Christmas Tree… Zentangle Style

Hello all. Hope you are doing well and are staying in with this weather about. Just pick me up and take me to Barmouth. This is the weather we had for most of the week! Ha  ha.

Yesterday I did 7 Zentangle tiles with a Christmas Tree as the central image. I just wasn’t up to doing some stitching. They are now all in the post along with the ATCs and one of on its own.

Here’s the trees in close up:

And one with a little background:

I decided that I didn’t like the background so I didn’t do it on the others.

As I said in my previous post I did do a little bit of stitching last week. Not much mind you mainly because of the lighting. Even with the lights on, it wasn’t good for the eyes. But here’s my progress:

Can you guess what it is? Or is ‘The’ a bit of a give-away?

Before we went on holiday I took the advantage of taking a few pictures of the cats on the old boiler. When things got moved of it, they really took advantage of the space! They even fell of it a few times! Now, however, they are taking the space on the windowsill since we’ve got a new radiator there.

Thought I would show you the views that we enjoyed so much last week:

We discovered that the apartment we were staying at was up for sale. We didn’t know at the time. So we might not be able to book it again for April :(.

It’s Christmas stitching tomorrow since I’ve got more energy today. I haven’t left it too late…

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Back

I arrived back home yesterday, feeling as healthy as can be. Today on the other hand, I am full of cold! Must be the weather we had up in Barmouth. Wind went up to 81 MPH. Thursday was the worst day. Mist, wind, and rain. It was too cold to go out for a longer walk. We went to the local Co-op everyday and by then we just wanted to go back to the apartment because it was just too cold. So most of the time we stayed inside and watched the world go by. Did a lot more art journaling then stitching mainly because the light wasn’t very good. The best day for stitching was Friday and by then I just didn’t want to do any. Spent most of Friday reading. Don’t get me wrong, I did do a little bit of stitching and I will show you the small progress sometime this week.
The heating is now done, so it’s just the fact of getting used to it. Took a while for this room to heat yesterday but it’s a lot warmer today.

I need to work on some zentangle tiles so I can get them in the post along with the last lot of ATCs this week. I kind of decided to send a zentangle tile instead of a Christmas card this year. All I need to do is come up with a design that I’m happy with! That’s what I’ll be doing to night. That is, if I’ve got the energy!

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Another Page Finish

Hello everyone. Hope the weather is being good to you all. The wind has picked up around here and it is getting colder by the day. Just hope no real bad weather will come until 11th December.

It’s been a while since my last post. I have been meaning to update but sometimes I just couldn’t find the enthusiasm to. Since my last post I have finished page 3 Leonardo. He’s been put a side since I didn’t think it was worth starting page 4, mainly because we’re on holiday next week. But last week I was thinking, was it a good idea to leave Leonardo? I tried to stitch something for a Christmas present but I kept going wrong  and gave up. I ran out of B5200 for nothing! 

Page 4 will be started when we come back from holiday. For now, after the bad and only start on the Christmas stitching, I have started to stitch a small Lickle Ted cover ted that came from an issue of The World Of Cross Stitching. I just love stitching this lickle bear and I might be taking one of my few kits with me next week. The question is, which one?

If you love Westlife and you like to read fanfiction, then please feel free to explore my website: stitchingwolf. There you will be able to read all of my short stories from August 2010 onwards. Also you can read one of my many long fiction stories, No More Heroes. I am currently writing another long fiction called Hourglass School which I am posting chapter by chapter on my website. So read along as I write! 

Now… How do I sort out the albums on my MP3 player? I know I have done it before…

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Art Journal Card

Hello everyone. Hope you are well. I seem to be posting later and later these days. Oh well…

Yesterday (Saturday 12th) we celebrated mum’s birthday. It’s hard to just say mum’s birthday when both my late sister and my mum shared the same birthday. No one’s birthday is the same in this house. My birthday is a month before my late sister died, dad’s birthday is a day before the funeral and mum shares the same birthday. Can imagine how hard yesterday was. The nearer we got to Epping Forest, the harder it was for me not to cry. Then the flowers were put in the vase and a little while later, I was crying. Not for very long but still. I tried not to but there’s nothing I could do to prevent the tears.
It’s a little late, but Happy Birthday Emma. She would have been 25 if she had lived.

Second birthday without her and it’s still odd not buying or making two lots of birthday presents. Back in 2009 I had made 4 birthday cards. Two sets for me and two sets for dad. This year, I only made one. Doesn’t feel right. But anyway, mum loved her art journal inspired card.

This year I brought mum two art journal books. One for me to give her and the other one dad to give her. She has already read one and it seems to be a good choice. She enjoyed it and there was a lot of inspiration. Along with the art journal books, I got her a Beryl Cook calendar, and her favourite cappuccino chocolates from Thornton’s.

Because the chocolate was 2 for £5 I thought it would be best to get two of the same and let dad give her one as well.

One of the books include a DVD. We haven’t watched it yet but during the week we will do. I’m guessing it will go on for an hour but we don’t actually know how long it goes on for. So we will have to watch it and find out.

Also yesterday I got my two new pairs of glasses. Both of which have got a little bling on them. One of them is purple and the other is kind of like a reddish-purple kind of colour. Still getting used to them since my distance has changed.
It’s taken a while but the starlings have now found the fatballs in our garden. At least two where eating from them on Friday.

And of course the sparrows are as busy as ever in our garden!

Now onto stitching. I’ve been working on the canvas of page three of Leonardo the last two weeks. It seems to be going on for a while considering it’s mainly halfstitch. But it’s not too long before I’m doing the backstitch and the page is finished. Perhaps by Wednesday I can see the page finish. Just a little to much wishful thinking I think!

Once this page is finished I will make a start on the Christmas stitching. I already know what I’m going to stitch and have got the thread that I need. Just need to work out the fabric that I’m going to use…

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Weekly Challenge #45 + Leonardo

Hello all. Hope all is okay.

This week’s challenge from the Diva is to use the new tangle Punzel. It’s one of those tangles that you either find it easy straight away or need to work at it. I got it pretty quickly and haven’t stopped using it!

With this one I used a black sketch book and drew the tangles with white pencil. Then I used my watercolour set to add a colour.

I have also used this new tangle in my art journal:
I need to control myself a little better with zentangling. I seem to be using it in every little white space! The hands looked better without the tangle.

Me and my drawing is taking over my art journal. I’m liking creating these kind of characters.

Away from the zentangle world now and into the cross stitching one. I was going to update last Friday but I got upset that my MP3 player decided to pack up on me. It wasn’t even 5 months old!!! Got a new one now…
I said I felt page three of Leonardo will be my quickest page stitched so far. And I still feel like that. I could even see it being finished next week. Mainly because I’ve been doing the backstitch as I go. I do not like leaving the whole page of backstitch to last. It takes forever to do!

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment. It really makes me happy and I like reading them. Thank you.

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Weekly Challenge #44: “String Theory v. VI: Tangled on the inside”

This weeks challenge over ‘I am the Diva’ is to create a zentangle with a tangle as a string. Basically, a tangle within a tangle. My tangle is my favourite one so far, the Paradox.

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In this tangle I used: Keeko, Shard, Bilt, Coaster and Jonqal.

This was a fun challenge and took me a little while to work out what tangle to use as a string. But I’m happy with the end result. Only tangle choice I’m not happy with is ‘Coaster’. Everything else is fine.

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Leonardo Page 2

Since my last post, I have given my tilt stand another go. To be honest I just wanted to stitch Leonardo. I’m still going to look for another stitching stand. The best place for me is the Hobbycraft show at the NEC in November. We’re going on Friday 4th. I know what I’m looking for and hoping it will be a ‘no-sew’ frame.

Moving onto Leonardo. I put him back on the tilt stand on Monday morning after I finished a UFO. I forgot to take a picture of the finish and will show you next time. I managed to get the frabic taught with no difficulty but as the week went on, it lost its taughtness. I regained it again but the frame is sort of lop-sided. The one thing that I get frustrated with. However, I have managed to finish page 2 of Leonardo. I’m still not a fan of couching but I’m sure I’ll get there.

On the same day of finishing page 2, I started page 3. I was thinking of working on another UFO but carried on with Leonardo. I do feel page 3 will be a quicker stitch. Apart from the weekend I spend the mornings stitching and there’s nothing to disrupt that. Page 1 took about 2 months to stitch, mainly because of a week holiday and helping clear out my late granny’s house. Page 2 took a little longer. Again, I helped out clearing the house and then put Leonardo aside to stitch a wedding sampler for my cousin and her new husband (I got a thank you card from them at the end of September, so I’m happy). So hopefully page 3 will be finished before the first week of December (or am I being too hopeful?).

All pictures a clickable to see a larger image.

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