Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween Trick or Treat blog hop

Happy Halloween!

This post is part of the Halloween blog hop organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.  If you want to take part, go to Jo's blog to find out where to start, and then hop round all the participating blogs gathering a letter from each as you go.  Or do what I did the first year and gather all the letters at random and then spend ages trying to work out the phrase.

If you post the correct phrase to Jo's blog then you are in with a chance of winning a small prize.

Here's a photo of my rather small collection of Halloween stitches.  I really need to add to this for next year!


And your blog hop letter from me is ....



Letter G!

Now hop along to say hello and collect your next letter from Jeremiah's Mom.

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Justine
Thursday, 22 October 2015

Stitching Retreat goody bags and a clear out!

If you're a follower of Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher (and if not, why not have a look over there now?) you may have already seen her post about our stitching retreat last weekend, together with Mii Stitch (another lovely blog).

We spent two nights in a gorgeous converted dairy last weekend and had lots of fun chatting, stashing and de-stashing and even managed to do a little bit of stitching!

This is the second time we've met up and on both occasions we have exchanged goody bags.  This time we had a Hallowe'en theme and I'd like to share with you the gorgeous goodies I received.

From Ingrid:
Lizzie*Kate design, fabric, glow-in-the-dark thread, Hallowe'en ribbons, 
decorations, Lego monster and lots of sweets (a few of which were missing when I 
came to take this photo!)


And a close up of the cute little witch she stitched, finished perfectly as always!

From Rachel:
Sue Hillis Hallowe'en chart, fabric, Hallowe'en ribbons and threads, Witches Brew candle, 
notebook and a Hallowe'en stitch!

Here are close-ups of Rachel's ornament (front and back) which I was honoured to receive as it is I believe the first ornament she has ever finished!


All the gifts were just wonderful, and my boys (aged 6 and 7) were absolutely thrilled to see all the decorations and sweets when I got home, dare I say it even more excited about those than seeing their Mum after her weekend away!

We did manage some stitching and I even started and finished a cute stitch during the weekend, but I will share those photos another time.

I had taken with me most of my UFO pile and stash and with the help of my friends I sorted through everything and managed to get rid of three projects that I no longer want to stitch on for various reasons.  So you won't be seeing any more of this one...

(too hippy dippy!)

or this one...

(chart too complicated)

and most importantly, this one has gone too!

(too big!)

Yes, I've killed off my HAED Treasure Hunt Bookshelf!  It was full of confetti and just didn't "grab" me any more.  I have other HAED charts though and I still aim to complete at least one of them one day.

Thank you girls for a fun weekend - can't wait for the next one!

Justine
Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Refocusing

I signed up a few weeks ago for Kaye's Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics SAL. It's a great idea where each Friday we cheer each other along working on old WIPs. I thought it would be a fun way to pick up (and put down again!) some of my slightly older pieces.

But two weeks ago I picked out the Bothy Threads History Timeline I started in September 2013...and I haven't put it down yet!

Here it is now...


Half complete!

I love working on this one. As each figure is separate from the others I can work the backstitch as I go, so each figure feels like a mini finish. Plus my knowledge of history is so truly awful I am learning as I go.

I'm not ready to put this one away yet so you may see it again soon!

Justine