have time to finish in time the Primitive Hare’s design and I will be stitching it during the month of May.
The CTHdesign for Beltane was more complicated than the previous I did, it has a lot of “confetti” and colors are very similar, but finally I finished it.

I also stitched something that is not part of the Beltane decoration but it is part of my pagan embroideries and for that reason I would like to show it here. It is small embroidery with the words “Blessed Be”. I finished it with an oval open card in cream color and I am keeping it at the main home entrance to bless people who come home.

Monday, 30 April 2018

Small SAL 2018 - April Check In

Time to show what I did for the Small SAL 2018. I finished other aromatic sachet to add to my collection. It is a Vervaco design (yes, I love Vervaco for this type of small designs) showing a ladybug on some green leaves. I stitched in white 14 count Aida. For the back I used a red fabric matching with the ladybug and it is closed with a red ribbon. 

My collection has now four sachets, it is looking very nice.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

IHSW - April Update

Last weekend was the International Hermit Stitching Weekend (IHSW) and as I like to participate, I became hermit. I need to say that the weekend was lovely and I didn’t want to miss the sun but at the same time I wanted to advance in one of my projects. So I decided have both things at the same time and I spent most of the weekend stitching in my back garden while Luna was enjoying the sun (she doesn’t like to be outside if I am not…….).

I wanted to advance the Queen of Water. I started this projects around two years back, it is nearly over but I don’t know why it is taking so long to finish it. I don’t want it to become UFO and I want to finish before starting a serie of ladies I have in mind (I will talk about them after receiving the graphics, I already ordered them but they are coming from US). That is how my lady was on Friday.

And after being all the weekend working on it that is how she is looking like now.

I have the intentions to work on it also over the week and next weekend but in the week I am quite busy with the job, gym, cooking and gardening that I don’t know if I am going to be able to stitch anything. I will try anyway. Even if I do couple of stitches, an advance is an advance…….

Monday, 23 April 2018

Earth Day

 Yesterday 22nd April was the International Earth Day, a day to honor our planet. The good thing is that there is still one day when people are conscious about the health of our planet and about that we need to take care of it. It is a joint job to make the planet healthier and sustainable. In the other hand, what makes me feel bad is that we need that day to make people do something for the Earth. Everybody should take care of the Earth in daily basis and not only once a year, but it should be a starting point.

I didn’t do anything special as I take care of the planet daily. Because of my believes, I consider myself one more creature in the planet, not superior to any other existing creatures, animal, plants or stones, and I try to minimize the impact I am having on the planet.

But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to make a small homage to the Earth and I prepare a small and easy embroidery. It represents a tree, where the trunk is the world EARTH and the leaves part is composed by different worlds representing all what the planet is.

Birds, plants, animals, water, flowers, bees, trees,.... All of that is the planet. It cannot survive if some of these is missing. We need the water to make the trees and plants grow, the bees and birds to pollinate the flowers which at the same time are food for birds and animals,..... In summary, all of that gives raise at the most important thing we have, LIFE.

The Earth is a living creature and it need the care of all of us. The human being is not contributing to the ecosystems, we only use resources. We are the main consumers and, nevertheless, nobody consumes us. I don’t pretend people agree with me, maybe for you the Earth is only the place where we live, but in any case, I would like to ask you a question, will you destroy your home? Remember something…….

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Hooties Days of Christmas - Day 3

I am bit delayed with this post as I wanted to publish on the 20th April. But days are being so lovely and summery that I prefer to be out in my back yard and I am very lazy for going inside and sit in the computer.

Anyway, other month is gone and I am going to present the thrid hootie corresponding to the SAL organized by the blog Christmas Ornie SAL.This one is representing the three french hens. I am going one owl delayed and trying to catch up, but I have many other projects and no time to advance more in this.

In the third Day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

TUSAL - April Update

 Today is New Moon and the day when I should show the ORTs I have been collecting during this month. During this moon period I have been working on so many different projects as I showed in my WIPocalypse post. To the “during the year” projects I am doing I need to add the specific ones I did for the Easter decoration. In summary, I collected good amount of threads this month. I am putting them in a small plastic box which I will empty today to the jar.

That is how my box was and how the content of my jar is increasing.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness April Update

 We are on the 15th again and with that day another flower is coming. As you should know by now, these flowers are part of a Coure e Batticuore design called Un anno di fiore (A year of flowers in english) and consists in stitch a flower every month representing that month. I am doing it to give to my mum as a present.

April’s flower is a pansy. There are pansies in so many different colours and this one is yellow and violet. I love that flower.

I use to have lots of pansies in my garden, all of them in different colours. These one are waiting to be transplanted.

And at that moment my job is as in the following picture.

Connie Design Blackwork SAL - April 2018

Other month is gone and I finished another part of the Connie Gee Design SAL. It looks really elegant the design and what I like more is that you can do each part in couple of hours.

That is how the whole design looks like at that moment.

Sunday, 8 April 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - March Check In

As you should know by now, WIPocalypse is a SAL organized by Measi’s Musing in which we need to advance on the projects we listed at the beginning of the year.
To continue with the idea I started last month I am going to summarize what I did in the month of March. Some of the advances I already showed in previous posts but some are going to be shown only in this post. But first I am going to show the state of each project.

  1. Dreamcatcher: 33%
  2. Banner of the Sabbats: 25%
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL: 20%
  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
  14. A Year of Flowers: 25%
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets: 25%
  17. Prickly But Cute: 13%
  18. 12 Days of Christmas: 16%
  19. A FOB A Month: 25%
  20. Magical Mystery SAL: Prestitch 1 and 2 finished

I also did two small extra projects, the Easter rabbit and the Easter Biscornu, which are completely finished.

During this month I finished the third part of both os my blackwork projects, Connie Gee Design SAL and Brodeuse Bresanne mini monthly mandala.

To continue with the projects I started at the beginning of the year, I stitched the third flower of the Cuore e Batticuore design A Year of Flowers, which I presented in the Gift Gorgeousness SAL 2018. This month is a tulip.

I also stitched the second owl of the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas, the one corresponding to “Two Turtle Doves” presented in the blog Christmas Ornie SAL.

The next one I want to show you is Albert the Aloe, the second cactus of the SAL Prickly But Cute. As the name says, it is a very cute SAL consisting in 15 small cacti. They are really quick to stitch.

From the blog Magical Quilts and More I am stitching a couple of projects . One is the FOB of the month. They are very small FOBs but the results are very nice. I did this third one in white 14 count Aida fabric using blue and green shades for the threads. I need to say that I forgot to stitch the ribbon to this one, so it is more a small cushion than a FOB……

The other project for that blog is the Magical Mystery Spring SAL. That started on the 30th March but two pre-stitch were released during the month of March. I am going to stitch it in Grey 14 count Aida fabric and still I don’t know if I am going to do a biscornu or something else.

For the Small SALs 2018 I did other aromatic sachet with a lotus flower design stitched over pink 18 count Aida fabric. I filled this time with jasmine essence.

As Ostara festivity took place on the 20th March I did couple of embroideries for that celebration. The one on the left is a The Primitive Hare freebie and the one on the right is part of the Wheel of the Year collection from CTHdesigns.

The last projects I am going to show are part of my Easter decoration. Even if I celebrate Ostara and not Easter I can’t avoid doing Easter crafts, simply because they are lovely and cute. I stitched an Easter rabbit and an Easter Biscornu, both freebies from The World According to Agi blog.

Measi’s Musing always presents a question we need to answer in this post, that is the Question of the Month. This month the question is: “What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

I can say that recently I have discovered two designers, one of them very famous and the other bit less but not for that worst than the first. I am talking about Cuore e Batticuore and Pinoy Stitch. I only knew about Coure a Batticuorte last year when a friend showed me the seasons designed by them. After that I had a look at their designs and I loved them. I am doing this year the flowers design, A Year of Flowers, which a Cuore e Batticuore design.

The other designer I mentioned is Pinoy Stitch. I discovered this designer when I was looking for a design for the 12 Days of Christmas. Looking for a nice design in Etsy I found the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas by Pinoy Stitch and I decided to stitch it. Looking to more designs from her I found many other hooties design which I am sure I will stitch more than one in the future.

Hope you like my projects and see you next month.

Happy Stitching!!!!!