Saturday, May 21, 2016

Finishes!

I am rather remiss in my postings but anyway here I am again.

I actually have finished 2 cross stitches!!!

The first is Afternoon in Provence



The second finish is the Eiffel Tower bookmark which I still have to make up


Lake Como mandala is coming along nicely, I am on the second villa and hopefully I can finish that soon. I usually only work on this at weekends hence it takes me a while to do.

Before

After

Unfortunately you can't see the sparklies in the fabric which makes it look really nice.

I am trying really really hard to finish some WIP and we all know sometime you just lose the mojo to finish a particular WIP that you have been doing for years, I know I have quite a few of those! I don't really have a rotation, I just stitch what I feel like doing but sometime I have an urge to dig out some old ones and put a few more stitches in.

It is coming into winter here so that usually means more stitching time!

happy stitching

Michelle



Friday, February 12, 2016

New Year Beginnnings - Be it a Bit Late!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I know, I know it's February!

For me it was really quiet, New Years eve was spent at home watching movies on TV! Not that I really minded, it was nice to sit down and write down what I wanted for the year coming up.

I had 3 new starts for this year, yes 3! Like I need more WIPs! Though there isn't much to show on these hence no photos.

I also had 2 finishes so far, hooray!!!

Pattini d' Argento
By Cuore e Batticuore
Stitched on 32-count natural Belfast Linen
Recommended Floss

Parisian Street Scene
By Maria Diaz
28-count Lugana
Recommended Floss

I don't know when I started these exactly but they are now finished!

Another update on Italian View
Before-

 After-

Lately I have been watching Stargate Atlantis, unfortunately they only made 5 seasons of this but it is my absolute favourite!

Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post but since being back at work I have been so busy, work really interferes with my stitching!

Happy stitching 
Michelle


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Putting up the Christmas Tree

Yes the christmas tree is up!



No presents under the tree yet is that is my job for this weekend! I am also toying with the idea of a tree skirt, has anybody stitched one? If you have, do they look good?

Also coming along well is my Christmas project

Before:

After:

Pattini d'Argento
By Cuore e Batticuore

Hopefully and fingers crossed I may have this finished before Christmas? Maybe...

We have had some very hot days here the last 2 weeks, 30+ degree days which is nice but I'm always inside at work! :(  boohoo...hopefully the weekend is nice and hot.

I have 3 more weeks of work before the Christmas break which I am very much looking forward to. I have stitching, walking, cycling and more stitching planned on my time off and I can't wait!!!

Here is Gingalicious enjoying the sun...



Happy stitching 

Michelle



Monday, September 28, 2015

WIP Update

The few WIPs I have been working on needed an update, so here they are!

Afternoon in Provence by Dimensions

 I have nearly finished the first picture, just some back stitching to do

Next is Parisian Street Scene by Maria Diaz


This also is nearly finished, just a few more stitches to put in and back stitching to complete

Pattini d' Argento by Cuore e Batticuore


I love this one, simple and fast to stitch up! Also their other patterns are divine!

And lastly Italian View

Before:

After:

There is quite a bit of confetti stitching on the outside of this which does drive me a bit mad but I will get there eventually!

Daylight savings has started here in New Zealand so now I can go for run/walks and cycling after working which makes me very very happy! Bring on Summer!!!

Happy stitching!

Michelle



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Stash

Oh dear it has been a while since my last post! I have been busy though!

I did get in the mail a couple of days ago a parcel from my favorite needlework shop


It is so beautifully packaged and presented! I have made a small start on it but can only stitch during the day because I can't see what I am doing otherwise!

My other update is Lake Como mandala



More updates coming soon!

Happy stitching

Michelle

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Italy, Spain, Portugal & Morocco!

A long overdue update but I have been away for 5 weeks on my holiday :)

Firstly I went to Italy to see the last 11 days of the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy cycle race) which was very exciting and a lot of fun!

Passo dello Stelvio, Italy

Lots of biking up some really big mountains! the Passo dello Stelvio is 2770 m and even though it's really high it is a nice ride up there

Next I went to Spain and spent a week with my friend in Barcelona before heading of to Madrid for the start of my bus tour.
 Madrid
Toledo
 Bull fighting ring in Madrid
The Alhambra (Which I now have a cross stitch pattern from Chatelaine designs to do!)
 The Medina (markets) in Morocco
Morocco
 Seville
 Plaza de Espana, Seville

 Lisbon, Portugal
 Portugal

Overall I have a wonderful trip and I am already planning my next one! When I left Madrid it was 34 degrees, I got home to snow and 0 degrees, needless to say I was not impressed!

As for stitching I haven't done much but I have got a new start to show you

Loire Castle Chenonceau by Chatelaine Designs

Just a small start so far...

Happy stitching!

Michelle






Friday, April 10, 2015

Stitching and Cricket

It has been a while since my last update, so this has been what has been happening since January.

Yes the Cricket World Cup started in New Zealand and Australia in February we went to the opening ceremony.


It was great evening with lots of entertainment and fireworks! Christchurch has certainly done well to be able to host the opening ceremony and a couple of games 4 years on from the earthquakes. The main sports stadium with used to have rugby and cricket grounds was badly damaged after the earthquake, so now the new cricket ground is in the lovely Hagley Park and it has become very much a boutique type ground where kids can play out the back and you can sit on a grass embankment, much better than the massive concrete stadiums of today. Unfortunately New Zealand who were in the final with Australia lost (we don't like to lose to Australia lol)

Anyway on to the stitching! I have finished Roses of Paris! I also entered it in the local A & P show and won first prize!





I am feeling very pleased with myself and I am now trying to finish all my WIPs instead of starting a new one, we shall see how long that lasts!

So exciting news, I am book to go for my trip overseas in May! I am going to Italy first to see the last 11 days of the Giro d'Italia. This is also a biking trip so there will be lots of mountains to bike up! I then go to Barcelona to stay with my friend for a week and then on a bus trip around Spain, Portugal and Morocco! I will be away for 5 weeks am I am so excited!

Happy stitching

Michelle