Saturday 29 December 2012

Wipocalypse - December/Final post for 2012

December Update:

After the last update realisation hit me that there wasn't much chance of me being able to complete all set projects, so I set a mini goal to concentrate on completing Fizzy Moon and 1 page of my HAED for this year end. So...

A Fizzy Moon finish (which ended up being mums Christmas present ... so expect another pillow appearing on the blog soon):
September 2012

December 2012
The latest page progress:

November 2012
December 2012
Overall progress:
November 2012

December 2012

I have even managed to start the next page.

Error corrections and unexpected stitching:

So then I had a little time to correct/start correcting a few errors I have clumsily made this year:

In Big Ben there should have not been any dark in the reflection ... silly me has mixed up symbols
May 2012
This error I have unpicked and corrected, then done some unexpected stitching:
December 2012
In Venice the events occurred the other way around. I have been working on it to discover that I did not account for the overlap of 10 squares in my gridding so there is a 10 square wide line down the centre where the 2 pages of design overlap.
August 2012 - part 1
December 2012 - extra stitching

December 2012 - extra stitching and the start of unpicking

Year Update

1) 'Handpicked by Fizzy [a new start and finish]:

2) Country Trio [final of three start and finish]:


3) Lickle Ted with a daffodil:

Started from:

And finished:


4) Xmas Chums [a bit of failure this goal]:

So I have ended up with less than I begun with.

5) Good Heavens [failure as none done]:

6) Making Lickle Wishes: 

7) John Clayton: Big Ben [new start and ...]:

8) John Clayton: Venice [new start and ...]:

9) John Clayton: 'Calla Lily' [a new start and finish]:


10) 'does my bum look big in this?' [from ... to finish]:

11) Country Bouquet - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady [completed]:


12) The Snowman card [from ... to complete]:

13) 'Meet Baby Newton' [from ... to a finish]:

14) Fizzy Moon card kit [nothing done on]:

15) 'Tending the Flock' [same - shame]:

16) 'Picture of elegance' [and again ...]:

17) Dimensions kit [new start to ...]:

18) HAED [new start to ...]:

3 and a bit pages done

So a grande total of 8 complete. Next year although we are told to set the goals in the 1st check-in post I think I will do in advance hopefully before the year begins. This I think I will do by changing the Wipocalypse 2012 tab, and will have more SMART objectives (something I have learnt on my course). So I will update the sidebar links, and the tabs to reflect this update in the next few days. And now back to study.

Till soon,

                                                       P.S. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Thursday 20 December 2012

the Liebster award...

I think I should start by thanking Jules again for nominating me for this.

From my research on this award I gather I need to nominate another 5 blogs (with under 200 followers) stating my reasons for doing so. I should also answer 10 question, but I did not get asked those, so will skip that rule I think.

Picking out 5 was a little difficult, as how can one pick out just 5? The 200 followers benchmark did help a lot. So in alphabetical order (i.e. no order of preference between the top 5):

1) Craft, cook and live by Tracey Walker. She is relatively new to blogging, with only a handful of followers, but so was everyone at one stage or other, and required that little extra encouragement (in my case it was Snoopy's). Tracey's progress on the 'Wedding' was very interesting to follow.  

2) Cross stitch mania by Snoopy. Ok, I might be a bit biased here, but Snoopy is the one who has been doing the Summer Extravaganza with me. We are still battling on, with fierce competition ... [at the rate that I am stitching I will finish tmy piece in 6 years time!] Also thanks to her for all the moral support I constantly get in my stitching and other hobbies.

3) Scully's Cross Stitching by Kim. Her posts are always a great read, if memory does not deceive me it was her blog that inspired me to complete my very own HAED purchase. Although it was a different blog that influenced me to sign up to Michele's website and create my wish list, it was one of Kim's posts last spring that got me hooked on the word 'sale' to finally commit. If there is a sale on, surely it's okay to buy a few charts ... even if you are budgeting. I love seeing her mum's progress on the Nautilus Princess (it is one of the charts I want to work on in the future), and the charts that she buys ... there are always a few jems that I end up looking up and adding to my ever growing wish list. 

4) Stitchings of an Army Wife by Megan Bright. Because her blogging story is so great! She always has so much progress, and makes me a little jealous. She happened to have stitched Mini Alice and Snow White, a full chart of which I have bought and am looking forward to stitching.  

5) The Next Best Stitch by Chelle. Technically I probably shouldn't nominate someone who had this award in the past, but I want to do so anyway. She is a very inspiring lady for many reasons, with lots of great stitching. I especially love her cottages, and the idea of being able to change the cottage every month. There are so many charts I worry about stitching, like ones with a Christmas topic, so this might be a way forward. Plus she is the first person I came across who stitches for Love Quilts! I came across this charity a while back and fancied participating, still do ...but that for some time in the future when I can commit to a deadline and persevere no matter what. 

I hope no one will take offence, and will take their nomination as a compliment. 

Till soon,

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Tuesday Extravaganza ...

My wish to complete the third page by the end of the year is looking more realistic every day ...

part 12

part 13

Till soon,


Monday 17 December 2012

TUSAL and some exciting updates to the gallery

Dear all, I have been falling back in the blogging world it seems ... lots of images and progress still to post and so little time.

Quick update to the last if the year TUSAL:

December 2012

December 2012/ &upto of 2012

Year 2012

Also, my mum has finally made up the pillows from the Fizzy Moon stitchings I gave her in the past year or so:

Till soon,


Saturday 1 December 2012

November Wipocalypse 2012

This will be a short post ... for the purpose of updating you on the lack of my progress. (I have a mock exam on Tuesday so I better get myself revised up.) On another note I have been nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Jules, so many thanks to her. Will do a further post soon once I decide on my five.

And now to stitching ...
October 2012

November 2012

October 2012

November 2012
Apologies for bad quality photos ... Maybe a finish of the page for the last update? Or is that too much wishful thinking.

Until [sigh] soon,