Monday, 10 February 2014

Once Upon a Time February & craft show loot

I was really hoping that February's block would have either cats, bunnies or frogs...

What a handsome frog prince!
I loved stitching this block :D

This is a picture of the whole sampler so far, so we can see that it's going to be a nice size ^^

Holy crumpled fabric batman!


The craft show on Friday was a great success! Much better than it has ever been before :) We got there safe by thinking we had got horribly lost...if we had gone the way we thought we should have gone... who knows where we would've ended up D:

In the end, I was quite restrained ^^

I got some lace, ric-rac and buttons as they are always useful to have around. I got a kit from The Nutmeg Company to make a beautiful box. The lady's work on this stand was just beautiful *__* Then I found another awesome lady who had a stand full of charts from Blackbird Designs, Prairie Schooler, Lizzie Kate etc. I was very good and only bought two, both from Blackbird Designs. 'Midnight Watch' has been on my wishlist on Sew & So for a while so I decided to pick that up, and 'Wild Berries' was shown on the back of the chart for 'Bluebird of Happiness' - I loved it straight away but I had been having trouble finding it from a UK seller so no way was I leaving without it! The knitting chart was actually from Black Sheep (shop not stand) as we went there for lunch on the way home - they had it knitted up in red and I just had to have it ^^;

I was very tempted to get a magnifying lamp as I'm still scared about 40 count fabric. The magnifier I have at the moment is one of those one's that hangs around your neck...and I hate it D: I get really wound up when I use it *lol* So I would like a free-standing one. The one's on display at the show were really good..but I like to research these things a little as they can be quite pricey. So today I will be studying up on magnifying lamps! Does anybody use a magnifying lamp? Any tips on what I should look out for, or any recommendations? ^^


  1. Wonderful stitching on your WIP. What lovely stash, sounds like you had a good time at the show.

  2. I love the fairytale sampler and it's coming along fantastic. A nice collection of goodies you grabbed at the craft show. And as far as the magnifying lamp. That would be a good investment for those tighter fabrics. My mother had bought a headset to use. I personally bought a variety of 'cheater' reading glasses that I use. (they are the cheapest way to go) So it all boils down to what will be most comfortable for you to use. Good luck in your decision.

  3. Great purchases from the show, sound like you had a great day!

  4. I love the frog too! He's got the cutest little smile.

    I use a magnifier/lamp/chart holder thing. I bought it because it was on sale for quite cheap! I'd been looking for a while and this one jumped out at me. I like it, but I would prefer having a rimless magnifier (sometimes it feels like everything I want to stitch is hidden by the edge of the magnifying glass). I bought it from the Fox Collection, a local needlework website.

  5. I love your sampler! I'm really itchin' to start mine now... Too many WIPs! :) I'm with you on the magnifier, I hate the one that hangs around my neck, I'll be interested to see your solution. Thank you so much for your comments on my blog, please do consider linking up your stitching - it will give me constant inspiration to keep going with cross stitch! Chrissie x

  6. Hi, I'm visiting from Sew and Sow Farm, she said to tell you hi :) Love your cross stitch, isn't it fun to sew?!


  7. That sampler is looking wonderful! I can't wait to see the rest of it over the year :)


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