Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Craft Blog Club - June Challenge #YouCompleteMe

These lighter evenings are great don't you think?  The Other Half is spending more time in the garage 'tinkering' which means I have access to pc in the evenings. This week I got to join in my fave twitter chat #craftblogclub for half an hour before Roo's bedtime and it was great to catch up with some of the regulars and meet some new tweeps too!

Emma announced the June challenge - You Complete Me - last week (read all about it here) and, not being one to shy away from a challenge, took the opportunity to trawl through the huge plastic storage box full of bits and pieces, half finished projects and long abandoned craft obsessions to see if I could rekindle the love for something long forgotten...

And I found this...

First picture (from Instagram 7th June)
Isn't she gorgeous? I started this many moons ago - so long ago in fact that I can't *actually* remember when! Her name is Kuanyin and she is an Oriental Goddess of Mercy. 

This is what she should look like when she's finished...

So as you can see I still have a fair bit to do! 

It's been a while since I did any cross stitch - the last time would have been these handmade Christmas cards I made way back in 2010  - but I must confess I am really enjoying what is essentially 'paint by numbers' but with needle and thread and finding it very therapeutic taking some time out each day to work on a project.

A well ordered floss box is a joy to behold and these colours - there are 33 by the way - just make my heart sing!

The section of the chart I am working on right now (there are 2 more pages). Luckily it's pretty easy to follow and the colours make it far easier on the eyes than the black and white charts where all the little symbols seem to blur if you stare to hard...

 I am allowing myself that bit of time between getting back from school run and making tea - no more than an hour or so a day - to work on her. As you can see I have made a fair bit of progress in the last 4 days but there is still a long way to go.

I am wondering if I will actually get it finished by the end of the month but with the support and encouragement from fellow Craft Blog Clubbers and the incentive of rising to the challenge who knows?!

Do you have an almost forgotten craft project lurking in the back of your cupboard? Why not dig it out and join in the #YouCompleteMe challenge!

#craftblogclub is a Twitter chat every Tuesday night from 7-8.30pm (UK time) - follow @craftblogclub and join in!

I will be posting daily progress pics on my Instagram feed - ForestFlowerDesigns - if you want to see how it's going! check out the hash tag #YouCompleteMe on Twitter and Instagram to see what other CBCers are up to!


  1. I recently finished a cross stitch project that sat gathering dust for 4 years. The challenge now is to get it framed and hung somewhere worthy of it!

    1. Can't wait to see it in it's full glory!

  2. that looks like it will be amazing when it is completed :) i love #craftblogclub it is so helpful, i haven#t been able to make it for a couple of weeks properly from being ill and being on holiday - sod's law eh? it's a great challenge that Emma has coordinated! i'm hanging back from this one though, i'm burned out from 'blog everyday in may' challenge - i will jump on the next craftblogclub challenge though! can't wait to see your gorgeous cross stitch finished :) jenny xx

    1. It sucks when you can't take part in a little social tweeting with a group of like minded tweeps doesn't it? I really enjoyed popping back in this week and was made to feel so welcome :-) Well done on blogging every day in May! I tried that last summer but failed at about day 16 lol!!

  3. That is very impressive. I am not into cross stitch but I love your version of the image and the colours you have chosen. Keep it up!

    1. Thanks Katie! I can't take credit for the colour choices - unusually for me, I've gone with exactly what the designer specifies in the book! They are beautiful colours though :-)


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