Square 21 Complete

Hi there,

I’ve been incredibly busy behind the scenes of this blog (as any of you who like the Facebook Page are aware) though have been really bad lately at posting on here. My apologies, it’s a combination of getting things as close to finished as possible, and preparing for Christmas… as well as the usual winter joys of colds, work and everything else life wants to throw my way!

Today is in fact my birthday (yep 27 today), so as I have a quiet day of relaxing ahead I thought I would catch you up a little!

I am nearer completion of The BIG Project, though it won’t be finished by the 1st (of course) I still want to get it done though, so do keep checking out, if nothing else it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes!

Today I’m sharing completed “Square” 21, the dreaded Angel…. I struggled so hard with this one, I just couldn’t find a design I liked, so I just drew out a basic design and went with it, it’s not my favourite by far, but works nonethelesss: I found the angel designs I found EVERYWHERE were simply too “cartoony” for what I wanted, so I just simplified it totally. 

If you have been on the Facebook Page, (or go there now) you will see “Square 22″ as well, which I will post on here very soon, and I am working on 23, so there isn’t much further to go on the images at least, though of course then there is the joy (!) of metallic numbers that need stitching on all but one of the “Squares” and then putting it all together. Though the last part will be the least time-consuming! IT IS more than possible to get this done, so, here’s hoping it gets there!

Hope you have all had a wonderful November, and a great Thanksgiving for those of you in the USA, and are looking forward to Christmas! 

Happy Crafting!

Square 20 Complete

Hi there!

Back to the christmas crafting, and now we have just over 6 weeks to go! Less than that if the Advent Calendar makes it! And it IS getting there I promise! Though I am still a little nervous about getting on that sewing machine, and it is looming ever closer! 

Here we have Square 20, and though simple, I adore it! This was originally a silhouette pattern, so I accented the antlers and hooves of the reindeer in gold, though left colour to a minimum. I love how it turned out!

 I have decided to simply get 24 squares done at this point, the 25th was simply “Merry Christmas” stitched for the top of the calendar anyway, and I feel that it is not necessary now I have reached this point. SO this means we have 4 more squares to go, and then it’ll be numbering, pocket making, and construction time! With this in mind, it is entirely possible that it will  be finished in time! (Though of course you never can tell!)

I am aiming for as close to December 1st as I can, but in this time I do have to complete a second non-christmas piece, and have a birthday, so no promises! Though I will try, because as much as I’ve enjoyed this project, I can’t wait to have the chance to make something new next year! If you would like to see all the squares so far, do check out the album on the Thisisthecraftyone Facebook Page, and there you will also find other stitchy treats too! 

Hope you’re having a great week!

Happy Crafting!

Square 19 Complete

Hi there!

I’m sorry I’ve been so rubbish lately, I had stitchers block, then I got a cold, and my internet has been especially useless of late! Add to that I had a job interview on Friday, and a trial there yesterday so my time has been spread a little thin!  

I’ve also neglected blogs I follow and want to have a good catch up, hopefully tomorrow as I don’t have much planned, so don’t worry I am going to be back, commenting and sharing the love haha!

I am working on stitching still, and praying I can still get the advent calendar complete before December 1st, which is still possible, if I actually get to work.

I’ve started work on “Square 20″ though it was put to one side for a couple of days while I worked on a birthday present, and planned out a card I need to stitch for a friend. Hopefully I can get stuck into that today and then I will only have 5 to go! (Though I’m still trying to find one tricky pattern). 

Ok, so apologies done, onto the 19th square of the advent calendar: 

I actually really like this one, though the bow doesn’t show up as well on camera as it does in person… This was one I was sort-of dreading to stitch, because it wasn’t very exciting, which is possibly why it’s taken me so long to complete!

The remaining squares are a bit more interesting though so WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

Hope you are all well!

Happy Crafting!

Square 18 Complete

Hi there!

Wednesday is here! Which means blog post (honestly, it does, I’ve just been a bit rubbish lately)! And a BIG PROJECT update!

After a severe lack of motivation, I decided on Monday to sit and stitch, not knowing how well (or not well) it was going to go. I simply wanted to get back into it, and at first, it was slow going, I’d had a slight attempt on Saturday that hadn’t gone well, after drawing the outline of two designs to merge them into one,  I managed to get a small part of the “square” stitched, but soon lost interest. I did think however at least having a plan was something!

Monday felt like it was going to go the same way at first. And then I realised I was quite into it! 

I managed to get the square totally finished on Monday evening! So here it is: 

And now I have 7 more to go! Which (and I have no idea why) sounds easier than 8, and hopefully that pattern will continue!

I didn’t do any stitching yesterday, but plan to get started on the next piece today! I’m even looking at fabric, and currently dreading re-learning machine stitching to bring it all together in the end! Still, I’ll be pleased when it’s done, which is looking a bit more likely now!

Hope you’re having a great start to October!

Happy Crafting!

Guilty As Charged

Hi there!

I can’t believe it’s October already! It’s been a while, I have no excuse really. I’ve been suffering from a severe lack of motivation, but I did get some stitching underway this weekend, after merging two designs into one for the next square of the BIG PROJECT so hopefully things will get moving again! I’ve got a fairly quiet week ahead and plan to get at least 2 squares finished! 

This month is a big one, because I also want to get my cards started, ideally to finish everything by the beginning of December! I do have a fairly good idea on the time, and shouldn’t have any problems getting everything done, (unless I get stitchers block again).

It hasn’t hit me this badly in a while, but it DOES happen to everyone!

Hope you are well!

Happy Crafting!

Square 17 Complete!

Hi there!

It is finished! Well, the 17th square at least… 8 to go! I really meant to post yesterday but my internet was playing up so today it is!

I haven’t had time to work on anything else in the last week, I’ve been totally busy, but I have a couple of days to myself now so I’m hoping things will get going! I have so much on my to do list right now it’s unreal, but I keep procrastinating when I do get 5 minutes to myself (not a great way to get things off the to do list).

I have however finished square 17! And here it is: 

I quite like it, not as much as some of the others, but I tried to make it a little more colourful than some of the other squares. It meant it was a bit fiddlier (I mean check out the metallic berries there) but the overall effect is nice.  

I was hoping to look for a traditional angel pattern to stitch next, because EVERY SINGLE ONE I have found is a bit too “cartoony” for my liking, but I was so busy last week I never got a chance to look, now though things settle down for a few days, so I’m hoping to get another square started today! And look for the angel to stitch later on. So by all means if you can find a small traditional looking angel anywhere do leave a comment! 

I can’t believe there are only 8 squares to go! It hasn’t really sunk in that it’s that close to the end, I mean that’s still quite a bit of work, and then I STILL  have to get fabric and actually bring it all together, but it makes me realise the progress I’ve made! (Mostly last year I know, but once it was placed aside I’d sort-of forgotten about it) I’m beginning to feel more positive about it being finished but I daren’t speak too soon!

Hope you’re having a good start to the week!

Happy Crafting!

2/3 of Square 17

Hi there!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already… I’ve been working on another “square” this week for the BIG Project, and of course the inevitable happened, I haven’t finished it (now do you see why I’ve given myself a fair bit of time this year) in my defense, it is one of the more detailed patterns, if you look back over other BIG Project posts from last year, you’ll notice some are a lot bigger and more detailed than others, hopefully it’ll work when it’s finished, to add a bit of dimension to the finished advent calendar.

If you’ve been following for a while you’ll also know I really don’t like working with metallic threads (which isn’t to say I don’t do it fairly often) and I have managed to get all the metallic stitching finished for this one, so it’s simple from here!

So here it is: I do really like this piece, I don’t even mind it taking as long as it has, because it’s so pretty to look at already!

Because patterns for this whole project have come from various locations I’m not saying where they’re from! Because it’s work to find them, most (like this one) come from many back issues of Cross Stitcher but if you’d like to know I can look them out for you, so don’t hesitate to comment/email/Facebook me for information, or just a hello! 

So, this should be finished today and I’ll have a new one for you on Monday! 

I hope you’re having a great week, whatever you’re up to! Do feel free to come and say hi on the Facebook Page if you’re procrastinating at all!

Happy Crafting!