Sunday, December 9, 2012

December - My month of SAL's.

Hello stunners!!!

Welcome Rai Rai to my followship. Thank you for joining us on my cross stitch adventures, I hope you find it entertaining and stay for a while!!

Okay down to biz, this post will probably, (okay let's be realist Ms. Crafty Princess) this will be my last post for 2012.

So when you see my first post in 2013, it will mean 2 things:

1) The world didn't have an apocalyptic ending as predicted by the Mayan calendar. YAY!!

2) I made enough progress on my SAL's to show progress pics, Double YAY!!!

I have decided to dedicate the month of December to my SALs.  I truly need to get a massive shove along for my SAL's as I will be starting the HAED freebie SAL on January 1st and I still haven't finished the one from 2011 - Fragile Heart. Also I joined the Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery one 4 months late and now we have had 2 more pages sent out since and I'm hopelessly behind.

I started a new SAL with the stunning Kim from Scully's Cross Stitching. We are working on Rose Cerise by Karen Middleton charted by Heaven and Earth Designs. Kim has made a start from the top on a lovely pale lilac sparkly fabby and I will attack from the other end. My Rose is being worked on 32ct Seaworld bling (of course) 2 over 2 full crosses. We bought our fabric from those lovely boys at Sew it all. And let me tell you I love the way the fabric feels. This is my first time working on such a high count fabric from them and it's just so billowy and silky. LOVE IT!! (that last bit was sung in a high pitched note)

Peter was a little worried when I told him the fabric I wanted for mine. But in the end he gave in and said that he trusted me.  So a bit of presh there but I think so far so good~

As a treat I splurged and bought silk threads from Victoria Clayton's hand dyed fibres for this one too.  Which is awesome except they haven't arrived as yet....(c'mon Vic it's been 3 weeks!)

But luckily I had some black premium floss so at least I could make a start with that and the sparkly thread.

So here are the before pics for projects for December:

Rose Cerise
She is going to be a big beautiful girl!

Passione Ricamo Fairy Mystery SAL (sigh)

Fragile Heart

I will be ecstatic if I can at least get the first row of pages completed on Fragile. Which is approximately 20 more rows or so.

I will still be around though as I will be stalking/supporting/reading all your blogs but I really want to have something substantial to show you in 3 weeks time on my next post.



Here are some Christmas funnies so that the last thing I see before you leave my blog is a smile on your face. Have an Awesome, Fantastical and Merry Christmas. Give everyone in your family a kiss from me!

See you next year xoxo Alicia

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.  ~Bernard Manning


Note: This applies to heterosexual singles as well - LOL!!

Has yet to happen to me!!!


  1. Great start! Love the fabric, how could they boys ever doubt you???

  2. I'm still finishing my 2012 HAED SAL piece so I know how you feel, I want it finished before I start the 2013 one!

    Love the fabric you are stitching Rose Cerise on, I'm sure it'll look amazing when finished. I think Vikki is running a bit behind on her orders as mine has just been posted and I ordered in October, although they are definitely worth the wait!

    Hope you have an amazing Christmas and look forward to seeing your posts next year!

    Love ya xx

    1. Oh no!!! That means I'm looking at a 2013 arrival. That throws my plans out. Thank you for the heads up Mia and good luck on finishing your SAL as well for next year. Merry Christmas sweetie! xo

  3. Great new start. Look forward to seeing your progress on your SALs. I am stitching Literate Dragon for the 2013 BB SAL, my first time.

    1. Awesome! I loved the Spangler too. I'm really looking forward to next years SAL on HAED. I love all the charts it was a hard choice. It's a nice one to get your feet wet with. xox

  4. Love your new start Alicia. Great progress on the other ones. I am sitting here with a smile on my face.

    Thanks, Linda

    1. Oh I'm glad Linda, that's what I love to see - happy smiles. Merry Christmas stunner xox

  5. Great stitching! *Glasses raised up* I hope you have a great Christmas and New Years! Now drink!

    1. Well if you insist, bottoms up!!! Laugh! Thank you stunner have a fantastic christmas with your DH and 3 beautiful girls. xoxo

  6. Your blog is always a fun read. Thank you

  7. Great new start. The fabric is wonderful! I enjoyed the smiles at the end. Just what we all need this time of year.

  8. Oh thanx Melinda and Karen - I'm so glad you enjoy my blog and that you left with smiles. That's what I love to hear!

  9. Oooh, so many pretties to be working on... and I love that I can already tell which bit of Rose Cerise is beautiful, as are they all for that matter.
    I'll look forward to seeing all your progress pics in the new year!

  10. LOL!! Thanx Kim, see you next year lovely.

  11. Great start! Have a Happy Hermitting month, looking forward to the big update in 2013. See ya on the other side LOL

  12. Hey! Thanks for the shout out! You made me blush.

    I have to say, I'm envious of your ability to Stitch entire 10x10 squares of HaED's, and keeping your threads all organized. I tried, and tried, and tried to stitch that way, and the result was me stumbling through, what I like to refer to as "the land of confusion" when it came to figuring out which thread was which. I tend to do one color at a time. I think your way looks more impressive, because my way is like a jigsaw, it doesn't make sense until the bitter end.

    Anyway, see you in the new year! The world won't be ending. Those tricky Mayans didn't consider Leap year. If you add that into the mix, the world shouldn't ended sometime in August.

    Happy stitching and I'll be watching your updates.

  13. Hello,
    I just discovered your amazing blog!
    I love your work and your stash ;-)
    Have a nice 2013.
    Greetings from Belgium,

  14. Your new start is great, she'll be amazing once finished :) I've been browsing Middleton's charts but cannot really made up my mind which one to buy. But now I'm really tempted by Rose Cherise, LOL :D If Mystery SAL feels like a chore, put it down. You're supposed to stitch for your enjoyment! Dig it up, when or if you feel like working on it again.

    Happy New Year! :)


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