Thursday, 27 February 2014

February stitching and IHSW

I can't believe that February is already almost gone!!
This month I stitched only on Sampler aux Boquets and I've finished part 1:
I had some problems while stitching it, I've been visited by nasty frogs and that big bird at the bottom had to be re-stitched.
I hoped to work on it during IHSW last weekend and to get a lot of part 2 done but I didn't.
The weather was just gorgeous, sunny and warm, a little bit of spring anticipated: it was too bad to stay inside so the stitching time was very limited and this is all I've stitched:

 Anyway, I'm really pleased with how it's turning out and I want to stick with it until it will be all done.

As I've previously said, this year I really want to focus on my wips with NO new starts... that said I've just bought Paradigm Found (the Big Brother of Paradigm Lost) by Julia Line at Long Dog Samplers and the first 3 sheeps of "Little Sheeps Virtues" by LHN...

Hope to be back soon with new progress.

Happy stitching!

Monday, 20 January 2014

IHSW January report

I've totally forgotten how you do this, so even though I knew I would have been hermitting (thank you Joysze for commenting on my last post) I forgot to sign up on her blog, sorry about that!

Anyway, I'm really proud of my hermitting, I've put together a great amout of stitches, you'll see.

I wanted to work on ATW and finish part one, but my methallic gold thread has been eaten by the house so I've picked up Sampler aux bouquets.

This is the before pic, just a small bird, right where I've left it after starting it back in July.

And this is the after pic

What do you say? I think I've done pretty good, and I've even remembered to leave the couch to feed DH and the furry friends, I didn't let them starve ;-)

I've really enjoyed my stitching, something that really did not happen in 2013: last year I've mainly worked on my ring bearer cushion, that I love but has been a real nightmare to stitch... but it deserves a post of his own... coming soon.

Off to see your IHWS reports and many thanks to everyone who is taking the time to pass here and maybe leave a comment... THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Hopefully back on track - WIPocalypse 2014 January Check in

Hello there!
Here I am with a brand new start of the blog. As I've said in the post title I hope to be back on track not only with the blog but with my crafting too: it has been really chaotic during 2013.


As soon as I've seen the 2014 WIPocalypse on Measi's blog I've decided to join back again: my resolution for 2014 is "NO new starts, YES WIPS!". During the past years I've started way too many projects, stitching, knitting and crocheting wise, so I really feel the time has come to cut the list!!!

As this year WIPocalypse is not only about posting our progresses but there's also a monthly discussion topic, I'll start from that.

Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year.

Valentina, 27, freshly married to the love of my life Roberto.

Still living in Piemonte, Italy: no longer in a small country village some 40 kilometers away from the city of Turin, but on a really nice hillside, with a great view on the country below, and of my little hometown, some 50 kilometers away from Turin.

Leaving with three furry friends: Jacko, Diva and Shaggy.

Actually in search for a new job. Thinking about a baby, maybe later this year...

 My projects can be all described with just two words: TOO MANY!

18 stitching wips, 5 crocheting wips and 3 knitting wips: a big total of 26!!

1.Paradigm Lost - Long Dog Sampler 2.Sampler aux Bouquets - Jardin Priveé 3.C'è una strada nel bosco - Permin 4.Spot of - The Drawn Thread
5. Around the world in 80 stitches - Papillon Creations 6. January's Garnet Fairy - Mirabilia 
7.Royal Holiday - Mirabilia 

8.La balancoire - Nimue 9.Damier - Les grilles de Maryse 10.DMC Color Card 11.Herb and spices (on an apron) Jeremiah Junctions
12. Sabrina - Mirabilia 13.Peek a Boo - Anchor 14.Tree of stitches - Bee's Needleworks - 15.Christmas Rules - Lizzie Kate 16.V is for Valentine - Victoria Sampler 17.A good marriage - Lizzie Kate 18.Forest Snowfall -Country Cottage Needleworks (I left it at my parents... along with the UFOs... can't tackle those too!)

1. A scarf inspired by this one of Vanessa of Coco Rose Diaries 2. Drops Designs cowl 3.Japanese Flower scarf inspired by this one of Lucy of Attic24 4.A set of 12 coasters (actually they're 7) Drops Designs 5. A Big Blanket inspired by the origial one again of Lucy at Attic24

1.A really old and battered sweater in need of new sleeves: finish the rather crazy right sleeve and make the left one. 2.Safire by Hilary Smith Callis (done apart from sewing the ends in and attach 5 buttons... still to find them!) 3. A new beret for DH: another one from Drops Design.

Just one goal for 2014: finish as many wips as I can!

That's all for now! I'll do my best to stay back on track.

See you (hopefully) soon with a stitching update.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wedding planning

Hi there!
The title post quickly explains why I've been away from the blog for 6 (!) fat months... I've been totally overwhelmed by wedding planning... MY OWN wedding planning!
 In less than a month (!) me and DB will become husband and wife... I can't hardly believe it still!
 We decided to marry last year in July and chose the big day as Saturday the 28th of September 2013.
Back then, that day seemed so far away, and now it's so close!!!
There were lots of things to do in these last month, from the wedding planning itself, our house to be completed, the honey moon to organize, the perfect dress to be found...

But in between all of this I also found a little time to stitch, knit and crochet.
Now that we're almost done with everthing I'll try to pop in here at least once a week to post.
I also want to get back in reading all your blogs, there are always so many great creations to admire and to being inspired from.

That's all for today, hope to be back soon with a stitching post (I've been stitching the wedding rings pillow, it's almost done)

Monday, 18 February 2013

Sunny Monday

Hi friends, sorry I've been away for so long, but I really didn't feel like blogging lately.
I've been really busy stitching, crocheting and knitting so I have loads of things to show you, and a big news to tell you, but all those things deserve proper posts, so today I've just decided to pop in and say "Hi!" taknig advantage of a half day off work.
This morning I had to go to the hospital to have one of my eyes checked for a sty. I was lucky to be out of the hospital in a short time so I decided to have a little stroll at the market. Here in Italy almost every town has the market, but only a day a week. Today was market day in boyfriend's village so there I went.
It's really a small market but it has a nice flower stoll where I could not resist these gorgeous primulas at just   euro each.

I'll try to be back soon with some updates and I leave you with some other flowery pictures, my lovely hyacints in full bloom.

Hope you've liked this really spring-oriented post, I'm truly enjonig this colourful beauties since the forecat says snow for the rest of the week.
Have a colorful week!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Just a quick note to wish you all a 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Coming back...

I was just having a look at my really neglected blog and I've found 3 brand new followers!
So I decided that I had to stop for a little while and say something.

First of all, I say hi and welcome to the new followers, it's always nice to see that someone has seen your works and have liked them so much to decide to follow you!!!

I'm sorry for this long absence, but I'm working late every day lately, and when I got home I'm always quite tired, so I don't even turn the pc on.
I've also a lot of your posts to go through, sorry if you haven't heard from me lately. Maybe I don't leave a comment but be sure that if I'm a follower of your blog I look at all your posts.

On the stitching front I have to say that I've completly lost my stitching bug, really sorry to say!!!!

On the other hand though, I caught the knitting bug, since I've been restlessly knitting for the past two months.

I've almost finished Safire by Hilary Smith Callis and last Sunday I've started Saroyan by Liz Abinante. These are two quite easy patterns that you can find in that wondrous world of wonders that's Ravelry!!!

I had already tried to knit Safire last autumn but I did a lot of miscalculations back then, with the result that I had to unravel it all!!!!

This time I've learned the lesson and it is quite finished by now.

As you can see the right sleeve is done, while the left one is still to come as the ribbed collar.

Here's the back
Please ignore the chaos that's on my bed, but notice the granny square blanket (a old-new project).

And a close up of the yarn, a self-striping blend of wool and acrylic, in a very wash out pic, sorry, the real colours are those of the above pics.

I've bought this buttons to go with it, because I loved them the exact moment that I've seen them but unfortunately they are too big for the charted buttholes, (note that I've bought them when I was already done with the buttnhole section) so I'm trying to find a way to use them just the same, I'll let you know if I'll be succesfull.

And this is my Saroyan, that I've called Autumn Leaves, I'm almost done with the increasing section

As I've said, I've completly lost my stitching bug, so no news from that front.

And no news from the crochet front either. The giant granny square that I've showed you in my last post is on hold. It started to twist pretty badly so I'm thinking of unravel it and start again.
I don't like the idea but I like even less the twisted granny squares!!!

That's all for now, thank you for stopping by!!

Sunday, 30 September 2012

September Stitches

Dear friends, here I'm for another monthly recap!
First of all, let me tell a big WELCOME to my brand new followers, I'll be checking your blogs soon.
I've fallen a little back with my commenting again but I'll manage to find the time to come and visist all the blogs I follow, I promise. I love your blogs they're all so inspiring, so I'm not at all abondoning you all!

My September hasn't seen lots of stitching done, I even had a very important start to make but I really didn't manage it.

I'm still trying to keep up with the Theme-a-licioius sititching, and the theme for September being stitching smalls, I've decided to stitch my Red Thread by Bent Creek, which is a collection of 12 small pieces.

I started this one back in January, planning to stitch a block a month, but I managed the routine just until February. I hoped to be able to stitch all the blocks from March to September but I only stitched March, April, Many and I've started June.

Back in February


The result of my September Stitching can also be seen through my ORT jar

Finally I started a crochet blanket, a giant granny square, inspired by the vintage version of Bunny Mummy

May October bring you plenty of time to stitch!

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

August stitches

Dear friends, another month has passed with no news from me. In the first days of August I thought that I would have plenty of time for posting during my 2 weeks of holiday. But in the end my holidays turned out so full that I really didn't manage one single post! But I've managed quite some stitching because the weather has been so hot around here that I've spend many hours inside.

 I've completely fall out of the schedule of the Theme-a-licious posting even though I try to theme-stitch a bit every month. In my last post I've showed you my progress on the December cat of Calendar Cats and since it was close to be finished I was hoping for a coming soon of a big Happy Dance, but since there's backstitch between me and that Happy dance, it has still to happen, the poor little cat still waits his whiskers!

The August Theme-a-liciuous was Altius August: Embrace the Olympic motto--Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger)--by elevating your mind. It's the perfect time to learn something new! Or maybe achieve some goals...

I went for achieving a goal: stitching the first eight blocks of Christmas Rules. I've only managed four and a little bith of the fifth before getting bored so I really didn't reached my goal but nevertheless is a steady progress on this one.

 Now the moon is almost full again and I'm late with the TUSAL!

There's my jar with lots of reds, pinks and purples on top: they come from the DMC Colour Card which for the first time this year received some attention. I've only showed this once, at the very end of 2011 when it looked like this.

And here it is

I've stitched a bit on this since I've been buying a lot of floss lately: I've decided to have the whole lot of DMC colours because I have a careful and well balanced choice to make, I have to choose all by myself, and I've never done it before, the colours of a design I'm about to stitch. I know this is the Wipocalypse year and I really shouldn't start (or let's say sholdn't have started, because I've alredy made some stitches) but you know how a brand new start makes you feel good. And I'm not talking of a just a brand new start, I'm talking about a brand new big and gorgous start, a design I've fell in love right the first time I saw it, a design that I've tried to resist for four months but in the end I had to start....

It's Around the World in 80 stitches by Papillon Creations!

The first stitches with one of the three already chosen colours, that's DMC 3345.
 I have to take another pic in daylight because in this one the colours are all different from the real ones!

That's all for the actual stitching but in these past weeks there has been a lot of planning future stitching... more to come! Happy stitching