Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Santa's Village progress and another Father Christmas mug rug finished

Hi everyone, here is my latest progress on Santa's Village, I have started stitching the next house and then I only have two houses after that to finish. I am quite pleased with it, I showed it to my sister the other day and she loved it!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hi everyone, I am back from my blogging break!
Apologies for the delay in posting, I did say I would be back on my blog at the beginning of December 

Thursday, 31 October 2013

My exchange to Carol has arrived and other stitching news.

Hi everyone, my exchange to Carol of Stitching Dreams Blog has finally arrived at it's destination and I am pleased to say that Carol loves what I sent to her. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Knitting, crochet, applique, fabric stash and roses!

Hi everyone, here is the latest stitching on Santa's Village, I have not been stitching this because for the moment I am not in the mood for cross stitching, can you believe that!
However, I am in the mood for knitting, having a go at crochet and a little bit of mug rug making.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Beautiful exchange received from Carol.

Hi everyone, thankyou so much for all of your lovely  comments on my last post.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

My latest finish

Hi everyone, here is my latest finish, the box was supposed to be part of an exchange but I got glue on the fabric and it shows so I decided to start again and make something else, of course I made sure on the next project that I did not get glue everywhere!
I used DMC thread number 833 in this design, there are swarovski crystals on the scissor fob and I have put a small butterfly closing on the needlebook.

Until next time - happy stitching!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

A girl can never have too many shoes stitchery

Hi everyone, here is my latest stitching design that I have been working on, I have made it into a small pouch for stitching supplies or it could be used as a small gift. I will have the stitchery pattern available  to download on my next Freebie Friday post. I  have also designed a shoe that can be cross stitched and both patterns will be available later this week together with some shoe gift tags.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A pink cross stitched gift set

Hi everyone, here is my latest creation, a pink cross stitched sewing case with matching accessories using my free parasol pattern.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The Edwardian Lady Box Set

Hi everyone, here is the final part of The Edwardian Lady Set..........

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Toblerone Needleset - Part One of the Tutorial available now.

Hi everyone, Part One of the tutorial for the Edwardian Toblerone Needleset is now available 


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Country Cottage Needlework and Santa's Village

Hi everyone, I have been stitching Santa's Village last week and I managed to stitch the one for August, I have another ready to go but I am stitching on a large Mirabilia project at he moment so it may have to wait until I am in the mood to stitch this again.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Part Two of The Edwardian Lady Set - Free patterns and a stitch along

Welcome everyone!
Here is the second part of The Edwardian Lady Set that
I am currently making at the moment, the patterns used are all freebies!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Silk threads and Santa's Village update

Hi everyone, I know it is a while since I posted but I have been doing a large garden project with my husband,

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Another Santa's Village update and a Prairie Schooler work in progress

Hi everyone, here is another update of my latest village finish, I am just waiting for the delivery of the next pattern but I have finally caught up, at last!
I have also been stitching a Prairie Schooler pattern, I started this a while ago, it is Rain, Rain, Go Away, one of my favourite designs, it is so appropriate for me as I hate going out in the rain!  

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Santa's Village update

Hi everyone, here is my update on Santa's Village, I think it is coming along nicely bit still need to speed up a bit as I would like to ensure I can do one each month, I just need to do the 6th cottage for June. 
I am loving the colours on this, I think it will look fabulous when all the cottages are stitched and it is finally framed.  

Until next time - Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Silk,lace and miniature ribbons at the Dolls House Miniatures craft fair.

Hi everyone, I recently visited a Dolls House Miniature Craft Fair, of course I could not resist buying some pretty miniature ribbons, I also purchased some silk from a fabric shop close by.    

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Bronwyn Hayes guest blogger from the Red Brolly Blog

Wow! How fabulous are these creations from Bronwyn Hayes of the Red Brolly Blog, she really is a talented designer, stitcher and creator of all things beautiful. Of course Bronwyn was one of the first people I thought of to interview as a guest blogger on my blog and you can see why.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Freebie Friday and guest blogger Bronwyn Hayes coming soon!

 Hi everyone, usually on a Friday I offer up one of my free patterns but today I have decided to give you a link to a free pattern from a very talented lady in the stitching world, Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly Blogs.
In my next post I will be posting an interview with Bronwyn showcasing her beautiful patterns that she designs, and trust me you will love her designs and her blog! Bronwyn is super talented and I can't wait to introduce her to you. Apart from the wonderful patterns she creates you will find beautiful tips and ideas to inspire your next creative piece.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

My giveaway gift has arrived!

Hi everyone, here is the giveaway gift that I sent to Terri from Chocolates4breakfast blog here, it took a while to reach its destination, I sent it a couple of weeks ago but it has now arrived safely.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Santa's Village progress

Just a quick post to show Santa's Village progress so far, I just need to stitch the fifth cottage quickly and then I will be back on track, I like to stitch one a  month. I love the bright colours in this design, it just makes me want Christmas to arrive sooner!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

My craft room revealed and a British Craft Award 2013!

Hi everyone, I finally managed to finish off the paint touch ups  after the fitter had finished the craft room, this is just one side, the other needs paint touch ups and tidying before I can show you, but I am getting there!
I loooove it, to be able to leave my stitching out and not have to clear away my sewing machine from the kitchen table is a real bonus, I feel totally spolit! 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Spring Black Cat Pattern stitched into a pillow

Hi everyone, you may have noticed that I have changed my blog slightly, you now need to click on the "read more button", I really did not want to do this but I was forced to because my blog has been scraped,  i.e. copied and placed on other web pages.  

Friday, 17 May 2013

Freebie Friday - Summer Cat Cross Stitch Pattern

Hi everyone, here is the new Summer Cat cross stitch pattern from my mini cat series, just click on the pattern below, right click and  "save as" to your computer.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Quilted needlebook, pinkeep and strawberry, also winner of giveaway announced.

Hi everyone, I finally managed to get some stitching done  in my craft room and here is what I have been making, a quilted needlebook, matching pinkeep and felt strawberry. I designed the pattern based on the cross stitch sewing machine pattern I designed a while ago. I stitched it on white fabric and then chose this wine coloured fabric with cream polka dots but then realised I should have stitched the design onto cream fabric, but hey, never mind it  will just have to do!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Freebie Friday - Lace bookmarks

Here is my latest freebie for you, a lace bookmark in various colours, I used Photoshop 11 to design these using a free lace photoshop brush from http://www.obsidiandawn.com/  and incorporated it into the design to make these pretty bookmarks trimmed with ribbon.  
The bookmarks are available below this post.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Small Marie Antoinette giveaway, work in progress and gifts from my sister.

Hi everyone, apologies for the delay since my last post, I have been very busy helping my husband landscape the front garden, I have found muscles I did not know I had! We decided to remove a small picket fence and replace it with a pretty hedge, it looks much nicer now but obviously I had no time to spend in my craft room.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Freebie Friday - Dress form gift tags for you.

Pink  Dress Form  Gift Tags

Welcome to my Freebie Friday post, this week I have made these digital dress form gift tags for you to download. There are 4 colours in different sizes, Pink, Purple, Blue and Green, hope you like them!
Just punch a small hole in the top and thread pretty ribbon through and attach to your gift. 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Freebie Friday - corset gift tags and thread holders.

Thankyou ladies for your comments on the previous post, I have not had the chance to reply to your emails but I will do so over the next week.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Country Cottage Needlework Santa's Village progress.

Santas Village

Hi everyone, here is my latest progress on Country Cottage Needlework Santa's Village, I am hoping to adhere to stitching one cottage a month, however I do seem to keep making mistakes and having to unpick my stitches on this one! I noticed that the bottom scroll had a gap between the first and the second house and I had to re-do the stitches, but I am loving the way it is coming along, the colours are so bright.

I am loving my Photoshop Elements 11 software, I have been designing  another free digital gift tag,  my latest is a corset/floral designed gift tag using old images and recolouring them, these will be available this week on Freebie Friday, so don't forget to pop back to download your freebie!   

Until next time - Happy Stitching! 

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Santa's Village cross stitch progress and first pictures of my craft room

Country Cottage Needlework Santa's Village

Hi everyone, here is an update on Santa's Village, I have just finished the second cottage and have begun to stitch the next one. I have not had chance to do much stitching because I have been overseeing the craft room installation, I was hoping to have finished the third cottage by now, however, it just means I need to stitch the next one a little faster! I love the way it looks on this grey fabric, it is quite soft on the eye.  

Craft room update 
My craft room is now installed, I have had a few plug sockets moved which means I need to paint over the walls in some areas, once I have done that I will be choosing new curtains and a new chair. 

It did not take me long to empty the room because everything was already in boxes, however, it did take me much longer to fill it again and I have still a bit more to do, once everything is in its place and the room has been repainted I should be ready to show photos and, hopefully, a video! That may take some time, so, I have taken photos of the display cupboard with the LED lights inside for you to take a peek at. (photos below)

I have organised all my craft things into their own drawers and cupboards, it is so much easier to access my things now and be able to create in this lovely room.  I have a number of things I am looking forward to designing over the next few weeks and then showing on my blog.     

Stitching news

When I was sorting through all of my craft room boxes I found some unfinished projects that I forgot I had, one design only needs  a few more stitches and quite  a bit of back stitch to finish it. The design is a Noah's Ark scene stitched on Aida over a small count so it looks quite lovely, hopefully I should be showing that soon. 
I also found a fully finished cross stitch that I forget to frame, it is  a Mirabillia Fairy design, I can't believe I actually forgot to get it framed!  

Poinsettia Place by Country Cottage Needlework
Country Cottage Needleworks www.happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com

Country Cottage Needlework

Some of these projects were exchange pieces, therefore not everything in the photographs has been stitched by me, if you ever did an exchange with me you just may see it below - can you spot any of your stitching?     
My craft room display cupboard www.happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com

Cross stitch finishes in my craft room

My craft room

Cross stitch finishes

Cross Stitch finishes

Cross Stitch finishes

Cross Stitch finishes

A big welcome to all of my new followers, until next time - Happy Stitching! 

Friday, 22 March 2013

The Sewing Machine Teabag Holders and Tea Tags

Hi everyone, its Friday Freebie today! 

I have designed some Teabag Holders and Tea Tags to match the cross stitch freebie, gift tags and paper in the previous Freebie Friday post here, if you are ever having stitching friends around for afternoon tea they would make a lovely gift for your visitors. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

My sisters birthday gift

It was my sisters 50th birthday at the weekend, I stitched this embroidery for her, it is called Fairies Hiding and believe it or not it was a free pattern which I got from this website, I could not locate it on the site so I emailed the owner and she sent me a copy, if you email Brenda I am sure she will oblige. Check out her Embroideries here , there are some gorgeous designs.

Friday, 15 March 2013

Freebie Friday!

Edited: Not everyone has a google docs account for you to access the pattern, I have therefore put them in the post below, just click on the pictures and then click 'save as' to your computer.   
If anyone has any problems please email me.
Hi everyone, from now on I thought I would post my free cross stitch patterns on a Friday, here is my first Friday Freebie, I hope you like it! I have also designed matching paper and gift tags for this design too. If you have a Google Document account you can access the free cross stitch chart for The Sewing Machine, the gift paper and the gift tags here and you can now also access them below. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Cross Stitch scissor fob and pin cushion finish

Hi everyone, I hope you are not bored with the mini cats but I have just finished another of the designs into a scissor fob, I have also printed out the free matching paper and gift tag just to see what it was like.
The gift tag measure 4.5cm x 8cm and the scissor fob measures 5cm x 6.5cm.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

My Craft Room is painted ready for the next stage and all of my stitching news!

Hi everyone, my Craft Room is freshly painted and all ready for the next stage, I love this colour, it is so soft on the eye. It was  initially painted  cream and white but that was only temporary until I had decided on the appropriate colour. If you like the colour and live in England it is from the 1829 range at B and Q and it is called Study Room Blue.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Free Easter Cat pattern from mini series of cats and matching gift tags!

Hi everyone, I have been designing another little mini cat pattern from my small series of free cross stitch cat patterns, this time it is an Easter freebie. All these patterns are available from the link at the top of this page in my Free Patterns tab, although the Easter freebie is below, just right click on the cross stitch grid and click 'save as' and you are ok to go!

Edited: I forgot to add the matching gift tags for the Easter Cat, see below! 
My husband bought me Photoshop Elements 11 for Christmas and these Easter Cat Gift Tags are some of my first designs using that programme.   

Craft Room news
My husband is currently painting the craft room in a gorgeous colour, I will show a photo soon.

Here are the free matching gift tags for the Easter Cat.  
Just right click on the picture and click 'save as' to your computer.

Until next time - Happy Stitching!

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