Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Supersweet four-legged cutie!

Hi all!
I've been waiting around for my thread order - which is taking its time - and meanwhile I suddenly found myself looking for a change of project . . . So I dug through my pile of WIPs and came up with this adorable dog . . .
. . . from Cross Stitch Collection issue 224 . The designer is Jayne Netley Mayhew and it feels as if she has designed this gorgeous dog based on my own furbabies . . . ! 
So the last couple of days I have added some more cross stitches especially around the eyes . . .

. . . so that he now has a simply adorable gaze ! ! ! 

This is where I stopped tonight .
I had to stop working on this one whilst I stitched Joan Elliott's Unicorn for my sister and somehow it ended up amongst my WIPs , but it feels great to be stitching it again ! I have always loved this design : = )

Happy Stitching Everyone !


Saturday, 27 June 2015

More fairies and quick and easy flowers!

Hi all!

Finally the Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy bookazine has arrived in the post ! !

I couldn't wait to have a look through it , and I was not disappointed : ) I liked almost all the designs but there were a few that I really loved , and that I can see myself stitching very soon .
I especially liked the Joan Elliott charts , as usual : )

First of all , there is this Spring Fairy ! How I love all those bright colours !

And how about this pretty Woodland Fairy ? Isn't she cute ? !

I also like this Tulip Fairy , especially all the pretty tulips : )
At the moment I am waiting for my order of threads for my secret project , and whilst waiting I've been stitching everything I can of the chart with the threads I DO have : ) 
Here is a pic of part of the design : ) I am waiting for some yellow and green threads . . .
In a recent issue ( 230 ) of The World of Cross Stitching magazine I also found some handy , simple charts for greeting cards by Lesley Teare . Since I'm always on the lookout for quick , colourful and fun charts to use for cards I decided to stitch one . 

These sweet flower charts are absolutely perfect for left-over threads , and in fact I didn't use the exact DMC colours they recommended in the magazine . I also swapped the 14-count aida for 11-count , since I wanted the flower to be a bit bigger . I stitched the flower in one day , and I really enjoyed it : = ) In fact I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pick some other threads from my stash and started to stitch another one of these flowers :

There are a few birthdays coming up in my family soon so I think these cheerful flowers will come in handy for future birthday cards : )
Finally a little greeting from my furbabies who are enjoying the Swedish summer sun on our balcony : )
Happy Stitching Everyone!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Cross Stitch Magazines coming up!

Hi all !

I have been soo busy this last week that I've hardly had time to pick up my needle.
It was my 45th birthday on Saturday and in preparation for the celebrations I basically spent a week in my little kitchen baking goodies . . .

Swedish cinnamon buns !
. . . and cooking up a storm !
I prepared a salmon cheesecake, a sallad with beans ande oven-rosted vegetbables,
a quiche and rosted chicken!
I had let my whole family know that I wanted craft-inspired gifts, and luckily they heard me : = )

I received this creative box with yarn, crochet hook and flower designs . . .

. . . and from my lovely sister I received wonderful handmade gifts, amongst which was this gorgeous handmade recipe book . . .
. . . and this stunning handmade dragonfly for my balcony !

I also received cash which I immediately spent on some cross stitch magazines!
Firstly, I ordered a year-long subscription of one of my favourite XS magazines . .

. . . Cross Stitch Collection !
Then I also took the opportunity to order a back issue that I did not have : )

That Ed & Edwina hedgehog design from Anchor is soo cute ! !

And I ordered this back issue from Cross Stitcher since I love those Vintage Roses on the magazine cover !

The tiny amount of stitching that I have hade time to do have been spent on the project that is a birthday gift for my friend's husband . Here is a little teaser from my progress so far ; of course I have to show some actual cross stitches in this post . . . ha ha ! It won't do otherwise : )

Anyone who recognizes the design ? ? ?

I leave you with a cute pic of two of my furbabies : = )

Happy Stitching everyone!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy!

Hi all !
I am soo excited !
I received my tax returns the other day , and I decided to treat myself to a wonderful up-coming magazine , Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy !

I pre-ordered it online from England and I just can't wait until I have it in my hands ! I am sure I'll find many new projects to stitch in this beautiful collection ! !

Lately I have really struggled to find enough time to stitch properly . The Lavender Fairy is very slow-going because of all the Kreinik ' bling ' I have to add .

At least I have managed to stitch all the Kreinik on the four top wings , and I am now working on the other four wings . I have also added some Kreinik to her hair and stitched the necklace ( minus the beads ) .

After I had finished stitching Joan Elliott's Unicorn for my sister in April , I promised myself that for a good while now I would only stitch for myself and without any deadlines . No stress and no pressure ! ! ! I bet you can guess what happened next . .  ? ? Well , here I am , two months later , and stitching a gift with a deadline . . ! I am so annoyed with myself . . . ha ha ! Still , I hope that it will be an appreciated gift . I will keep the progress secret until it is done , but it has obviously taken up some of my time . The only problem is that I have to order some more threads , so I hope I'll still be able to finish it on time . . .
Why do I do this to myself ? ! ! 

Hope you all have a nice weekend ! Personally, I am going to enjoy a lovely Swedish Royal Wedding on the telly tomorrow !


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The fairy starts to sparkle ! ! !

Hi all!
The last couple of days I have been able to put in some stitching time on my Lavender Fairy . Yay !That means lots of Kreinik Very Fine (#4) braid ! I love stitching with it since I find it so easy to handle compared to other metallic threads . I also love, love, love all the sparkly effects : ) )
I have stitched the stems of half of the lavender flowers in green Kreinik :

As usual the picture does not do justice to the effect of the Kreinik and I tried to take a close-up of the stems to try to capture the lovely sparkle . . . to no avail . . . Oh well , you just have to believe me when I say that it looks gorgeous !

I have also started to add bling to the wings with more Kreinik but in another colour ! This too looks so wonderful ; I really have to focus on carrying on with the stitching instead of just admiring how it all looks : )

I have also started to stitch all the little cute flies that fly around the fairy , but they are very hard to make out at this point in time . They will really start to stand out once I add the beads later on .
So this is how Belle looks in full view at this moment :
I just love adding all the bling to my Belle , but it is a VERY time-consuming business ! ! It feels as if my stitching speed slooows down as I am doing this  , but at least she will look fabulous when she is done ! I just cannot wait to put her up on the wall in my living room ! ! !

Happy Stitching everyone !