While rummaging for my red felt yesterday for the cat fabric squares, I came across a small piece of aida on which I had stitched a little blackwork heart. If I remember rightly, this little heart was a design from a Cross Stitcher magazine a few years back. I obviously thought it was pretty enough to stitch at the time. Maybe I was planning on making a card? I don’t remember. Anyway, I still think it’s pretty AND the little snow flakes reminded me that I had the perfect matching ribbon, bought at LIDL . . . so last night (instead of making headway with xmas pressies) I sat down and stitched a few more ^^
Still have one to finish, but it was time for bed, so will do that later on.
I am also very excited because my wheat has started sprouting ^^ Yay- it was sown on 4th December and has been sitting on top of a fish tank so that it gets some gentle heat from the tank lighting . . . it hasn’t all sprouted yet, but it’s only been 4 days, so I must be patient.
The other day I received a little parcel from Debbie and her MOTH with, among other things, a length of festive ribbon. I said I would be using that very soon, and I have! I had some printed fabric squares in my fabric stash which, while not specifically of a Christmas theme, were most definitely in Christmas colours. So out came the pinking shears and the red felt . . . and hey presto.
I had 21 fabric squares and not enough of the festive ribbon to do all of them, so 11 are done with the “Merry Christmas” ribbon and ten with gold.
So easy to make – fabric is cut with pinking shears and then zigzagged by machine onto felt, which I then cut down to size.
Hello everyone – like many (probably most) crafters, November and December are very busy months for me as I like to make as many gifts as possible and I always under-estimate the time it’s going to take lol. I’m not doing too badly this year: have several finished, one in progress and another one yet to start. I won’t show you photos of finished gifts until after Christmas though. It’s highly unlikely that the receivers will stop by, but you never know ^^ Besides, it will be just as much fun to do a grand unveiling in the New Year to show you what has been keeping me so busy.
Title of this post because I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog. Some bloggers prefer to open separate blogs for different crafts but I’m not really productive enough to do that so I’ll just diversify a little here.
The newest category is “knitting”. I was going to call it “nitwit knitting” because I’m something of a novice in this department but I do hope to improve. Anyway, despite secret pressie crafting, I have had time to start on something for myself.
Traditional projects for beginners are, I believe, scarves . . . and it’s the season for scarves . . . so this is what I’m knitting up. The yarn is wonderfully soft and fluffy . . . the colour is one of my favourites and looks like moss . . . am just doing everything in knit because any pattern wouldn’t show up with this yarn. At the moment it’s about 30” long and 4” wide. Idea being to make it extra long that I can wrap it round several times lol.
I’ll probably bore you all to death with many more scarves before I actually pluck up the courage to tackle a real pattern and make myself a cardie – so I apologise in advance ^^
My daughter, aka Lindashee, in the cross-stitching world, has decided to open a new blog where she is going to share some study-related work. She is currently in her second year in Art College, studying 2D and 3D modelling and animation with a view to working either in film or computer games industry on graduation. For the moment she has only posted her introductory article, and it looks like it’s going to be in French ^^ but, if anyone is interested, I’m adding the link. 2D 3D
Yes, you guessed, I’m having a sing-along again ^^ because it IS beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. The hard-working staff at amazon (both in England and France) have been running up and down the aisles in the warehouses and orders I placed have been sent and received both sides of the Channel. Lovely Lionel has been doing his thing too, he’s in charge of letter post (not parcels) and delivered two interesting enveloppes to our house.
One from Australia – from close friends Debbie and her MOTH ^^ . . . Christmas card from “down under”, the most gorgeous blackwork decoration which will going up as soon as I get round to decorating . . . some plants seeds and an Anzac Day hat pin for my other half AND some very seasonal ribbon. Have already snipped into that hihi and you’ll see why very soon!
And . . . a card from Titia with a packet of wheat seeds ^^
The wheat is to follow a French Provencal tradition . . . it is tradition to sow it on 4th December (therefore TODAY), to water it and let it sprout . . . and on 24th December, when I have a lovely dish of green wheat sprouts, I will decorate with a ribbon and place it on the table to symbolise prosperity for the year to come ^^
And just for fun . . . here is a large zoom on the card.
If you like games then here’s one . . . find the cat who doesn’t have a twin ^^ No prizes for the correct answer ^^
With Avis, Sewing Beside the Sea I have been busily stitching on this gorgeous blackwork design: “Pentecost 2” by Practical Blackwork. If I haven’t posted any photos since the beginning of November, it’s because this stage was very stitch-intensive.
There were also a few errors in the chart – the way the swirly bits joined up never seemed to be the same. Avis and I both agreed that this annoyed us immensely ^^ So we both worked out our own changes as we stitched this part to make it more coherent. As a result, we each have four identical corners, but have my way of tackling them is not identical to Avis’ way.
This border/corner needed to be worked four times, since there are four corners. ^^
And, as you can see, I’ve already done the back-stitching for the next stage. I say next stage because it’ll be stage six . . . but we still won’t have finished. More work still to do.
My followers know by now that when I mention Lovely Lionel, I mean my friendly postie who regularly brings me boring mail like bills, but who also has the pleasure of bringing little rays of sunshine into my life when blogging friends send little surprises my way ^^
I have 2 surprises to share with you today. First, Flo sent me a lovely postcard and more bookmarks for my collection.
and then the other day I received a nice squidgy parcel all the way from Singapore! From *Wisher* of Pretty Little Things in a Box. Wisher had notifed me earlier this month that I was one of the lucky winners of a giveaway she was running – yay! I had the choice between a hand-made gift or a shop-bought gift . . . I chose the hand-made gift ^^
Parcel arrived, all neatly wrapped in a bauble shaped little bag ^^ and inside . . .
a hand-made pin cushion and some threads and buttons ^^
Isn’t it lovely, to receive surprises? It feels like Christmas already ^^