Sunday, March 4, 2018

The road stitched so far!

Hi Stunners!

It's time for the results of my January Jaunts & February Frolics. I'm a little behind on my goals to stitch between 100,000 to 200,000 stitches this year. But I'm hoping to giddy up and get alot done this month.

So for January I had a new start for the new year. 

It's Heaven on Earth by Mystic Stitch and it's worked on 18ct white Aida 2 over 1. 

1837 stitches

I also managed to complete 1000 stitches on my Gecko Rouge - Snow White in January. 

Start of the year

January progress 

And 2176 stitches more for February! How cool are my glittery needle-minders. The lipstick was my most recent acquisition, perfect for a Snow White wip. I'm really excited to finally reach one of the sexy dwarves. See that smoosh of fuzzy brown near her elbow, yep that is the top of his head. Rrrrrrrrr

February progress
The other wip I worked on was QS Theatre of the Absurd. This is from the 2013 Heaven and Earth designs BB Freebie SAL. And it isn't even my oldest wip!! I'm determined to finish this in March. And then I can re-start the 2011 Freebie SAL LOL. 

Start of the year

January Progress

February Progress
Also my new start of Rose Zircon by Maxine Gadd from Imaginarium got 600 stitches. 

My January stitch totals are 4588 as I am including my diamond painting as seen in my previous post.

February was a little less impressive at 3051.

I'm going to need a whopping 9237 to catch up and be back on track for a minimum stitch of 100,000 by the years end.

With the help of all the challenges from the Ultimate Cross Stitch group on FB and all the support I get from you wonderfully amazing and stunning followers, I know I will be able to achieve it. 

Good news is that I got my new computer all set up at home and now I can access my emails and reply to all your brilliant and hilarious comments. 

Happy stitching for March stunners, may this month be full of love and magical things.

Thank you so much for the visit.

xoxo Alicia

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL and IHSW February

Hi Stunners!

Yep I'm late again. 

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their amazing comments and cheering on my last post. You guys are the best and absolutely become my muses. Mwah. 

I wanted to reply to each of you individually, which I will, but my computer was struck by lightning! Luckily it was 4am and I wasn't using it at the time not that I would have during an electrical storm. My whole street lost alot of electrical equipment, so for a week all we saw were delivery vans delivering new TV's. Woo Hoo!!


First up I managed to finish another page on my diamond painting - Galaxy Girl from HAED. This was a gift from my lovely stitchy friend Helvi. So only 3 more pages to go for the row finish. So sparkly I love it. Thanks to Jo from Serendipitous Stitching for organising this SAL. 


I'm so loving that IHSW has returned to the realm. Thanks to Joysze and Jo for organising this brilliant SAL. IHSW February I worked on a new start but it was technically a re-start of Rose Zircon. I bought this chart by Maxine Gadd from Mystic Stitch to stitch for my sister. However, I was really really detesting the Mystic chart. It was so hard to read and the symbols were frustrating, which led to it being neglected.

Luckily Maxine decided to open her own cross stitch company Imaginarium and she updated the chart so it's more detailed and with a bizzillion more colours, however the best thing about it, is the chart. It's large print and the symbols are really cool. The symbol key is colour coded so you'll find alot of the similar colours in one section, so there is not alot of page flipping. Love it! Here's the difference in the charts.

Mystic Stitch
Image result for rose zircon imaginarium

This is where I left the Mystic Chart so I'm looking forward to get to that section to compare.

Mystic Stitch

And this is what I stitched for IHSW, the bottom row of 10x10 grids. Unfortunately the bobbinating took longer than expected so this is more just a Sunday stitch of 600 stitches. I've decided to start in the middle as I am not doing the black background beyond the silver frame. And considering leaving the word "Rose Zircon" off the wip altogether, so I didn't want to have to figure out all the calculating and measuring, I just wanted to START!! 

The needleminders are symbolic too. David Bowie was the first concert I had ever been to and it was with my sister. We have seen Episode IV V VI of Star Wars together and it continues to be our favourite out of all of them so far. As for the Angel Wings, well I have to have some bling and I thought they fitted the colour scheme.

That's all stunners.

I hope everyone is enjoying February so far and may March be even more magical.

Thanks for visiting, you guys are too cool.

xoxo Alicia

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year - 2017 in stitches!

Happy New Year Stunners!!!

It's that time of the year. To review your successes and failures. Unfortunately I didn't have an awesome year in stitches with only 10 page finishes and no full finishes. But since joining the Ultimate Cross Stitch group on Facebook I'm improving as it really gets you stitching. 

I love the beginning of the year as it's a reset and time to set some new goals. 

This year I've decided to set a goal that is a little different to what I normally do. Instead of complete specific wips I will aim to stitch 100,000 - 200,000 stitches and to stick to my schedule/rotation that I have devised. It would work much better for me to go by stitch count as I jump around so much with my wips...hence the nil finishes...*blush*

So without further ado here is my year in pictures. 

First up are my wips.

Snow White - Omri Koresh (retired) Gecko Rouge

She is going to be my focus piece for 2018

Lost In You - Rachel Marks - Heaven & Earth Designs

Almost got the row finish

QS Theatre of the Absurd - Ciro Marchetti - HAED

Hoping this one is going to be one of the 2 finishes

Our House - Colin Thompson - Gecko Rouge

New Starts

Prince -  The Legend - Tilton Crafts

Afterglow - Sangrde - Charting Creations

Supersized Masque Of Love (Max Colours)
- Jo Wall - HAED

2 pages completed

Snow White - Al Digit - Eclectic Blokes Design (retired site)

Halloween SAL - Gecko Rouge

Galaxy Girl - Molly Harrison - HAED
(Diamond Painting)

Apologies for this photo. I'm at work writing this post and this is the last pic I had on my phone. And yes I was watching The Walking Dead at the time LOL! 

1 and a partial page completed.

That's it from me stunners! I hope you all had a magical Christmas and that the New Year brings even more magic, sparkles, light, love, dreams fulfilled and wine!

I apologise for my absence from blogland, it's such a crazy time of the year. But I endeavour to be a better blogger and blog follower this year. Yep another goal!! 

Take care stunners! And keep doing the things that make you happy!

oxoxo Alicia

Sunday, November 26, 2017

IHSW November SAL

Hi Stunners!

I'm still here, sorry for the long hiatus. I've had a busy few months with work, overseas holiday and a cargo load of family flying down under for our Nan's birthday. But I have been stitching.

IHSW is back in action - yay!! Joyse and Jo are running it through Facebook but I will post here as well.

I was on nightshift during the weekend but luckily I am allowed to stitch whilst at work when it gets quiet. So I got a bit done.

First up is Gecko Rouge Halloween SAL. I had a bit of frogging and I (gulp) made a hole in the fabric. But it's easily fixed so I'm not freaking out...yet!



At home I worked on Snow White also a Gecko Rouge Design by Omri Koresh. It's been recently retired so I'm glad I bought it when I did. Now this is my kind of fairytale!!

This wasn't my actual start point for IHSW I had a bit more done, but this is where I started at the start of the month.


For most of August and September I was working hard on HAED - Lost in You. I managed to get 2 full page finishes. So I'm really happy with this ones progress.

One more full page and a teeny tiny partial and it's a row finish. Which will be the first HAED BAP that I will have managed to accomplish this, you know when I do. 

Thanks for visiting stunners. I've got a lot more time for stitching now so hopefully I will have more to show for it.

Take care and may life be magical for you all.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017


Welcome my spooky friends to this years Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017.

It is once again hosted by our Coven leader Jo of the world famous Serendipitous Stitching. I love Halloween and I hope you are all enjoying this eerie night. 

Below are some of my Halloween treats for you.

My favourite artist of the macabre and his interpretation of the Addams Family

Artist - Alessandro Della Pietra

My Halloween wip from Gecko Rouge

And my letter

Happy Halloween Stunners and now please follow the blood trail and severed head to :
My bored Nerdy Self blog ( - in case the link doesn't work) and collect your next letter my beautiful monsters.

Enjoy the candy stunners!!!

Love, whips and hisses

Alicia xoxo

Friday, July 28, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - July

Hi Stunners!

Yep I'm late again. Apologies.

I've have spent the last week mourning the death of Chester Bennington and I was so depressed that even stitching couldn't get me out of my grief. Linkin Park was my all time favourite band and I was gearing up to go and see them when they came down under for their latest album tour. I love Chester, and his brave lyrics that ring so close to my own experiences. I hope he is resting easy now and that his demons are vanquished. 

It probably didn't help that I was working on my gift wip of Prince, which just magnified my sorrow.

But I am The Crafty Princess and the show must go on! So here is where I got up to with my new start of Prince - The Legend, which I am stitching for my best friend Lori. 

I've been watching "Grimm" whilst stitching this and I always try and match my minders to the chart I'm working on and the shows I watch. The Minion was included simply cos he's Purple and sparkly, just like Prince. 

He is stitching up really quickly, this was a weeks worth of stitching.

Ready for some birthday stash? Witness the monumentous generosity of my beautiful crafty friends.

Sharine spoiled me with Steampunk Poison Ivy and Batgirl full kit by Charting Creations, Sparkly Unicorn Poo and a whole load of handmade bits from her kids. I think that drawing is a Tiara, but Sharine said Hannah's drawings are open to interpretation ha ha. 

Also from Charting Creations "Miss Poppy" a gift from the owner Nikki. 

"Colombes" from Angie P

"Peacock" from Jayne.

"Fireside Fairytales" and "Geisha" from Helvi

And Bat Tea from Cindy

And with the Gift Voucher from Kim H and Nina I bought 2 long dog samplers - Death by Cross stitch (yep I caved) and Castles in the Air.

So as you can see stunners I will be part of this SAL for the rest of my life. I hope Jo, keeps it going for that long. 

Thank you so much to all my amazing friends for these beautiful and truly generous gifts. And to everyone that wished me a happy birthday. You guys are what sparkles are made of. 

Happy stitching stunners.
xoxo Alicia