Cross Stitch progress

A quick stitchy update. I managed to get some more stitching done on my project before Christmas got underway and then everything went on hold for Christmas and then my brother and his girlfriend visited for a couple of days too. It’s been a lovely week but here is the progress since last time:


I managed to get the Merry Christmas finished in time for Christmas and I’ve done a couple of snow flakes too. I’m going to move onto some holly borders next so we’ll see how much of that I get done for next time.

Here are all the links to everyone else who is taking part in the stitch along;

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Catherine / Wendy / Mary Margaret / Timothy / Heidi / Connie and Jackie

You can check out their blogs to add what cross stitching projects they’ve been up to.

I hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas and…..

Happy New Year!!!

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Memo Pad: December Books

The last monthly book wrap up of the year! This year has gone so quickly it’s unbelievable. I’ll be doing a 2017 book survey and a best books of the year post over the coming week or two which I’m looking forward to. But for now lets look back to this month.

Right at the end of November I saw an advert for a 3 months free trial of amazons kindle unlimited. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a lending library where you can read as many books from their kindle unlimited catalogue for, usually, £7.99 a month. The catch is that most of the big sellers and hyped books are not on there, in fact having gone through the hundreds of books on my tbr, I only found 7 on kindle unlimited. But the opportunity to read those 7 books for free (and probably more because 3 of them are series that are all on there) was too good to pass up.

That means that most of the books I read this month were from there. It also means I’ll be concentrating on reading those for the next two months rather than anything else that comes my way (other than earcs from netgalley). It hopefully means I won’t be spending any money on books over the next couple of months….. Okay, scrap that because I’ve already bought two in a sale and I’ll probably buy more if they go on sale after Christmas.

But onto the books!

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is almost upon us and I just wanted to send you all a Christmas message. In lieu of sending you all an individual Christmas card, here is the one I’ve made for everyone this year.


Merry Christmas to you all. May you have a lovely week whether you are celebrating or not and here’s to a very happy new year.

I hope you will all be here next year and that we can keep interacting and supporting each other.

Thank you for every comment, like and for simply reading my posts.

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Top Ten Books on Kindle Unlimited

Top Ten Tuesdays is a book tag hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. They set a theme every Tuesday for people to answer, their theme this week is Top Ten Books I Hope that Santa Brings but I have just signed up for a 3 month free trial of kindle unlimited and I mean free books! So I’m going to try not to spend money on any books this Christmas (here’s hoping) which means Santa brings me zero this year so here is my adaptation on this topic

Top Ten books free on kindle unlimited because Santa won’t be bringing me any

It’s catchy, right?

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First off about half of these were already on my TBR. (I went through all 280 books and found, I think, 7 on kindle unlimited), the others were books I’d either heard about and thought I’d give a try or came up in my recommended and sounded good. So here they are: Continue reading

2017 Goals – How did I do?

At the start of the year I wrote a post about my goals for the year. All of them. From my craft goals, to blogging, to reading, to Spanish, to my etsy shop. All of the things I planned to do this year. You can check it out here if you want to but I’m about to go over them all again so I suggest just staying put. I also wrote a mid year post about them to check in but it’s the end of the year (when the hell did that happen?) so here we are again. And so to the big question….

How did I do?

Well let’s go through the sections that I split it up into.


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Christmas stitching

I have been speed stitching for the last week trying to have some progress to show you after not stitching since October and I’ve actually gotten quite a lot done.

Here’s where I was last time:

And here is what that little Aladdin’s lamp turned into:


Two reindeer have appeared (and yes, before you say it, I’m aware reindeer have antlers, but the antlers are going to be stitched in gold like the swirly bits above will be.)

I even managed to move on to the start of the ‘Merry Christmas’ part. Which hopefully I’ll have finished for the next update but then it is Christmas so maybe I’ll focus on having a merry christmas insetad!

Here are links to all the other blogs that take last in the stitch along.

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Catherine / Wendy / Mary Margaret / Timothy / Heidi / Connie and Jackie

We post an update on whatever projects we’re working on every three weeks and cheer each other along. So go check out what everyone else is up to and we’re always happy for new members.


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Christmassy Crochet – Wrist Warmers

I bought some lovely new yarn last week. I felt like I deserved it and, after years of trying to work through my stash, I think my will power is finally dying.

In my defence I needed some 4 ply yarn for the thing I wanted to make and I didn’t have any of that. So I bought these pretty balls while the black Friday sale was going on and I also bought myself a new double ended hook.


The hook is much shorter than all the other double ended hooks I have, it’s the length of a normal crochet hook rather than the length of a long knitting needle. The long hooks are brilliant for larger things like hats or cowls but I wanted to make wrist warmers and thought this one would be a lot less fiddly than a long hook for something that small.

The multi-coloured yarn is King Cole Party and the colour way is called festive and it really is. It’s so lovely, and has a thread of sparkly gold going through it. This does make it slightly scratchy though but if you read my post any Tunisian crochet hats, you’ll know for Tunisian crochet in the round you use two balls of yarn. One for the front of the work and one for the back. So I got a plain ball of softer King Cole Big Value red yarn for the part of the wrist warmer that is actually against the wrist. Continue reading