WIP Wednesday

Hi all,

Happy Wednesday! This weekend just gone I managed to finish my only working cross stitch project.

Take a look:

The design is from a kit I purchased in Aldi in January as part of their baby event. The intention has always been to frame the finished project & put it in the babies room when it’s done. I LOVE how the backstitch always makes the design pop! ❤️

Admittedly it’s not quite finished yet…The chart does have some french knots which I’ve avoided doing as I’ve got a short temper & don’t think I’ll be able to do them at the moment. (It’s been a while since I’ve completed any) I’m debating picking up some small beads instead to give it some sparkle 😁

If I do pick them up again I’ll need to watch a ‘How to’ video on YouTube first to refresh my memory!

Is it just me that struggles with French knots?!

For now, I’ve moved on to the second chart that was included in the kit. Two reasons for this, it’s using the same set of threads I’m using, so if I don’t complete the chart I’ll probably end up binning the threads because it’s so messy! It’s really not my cup of tea having the threads like this.

Previously I’ve always purchased threads individually & put them on to bobbins & build the kit up myself.

The last reason I’ve started this chart straight after is because I’m honestly just trying to keep busy. I have plenty of cross stitch charts/projects etc at home but since we moved in December I haven’t got round to sorting out my stash… one day I’ll get round to it!

Later this week when there’s more to it, I’ll share my progress on my new xstitch.

What are you stitching at the moment? Have you stitched anything for your little one before? Share a picture or link to your posts in the comments so I can take a look!

Happy stitching!

Kim xxx

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W is for Wednesday 30.1.19

I hope you have all been safe in the snow that’s made an appearance over the last day or so!

It’s that time of week again where I share with you what I’m currently up to this week!

Let’s dive straight in…

WHAT craft projects am I working on at the moment?

I’m still stitching the cute baby designs I got from Aldi a few weeks ago. I think you can now tell what it is I’m stitching a little bit more, so it doesn’t just look like a blob!! I’m not finding the stitching challenging but for once I think that’s a good thing as this one is helping me find my stitching groove again. What do you think? What are you currently stitching at the moment?

WHAT book(s) am I currently reading?

I’m still reading Times Convert by Deborah Harkness… shock! I’ve been reading it all month! The most annoying thing is, I am genuinely enjoying the book…I just can’t seem to keep my concentration in a place where I can read for more than 30 minutes at a time. I tend to read before bed as it helps me get myself settled but naturally it makes me sleepy! I really need to start dedicating some time during the week again to put the remote down & pick up my book!

So, I have about 100ish pages left & then I’m hoping to move into Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher which is for my book club. Have any of you read it before? I hear good things so I’m quite excited.

WHAT am I watching at the moment?

Currently on season 2 of Bones & enjoying it very much. I can’t believe how much I want Booth & Bones to get together! They have such good chemistry. I just want Cam to leave the series because in my eyes, she’s annoying & just getting in the way. I will say I very much enjoyed the appearance of Stephen Fry in the last few episodes! Who doesn’t love that man?!

I’ve also just finished watching The Conversations with a killer: the Ted Bundy tapes. You can see my post on it here.

I really enjoyed it to the point I went searching for other blog posts on it to check it wasn’t just me that liked it, plus read all the trivia I could find on google. (Seriously does anyone else do this after a great film or tv show?!) I’m hoping they’ll do some other good serial killers in this format in the near future.

I’ve been recommended to give Abducted at Plain Sight a go, so I reckon I’ll probably watch that this weekend coming.

If you’re a fan of Bones, serial killers etc & have watched these or have others you’d recommend then please let me know!

WHAT am I listening to at the moment?

Currently I have all audiobooks on hold in a bid to save money. That and since my husband passed his driving test I’m not really walking around as much. (Plus when I do walk I very much resemble a sloth waddling – attractive I know!)

I do love a good podcast though. I’m not very experienced in them but have found a few that I enjoy. Ones that I’m cycling at the moment are ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ which is helping me mentally prepare for being a parent. (Always a bonus). Secondly I’m also dipping into a true crime podcast called Redhanded which is fab as well as random episodes of ‘Happy Place’. Again, good for giving a little perspective on things!

What do you guys listen to?

So that’s it! Please share your thoughts on the comments & let me know how your week is going 🙂

Have a good evening!

Kim xx

All 📸 courtesy of Pinterest. The cross stitch is my own!

#6.0 WIP Wednesday

Hi all!

I’m bringing back ‘Work in Progress’ Wednesday with a twist. Previously I’ve always posted about cross stitch projects, but this time I want to broaden the theme a little. I want to include all things I love & provide you with a midweek update on all the good things in life! The great thing about this is that the stuff I post about can change depending on what I’m up to.

The core themes I’m hoping to cover is books, tv, cross stitch & pregnancy. (Soon to be baby)

So let’s start…

What craft projects are you working on at the moment?

I’m stitching a small cross stitch pattern ready for babies room when it’s ready.

I’ve not done too much stitching since Saturday but hoping to pick it back up over the next few days!

(I’ve not got an up to date picture, so watch this space. I’m sure I’ll post one soon)

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’m still reading ‘Times Convert’ by Deborah Harkness & on my kindle for nights when I can’t sleep I’m dipping in & out of a book called ‘A good heart is hard to find’ by Trisha Ashley. I’m only a chapter or so in but it seems like a nice easy read. I’ve read other books by the same authors before so they shouldn’t let me down.

I’ve only added one book to my reading challenge this year so far 😕

I honestly feel like I’ve lost my reading mojo at the moment which is really frustrating! If anyone has any tips on how to get back on the track please let me know!

What are you watching right now?

Bones! I’m almost done with the first season. Enjoying it very much & not finding it too much hard work. There are 12 season on amazon prime so I’ve got plenty to keep me going! No doubt I’ll want something like this for when I start my maternity leave.

What’s posts do you have in the pipeline?

I’m in the process of putting together a post about What I have learnt during my pregnancy so far & general tips to support those starting that journey. I’m thinking it’ll be a nice post to look back on in a year when baby is here!

I also really want to establish a few posting themes to get into a routine with my posts. At the moment I’m just posting as & when I feel like it but I wouldn’t mind creating a little structure & consistency. Again, if you have any hints/tips etc then please share them in the comments.

Pregnancy progress

Not really a question but a massive part of my life. I can’t really not post about it can I?! In future I might share what I’ve learnt in the last week about pregnancy or parenting when he’s here! But for now you get a nice update on me & my jellybean.

So, I’m doing ok. I’m 33 weeks & 2 days with 4 weeks left in work. Feeling fine in myself, just getting a little more tired now which is making keeping the house tidy on-top of work & maintaining my hobbies a little difficult. Baby is nice & active which is reassuring. I have a midwife check up on Friday…Just keeping an eye on his growth as he’s a little on the big side. Got myself a little chubby cheeks growing but I’m sure he’s fine.,

So that’s it! There’s my first WIP Wednesday! How’s your week going? What are you currently reading, watching or working on? I’d love to hear.

Have a good evening!

Kim xx

📸 All photos used courtesy of Pinterest 📸

#2.0 Getting back on it

Hi all! Happy Friday! I hope you’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend!

This weekend I’ve got a few plans, afternoon tea tomorrow for a friends birthday & a hospital tour on Sunday morning. Tonight I’m home alone for a few hours.

Without any hesitation my plan for tonight was to binge Netflix & possibly get my xstitch on.

Firstly, to select my viewing. For a change I loaded amazon prime & spotted that Bones is available to watch!! I’ve always wanted to watch it so I’m pretty pleased with that.

So my Friday night has so far been taken up watching 4-5 episodes of Bones. I quite like the main characters & I’m enjoying reminiscing about my teenage crush on David Boreanaz. *swoon*

Ive also been able to muster some energy to pick up some cross stitching again! (Yay) it’s probably been about a year since I’ve done some solid stitching so feeling pretty smug. I took a picture to show off & realised it looks like I’ve barely done anything! 😳

What do you think I’m stitching at the moment? This is approx 5 hours in. Post in the comments what you’re guessing this is?

I can tell it’s been a while since I’ve stitched because my hands are stiff & my progress slow! (That & I already have fat preggo hands)

UPDATED: What I want to get done this weekend 💪🏻

  • Progress with my one & only active cross stitch project
  • Read more of my book (Times of Convert by Deborah Harkness) I’m currently on page 245. Ideally I want to reach pg350 by Sunday night
  • Attend afternoon tea (Saturday)
  • Attend hospital tour (Sunday)
  • Get my nails done (Sunday)
  • Reading & practice more of my hypnobirthing book
  • Unpack at least one more box (Front room or bedroom- I’m not picky!)
  • Fit some rest in there somewhere?!

That’s probably more than enough for a 2 day weekend. That & I tire so much more easily at the moment.

What do you want to achieve this weekend? Are you a stitcher, if so, what are you working on at the moment?

I hope you all have a happy & productive weekend.

Thanks for reading. Kim xx

#43 Frost the Centaurus (1)

Good evening & Happy New Year!

I hope you are all well & have recovered nicely from Christmas & New Year. It’s all back to work now.

Thankfully I was in work apart from the Bank Holidays so it made going back to work on Monday a little easier. I am in this weekend as well so there is no rest for the wicked!

As of January 1st I started stitching my ‘Magical creature’s’ Stitch a-long (SAL) for 2016. You can see the chart here.

So this month I’m stitching ‘Frost the Centaurus’ for January.

“A Centaur or Hippocentauris is a mythological creature with the head, arms & torso of a human & the body & legs of a house. In S. Lewis popular ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, Centaurs are gifted at stargazing, prophecy, healing, and warfare, a fierce & valiant race always faithful to the high king Aslan the Lion”

Centaurs honestly just remind me of Harry Potter… So I’ve renamed my Centaur Bane. I’m thinking Firenze is likely to be taken!

So here is my progress so far, I’m not yet finished!

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I love the colour of my fabric I’m using. It’s using hand dyed even-weave from Chromatic Alchemy. Click on the name to have a look at the website. I love the fabrics on this site & would recommend using it if you are looking for something different 🙂 sadly I cannot remember the name of the fabric I picked.

I’m really enjoying stitching this, however it is deceptively bigger than you think! I’m hoping to have this box finished by the end of the week.

I’m trying to be quite strict with my projects that I’m stitching at the moment as I’m aiming to increase the number of unfinished projects I have! Right now I’m wanting to finish my magical creatures SAL first & then I’ll move onto January’s Frosted Pumpkin Passport SAL. which is ready to download on 15th! Once I’m done with that it might be time to switch back to magical creatures, although saying that by that time I’m hoping it’ll be time to finish off an UFP I have like the baby sampler from my last post or the subversive stitch I also started & am yet to finish! (See post #42).

I haven’t set myself any goals this year as it’s a big year with my wedding being in December 🙂 I am however hoping to finish some unfinished projects & a few cards as usual. I was hoping to add an element of Cross stitch to my wedding but I’m not sure what to do yet. Everything seems like a massive task that I would struggle to finish. Any suggestions? Have you added Cross Stitch to your wedding before?

Are any of you taking part in any SALS this year?

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Kim xx

#33 Hot off the press!

Hey All,

I hope you are well. Last week I mentioned that I wasn’t feeling well. Unfortunately I then had to take some time off work because I wasn’t feeling better but worse! I’m still off at the moment & have my fingers crossed that i’ll be able to go back into work tomorrow. You’d think being off work would mean lots of TV & Cross Stitch. I admit lots of TV happened but absolutely no cross stitch 😦 You know you’re ill when you can’t face stitching!

Today I have felt a lot better which means that I’ve been able to finish my gingerbread Christmas card pattern I mentioned in my post last week which you can see here.

I’m glad that I’ve been able to get some stitching done today because I was going stir crazy & very mindful of the stitching commitments I have made between November & December! Here it is:

Gingerbread man
Gingerbread man

I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture above but I added some silver metallic thread to the design, around the buttons & on the candy cane. I felt it needed it bit more sparkle & I’m happy with the outcome! I still feel like i could maybe get some sequins around it before I attach it to a card but I don’t have any, so would need get some. What do you think?

I also got some stitchy post back today which was just what I needed! I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but I few months ago I started to take part in a ‘Round Robin’ with a theme of Fairies. There were some delays with it but it’s come back with one box left to stitch which I’ll be doing. I’m really pleased with it so far!

Fairy RR
Fairy RR

I now just need to find one more fairy patten to use in the final box, so that means digging out my magazines again 🙂

So what have i got planned this month?

November’s stitching goals

**Christmas tree ornament exchange**

**I’d like to complete some more of my ‘Teddy Sampler’ Most recent progress you can see here**

**To start the border of my ‘Magical Creatures Calendar SAL’ ready for January- you can see all the details if you click here.**

Ideally I want to stitch some more Christmas cards or tree ornaments OR stitch more of the toy shop WIP I have in the background at the moment.

WIP Wednesday
WIP Wednesday

What are you all working on? As per WIP Wednesday share your stitching!! i look forward to seeing it!

Love Kim x

#31 Progress?

Hey All,

I hope you are all doing well!! As I mentioned last week I was at home in Southampton last week from the Tuesday night until the Sunday. I thought I would get some more stitching done but sadly not 😦 It’s also been absolutely manic at work this week so I’ve been coming in & crashing… that & tonight I’ve got an itchy throat!! Fingers crossed I can fight off any cold/flu that going around!

Enough of my negativity & on to the Cross Stitch 🙂 I have been stitching on two projects this week. The first is the ongoing Teddy Bear Sampler I’ve been stitching since the end of September. Just search ‘WIP’ under my categories to see my older posts on this one.

Teddy Bear Sampler
Teddy Bear Sampler

As you can see I have started on the border around the bear, its all slowly taking shape. I’m fortunate enough not to be in work this weekend & although I have plans on the Friday & Saturday night my days are free for stitching!!

The second project I’ve been working on is a Christmas Card I have started for a Christmas Card exchange I am taking part in on a Cross Stitch page on Facebook- ‘Cross Stitch friends in the UK’ Click here to join this friendly cross stitch community on Facebook… I’m off to a slow start but eventually it will be a gingerbread man pattern that I have taken from the most recent Cross Stitch Crazy issue 210.

Gingerbread card
Gingerbread card

Not much to see yet. I’m sure by next week you’ll be amazed at my progress ha! As you can see I have moved back to evenweave- I just love stitching on it! It’s such a nice change from aida.

I have also joined another exchange that I need to complete by the end of December which is a Christmas decoration exchange. I haven’t picked a pattern for that one yet. Anyone got any suggestions they can share for making a Christmas decoration?

You can see the only ones I’ve made before by clicking on a previous post here. They were lovely & simple to make, but i fancy doing something a bit different this year. However, I am mindful of the sewing attached to some of the designs out there & sewing certainly isn’t my forte!

I hope you have all had a productive week 🙂 As always you are welcome to share what you are working on in the comments!

Love

XsB

#29 Happy Wednesday 

  
Happy Wednesday Stitchers ☺️

I hope this week finds you all well & happy! 

Last night I flew home to Southampton for the week so I’m back home staying with my parents again which is really nice 🙂 

I’m currently sat on the sofa in my poncho (totally a portable blanket) watching ‘A Knights Tale’ & I’ve just unpacked my cross stitch to make some more progress. Cross Stitch Heaven ☺️

I made some great progress this weekend with my Teddy Sampler. Have a look: 

  
It got to the point that I thought it would be a good idea to start the back stitch! Look how it pops! I think on Sunday when I started the back stitch was when I finally fell in love with this project ☺️

Monday night I also put together the card I made for my friends wedding. Here’s the final piece: 

  
I had to add the hearts to make it look less bare! What do you think??

Anyway, I best get on with my stitching! 

How are you all getting on this week? I do enjoy browsing the WIP posts 🙂

Whilst home I’ve brought with me the teddy sampler, a few Christmas card designs to stitch & my DMC threads to bobbinate… Yes, wishful thinking that I’ll get all that done! But there really is nothing worse than not bringing enough home 🙂 

Happy stitching! 

Kim X 

#26 Teddy bear sampler

Well it’s that time of week again where we show off what we are currently working on! 

Just a quick post this week as I shared the majority of my work on Sunday. Which you can see below on post #25

My main WIP this week is the Teddy Sampler by Lesley Teare.  I do love this little cutie! I’m now all stocked up on threads again so I can continue my work. Here’s what I’ve done so far:  
 

The picture above really shows my main progress (if any) this week on this project. 

I hope you like it 🙂 

This week I’m on lates which explains my limited progress. I am however off work this weekend AND I’m off most of next week so I’m hoping to get some more stitching done! I’m heading back home to Southampton next week for a friends wedding so fingers crossed its not too hectic! 

As always feel free to share in the comments any links to your WIP. 

Happy Wednesday 🙂