Wednesday, 8 February 2012

A Stitching Time……….WOYWW (#140)

Was it really me who was sitting here last week gloating about the fact that winter hadn’t hit my neck of the woods yet?
Well someone must have been eavesdropping and said, “I’ll show her” because as the week went on it got colder and colder and then on Sunday evening it happened………..snow….. loads of it!

Fortunately I didn’t have to go out in it but not too far away from where I live people were stranded on the M11 overnight and others had to walk down the train tracks at a nearby station to get home.

I’m really hoping that we don’t get any more and as I’m typing this the sun is shining and melting a lot of the snow, which is good as far as I’m concerned.
All I hope is that it doesn’t freeze over tonight when the temperature drops again.

Oh well, enough about the weather and onto what I’ve been up to this week.

Actually not a lot really because I’ve been spending my afternoons cross stitching squares for the Kids Company cushion project and catching up on a couple of old films I wanted to see.

The squares for the girls cushions are easy because there’s lots of charts for flowers, butterflies and other pretty things but finding charts for the boys cushions is always a bit of a challenge. Fortunatly I came across these fab card designs in a copy of The World of Cross Stitching mag and they’re bright and colourful and just perfect.

Here’s a sneak peek at the one that’s on my hoop at the moment.


I’ve also taken some time this week to update a few more of my old cross stitch projects on I’d Rather Be Stitchin

There’s a couple of Christmas projects

The Spirit of Christmas

The Twelve days of Christmas

And there's a couple of other projects including my very first Stitch-a Long and the start of my involvement with the Kid's Company project.

Kid's Company Project

My First Stitch-a-Long

And as for my desk………there’s stitching on it too, but not cross stitch......and it's tidy for once!

These little chaps were in one of the many Form-A-line kits that I brought a few years back.

There’s three designs in each kit and I go back to them time and time again because they are so versatile.

I’ve been asked to make a very special birthday card for a twenty year old who’s really only 5…..yes, you’ve guessed it, he was a Leap Year baby so what better than a frog on his card.

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to put them on the card yet or even the lay out of the card but hopefully once the stitching is complete I’ll come up with something…… least I have until the end of the month to get it finished, so there’s no rush.

I've also had some feedback from Carol this week too, about the wedding invitations that I made for her.
Apparently she’s had lots of people saying how beautiful they were and even had a friend ask for my details because she’s planning her wedding,  so I might just get another order in the coming weeks.
Fingers crossed!

So that’s it from me for another week.
I’m off to make a big cup of coffee and then I’ll be back to do a spot of deck hopping.

If you fancy an hour (or several) seeing what’s happening in the world of What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, you’ll find all you need to know over at The Stamping Ground.

See you all soon.

Happy Crafting!



Annie said...

Really love all your cross stitch Sue. As a family we used to do loads of it when the children were young so my walls are full of cross stitch pics....I might try to snap a few to show you some time :-)
A x

Bridget Larsen said...

wow I have never cross stitched, would probably succeed in crossing my eyes only lol.
Love your clean desk
Bridget #53

Neil said...

Hi there, Can't believe it's Wednesday again already! Thanks for letting me in to peek and I hope the rest of the week is a blessed and creative one for you! There's lots of lovely inspiration here today as always!
Neil #45 (ish)

Karen said...

I love the designs you have chosen for your boys cushion projects and the embroidery is looking good :) A very tidy and neat desk this week :)

Have a great WOYWW and a fab week, Karen #90

Helen said...

Love the frogs!! I would hate to have a birthday on leap year day!! Course I suppose you could try and have 2 birthdays, 28th and 1st...

May said...

Beautiful work, your desk looks nice & tidy, I used to do a little cross stitch but my papercraft has taken me over and I believe there is no cure!!! Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

lisa said...

We had the snow on Saturday but it melted quite quickly although it's turned really cold again over the last couple of days.
Your xstitching is gorgeous. So bright and cheerful. You've inspired me to get mine out again and I've really enjoyed doing it while the TV is on. I might even have something finisshed to show you before the year is out, you never know.
Hugs Lisax #112

l00pyscraftcreations said...

Cor those paper patterns take me back to the top class at primary school lol, forgotten all about that!!
Love them hun, and any 5 yr old would love them too lol, poor boy!!

Happy WOYWW hun, have a good one, xx

Lou #7

Ann B said...

Cross-stitch and old films sounds a good combination, it's far too cold to be outside. We had a bit of snow but it all went - just frozen solid now. Love the quirky cross-stitch patterns - very different.
I've had some of the Form-a-lines patterns in the past, in fact their forum was the first I ever joined and I still post there, if infrequently now.
Ann B

Sarah said...

really great creations - love the funky threadwork! Sewing is just too much fun as well...used to love cross stitch! Thanks for letting us look in and peek at your desk... Sarah at 7

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Hey, guess what? I'm knitting stuff for Kids Company, wrist warmers, hats and the like. I'm doing it through another WOYWWer, Jackie No 91. I hadn't heard of it before, but am enjoying doing stuff for it. I do stuff that knits up quickly - just going to do a couple more things before sending off a parcel.
Hugs, LLJ #58 xx

Mary Ann Tate said...

Hello:) Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love crossstitching too but I haven't done much for awhile. I also notice that you do family history so do I...I'm a fanatic apparently....LOL

Di said...

Great cross stitch Sue - I have a few on the go here if you ever fancy finishing them for me :) Joke, one day I get back into it I expect!

Love the froggy - terrific idea!

Right, you asked about the box file I'm using here for indexing my stamps. I got it in Staples - their own brand, mine is black and I think they also have grey. The cards are 6" x 4" (packs of 100) and they also stock the dividers. I turn mine round to use the plain reverse of the tabs and will use a permanent fine liner to write the subjects on with. They come in three sizes, mine is the middle size - be careful not to get the smaller size of box file if it's for stamped images, 4" x 6" is perfect.

Usually easy to find near to the files and plastic pockets for filing - that sort of area.

Hope this helps - happy hunting!


CraftygasheadZo said...

What fab stitching! Thanks for sharing & enjoy this WOYWW, I'm off to be nosey, & peek at some more desks! Zo x 83, well I was when last looked, it keeps changing!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Oh yeah, you have to watch that weather. If you gloat about it, it'll turn 'round and bite ya! Great silly fun cross stitch patterns for boys you have there. Nice tidy desk. I haven't done embroidery on paper in a long time. There's something to keep in the back of my head when I don't know what to do!

Angie said...

Love that frog ...what a fun technique. I know what a great cross sticher you are and it has fired my interest again but I gave up tears ago because it was a strain even on 14 count ...maybe I really need to have a go at tapastry again. My problem is that I want to try everything ...and then nothing gets done lol

Lisa said...

Amazing cards. And what a tidy clean desk how do you do it?!!!

scrappymo! said...

Lovely cross stitching! I love those frogs...I have not seen those type of stitched cardfs over here but i do remember seeing this done in a little shop in Filey when i was visiting England. I don't know if that shop is still there but I enjoyed watching the ladies "sew'.

Danielle said...

love your desk next to the window. great idea to use a frog on the birthday card. dani13

Twiglet said...

What fab projects you have on the go - as you see Annie is the cross stitcher in the family! I love the little frogs - clever isn't it. x Jo

ScrappnBee said...

The cross stitch projects are super cute! Any boy would love those patterns! Thanks for sharing youe WOYWW! Hope the snow melts soon! -Amanda 37

505whimsygirl said...

Your cross stitch project looks adorable. I love the colors. I used to do cross stitch and still have some of my favorite books.

Your desk is nice and tidy!


JoZart Designs said...

Quick pop in to say thanks for your message and it's interesting to see all your sewing bits too.
Love from Jo in that place beginning with G xxx

donnalouiserodgers said...

I have an unfinished angel cross stitch that I think I may never get completed, hats off yo you for getting so much done.


Katie said...

I love your cross stitch. And that frog for the leap year card is too cute!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy WOYWW!
Katie #18

Julia Dunnit said...

Well done Sue, I just knew the invites would be so well received. And the boys cross stitch...absolutely they're perfect, how cheerful and bright!

RosA said...

WOW, your desk is very neat! I used to do a LOT of cross-stitching years ago and I did enjoy it. A lot of it is on my walls. Happy WOYWW.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Lots of fun stuff here. I love Frogs so the stitching is wonderful@!@
I can't crossstitch anymore, my eyes are so sensitive to small!!
I am glad you have the snow and we don't. Very unusual winter for us.
Enjoy your week. Thanks for sharing all your goodies.

Peggy Cain said...

Happy WOYWW! Enjoyed my visit. love your little frog

Cardarian said...

Oh your cross stitching is lovely! All those wonderful projects! I used to do it when I was younger but these days my eyes aren't to good for doing it! You did spark the interest in me so I might have a go!

Elizabeth said...

Hello Sue, love your cross stitch projects, very cute. Used to do it a lot until my eyesight deteriorated to the point it put me off but I've got items around the house still, including a Loch Ness Monster which my wee granddaughter loves :) Thanks for popping in and leaving a comment - it's much appreciated. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #2

Sherry said...

Lovely tidy desk Sue. Your card for the leap year 'baby' is a wonderful idea - hope it all goes to plan. We've still got loads of snow piled up in our road here (in Romford) hopefully, it'll start to thaw soon.

I love the old family photo you have in your sidebar - I've just had a peep at your family heritage blog, love the scrapbook page on the latest post, it's beautiful! My brother is doing our family tree, it's interesting some of the things that turn up!

Love all your cross stitching too - I used to do a bit of that myself until I discovered more messy crafts to keep me amused!

Thanks for your visit to my desk already :)

Sherry (8)

Jackie said...

Hi Sue, I hope you're keeping toastie warm in this horrid weather. The cross stitch is lovely, which reminds me I have some bits to send to Nicki!

I wish my desk looked like yours :) xx

Kathy said...

I wish my desk looked as tidy as yours.....

Jackie said...

Hi Sue, I'm here again.

I'm still in tidy and get rid of stuff mode and came across another cross stitch book, this time it's of sea creatures. I'll pop it in the post tomorrow and if your don't want it just give it away.

Take care
JAckie xx