Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A little about Mii...

I'm the latest member & have been advised to introduce myself to you all :)
My name is Ingrid & I am a stitch-holic.
I am a French national living in UK for the past 17 years.
I discovered cross stitch when I first arrived in UK and have been hooked ever since.
I am married & have a little boy (aka Tadpole) too.
Hubby is Lego-holic and has a blog called Adventure Into Lego
I have a blog too called Mii Stitch.
I love LK & Tralala designers most & am in love with cute little owls (fake & real) :)
Thank you for kindly accepting me in the group,
I can't wait to start sending little random goodies

By the way, I'm currently organizing a Easter Surprise Giveaway,
Hop along if you haven't done so yet!!
Mii x

Happy Birthday Michele S.

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Michele
Happy Birthday to You.
From good friends and true,
From old friends and new,
May good luck go with you,
And happiness too.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hello from Gillie!

Well, having sent off my first RAK, suppose I had better introduce myself!  Though looking at the list I know most, if not all of you, through blogs, groups and even face to face!

I'm Gillie, wife to the World Traveller, who doesn't quite as much now, thank goodness and mostly now in the US.  We live on a small lake in south west Michigan which right now is giving me fits as it has been frozen and covered with the white stuff for about five weeks. that coupled with the sun gives me migraines.....

We have three children living in Wyoming, Pittsburgh and DC with grandchildren (four and a "borrowed" one) so we accumulate a lot of air miles and I can tell you where the Starbucks are in quite a few airports!  We are British but the US kindly gave us citizenship a couple of years ago. 

I fell into the blogging world via The Cross Stitch Guild forum where I saw that someone living in Gloucestershire had a blog.  A blog? What's that, for goodness sake?  Well, I took the plunge and began a blog and five or six years later here I still am, I blog at Random Thoughts from Abroad, please pop over and say hi!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thanks, Gillie!

I'm popping in quick to say thank you to Gillie for brightening what has been a very long week due to the ice storms our area suffered earlier in the week.  I was so surprised to find an envelope in my mailbox containing the sweetest little ornament finish that I had admired on her blog, Random Thoughts from Abroad.  I was giddy like a schoolgirl!!  I hope to post on my blog soon and will show a picture there.  
Thanks again, Gillie....it was truly a random act and a complete surprise!  

Monday, February 3, 2014

Would Like to introduce myself...

Hello every one :)

My name is Jacquie and I am 42 years old.  I have complex learning difficulties.... dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia but I dont let them hold me back!

I love learning new things and challenging myself.  I have been doing counted cross stitch for years now...I forget how many!  I am self taught so always open to advice and tips.  I love cross stitching its taught me lots of things....patience for one!  Up until recently I only ever stitched on Aida..various counts.  I thought for 2014 I would challenge myself to try to stitch on linen.  I bought a chart and sourced all the threads and then I started on linen...

This is where I am right now.... its been a real joy stitching so far.  The chart is called Sampler Game Board by The Drawn Thread and I am very proud of myself for attempting this.  I do hope to have it finished soon.  As for other things I have stitched... I am on Google + and have a folder where I put all my work... feel free to take a peek HERE.  I dont really have a particular taste when it comes to stitching... I just stitch what makes me happy.  I love all the American charts, they just all seem so cute.  I subscribe to Just Cross Stitch (American Magazine) via digital subscription as there is nothing like it in England.  As far as English magazines I subscribe to The World Of Cross Stitching, Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitch Gold... never have too many magazines!

Recently I was in Cross Stitch Crazy... issue 185

And The World Of Cross Stitching... issue 213

I live at home with my husband who I now care for due to an accident he had at work during 2010.  I also have an 18 nearly 19 year old daughter who is at college studying art and design.  Here is a photo of my daughter and I ..

I live in Southern England, returned in 2010 as my parents live here ... I class myself as being continental as I have grown up in Germany and worked and lived in France too.  I love to travel and see new places.... I would love to visit the USA and Canada at some point just to see it and experience it for myself.  

I do have a blog, I blog daily as I am on a mission.... I have been blogging for just over a year now to help me lose weight.  I photograph everything I eat.  I chat about what goes on in my daily life... and cross stitch!  Its been a really valuable tool for me as I can look at how far I  have come.  I am healthier and actually slimmer too.... still have more weight to lose but its about nearly 5 stone now... around 70 pounds.  I feel better and am loving how I am changing.  One last photo to share and that is of my changing face... this is the one that shocks me the most and the one that drives me forward to lose more weight..

HERE is the link to my blog :)

That is me!! 


Happy birthday Gracie!

May all your dreams come true and all your wishes be granted! Happy birthday dear Gracie!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Giveaway winner and new members announcement!

Yesterday I asked my MIL to draw a name of my giveaway winner and she picked Butterfly (June). What a coincidence - I was a winner of her giveaway just a day before! Well, I thought about it and thought some little more and ask her to draw a second name... This time she picked Catherine. I decided to send not one but two giveaways, both ladies will receive a surprise package from me. Congratulations to both of you!

And we have three new members. Tricia, Jacquie and Gillie decided to join our little group - here is a big hug to all of you! Shortly I will email to each member an updated mailing list. Please let me know if you did not receive it, maybe I'm missing your email address. The list will go out in the next thirty minutes.

It would be lovely if our newest members can introduce themselves by making a post on this blog.

I was also thinking about a welcome package to our new members. Does anybody has any ideas? Your input is precious!

So long my friends,