Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year - 2017 in stitches!




Happy New Year Stunners!!!

It's that time of the year. To review your successes and failures. Unfortunately I didn't have an awesome year in stitches with only 10 page finishes and no full finishes. But since joining the Ultimate Cross Stitch group on Facebook I'm improving as it really gets you stitching. 


I love the beginning of the year as it's a reset and time to set some new goals. 

This year I've decided to set a goal that is a little different to what I normally do. Instead of complete specific wips I will aim to stitch 100,000 - 200,000 stitches and to stick to my schedule/rotation that I have devised. It would work much better for me to go by stitch count as I jump around so much with my wips...hence the nil finishes...*blush*


So without further ado here is my year in pictures. 

First up are my wips.


Snow White - Omri Koresh (retired) Gecko Rouge



She is going to be my focus piece for 2018




Lost In You - Rachel Marks - Heaven & Earth Designs


Almost got the row finish


QS Theatre of the Absurd - Ciro Marchetti - HAED



Hoping this one is going to be one of the 2 finishes



Our House - Colin Thompson - Gecko Rouge





New Starts

Prince -  The Legend - Tilton Crafts






Afterglow - Sangrde - Charting Creations






Supersized Masque Of Love (Max Colours)
- Jo Wall - HAED


2 pages completed



Snow White - Al Digit - Eclectic Blokes Design (retired site)







Halloween SAL - Gecko Rouge






Galaxy Girl - Molly Harrison - HAED
(Diamond Painting)





Apologies for this photo. I'm at work writing this post and this is the last pic I had on my phone. And yes I was watching The Walking Dead at the time LOL! 

1 and a partial page completed.


That's it from me stunners! I hope you all had a magical Christmas and that the New Year brings even more magic, sparkles, light, love, dreams fulfilled and wine!

I apologise for my absence from blogland, it's such a crazy time of the year. But I endeavour to be a better blogger and blog follower this year. Yep another goal!! 

Take care stunners! And keep doing the things that make you happy!

oxoxo Alicia



Sunday, November 26, 2017

IHSW November SAL


Hi Stunners!

I'm still here, sorry for the long hiatus. I've had a busy few months with work, overseas holiday and a cargo load of family flying down under for our Nan's birthday. But I have been stitching.

IHSW is back in action - yay!! Joyse and Jo are running it through Facebook but I will post here as well.


I was on nightshift during the weekend but luckily I am allowed to stitch whilst at work when it gets quiet. So I got a bit done.

First up is Gecko Rouge Halloween SAL. I had a bit of frogging and I (gulp) made a hole in the fabric. But it's easily fixed so I'm not freaking out...yet!



Before

After



At home I worked on Snow White also a Gecko Rouge Design by Omri Koresh. It's been recently retired so I'm glad I bought it when I did. Now this is my kind of fairytale!!





This wasn't my actual start point for IHSW I had a bit more done, but this is where I started at the start of the month.
Before


After




For most of August and September I was working hard on HAED - Lost in You. I managed to get 2 full page finishes. So I'm really happy with this ones progress.








One more full page and a teeny tiny partial and it's a row finish. Which will be the first HAED BAP that I will have managed to accomplish this, you know when I do. 


Thanks for visiting stunners. I've got a lot more time for stitching now so hopefully I will have more to show for it.

Take care and may life be magical for you all.


xoxo 
Alicia







Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017

BWAH HA HAHHH HAA HAAAAA

Welcome my spooky friends to this years Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017.

It is once again hosted by our Coven leader Jo of the world famous Serendipitous Stitching. I love Halloween and I hope you are all enjoying this eerie night. 

Below are some of my Halloween treats for you.




My favourite artist of the macabre and his interpretation of the Addams Family


Artist - Alessandro Della Pietra





My Halloween wip from Gecko Rouge







And my letter




Happy Halloween Stunners and now please follow the blood trail and severed head to :
My bored Nerdy Self blog (www.myborednerdyself.blogspot.com - in case the link doesn't work) and collect your next letter my beautiful monsters.


Enjoy the candy stunners!!!

Love, whips and hisses

Alicia xoxo



Friday, July 28, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - July

Hi Stunners!

Yep I'm late again. Apologies.


I've have spent the last week mourning the death of Chester Bennington and I was so depressed that even stitching couldn't get me out of my grief. Linkin Park was my all time favourite band and I was gearing up to go and see them when they came down under for their latest album tour. I love Chester, and his brave lyrics that ring so close to my own experiences. I hope he is resting easy now and that his demons are vanquished. 



It probably didn't help that I was working on my gift wip of Prince, which just magnified my sorrow.



But I am The Crafty Princess and the show must go on! So here is where I got up to with my new start of Prince - The Legend, which I am stitching for my best friend Lori. 



I've been watching "Grimm" whilst stitching this and I always try and match my minders to the chart I'm working on and the shows I watch. The Minion was included simply cos he's Purple and sparkly, just like Prince. 







He is stitching up really quickly, this was a weeks worth of stitching.


Ready for some birthday stash? Witness the monumentous generosity of my beautiful crafty friends.



Sharine spoiled me with Steampunk Poison Ivy and Batgirl full kit by Charting Creations, Sparkly Unicorn Poo and a whole load of handmade bits from her kids. I think that drawing is a Tiara, but Sharine said Hannah's drawings are open to interpretation ha ha. 


Also from Charting Creations "Miss Poppy" a gift from the owner Nikki. 



"Colombes" from Angie P

"Peacock" from Jayne.


"Fireside Fairytales" and "Geisha" from Helvi




And Bat Tea from Cindy


And with the Gift Voucher from Kim H and Nina I bought 2 long dog samplers - Death by Cross stitch (yep I caved) and Castles in the Air.





So as you can see stunners I will be part of this SAL for the rest of my life. I hope Jo, keeps it going for that long. 

Thank you so much to all my amazing friends for these beautiful and truly generous gifts. And to everyone that wished me a happy birthday. You guys are what sparkles are made of. 

Happy stitching stunners.
xoxo Alicia



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June's Journey


Hi Stunners

This is what I got up to in June for my cross stitching journey.

I finally managed to finish the first page of Afterglow. This was such a fun stitch. I'm really looking forward to getting to those beautiful blues and purples in the sky. 

Afterglow - Charting Creations



Page 1 - completed

And here is Lost In You - which I started on the 6th May 2010 (gulp). I am aiming to finish page 3 and 4 by the end of July as this is a goal for the HAED Yearly bulletin board challenge. So I'm stitching them together. I would love to get the full row done by the end of the year though. 



Page 1 & 2 completed


Working on pages 3 & 4

And as from the previous post I finished page 5 on Galaxy Girl Diamond painting. 





It was also my birthday on the 25th June and I received so many beautiful wishes from family and friends, which was so greatly appreciated. But one of my favourites was from a colleague/friend who is currently in the US on holidays. Sally used her kids to make a legendary birthday pic. Oh man can you imagine trying to get 4 kids to stand still and hold up paper signs in the middle of Disneyland??!! Very cute! 




I joined the Gecko Rouge Fox Gloves Halloween SAL. This will be the last SAL I sign up for until I finish every SAL I have ever signed up for in the past. I'm so far behind on all of them, but I'm determined to keep up with this one. We get a page on the 15th of each month. So next time you see it, I will have at least both the first 2 boxes completed. 




And finally,  I have framed Spring to Life. I actually finished this wip years ago but have been slack about framing her. I painted the matting and my dad drew in the vines and butterflies. And I stuck on the flowers. I'm so proud of our little effort together. I'm so happy to actually have a cross stitch that's hanging on my wall. All the other finishes I've framed have been baby samplers and they are with the family I stitched it for.


Next on my framing agenda is QS Lovers, Faces of Faery 88 and I found my family in a book. These are my other 2017 goals. I have the frames but they are the ones I bought from Sew it all where you have to paint and decorate them yourselves. Which is actually fun so I don't know why I keep procrastinating. 






That's all stunners! I hope you are all well and that life is magical for you

xoxo Alicia