Monday, 29 September 2014

Another finish!

This one is a little bigger than last time.
'Getting Old!' Lizzie Kate.
2 over two 32 count Lambswool Linen.
Recommended WDW, CC and ST.

I'm not too sure how long it took to stitch as I started it a few months ago when I still lived in the NT. Here it was yesterday before working on it...
So it's a pretty quick stitch.
I'm still deciding how I should finish this.

Only one more day to the start of MMMM. I can't wait to work on my Christmas ornaments and see everyone else's progress throughout the month of October.
Well that is all for now, thank you for reading and following,

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A giveaway at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe!

A give away is being held at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe!
Click the link above for the rules and your chance to enter!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Woo hoo! Completing self-imposed deadlines early!

I finished part 1 of Halloween Town! (finally)
It is now 1.30am and I have just finished. Woop woop!
Now for some pictures.
This was page 1 finished.
This is everything but the black finished.
And this is it all complete! 
Woo hoo! It's so cute.
3 parts to go but I'm going to try and save them for DUCJC2015.
In the meantime I'm going to work on a project I started as a gift for my Grandma. It's Lizzie Kate 'Getting Old!'. I don't currently have a progress picture but next post I will show a before and after. Here is what it will look like complete...
I picked this one because she always jokes about how hard it is being old. I hope to have it finished for her birthday in November so I'll work on it up until October 1st at which point I'll be stitching on my ornaments for MMMM.

Well that's all for now. I hope that everyone is enjoying their long weekend.
Thanks for reading and following.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Back so soon.

Well, that was quick.
This is just a small post to say that I have done a complete overhaul of my DUCJC2015 list.
My main reasoning was because I was being VERY over ambitious taking on sooo many larger projects. So instead I've taken off some of the ones I wasn't too excited about and split up on of the larger ones. Hopefully this will mean that I'm not working on this list until 2020 and I now have a chance at finishing a few of them within a year. I'll just keep it short and say that all the changes are on the page at the top of the blog.
Thank for reading and subscribing, sorry about so many posts and changes.

First finish of the blog!

Yep. You read that right. It's a finish! It's amazing and spectacular and...
...It's tiny! haha.
Yes, sorry to get you excited but it's still the first finish of the blog! This is for a friend's little girl.
The pattern is C from the Medieval ABC found in Cross Stitch Crazy issue 193. It only took me a couple of hours. I changed the little character from a bard to a princess for obvious reasons. I did make a few errors (which I will not point out to you ;)) but I don't think you can really tell.

Well, I wish this was the only pattern I liked in CSC but unfortunately no.
Of course it would have a gorgeous Joan Elliott Mermaid in it! Haha.

Well, this is 'Belle De Mer' and not only did I already go a splurge on all of the materials for her but I will be adding her onto my DUCJC2015. I've decided to remove Sailor Jupiter because I was disappointed to learn that not all of the Sailor Scouts were charted and I'd rather have them all done up together.

I've also recently discovered that a close friends is due to have a little boy in January and that another close friend is getting married in August next year so I think I will have to swap out two other projects from my DUCJC list so that I can add a Birth record and also a Marriage record. I haven't found any that I like so far but I will certainly post when I do,

Now, here I was thinking that I wold have a few months of blogging to go before I got even close to 10 subscribers but I logged on today to find 8 of you! My goodness! Thank you so much! Now I have to get my butt into gear and start putting a prize together for my 10 subscriber give away. haha.

Well, that's all for now. I have some more progress on Halloween Town but I will do some more and put a progress picture up after the weekend. I'd really like to have part 1 completed by then.

As always, thank you for reading and subscribing.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

When the kid is away...

The cross stitching Mother shall stash enhance! Haha. Hello new Followers and Readers! My goodness, I feel like I post almost everyday. I'm sure I'll slow down once I get into the swing of it. So, my wonderful Dad offered to watch my very energetic DS today and that meant one thing...A visit to Spotlight and my LNS. I didn't buy a lot because I have a lot to get in preparation of DUCJC and I haven't made a list of everything I need to start quite yet. Haha. These are the few things that I splurged on.
Some Plastic mesh size 10, wonder clips, size 26 John James Cross stitch needles, a Mill Hill ornament kit and an embellishment that I liked and thought would look nice on the ornament.
The mesh is for the Disney girl sprites. I plan to turn them into fridge magnets for something a little different. I usually only buy Bohin needles but I saw these and thought I'd give them a whirl. Haha.

The Mill Hill kit I got to add to my list of projects for MMMM. I hadn't planned to add anymore but when I saw it I couldn't help myself(sound familiar? ;)). Here is a big of a closer look, sorry about the glare.
We don't get Snow here at any time of the year which is a shame because I love the cold and I can only dream about how gorgous a white, cold Christmas would be. For now I shall have to settle for a cross stitched snow man. ;)

Lastly, here is the progress I promised on Halloween Town!
Moving along slowly but surely. To be honest I've done more planning for the two SALs than I have done stitching. I hate being unorganized and I love to have everything together well ahead of time. Well that's enough from me. Thank you so much again for reading and following and commenting! Haha. I can't believe that I'm already at 7. 3 more and I'll have a little give away.
Thank you for reading!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

SAL lists and using Blogger properly!

Well, the title pretty much says it. Haha.
I hadn't realized that there was a separate title bar so here's me just typing it into my post. Oh well, I know now.

So here is my first post with a title! Ta-da!

Now for what you really want, my lists for DUCJC2015 and MMMM! The DUCJC2015 list is in a page listed at the top of me blog. I've chosen 4 WIPS and the rest will all be new starts. I do feel a bit crazy when I look at it. Especially as I seem to have chosen a lot of medium to large sized projects. Oops. I'm pretty sure that the list won't change before the start but you never really know.

As for MMMM I will just post it here as I only have 3 I will be working on through October. They are:-
Mill Hill Christmas Ornament Gingerbread Boy

Mill Hill Christmas Ornament Santa and Rudolph

Joy by The Sweetheart Tree

I've only chosen 3 as I don't get a lot of time for stitching with my lovely 1.5 year old. Haha. That and I would really love to finish them within the month.

Now I would love to say thank you to my 2 followers! How exciting! Thank you for reading and choosing to continue to read! Also thank you to everyone else who has stopped by my blog. It means a lot. I love the comments and seeing my page views at the end of the day. I think that when I reach 10 followers I will have a little giveaway to say thank you.

Well that's all for now. Again, thank you for reading and commenting and following!


So the thought of starting 31 projects in January became really scary when I realized that I don't even have 31 projects. Oops. So I decided to join a lot of women in the face book group by adding some WIPS to my 31. Well, I still didn't have 31. By this stage I was starting to plan out some trips to my LNS to stock up when I discovered that my Step Mother used to stitch and had piles of old cross stitching magazines. I cannot begin to describe how many beautiful patterns there were. I haven't been through them all yet but I did want to share one that I found in her stash.

It's an old Walt Disney cross stitch book. The patterns are gorgeous. I've decided to add Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to my list(which I will post soon, promise!). I will be cheating a little though and counting them as 1 project for each character. I will also be stitching them separately so it's not a complete cheat ;). Here is a closer picture of the pattern.

I think I may also add the Huey, Dewey, Louie and Uncle Scrooge advent calendar but I haven't quite made up my mind yet. Anyway, that's all for now. I promise that the next post will be my lists and an update on Halloween Town. Until then, Thanks for reading!

Friday, 19 September 2014

I'm Back!

If you are reading this then Hello! and thank you for taking the time to do so.

Unfortunately there has been no progress on Mini Snow White as I only have 1 Q Snap frame and it's too small for the project. I just hate scrunching up the fabric and my stitches. So the plan is to buy some extender bars and put a scroll frame on the Christmas wish list .;)

So instead I've been working on Halloween Town by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I haven't made a lot of progress(thanks to a certain 1.5 year old) but every stitch counts...right?

I've been stitching on 28ct Crystal Cashel linen in 'Eek!' using the recommended Cosmo, The Gentle Art sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works floss. Here is a picture of where I am so far:

Please excuse the horrible photography. It was taken at night with a mobile phone. 
The colours are a little washed out.
I love patterns by TFPS. They're all so very cute. I'm also working on the year long 'Once Upon A Time' mystery SAL and last year when I first got back into stitching I started 'The 12 Days of Christmas' but let's just say I wasn't as good at calculating fabric usage back then. Haha.

I've also decided to join in a 'Mega Mini Month Madness' hosted by Pull the Other Thread. It's for the whole month of October and sign up ends on the 28th of September. If you are interested the sign up page is here.The goal is to work on miniature cross stitch projects such as ornaments. I only have 3 small projects in my stash as of now but that's not to say that number won't grow before the start. I also plan on joining the Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015) in honor of the late Debbie of Debbie's Cross Stitch. It's being hosted by Linda of Stitchin with my Furbabies. There is a Facebook group going for those interested. I don't actually own 31 patterns or kits so I will have to do a lot of shopping before January, not that that bothers me.

Hopefully my next post will have lists of projects that I intend to work  on during both of these SALs and more progress on Halloween Town.

Oops, another long post. Thank you for reading to the bottom or really reading it at all. If you do stop by please leave a comment to let me know you're there as I reeeally look forward to meeting some other Cross Stitchers! Haha. Well again, thank you and hopefully see you next post!

Friday, 12 September 2014


Well this is post numero uno! 
I don't think anybody will read this but just incase...

Hi, my name is Tenille. I'm usually called Neil for short and I use Nel when I order food or a coffee to avoid having to spell my name. You didn't need to know that but now you do,

I love cross stitching and I have the late Debbie of Debbie's Cross Stitching blog to thank for that. Debbie never knew me as I was too shy to make a post but hers was the first stitching blog I ever read and it re-ignited my love for the craft.

My Nan taught me to stitch at about age 6. I wasn't very good, at all. But I pestered her until she showed me,

Anyway, enough about me! More about stitching.
I have quite a few WIPS for someone who has just gotten back into stitching and unfortunately, as I am in mid move, I don't have photos of all of them. But I can show you one. My favourite at the moment is 'Mini Snow White' by Hannah Lynn from HAED.
Here is a nice picture of what she should look like completed.
And here is where I am now...

I've decided to do all of her black first and then colour her in like I've seen on a few other blogs.
Well this has been a rather large first post, well done for making it to the end.
I can't wait to share more of my stitching and I hope to make some online stitchy friends.
Thank you for reading,