Monday, 7 March 2016

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show Glasgow

A last minute decision meant we ended up in Glasgow yesterday at the stitching, sewing and hobbycraft Show. I last went to this show a couple of years ago. Overall there was little that appealed to me however I still managed to spend some money. Funny how I only purchased kits though. I saw these 3D cross stitch kits last time and as soon as I saw them I knew this time I had to have one....or three as it ended up ...oops! They just looked so cute and I should have them completed by Xmas time.
This teeny tree came in three sizes I think I bought the smallest.
There was so many of these little houses to choose from so I got a twin pack.

Already made a start on the little red house. These will look so sweet hanging on the tree. I am not usually a fan of aida but it's fine for this kit. I think linen would be too soft and fray too easily. I love that they are going together quickly just what I need at the mo.
Couldn't resist this teeny greetings card, my daughter has already 'bagsied' it.
I also treated myself to a couple of stumpwork kits. The stall had the models made up and they looked amazing much better than the photos on the front of the kits.
A gorgeous little needle book 

And a little scissor fob. 

My final purchase is a basic starter kit to learn needle tatting, something I've always wanted to learn. The lady manning the Ring of Tatters stall was so lovely and helpful she sat for ages explaining and showing myself and my daughters how 'simple' the technique was. All three of us are going to learn together this space! 

There was a quilting exhibition on and I managed to snap a few pics of some of the exhibits however a lot asked not to be photographed which I've respected. These were themed on leaves such creativity!

And I just loved these two quilts..

 My daughters wanted to buy more deco patch stuff so we headed over to the hobbycraft hall but we were very disappointed as there was only one stall selling deco patch. The rest seemed to be card crafting stuff which is not really our cup of tea. 
We had an enjoyable day out. Now I am off to stitch some more of my wee red house. 

Friday, 4 March 2016

A dose of the blahs!

Can't believe we are into March already, it feels like the year is starting to rush by and I am stuck in the blahs boo hoo! I have been busy with work and as a supply worker I've been busier than usual of late but it looks like the run up to Easter will be quieter whew! I have decided on three (it was meant to be two eek!) projects to try and complete this year. In no particular order:-
A biggie Miss Mary Ann Bournes, as soon as saw this chart I fell in love with it I have a thing for bees in needlework so this really appeals to me. I have kitted this out with the suggested linen and silk threads. The linen is a lot darker than I thought it would be so Iam swithering about changing it ......oh I just don't know. Decisions decisions...... Arghhh! Wow this was a real budget buster but I hope it will be well worth it! Next
Ann Grimshaw from the Scarlet Letter. I have had this chart in my stash pile for a good few years and when I saw it was chosen for one of the challenges on the scarlet letter I just knew it's time had come. I've chosen 40 ct vintage maritime white by Lakeside Linens and Uniform Blue by The Gentle Art. Lastly..
Another Scarlet Letter chart Sarah Dutnel that has been in my stash for far too long. I suggested it for the The Scarlet Letter members choice stitch along in the hope that others may join me and keep me motivated to stitch this. I have kitted it out with the suggested silk threads and 40 ct Light Exampler linen from Lakeside Linens.
Due to the blahs I just can't seem to get myself motivated to stitch anything I don't know why but just wish this spell would pass. The way things are going I won't have one let alone three of these projects finished wahhhh!!!
I did finish a baby hat that I had started at the end of last year it was meant for my niece but I think it will be too small now.

I entered a competition just before Xmas and was thrilled to win sime books they arrived a couple of weeks ago. Love the packaging and now I've plenty of new reading material to keep me busy.

If you have made it this far thank you and I will try to be more cheery in future posts...nobody likes a misery guts.