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!!!!!

Blogger of the Week

I want to thank Jo from the blog Blogger of the Week for the nice interview she published this week on the blog about myself. I am very glad to show and share my jobs with all of you and also for the opportunity I had to know you and visit your blogs.

Thank you Jo and all the people who left comments in the post.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

My Easter Decoration

Easter is over other year but I would like to show you what I did for the Easter decoration.

I only decorated my living-room as it is the place where I stay longer. In the window, in a way that you can see from outside, I hanged an Easter biscornu and an Easter Rabbit, both designed by Agnes Palko and given as freebies in her blog The World According to Agi. They are made in typical easter colours and the rabbit is mounted over yellow felt.


Together with these two embroideries I made an Easter chickens wreath. I put yellow ribbon around a ring and decorated with small yellow chicks, nests and small eggs. It is easy to do, the most difficult part was to avoid Luna, my beloved cat, take all the chicks as her toys……

For inside I decorated with the two Ostara designs I showed in a previous post and an Easter eggs basket. I painted myself all the eggs (ok, I also painted some of Luna’s hairs) and used some rabbits I has from last year’s Easter. I surrounded the basket with daffodils shape candles as well as by two tea candles, one in white and the other in black, representing the equilibrium of the season. It is quite surprising that the eggs are still there in spite of Luna trying to play with them….. I also prepared a hen which is a cosy egg. As I don't eat eggs I used it as part of the Easter decoration covering a plastic egg.

Ostara Embroideries

Last month, on the 20th March, spring arrived and it was the celebration of Ostara. This festivity celebrates the spring equinox, when the length of day and night are equal and the point from which the day length starts to increase.
This celebration is dedicated to the goddess Eostre. Associated to that goddess are the eggs and the hare. Eggs are a symbol of fertility and renewal and the hare was what we can call, with all my respects, Eostre’s pet.
To celebrate Ostara, and also Easter, I stitched two Ostara designs. One of them is a freebie from The Primitive Hare. I stitched it in 18 count rustic Aida fabric. It ia a typical Easter/Ostara design.

The other one is part of the CTHdesign’s Sabbats collection I am doing. It is colourful and for this embroidery I used 14 count pale blue Aida fabric. This one contains daffodils and eggs in the design, typical from the season.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Small SALs 2018 - March Check In

I carry on with my aromatic sachets collection. This time I chose a Vervaco design consisting in a lotus flower in the water with a butterfly over it. I think it is appropriate for the just arrived spring season. I used 14 count pink Aida fabric with dark pink fabric for the back and for the ribbon. I filled with jasmine fragrance this time.