Sunday, January 6, 2019

2018 Year in Stitches

Happy New Year Stunners!

Finally the New Year is here. I love the start of the year as it holds so much possibility and hope for a magical year of stitching and life in general. 

I have developed a rotation for the year which I will post in my next post which will be the GG SAL most likely.

So here is most of what I got up to in 2018. I have left out the tiny little 100 stitches progress wips as I forgot to take photos as the progress was so dismal. 

I wish everyone the very happiest 2019, may all your dreams be realised and life be spectacular for you all. 

Onto the pics! 

Wip's

QS Theatre of the Absurd



Gyukou XXL



Gecko Rouge Halloween SAL 2017







Diamond Paintings



Galaxy Girl


Greatest Progress Wip's

Alisha

Snow White



Carnival Moon





New Starts

Heaven on Earth


Ghosts in the Forest


Thanks for visiting stunners! My NY resolution is to be a better blogger and blogger friend. I have Amanda, the Stitching Angell who gives me a kick up the butt when it's been too long in the tooth between posts. And I have made a pact with Kim that we both be more proficient bloggers. So this is one resolution that I am definitely going to keep, thanks to these ladies.

Enjoy January. For the Aussies stay cool it's crazy weather out there!

Take care stunners and may life be magical for you.
xox Alicia

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

November's Adventures.

Hi Stunners!


I not sure if I can say I had an overly productive November but I did manage a page finish so that's something.

Ghosts in the Forest went from here:




To here:

I am aiming for a page finish per month on this one. My 2 down under friends who are sisters are also stitching this. Sharine and Kate are working across the chart and I'm working down the chart. So the next page for me is 14. One day we will all meet in the middle and have a wicked celebration! 

My other wip for November is one of my favourites which is Gyukou by Tilton Crafts. I didn't take a before photo but here is where I ended. I think I will keep working on this till I finish the page before swapping it out. 




That's all stunners from me. 

December is going to be (fingers crossed) the completion of 3 baby samplers. Plus more of Ghosts and Gyukou.

See you on the 15th for the GG SAL.

Take care and may life be magical for you all
xo Alicia


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2018

Welcome to my bloody lair my little crafty monsters and join in this year's Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2018.


Our fearless Coven leader Jo of Serendipitous Stitching fame is once again hosting this scary extravaganza. So jump on your broomsticks and fly to her post to start collecting letters. 










I was conscripted to work this sacred night and served up my colleagues with dragon blood soup, complete with human eyeballs and icy hands. 




The pupils kept falling out of their sockets though but were delicious as they slid down your throat!

BWAH HAAAA HAH HA


Now follow me for some frightful wips that I have been working on this Hallows Eve.

Gecko Rouge Halloween SAL 2017
I will be finished this one for next Halloween or I will chop off my own head!

Another chart that also caught some moonlight is Ghosts in the Forest by Charting Creations. Soooooooo eerie to stitch. Love it!






Now to the letter





Happy Halloween my evil fiends  friends and follow the trail of destruction and blood to :

Tiffstitches a blog to procure your next letter to add to the cauldron.


xoxo Alicia

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness - October

Hi Stunners! 


This is my 100th post!!!

And of course I'm a little tardy on this post. I have had family arrive from all parts of the world for our Nanna's birthday. As much as I love them, it's been a little hectic as there are so many of them and they all want to hang out. (I mean who can blame them? LOL) It has left absolutely no time for stitching or anything outside of work. So I have a small window to get this post out. 


To start with this is HAED Vanity max colours. I have decided to do all the 7 Deadly sins as a diamond painting in a bid to the get them all done in my lifetime. 3 are already in Max colour mode on the website and as I get to them I will request the others. Just hoping someone beats me to it to save the moolah heee heee.  This chart was RAKd by the lovely Jayne from NZ. 






Page 6 completed and page 5 half done.  I can't wait to get to the lady.


Update on Rose Zircon which I am stitching for my sister. I found duplicate symbols a little too late. Which is why the border looks very off.  I sent them an email to advise and it's been 2 weeks and no reply. Not happy!!!  

I was going to abandon the whole project. But being a glutton for punishment and as I couldn't let this chart go, I found that Imaginarium has now released these charts with extra colours. So now I'm doing the 231 colours instead of 150 and 5 of which are sparkly thread.  However, there is no way I'm going to get this done in a year. So made this her gift for 5 years time. 







In the meantime I'm going to do a diamond painting of Mini Sisters max colours by HAED so that I will def get that done in a year. 




Now for a gift received!!


Amanda our stunning Stitching Angel made me this beautiful cushion. It's so cute.  Thanks Amanda for this beautiful gift. 


That's all stunners. Thanks for your patience (esp Amanda lol)

Take care and may life be magical !!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Winter Stitching Wrap up!


Hi stunners!!

Apologies for the long hiatus. 

This post is dedicated to the lovely Amanda our stunning Cross Stitch Angel. Amanda has been scolding encouraging me to put out a post. So here it is. Thanks for pushing me Amanda I really need it as you can see. Thanks so much for the support too stunner.

We have just finished Winter down Under and this is what I got up to.

Three appears to be my lucky number lately. I have two page three finishes. Firstly I have completed 3 pages on Alisha. So happy to see the end of all that blue and lookie that's her foot, well the bottom of her shoe anyway, so she has technically made an appearance. The next page is going to be so cool as it's Alisha's head. And I am really enjoying diagonal stitching.







Next is Carnival Moon, another HAED.  
I haven't worked on this since 2016 and I remembered how much I love it, so have made it a focus piece. I completed page 3 as well on this beauty. I love the colours, such a fun stitch. 









Also still getting some love is Theatre of the Absurd and I pray to the cross stitching Goddesses to help me get a September finish.  Just a partial page to go and some ninja stitches on the second last page. I've forgotten what it's like to actually finish something. So it would be wicked cool to get one under my belt to spur me on. 


I was cleaning out the craft room and let me tell you that was no mean feat. I found my old old old wip of Vanity, which I started in 2010!!!! My beautiful friend Jayne from NZ RAK'd me the Max Colours version of this which I am working on as a diamond painting so I actually had no intention of finishing this as a cross stitch. But when I picked it up to throw out I just couldn't do it. All those lush purples and the bright blue in the circles that just pops against them. My cross stitching soul just wept at the thought of  abandoning her. So I have decided to keep going and gift it or maybe just keep it as a solo feature in my bedroom...you know when I finish it. Ha ha. This is where I left her and as you can see I'm working across the entire row. 


So that's where I am at. I'm currently doing the Mini Million Marathon on the Ultimate cross stitching FB challenge so I will be a busy Princess over the rest of September as it's a team effort to get a Million stitches in 3 weeks. So can't let the team down. 

That's all for now stunners. Thanks for visiting and I promise on all my stash to be a better blogger and blogger friend. I have set aside Thursday for blog reading so I will catch up with you all and your adventures. 

Take care stunners and may life be magical. 

xoxo Alicia

Monday, May 28, 2018

IHSW and Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - May

Hi Stunners!

This post will be short and sweet as the wip I worked on covers both these SAL's.



I was working on my sisters gift of Rose Zircon from Imaginarium by the artist Maxine Gadd. 



As some of you may know I am trialling diagonal stitching and have decided due to the large amounts of flesh coloured tones and chunks of black that I would do this entire chart in diagonal working from one corner to the opposite one until finished. So not page by page as I am doing with Alisha.



I hope and pray that I have counted correctly otherwise I'm going to have a lot of frogging to do when I get to her face. 



If you're interested this is the Floss tube that helped me get started: 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3iLVYEdaRY&t=303s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjnTfvit1do&t=13s









That's all stunners! Told you it would be short and sweet. 

Take care and may life be magical 
xo Alicia


Saturday, May 5, 2018

April Adventures!

Hi Stunners


As promised this is what I got up to cross stitch wise in March and April.


I will start with the successes. March was mainly taken up with Snow White by Gecko Rouge (retired). I finally completed the 2 pages on Snow White. And very excited to report that I have reached one of the dwarves. He is not my favourite one but just happy to get to him, nevertheless. That's his head near Snow's elbow. I really enjoyed working on this and looking forward to her next turn in the rotation! I have decided to always complete 2 pages on her before moving on as I really really want to finish this one.







April was taken up with 2 wips mainly. Heaven on Earth by Mystic Stitch and Alisha by HAED.

I'm very happy with my progress on Alisha, not so much on Heaven. The confetti got the better of me, though I do love the colours. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get a page finish before moving onto Alisha. Oh well there's always next time. 


Heaven on Earth



ALISHA
Before


After
Once I finish the feathers, Page 1 will be complete and due to the diagonal stitching I've actually started page 3. I'm going to keep going till I finish all 3 pages.  I can't tell you how much I am enjoying this. I would love to continue but I can hear the other babies spitting their dummies and stamping their feet with impatience. So I have promised to move on soon as it's getting really noisy in the craft room! 


What's in store for May Mayhem? 


I will be working on TOTA simulateously with Alisha for this month. This is where I'm currently at with this wip.



And then it's back to Carnival Moon. This is another wip that I haven't stitched on since 2016. What the hell was I doing last year??? Both these wips are up to page 3 and I'm determined to finish them in May. 


That's all I have to report at this time stunners. And I waited until the 4th of May to post just so I could say "May the fourth be with you"  Happy Star Wars day Stunners!!!!



Take care everyone and may life be magical for you

xo Alicia