Colouring Giveaway

Adult colouring is one of the biggest trends going right now. And, to be totally honest, I’m not the best at colouring, but I do still enjoy it.

Coloured bookmarks

Coloured bookmarks

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on these really fun bookmarks. They are a freebie from Dawn Nicole Designs, and you can find them here. I used Prismacolor Scholars on plain old printer paper. (I’m sure the real artists among you are cringing!) Once I was done, I cut them out, affixed them to construction paper using double-sided tape. I then placed them inside a self-laminating sheet (3 for $2 from the dollar store), and cut them apart. Hopefully they will be sturdy enough to withstand years of reading.


That brings me to my giveaway! I love to colour, and I’m betting some of you do too. There may be some of you who’d like to colour, but just don’t know where to get started. So, I’m giving away a little colouring kit. Included is a package of 24 Crayola coloured pencils and issue #1 of Relax With Art magazine.

Colouring Giveaway Prize - Relax with Art #1 and Crayola Coloured Pencils

Colouring Giveaway Prize – Relax With Art #1 and Crayola Coloured Pencils

What do you need to do to enter? Simple! Leave a comment below and tell me what you liked to colour as a child (or with your child). If you’d like a second entry, please post about the giveaway on your blog and then come back and let me know.

The giveaway will be open to new entries until midnight Eastern time on October 1st. I am happy to ship the prize anywhere in the world, but may choose to send via ground service (which can take a while).

And if you enjoy adult colouring too, please let me know! I’d love to see what you’ve made.

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Stitch from Stash – September 2015

It is Stitch from Stash time! How did I do this month? Well…

Stitch from Stash 2015 BMonth: September 2015
Spent: $17.95
Earned: $0 (not tracking)

I’m hanging in there. This month’s purchase was Just Nan’s Witchy’s Sister Mouse kit. I ordered it in August, but it didn’t ship until the beginning of September, which is when I paid for it.

Witchy's Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Witchy’s Sister kit, designed by Just Nan

Sadly, I know that I will be going over budget in October. I’ve placed an order for two items that haven’t shipped (so I haven’t paid for them), and because the Canadian dollar as dropped so much, they cost far more here than in the US. And, even still, I would still be a little over budge. Add to that the Creativ Festival in a couple of weeks, and I know that my budget is shot. Nonetheless, I feel that I’ve done pretty good this year… except for all the machine embroidery supplies! Yikes!

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Backstitching Santa

Where has the time gone, stitchy friends? The last time I looked it was the end of August with a week of summer vacation still to go. Now we are into the third week of school and fall is only a few days away. The last few weeks have been full of end-of-summer activities, getting used to a new schedule, kids’ birthday parties, and other fun things. But, of course, I’ve found time for some stitching.

Santa's Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Dimensions (WIP)

Look!! Santa’s Journey Stocking is getting very close to being finished. All the stitching is done, and I’ve also completed a large part of the backstitching. I still have a whole bunch of couching to do, some beads to attach, and then a tonne of French knots (actually, I’ll be doing colonial knots). But, I am pretty much on the home stretch now. Yay!

Close-up view of Santa's face

Close-up view of Santa’s face

I’m so confident that I’ve actually got the next stocking out. I thought about starting to sort the colours, but I want to stay focused on Santa’s Journey. The temptation is so strong, though.

Sleigh Ride at Dusk Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Sleigh Ride at Dusk Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Smalls SAL – Guess what! It is almost Smalls SAL check-in time. The last Wednesday of the month is just over a week away. The check-in post will be up on September 30th, and I will also be sending out a reminder email the same day. If you’d like to sign up for the reminder email, just head on over here. I only use that mailing list to send out Smalls SAL reminders, and your email address will be perfectly safe.

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Stitch from Stash – August 2015

Oh dear… It is time for the Stitch from Stash check-in… Stitch from Stash 2015 B

Actually, I did okay with regards to cross stitch stash.

Month: August 2015
Spent: $11.35
Earned: $0 (not tracking)

I bought four skeins of floss that I needed to stitch up some Just Nan designs that I have had hanging around for ages, and then I bought the 2013 New Colours pack for myself. (I’ve given away three or four, but I’ve never kept one for myself! I figured it was about time.)

August stash purchases

August stash purchases

Now, as for the rest of my craft spending… Well, it was a rough month. I picked up some supplies for machine embroidery (thread, patterns, and stabilizer), hand embroidery (linen, a hoop, and a heat transfer pen), sewing (thread), knitting (buttons for a vest), and jewellery making (beads and charms so my mom can make me a couple of things). I haven’t totalled it all up, but I know that it is bad. :( There is always next month, right?

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Smalls SAL – August 2015 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! The last Wednesday of the month is here. Yay! I love getting to share my small and getting to see all of yours.2015SmallsSALWe’ve had a pretty strange month way up here. There were days (like yesterday and today) where it is very clear that fall is just around the corner, and other days (like last week) where it is so hot that there isn’t anything to do but sit inside and enjoy the air conditioning. I’m sure it is no surprise that I enjoy the cool days. I spend the end of August examining the trees for signs of fall, and I rejoice when I see that the sumac has started to turn. So, of course, I decided to focus on fall-themed smalls again this month.

Wendy's Cat and Haunted Zone

Wendy’s Cat and Haunted Zone

These are both from this year’s Mill Hill Autumn Treasures series: Wendy’s Cat and Haunted Zone. I made the cord with the help of my little man (when, oh when will school start again?!) and leftover floss from the kits.

So, what did you stitch this month? Does your stitching still reflect the warm weather (or cold, depending on where you are)? Have you started stitching for Christmas already? Maybe back-to-school stitching was under your needle this month. I can’t wait to see! Use the form near the end of this post to link to your post. The list will close to new entries at about midnight September 1st Eastern time.

Next month: The September check-in will take place on the 30th. You’ve got piles of time to get stitching!

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Trying Flat Stitches

I mentioned the other week that I was finally going to give hand embroidery a try. I’ve been cross stitching for somewhere around 25 years now, but I have always vehemently avoided hand embroidery. I thought it was to cutesy, too country, and not at all something I would ever want to do. Truthfully, I still feel that way just a little bit, but I now also see the beauty in hand embroidery.

Hand Embroidery Sampler - Flat Stitches

Hand Embroidery Sampler – Flat Stitches

I’ve finished up the first section of the sampler from Craftsy’s Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery. The class is taught by Jessica Marquez, the author of Stitched Gifts. She goes through the stitches slowly, explaining them clearly and demonstrating them for the camera. The first section covers flat stitches like the running stitch, back stitch and stem stitch.

Close-up of my flat stitches

Close-up of my flat stitches

My stitches look okay… But I’m so used to the precision involved in cross stitch that the variations and slightly wobbliness bother me. I know that I will get better at making the stitches the same size with practice (I did play with stitch size in a couple of the rows to see how it would make things look), but the “homespun-ness” is part of this type of embroidery, I suppose.

I did learn a couple of things:

  1. If you print your pattern with a laser printer, you can use an iron to transfer the pattern. There is no need for a heat transfer pencil.
  2. I really don’t like using a hoop… I do nearly all of my stitching in hand, including hardanger. (Yes, I like to live dangerously! 😉 )
  3. Picking your own colours is hard. :(

Anyway! Onward to the next lesson and loop stitches. I so love the lazy daisy. :/

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Great-Grandma’s Stash

A few months ago my aunt moved from her rather large house into a small apartment. She has been divesting herself of various family heirlooms which, being the oldest sister, had somehow found their way into her home. I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous library table that needs to be refinished (it was once my great-grandmother’s dining room table, but was cut down), a fairly rare commode set, and a fabulous collection of embroidery patterns and other crafty papers.

Commode Set

Commode Set

My mom and I have only taken a quick look through the box, but it is the proverbial treasure trove. The patterns are delightful, and many of them have notes in my great-grandmother’s hand. Even more charming are the patterns from The Canadian Countryman, which feature articles and recipes on the back. Some even have dates going as far back as 1913.

Great-grandmother's stash of patterns

Great-grandmother’s stash of patterns

Unfortunately, I am useless when it comes to hand embroidery. I need my detailed patterns, fabric with little holes, and all of the organization and exactness that goes along with cross stitch. Hand embroidery seems so… free-form, so chaotic. But, I really want to honour my great-grandmother’s things and learn to embroidery neatly so I can make things from the same patterns she used.

canadiancountrymanI plan to share some of the discoveries from this box over the next couple of months, along with my attempts at hand embroidery. I’ve already signed up for Craftsy’s embroidery class, which I hope will give me a good foundation. I may even give some the old recipes, knitting patterns, and other tips a try.

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