Sunday 16 June 2024



The past week or so I have cleaned out 4 drawers, 3 cubicles and my drawers of colour coded scaps for applique. A basket full of patterns and other useful things are boxed ready to take to the OpShop, a lot of stuff has been binned and other things put in recycling. I sorted through my scraps for appliques , tossing out teeny tiny bits and putting the rest in zip lock bags for each colour for my grandson's kindergarten. Here are the drawers I kept them in ...

and here they all are packaged ready to go in a huge bag..

The drawers are going to a new home...eventually.

I have been knitting my new scarf but can only do about 10 rows at a time to ease my wrist pain.

Slow progress has been made with my crosstitch but there is not much more to do.

I made a committment to myself to clean out one drawer a day in my sewing room and I have stuck to it so far. Now that I have read all your posts and done mine I am off into the sewing room to do today's. I wonder which one it will be. Happy crafting! 

Sunday 2 June 2024


 With the cooler weather upon us I quite enjoy doing some crochet and finished my scarf quite quickly. It is folded over twice for the pic so it is actually 4 times longer .

I loved this yarn so much that I bought another ball in different colours and decided to dust off my knitting needles to knit a scarf this time. I didn't want just a plain pattern so I am knitting a basket weave. 

A little more progress has been made with my crosstitch.

More cleanups in my sewing room have been happening. I have cleaned out 3 drawers and even found some long lost blocks I thought had gone forever. One of those empty drawers now has all my crosstitch stuff in it. I am getting rid of more fabric , patterns, and stitcheries I have done. It is hard to know what to do with it all as Op Shops sometimes send fabric for rags and books to be pulped! When I have sorted more fabric I shall put pics on here to see if anyone would like some. 

Happy crafting.

Sunday 26 May 2024



My crochet shawl journey is complete. The final stitches were done last night and the ends sewn in. I wasn't happy with the blunt raw edge on the long side which was also a bit taut so I finished it off with slip stitches like the triangular sides but added a chain between each slip stitch to loosen it a bit and I am very happy with the result.

I had to buy another ball of yarn to finish it so I am using the rest to crochet a scarf using the same pattern but with a smaller hook. I used size 5 hook for the shawl and am using my usual size 4 for the scarf.  

When I went back to the wool shop to buy the extra yarn I couldn't resist buying another ball in different colourways for another scarf. Stand by for the next exciting episode. 

I have made further progress on my latest crosstitch which I plan to continue working on today as my wrists are a bit sore from doing so much crochet.

So that is my week's crafty progress. I shall pop over to see what you have been up to soon.

Sunday 19 May 2024



Although I haven't yet framed the last crosstitch I started a new one. This is another small patchwork themed one that I bought online .

I am really enjoying combining my love of patchwork with crosstitch. While researching framing techniques I came across a product called 'sticky board' which is an acid free board to mount the embroidery or crosstitch onto before putting it in the frame. Has anyone used this? I was just going to cut a bit of cardboard to size but the sticky board demos looked interesting.

My crocheted shawl is growing and I am considering making a scarf with the same yarn next.

The days are getting cooler so I love crocheting with the shawl draping on my lap.

Happy crafting. 

Sunday 12 May 2024


My grandson's crosstitch was finished last night so it is ready to iron and frame. I haven't framed my own crosstitches for decades so it will be interesting to see how I go. I think some You Tube browsing shall be happening.

My local wool shop, the only one down here now, recently moved to a much larger premises which is a delight to browse in.  I have been wanting to crochet myself a shawl to drape over my shoulders while sitting watching TV and stitching , crocheting or knitting.  A trip to the wool shop resulted in purchasing some yummy yarn and my shawl is in progress.

I feel so lucky that the wool shop moved and expanded because the only alternative would be online or Spotlight which is a half hour away. Even Lincraft closed. 2 Target shops closed and became major supermarkets and now Target is also a half hour away in a large shopping centre . 

Now onto my next crosstitch....hmmmmm which one shall I start? I have 3 prepared . 

Sunday 5 May 2024



My 2 grandsons have requested a Pokemon crosstitch each. I am half way through stitching a character named  Articuno which I have had to write down because the only character I can ever remember is Pikachu . My eldest grandson has a very thick enyclopedia of Pokemon characters which he proudly shows me many times explaining what each one does and what type it is. 


I finally finished another book. Reading has not been as enjoyable for me lately as I can't read more than a chapter or 2 without feeling too tired. However, I am still stocking my 'to read' shelf with a few books in the hope that my avid reading shall return. I have always enjoyed reading since I was a child so I feel quite disappointed with myself.

I am always interested to see what others are reading and often take note of books you have enjoyed. Some of you love the same authors as I do. So, I am off to catch up with your latest posts now. 

Sunday 28 April 2024



                          I finished the bat.

I think some of the threads were thinner as some specks of aida can be seen through the stitching. I have been using 2 strands on 16 ct aida with the other designs I have recently done and they don't have this problem. Same brand, DMC, but maybe different quality cotton in certain colours that I have ? Anyhoo, hopefully my daughter will like it. It just needs to be ironed and then I shall post it to her. She wants some gothic frames for the crosstitches she has done so that is why I won't be framing it myself. 


  The past week or so I have cleaned out 4 drawers, 3 cubicles and my drawers of colour coded scaps for applique. A basket full of patterns ...