Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Nineteenth Frolic for 2017...

The night of my Nineteenth Frolic corresponded with Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), hosted by the wonderful Wendy from Sugarlane Designs.

Unfortunately, I seem to have missed the last few months  of FNSI posting (oops!  I actually haven't had a FNSI post since January!!!!!) but I actually managed to get my act together this month!  And now, I have a bit of a serendipitous story to tell.

Once upon a Friday, it was time for May FNSI and as it was a Friday, it was also Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics night, so I went to my Girls Nest and pulled out this UFO project.  I started this at the beginning of 2015.  My dear friend, Marie (of Sunday walks fame) was doing some clearing out and she was going to throw out his gorgeous wooden photo storage box.  Now, I thought to myself, I can do something with this and I started stitching like mad to create a memento or personalised sewing box for myself.  (Good idea, hey?)  I managed to finish five "windows" before the project somehow ended up on the back burner.

(I just checked back and the one and only, very brief, mention of this project was on my Kitten Stitching blog at the end of this post way back in March, 2015!!!!!)

Anyway, here is MY box as it is looking now:





 Now, as luck would have it, that very Friday morning, I was reading dear Carol's lovely blog, Stitching Dreams, where she showcased a very special piece that she had stitched for her dear Mother's 90th birthday.  

It was a gorgeous freebie from The Snowflower Diaries.  Now, this design (sans border) looked perfect for my memento box, so I quickly printed the design and off I went.


However, I did change the word "loved" to "blessed" and added a third baby bird to represent my third child.

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... and every fairy tale has a happy ending (or dance), so here is my finished piece.




I am so pleased that FNSI and FF inspired me to get this project out again - who knows, maybe it will be a FFO very soon?

Thanks for visiting, everyone and if you would like to see what everyone else got up to for FNSI, please click on the pic below:




hugs, 


P.S.  As I am super busy the next three days (doing fun things, of course) - there is still time to join in my Merry Xmas in July Exchange , which I am running on my Kitten Stitching blog.  Just click on a present below to sign up.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

My Seventeenth and Eighteenth Frolics for 2017

OOOh, running a bit behind with my FF posts - so here is a Twofer for you....

My Seventeenth Frolic (Friday, 5th May) was a real bust!  I picked up an old UFO from a few years ago - Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle and I did start stitching on it again BUT!!!!!!!

I had to face reality - I had made a bad error right at the start, in the background stitching (making a cross stitch over three threads, not two - rookie mistake, I know) and instead of biting the bullet at the time and pulling it out when I found it - I kept trying to fudge it.  But, of course, I knew that the mistake was there, but I kept compounding it by trying to stitch around it and so the project was abandoned.
When I picked it up for Friday Frolics, I just couldn't ignore the mistake any longer and I started frogging it - which was a thankless task.  I think that now I am going to abandon it altogether - I will use the unused portions of the fabric for smaller designs and just ditch the stitched part. 

A shame really but I have so many other things that I want to stitch that it seems to be the best plan, really.  Maybe one day I will return to it, maybe not - who knows?


(The mistake is somewhere in the light blue background, to the right of the red and white striped pole.)


My Eighteenth Frolic (Friday, May 12th) was a lot more successful - a new start!



   Walk through our Village by UB Designs.

... And this is my progress pic.....


Don't you just love the red roof?

So, that is all for me for now.

I wonder what my next Friday Frolic will bring?

hugs, Kaye

P.S. I would like to invite you to join in the fun of my Merry Xmas in July exchange,which I am running on my main blog, Kitten Stitching.  
Just click on a present below to sign up.





Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Sixteenth Frolic for 2017....

... was most successful as it turned into a Happy Dance!






... and a FFO.


The Snooty Parrot Sampler Fob
Barbara Ana Designs
28 ct Mocha linen
Suggested DMC floss


hugs, Kaye

My Fifteenth Frolic for 2017 ...

For my fifteenth frolic for the year, I stitched on my travel piece - The Nutcracker Sampler (as we were visiting DS2 in Sydney for four days).

Here is what I managed to get done over that time:



This sampler is really taking shape now - I am loving it!

hugs, Kaye

Monday, 17 April 2017

My Fourteenth Frolic for 2017....


For my latest FF, I picked up another old UFO (not as old as last week's, I don't think, but still way past time it was stitched on again!)

This is called Alphabet Sampler and is from an old cross stitch magazine (I only seem to have my photocopied pages, but I think it is an old Jill Oxton mag).  

When I picked it up, I only had the outer border to do.


By the end of Friday evening, I was up to here.


So, as we had the long Easter weekend, I determined to finish it before I went back to work this morning.  Let's see how I went....

That heart in the mouth moment when you hope like mad that the border matches up!


Phew! It did!


And, here we go.... Success!  All finished!





I am just in love with it!  I love the soft, antique look of it and I can't wait to get it to the framers.

hugs, Kaye

My Thirteenth Frolic for 2017...

This week I picked up a very old UFO, which I had found abandoned in a large wicker storage basket crammed under the stairs!

It is Windswept Santa from The Gold Collection by Dimensions.  It is a kit and it is being stitched on Aida, which I have not stitched on for many years.  




This is where I was up to, when it was abandoned.


I managed to fill in a bit of the red on his cloak.  It is rather fiddly, as there are a lot of blended threads and half stitches, which I am not sure that I like that much.  So, it may be a while before this one is picked up again. We'll see!


hugs, Kaye



Friday, 7 April 2017

How's that?

A Friday Frolicking post on a Friday..how's that?

I know I don't post much here. It's because I usually like to post if I have significant progress on my WIPs/ a finish or if I have something to show which I haven't shown on my main blog.

So what did I do this morning...I FFOed a finish.

All hand sewn.. took me around 3+ hrs.I'm very happy with how this has turned out. I added simple white ric rac lace for the first time..certainly will be doing that more in future.


I Love Coffee
Started on :31-Mar-2017
Finished on: 6-Apr-2017
FFoed on: 7-Apr-2017
Stitched on:32 count linen
Floss used :Anchor
Designer: Kell Smurthwaite
Pattern source:http://kincavellkrosses.wordpress.com
Number of colors: 2
Stitch count: 34H*66W
Type of stitches: Full cross stitch
Number of strands used :2 for Full cross stitches