Sunday, May 22, 2022

GG - Birds and things

 Hello Dear Reader.

Hello my lovely friends, today I'm joining Jo of Serendipitous Stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness where we shoehorn in any stitching that even remotely comes under the title of "gift"!  Read all about it on Jo's blog (Serendipitous Stitching) and to see what everyone else has stitched visit Jo HERE


Aaaaargh! Last post I asked for help with line spacing and the lovely Jo (yes, same Jo as mentioned above) told me how to do it! And what have I done? Only forgotten to put the code before I started typing! Aaargh! Must try and remember next time!


It was only as I started to type this post that I realised there were a few birds involved, and I will start with this Robin!

This is the letter "E" that I tried to stitch for Jo's last Blog Hop ..... but didn't leave enough time to fully finish - now finished, although not Fully Finished Off..

Pattern from CrossStitcher Magazine
( Issue 351 Dec 2019 )
Stitched on: tea dyed aida

And, just because I love the Robin here's a close-up

This is included in Gifted Georgeousness because I am going to send it to Claire of Aimetu's Stitching for the Annual Christmas tree she displays in her church, although it won't be leaving me just yet as I want to stitch a second accompany it!


Secondly - oh no! I've just realised the photo doesn't show the little bird very well! But anyway the pattern for this was one of the very generous freebies from the lovely Melisa of Pinker & Punkin Quilting.

"A Basket of Spring"
Tea Dyed Aida
Pattern : Melisa of Pinker & Punkin Quilting

At the time of writing this post we had a beautiful pheasant visiting us and I kept trying to take a photo but every time is saw me in the window it flew off!!!!

As you can see, this time was no different!


And lastly, and only because this shows a bird, - here is my "current stitching". coming along slowly.

Oh, and here is another visit from that elusive bird, but why does he have to stand with one foot in the water bowl?????? Funny critta!

And here we are - hiding again!

Oops, and "just because" another project I've been working on lately - until I found I've run out of one of the colours!!!! 

Right, I'm off to visit a few blogs now, and maybe stitch a few stitches later!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Barbara xxx

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Today I'm sharing my slow progress! Tee hee!! Linking to Friday Night Sew In with Wendy and friends at Sugarlane Designs. Go here to see who else is joining in. This is a special Easter weekend link up.


On my previous post I had a fun time joining in with a Treasure Hunt Blog Hop (read all about it here on Jo's blog) where participants were visiting to collect letters to form a phrase and my letter was "E". 

I must admit it was a little late in the day when I decided to stitch this letter. so, last night I was searching for the colours listed for the rest of the pattern - which took most of the evening with threads split between DMC and Anchor and spread around my many projects!

Started on Thursday

Pattern from CrossStitcher, 

Issue 351, December 2019. 

Stitched on tea dyed aida 14hpi,

And now my piece looks like this, but alas the pink section you can see is one space out - aaargh! How did I do that ..... I counted the squares so carefully too! (It will be a Robin when its finished)

I intend to finish this very soon, like before starting on something else! And maybe keep myself blogging more often.

By the way, does anyone know how to get back to single line spacing????? 

Any assistance gratefully accepted!

I'm off to see what everyone else was stitching for:

Friday Night Sew In with Wendy and friends
at Sugarlane Designs. Go here 

Barbara xxx

Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter Treasure Blog Hop 2022

Hello again blogging buddies! I hope I find you all well!


And it’s time to join Jo of Serendipitous Stitching once again for her annual Easter Blog Hop. The idea is that we all show some Spring or Easter stitching and you collect a letter from each participant to form a phrase. You will find the list of all the other participants over at Jo’s blog here

I don’t usually stitch Easter pieces but this year I kept finding lovely patterns I couldn’t wait to stitch! Alas, as usual, I started too late so I didn’t stitch as many as I wanted to. To start with I visited Melissa of Pinker n Punkin where, if you’ve already encountered Melissa’s blog you will know she shares lots of her beautiful embroidery and cross stitch free patterns. I am still stitching “A Basket of Spring” and already she has newer patterns she is sharing with us!

A basket of spring

I did finish two Easter cards - next year I need to start earlier 😁 These were another free pattern this time from The Merry Needle - a "new to me" blog! She has other free patterns too, but I've yet to investigate those.

Spring Springing

And here is my letter, sadly I only decided to stitch one yesterday, so predictably its not finished!

and so, in case you cant tell, it's an "E" .......... It's such a cute pattern.

Now you need to visit the next blogger on the list, the lovely Sheryl at Sewing After Seven

Have a lovely Easter!

Big Hugs,

Barbara xx


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Gifted Georgeousness - Feb/Mar

Dear Reader,

Thank you so much for visiting today.

It was great fun joining in with Jo’s blog hop in my previous post, but I'm sorry I might not have visited/replied to everyone, and consequently I felt too guilty to write another blog post until today!

 This was my stitching, which appeared on Astrid’s blog -  still awaiting FFO'ing. 

Free kit from CrossStitcher magazine

And the beautiful stitching I received, which you saw on my previous post, was from Felicia of Simplicity in


Today I'm excited to show you two little projects:

I'm hoping to link to Gifted Gorgeousness - visit Jo of Serendipitous Stitching to read all about it.

The first is one I've had in my Books file for simply ages! I actually never thought I'd stitch it because most of the colours are simply not my style and I had to buy new cottons specially.  So this is Sister Stitcher.  It is a free pattern from Isabella Abbiati of The Primitive Hare. 

I really enjoyed stitching it, such cute little characters! I used all the called for colours (in DMC), fabric from stash -  really old stuff  -  it's something rustic, I think 18hpi.

I was trying to find a good way to show my tiny stitches, although I'm not sure it helped much!

Not quite sure how I'm going to finish it but it is going to be a gift!


and this little card is a gift I received from Val of @val_fabricandcrafts 
(although I didn't have the pattern and stitched it from the cover photo of the kit).

As it happened it was just right to send
to my mum for Mothers Day  

Before I sealed it into the card for posting!

Well that's all for now, I will be back with some WIPocolypse stitching soon!

Barbara xxx

Oooh, one more thing:

Beautiful little
gift I received from a lovely
stitching friend (not a blogger)


Monday, February 14, 2022

Secret Stitching Sweetheart blog hop

Hello Dear Reader,

Happy Valentine's Day!!! 

In the world of cross stitch Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is renowned for her blog hops! And today we are joining her for the latest!

Those taking part have sent Jo a photograph of stitching suitable for a gift to our:

Secret Stitching Sweetheart 

Jo has randomly distributed those photos amongst those taking part, for us to show on our blogs. The idea is that now we go and visit everyone else to discover who has our piece of work and then let them know it is ours!

If you visit Jo HERE you will be able to visit those taking part and see some beautiful stitching  

This is the photo I received:


I can't wait to discover who stitched this beautiful project and now I'm off to Jo's to start visiting the:

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog hop

I expect we will find lots of gorgeous projects to add to our stitching lists. I love reading your kind comments, but don't forget ..... if you don't comment no-one will know you've visited! (I'm sorry I have a few comments still to reply to but your comments still mean a lot to me).

I hope you  have a lovely stitchy week!


Barbara xxx 

Sunday, February 13, 2022

A little knitting post

I’ve suddenly become interested in knitting. It happens once in a while! Usually when it’s cold!

I had all this wool hanging around, found a pattern I liked and hey presto. 
Talking to my sis the other day I groaned that my wrists were hurting a bit after knitting so much, and complained I couldn’t knit fast enough, she suggested I tried Continental knitting which is supposed to be less strain on the wrists, so I’ve been investigating via utube. 

Sis also suggested other methods of knitting which are meant to be quicker than English knitting - Lever, Russian and Portuguese, but they seem a little awkward to me - not that I won't try again some other time.

 Anyway, I've spent a fair amount of time this week trying them out and I think I will probably be using Continental Knit in future. And here is a link to a 5 minute Continental knit tutorial which I found quite easy to follow. 

Go on, you know you want to ...... have a little go!

Mind you, I do hope I have enough wool or I will have to rip it back - again!
although I do have a few more scraps I can use
The handy thing about blogging is that it makes it easy to keep track of when the knitting reaches a certain length.

Well I'll be back tomorrow joining Jo's Secret Stitching Sweetheart bloghop.

Bye for now!

Barbara xxx


Thursday, February 03, 2022


Hello stitching buddies, old and new!

I've not been here for so long I didn't know how to start up again! 

So ........ I'm just going to jump in and say that I have been stitching lots of cross stitch last year and most of it is over on Instagram - you can find me there as "flashinscissors"

I didn't manage to finish any WIPs last year thanks to my Cancer, and hospital appointments.. I mainly stitched small cross stitch projects that I could carry with me. and for WIPocolypse this year I am going to try to finish a few of those things I started in 2021:


In the days before my operation I quickly half-made a little bag with the aim of having something with me, to finish in hospital! Although, of course, I wasn't able to do much ...... mostly I slept! But using a big stitch and DMC random thread I was able to stitch the lining in place around the top and finish a row of stitches around the handles. 

I intended stitching some tiny embroideries to decorate the bag.  Crabapple Studios were running a SAL on Instagram at the time I made my bag, with a free download of patterns of tiny embroideries.  I didn't join in at the time because I was mainly stitching the tiny monthly cross stitch calenders from CrossStitcher magazine, for my monthly page markers on Instagram and so this year I aim to stitch those darling little embroideries from Crabapple Studios  


Then later last year I started making another larger bag ..... to carry all the paraphenalia I would want with me when I went for my Chemopherapy. Ha ha, of course Chemo has been and gone and the bag is still not finished. There probably isn't much more to do either .....

Then, of course a WIPocolypse post wouldn't be complete without this project I've been stitching for many years, it is getting closer to a finish, ha ha!

Cocoa Sampler

And I have already started a couple of new projects this year!

This will be a scarf/wrap/sweater

Most evenings I've been knitting the scarf/wrap thing as I'd like to finish it while its still chilly weather, but it's slow going.  I need to knit until it's 52" long and I'm about half-way. So I'm investigating different ways of speeding it up - Continental Knitting and ....... oops sorry this is probably too much for today so maybe there will be another post about this soon! (Well OK soonish)

"Snow Place Lke Home"
From CrossStitcher magazine - Jan 2021

 I've even started knitting socks now

Who knows, maybe I'll do better at finishing this year!?!?

Happy 2022 everyone!, 


Barbara xxx! 

Now I'm off to visit some of you. See you soon!!!.