Monday, November 29, 2010

Starting to feel like 'Tis the Season'

Hi everyone! Brrr!!! It’s feeling a little like snowman weather around here with a covering of snow that has now been frozen by the low temps we’ve been having and isn’t looking like it’s going to disappear any time soon. So, let me start off with sharing my ornament finish for November, a cute snowman, who I first saw stitched over at Carol’s blog, Stitching Dreams – if you have never visited Carol’s blog, head on over there, she is the loveliest person and has a wonderful blog. I have shamelessly copied Carol’s idea of changing the colour to blue. When I saw her stitched snowman I thought he was so cute and the blue worked so well. This one is stitched on a scrap of linen I had in my stash and I used GA Blueberry which I know isn't what you would necessarily think of as a Christmas colour but I liked the shade of the skein I had.

Midnight Stitching Snowman's Quaker Christmas freebie found here

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

Hearts, a Christmas sheep & a little bit of a fabric fix

Hi everyone! Progress on BOAF’s Happy Hearts continues. I’m stitching this on LL Autumn Gold although from the couple of pictures I’ve shared so far I can see that this is going to be one of those projects where the fabric ends up looking different each time I take a pic!!! Plus, in this pic I feel like the blue is coming up even more strongly than it does in ‘real life’. You’ll see I’ve now got to where I’m able to get a little bit of an ‘alphabet fix’ again!

I had a bit of a finishing day yesterday. One I can share and one will have to wait a little while as it’s for a Christmas exchange. Here’s the one I can share ….

LHN Peace on Earth on 30ct WDW straw linen & suggested threads

A Christmas present but I reckon I’m safe enough to share a pic as the person who’ll be receiving it has no idea that ‘Of Needles, Pins & Stitching Things’ exists and I really doubt that she is going to stumble across my blog any time soon. As you can see I decided to finish this one as a flatfold, the same way as I finished LHN's Red House a couple of months ago. The fabric you can see is what I used for the backing.

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

Hearts & a case of call me crazy!

Hi everyone! How are things? A little more stitching done on BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler. Soon I’ll be finished with the top row and can get a little bit of an alphabet ‘fix’!!

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

Joy, hearts and falling leaves

Hi everyone! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my completed Live Laugh Love by La D Da and BBD ornament. You are all the best and certainly know how to make a girl feel good about her stitching!

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 ……