I am so happy to report that after years (!) of work on it, Clark’s quilt is finally finished! Well, to be fair it has been finished since July but I never seemed to find the time to post about it. I’ve really loved working on it, it was very slow as I’ve hand stitched pretty much the whole thing (except for the back of the binding). The best thing about this quilt is all the memories it holds. It has travelled all the way down from brisbane with us when we moved to Melbourne. It also has some fabrics in it that have come from Belfast when I went there for a conference, some fabrics that were gifted to me, and the back fleece that my mum bought when I was pregnant with Clark.
The best part is that Clark actually loves it, he has been carrying it around the house on some occasions and really likes cuddling up under it.
I have a new quilt idea already, this new one will also be very special but I’ll make a separate post to share my planning and progress with you 😊
I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey that this quilt has been on, and I’m so happy to be back blogging!
I have finished the month of June of my Joyful world calendar from the Snowflower Diaries last week and I only got around to take pictures today so I thought I would share with you.
Isn’t it so cute? I also though I would take a picture of the whole thing so far. As you can see I’ve already stitched some of the next months’ headings as I find it helps to know where to add the stitching (as I don’t have a border around each month and it can get confusing).
I’m now officially half way through and I’m really looking forward to stitching more of it! I’ll be back tomorrow with my 18 for 2018 post and I’m catching on my blog reading as I’m finally back home! yay! See you tomorrow!
I hope you’re all having a great week so far, I have been working hard and relaxing at the end of the day with some cross stitch. I’ve made some good progress on my Joyful world calendar from the Snowflower Diaries. I have been stitching June and I have to say I love this honey bear, isn’t he turning out so cute?
I am excited to get on the next month though because July has flamingos! I’ve also been doing more of the border, I think that next time I’ll try to show you the whole thing as I haven’t done so in a while. Maybe next week if I’ve finished June? We shall see!
I just realised that I haven’t showed you what I received for my secret santa yet, so I though now would be a perfect time to do so.
My secret santa was the lovely Kimberley from New-Zealand, and how spoilt I got! I received a beautiful skein of lamb wool from NZ, a project bag, a mug cosy and a pair of socks that Kimberley made, very cute stitch markers and a very nice Christmas card.
Totally spoilt! The socks were slightly too big for me, but they fit my husband perfectly so he is now the very lucky owner of those beautiful socks! I’m a but jealous to be honest!
Before Christmas as well, I finally got back into a little bit of cross stitch and made a bookmark for Claire, as I know she collects them. I couldn’t show you because I was waiting for her to receive my letter, and she has way before christmas but I guess I forgot to post about it until now!
I have a finish today, yay! This is from the kit that the lovely Claire sent me for my unbirthday in July. It’s a little cardinal bird and it’s on my project bag that I am going to (eventually, in a very long time) cover in cross stitch.
Isn’t he cute? I had a lot of fun stitching him, and because I’ve only been using one strand to stitch on this tiny canvas, I still have plenty of thread left!
Thanks again Claire, is was such a thoughtful and lovely gift ❤️
I know, I know, I’m really late and not catching up, but oh well those will get done eventually! I’ve just finished the June design, from Helene et Mahelia’s website. In case you’ve missed it, this year in Helene’s mystery SAL, we are stitching forest animals! And they are all so cute 😊
From all the steps, it was really difficult to figure our what this month’s animal would be.
But it really came alive with the backstitching! It was really amazing. So here is my little June squirrel! 🐿
I know, it’s the end of June, but I’ve only just finished my May mystery stitch along from Hélène et Mahélia. I think that I’ve been so cold when I was down in Melbourne that I haven’t been motivated to cross stitch much but I really want to get back to it, because I just really love this year’s designs 😊
May was birds again, and just look at them, they are adorable!
I still need to finish off the April one and obviously do this one as well, I might get them done over the weekend.
In other random news, today was Dobby the house elf’s birthday apparently, and so I wore two different socks (mostly cause I couldn’t find my second grey sock from the washing 😂). I thought some of you who are as obsessed with Harry Potter as me might enjoy the gesture 😁
My hubby and I are going to spend a week in Melbourne (in Australia, not the US!) where he will start working towards the end of the year. I’ve never been there but I’m really excited as I got told that the food and coffee down there is amazing! I’m also pretty excited because they have real winters and I will be able to crochet and knit heaps of wearable things once we move there. If you have been to Melbourne or live there, do you guys have any suggestions for good yarn shops? I might as well go and visit a few!
Anyway, I just wanted to do a quick recap for May. I actually did not finish many things in May but the ones I finished were pretty big (except for Yoda, he is tiny)!
I think that starting and finishing a blanket in a month (actually more like 3 weeks) is a record for me, I’ve never done a blanket that fast! The cross stitch was also the longest of the year, look at all this beigy/brown! And I even got some sewing done, talk about multi crafting 😂 I also tested a great bikini top pattern from Oceans Originals but I can’t show you anything yet, patience!
I also dug out a few projects and I am working hard to get those finished in June!
I’m actually not sure why I’m doing so much needlework considering it’s winter! What I am thinking, I wonder?
I also did some baking in May, and I participated in my first Fantastic Bake Along! It was great and I can’t wait for the June one.
So, my plan for June is to finish knitting my socks, hopefully find some time to read more (maybe on the plane) and get back on track for my LOTR blanket.
What have you been up to during May? Do you also have a huge list of projects you’d like to start/continue/finish in June?
Making a bag for my hubby earlier this week made me want to start a bag for myself, probably a project bag actually. I was rummaging through my fabric bag and found this piece, which had been abandonned for at least 2 years!
It was time to add some friends and I will turn it into the front pannel of my new bag once I finish embroidering them all!
On the top right corner, I added the japanese symbol for water. I’m going with a water pokemon theme too (they’re my favourite!) Have a great weekend!