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A Little Roundup

Happy New Year! To close out the old year and ring in the new, here is a little roundup of my crafty doings over the last while.

Coffee or tea as you read? You can put your cup and a cookie on these mug rugs. I made some for me…


And some as a gift.

moms mug rugs in progress.jpg

The fabrics are from my stash of fat quarters – I pick up a couple – or five or six – every time I’m in the local quilt shop. I matched floss to the fabric, only need two colours so that’s easy and a great use of the stash of floss and fabric.


I decided to make something pretty to protect the top of my vintage sewing machine, which still works but is doing duty as decorative plant stand these days. Hmmm, need to re-pot that African Violet, I think.

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A friend bought a new house, which got me thinking about housewarming gifts, which led to a new blackwork design – Home Sweet Castle. The towers are covered in pink trumpet vines – castle, trumpets – see what I did there? 😉

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More sewing! It’s becoming a habit 😉  I’m sewing a quilt from a kit that was given to me for Christmas – lucky girl I am! It will be a twin size when the last two rows are added. I’d like it to be king size though, so will be buying more material and adding some rows. I don’t think my machine will handle the quilting, but I’ll try it to see and if not, then I’ll take it to a local quilter for finishing. That feels like cheating though!

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And last but definitely not least, the cross stitch project that I’m working on is Pretty Little Sydney, by Satsuma Street. I love her designs. As I’m stitching, I’m remembering riding in a little boat across the Sydney Harbour to the Opera House, bringing smiles and happy thoughts.

Pretty Little Sydney.jpg

Til next time, happy stitching everyone 🙂




Summer Scuba Diver

The days are warming into summer, and there’s many weeds encroaching in the Haskap Berry orchard, but I did find a little time for stitching.

Haskap Berries
Haskap Berries

I’m no further along in the Box of Delights stitch-along but I did complete the first block in Shannon Wasilieff’s Fantasy Stitch-along. There are many, many beads in this lovely design.  I used a variegated floss by Threadworx called Wildflowers for her dress. The design has a beautiful frame, which I didn’t stitch as I have vague plans of using this design for a card sometime.

Beaded Princess
Beaded Princess

A blackwork scuba diver is happily bubbling away, hanging out with an octopus, colourful tropical fish, jelly fish and sea urchins in this Speedy Little Stitch pattern, my newest design. I recently discovered beautiful, hand-dyed flosses by Fiberlicious and used them in this design. The jellyfish and tropical fish are stitched with Raunchy Rainbow, and the diver’s bubbles and border of waves is stitched with Sea Moss. I have many more gorgeous Fiberlicious flosses and I have a design in mind for some of them. So much colour makes me a happy, happy stitcher!

Scuba Diver and Octopus blackwork
Scuba Diver and Octopus blackwork
Fiberlicious  Floss
Fiberlicious Floss

help canada choose a national bird

Cast your vote to determine Canada’s national bird. The Loon is in the lead at the moment. I voted for the Canada Goose – which bird will you choose?

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Do you live in Canada or the United States? If you do, then you can take part in this survey hosted by Canadian Geographic magazine. By doing so, you will help Canada pick its national bird!

Some options for Canada’s national bird include:

Whiskey Jack
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Whooping Crane
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Tundra Swan
Snowy Owl

I chose my favourite bird, the Canada Goose. Which one would you pick?


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SAL Dentelles Part One

I’ve joined another Stitch-Along, SAL Dentelles  by Brodeuse Bressane. Dentelles translates to lace or lacework, and the very gifted designer, Esther, has created for us a lovely pattern combining cross-stitch and blackwork for a beautiful lacy effect.

Dentelles SAL Part 1

I am stitching with a gorgeous variegated silk floss by Silks4u.  Silk is so nice to stitch with, soft and shiny and it doesn’t seem to tangle as often as cotton.

There is a gallery of completed work on Brodeuse Bressane’s Blog site, pop over and take a look.

Part two of the SAL was released today and I am off to go start it now 🙂

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Not bad for a few months 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 960 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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