Sunday, January 19, 2014

Needle and Thread...

I am just loving my stitching at the moment (and the glorious sunshine we have been having today :) It's portable, easy to pick up where I left off and I love watching whatever I am stitching come to life with each new stitch.

This weekend we spent hours upon hours in hospital with DH who had spinal surgery (which went extremely well - we are all home now!) This meant hours upon hours to fill with stitching! Yay!

Here are some of the little stitcheries I have been working on... some free kits from my favourite cross-stitch mag and some from various charts that I have. I am trying to work on building my card-stash stitcheries. I love giving hand stitched cards but have realised that it will be far more practical for me to have a little collection of stitcheries rather than trying to stitch as I need them. Life ALWAYS seems to get in the way of my best laid plans and undo all my good intentions.

Other stitching this week has been a bit of re-vamping of an old-time favourite....

My Filofax cover that I made a few years ago. I love this cover. The embroidery design is my own and I love the pretty blue and cream fabric that frames the design. But the inside flaps that slip over my Filofax were just a little too short and did not hold the cover in place very well. As a result my Filofax - which actually is the most useful tool in my organisation arsenal - is never used. But not any more. My Filofax has received a makeover from cover to cover - can't wait to take you on a little tour through it later on in the week :)

So - with new flaps and the addition of an elastic to hold it all together, new life has been breathed into an old favourite.

Today I am linking up with Chrissie from Chrissie Crafts - a blog that I have just discovered (and love) through Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet. Check out their blogs - both are lovely to visit.

Blessings to you all :)


  1. Gosh you have been busy! theres nothing better than a little craft to calm the mind and they are all so pretty, I hope your DH makes a full and speedy recovery x
    Thank you for the sweet mention
    love Jooles x x x

  2. Hi Shirls, do hope your hubby is doing ok and on the mend! Lots of love from all of us!

    1. Hello my dear friend. He is doing well. Lots of recovery time ahead but we are looking forward to having him at home for 6 whole weeks :)

  3. I'm curious to know what a Filofax is!

    1. Hello Anne, A Filofax (filofax is the brand name) is a personal organizer. It's a bit like having your homekeeping journal in aa smaller format. When you buy them they generally come with some basic sections like your daily planner, financial section, addresses and a notes section. but you can add dividers that you might need to help keep you organized such as meal planning, homekeeping schedules etc - anything you want really. If you check back later on in the week I will take you through a tour of my Filofax so that you can get an idea of what it is and how I use it :)


  4. What beautiful stitching! Thank you for linking up - your Filofax cover is soooo pretty, and very clever of you to stitch cards ahead of time! Hope DH is doing well... Chrissie x

  5. Dear Shirley
    I think your stitching projects are looking lovely. I have great admiration for you cross-stitchers because I know that I couldn't do that! Your Filofax cover is beautiful too. I'm looking forward to seeing your other projects.
    Best wishes

  6. Wishing your DH good health and a speedy recovery. Lovely stitching-it helps to have hands busy while waiting :)

  7. You do such lovely stitch-work! I really like your idea of hand-stitched cards.
    Praying that your husband heals up quickly from his surgery. ♥

  8. that Filofax cover is beautiful! I hear you on the stitcheries for cards, it's something I hope to do this year too


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