SAL update!!! 😜

Hey everyone.

So happy to welcome Heidi and Connie to the SAL. The more the merrier!!! Enjoy, it’s a great group of supportive people with fantastic ideas and suggestions.

On to my update.

I am determined to have this beast finished by Christmas so I have been spending a bit more time stitching than usual lately.

In the last update I was working on the little girl in the picture it was a bit of a nightmare but I have a feeling this entire row of pages is not going to be quick going. There is a bit of “sparkly Christmas magic” across this entire row so we will just have to see how it goes.

So without further delay…

It has become painfully clear that hair, fur, and clothing have waaaayyyyy too many colours but it makes for an amazing finish. You don’t realize how many colours you would never think of using are actually in it.

All the light blues, pinks, and greens, combine to form what in real life would just be considered white. I’m really enjoying the process of watching each stitch complete the piece more and more.

Below are a few of the progress pictures between the last post and this one.

Head over and have a look at what some of the other people in the SAL are working on. I’m about to do the same because i have been seriously lacking at it this summer so far.

happy stitching everyone!!!.




Sal update….

Things have been crazy between work and family summer stuff but I have managed to cram in a few hours of stitching here and there.

I missed the update last time. Sorry to the people who were watching for it.
Here’s my current progress… if I’m lucky I will manage to have it done by Christmas 😜

Have a look around at the other SAL members they are all working on amazing projects at the moment.

I will post their links below when I’m next to a computer again. Currently camping for the weekend.

Happy stitching everyone!!!



Sal update!!!! 

First off a little side note. I am owned by three beautiful ferrets.

In this picture from the bottom up.

The one on the bottom is Gizmo he is “Dad’s man” (the middle child). He is 7. Sadly in the last little while he has started to show his age. He has problems with his back legs from time to time. He has adrenal disease and insuloma. And is going blind.

The next one up is Taz. She is the oldest at 7.5 years. She has adrenal disease as well. She is still fairly active and quite capable of putting “the boys” in their place when they get too excited. She is “Dad’s Girl” and weighs under a pound. 

The top one is Jasper. He is “Dad’s Boy” and He spent the first year of his life in a pet store in a small rat cage. He was returned three times because he was a “biter”. He was due to be sent back to the breeder for euthanasia. I couldn’t let that happen and realized he was deaf after playing with him for a few minutes. He would bite because people would pick him up from behind and he didn’t know they were there. I’m happy to say that at 4 years old he is happy and healthy, loves to play, and doesn’t bite anymore. He also has adrenal disease and waardenburgh syndrome. Who gives him his flatter head and is equatable to autism in humans. He is the most amazing soul and always makes me laugh.

The adrenal disease requires daily oral medication that is time sensitive so it can be a bit much at times to deal with but I wouldn’t give them up for anything. 

So I have to confess… I’ve been a bad boy. 

I have slowly been getting the supplies together for my next piece. And I finally found a place that carries the fabric I wanted.  So I now have two big projects going. I might be in a little over my head but I just couldn’t wait to start it.

It’s much too big to take back and forth to work with me so Christmas Magic will be my travel piece and Kindred Spirits will be my stay at home project. 

I am still concentrating on my sal piece but it’s nice to have something else to work on every now and then. 

So here is my current update. 

I don’t think I can properly convey how happy I am to finally be starting the next row of pages. I’m not looking forward to the next three pages after this one because it’s very “confetti heavy” but I know it will look amazing in the end.

The official finish of row #1.

For those of you who are interested in my other piece I will be posting the occasional update here as well. 

So… without further ado…. I present this crazy setup for my biggest piece ever…

kindred Spirits

Artwork by Anne Stokes

Charted by Heaven and Earth Designs 

80 pages

89 colours 

And just because I’m lazy and love to stitch in bed. Lol.

This has been a very long post 😜.

Head over and check out the other people in the SAL. They are all amazing crafters and are working on wonderful pieces.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Wendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy

SAL Update 

So… work and life have gotten in the way of my stitching and if I’m being completely honest it’s making me mad. Every single time I plan to sit down and work on this piece something comes up that interrupts it…

And while I’m on this topic anyways… any of the crafty people will understand that when you’re working on a project it can keep your attention for hours at a time… this means I really don’t want to have to stop what I’m doing every little while to do something for someone else. I’m just about to the point that I’m going to run away and live in a cabin in the woods somewhere that nobody even knows where I am.

I’m sure those of you with children and or pets can relate. And I don’t even have children!!!! I don’t know how you do it!!! Such as right now my pets have had me up three times in the amount of time it took to write this. I’m actually finding it very overwhelming lately…

Anyways onto the important stuff.

My progress so far…

I’m very pleased with my decision to work the last three pages of the top row all at once. I found the background went much quicker this way.

A couple progress pictures along the way:

On a not so light note. One of the members of this sal. Susan over at has had to take a break from the sal and I would like to wish her all the best and a quick recovery. Her stitchy updates will be missed until she returns.
I’m gonna try to fit in a few minutes of stitchy time before bed. So head over to the other members pages and check them out.



Does anyone else have to stop themselves from starting something new?

I have 2 more designs from HAED that I’m itching to start but I’m really trying to finish this beast before I start another one…

But everything is just there…. in the drawer… waiting to be started…. 

must finish this piece… must finish this piece… Ahhhhhh!!!!

Here’s where I am so far and this page is taking soooooo loooongg!!!

SAL Intro!!!!

Ok so I’m a little excited about this SAL. I have been looking for one for a while that interested me but I’m not usually interested in stitching the design they choose, and it’s not as captivating when everyone is stitching the same thing so this one is fantastic!!!!

The piece I have chosen to join in with is “Christmas Magic” from Artecy. I couldn’t resist stitching this design the minute I saw it.

Here’s the progress so far:

Almost half way through page 2 and I can’t wait to start the next set of pages to see the design start to come to life. The complete pattern is 18 pages so I still have quite a way to go.

Feel free to scroll through the rest of the posts below to see the beginning of this WIP. It was started in 2015 and put away for quite a while So I’m happy to be working on it again.

A bit about me. You can find some more in-depth info in the profile section for the blog… in a nutshell I have many different crafts that I work on and seem to rotate through depending on my mood and the time of year. Everything from sewing, painting, drawing, etc.. but one of the constant things that I keep coming back to is cross stitch. My grandmother, mother, and sisters are all stitchers as well. ( so you better make sure the back of your work is tidy because the first thing they will do is turn it over to have a look) 😜.

I have spent the last 5.5 years working with embroidery machines for a promotional company. Recently I decided it was time for a change and I am currently working for a hotel. This also gives me more time to stitch because I can take it to work with me😁.

If there’s anything else you would like to know please feel free to ask. If you have any questions that I possibly might be able to answer please don’t be shy I will do my best to help.

A quick shout out to Avis over at sewingbesidethesea for being so welcoming.
I’ve had a look at what other people are working on and they are amazing stitchers with amazing work to show so go check them out.


AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendy, Mary Margaret, Timothy