Sunday, May 26, 2019

IHSW and Gifted Gorgeousness - MAY

Hi Stunners

I finally have something to blog about!! 

For the last few months I was always working on the IHSW weekend so never managed to stitch enough that was worthy of a progress pic, but this time I was free of work. 

I finished a page on my Diamond Painting - Vanity. This is page 5 and 6 completed so only 4 more to go for the page finish. Ideally would love to finish the entire thing this year as it is one of the Deadly Sins and there are 6 more! The chart was a RAK from my lovely friend Jayne from NZ.



Just for comparison this is where I am at with the cross stitch of Vanity. The DP is a max colours version and the stitched one is just regular colours. Vanity is my favourite out of all the sins in this collection and I had already started stitching it before there was any such thing as Diamond Painting or max colours charts released by HAED. So it will be the only one that I will be stitching.

I also made a bit of headway on Mini Sisters. I have joined a FB group that focuses on diagonal stitching.  And there is currently a 10,000 stitch challenge and Mini Sisters is my chosen wip for it. I am determined to beat this challenge. I really need to get a motor on if this is going to be finished this year as a gift for my sister. 


Now for the self gifts! HAED had a 50% off sale and I scored a few beauties that I have had my eye on for a while. 

And I couldn't pass on Jareth The Goblin King, especially when it was a Limited Edition from Tilton Crafts.  He is soooo gorgeous!!

One of my favourite bands of all time are Snow Patrol. And after 7 years they finally released an album and are touring Australia in August. I managed to get tickets for both their shows. And to add to the excitement of seeing them live for the first time I asked Lisa from "No more Lost Needles" to make Snow Patrol needle minders. So now they are always on my mind whilst doing my very favourite thing. No not drinking Chardonnay...well...Stitching (and drinking Chardonnay - lets face it)!!!

That's all for now my lovelies. I hope you are all well and that life is being magical for you!

XOX Alicia

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - January and IHSW

Hi Stunners!

Hope the year is going well for everyone and that life is magical.

My year is starting off well, I have had the most successful IHSW ever. I worked on a gift for my sister, this is mini Sisters from HAED. I stitched 774 stitches on Saturday and.....

on Sunday I managed 720 stitches for Ghost in the Forest from Charting Creations. 

I'm stitching both of these using the parking method that is demonstrated on the Scarlet Qunice website. It really does make for neater stitches as you only bring your needle up in a hole with maximum of 1 stitch. It's possibly slower but I do love how much neater it is. And as Sisters is a gift, neatness is very important, but saying that I have to finish by Halloween as that's her birthday. I calculated that I need to do 256 stitches per day, which I'm a little behind on but I have got 2 weeks leave coming up and plan on catching up then. 

Well that's is from me. I'm going blog binging now as I haven't had a chance to read them and looking forward to read and see what you all have been up to so far this year.

Take are stunners!
xo Alicia

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! 


QS Theatre of the Absurd

Gyukou XXL

Gecko Rouge Halloween SAL 2017

Diamond Paintings

Galaxy Girl

Greatest Progress Wip's


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!


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 !!