Monday, March 29, 2010

Blink and you'll miss.....

the amount of stitching I managed to do this past week!!! It was such a small amount that I’m not even going to take a picture to share. I pretty much just lifted my needle and thread once and stitched the first three letters of the wording in BOAF’s Soweth Sampler. Yes, that was it ….the total amount of stitching in over a week!!!! Let’s just say I’m hoping for bigger and better things this week!!

I do want to share this though. I stitched this little pillow for the latest exchange I was in and as it’s now reached its destination I can share a pic. It was stitched on a piece of 28ct R&R Oyster Mist using the suggested DMC.

This is from the blog Danybrod which I love to visit. She does some lovely designs for smalls and I love the colours she uses. Now I need to find the time to stitch this for myself!

A busy week with Easter coming up. DS#2 came home from university in England yesterday and will be here for a month. DS#1 will be home towards the end of the week and will be here for the Easter weekend. In amongst all the comings and goings I am hoping to make more headway with Soweth Sampler and I need to start thinking about which Christmas ornament I want to stitch in April.

Until next time .....

Friday, March 19, 2010

Stash diving and those seven things!

Hi everyone! Well, I’ve been doing some stash diving this week and, while I’m planning on having BBD’s A Stitcher’s Companion on the go as my smaller project, once again I’ve ended up pulling out something that’s been in my stash for quite a few years. Having seen Melissa's progress on BOAF’s A Very Fine Sampler it got me to thinking that it had been a while since I’d had a BOAF 'fix'. So, my latest project is this one …..
BOAF Soweth Sampler. I'm stitching this on the same linen I used for GH Ellen Birdseye earlier this year and using the suggested WDW colours. I only started this on Wednesday so not much progress to show but this is where I’ve reached.

BOAF Soweth Sampler on 32ct Puck Elne of Lynnyn using suggested WDW threads

I have to say ‘thank you’ to both Cari and Melissa who thought of me when they were giving out the award below. Thank you ladies! In some ways I still feel a 'newbie' in the blogging world and I am still amazed that people take the time to drop by when I post to see what I've blogged about! So you can guess I'm even more surprised when others think of me for awards!

Now can I tell you, I’ve been pondering over what ‘interesting’ things there were about me that I could share. At the start I was having a bit of panic about being able to find seven things to list and I’m hoping Cari and Melissa don’t mind that I’m combining their two awards into one – finding 14 things about me would definitely tax my brain!! But, here I am several days later with my seven things:

1. I loathed Maths at school, it was my worst subject by far. Somehow I ended up marrying a Maths teacher who thinks maths is one of the best things in the world!

2. I shared a house for 5 years in my early 20’s with four other girls and let’s just say we had a lot of fun!

3. When I was 24 I was in the process of organising to go to the US for a year. One of my housemates had a thing about walking in somewhere on her own and this particular night she persuaded me to go with her so she wouldn’t have too. That night I met a guy, we started dating and yes, those plans for the US were shelved. That guy became my husband 1 ¾ years later and I never did make it to the US for a year!

4. I’m one of those very fortunate women who have short labours. My daughter was the quickest, she only took 1 ½ hours to appear and I only just made it to the delivery suite! When I was expecting my 3rd I was well warned to get to hospital as soon as I thought anything was happening otherwise I could be giving birth in the car!!! I made it to the hospital in time!!

5. I started stitching 24 years ago, I came across a little flower kit on aida and thought it would be fun to stitch. I was hooked! Going online was the thing that really broadened my stitching, online shopping has a lot to answer for!! Shepherds Bush were the designers who got me moving from aida to linen. I think the only constant thing that has been with me through my stitching is that I loved stitching alphabets and samplers when I started stitching and I still do all these years later. There are other things I would have stitched back then that I wouldn’t think about doing now.

6. I cannot bear my feet being touched. I’ve never had a pedicure in my life, it sounds like torture to me, and I don’t know what I’m going to do should I ever need to have anyone working at my feet! Another thing that I’m squeamish about are eyes. Never ask me to look in your eye if you think you have something in it!!! I just won’t be able to do it!

7. I‘ve had two jobs. First one was in a university where being a telex operator was part of my job. This was back in the dark ages before even the fax machine was around and on the very rare occasions that a telex machine is ever mentioned now most people go ‘what?!’. I left that job when I was pregnant with my first child and was a SAHM for 13 years. My second job was, believe it or not given the whole maths thing, in the accounts office of a hotel!

I know I’m now meant to nominate 7 blogs but I’m going to cop out on that bit as I really don’t know how to pick 7 blogs as there are so many that I love to read and quite a few people have already done this! So, thank you again to Cari and Melissa for thinking of me when handing out this award and I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading seven things about me, interesting or not!

Until next time…..

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Odds, ends & that envelope

Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments about my finished CHS heart. I really do appreciate that you take the time to write and I get such a kick out of reading all the comments.

Well, crazy stalker woman waiting for the post has gone! Yes, BBD Honeysuckle Manor finally arrived but, I have to tell you, it only turned up yesterday so I’ve been crazy stalker woman for quite a few days!!! I’m sure I was quite the picture pouncing on the envelope shouting ‘yes!!!!’ and jumping up and down! I’m pretty sure the postman will have heard me as he walked away from the door but hopefully he'll like that not all the mail he delivers is unloved. It was worth the wait, the samplers are lovely and I really like the smaller pieces, plus this alphabet addict especially loved ‘A Stitcher’s Companion’ and I can see that being one that will definitely be stitched. Finding something similar to the wooden frame that is used will be something of a challenge given the lack of supplies here but that’s not going to put me off stitching it.

While I was pacing and waiting it did give me the chance to stitch and finish this….

PS ornament from A Christmas Visit booklet using 32ct Permin natural & suggested DMC

my March Christmas ornament. Cari, Siobhan and I are encouraging each other this year to stitch an ornament a month and so far the three of us are doing good!

Then, I finally finished this!!!

Plum Street Samplers Quaker Calendar V using 32ct Cream linen & DMC

Way back at the start of the year I mentioned that I had the last 3 to stitch in this series. Given that it has taken me almost 3 months to stitch one it’s looking like the other two aren’t going to be stitched in double quick time! Here's the one for March (that I did manage to stitch last March when I was still on track with these).....

From Plum Street Samplers Quaker Calendar II

Finally, let me leave you with a taste of Spring. Not picked from my garden, my daffodils are growing but are nowhere near ready to bloom, but lovely nonetheless.

Until next time…..

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A CHS finish and impatiently awaiting stash!

Hi everyone! It’s a lovely Spring day here – yes, I’m going to use the word Spring as it is March and it feels like I can use the word now. For those of you still under feet of snow I know that you’re probably feeling like Spring is a long way off!!! It’s chilly here this morning, I have to go out shortly and will need to scrape ice off the car but the sun is shining, the sky is blue and that is so nice to see. Okay, without further ado ……

CHS Hearts & Flowers on 32ct LL examplar using suggested DMC threads

Yes, Hearts & Flowers is a finish! I put the final stitches in on Friday so I can claim it as a February finish even though I’m only getting the chance to sit and blog this morning. I decided not to finish the whole chart, I love this just as a heart and the plan will be to send this off and have it finished as such rather than having it framed. I am definitely happy dancing that I have finally stitched this given the number of years it’s been lurking in my stash!!!

What next? Okay, I have to admit to stalking the postman. Anyone else doing that?!?! Melissa I'm hoping you've had your good mail day!! BBD Honeysuckle Manor is on its way to me which just makes me even more impatient for it to arrive!! Can you guess that every morning I’m doing the hoping/wishing thing that it arrives ‘today’ although really I’m being a little unrealistic that it could get here that fast!!! So far, no sign but, with a bit of luck it might arrive in the next day or two. I can’t wait to get that book in my hot little hands and see all the delights that I just know are going to be inside. I definitely see me wanting to stitch something from that so, being the ‘one-project-at-a-time’ person that I am, I am holding off on starting a larger project. I have been doing some stitching, working on a piece for an upcoming exchange that I can’t share just yet and I’ve made a start on my March Christmas ornament which is going to be another PS one.

That’s it from me for this time. Hope all is well in your part of the world and enjoy that Market stash when it reaches you!
Until next time …