Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June's Journey

Hi Stunners

This is what I got up to in June for my cross stitching journey.

I finally managed to finish the first page of Afterglow. This was such a fun stitch. I'm really looking forward to getting to those beautiful blues and purples in the sky. 

Afterglow - Charting Creations

Page 1 - completed

And here is Lost In You - which I started on the 6th May 2010 (gulp). I am aiming to finish page 3 and 4 by the end of July as this is a goal for the HAED Yearly bulletin board challenge. So I'm stitching them together. I would love to get the full row done by the end of the year though. 

Page 1 & 2 completed

Working on pages 3 & 4

And as from the previous post I finished page 5 on Galaxy Girl Diamond painting. 

It was also my birthday on the 25th June and I received so many beautiful wishes from family and friends, which was so greatly appreciated. But one of my favourites was from a colleague/friend who is currently in the US on holidays. Sally used her kids to make a legendary birthday pic. Oh man can you imagine trying to get 4 kids to stand still and hold up paper signs in the middle of Disneyland??!! Very cute! 

I joined the Gecko Rouge Fox Gloves Halloween SAL. This will be the last SAL I sign up for until I finish every SAL I have ever signed up for in the past. I'm so far behind on all of them, but I'm determined to keep up with this one. We get a page on the 15th of each month. So next time you see it, I will have at least both the first 2 boxes completed. 

And finally,  I have framed Spring to Life. I actually finished this wip years ago but have been slack about framing her. I painted the matting and my dad drew in the vines and butterflies. And I stuck on the flowers. I'm so proud of our little effort together. I'm so happy to actually have a cross stitch that's hanging on my wall. All the other finishes I've framed have been baby samplers and they are with the family I stitched it for.

Next on my framing agenda is QS Lovers, Faces of Faery 88 and I found my family in a book. These are my other 2017 goals. I have the frames but they are the ones I bought from Sew it all where you have to paint and decorate them yourselves. Which is actually fun so I don't know why I keep procrastinating. 

That's all stunners! I hope you are all well and that life is magical for you

xoxo Alicia

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - June

Hi stunners!!

I'm not so so late this month - Woo Hoo! 

I worked on Galaxy Girl DP for this GG. I managed to get the page finished and made a wee start on page 4. I'm pretty excited as I have reached her hair so it's getting to the good bits. The chart was a gift from my beautiful friend Helvi. 

It doesn't show up as sparkly as it is in real life. I'm starting to love it again, but have to admit I can work on it for a day or 2 but then miss stitching.

For the next months I have to knock out 3 baby samplers and a Wedding Gift, which has become an anniversary gift ( hangs head in shame)  as it's been 3 years since the wedding. But I will post an update at the end of the month of all my non GG wips. I have managed to get quite a bit done thanks to the Ultimate Cross stitch group and their challenges.

Thanks for your visit stunners.
Hope life is being magical to you in every way

Lots of love
Alicia xox

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - May

Hi stunners

I know I'm late again but I really wanted to finish the page before posting so I can move onto another GG for June.

So here it is page 2 completed. And it is also one of my full year challenge goal for the HAED Bulletin Board. 

I got the new Samsung Galaxy 8+ phone too and look at the difference in clarity, I didn't add any effects either. Love the new phone. 

So 2 pages down - 154 to go!!!

For next GG I will be going back to Rose Zircon the gift for my sister.

Or I may start the Prince chart which I'm stitching for my BFF.

Plus I will work on my diamond paintingl. She has really been neglected.

That's it from me beautiful people. 
I'm on the long stretch of shifts at work so I'm not too hopeful of getting alot done in the next two weeks but I'm going to try.

I will able to check out all your blogs at least. I'm so behind but I'm looking forward to all your cross stitch adventures.

Hope life is being magical
xox Alicia

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Very late GG for April

Hi Stunners 

I'm late again. Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! 

This GG SAL I worked on 2 projects. My SS MC Masque of Love from HAED and my new Diamond Painting, Galaxy Girl. 

I hope everyone had a nice Easter break. I worked over most of it but I did manage a nice Sunday lunch with my parents and sister. After lunch we all pulled out our diamond painting. Well not dad, he had a nap.

This chart was a gift from Helvi - thank you again honey, and I bought all the materials from a shop on Ali Express. It's massive. Below is a very small partial page and almost completed full page. 

Ooh so shiny!!

And I still haven't managed to complete the 2nd page of Masque of Love. It's ironic that when I work on normal wips with 89 colours, I sometimes fudge it. If the colours are close enough and I can not be bothered threading a new colour for one stitch. But when it's for a Max Colours wip, in this case it's 239 colours, I don't fudge at all. And there are a million single stitches throughout it all. My thinking is that if I decided to pick the Max Colours version then I should put up with the confetti.

Which is why it's taking so so long. But in my defence I haven't had as much time to stitch this month. So I'm just over halfway on page 2. This chart was a gift from my beautiful sister.

Finishing point March GG SAL

Finishing point April GG SAL
That's all from me. For next GG SAL I will continue with these 2 projects until I finish the current pages.

Thanks again Jo for running this SAL.

Take care stunners, be good to yourselves and I hope that life is magical to you all!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - March

Hi Stunners!

Sorry I'm late...again! 
For this month I worked on Rose Zircon which is a gift for my sister. I didn't quite get the page finish that I wanted as I had to swap to SS Masque of Love for the HAED FB challenge wahoo which ends on April 1 - I think. 

So this is October - Rose Zircon:



And here is Masque of Love which ironically was a gift chart from my sister. I managed to complete page 1 and I have to stitch just under half of page 2 to qualify for the challenge finish. 


I am also starting a Diamond Painting project using this beautiful chart - Galaxy Girl - from HAED which was a gift from my beautiful friend Helvi . So next GG SAL I'm hoping to get page 2 of Rose and Masque finished and show you my new start with this diamond painting. It was a little tricky ordering the tiles and canvas as you had to work it out for 10ct chart. Needless to say it is freaking HUGE!!!! I can't wait to see how it turns out. 

Thanks for visiting my blog. 

To my friends in the UK, my thoughts are with you guys and I was sorry to hear about the recent attack in London. I hope you and all your loved ones are safe and well. 

Take care my amazing and magical stitchy friends. 

xoxo Alicia

Friday, March 10, 2017

February Finishes!

Hi Stunners! 

I had some page finishes in February that I'm so happy about. I was on leave for 3 weeks so managed to get a bit of stitching in. I didn't realise how much working for the man really interferes with stitching! 

Wip 1 - Our House from Gecko Rouge

Wip 2: David Bowie - Gecko Rouge

Wip 3: Snow White - Eclectic Blokes Design

And I managed 2200 stitches on Afterglow from Charting Creations but I will wait for the page finish before I post. The colours are incredible and I'm really loving it. I've also been working on Rose Zircon for the GG SAL so that will be in the next post.

Thanks for visiting stunners. I hope life is magical for you.

xox Alicia

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness February SAL

Hi Stunners

Thank you to Jo Perry and Faith for letting me know my comment email was bouncing back and doing all sorts of crazy things. I have (hopefully) fixed the problem. Thank you for all your amazing comments. I should be able to reply to you now!

I know, I know I'm really late for this one. I am currently on leave from work and just could not bring myself to sit in front of a computer. I'm good now though.

Okay just a quickie here is my small progress on Doggie Prayer.

Yep I suck.

Well at least she has 2 eyes now -ish.

For the next  GG SAL I will be working on my sisters gift, Rose Zircon. My sister came over the other day unexpectedly and we had an impromptu craft day with wine and cheese. Had such a great time and it made me realise how much I miss her. She lives almost 2 hours away so our visits are not as frequent as I would like them to be. So it was an incredibly nice surprise to see her. I will be working hard on her piece. This is where I left it:

Going for the page finish stunners!

That's it from me. A big apologies to you all as I haven't been keeping up with not just mine but all of your blogs as well. It was the computer thing. But I will be checking them out now. I can't wait to see what you  have all been up to.

Take care and stay beautiful
xo Alicia

Monday, January 16, 2017

First Gifted Gorgeousness SAL for the Year

Hi Stunners!!!

I'm actually on time for once. See it's a new me LOL! 

For this GG SAL I am showcasing this beautiful chart, which was a gift from my big sister. It's always been a favourite of mine, so my sister bought me the Supersized and Max Colours version. Bless her.  I am also using this chart for the HAED challenge on fb. This is the halfway point.

I am stitching it on 28ct pewter evenweave from Sew it All Australia, using 1 over 1 full crosses. I think I will stitch her first and then him. 

That's all from me. 

I hope 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting and magical year for all of you.

Love ya stunners 
xox Alicia

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 My Year In Stitches!

Hi Stunners!!!

Happy 2017! So glad to see this new year. I love this period. It's like a clean slate. I have my new plans, rotations and big ideas to get some finishes. Not to mention the NEW STARTS  WooHoooooo!

*Heavy pic post*

New Starts

These wips were started in 2016 and I managed a few page finishes, not many, but a few. *blush*

The Butterfly Ball SS MC - HAED
Pages 1 and 18 completed

Bookshelf - Gecko Rouge
Page 1 completed

Our House - Gecko Rouge
Page 1 and a bit of page 2 completed

Arwen - Paine Free Crafts 
Page 1 and 2 completed 

The Addams Family - The Little Stitcher

Doggie Prayer - The Craft Collection

Fuschia - Tilton Crafts 

Alisha - HAED

Farewell to Lothlorien - Paine Free Crafts
2 partial pages completed

Faces of Faery 81 - HAED

David Bowie - Gecko Rouge


Girls at the Piano - Golden Kite - Before


Carnival Moon - HAED - Before



Toy Shelf - Birth Sampler
Started August 2015 - Finished 4th March 2016

Elf Wine Apron
Started 1st December 2016 - Finished 20th December 2016

Well as you can see I'm great on those New starts, not so great on working on current wips and totally suck at finishes!

So this year I am more organised - I have narrowed my wips down to 60. (Don't laugh - it was really hard) 

18 are Supersize charts
42 are from smalls to BAP's.

I am hoping for at least 3 - 5 finishes.

I've been asked by some stitcher's to reveal my rotation. So if you're interested here is my schedule, rotation and wip list.


1 Crimson Glomour Ching-Chou Kuik
2 Faces of Faery 81 Jasmine Becket-Griffith
3 QS Theatre of the Absurd Ciro Marchetti
4 A Coign of Vantage Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
5 Alisha Myka Jelinka
6 Paradaisal Bird Alena Lazareva
7 Steampunk iThing Chris Down
8 Carnival Moon Aimee Stewart
9 Darkness Falls Maxine Gadd
10 Lost in You Rachel Marks
11 Litte Dreamers Tree MC Aimee Stewart
12 Robber Bride Groom Rachel Marks
13 Vanity Marta Dahlig
14 Where is My Valentine? Jasmine Becket-Griffith
15 Bicycle Afternoon Gold Collection Petites
16 Into the Deep Passione Ricamo
17 Emerald Forest  Colin Bogle
18 Afterglow Sangrde
19 Ghosts in the Forest Dusan Markovic
20 Unicorn Shutterstock
21 King Tut Anita Inverarity
22 David Bowie Sara Bowersock
23 It's Only Forever Medusa Dollmaker
24 Bookshelf Colin Thompson
25 Snow White Omri Koresh
26 Nancy Goodaim: Space Ranger Aly Fell
27 Room with a View Paul Richmond
28 Snow White Alessandro Della Pietra
29 Twisted Rainbow Sampler Northern Expressions
30 Froth and Bubble Long Dog Samplers
31 Medea Evelyn De Morgan
32 I have been waiting So Long Iris Kuima
33 Rush Iris Kuima
34 A Coign of Vantage Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
35 October - Rose Zircon Maxine Gadd
36 Cosmic Love Jessica Allain
37 In her Room Yuu
38 Prince The Legend Shelley Lee
39 Fuschia A. Ignatieva
40 Arwen Esmira
41 Farewell to Lothlorien Alexander V Bach
42 Harlequin Clown Tapestry

As I stitch through the rotation I will be adding these to my wip tab seen at the top of the post. 

18 SUPERSIZE BABIES - the list can be seen in the tab at the top of the post 

My Stitching Schedule is as follows:

1) ๐Ÿ’— Main Rotation - Using a random number generator app to choose one of the wips from the list to work on or the one that screams the most

2) ๐Ÿ’— Supersized Baby - Same deal as with the Main rotation

3) ๐Ÿ’— XXL Guykou  - Chosen focus piece for SS Babies for the year

4) ๐Ÿ’— HAED Bap - Same deal as with the Main rotation

5) ๐Ÿ’— Carnival Moon - Chosen focus piece for HAED BAPs

6) ๐Ÿ’— SS Guardian Angel - Overall focus piece as I really really really want to finish this one

7) ๐Ÿ’— Ghosts in the Forest - SAL with Sharine

8) ๐Ÿ’— Rose Zircon - Gift for my sis

9) ๐Ÿ’— Fuschia  - SAL with Kelly

10) ๐Ÿ’— David Bowie Tribute chart - Alternate between my 2 Gecko Rouge Bowie charts. David Bowie by Sarah Bowerstock and, It's only forever by Medusa Dollmaker 

11) ๐Ÿ’— Prince - Tilton Crafts - Gift for my BFF.

This schedule will be put into place in February or late January. As I'm participating in a new start thingy for January so going off schedule just for this month. 

I have set the rule that I will have to stitch each category before the schedule starts again. I'm hoping this will keep me in line and also it's kind of loose so I won't get bored. As anyone that knows me, knows I have the attention spam of small amoeba. LOL! No offence to Amoeba.

Fingers crossed the 2017 year in stitches post will be alot better than this one.

Have a great year stunners, in stitches and in everything you do. 

Wishing you all the very best for the year, may it be magical!!

And now for my other resolution. To keep up with blogs, I'm off to check out all of yours.

Love ya muchly

Take care
xoxo Alicia