More Treasure Uncovered!

Well, I've been stitching on Treasure Hunt Bookshelf for the past couple of weeks and here is a quick update to show how far it has progressed.  There is a lot of confetti happening, so progress is still moving quite slowly. 

Previous progress:

Current progress:   
Happy Stitching! xxx 

Bits & Pieces…

I'm feeling a bit dismayed by the scale of restoring all the photos on my blog since the "Photobucket Incident".So far, there are around 500 photos I've been working to re-match to all my blogs!Thankfully most of them have the date labelled on them, which sort of helps.  It's still a work in progress, so if you're exploring my earlier blogs then you may find some images still missing. Unfinished Bits & Matisse'sI’ve completed a few little projects I’ve been meaning to do for some time… Matisse (my cat) destroyed her scratchy pole… Rather than purchase a new one I decided to restore it using the small amount of green rope leftover from making the rope mat back in May.I also purchased some more sisal rope for the top.  A big thank-you also goes out to my neighbor Rob for the hot-glue gun and for helping to re-stick and splice the rope!
Here are the results: Before, Totally Destroyed... lol!: After, Totally Restored: Matisse's Trail of DestructionOne day…

Blog Issues

Apologies for Blog Picture Display Issues

I just wanted to post a quick apology to all my blog followers.  I have used Photobucket image hosting on my blog for quite some time.  Over the past couple of days Photobucket have now changed their policies so that it costs 399 US dollars a year to display photos on a "third party site" such as Blogger.  As a consequence of this change, most of the photos on my blog (and no doubt thousands and thousands of other people's blogs and websites) are not displaying.  

I was not aware of this policy change until today!  Over the next couple of weeks (maybe even months) I will be working to reinstate all the pictures on my blog.  I will need to move them to another hosting platform and re-link them all. Please bear with me through the process of getting this sorted.



Buried Treasure

Back to Stitching... Treasure Hunt Bookshelf has been buried in my wip pile for awhile, so I decided to get it out and stitch for a bit!  I last worked on this back in June 2015!  With so many wips, it's kind of unavoidable that some of them start to get neglected.   Still it's been such a long time since working on it, that it almost felt like a new start lol!

Reminder of the Cropped Version I'm Stitching of Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by Aimee Stewart:
Regular Chart by Heaven and Earth Designs:

Before & After:

Happy Stitching!!! xxx

A Golden Thread

Cosy Stripe BlanketMy Cosy Stripe Blanket is almost halfway with 43 stripes (86 rows) completed.  I've had golden thread sitting in my stash for quite some time and decided to crochet it into one of the stripes.  I'm hoping there will be enough leftover to do another golden stripe later on too!  I've also got some metallic bronze to introduce into the colour palette as well! 

Matisse and I snuggling up and crocheting the golden thread into the latest stripe:

It's been really fun using so many different colours.  I do have a plan I'm working off... but I've also spontaneously changed things as I go along, so the colour order hasn't been completely set in stone.   The pattern is from Lucy at Attic 24

Previous progress at 18 stripes:

WIP, 22 stripes:

WIP, 27 stripes:

WIP, 30 stripes:

WIP, working on stripe 34:

Stripes 34 to 43 close up:

Current progress, 43 stripes/86 rows:

Happy Stitching! xxx

Sail Away

Ocean Plait Rope Mat The Ocean Plait Mat is woven from rope.  It is also known as a Sailor's True Love Mat, a Ladder Mat or a Prolong Knot!  Traditionally used by Sailor's, it is considered an ancient form of knot tying with a Celtic influence.  Marine rope was (and still is) used to weave hard wearing, decorative mats.  Rope mats are often a common feature on sailing boats or nautical themed decor.   Although any type of thick gauge rope can be used, braided ropes are a good choice for a softer, more luxurious result. 

I decided it would be fun to have a shot at weaving the longer version of the Ocean Plait using the "Prolong Knot."
Braided poly rope: 30 metres of black and 30 metres of green; 

Outline: I used pegs to hold the first round together!:


After 4 rounds I didn't have any green left, so started with the black outline:

Finished!  Although, I still need to secure the ends... was thinking a hot glue gun would be the best way to do this.  It…

Three Wishes

My Sister Laura has decided to make a diamond painting of "Three Wishes" by Josephine Wall.  I really like this piece and think the two figures at the bottom of the piece could easily be a good representation of her and I! :)

Three Wishes by Josephine Wall, Max Colour, Regular Chart from Heaven & Earth Designs:

The materials for "Three Wishes" were ordered from the "Little Home" Store on AliExpress and they arrived just the other week. This will be a very large piece at 139 by 163cm... In fact, it covers a queen size bed comfortably!   I had a giggle after unpacking it... talk about make a mess... I promise the cat was not involved at all lol! ;)

Laura wanted all the diamonds sorted and labelled using the same storage containers I used for my Spirit of Flight diamond painting. A few people were asking where to buy these storage containers as well.  They were purchased from here & here.   Now it's all kitted up and ready to start... There…