Saturday, 29 October 2011

Half Term

Half Term so not as much stitchy time.  I did work on my 'Cowes' and managed to finish most of the bottom left hand corner.  So glad to finish that stone colour.

I am stitching fast trying to finish this piece for Halloween.

It is called 'Home Spooky Home' and is from SanMan Originals.  It came with a very cute hanger and I really want to get it finished in time for Halloween this year.

We went to Dover Castle yesterday one of our favourite places to go and it is less then 30 minutes drive from us.  I know I have posted photo's of the castle before but it is such a lovely place I will post some more.

Dover Castle.  I did not take this photo yesterday, I could not get a good one of all the castle yesterday.  This one I took on one of our other visits but the rest are from yesterday.

View of the Church and Pharos from the Keep.

They have re-created some of the scenes from the Kitchens

Cooking area

Washing the clothes


Re-creations from other parts of the Keep

A Royal bed

Royal Jewels

One of the Alters

They have also changed some of the area's in the War Time tunnels but you cannot take photo's in there but the tours were great.  Well worth visiting if you are in the area.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Update on a Stroll

Just a short post to let you know how I am getting on with 'A Late Stroll'.  One of the cross stitch kits from Yiotas X-Stitch  .

It is stitching up fairly quickly and is a lot easier to stitch then I thought it would be as there are a lot of colour changes.

I also made one of my Christmas finishes up into an ornament for my tree.

It is called 'Decorating the House' and I think it is from a Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue from about 2002.

I am going to work on my 'Cowes' project and hopefully that frog will not come back.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A Late Stroll

Last week I received one of the lovely cross stitch kits from Yiotas Xstitch . Yiota has asked me to review the kit and I will keep you updated on my progress. 

 It came beautifully packed with all the threads pre-wound onto bobbins.  It uses Madeira thread which is lovely and soft.  The chart is printed onto silky A3 paper and the symbols appear very easy to read and the legend/information sheet is on a separate A4 sheet.  The kit come with 14ct aida, normally when I get a kit I swap the aida for linen but for this review I will stick with the aida.  You also get a needle.

I'm looking forward to starting this and it will be so nice not having to sort out all the threads first.

If you would rather have charts then  cross stitch kits Yiota also sells just the charts which can be brought as either a download or a printed chart sent by post.  The charts have Madeira and DMC thread numbers so if you get just the chart you can choose which thread brand you want to use.

 Here is a better look at the picture on the front of the kit, I would love to get it finished by Christmas but I think it may take a bit longer.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Not More Frogs!

Who keeps sending me frogs?  I have had to unpick so many time this week working on the Cowes project that I don't feel like I have done much.  I had to stop and work on something else and then go back and so a bit on it.

I may not have achieved much this week on this one but hopefully next week the frogs will stay away.

Another Halloween finish which luckily was frog free.

This is one more of SanMan Originals newsletter chart/kits.  Sandy makes the best Halloween projects.

I'm hoping to get at least one more Halloween finish before the 31st but I won't promise.  Yoita has asked me to review one of her cross stitch kits  and I will show you all tomorrow which kit I will be stitching


Friday, 14 October 2011

More Halloween

Two more Halloween finishes

Two more  SanMan Originals  newsletter kits.  This one is called..........BOO,  don't you just love the hanger.

and Whitching you also came with the cute witch and spider to attach to the stitching.

In the January sales I brought a 3ft. black Christmas tree to hang some of my Halloween ornaments on.  I will try and remember to take a photo of it when I decorate.

I have more Halloween stitching I want to do but I must put a few stitches in my Faye Whittaker Cowes project.  I don't want it to end up in my UFO pile.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Halloween Tucks

Not long now until Halloween, mind you my boys say they are to old to dress up now so looks like it will just be me dressing up to hand out the sweets to the children when they knock on the door.

Here are a couple of Halloween tucks from SanMan Originals

Witchy Hat from the September 2011 newsletter


Halloween Cupcake also from the September newsletter

I have a few more Halloween pieces I want to stitch so hopefully I will be posting again soon.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Cowes and Christmas Pillows

Sorry to be so long between posts, not sure where the time goes.

I was supposed to post this picture of my Cowes stitching last week

but time flew and now it looks like this

I have also finished another couple of pieces into pillow ornaments

This one is from Sanman Originals called Christmas Snose

This one I stitched from one of the Cross Stitch Ornament magazines I think maybe 2002, I will have to check.  It is called Peace on Earth

Not long now till Halloween so I must stitch  a few more ornaments and luckily my newsletter parcel from Sandy at Sanman Originals arrived today with lovely Halloween tucks and the cutest pillow tuck.  I think I will stitch the Hat one first.