Thursday, December 30, 2010
I was just thrilled. I love this CHS design and love how she’s finished it.
I can’t say that I’ve been managing to get much stitching done in the last week but, when I did, I worked on Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow and look at what I can show you…
Yes, block 1 is completed! I can honestly say I underestimated just how much stitching there was going to be in these blocks. There I was thinking, two months to stitch a block and have it as a sort of part-time project, no problem! How wrong was I?!?!?! Now that I realise that each block will take some serious, in-depth stitching I will be making sure I work on it each week and not just think I can pick it up and have it done in a few days!!
Coming to the end of 2010 and my mind is full of what I’d like to stitch in 2011. I’m definitely going for an ornament a month and I want to also include these as smaller monthly projects.
Add in my AaHRH blocks plus one main project and maybe this ‘one project at a time’ stitcher is going to find herself a little over-extended! Let’s see how I go!!!!
Thanks for all your lovely comments about my Christmas decorating in my last post. Once we get past the New Year celebrations I will be itching to get Christmas packed away for another year and then the house will seem quite bare. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2011! I am looking forward to another year of blogging and friendship!
Until next time …
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
This is from a felt kit I bought a little while back and thought I would give it a go. I definitely liked how quickly it stitched up, probably just over an hour! How’s that for instant stitching gratification!!!
A little bit of fabric stash has made its way to my house. These were in the sale that Buttonberry here in the UK is currently having and I couldn’t resist. I’ve ordered several times from Emma and Lisa and have had great service every time.
Right now all I’m working on when I get the chance is the first block of AaHRH which I’m now aiming to have stitched by the end of the month (Dec 16th has been and gone without it being finished - no surprise there!). So, given that there isn’t much stitching going on I thought you might like to see some of the Christmas stitching around our house……
A few snowmen....
I do love unpacking our Christmas things every year. When they’ve been out of sight for most of the year there’s always a feeling of re-discovery when you unwrap them and put them out. Does anyone else find that?
Before we know it Christmas Day will be here. Only my daughter is still to arrive home, her flight is Thursday night so we’re just keeping everything crossed that the icy weather we’ve been having doesn’t cause further problems. DS#2 came home last week and DS#1 was due here on Saturday but had to change his original travel plans because of the weather and got home Sunday night. Before I go I just want to say thank you for your continued visits, to those who take the time to leave comments and for your friendship. May each and every one of you have a lovely Christmas.
Until next time ........
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Guess what?!?!?! This year, for the first time ever, I have managed to keep to my resolution made way back in January of stitching an ornament a month. Do you know how many years I would say that it was one of my resolutions and my family would give me that look; you know the one, that look of ‘yeah right, we’ll believe that when we see it. How many years have you been telling us this one?!?!?!?!’. Well, this year, somehow, I stayed on track. The summer months were the ones where I found it could easily have become a chore but I hung on in there. I even managed to stitch a couple of other ornaments in the mix but below you can see my ‘official’ monthly ornaments, the ones I would tell Siobhan and Cari each month that I was planning to stitch.
Jan - Prairie Schooler Santa from A Christmas Visit chart*
Feb - Blackbird Designs Merry Christmas Stocking*
Mar – Prairie Schooler Santa from A Christmas Visit chart*
Apr – Homespun Elegance Joyous Heart*
May – Homespun Elegance Mr Candy Cane*
Jun – Little House Needleworks Red House in Winter
Jul – JBW Designs Christmas Tree
Aug – Renato Parolin Joy
Sep – Bright Needle Holiday Stars freebie
Oct – Blackbird Designs JCS Ornament issue 2010
Nov – Midnight Stitching Snowman’s Quaker Christmas freebie
Dec – Cherished Stitches JCS Ornament issue 2010 (with own changes from original)
Those marked * were finished by Deb of Artistic Needle.
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my snowman ornament finish last time round. I think we all are in agreement at how inspiring it is to read blogs and how much we get from the friendships and being able to share in each other’s creativity. Thanks as always for your continued visits and taking the time to leave a comment. I am somewhat behind on my blog reading and commenting. My daughter was home for a long weekend (went back Tuesday night) and I can say that for the time she was home I did not pick up a needle. I’m supposedly meant to have block 1 done of AiHRH by the middle of next week. Yeah, well, we’ll see!!! I think I’ll be needing to have the turbo needles out to get that done.
Hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time …….
Monday, November 29, 2010
Here’s where I’ve got to on BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler…..
Another pic where this fabric probably looks completely different again! I’m enjoying stitching on this one even though I feel like I haven’t made much progress since my last pic. In between working on this one and my November ornament I have also been putting a few stitches in Autumn at HRH. Mid-December is when I’m hoping to have finished this block so keep your fingers crossed that I will be posting a pic showing that I have actually managed to keep on track and finishthe first block!!!
I hope all is well with you and yours. For my US friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed your holiday weekend. Under four weeks to Christmas – how did this year go by so fast?!?!?!?!
Until next time …..
Friday, November 19, 2010
LHN Peace on Earth on 30ct WDW straw linen & suggested threads
The Creative Stitches craft show rolled into town last weekend. I went along with a couple of friends but found that it was mainly card making or beading stalls. No stitching supplies, not even a skein of DMC to be found. There were several good quilting stalls though so I didn’t come away empty handed …….
and I did enjoy fondling fabric even if it was of the quilting variety. I love the red one with what I’m taking to be large snowflakes, there are several other Christmas ones and I do love green so couldn’t resist picking up this bundle of greens in fat 1/8ths.
That's it from me for this time. Thanks, as always, for dropping by! Wherever you are I hope you have a good weekend. I think our weather is meant to be quite nice, thank goodness, it seems like there’s been nothing but rain and gales this week. I’ve had enough of rainy, wet weather for a while.
Until next time ……
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A couple of people have asked me about this one. I‘ve had this one in my stash for a number of years but, as far as I know, this is one of the BOAF charts that is still available.
Then it’s very definitely a case of call me crazy!!! I have so far resisted the temptation to stitch any of the CHS Hawk Run Hollow designs. Not because I didn't love them but just the size of them was daunting. Well, the autumn one was released earlier this year and it’s been the one to push me over the edge and decide that, as long as I contented myself that it would take me a long time, it was a ‘must stitch’ for me. Natalia over at Stitching-4- Joy is going to be keeping me company and she’s stitching on Shores. We did decide we didn’t want to put ourselves under lots of pressure so we are aiming to stitch a block every two months. Here’s my progress to date, I’ve got to the middle of December to finish this block so, fingers crossed!!!! Given that I’m very much a ‘one project at a time’ stitcher we’ll see how I go at having two larger projects!!! Who knows, it may change my mind completely on rotation! Then again, it may not! I am stitching this with the suggested DMC colours and on 32ct sandstone.
I just had to share a pic of what has arrived at my house. Stitched by a dear stitching friend (no blog) and something that I will treasure. This is one (of many!) BBD that I would see finished on other blogs and loved so you can guess I was just thrilled when I opened the package and discovered these inside.
I’m off to spend a ‘stitchy’ afternoon with a friend. I’m looking forward to some chat, laughter and some stitching in there too! Hope all is well in your part of the world. Thanks, as always, for your continued visits and comments. It's always good to hear from you!
Until next time ……
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Given that we’re into November (how did that happen?!?!), and December will be here before we know it, I thought I’d start with one I stitched earlier this year……August to be exact ……and which I have finally got round to putting together.
Renato Parolin Joy ornament
Confession time. Not only did I cut the fabric a tad too close to where the finishing seam was on one side but, having stitched three sides together, I realised that I’d left that side as the final seam. Since then I’ve had a major case of procrastination. Well, no matter how much I hoped/wished/dreamed, it really wasn’t going to finish itself. So, I took a deep breath and spent a fiddly hour trying to stuff the ornament and finish the seam without the linen unravelling on me! The seam isn’t perfect, don't look too closely (!!), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold!!!
Back to some stash diving and I’ve started this one ….
BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler on 32ct LL Autumn Gold. I'm planning to have this one as our family sampler so I'll be putting in the year that DH and I were married. Not sure whose initials of the five of us will go where so that I’ll be leaving to the end and deciding then. I've only really made a start on this but I'm enjoying stitching with the stronger colours on the fabric.
Would you like to see a couple of pictures of how far into autumn we are around here?
The leaves were probably at their best about a week ago but was I organised enough to take the camera when I was out and about?!?!? No!!!! Since then we’ve had quite a bit of rain and wind and you can see that some of the trees have lost most of their leaves. It was sunny this morning (not now, the rain is pouring down again!) and I remembered to take the camera with me so hope you enjoy a little taste of what’s left of the autumn colour near to where I live.
Life’s been busy around here, some redecorating going on and eldest son was home for the weekend so I’m a little behind on my blog reading. I’m hoping to fix that this week and get caught up with everyone!
Until next time ……
Monday, October 25, 2010
I have enjoyed stitching this piece, I love the words and how true they are. I think sometimes it is easy to get wrapped up in things and really, what nicer sentiments are there for life but to live, laugh and love.
the Blackbird Designs ornament from the latest JCS ornament issue. I received this all kitted up and ready to stitch as a birthday gift from a dear stitching friend. For the second month in a row I’ve managed to not just stitch my chosen ornament but finish it also!!!! The lace trim I added as an extra, it just seemed to be calling out for something else added and I thought that would work. I loved this one, from stitching with the Belle Soie silks, the colours and the design itself.
And last, but by no means least. Look what arrived for me last week! Melissa over at Words and Blooms held a 2nd anniversary giveaway on her blog not so long ago and I won! I have to tell you, I don’t consider myself ‘lucky’ in the slightest when it comes to winning anything so you could have knocked me over with a feather when Melissa emailed me to say congratulations. I now have the lovely Polly Whitmarsh Sampler by The Exemplerary – chart, fabric and linen – and I am very much looking forward to stitching this one. Thank you Melissa! If any of you haven’t visited Melissa blog do drop by. You can click on her name above, find her in my blog list or click here. She stitches the loveliest things and visiting her blog is a real pleasure.
Well, I do believe that is it from me this time round. We’ve had some very heavy frosts in this part of the world the last couple of nights. I don’t know that I’m overly fussed on having to scrape ice off the car in the mornings in October but, the up side is that while it’s felt chilly the sun has been splitting the skies and that is good to see.
Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last blog post. Really Deb is the one who deserves the praise, she does some wonderful finishing. Thanks for dropping by and remember …… live, laugh, love!!!!
Until next time ....
Saturday, October 16, 2010
I sent my Carriage House Samplings Hearts & Flowers to Deb at Artisticneedle and, true to form, she has finished this just beautifully. She had sent me pics before she mailed it back and even from those I was so excited by how it looked. Now that it is home I am beyond thrilled with it as she has finished it exactly to my wishes. Excuse how the fabric seems to be coming up different shades each picture. It has been so dull and cloudy here this week, some days I’ve had lights on all day, so not really favourable to picture taking.
Deb has added it to her finishing album so if you want to pop over there and take a look (and see all her other great finishes) click here.
Also in the box , two more finishes I’m delighted with ….
Homespun Elegance's Mr Candy Cane and Joyous Heart which I stitched earlier in the year as part of my monthly Christmas ornament SAL with Siobhan and Cari. Thank you Deb!!
La D Da’s Live, Laugh, Love is coming along nicely. I love the sentiments in this and it’s turning into one of those pieces that I look forward to picking up and working on.
Hope all is well with you and yours. My daughter is home this weekend and it is so good to have her here! Already it seems like the time is going too fast. Sunday evening will be here before we know it and she’ll be heading off again.
Whatever you are up to this weekend, hope it’s a good one!
Until next time ……
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Since I last blogged I’ve made some more progress on this one …..
A little further on and I’m still happy with my thread choices.
This past week I’ve had my first experience of being RAK’d!!! Dear Myra over at Gr8dame's Place surprised me with an envelope that just brought a smile to my face. When I opened it up inside was this lovely project bag that she had made in the nicest fabric and, not just that, but when I unzipped it I found these two packets of sweets (now eaten I have to say!) and a skein of DMC 115 which is one that I will be making good use of coming up to Christmas.
Thank you Myra! It made my day and I am already using it to store my current project! Now, if any of you aren’t familiar with Myra’s blog I suggest you drop by and meet a lovely lady whose blog I love to visit to see her stitching and finishes. You can find a link in my blog list or just click here.
You know when you are looking for one thing but end up coming across something that you hadn’t been looking for in the first place?!?!? That happened to me this week. I was looking for some old quilting magazines that I knew I had packed away somewhere. In my search for those I came across a box that had a number of frames in it. One frame in particular caught my eye and here’s the result …
Notforgotten Farm Samplers Pennsylvania Pillowe
Stitched on 32ct R&R Roast Crown Blend & suggested DMC threads
I stitched this several years ago, it never made it to becoming a pillow but I’m liking how it looks in this frame. Still have to find the magazines though!!!!
Well, I hope everyone enjoys what’s left of the weekend! Weekends are when I try to work on whichever Christmas ornament I’ve picked for the month so, at some point today, I’ll be stitching a little more on that.
As always, thanks for dropping by!
Until next time……..
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time to share a finish.....Chartmakers Crows, Corn and Cats. I enjoyed stitching this one.
Those cats eyes though!! I have to admit to having been taking the option for a while of using beads when french knots have been called for in a design. Much easier just to attach a few beads! Well, this one didn’t shout ‘beads’ to me, french knots seemed more appropriate. I just had to see if I could still remember how to do them!! The black cat on the corn stalk? The chart shows just one french knot but no matter how I tried this one just kept looking like a one-eyed mutant cat. The other cat is slightly better but, to me, it still looks like its eyes are pretty quirky!!
I’ve just started on this one….
La-D-Da’s Live Laugh Love. I’m stitching it on LL Light Examplar. I didn’t have the Gloriana silks and when I pulled the DMC alternatives I wasn’t that taken with them. Instead I’ve opted for CC Red Currant, English Ivy and Blackbird. While I’ve only really started on this so far I’m happy with my colour choices.
Well, I didn’t manage to blog before the end of September but let me share my September Christmas ornament. Not only stitched but I actually managed to finish it too!!! This one is a freebie by Brightneedle from a number of years back.
Brightneedle freebie Holiday Stars
32ct cream using suggested DMC and beads
Have a good weekend! The sun is shining here, the leaves are starting to change colour and sometimes there’s nothing nicer than an autumn morning. Given the amount of rain we’ve had this week, it’s lovely to see. As always, thanks for dropping by and I hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time……
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I didn't seem to find much time for stitching in the last week but I have started this one …..
Crows, Corn and Cats by Chartmakers which is now, I’m pretty certain, OOP. The suggested threads are DMC but I’ve used WDW Cadet for filling in the house rather than the DMC 926. Years ago I stitched this as a gift and put it on the back burner to stitch for myself at some point. Finally I’ve got to it!! This will be finished in no time at all as it’s a small design. I’m stitching it on an unknown scrap of overdyed that I had in my stash.
Well, there’s nothing like new stash to make a girl feel good - and to help forget that another year has passed. Yes, a birthday last month and time to treat myself to a birthday order from Lois at Elegant Stitch! In amongst this little lot will be my next start, one where I need to put my thinking cap on as I want to use different colours.
Also in the package ……
CC Wild Berries so that I’m good to go when the notion strikes to start stitching BBD’s It’s Berry Time. The Silk ‘n Colors is Autumn Twilight for BBD’s Sarah’s ABC Pincushion and the Caron Waterlillies Sable is for …… something I now can’t remember!!!! Seriously, I opened the package, looked at the thread and thought ‘now what chart did I order that for’?!?!?! It will come to me. Some day I’ll have a light bulb moment and remember!!!!!
We headed to Leeds over the weekend to leave off DS#2 who’s starting his M.Sc at the university there. It also gave us a chance to see DD. She’s been living in Leeds for the last two years but, wouldn’t you know it, she ended up moving the week before DS#2 arrived! She has changed jobs and is now living just north of Manchester. It’s not that far, only about a 50 min drive, so they can still see each other from time to time. She came over Saturday evening and the four of us went out to eat. Then Sunday morning DH and I went to see her in her new apartment. It’s lovely and I like that I now can picture where she is. After that we headed for home and now it’s back to just DH and me rattling around here for a while.
Well, I think that’s about it for this time. Thanks for your continued visits and comments and I hope all is well with you and yours.
Until next time ……
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
From the picture on the front cover of the chart my skein of GA Clover seemed similar to what was used in the original model. That had patches of deep pink that did go to lighter pink but then my skein also went into large chunks of white. I ended up just making sure I used the deeper tones otherwise it completely faded out. I ordered another skein of GA Clover (with thanks to Karla at The Patchwork Rabbit for going the extra mile to try and send me one that wasn’t too pale) which was more overall pink without the really deep tones and used that with the darker pink. So, if you pull the colours to stitch this one and you look at your skein of Clover and think it looks too pale I guess what I’m saying is, you might want to consider changing to something that has deeper pink in it.
Notice a difference in colour in some of the letters from previous posts? When I finished the zigzag border at the bottom and still had some of the deeper pink left I went back and re-did the paler parts of the letters O, R, S and T so they stood out a little more. Other than that, I used the suggested threads all of which worked just fine.
Then, something I stitched last month but as I was sending it as a part of a birthday package I didn’t want to show until it had been received.
My first attempt at a floss tag holder and overall, I was pleased with how it turned out although, as always, the perfectionist in me felt that it could be improved upon!!
Thanks, as ever, for your visits to my blog and to those who take the time to leave a comment. It’s always great to hear from you!
Until next time …..
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
'Boo' freebie found here
BBD's Summer Basket is coming along nicely. The top row on the left hand side…???
Well, I developed a serious case of brain freeze on this part, it took three attempts to get this row stitched and both times I’d pretty much completed the whole row before realising I needed to frog it!!! You'd think that having frogged it once I'd make sure to get it right next time but, no!!! Only 3 star motifs left to stitch, the top and bottom row on the left hand side, initials and the zig-zag border.
Thank you for all the lovely comments you left on my little ‘Boo’ finish last time round and, as always, thanks for taking time to drop by! I always love to hear from you. Hope all is well with you and yours!
Until next time….
Monday, August 30, 2010
'Boo' from BBD Trix or Treat booklet, stitched on 32ct PTP Relic & DMC 310
I know, me stitching and finishing something at the same time?!?!?! Almost unheard of!!!! It was a very quick little project though and I was on a roll so decided to just keep going!
I do have progress to report on Summer Basket. The alphabet is just about completed apart from the over one ‘y’ and ‘z’. I want to stitch some more of the star motifs at the top and sides so I’m not left with a whole pile of those to stitch at the end and I think I’ll work on those the next day or two. Then I’ve been thinking I should start on the zig-zag border at the bottom and break the stitching of it up a little bit instead of leaving it to the end and having to stitch it all in one go.
Other than that, I’ve still got itchy fingers to leave summer behind and move on to something more seasonal for autumn. I definitely plan to stitch the lovely freebie over at Plain & Fancy Merchant but I also see some stash diving coming up. I’ve a couple of charts in mind…. let’s see what calls my name the loudest!
Hope all is well with you and yours. I’m almost scared to say anything in case I’m tempting fate but we’ve been having some lovely sunny days lately! What a difference to see sun and blue sky instead of all the cloud and rain that seemed to happen most of August!!!
Until next time…..
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
And I’ve finished the stitching on my August Christmas ornament. My choice this month was Renato Parolin’s Joy from the Peace, Love, Joy chart. I used DMC 816 for this and some 32ct antique white (I think!!) that I had in my stash.
Hope all is well with you and yours. DS#1 was home last week, headed off on Sunday, and it was great to see him. This weekend DS#2 will be arriving home after doing his month’s internship with a company in Leeds. He’ll be home for about 3 weeks before he heads back to university. School starts here next week and while I’m past the stage of any of my three starting back to school there’s no doubt it does make me feel like autumn is just around the corner. That and the fact that it's now dark by 9pm. Where have the long summer evenings gone?!?!! I’m feeling some autumn stitching coming up very soon!
Until next time …..