Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The stars beneath the angels, or was that above?

Last year I bought this on sale right after Christmas and I thought it would make a lovely Christmas gift. But then, I put it in a drawer and forgot all about it, that is, until some days ago. I was trying to find an advent tablecloth that has been AWOL the last two years. I still cannot find it, but I did find this, and now I do have an advent tablecloth because I scurried to the store and bought myself two(!).

Now this little beauty will probably turn out a lot different than what is says on the picture. ( so we will see the real picture on the revealing of this finished piece, then, just for fun). Because, in all honesty, how many angels do you know that sits on top of the stars? No, the stars should be around them, or over them, but not beneath. And, since I am a bit skimpy on the fabric, perhaps this will indeed become a twin set. I did a small fail, and checked the key on the chart and started with two strands as listed only to find out two halves of two angels in to it that the backstitch was indeed two, but the rest was in three strands.... And I who thought that I was beyond those petty rookie mistakes. Oh, well, just go over with one thread and no-one will notice;)

I have some more things to show, but that won't happen for a few more days;) The computer is a bit pre occupied these days by kareshi and his exams.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Mill Hill Angel

This is the secret season, so I have only one thing that I can show you that is finished. And that is another one of these little pillows.
They are very easy to make. Especially because I did not make the little bow and chose not to attach the blue beads because I felt that white/silver and green was enough.

But she does look sweet.

And my tooth hurt. Or rather my jaw where my tooth was removed from. Another reason why I haven't said anything in a while.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Adventure me naked

I did it! I made something. Of my very own. First I made a sketch, and then all I had to do was decide which one to choose. And that was easy, I loved the middle one from the beginning.

And look how it turned out! I am very pleased. I went with the Hitchhiker team.

And yes, there is a little rabbit being taken away by the beam. Everything was made from scrap, so no floss codes. And no PDF chart either, but if anyone is interested I can make one. I think. :P

I have also made my very own Star Trek Christmas card. But that will be a whole other post. :)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Somebunny in a stocking.

I made another little card, and soon soon, I will show you a surprise I have been working on for about a week...
To be honest this has taken up a lot of my time, and I am not 100% happy with how it worked out, but, hey, it was my first try. ^^

Now, regarding this little fellow. I have been ogling him for the past few weeks, and finally, when "Cross-Stitch Card Shop" came to the shops here I made certain I had a copy. Because everyone knows I am a sucker for rabbits, and even more so Somebunny to love bunnys.

I have only one complaint, there was not enough of the dark green thread. :( Just barely enough for the stocking....

And, I have had an idea, that come Friday I will engineer into life. I will make another one of these, in different colours, and attach some felt to it, and he will hang in our living room and be our little Christmas ornament. Oh, JOY. I feel he will fit right in.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Happy Stitchmas

I have attended two workshops the past week. One with family with small children where we painted cups (pictures will come later) and one with my friends.

I finished these two little items and started the surprise thing for kareshi. I won't tell anyone what it is.

Also, I have surpassed a milestone. Only one more Christmas card to go!

But on a sadder note, one gift have gone out of my "Christmas 2011" pile and into my "Somewhere in the future pile" since it is too much work to finish in just one month along with 20 other (albeit smaller) items.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

First love and notes

I made a little bird thing. It is called first love by Riolis.
As cute as those birds are, I do not think I want to recommend this kit. Firstly the floss was a mess to work with. The chart said to use three strands of floss, and did not come precut. Secondly the floss kept breaking apart so I could not use more than 20 cm long thread, and worst of all. It made knots constantly. But it is a cute design. And I might make another one down the road, just with lovely DMC or something or other.

This is a charming angel birthday card, ignore the ugly purple background.
Happy Birthday dear aunt.
For some reason the first row is upside down and the other rows of notes are the right side. Since I am planning of making my aunt's name or happy birthday printed above the angel I think the fact that it is upside down will not be noticeable. But until then it is.

All made in stash. I like dealing with stash. But for another quite remarkable reason, my stash does not seem to decrease in their number. I do not see a link whatsoever between the stash increasing and new packages from sewandso arriving.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Tiny Treasured Diamond Star Angel

Actually I started this weeks ago ( might actually be a month ago even), but I made a mistake and had to put it away for a while.
You know me, when I make a mistake I get so angry I want to destroy everything, and need to start something different until my anger has subsided...
When I felt like giving it another try. (actually when I realized I had too many wips and not enough tadahs) It only took me a couple of hours and then it was done, it was so much fun that I bought two more from sewandso. (No, I will not learn from my mistakes, and keep overreaching) :)

After I got the hang of it, it was so much fun and I really loved it, I think that the beads really make it shine. And I have so many left over.... ^^ Thank you Mill Hill.

My ornament is a little bit bigger than the chart says it should be, so my fringes are a bit smaller, can you see them? Under the ornament, dangling away?

If you are in the need of fast finishes for Christmas, I really recommend this series!
(Just don't put it in the back of your to do pile if you make a mistake like me)

4/25 <3<3<3<3<3<3

I want to make four more of these before Christmas, that is my goal! Oh no, another goal... When will I learn?

Thursday, 3 November 2011

I am being a good girl

and doing things on my first priority christmas list. *pats herself on back* I bought tons of wrapping paper and am now good to go.

Look, the kitten is almost done too!

I must admit, I have lost the count on where I am on how far I have gotten on my list. I don't think there are that many Tadah, done, all done things.... I must work harder.

I am guessing this is number 3/25

I know Halloween is done, but here in the grandma cottage, it is not all done, the candles are lit, there is candy on the table, our bedspread is in orange and black. But the blanket is not so Halloweenish, and I must confess have been getting a lot of attention lately. Might be because it is starting to get chilly, and when the chill comes it is far better to make blankets than cross stitches. You get to use the blanket as the rounds multiply. Heaven it is, all warm and cozy and looking at Spock (ehm,... Star trek) with Kareshi in the sofa. And sometimes, hot chocolate follows. And nothing can get better than that.