Friday, June 22, 2018

TUSAL, Gifted Gorgeousness and Blogger update - June 2018

Hello everyone,

I am very late for both TUSAL and Gifted Gorgeousness!

TUSAL caught me out ..... last month TUSAL was the 19th and this month everyone else was posting on the 13th June! Eeeek! (It all depends on the date of the New Moon) Anyway, I'm here now, and taking the opportunity of linking to Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness at the same time.

Without further ado here are my ORTs: the little cotton pile you can see in the picture below, is from both of these cross stitch projects; the fabric ORTs are from making up the phone case, plus a few from a quilt I'm making for The Endeavourers. Now the little cotton pile is going to join the rest of my ORTs in this year's jar.

Not sure where the fabric ones are going yet.

Note to self.....  must get round to making a label for jar!

The Flashing Scissors

The beach hut picture is from CrossStitcher, Issue 332, and the Flamingo was issue 331. The beach view is another project I was really excited to stitch ..... I know, I'm easily pleased! ..... but this is the one with a "button" depicting a VW van. I'm just a little disappointed that it is a cardboard button! However, CrossStitcher also included a pattern of a VW van which can be added to the stitched piece in the button's place and beads (which was a surprise) for flowers ..... so they're OK guys after all!

Yet again I was trying to be the first to finish stitching the beach hut ..... but alas, yet again, I'm not finished, and the next issue of the magazine is out now. This kit came with a card frame, but I'd like to make  a pouch with it.

There were two free gifts in Issue 332 and I like the second gift too ..... so I've got plenty of cross stitch to keep me busy now!

And here is the Flamingo phone case I was stitching last month, actually “Fully Finished”, Yay!

The Flashing Scissors

I added black ribbon around the edge of the Flamingo as my phone case is slightly smaller than the one in the magazine and I was a little worried that the edge of the "evenweave" fabric might catch on things in my handbag. The wrist strap was also my idea .... makes it easier to grab quickly from whichever bag I'm using.

The Flashing Scissors

This was a great gift from CrossStitcher, and really "on trend" too as I've seen all sorts of  merchandise sporting Flamingos, from pyjamas to dresses in local stores, and Flamingos on other blogs too. Well done CrossStitcher!

Stop Press.  Guess what, I've just bought the next issue of CrossStitcher and hope shortly to start on the next project - a needlecase. Yes, I know, haven't I got enough needlecases already?!! Yes, but they are all small cases and I've decided I really need to label my needles to be able to track down all the different ones when I need them and I think this will be a good sized case to keep them in.


Come with me now over to Daffycat's post if you would like to see how Sharon (aka Daffycat) and our other stitching buddies are doing with their TUSALs this month!

And if you pop over to see Jo at Serendipitous Stitching ..... here she has an update on the current blogger problem. I've followed her lead and updated my blog accordingly so I'll be interested to see if your comment emails flood in! Can't wait to see 'em again!

Now I'm off to catch up on my blog reading. See you soon!

Barbara xxx

Next TUSAL July 13.
Next Gifted Gorgeousness July 15


Pamela said...

The flamingo case is adorable! Well done.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Your jar is filling up nicely. Great work on your phone case, the strap is a fab idea.

FlashinScissors said...

Yay! It worked! Yours was the first comment to come directly to me after implementing Jo’s instructions!
Thank you for your kind comment, Pamela!
Barbara xx

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you, Clare. The strap is soooo useful! I usually add one to most pouches/purses/bags I make ..... then they are fumble free!
I was glad to finally finish the cross stitch flamingo (truth told it was a teeny bit fiddly!) and I get to keep it with me too!
Barbara xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your flamingo turned out beautifully! It's a very good example of why I avoid checking out that magazine because I know what would happen! Looking forward to seeing your needlecase!

Kaisievic said...

Love the flamingo phone case - it turned out beautifully.

Kim said...

Lovely Barbara, you truly do stitch the prettiest cross stitches. I am loving your new little beach scene and the Flamingo phone case is spectacular. Everything about this is gorgeous, from the beautiful cross stitch to the perfect fabrics you used and the black ribbon border. You are very clever!

Catherine - Hillview Embroidery said...

I love your flamingo! And it’s great to hear that the magazine provides good quality and patterns and gifts - one can never be too sure about those freebies at times. Enjoy the Needle Case!

Queeniepatch said...

I think the phone case turned out just right, the black and green are mirrored in the flamingo scene.
The cross stitch pieces you make are just perfect in size, and you can finish them easily.
Keep up the good work, Barbara.

Lin said...

Nice finish on the phone case Barbara. xx

Mii Stitch said...

Oh my gosh, the flamingo case is so cool!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Barbara, I love your cross stitch projects so much. I wish we had that magazine on our store shelves here in the States. It might inspire me to give x-stitching another try. I haven't done it since my daughter was little. I used to cover spots on her clothes with motifs I stitched on waste canvas.
xx, carol

Julie said...

The black border certainly adds a touch of drama to the phone case and really makes the flamingo stand out, great idea.
Beach huts always get my vote- I'd love a real one!
Happy stitching Barbara

rosey175 said...

Excellent Idea to add a wrist strap! Easy to grab, easy to dangle on your hand.

A cardboard button! Well, I suppose it would be okay for a piece that will just be on display and never see a drop of moisture in its life. Good on them for adding other options!

Christine B said...

Love seeing what you are working on Barbara! The flamingo eyeglasses case turned out beautifully! Hope you are enjoying some wonderful sunshine this weekend! Christine x

Rhona said...

I love your little projects...the flamingo finish look incredible! I managed to pick up issue 332 of CrossStitcher and love the free gifts....the little VW button is so cute ( I agree it would have been better if it had been a real button and not just cardboard!)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. The TUSAL was 15th May so you were late last month too LOL

Love the cover kits you've been stitching and finishing. The quality is definitely improving again. Apart from the button!

France Nadeau ❅ inspiration imagination creation said...

What a beautiful case, with a flashy flamingo! Perfect for summer. 😄

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I love your phone case and the beach project is fun :)

Sheryl said...

Beautiful case Barbara, it has turned out perfect and I like the added handy wrist strap.