Wednesday, 7 December 2016

2016 Online Advent Calendar

Here is our Online Advent Calendar, it will be updated every day. 
Scroll down to see the latest picture and a link to the poster's blog.

Pop over to each blog to see how they celebrate.
This year I have asked each blogger to tell us about their favourite decoration, maybe a family heirloom, something their children made or one with a special memory.

Thursday 1st December

Friday 2nd December

Saturday 3rd December

Sunday 4th December

Monday 5th December

Tuesday 6th December

Wednesday 7th December

Thursday 8th December

Friday 9th December

Saturday 10th December


Sunday 11th December


Monday 12th December

Tuesday 13th December

Wedneday 14th December

Thursday 15th December

Friday 16th December

Saturday 17th December


Sunday 18th December


Monday 19th December

Tuesday 20th December

Wednesday 21st December

Thursday 22nd December

Friday 23rd December

Saturday 24th December

Hope you enjoyed the Advent Calendar this year!  Remember to leave comments on each day to let people know you have visited too.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Quaint and Quintessential Alphabet Quorum

It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for detention!

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"

I think most of you know the lovely enigmatic Chiara who blogs at The Grey Tail?  We were chatting via email a while back and between us came up with the idea of an A-Z language challenge.  We batted some ideas around and are calling it the The Alphabet Club.  Chiara has the full details on that link but basically she will post a link-up post on the first Saturday of each month (Saturday being detention day in the film) reminding us of the month's letter and we will all link up with themed things, from stitching to designers and local customs.

Q is for Queen of the Night from A Dark Alphabet designed by Julie and Becky's Note of Friendship blog.   She has Queen stitches in her crown.  These are a real love 'em or hate 'em stitch.  The Queen in the stitching is holding an embroidery hoop and an over sized needle and represents the Queen in a Turkish fairytale related on the NoF blog here - Q-is-for-Queen-of-Night.html

Q is also for Quilt which I know a lot of my followers enjoy.  Here is the Q block from A Stitcher's Alphabet by Brooke's Books.  It's a little different to the other blocks as the letter is not the focal point of the block, it's tucked into a corner:

stitched on 28 count afghan.

Q is for Quaker, a style of sampler made popular by the Quakers, a group of Christians founded in England in the 1600s and more formally titled The Society of Friends.  You can read more about their history here - Quakers - Our History.

The samplers often feature geometric motifs in a symmetrical pattern, or close to one, depending on the skill of the stitchers!  Here is Elizabeth Shephard, a Scarlet Letter reproduction I completed earlier this year:

And here are a couple of modern Quaker designs, Bunnies from Palko-lap:


I don't have any Q designers in my stash but I did find Queenstown Sampler Designs who have both reproduction samplers and original designs on their website.  And yes, they have a Quaker inspired design:

Quaker Friends by Queenstown Sampler Designs

I do have two Q designs in my stash, one called Quiet Hour Sampler by La Broderie and this one:

Queen Anne's House by Mill Hill

Over to blogging friends:

and a YouTuber

I knew it would be a shorter alphabet post than usual!

Finally, the Advent Calendar is up and running, we have a new Door every day and Double Door weekends so make sure you pop back each day to visit the new bloggers.  Remember time differences mean some people post after some other people have gone to bed!  

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Pie and a New Start

Slight accumulation of posts at this end of the month!  I usually try space them better earlier in the month.

Let's have some Pie first:

You can certainly see what I worked on most during November!  Dragon of the Winter Moon by Dragon Dreams started off looking like this:

And ended up looking like this, not just a heap of snow after all!

stitched on 32 count Moondust evenweave from Crafty Kitten

I also spent quite a lot of time on the Brooke's Books Alphabet because I stitched 2 days on P at the beginning of the month and 4 days on Q at the end, usually it's only one letter per month.

I finished Q yesterday so I thought I would get a head start on the Hallowe'en stitching today instead of waiting until Friday.  Here's what I stitched:

stitched on 32 count Lime Green Murano

At least one person will recognise the design!

Here's where I am with The Workbasket's Fox Forest:

stitched on 32 count Light Khaki Linen

Apparently there are other Forests in the series - Deer, Rabbits and Owls.  Not sure if there are any more than that.

Finally, I would usually detail my spending for the month here.  But not this month because I spent a grand total of Nurthin!  Absolutely Zero, No Pounds and No Pence.  Even my mag sub isn't due until December!   See you all tomorrow for the Advent Calendar Blog Hop.  

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

November Smalls SAL

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather from Stitching Lotus

This year I have two Small Challenges:

I completed the design I stitched for both October and November's themes which were Black Cats and Skeletons.  The design is Ghastly, Ghostly Ghouls by Just Nan:

stitched on 28 count lilac linen

I also completed an extra Hallowe'en Small for the blog hop, Sampling Hallowe'en by Lizzie*Kate:

stitched on 28 count lilac linen

And I finished a larger series for the Christmas Ornie blog, the final block for Christmas Cubes by Primitive Hare:

stitched on 35 count Country Mocha linen

The whole series ready to be finished into cubes:

Finally, I know a lot of us do online shopping, especially at this time of year.  Have you signed up with a charity cashback website yet?  If not, please could you consider using this link below to sign up with Easy Fundraising?  My son's school is a registered charity and every time I shop online the website donates funds to his school.  It's a small school - 120 pupils from age 3-19 and a lot of parents don't have much money so the majority of our fundraising comes from outside sources.  Using this link will donate a bonus sum to my son's school.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

November TUSAL


It's TUSAL time again!  For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.

Here is my ORTS jar posing with the current stitching projects:

On the left is Brooke's Books' Stitcher's Alphabet which you'll see in more detail on Saturday for The Alphabet Club.  On the right is Fox Forest by The Workbasket.  Here's a close-up:

stitched on 32count light khaki linen

I'm really enjoying this project.  Not too many colours and I usually stitch just one colour per evening.  I like the pear tree I have just finished, I'll be doing the trunk tonight.

I completed another Christmas Cube this weekend, we have Christ now:

I have emailed all the participants of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop, so if you haven't had an email, please get in touch!  The master post with all the doors will go up on 1st December with links to everyone's blogs ready and waiting for each door to open.

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Finally, I've been spending some time thinking about next year; goals, rotations, SALs and projects.  Making lists and checking them twice!  How about you?  Are you ready or do you prefer to make it up as you go along?  I do hope you'll be taking part in GG or in one of my blog hops anyway!