Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2017

BWAH HA HAHHH HAA HAAAAA

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 (www.myborednerdyself.blogspot.com - 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



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!


xoxox 
Alicia







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:


Before



After


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. 

Before
After



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