SAL – 21st June 2020 and a sort of apology.

Today is a special day and I have two events to share with you but firstly I must get to the point of the title.

Good morning crafty folks.  Well first I have to apologise though I am not sure what I did wrong.  I usually try to post my updates about three days before for this SAL (as mornings can be a real struggle sometimes and I don’t like posting late); and I schedule the post for early on the Sunday morning.  However last time I did this as normal but for some reason it didn’t post.  Why I have no idea but I honestly did post.  The thing is I don’t really go to look at my post so I didn’t even realise till well after the event. (like two weeks later when I went to post something else).  I guess I should have noticed that my email wasn’t informing me that worpress were not sending me the usuall posts to inform me of comments, but alas I didn’t.

I will show you the pictures I posted as a before and after i.e. the 10th May and the 31st of May as I thought I had made good progress.

With four new leaves along the bottom I was left with three more to do and a couple of critters I had missed on the way.   Well they went like the speed of light and on the 5th of June you may have heard me shouting with glee, when this happened – the first event

Ta da….. drum roll please :- EMS GARDEN ALPHABET Started 2006 Finished 5th June 2020 I have waited so long to finish this one and get it into the fire screen I had designed it for (I designed the layout, the flower alphabet was a monthly freebie from EMS Designs, and the critters came from here there and everywhere (with a few being altered to fit how I wanted them too).  So a few days later and this is what it looks like now:- DSCF8046

It was such a long time since I had actually stitched anything new so I had decided to pull in a new start (and hopefully finish) before I turned to the next UFO project.

So the 2nd event stepped up – Today we are breaking our isolation to go and hopefully sit in the garden at my sons house as we celebrate our much loved grandsons 18th Birthday.  I hope you, will join us as we raise a toast, “Much love and happiness for your future Oscar”.  You may wonder what this has to do with stitching and the SAL, but when he was born I didn’t make a birth sampler for him because my daughter stitched him a beautiful Precious Moments one.  Not long after though I saw a Just Nan chart called the baby garden which I couldn’t resist and thought I would make a birth sampler we could hang in our bedroom.   Almost 18 years later whilst looking for a new design I came across it and decided it was time it was done so here is what I have started for the SAL this time.  It may be 18 year late in the starting but I am hoping it will not take too long before I am at the finishing post.JN140 and this is what I have done so far.  I have just finished the first section.  There are some speciality stitches in this project and a lot of one over one.  So far the only speciality stitch I have done is the Smyrna stitches that are used for the butterfly wings. 1. Baby Garden 14.06.2020

I hope you will find the time to visit the others in this lovely SAL.  We all stitch our own projects and there are some unusual and beautiful ones to see.  Here are the links to the other members, but do remember some maybe a little later posting than others as we are scattered all over the world. Enjoy …

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

Well that’s all for now folks, I will try to stop by and check this has posted on sunday morning.

Hugs to all,

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I am one of those people who need to have busy hands so whether its stitching or papercrafting, I am always doing something. I also love being in the garden, though hubby does most of the work there these days.
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20 Responses to SAL – 21st June 2020 and a sort of apology.

  1. Renee says:

    Helen, congratulations on such a stunning finish! I absolutely loved watching your progress on this gorgeous project.

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  2. claire93 says:

    a lovely finish . . . and what a great idea to finally start work on that birth sampler ^^

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  3. Stunning finished project. A big happy dance for you!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    The fire screen is just fabulous, how exciting to have this long standing UFO completely done, and it is just gorgeous too! You are making quick work of this sampler too, isn’t it fun to have a new start? XX

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  5. Hi Helen, Your post did actually publish on the 31st May. If you click the title of this post and then scroll up to read the line above the title, it shows an arrow with a link to your previous post. I remembered commenting on it. There’s no need to apologise anyway, even if it didn’t work. As for the finished project….wow! It’s a beauty. There’s such a lot of detail I keep looking back at it again 🙂 What a lovely idea to still make up the sampler for your grandson after his 18th. I’m sure he’ll treasure it when it’s done. Happy Birthday Oscar 🙂

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    • I actually found my last post when i came back to this one. For some reason the 10th May is still showing as the first post on my site lol. I was upset when I thought it hadn’t worked as I knew I had done it. Thanks for you comments and Oscar had a lovely birthday. Later today I hope to show a picture of the card I made for him and what he got from his parents for this 18th xx


  6. Christina says:

    Yay, lovely finish Helen! I love that you added motifs to make the alphabet sampler your own.

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  7. rutigt says:

    Congrats! I love your Flower alphabet, it´s so beautiful! Good luck with your new project!

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  8. teamwilsun says:

    Congratulations on finishing the flower alphabet — it’s so beautiful. And your new project — a “birth plus 18” sampler — is gorgeous. Looking forward to watching that grow!


  9. I am loving stitching it Sunny and it is growing surprisingly fastly for saying much of it is stitched 1 over 1. x


  10. magpiesue says:

    I had no idea the flower fire screen was of your own design. It’s wonderful – in spite of all the difficulties you ran into – and especially because you made it your own! I hope you enjoy stitching the birth sampler.

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    • Thank you Sue, not all my own work though. The flowers were freebies from EMS with one flower being release every month for about 2 years. I had been collecting them for a while and was not decided about whether to stitch them as a load of small individual picture or whether to make some sort of sampler with them, then when i got the fire screen the decision was easy Sue. So I only sorted them out to fit the screen and added some bits and pieces sticking in bee’s, dragonflies and snails as I went, because I have lots of them in my garden. I have lots of frogs too but couldn’t design anything that actually ended up looking like a frog when i stitched it lol. xx

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