Tuesday, January 7, 2014

HAPPY 2014!!!

Hi Stunners!!!

Happy New Year. I love the start of the year as it's a time to wipe the slate clean and forget about the past. For me it's like shedding the skin of the mistakes and regrets of the year gone and coming out the other side with renewed vigour, love of life and all things crafty!  So don't worry about the goals that weren't met, the promises not kept and the stash that was added to the list...it's all good!!
Firstly thank you to my new followers it's a good year to join as I am endeavoring to post a lot more as I've joined a few SAL's that will ensure I post at least once or twice a month (maybe more but let's not get ahead of oneself hee hee).
By the end of the year I will have 48 wips in my rotation as I've kitted up quite a few newbies which I will start along the way as well as continuing with my current golden oldies.


THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
 I have made some amazing friends along the way since starting this blog and the generosity that people show in the blogosphere never ceases to astound me. You guys are truly awesome, even just taking the time to comment and also cheer me up when I've made some terrible boo boos is greatly appreciated, all your support makes my day. Thank you everyone.

I would love to take this opportunity to publicly thank Johanna stitchstitchknit,  and Nina Pistellen-Stitching for their beautiful and very generous gifts of HAED charts.

This is the chart I received from Johanna in November and I started her straight away.  I finished the first page on Christmas Night whilst at work. It's called Feel the Magic by Little Fairy Art. Isn't she amazing?? I'm stitching her on 28 ct Purple Mist evenweave 1 over 1 using DMC cotton strands. The fabric is a show piece from the lovely boys at Sew it all so unfortunately it's not available on their website.

Feel the Magic

Page 1 completed

Nina kindly gifted me the mesmerising chart "Fallen Angel" by Michael Hayes. Nina chose the full version as she rightly guessed that I'm a lover of detail. I can't wait to start her. She will be my next start after my next finish (no matter how small LOL!)


Fallen Angel

Thank you to Angela (Miamina's Musings) for the awesome gift certificate to one of my favourite Aussie fabric websites Colour Cascade Fabrics. It's just what I needed Angie, thank you so very very much.


And to Ewa (Cross stitch and other Musings) and handsome and helpful fiancée for the lovely Christmas card that I received yesterday in the mail. Very sweet of you both, thank you.

See now you guys understand why I'm a Princess, it's not really my self indulgent behaviour (well not much) but it's because I have such beautiful and generous people in my life that makes me feel like one.


PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

Now for more stitching. Since my last post back in Halloween last year (gulp I've been so slack huh?) I've started Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by Aimee Stewart from HAED. It's a whopping 168 pages in the large chart format so I've decided to make it my focus piece and also my Wipocalypse wip so will be working steadily on this one for a long long while!





I'm stitching it on 20 count white evenweave purchased from Sew it all. Using 2 over 1 DMC cotton thread. I think I have discovered that my favourite count is 20, it suits my stitching tension and it's not too large and not too small, but Goldilocks just right!



ROSE CERISE SAL WITH KIM

Kim and I have decided to work on Rose on a bi-monthly basis and post our progress on the first of every second month starting from January 1. So here is my progress in the last 2 months. I seem to have misplaced one of the colours that's why there are a few holes in the ribbon. Still looking for the little bugger. If you click on the picture of Rose Cerise in the side bar I've linked Kim's blog...she should be posting her update any day now!



I have loved reading all the blog posts that have demonstrated their progress for the year 2013. I will be posting mine no matter how shameful it is on the Wipocalypse post on Jan 16. I'm back at work tomorrow, man those days off really fly by. So I will have 12 hours (between doing actual work) to go through everyone's blogs. I'm looking forward to it.

Take care my beautiful followers and guest stars.
Enjoy everything you do and I will see you soon!

xoxo Alicia


25 comments:

  1. Beautiful progress Alicia. Love both your new charts, I have Fallen Angel myself and am itching to start it as well. Wow 48 WIP's how do you keep track of them all :D Looking forward to seeing your posts in the coming months and thanks for joining in with YOTA. I have amended your blog link so it works fine now. Happy New Year to you and I hope 2014 is all you could hope it will be.

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  2. Happy new year!! I love Fallen Angel too, but I have the mini version, can't wait to see your progress.

    Feel the magic is going to be amazing! good progress
    Regards. Karen

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    1. Thanx Karen. Yeah I can't wait to reach her golden eyes, they will look really great amongst all those purples. Thank you for stopping by stunner
      xox Alicia

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  3. Wonderful progress Alicia.

    Linda

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  4. Beautiful new charts for a beautiful princess:)

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  5. Beautiful new charts and love the progresses you made already.

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  6. Happy 2014, feel the magic is on my wish list, love to see what it looks like all stitched. Great progress on your new starts.

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    1. She's great to stitch but beware the skin has a lot of colours. She's actually a mix to light pinks and lavenders and not just a big block of white as I first thought. But still fun.
      xox

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  7. Yay, she's back! I was a little worried as we hadn't heard from you for a little while, glad ur ok. Love ur new starts, the coverage on treasure hunt 20ct looks really good. Look forward to seeing all your progress this year, Joy.

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    1. Hi Joy, I'm ok thanx for the concern LOL! Just been a slack blogger but with all the SAL's this year I am endeavoring to be rectify that.
      thanx for stopping by!
      xo

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  8. I'm so happy you enjoy Feel the Magic =) When I saw those eyes I was pretty confident that you would love them (that's also what I love about Spiders Queen, her eyes!) I love the start you made on this, the lace of her dress looks amazing =)

    That chart Nina gifted you with is absolutely stunning and I am looking forward to see the Treasure Hunt Bookshelf (168 pages! My largest chart has 132 pages in large format and it nearly scares me...)
    And as always, great work on your stitching =)

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    1. Thank you Johanna. You were right on the money it's her eyes that captivated me. Thanx again sweets.
      xo

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  9. Love the new starts! Looking forward to following your progress again this year.

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    1. Thanx Annie, it's great to have you along for the ride.
      xo

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  10. You are very right my dear, every stitch is one less stitch to the end...I think sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that when those pesky projects seem to never get anywhere!

    Lovely gifts you have received too! I might have to look in to getting fallen angel, it's beautiful :)

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  11. those are gorgeous!!! beautiful stitching! :)

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  12. Happy new year to you too! I've been reading your blog for a while, and I love reading it :-) Wow, 48 WIPs what a number, amazing!
    I love your progress on Feel the Magic, I love the design a lot, can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thanx Rachel. They are a handful but hopefully they will all get some love this year!

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  13. Happy New Year. Two gorgeous new charts you have received. Great progress on the Bookshelf. Look forward to seeing your 48 wips during the year.

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  14. 168 pages? I've read novels shorter than that!!

    You do have some amazing projects in your collection. Looking forward to the round-up for the WIPocalypse!

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  15. You're like a whirlwind, honey!!! LOL And I'm going to pretend really, really hard that I didn't see the number 48 next to the acronym WIP.... yes, yes... that's what I'm going to do. LOL!!!

    That aside, looking forward to updates of all those WIPs! ;)

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  16. What amazing progress on all your projects and lovely new charts too.

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