Friday, April 30, 2010

Progress on Her Sampler & a little taste of Christmas

Hi everyone! I’ve been expecting a package in the mail and knew I’d want to be sharing pics of what was inside next time I blogged but, wouldn’t you know it, this package decided to take its time. More on that in a moment.

First off, let me share my progress on CHS Her Sampler. This is such a lovely piece to stitch. Some of it I think are the greens in it, green is one my favourite colours. Of course, alphabet addict that I am, I love the alphabet and then there’s the acorns which are something else that I like. Actually reading back over those last few sentences its little wonder that I love this piece so much as it’s ticking a lot of boxes in my list of likes!!!!

Back to the package. Monday I was thinking it would arrive – no luck. Tuesday I’m thinking it’s bound to here – no luck. Wednesday? Definitely this would be the day – nope! Now I’m really starting to wonder where it’s got to as I knew it had been mailed on April 15th and, while it was coming airmail usually that takes a week, maybe 10 days at most. So, imagine some major postman stalking going on!!! Finally, Thursday it made it!!! What was I waiting for so anxiously? Well, it was a package from Deb with my finished BBD stocking and PS ornament inside. As you can see below, Deb has done her usual fantastic job on both. First off the BBD stocking which I've been ooohing and aaahing over since I unwrapped it because I could never in a million years have made it look as good as this if I'd tried to finish it!
Then this one which I'm also thrilled with ......

Other than stitching goings-on DS#2 headed back to university last weekend so the house is back to being quiet again (and my grocery shopping bill is much reduced!). It’s a long weekend here, Monday is a holiday, but no plans made as yet for doing anything special. I think it could depend on the weather which isn’t looking that promising! Hope everyone has a good weekend, almost May?!?!?! Where is this year going?

Until next time…..

Monday, April 19, 2010

A new start amongst other things

Hi everyone! Hope all is going well with you and yours. Well, having said that my plan was to do some stash diving I have to admit that I didn’t dive as much as I thought I would! I was only really getting down to some serious stash diving when an envelope arrived and I got totally sidetracked. I’d ordered a couple of CHS charts one of which was Her Sampler. Any more thoughts of stash diving went out the window as I knew this had to be the one I worked on next. So, having started this on Friday on some 32ct linen and the suggested DMC threads, here’s my progress….

Before that though I had managed to start a little bit of stash diving and hadn’t gone too far when I came across the CHS Virtues series. I’d already stitched Hope and Faith last year…

CHS Hope and Faith stitched on 32ct Vanilla Gold using suggested threads

but, of course, having stitched two of them I then went on to something else and never got back to the others. A couple of hours stitching over two days and this one is now completed. Only two more to go!

CHS Charity stitched using 32ct Vanilla Gold and suggested threads

Stash diving aside, last year I stitched BOAF’s Bloom Where You Are Planted – stitched on 32ct R&R Roasted Crown Blend using the suggested threads. It was one of my finishes that I put to one side and hoped that at some point I’d come across a frame. I found one last week. So, let me leave you with another finish that has finally made it into a frame (another do-it-yourself job so don’t look too closely!!)......

Until next time……

Monday, April 12, 2010

BOAF's Soweth Sampler completed

Hi everyone! Good Monday morning! A lovely day here, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s even been like that the last few days. Makes such a difference when the sun shines, doesn’t it?

Well, I’m happy to report that BOAF’s Soweth Sampler is finished!!

BOAF Soweth Sampler using Elne of Lynnyn 32ct Puck linen & suggested threads

I’d been so slow with the first part of this and then, when I really got into it last week, wouldn’t you know it seemed to stitch up much more quickly and before I knew it I was putting the last stitches in on Saturday. Still have to decide on what initials and date to put in but other than that it's done.

Not only Soweth finished but over the weekend I finished my April Christmas ornament.

This is Homespun Elegance’s Joyous Heart (just realised I’ve still to add the charm!) stitched on 32ct lambswool using the suggested threads. Oh, I didn’t go with the colonial knots for the holly berries, just did beads instead. Siobhan, Cariand I are trying to keep to a resolution of stitching an ornament a month. Can I tell you, I’m definitely finding having the company a good thing. I doubt that I’ve ever managed to reach April and still be on track!!

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on my framed Ellen Birdseye. I loved stitching her so much and I love that she’s now out where I can see her every day.

What’s next? Well, some stash diving coming up I think. I seem to have been on a roll for stitching charts that I’ve had in my stash for more years than I care to admit too so I think it’s highly likely that my next start is going to be another one that has been calling my name for awhile.

Have a good week everyone!
Until next time ……

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Progress on Soweth and a finish makes it to a frame

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Easter! Ours was nice. It was good to have DS#1 home for a few days. He lives and works in the north-west of England now and headed back yesterday afternoon. Meanwhile DH is away to a conference in England. He left first thing this morning and will be home on Friday. Only DS#2 and myself here and you can guess my plans for the next few days aren't going to include lots of housework and cooking of meals!! No, I'm more on to the idea of having some quality stitching time, reading and computer time!!

As for stitching. I'm happy to say I’ve managed to make progress on Soweth Sampler

I am being slow on this one, I really don’t know why, maybe I’ll just blame the time of year! I’m enjoying stitching it, it’s not that I’ve started it and don’t like it, it just seems to be one of those projects that’s not working up as quickly as I thought. I looked at my 2010 finishes list in the sidebar and have to say that March was not one of the better months for me as regards finishes. While I am in no way a super-quick stitcher I do usually manage to finish a larger project within the month. March turned into a couple of small finishes and that was it. All I can do is hope for better in April. I should get Soweth finished, I’m over halfway with it now and I’m certainly going to aim for it being an April finish.

What I did manage to do over the Easter weekend was put Ellen into a frame ….

GH Ellen Birdseye

Now, this is one of my ‘do-it-yourself- framing jobs so please don’t look too closely!!! I saw this photograph frame and thought it might work. The wood is maybe a little too dark, it is dark brown but it's looking more like black in the pictures. So, I might look for something else but, in the meantime, given that I finished this back in January it feels good to have it out on display.

I’d love to say we’re having gorgeous Spring weather but it has done nothing but pour with rain this morning and it definitely doesn’t feel much like Spring! It is meant to get better later this week and I can’t wait to see a bit of sun again!

Until next time .......