Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Change of plans

Things this week didn't quite go to plan. I kept meaning to get back to the juggler, but there were always other little (and bigger) jobs that I just had to deal with first - before I knew it, another week had passed by.

I did finish something else though. Remember the Little Mermaid? 

The Little Mermaid, Goldwork embroidery

She has been pinned to pin board for months. I enjoyed looking at it there, but it did need to finished off properly. 

So during the week, I dusted off my sewing machine and finally got around to turning her into a little pillow. 

I deliberately kept it pretty simple using a natural coloured linen for the back and piping. 

It looks rather nice on our sofa.

But it is not staying there. I can't tell you where it is going.. you know - just in case.

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I have had another 'little' side project on the go for some time now and it is almost finished.

Another thing on my pinboard above my desk is this quote:

"We don't stop playing because we grow old;
We grow old because we stop playing" 
- George Bernard Shaw

You see, when I don't stitch, or am at work, or tinker in my garden, or tend my veggie patch or help with what needs to be done in the vineyard... I play. 

It all started a few years ago, when I needed a serious distraction. So I built myself a dolls house. It is just a small house. It has a toyshop on the bottom floor, a living room above and a student lodger living in the attic room. You can see my Toy House  here.

The picture of is of a little rug I have been stitching for the apartment above the shop. And yes, it is cross stitch - Tiny cross stitch. There is no exact thread count because I am stitching onto calico! I had a piece in my stash with a weave that resembles Aida cloth. 

I had found this picture of an antique rug online. I really liked it and used that as the basic idea. It is not an exact match, but close. 

I don't do any cross stitch in 'real life' (full size), but I have been having fun tinkering with this on-and-off. Mind you, I must admit that with just one last border to finish, I am looking forward to having it finished. 

Next week is definitely back to the Juggler - He too needs to be finished!

If you are starting something, finished something or steadily beavering away in the middle of something - I hope you have an enjoyable week doing what you enjoy.

Stay Safe & Keep Stitching,

Anna X


  1. OMG, the rug... I would love to have one for my dollhouse! It's amazing!

    And the pillow is beautiful too. :)

  2. Oh my, this pillow is a true gem, it looks gorgeous there on your sofa, Anna.
    How nice that you are "playing" in mini too, just like so many of us do ;O)!! And I must say that your way of "playing" is gorgeous, it seems that everything you touch by your magical hands turns into something gorgeous!! The pattern of this anthique rug is beautiful, you've converted it so beautifully into a miniature.
    Stay safe, take care, dear Anna.
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words, Ilona. One day, if I practice enough, my miniatures might be half as authentic looking as your beautiful pieces.
      Hugs, Anna

  3. The Little Mermaid pillow is beautiful. I wouldn't want to part with it.
    Your rug is too amazing! It's fascinating because the antique rug looks hooked rather than stitched. If it is, it must have been quite a some task to convert it into a counted pattern.

  4. Hi Anna! It is great to see the Little Mermaid finished! She is so serene in her ocean circle! I hope she is happy where she is going!
    And the "Little" carpet you are making is fantastic! Especially since you are not "counting" your stitches! How do you do that and end up so even and precise? I LOVE the design of this carpet... and might have to use it as a model if I ever get around to designing my own carpets! (A personal goal!)
    And I did not realize you have a mini house blog too! I will have to run on over and "follow" you there too! (I am slow at this!)
    I look forward to seeing anything you are making!!! Keep up the wonderful work!

  5. Hi Betsy, Thanks!
    I know about the 'getting around to the blogs' thing. I love seeing what everyone is up to and reading their stories, but there is only so many hours in a day.
    Stay safe,
    Anna X

  6. That little rug is breathtaking, Anna! I would totally make one too. Like I don't have enough 'in the middle of something' projects, ha ha.