Friday, 24 January 2014

Secret Project.....

Can you keep a secret??

I'm working on something special this weekend for the boyfriend for Valentine's Day :) I'm hoping he's going to love it because not only will it be our first Valentine's Day together (of many I hope!) but this will be the first time I have ever stitched him something & I've made the pattern from scratch!

I won't post anything else on here about it just yet, just in case he goes snooping online ;) but I'll be sure to post pictures & the pattern up after Valentine's Day.

xX Fiona Xx

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Stitch from Stash 2014 January Check-in

It's almost the end of the month so it's time to check in with Stitch from Stash 2014.

The aim of this SAL is to curb the unnecessary spending and start working through 'stash mountain'. I have a tendency to buy a huge amount of stash in one go but I rarely get round to actually stitching any of it so here's hoping this SAL will change all that.

Off to a good start this month; As I have been broke since payday I haven't really felt the urge to buy anything stash wise. However Lizzie Kate have announced several new charts this month and I'm a sucker for Lizzie Kate designs so I'm hoping I'll be able to resist the temptation to buy them for a little while longer!!

So without further ado here is the break down of my SFS January:

Amount spent: £0
Stash Starts: None
Projects Worked on: Super Mario Thru The Ages

Speaking of which, here's a progress shot!

Sorry it's so small, I downloaded it from my phone so it's a bit of a rubbish shot, hoping to get more of this worked up this week. 

xX Fiona Xx

Monday, 20 January 2014

IHSW January 2014

This weekend was the first International Hermit & Stitch weekend of 2014. Originally I had planned to get some serious work done on Super Mario, maybe finish a section/page & move onto the next bit....

These plans soon went out of the proverbial window because I spent the weekend with my boyfriend instead, he's a gamer too though so he's pretty excited to see this project finished. Despite a lack of stitching for the majority of the weekend, I managed to put some stitches in on Sunday night and this is where I am up to now :)

hope your weekends were a little more successful than mine :)

Happy Stitching!!
xX Fiona Xx

Thursday, 16 January 2014

WIPocalypse January Check in

Hello everyone, my name is Fiona and I'm a serial starter....

Today is the first posting date for WIPocalypse 2014 and this is my first year of actually taking part properly instead of following along with it but not posting about it. In this first post we are supposed to write a little about ourselves, our projects and our goals (if any) for the year.

So as I said at the start, my name is Fiona and I am a bit of serial starter. While I do tend to have a bit of a finishing spree every now and then, I have had a couple of projects languishing in my project bag for a couple of years now that I'd really like to see finished and framed by the end of the year.

The projects I am working on as part of this SAL are:

  • Super Mario thru the ages
  • Green Flip-its by Lizzie Kate
  • Autumnation by Lizzie Kate 
  • June Stamp by Lizzie Kate

So far this month I have been working on Super Mario thru the ages and I'm hoping to have this project finished by the end of February. Here is where I am today:

I'm not sure if you can just about make out the pencil lines at the bottom of the picture, that's my finish line!

That's all from me today be sure to check out the other WIPocalyose posts over at Measi's Musings!!

xX Fiona Xx

Friday, 3 January 2014

wherefore art thou stitching mojo?

Right now my stitching mojo is nowhere to be found.

I pulled out super Mario this morning before I went to work to see what I would be doing when I got home, I'm further along that I remembered being so that's a plus,when I left for work I was quite excited about putting needle to fabric later.

After my fairly standard day at work I got home, took one look at Super Mario and decided 'no not tonight', a look through the wip bag didn't help either so then I thought about starting something new from my stash, had a quick perusal of my charts only to find that nothing was grabbing my attention enough to warrant a new start.

I was trying really hard to resist the lure of the games console, Pinterest or the mindlessness of the TV tonight as I really want to be more crafty in 2014. In the end I took my stripe blanket downstairs to work on while re-watching Sherlock. I managed one row before I succumbed to looking at the 'Geek' pin-boards on Pinterest & reading blogs on my phone while listening to Sherlock playing on the TV.

I did see a really awesome post from Jen @ Nennie Knits, she's posted yarn stash pics from the start of 2013 and then updated stash pics from now to show herself how much of her stash she's used up in the last year. I really like this idea and I'm thinking of doing something similar for my own stashes, not only would it help to remind me of what I actually have but it would help me organize my stitching/crafting plans with the Stitch from Stash SAL.

I'm thinking of organizing the stitching stash into themed seasonal/holiday groups rather than by designer, fabrics would be by colour with the exception of the Halloween/Festive prints & yarns would be by weight (4ply, DK, etc) but that is definitely a takeover the kitchen table over the weekend type of task. Not a Thursday night because I can't sleep type thing ;)

Fingers crossed my mojo will return as I look through the hoards of stash I've accumulated over the last few years. If it doesn't this will be a very dull blog this year!!

xX Fiona Xx 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year! TUSAL Anyone?

Happy New Year everyone!!

The Desolation of Smaug was AMAZING last night, I can definitely see going to the cinema on New Year's Eve becoming a tradition in my house, there were only 9 of us in the entire theater! The film ended at exactly Midnight so we drove home watching the fireworks going off around us ringing in the New Year.

Today was spent at my Grandparents house with my Uncle and his family joining us there. We left my Grandparents at 7:30 this evening and made it home by 9:15, pretty good time actually as the journey usually takes 2 hours, guessing not many people were travelling today due to hangovers etc. 

This evening was spent watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow (pt 2) while we waited rather impatiently for Sherlock to finish recording so we could watch it through properly. Yes I have to say I am a massive Sherlock fan and I am so glad that it's finally back on the TV. I am not happy that in less than a month's time it will all be over again for lord knows how long this time but that's not for a while yet! For the sake of those that haven't seen it yet I won't reveal anything here about tonight's episode but I will simply say how much I enjoyed it :)

This does however it does mean that as today was spend catching up with family & Sherlock, I haven't actually done any stitching this side of the New Year so after emptying out last year's ORTS into the bin (remembering shortly afterwards that I hadn't taken a final photo....DOH) I have nothing in my jar to show for this first TUSAL post of the year! I am using the same jar I have used every year since I started TUSALing (is that a word?) as it's rather a nice size and doesn't take up to much room on my sewing table, although it does get some odd looks from friends when they come to visit :)

Let's hope that the 30th shows considerably more progress!! 

Happy Stitching!!
xX Fiona Xx