WIPocalpyse 2012

Saturday, 10 January 2015

New year new starts

So I spent the last few days of 2014  finishing off some pages on my WIPS so I am starting the new year with lots of nice new page starts as well as one completely new start.  So these will be my projects for 2015 - which are very familiar as they were my projects for 2014 and before that lol!

HAED Mini Sea of Roses - two pages done, four to go

Leicester City FC Badge - five pages done, five to go 

Haed Rapunzel - two pages done, two to go

Chatelaine White Nights in St Petersburg,  5 parts done, 7 to go 

Ink Circles - Bramble and Rose, six pages done, three to go

And this is going to be my new start for the year, I have had this design for years, literally years (it was from a Crossstitcher mag from about 2005) and thought it would go nice in my new bathroom so have got it all kitted up ready to go

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

November - December

So another year is coming to an end - all in all its been a good one, nothing dramatic happening, spent lots of money on a shiny new bathroom so now permanently skint but hey whats new!

In November I took a trip down to Harrogate in Yorkshire to visit some stitchy friends and attend a stitching show. Myself, Mouse, Ally and Sandra spent a great couple of days in a lovely little house just off the centre of Town.  We ate and chatted and actually did some stitching..   As for the show I visited it on the Saturday morning but it was very busy and hard to get round all the exhibitors.  I did get what I was after though which was from fabric from Sparklies .   Mouse was laughing though that I went all they way to Yorkshire only to get one piece of fabric but to be honest I have all the stash I need at present and I really just like to go for the chat!  

So with the fabric I bought I started one of Nora Corbett's Reindeer "Donner" stitched on Sparklies Charcoal Slate Opalescent (which is just perfect - thanks to Kate for picking this one out) and stitched on it throughout December - I didn't get it finished in time for getting it up with the decorations so have popped it away until next year. I really can't stitch anything Christmas related once the day is past.  I am a bit bah humbug and just want it all over and done with come Boxing Day!

I am now trying to finish up a page on my Rapunzel Haed so I have all new page starts for the new year along with a new start.  

I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a happy new year xx  

Before and after - bathroom makeover

Back in the summer we got our old rather horrible bathroom ripped out and a shiny new one put in.  It then sat with bare plastered walls for the next six months before I got round to getting it painted but now that it is we are so so happy with it - I chose a duck egg colour which sets off the white furniture great and also we have a blue marbled tile floor .  Sorry for the pictures but my bathroom is tiny and really hard to get decent pictures in..

Before the chaos commenced

After - so happy with it 

Sunday, 9 November 2014

There's a nip in the air

Having had a relatively mild year so far it has come as a bit of a shock that it is cold now and wet and windy = ah the joys of autumn in Scotland but a great excuse to stay indoors and stitch which is my plans for today.

A quick update of what I've been up to since the summer - some wips and a couple of finishes, throw in a wee week in Tenerife and that's pretty much it - all quiet really.

I'm off to Harrogate in a couple of weeks to catch up with some stitchy friends and visit the Stitching Show - getting excited now!  Will have a quick look through my stash in the next week or so and see what I need to pick up when I'm there..

 This is my latest start - which is going to be a Leicester City football club shield for an uncle , I've got another couple to do for friends - pretty easy and effective

This is Bent Creek's October Snapper - I started this series years ago and I am finally down to two to do - this is my computer at work - I've moved into another office now at work and plan to have lots of cross stitch up on the walls to make it more cheerful for me, after all  I spend a lot of time there - thankfully now I get a view out of the window - it's not much of a view but at least I get to see some trees and sky and see the seasons change - otherwise the days pass without ever noticing the world around you, it's dark in the morning and dark at night

This is the first two pages of HAEDs mini sea of roses finished

Some Tenerife shots - nice to get a wee blast of warmth before the winter

This was my Tunnock's teacake bag which I managed to get finished up in times for my hols and it got plenty of use there.  So pleased with it as it actually looks and works really good!

I should really keep this blog up to date a bit more now  and catch up with reading everyone else's  as I've got more time on my hands now with DD having given up skating so got my weekends back - yay!   My bank balance is appreciating it as well.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Spring in summer happy dance

As I am currently on my hols have been having some quality stitching time and have even managed a finish.
Mirabilia Maidens of the Seasons Spring. She has been neglected over the last few months and only needed beading . Here she is

And here's my girls enjoying a bit of sun. Am planning in framing them in the coming weeks so decided they needed a little freshen up first. They certainly brightened up my washing line.

Took a trip over to my sister's yesterday and went to check out the Kelpies. Having seen them from the motorway it was good to see them up close to get a real idea of tbeir scale.  I will admit to generally being a bit of a philistine with art but when it comes to pieces like these which break up the mundane landscape I am a total fan.

Monday, 14 July 2014


So I have two weeks off work now - bliss!  Just staying at home and catching up with all the mundane things like dentists and opticians but hopefully squeeze in a couple of day trips as well. Am also looking forward to some quality stitching time, lots of TV to catch up on and Tour de France to watch..  over the last couple of weeks have managed a wee bit.

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This week I hope to get the beading finished on my Mirabilia which has been sitting neglected for the past few months

Bathroom is now done all bar the painting - am loving it, loads of room in the shower, don't miss the bath at all (especially the hole lol!), so much easier to keep clean - will get some pictures up shortly

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Summer time

It is now apparently summer, we've had a few nice days but as usual now that the kid's have broken up for the summer holidays the temperature has plummeted lol!

We spent a great weekend down in Bath this month catching up with family and friends to celebrate DH Lee's 50th birthday. While I was there I gave my friend's mum her present of Owl by LoveThyThread. Frustratingly I forgot to take a picture of it in it's frame but here it is when it was finished - I ordered a frame online to fit to exact size with a mount and managed to frame it well myself, was really pleased with it and this is a much more economical way as having them professionally framed it just too expensive.  Maybe I will actually get round to framing some of my other finishes now...

Now that Owl if finished I have made a start on a project I am wanting to finish for my hols in September (a week in Tenerife - can't wait!) - planning to make it up into a tote bag to carry all my beach essentials.  Can anyone work out what it is going to be?

I have also resurrected one of my HAEDS,(Mini Sea of Roses) I haven't worked on any of these for months and I forgot how small it is, stitching 2 over 1 on 28ct. Took my a wee bit to get back into it but now back up to speed, albeit a very slow speed... this is where I am at just now.

Better get off now to have a shower as they are due to be ripping out my bathroom this morning so will be bathroomless for a few days but this time next week should have a shiny new bathroom - so excited, my poor wee bathroom complete with hole in the bath lol was in desperate need of a makeover.