Sunday, January 25, 2015

T.U.S.A.L. Jan 20 2015

shhhh...let me sneak this one in....  I was on holiday and completely forgot to post my TUSAL 5 days ago...
Here is daggy baggy pants sheepie holding his pants open to hold my January orts...  I'm not sure what to do with the remnants of the 2014 TUSAL just yet.. so sheepie will have to hang onto this selection for a little while longer.

2015 JCS Ornament Challenge - Update

Hi Friends

How are you all running with your own ornaments?  How many of you have started stitching?
I'll try to keep up with your blogs to peep and see if you've started and qualify for the points that I'm compiling for a end of year winner.
Here's as far as I have made it so far.. a Headless Santa!!  Hard to see the white beard on the white aida, but it is there!! The frog and I know it.  Stitched on a scrap from my scrap basket and not even centered properly... I'm sure it will be fine by the end...
Using DMC white, but the red and green are from my collection of the lovely Nancy's threads found at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe  - Cranberry and some dark green that has lost it's label (blush)

It is highly unlikely that I will use any floss that is called for during this challenge - with the exception of white and black.... but you never know what will take my fancy.

I have seen ONE fully completed ornament - so Marguerite scores the first 50 points. 
I've added a page to my blog, where the points system is explained (hopefully it's clear to you all) I'll update monthly progresses too.  There is a Mr Linky whatsit to join up.  Anybody can join in on any month to stitch-a-long.

Now it's up to the next month challenge:   Check these out and select your top 3 ornaments and let me know in the comments.
Voting is open until Feb 5, where I'll tally the votes and announce the 3 ornaments from which you select your February stitch.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bronny's Bits - JCS Ornament Challenge 2015 - January....

DRUM ROLL . . . . . . . ....

I ran this challenge also with a stitching group I've been involved with for a number of years (Threads of Life - aka TOL). . . . . ..  but . . . .   The favourite top 3 from TOL and the favourite top 3 from this blog differ slightly.
Top design choice is unanimous
Combining TOL and Blog choices gives me the second spot.
The third spot was a rock, paper scissors win between my son, Harry and partner Laz.

Top 3 Ornaments to stitch in January:
1 :   (7) - The Prairie Schooler- HO HO HO Santa
2 :   (8) - Needle Bling Designs - Don't Peek
3 :   (9) - HeartStrings/The Artists Collection -The Star Gatherer

Now the rules are:   You now choose between these 3 top designs.  You stitch this design and show a finish BEFORE February 5 (If possible) - more brownie points to you if you show a completed ornament by Feb 5.
Let's decide a points system now....  the idea is that by December, we will have a handful of finished ornaments for our own tree or for an exchange.
 You earn the following points for showing on your own blog;
10 points for STARTING the ornament
10 points for FINISHING the stitching
5 points bonus for finishing the stitching before the end of January
15 points for finishing your stitching into an ornament
5 points for a completed ornament before the end of February
10 points speed bonus for a completed ornament before the end of January

This means the highest point score could be:
50  (10 + 10 + 5 +15 + 10)
The basic score for each ornament completed is 35.
The winner at the end of the year is the person with the highest score.  (I'll keep a tally on an excel sheet here)  In the event of a tie - winner will be decided by random generator thingy.
As to a prize at the end of the year:  Yet to be decided, but I'm thinking at this stage, a copy of the 2014 JCS ornie issue seems to be an obvious choice.  I'm sure I'll find other things to add to the prize-box.
I will show the choices at the end of January for the February Challenge.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, January 2, 2015

JCS Ornament Competition - 2015

Hello friends - would you like to help me achieve a year's worth of ornaments? Would you be interested to stitch along?
You DO need to have a copy of the 2014 JCS Christmas Ornament issue.
Between now and say 5th January, one ornament from a selected display is chosen by popular vote. You then have until 5th February to stitch and complete that ornament and show it off....
By the 5th of February- the next ornament from the ornie issue has been chosen.
This is an idea that I think in 2005 gave me oodles of ornaments ready and plenty more for my tree.
Have I confused you?
I Like most of these- which should I stitch in January?
As each ornie already has a number issued it makes it easy.
Leave your choice of top 3 in the comments and I'll announce the winner on Monday 5th after work.
If this takes off - I might even work out a competition prize for December 2015.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

TUSAL - 2014

Yes, I know I've not followed the rules and posted my TUSAL much at all for the past few months.  I have, however continued to collect my orts in my little fabric pouch and transfer them every so often to my TUSAL bottle.
As it is now the end of the year, it is time to show all the orts collected in 2014, before I start the year afresh.

(in comparison with previous years, this is a shameful total of stitching.....)

Now to move forward into 2015

Happy New Year everybody!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rounding out 2014 - and a promise to re-energise my blog

Current progress on an old WIP- Shores of Hawk Run Hollow
Hello Friends,

A table runner for my boss -
it has pretty Christmas fabric
on the back.
Well, it's been much longer than I expected, but here I am again.  It's now after the Christmas rush and I've time to sit down and reflect upon my year.  I have had time to stitch, but nowhere near as much output as I had in 2011 or before.

Mug mats of my own design
I have been lured away from my blogger habit by facebook over the past 18 months.  It is my intent to remedy this during 2015- call this my NY resolution.

A small tablerunner for a work colleague
I did manage to stitch one or two items this year, and I'm sure I'll find the pics somewhere on either my phone camera or laptop.  The pics here today are from my Christmas week of stitching
The backing fabric for the runner

Yes - I have changed my surname this year.  I took my mother's maiden name of Blackburn as my own.  This keeps my initials, barely necessitates a signature change, and honours my mum.

My first ornament with my new surname.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Under Construction yet again

Hi friends,

I have spent the better part of today, whittling down my blogger reading list of saved blogs from an astounding 374 (how did I ever expect to keep up with all these?), to a more manageable 125.

This does not mean that during the next blog-hop that I take a fancy to, I will not add another half dozen or so....
It appears, during the latter part of 2010, that I added a lot of quilting blogs, most of which have ceased to function.  If you find that your blog has been inadvertently left off my list, please let me know, with a link to it in your comments.

I'm also trying to present links to blogs I like in a more rational manner...  and if blogger would save my changes to my template, may have the top blogs in each category shown on the left column.

Happy reading....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Retro Road Trip - April 2014

Hi Friends,
Sheepies found in Southern NSW - along with a rusty horse

On a water tower - crafted locally
and it lights up at night too!
Haven't been blogging much of late, but I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things. Very little stitching to show, but thought I'd show you a few pics of my current holiday in the southern area of New South Wales.

One big spider.....

That Retro Shop in Finley - NSW
Ginge & Fluffs Secondhand Store in Lockhart, NSW
(I know a few of you stitchy girls are also collectors, so may appreciate my other blog - Retro Girl in Frankston - some of these pics may double up on that blog too...)

My latest collecting obsession - Kathy Winkle designs
On Broadhurst Ceramics - from the early 60's
 My latest collecting obsession...   Kathy Winkle Designs - on plates from the Broadhurst & Sons from the early 60's onwards.  This has led to me singing:  "A Winkling we will go, a Winkling we will go, Hi Ho with cash we'll go, a Winkling we will go .. .. ..."

A Winkle atop a yellow,
Depression Glass Cake Stand
- pattern yet to be identified
I have found one Winkle on this Road Trip, but am still looking...  you never know where you'll find treasures...

A small pumpkin stitchery,
found on Pintrest one evening
 and stitching started the very next day...
getting ready for Halloween!
One of my other recent distractions has been Pintrest- although taking up valuable stitching time, has enabled me to find designs destined to end up in my WIP pile

One thing I have come to realise, is that my passion for SHEEPIES started long before 2011 - The Year of the Sheepies; and continues now into 2014.  Driving along in country NSW, I am constantly calling out 'Sheepies!!!", much to the consternation of my co-driver and new partner, Laz.  He indulges me in this obsession and has pointed out one or two new sheep related items from time to time.
The view of Australia's Parliament House
from the steps of the National War Memorial
We had a day trip to Canberra, our Nation's Capital.  Now that I know what to expect, I'll be heading back again to look at more.  We spent the morning at the National War Memorial - (absolutely gob-smackingly amazing experience.  Very highly emotionally wearying, but well worth the visit.  I cannot speak more highly of the staff and volunteers.)
Then a couple of hours at the National Gallery to see the Inca Gold Exhibition - just enough time to duck into the Australian Art section on the 2nd floor to see Art that is imprinted on my mind through reading about it in books...  (reminds me - must get back to the Victorian Art Gallery.....)

Then a quick trip up to the lookout to snap a couple of scenic views- including this selfie:
Hope you have all enjoyed my snap-heavy post ...  next one to show a bit more stitching...


Monday, March 31, 2014

Tusal - March 31

T.U.S.A.L.  -  March 31 2014
What's this I spy... hidden amongst the reflection of a Melbourne Autumn blue sky, are some blue fibres???   What??  Could I possibly be stitching on more than one project at a time???  And do I also spy some olive green floss on the left?  All snuggled with the crimson and cream floss of my Christmas sampler...
Let's see... can I show my current progress??
(running - taking a hurried photo with scattered WIPS on the couch, in non-flattering light.....
Don't go looking too hard... clockwise from top left - A little blue heart sampler on aida- The Sweetheart Tree - Snowflakes in Abundance.  On aida again - Plum Street Samplers - Coffin Buzz. On Linen, Sam Sarah Design Studio, Kurt's Garden (part 049),  my progress on the Christmas Advent Sampler (ran out of floss - came to a temporary halt).   A single line of a band sampler that I'll design as I go.
Sheep have not completely abandoned me . . . . I'm sure they will raise their fleecy heads as I drag out more WIP's from the cupboard.....

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Quick Sunday afternoon stitch

Sam Sarah Design Studio
Kurt's Garden!  P049

Rabbiting around in my stash, trying to ignore the temptation to start another Mirabella mermaid, thought I'd get something started that i could finish on the same day (& I'm not counting "finish-finish")
Took me only twice as long to stitch a it did to decide what fabric to stitch it on.....