Thursday, 24 February 2011


Five yummy cakes baked, iced and finished!

I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this one, the colours are lovely and pretty and a real tonic compared to the continual gloomy weather here in the UK
Unfortunately the finished design size is not a standard frame size so I'll be searching the charity shops for a second-hand one that I can rub down and give a washed paint finish to.  No luck so far but I did find the cupcakes book shown in the photo below and the recipes inside are just too tempting to ignore!

'Cup Cakes' by The Historical Sampler Company
stitched in the DMC threads provided on 32-count linen

Remember 'I Love You Little Rabbit' ~ my first completion of the year?
The sewing machine had an outing out last weekend and was put to good use, I did my usual pillow finish with a coffee coloured polka dot fabric and natural coloured lace.

Although I had finished Lizzie Kate's 'Love' design I hadn't been able to decide on a finish and couldn't find any matching fabrics or appropriate frames. We have a set of four small cushions in the lounge which are just a plain natural and cream gingham and have been screaming out for a bit of colour so thought this was just the right thing for the first one.  Somewhere hidden in the box of stash are charts with designs of hearts with union jacks so I may stitch those too in the same colours and make a co-ordinating set of cushions!

I had a small piece of the 'I Love You Little Rabbit' fabric left so co-ordinated it with a matching dark brown polka-dot fabric and a spotty blue button and put together 'Coffee, Chocolate & Men' by Waxing Moon.
I dread to think how long this cross stitch has sat patiently waiting in 'that' box but it finally saw daylight and I'm pleased with the result ~ now blogging friends which is your preference ~ coffee, chocolate or men?
For me, none of them have to be rich, but can I live without them? ummmmm! not sure about that one!

A new WIP  started only last night and I'm going to find it hard to put this one down, I wonder if any of you know this design and what this little bunny is up to?  I have a fairly chilled weekend coming up as the men-folk are off to football on Saturday and Twin II has a match to play on Sunday so I hope to have a good stitching session then and post the results next time.

Looks like this little bunny is already chilling!  Gorgeous Tilly, still so affectionate and brings so much joy to our lives, just love her to bits.

Finally, I am going to try and de-stash a little so have set up a sale page of charts and a few kits which I no longer require, there's a link at the top of the page if anyone wants to take a look! 

Thank you for stopping by, it's so appreciated


Friday, 4 February 2011


Happy February everyone!

I, for one, am glad to say goodbye to January this year, whether it was the events over Christmas and the beginning of the year that seemed to have sent a dark cloud over me or just the gloomy miserable weather I don't know but the sooner Spring arrives and some bright weather the better.

So to help lift the mood the planned Winter stitches have been returned back to the 'Please Remember I'm Here & Stitch Me' box and a more colourful zingy W.I.P. has began ~ Cup Cakes by the Historical Sampler Company . . . .

Good enough to eat and very low-calorie too!!!

  Lovely to stitch but the cakes are in pieces at the moment as I cannot decide whether to use the cream thread provided in the kit ,which is very much like the linen colour, or use a brighter DMC white.  I did contact HSC just to check if the photo on the front of the kit had been stitched with the one provided and they assure me it has and WILL show up when I use it with the other colours.  I have decided to leave all the creamy bits until last and then stitch a little with both choices and see which is best.

This cake is a little more caloriffic but how cute ~ DD's 17th birthday cake.

I'm feeling very guilty as even more calories were added in the evening when we all went out to an Italian Restaurant and celebrated but I'm pretty sure I'll get to walk all the extra pounds off this weekend as her birthday wishes were for money so she could have a shopping day out on Saturday and I also get to go to my favourite shop for fabrics and embellishments.

I have finished my L*K 'Love Crazy' stitch from my last post but as I've yet to decide on a finish for it I'll leave it until next time for showing.

Enjoy your weekend ~ hope it's full of stitches