Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL April

Hi Stunners!!!

Sorry for the hiatus from the blog world. I've been on holiday for a month and as my job entails spending 12 hours a shift in front of 4 computer screens, I just had to get away from it all. Now that I've been back at work for a couple weeks I still can't handle staring at screens, man I can't win ha ha. 

To Annie and Els you are no_reply bloggers so unfortunately I couldn't reply to your emails. But thank you both for visiting and for your lovely comments.  And Els in answer to your question the final stitched size on Bookshelf by Gecko Rouge for me will be 44.33 x 28.33 inches (for the Aussies - 110.83 cm x  70.83 cm) as I'm stitching it on 18ct white Aida. Big right!?! It's going to be like a lifesize bookshelf. You guys should see the next Gecko I'm starting in May for the Gold Club, holy guacamole it's overwhelming even for my level of lunacy. 

Anyhoo my lovelies, I have a miracle to share with you! I have managed to achieve that elusive thing (for me anyway) known as a finished and framed cross stitch. Whilst it wasn't a BAP it was an F and it has given me the taste of the greatness of a finish so now I'm more inspired than ever to achieve more of these.

This is a baby sampler for my cousin Hugo who just turned 1 on the 10th of March. I stitched for a whole week until my fingers bled LOL so that it went from: 


to THIS!

I didn't use the kit threads, instead I changed it up and incorporated the new colours DMC have released, well in 2013 but still they are the first new colours DMC have released in 15 years. What have they been doin??? The variegated threads are hand dyed from Fiberlicoius Yummy Fibers. The balls and the flag are stitched in "Princess Alicia". You know you've made it in the cross stitch world when you have hand dyed thread named after you :)  I'm so honoured thank you Nguyen. If you're interested these are the colours I used.

Fiberlicous Yummy Fibers - cotton
Sail of the yacht                      - Vampire Raspberry
Spin thingy the bear is holding - Rio
Clown ruffles and Hat              - Clown - perfect right??
The Unicorn mane                   - Spring Blossoms
Balls, flag and flower (on the box) - Princess Alicia

Hat and top of the Bear 3890 3891 (Light Blue, Med Blue)
Rabbit's clothes - 3892 ( Bright Orange)

Fabric is called "Confetti Hearts" on 14ct Designer printed Aida from the lovely boys at Sew it All.

That's it for me.  I will be back at the end of the month with all my April Achievements. 

Take care my beautiful stunning talented friends. Enjoy the rest of April and hope your needles are smoking and may life be magical.

Off to check out the other GG SaL posts.

Lots of Love 
xo Alicia


  1. Congrats on the adorable finish Alicia. Glad your back.


  2. Hi Alicia, welcome back to blogland. I understand how painful it can be to switch on the PC for blogging when you have a job with multiple screens..lol
    Congrats on your beautiful finish. Nothing inspires us to stitch more than a finish.
    Wow, you have a thread named after you..you must be so proud.

  3. Congrats on your lovely finish!!
    Hugo will love this with all these beautiful colours :)
    Love the fabric choice! Love Sew It All!!

  4. Your stitch evokes something cute in soul :). It's just unbelievable nice.

  5. Wow congrats it looks so cute! And having her great fibers named after you!

  6. Massive congrats on the finish it is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more updates on your BAPs :-)

  7. Thank you for taking part in GG this month.
    You stitched that in a week? Wowsa!! It is lovely and I'm sure little Hugo will love it now he's a little bigger.

  8. Thank you for sharing the link to Fiberlicious Yummy Fibers. They really look amazing and a must have. Congrats on your finish. The colors are perfect.

  9. So nice to see a finish Alicia, but what's this? Another big start??? :)

  10. Hurray for a finish! I can't believe you stitched all that in just one week. Hugo will love it I'm sure.

  11. Congrets on your stunning finish
    Look forward to see your other wips growing
    Have a lovely weekend

  12. Congratulations, your finish looks great! It's so cute =)
    I hope you had a great holiday and I am excited to read and see how you got along with your other projects =)

  13. Congratulations on your beautiful finish Alicia! I'm so happy to contribute a tiny part in this brilliant making! That's why you've been so quiet! Errr so am I, am an out of practice stitcher! Im dying to see the bookshelf! I think I got "Never ending stories" in 25 count but its even bigger than a yard I can't find any frame to fit (my only excuse not to start) LOL

  14. Woo! Great finish my stitchey sista. And your own thread? How cool is that!

  15. What a cute finish! And it is framed and everything...you are good!! Glad to have you back in blogland.

  16. Welcome back!
    I know what you mean about computer screens... and I don't deal with as many as you!!
    I love, love your finish! It is so cute... love the colour changes you made!
    Hugs xx

  17. Such a wonderful finish, congratulations. I love the colours, so bright and cheerful and the little hearts on the aida, just so sweet.


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